Maestro gives away his national prize to Spanish music education
The Spanish conductor Juanjo Mena was awarded the Premio Nacional de Musica last night in Madrid. It’s worth 30,000 Euros. Before the award touched his hands, he announced that he was giving it away to primary music education. ‘I had lessons when I was seven,’ said Juanjo. ‘If I became a prestigious music director, it […]
Why do rock bands need opera houses?
There’s a musical on Meat Loaf coming up at English National Opera. And Metallica have just booked the Toronto Opera House for a show next week. Why do they need us? And, more desperately why do we need them? There’s a loser in this transaction.
The Cliburn breaks silence on the Fort Worth strike
We warned a few days ago that next year’s Van Cliburn Competition would need to look at other options if the board of the Fort Worth Symphony persisted in locking out its musicians. Our post received a sharp rebuttal from the Cliburn’s aggressive PR. But the head of the organisation has now shared his fears […]
Death of a guitar provocateur
Dominique Répécaud, a self-taught guitarist who became director of the André Malraux cultural centre at Vandœuvre-lès-Nancy, has died at 61. His festivals brought together an eclectic assemblage of avant-garde artists and happenings.
Maestro stays: No change in Rome
Sir Antonio Pappano has signed a new deal at the Santa Cecilia orchestra, taking him to 2021. He has been in charge in Rome since 2005. He has also been music director at Covent Garden since 2002. He doesn’t like change.
Ian Bostridge leads on song and dance
The tenor has been invited to give the 2016 Lincoln Kirstein lecture at NYU. Bostridge’s lecture will discuss the relationship between song and dance, the role of song in Schubert’s music, and Benjamin Britten’s complex work with dance and stylization from The Prince of the Pagodas to Death in Venice. Opening remarks on the life […]
Senior Putin aide is directing an opera
Sergei Novikov is a Kremlin aide with close access to the president. He is the sole assistant to former prime minister Sergei Kiriyenko who has been charged with securing Putin’s next election victory in 2018. But Sergei Novikov has a life. He’s an opera buff, especially Russian opera. According to this report from a not-infallible source, […]
In Seoul, you can now order a takeout string quartet
Home Concert, a new platform that will launch online and via mobile on Thursday at homeconcert.co.kr. to deliver live chamber music ensembles to your home. Mine’s a Schubert quintet with anchovies. Read here.
Cliburn winner starts her own competition
Just as Van Cliburn did when he returned from winning the Tchaikovsky competition in Moscow and started his own in Texas, so one of his laureates has followed his lead. Olga Kern, joint winner of the gold medal at the Cliburn in 2001, has just presided over the first Olga Kern International Piano Competition in […]
A US mezzo wins Handel birthplace prize
The town of Halle has awarded its 2017 prize to Vivica Genaux, describing her as ‘one of the foremost Baroque and bel canto singers.’ The Alaskan-born singer will be presented with the prize in Halle next week.
Israel Philharmonic plucks key exec from Carnegie Hall
Naomi Grabel has abruptly left her post as director of marketing and creative services at Carnegie Hall to become CEO of the American Friends of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. She starts work in three weeks’ time. All well at Carnegie Hall? press release: David Hirsch, President of the Board of the American Friends of the […]