Breaking: Rotterdam Phil appoints Israeli music director, 27
The successor to Yannick Nézet-Séguin in 2018 will be Lahav Shani. A bold, high-risk appointment for a major international orchestra, the youngest in the field. Lahav Shani said: ‘I am over the moon. From the first moment, I felt a rare click with this orchestra. It is so easy to communicate with these musicians, they […]
Welcome to the new caring, sharing musicology
Slipped Discers have been sharing opinions from both sides of the fence on William Cheng’s forthcoming book and its advocacy of ‘a musicology that upholds interpersonal care as a core feature.’ William has asked us the share a sample of his book, which we do with pleasure. Here goes: * This is an excerpt […]
Laura Bretan warms up for semis with Hebrew peace song
The 13 year-old Romanian will appear on August 30 in the semi-finals of America’s Got Talent. She sings here in Hebrew and Romanian.
Update: Steinway boss disappears
No sooner was Steinway’s owner added to the Donald Trump team than the man who negotiated the company’s sale to John Paulson left his job without explanation. Cause and effect? Not a word from either side. Total silence. Michael Sweeney has been replaced as CEO by Steinway lifer Ron Losby. Sweeney is a former president […]
Don Bradman’s girl is Sydney’s new Mimi
It has been announced that the soprano Greta Bradman will make her Opera Australia debut next season as Mimì in La Bohème, sharing the role with Nicole Car. Greta is the granddaughter of the greatest batsman that ever wore the baggy green cap. Earlier this year she cut a debut disc on Decca after touring India […]
Bayreuth books a longterm Wotan
We hear that Bayreuth has signed biceps baritone Günther Groissböck to sing Veit Pogner in Barry Kosky’s new Meistersinger next summer. He will follow that with Gurnemanz in the 2018 Parsifal, building up to Wotan in the 2020 Ring.
Venezuelan is new music director in Massachusetts
The Arlington Philharmonic (Mass.) has picked Orlando Cela as its next music director. Cela, who’s in his 40s, has made his career until now mostly as a flute virtuoso.
Did you know that Steinway’s owner is backing Donald Trump?
The piano manufacturer is owned by hedge funder John Paulson. Ethan Iverson points out that Paulson is a longtime supporter of the Republican candidate. He is now serving as one of Trump’s economic advisors. Paulson made his fortune in 2007-8 by betting on a US housing market crash. That earned him $15 billion. He bought Steinway […]
Dallas Symphony violinist is selling her $1m Guarnerius
Gloria Stroud’s instrument was bought by her parents when she went to Juilliard at 17. They paid $10,000. She went on to play for US forces in the Pacific until the end of the War. Then she joined the Dallas Symphony, where she played for 42 years. Gloria is now 90, and retired. She is […]
What orchestral habits drive you crazy?
Clarinettist Richie Hawley has a list. And it’s not a short one. Tick the behaviours that infuriate you most. Click here to read.
After 19 years a widow, a music lifer finds love again
The music industry manager Medi Gasteiner lost her first husband Peter Girth to cancer in July 1997. They had been married for just under a year. Medi worked as head of PR for Philips and Peter was general manager of the Berlin Philharmonic. Medi went on to become a music manager in Frankfurt. Today we […]