Sicklist: Andre Previn’s out
We hear that the frail conductor, 87, has cancelled the LSO in November. He may be giving up long-distance travel.
Mass exodus warning for the Met’s opening night
The opening production of Tristan and Isolde, conducted on Monday by Simon Rattle and sung by Nina Stemme and Stuart Skelton, has suffered an unfortunate clash with the first Donald Trump-Hillary Clinton TV debate. Bloomberg reports: Julie Macklowe, founder of skincare-products maker vbeaute, is splitting her evening, starting with Wagner’s tragic love story and then leaving […]
Two US debuts announced for Chopin competition winner
Seong-Jin Cho, 22, will make his concerto debut with the Warsaw Philharmonic at the Lincoln Center on October 24, and his recital debut at Carnegie Hall next February. No less interesting, the orchestral concert will include the New York premiere of Mieczyslaw Weinberg’s fourth symphony. Wish we were there.
Another principal loss, mourned by the LSO
From the London Symphony Orchestra: The LSO was sad to hear of the death of former Principal Bass Clarinet John Stenhouse on 28 August 2016 at the age of 74. John began his career in the BBC and English National Opera. He played as a freelance musician with all the major orchestras and ensembles before joining […]
A Silverstein student wins Enescu violin
Gyehee Kim, 23, a South Korean student of the late Joseph Silverstein at Curtis, has won the violin section of the Enescu Competition in Bucharest. Unusually, none of her teachers, past or present, were on the jury, which was chaired by Pierre Amoyal. We congratulate her and the competition organisers.
Why I’m going to be a music teacher
From a passionate article by a current Jacobs student: I’ve been hit with “Is music even a job or is it just something you do in your free time?” and “We didn’t even have a music teacher at our school, so there probably won’t be jobs for you when you graduate.” Regardless of the answers […]
Sudden death of bassoon virtuoso
We have been notified of the passing of Rainer Schottstädt, one of Germany’s best-known bassoon players, principal of the Gurzenich orchestra of Cologne for 40 years. Rainer, who retired last year from the orchestra, was 65. He was a member of the Syrinx quintet and set up his own publishing house for his many bassoon arrangements […]
Bolshoi mourns a principal player
Viktor Grishin was principal percussion of the Bolshoi orchestra since 1973. He was also founder if its percussion ensemble and a widely published composer. source: classicalmusicnews.ru
Zakhar Bron pupil wins Monaco 1st prize, judged by Zakhar Bron
A 15 year-old American, Elli Choi, came first in the World Monaco Music Masters competition. Elli, who won 30,000 Euros, is a student of Zakhar Bron in Switzerland. Her career is managed by the Zakhar Bron Akademie. The ubiquitous Zakhar Bron was on the very small jury of the Monaco competition. It was chaired by […]
Baltimore and Seattle make $1 million from opening concert
And they must be praying this will continue throughout the season. The Baltimore Symphony scored heavily with the black-tie crowd thanks to a rare appearance by Itzhak Perlman in the Mendelssohn concerto. Seattle made $920,000+ thanks to having Bill Gates in the audience and Joyce DiDonato on stage. Third best were Houston, at $730,000, with […]
Deep shock as symphony violinist and sons are killed in car smash
The Queensland Symphony is in mourning for one of its own. Stephen Philips, born and reared in Brisbane, was killed in a car crash while on a family holiday in New Zealand. His two stepsons, aged 14 and 12, also died. His wife, Belinda, and daughter are injured in hospital. Stephen, 54, was a member […]