Passing of a Peabody dean
Ray Robinson, who headed the Peabody conservatory from 1963 to 1969 and later served as music director of the Palm Beach Symphony, has died at 82. He was a prolific author of composer guides.
Valery Gergiev ‘gave little’ to the LSO
In a blog that the Guardian has not seen fit to print, veteran music critic Andrew Clements nails Gergiev’s eight years at the London Symphony Orchestra – a partnership that ends this week with not much more than a whimper. Gergiev’s interests range far and wide, from Fifa ((pictured) to turkey farms. He never seemed […]
Airport nightmare: Russians seize concertmaster’s violin
Josef Spacek, concert master of the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, had his precious 1855 Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume instrument confiscated by Russian customs officers at Koltsovo airport near Yekaterinburg, as he tried to leave the country on Thursday after giving a festival performance. The Customs men accused Josef of trying to smuggle out the instrument without paying duties. As of […]
Anyone seen Chopin’s missing juror?
We had a cryptic message from a Warsaw contact saying Yundi Li, the 2000 winner, had vanished from the juror. ‘Yundi is presently getting married.’ Which, for all sorts of reasons, seemed unlikely. But Yundi’s social media have gone unusually quiet – he hasn’t tweeted in half a week – and Rudolph Tang has come […]
Ankara bomb blanks out orchestra opening
A notice on the website of the Bilkent Symphony Orchestra: Season opening concerto of the Bilkent Symphony Orchestra scheduled for today, October 10, 2015, is cancelled due to the atrocious terror attack in Ankara today. At least 85 people were killed in two explosions at a peace rally in the city. The opening concert, conducted by Avi […]
A Russian wins richest violin competition
The winner of the 9th Joseph Joachim International Violin Competition in Hannover is Sergei Dogadin. He leaves with 50,000 Euros and Naxos recording and a stash of concert dates. Dogadin, 27, came joint second at the 2011 Tchaikovsky competition in Moscow (the first prize was not awarded). The awards in full: 1. Sergei Dogadin […]
Rare video: Stanislavsky shows how to direct
Konstantin Stanislavsky (1863-1938) was a director who decisively influenced how theatre and opera is presented. He is remembered today outside Russia as the man who said if you see a gun in the first act it will go off in the third. And that’s about it. Few theatre professionals would recognise his face, let alone […]
Music critic quits saying, ‘pop’s present is unusually burdened by the excellence of its past’
Wonderful piece by Marcus Berkmann who is walking away after 27 years as pop critic of the Spectator. Savour him one last time here.
Andre Previn: ‘My problem is… I just don’t rewrite’
The veteran composer-conductor, 86, is in sparkling form in conversation with Frank J. Oteri for NewMusicBox. To read the full text, click here. Sample: AP: My problem and my flaw, if I can pinpoint just one, is that I don’t re-write. I hate re-writing. Once I’m done, I put it away, and it’s over with for me […]
‘My teacher had been killed and I was at a loose end’
At 83, the eminent American pianist Jerome Lowenthal, former head of piano at Juilliard and an international concert artist, has seen it all… and then some. But he nearly opted for an academic career in romance languages after the death of William Kapell. Jerome talks about his life and career to Zsolt Bognar in the […]
Philly eyes the barricades over Kaiser waltz
Negotiations are the Philadelphia Orchestra are deadlocked. The musicians don’t like the small pay increase on the table. And they especially don’t like the introduction of ex-Washington boss Michael Kaiser as an external consultant – along with the company’s refusal to show them his eventual recommendations. (UPDATE: The company has since clarified that the idea […]