London music promoter is convicted of rape
A promoter of pop concerts who staged events in classical venues has been found guilty of two rapes, in 1985 and 1972. Mervyn Conn, 82, awaits sentence at Kingston Crown Court. Conn has a previous conviction for a sexual assault on his receptionist. Police are asking for any further victims to come forward. More here. […]
Canadian conductor lands Berlin job
The Komische Oper has promoted Jordan de Souza to Kapellmeister, starting September 2017. This could be a bigger job than it looks since the orchestra has just shot down the company’s choice of music director, leaving the podium up for grabs.
Biz news: At Sony Music, the kid brother also rises
Sony Music Entertainment has named Rob Stringer, 54, as its next chief executive. He’s the younger brother of Sir Howard Stringer, former Sony Corp chairman and CEO, and he will replace the industry veteran Doug Morris, 77. More.
Insurer launches WeLoveMusicians policy
They will cover your violin for £3.20 a day, they say (but see Comments). Cambridge-based NWBIB has set up specialist cover for musicians by beginning its WeLoveMusicians brand. The policy is aimed at all levels of musicians from novices to global artists and the broker has a special scheme providing cover for professionals and delegated […]
Just in: Verbier changes director
The festival has appointed Stephen McHolm, from Canada, to replace Christian Thompson, who is leaving to work full-time for the Orchestre National de Lyon. Press release: October 19th 2016 / The Verbier Festival is delighted to announce that from 1 December 2016, Stephen McHolm will become Director of the Verbier Festival Academy (VFA) and Special […]
Gidon Kremer: To serve the arts means not to yield to the industry’s sharks
Here is the text that the great violinist read before the Japanese Royal Family on receiving the Praemium Imperiale award in Tokyo this week, the first violin player to be so distinguished. He used the occasion to resume his assault on the false priorities of the music business. Here is the original text, exclusive to […]
UPDATE: No Zakhar Bron pupil is in the Wieniawski final
The Wieniawski competition has reached its final stage in Poznan. Of the seven final candidates, none is a pupil of Zakhar Bron, who is one of the judges. Previous reports that Richard Lin had studied with Bron are unfounded. Richard assures us that his teachers are Aaron Rosand (no fan of rigged competitions) and Lewis […]
Wieland Wagner ‘was Hitler’s ideal son’
Fifty years after her father’s death, the music administrator Nike Wagner has been rattling skeletons in the family closet. Wieland, she says, could never talk about growing up as Hitler’s favourite in the family. He was everything Hitler wanted of a young Wagner. After the War, by introducing modernist productions to Bayreuth, he cleansed himself […]
Chinese media: Lang Lang has raised $2m for kids
The Chinese state news agency Xinhua has reported that a Lang Lang dinner in New York raised $2,049,000 for his education foundation. Supporting acts at the dinner included Michael Feinstein and Lisa Fischer. The achievement has not appeared in any western media.
Shangri-la: German orchestra swaps players with Las Vegas
Rub your eyes, gals and guys. Some lucky Germans will go to Vegas. Some serious Vegans will wind up in Cottbus. Read this: Through a generous gift by German philanthropist Dorothee Hennings-Holtmann, the Las Vegas Philharmonic and the Brandenburg State Theater Orchestra, Cottbus are pleased to announce the American German Cultural Exchange Fellowship (AGCEF). This […]
Anguished appeal for stolen London violin
Melanie Wise is asking us to look out for her early 19th century German violin, which was stolen from a van parked near Mare Street in Hackney. She was working at the time with the band Primal Scream. Here’s what Melanie writes: I HAVE HAD MY BELOVED VIOLIN AND ENTIRE MUSICAL SETUP STOLEN @ 3PM TODAY […]