Record deal: Warner sign young leftie
The British pianist, Nicholas McCarthy, who was born without a right hand, has been signed to Warner Classics. Nicholas, 26, will record arrangements by Paul Wittgenstein, and some of his own, for release in September.
Kazak, 17, wins Cliburn
press releae: Fort Worth, Texas, June 28, 2015—At the end of seven days of inspiring performances from 23 young, elite pianists from all over the world, Jon Nakamatsu, chairman of the jury for the First Cliburn International Junior Piano Competition and Festival (June 21-28, 2015), at TCU in Fort Worth, Texas, announced the winners on Sunday […]
Maestro move (1): Kiwis land big-name conductor
He used to be talked of as the next music director of the Concertgebouw and the Boston Symphony. Now, it’s all going south. As of March 2016, Edo de Waart will be music director of the world’s most remote concert organisation, the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra. Edo, 74, has been music director successively of the […]
Dmitri Hvorostovsky opts for cancer treatment in London
Russian media, quoting family sources, report that the great baritone in undergoing treatment at the Royal Marsden Hospital, London, for a brain tumour that he announced last week. He is still undergoing tests to determine the extent of the treatment. Dmitri has made his home in London with his wife, Florence, and two children. The […]
Tchaikovsky Competition? It’s all about pianists
The competition goes into its final concerto stages today, for cello, violin and piano. The qualifying stages on the previous two instruments have been subdued. Decent performances, safe list of finalists, nothing to set the heart racing. It was much the same last time, and the time before. You have to go back to 1982 […]
Oh no, they’re tearing down Karajan’s home-from-home
In 33 years as music director of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Herbert von Karajan never lived in the city. He stayed at the Kempinski hotel on the Ku’damm, turning it into an elite hangout for Berlin Phil soloists and guests. You could catch him before breakfast in the pool. Today there’s a huge painting of […]
UK concert pianist survives 50-foot cliff fall
On a caravan holiday with friends in the northeast of England, James Hockey rose at 4.30 to watch the sun rise over the North Sea. He strayed too close to the edge of a cliff and plunged more than 15 metres, shattering a leg and an arm. He is being treated at the university hospital […]
London horn player is held in Chile
Alexander Harrild, 29, was arrested for drug trafficking in Santiago and is reported to have pleaded guilty. He faces a possible five-year sentence. Alexander, a graduate of the National Youth Orchestra, plays in the Santiago Philharmonic. His father, LSO principal tuba and ex-chairman Patrick Harrild, few out to Chile after his arrest and has since […]
Breaking: Petrenko’s ‘partner’ pulls out of Bayreuth
Anja Kampe has cancelled this summer’s appearances as Isolde after a reported row with Christian Thielemann. She is to be replaced by Evelyn Herlitzius. Kampe will, however, sing Sieglinde in the Ring, conducted by Kirill Petrenko. Bayreuth press statement: The direction of the Bayreuther Festspiele notes with great regret that Anja Kampe returned the part of […]
Omg, my pianist is playing the wrong intro!
Krzysztof Kaczka was on stage in Moscow, taking a deep breath before his next piece, when the pianist decided to rearrange the programme without telling him. Watch the page-turner. She’s struggling to hold it together.
Video: A Polish orchestra trashes down
The excellent Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra of Katowice has been reduced to playing hip-hop classics in a concert hall in the city of Katowice. The conductor is a composer and producer, Radzimir Dębski, whose online moniker is JIMEK. The video has earned nearly two million hits, but the concert leaves a bad taste.