Ballet chief quits Paris Opéra
The glam choreographer Benjamin Millepied resigned his morning as director of Paris Opéra Ballet after just over a year, citing ‘personal reasons’. Off the record, he’s letting is be known he found the job a bore. Millepied is married to the film star Nathalie Portman. His successor will be Aurélie Dupont. Millepied will hold the fort until […]
Domingo’s maestro has died
Miguel Roa, a zarazuela specialist who conducted many worldwide performances and two DG albums with Placido Domingo, died today in Toledo. He was 71. In a busy international career, Roa worked with Domingo at Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center and London’s Barbican, among many other venues.
Music school burns down in Moscow
An emergency call went out after midnight from the Pushkin disctrict, where a building of the music school was on fire. The damage is severe but no casualties have been reported. Arson is suspected. Photo (c) Guzal Burtsev
Andras Schiff’s partner loses viola and 3 bows on a train
The virtuoso Hariolf Schlichtig was just back from a tour with the pianist Sir Andras Schiff. He was on his way to teach at Munich University on Monday when he remembered he had left his viola and three precious bows on the S-Bahn S1 regional train at Munich Hauptbahnhof. No trace has been seen of […]
Seven things you need to know about Mirga
1 The new music director of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra was spotted by Kurt Masur at a conducting seminar in 2009. 2 She blew away all competition to win the Salzburg-Nestlé Competition three years later. 3 Gidon Kremer, the most thoughtful of violinists, took her under wing. 4 At the LA Phil, players […]
Britain’s thrilling new music director is … Mirga
As we’ve been forecasting for a while, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra has named Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla as its next music director, starting in September. This is thrilling for all sorts of reasons. At 29, Mirga is the first shoot of a new generation of music directors. Only Zurich, with Lionel Bringuier, has a younger boss. […]
Maestro move: Danes go Japanese
Toshiyuki Kamioka, 55, is to be the next chief conductor of the Copenhagen Philharmonic. He’s presently GMD in Wuppertal, Germany.
Ex-Chetham’s teacher is banned for online sex texts
From tomorrow’s Daily Mirror: Dr Andrew Preston, 50, a former maths teacher at Chetham’s School of Music in Manchester, shared ‘graphic’ fantasies about underage girls online. A National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) misconduct panel found he had shown a ‘disrespectful and repellent’ attitude towards young people and banned him from teaching for life. […]
Now Air Berlin makes you pay extra for a violin
The German budget airline has surreptitiously changed its carry-on policy and is enforcing new rules. As of last month, they want you to buy an extra seat to take a small instrument on board. Below are complaints from two violinists: Adrien La Marca: For all my musician friends playing string instruments, I invite you all to […]
Carnegie Hall’s new arts admin has composer pedigree
The person succeeding Kathy Schumann as artistic administrator next month is called Liz Mahler. She’s presently executive director of a Brooklyn ensemble, The Knights. She’s married to a man called Strauss. That’s all.
Alan Gilbert goes out in a blaze of … New World Symphony
The New York Philharmonic has announced the farewell season of its departing music director. Sets pulses racing? OPENING GALA CONCERT: New York Philharmonic Premieres Past and Present THE NEW WORLD INITIATIVE: Season-Long, Citywide Immersion in DVOŘÁK’S NEW WORLD SYMPHONY THE NEW YORK COMMISSIONS: Works on NEW YORK Theme by New York–Based WYNTON MARSALIS, SEAN SHEPHERD, […]