War of words at the Wigmore Hall
A bitter spat has erupted between London’s premier chamber music venue and a German string quartet, after the hall’s cancellation of a June performance. In fractious exchanges on Slipped Disc, someone called Billy Boyd using the Wigmore Hall’s email and claiming to speak on behalf of its staff, accused the Leipzig Quartet of being ‘dishonest, […]
Orchestra alert: Have you seen this missing cellist?
Tucson Symphony musicians have issued the following alert: Steven Brubaker is missing. He was last seen on May 28 near his condo near Alvernon and Grant. If you have seen him or have any idea about where he might be, please message his sister Catherine Brubaker athttps://www.facebook.com/cbrubaker4. You can also contact Sgt. Arnold of the […]
Russian opera singer in critical state after stabbing
Blood donations are being canvassed for Rim Rakhimov, a soloist in the Bashkir State Opera and Ballet Theatre, who suffered a near-fatal attack at five in the morning on Saturday in Ufa. Rakhimov is 27. He’s in a medically induced coma. We pray for his recovery. UPDATE: 24 hours later doctors reported a successful operation on […]
You’re being watched in the men’s room at Baden-Baden
Some joker put Anne-Sophie Mutter where she shouldn’t be. h/t: Fabio Zanon/Olga Watts Fb page
Sad news: String quartet leader has died
The violinist Peter Cropper, founder of the Lindsay Quartet and creator of Sheffield’s Music on the Round concert series, died on Saturday, aged 69. Lancashire born, he formed the quartet in 1965 with Ronald Birks (violin), Roger Bigley (viola; later Robin Ireland) and Bernard Gregor-Smith (cello), while they were students at the Royal Academy of Music. […]
Bayreuth replaces its Siegfried
We hear that Lance Ryan (pictured) is out of this summer’s festival. His replacement is Stefan Vinke, as part of a widespread shakeout from a stumbling Ring production.
Low rumblings at an unpopular competition result
The Queen Elizabeth competition for violin was won last night at midnight by a Korean, Lim Ji Young, 20. She receives 25,000 euros ($27,470) and a four-year loan of a 1708 Stradivarius from the Nippon Music Foundation. Second was Oleksii Semenenko of Ukraine and third William Hagen of the USA. Our contacts in the jury room […]
‘Flat’ oboist sues Philharmonic for unfair dismissal
Not everything is coming up roses in Buffalo. The excellent Buffalo News reports the dismissal and imminent law case of principal oboist Pierre Roy, who has been accused, among other offences, of playing flat in the Buffalo Philharmonic to disrupt some of his less friendly colleagues. Read the full story here.
Maestra stays: Good times keep rolling in upstate New York
The Buffalo Philharmonic have renewed JoAnn Falletta to 2021. She has served as music director since 1999, the longest term in the orch’s history. She is also music director in Virgina, and served a brief term in Ulster. press release: BUFFALO, NY – JoAnn Falletta will remain at the helm of the Buffalo Philharmonic […]
Exclusive: String quartet is banned from Wigmore Hall
We have reported the recent travails of the Leipzig Quartet, whose leader Stefan Arzberger has been detained in New York on a charge of attempted murder after being found running naked through a boutique hotel. Arzberger strenuously protests his innocence, insisting he was the victim of a drug assault by a transsexual prostitute. The quartet […]