Czech pianist wins low-key Queen Elisabeth
The competition, one of the most distinguished, had very little media coverage this year outside of Belgium and the online profile was exceptionally thin. The results, announced after midnight, are: First Prize : Lukas Vondracek (Cz) Second Prize : Henry Kramer (US) Third Prize : Alexander Beyer (US) Fourth Prize : Chi Ho Han (S Korea) Fifth Prize : […]
Marin Alsop’s fond memories of Gustav Meier
The Baltimore Symphony conductor started out studying with Gustav Meier, the legendary teacher who died this week, and went on to be his teaching partner at Cabrillo and Peabody. Here’s Marin’s instant tribute to her mentor and friend: There are people we meet who change our lives and there are people we meet who touch […]
Mahler Sixth played by synthesizer
Deeply disturbing, on many fronts. Too credible for comfort.
What great composers might have earned today
Stephen Pritchard has been calculating which of the great composers could have made a decent living out of their music if they were living today. Beethoven need not have feared the bailiffs, but the real surprise is how well a certain French composer might do. Read Stephen’s balance sheet here.
‘I’m a classical pianist and I run a non-profit for the arts’
The counter-intuitive world of New York-based musician Nicholas King. Nick started out stacking shelves in a supermarket. ‘I realized, of all the places I’d played, the one that was most meaningful for me was the meat department.’ Watch.
The oldest active conductor in America
Jo Simons has written a memoir titled, My Father Wakes Up Laughing. Here’s why: My father, Edward Simons, at 99 years young, is (we believe) the oldest active orchestra conductor in the country. He continues to be the powerful musical force in Rockland County, NY that he always was. The symphony he founded in 1952 […]
Russia publishes cultural rich list
The Ministry of Culture has issued its annual list of arts millionaires, based on public salaries and tax returns for official positions. There are four conductors among the top ten: 1. Igor Pogrebinsky, deputy director of the Pushkin Museum – 229,804,330 rubles ($3.5 million) *2. Valery Gergiev, artistic director of the Mariinsky Theatre – 130,216,902 […]
Could this be a lost concerto by Bach?
I’ve been listening to music by that great composer, Anonymous, for the Lebrecht Album of the Week. The best fun I’ve had all week is trying to identify the composers of six 18th century concertos that have turned up in the vaults of the Saxon State University library in Dresden. Five of the concertos are […]
Renowned conducting teacher has died
Students are sharing news of the death last night of Gustav Meier, possibly the most sought-after conducting teacher in the US. Gustav, who was 86 and suffering from cancer, retired three years ago as head of conducting at the Peabody Institute in Baltimore, handing over to one of his past pupils, Marin Alsop. His alumni […]
Death of a modern flute virtuoso
Friends have reported the death of Annamaria Morini, an Italian protégée of Jean-Pierre Rampal who specialised in contemporary music. A founder of the Bruno Maderna Ensemble, she played in a flute and harp duo with Paola Perrucci and taught contemporary music at the Bologna conservatorio.
Paris drops its pilot
At a time of great cultural and political uncertainty in France, we hear that the Orchestre de Paris has parted company with Didier de Cottignies, its artistic advisor. Apparently, the incoming music director Daniel Harding wants someone younger and ‘less bourgeois’. Didier has the biggest personal contacts book in classical music. He’s an indispensable asset, […]