Classic FM chief manages his exit
It has been four months since Darren Henley was announced as the new chief executive of foundering Arts Council England, but he hasn’t been able to take up the job until his longterm employers could be persuaded to let him go. Darren, managing director of Classic FM (UK) , has worked for the commercial station […]
‘Naked’ string quartet leader steps down for next concerts
The Leipzig String Quartet has announced that Matthias Wollong, principal concertmaster of the Staatskapelle Dresden, and Raphael Christ, leader of the second violins in the Lucerne Festival Orchestra, will stand in for Stefan Arzberger in the next two weeks. Stefan is fighting charges that he assaulted a female guest at a New York hotel, where he […]
New music director in Newcastle: ‘My Dad was a professional footballer’
The pianist Lars Vogt is about to kick off his term as music director of the Royal Northern Sinfonia. At his first meeting with media and public in Newcastle-Gateshead, he announced that football was his life’s passion, alongside music. His father had played professionally, in the German second division, and Lars once made it into […]
Another piano teacher is arrested in New York
David Oei, 64, was charged on Monday with forcible touching and endangering the welfare of a child, aged 15. Oei is an instructor at The New School. A former player with P.D.Q. Bach, he is married to a respected violinist. Presumptions of innocence apply.
Rare film: A lesson with the greatest piano teacher of all
Rare 1945 film from the Central Music School of the Moscow Conservatory shows a pupil (Margarita Fodorova?) taking lessons with Heinrich Neuhaus and Alexander Goldenweiser. Neuhaus, a pupil of Scriabin, was Sviatoslav Richter’s teacher. Goldenweiser’s students included Lazar Berman, Tatiana Nikolayeva and Dimitri Bashkirov. What’s remarkable is how gentle they both seem – in contrast with […]
Gulf sheikh commissions crystal encrusted Steinway
Liberace, thy soul goes marching on. An oil sheikh in the slave state of Qatar has ordered a grand piano, embedded with crystals, from a London firm, Goldfinch Pianos, each crystal inserted separately by hand. The price? A mere £420,000 ($600,000). The Qatar economy is built on tenured labour from the Indian subcontinent. The […]
It’s a game of one half at the Met’s Cav and Pag
Review by voice-savvy New York writer and publisher, Steve Rubin Those perennial soul mates, CAVALLERIA and PAGLIACCI, got a bit trampled lady night by a concept that set them both in the same Sicilian village, but about 50 years apart. David McVicar’s opulent production, making full use of the Metropolitan’s turntable, worked rather nicely in […]
Music prof goes to war over forced retirement at 65
Piano professor Lev Natochenny has a performing career and reckons he’s good to teach until 70. The Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst(HfMDK) in Frankfurt wants him off the payroll this year, now that he has turned 65. Lev, a student of Lev Oborin, has reached for lawyers. This could have far-reaching consequences.
First with the news: Marin Alsop wins renewal in Brazil
We’ve been sent press reports claiming unhappiness in the Sao Paolo Symphony Orchestra about their American music director. Closer to the ground, it appears the dissent was limited to a small faction with a lot of media friends. Whatever. Some time today, Marin Alsop is going to be renewed as music director in Sao Paolo […]
Princeton gets $10 million gift for new music building
Albert Einstein’s school was always stronger on physics than on the arts, but the old boy was passionate about playing the violin – so much so that he once said, ‘Life without playing music is inconceivable for me.’ Princeton is building an arts complex. This week, an anonymous old boy and his wife gave $10 […]
Young Australian soprano gets her big break
In the Sydney and Melbourne performances of Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin, directed by Kaspar Holten, the young Australian Nicole Car made such an impression as Tatyana that music director Pappano booked her for the Covent Garden revival. It will be her London debut. Sir Tony thinks Car”s going far. She’s super-articulate, too.