Gifted viola player is silenced by rude passerby
Kim Becker, 17, is a viola player in the National Youth Orchestra, which plays next month at the BBC Proms. She is a student at Cardinal Newman College and studies music at the Junior Royal Northern College of Music every Saturday. For the past two years she has been busking in her home […]
Lorin Maazel was my mentor: a violinist’s tale
The rising American violinist Eric Silberger has asked us to share some of his close memories of the late maestro: He once told me, “always remain humble, our friendship depends on it.” In front of the music, he was extremely humble and always dedicated to achieving the highest standards possible.Even though he had […]
America’s top classical CD is a soprano with two new lungs
The Nielsens are in. Top-selling album is Amazing Grace by Charity Tillemann-Dick, a soprano who had a double-lung transplant in January 2012. Story sells these days, not music. Click here for video.
In defence of Isaac Stern
In the interests of balance, and in the belief that we all good made up of good and bad in unequal parts, we are publishing the following response to recent revelations on www.slippedisc.com about the great American violinist. Dear Norman, Below is what I said at the June 1987 Conference of the American Symphony […]
Look, Peter Gelb: Young opera lovers…
This has just been posted by Angela Gjeorghiu, 45 minutes before an ROH Boheme screening in Trafalgar Square.
US Airways knows its instruments
The airline has issued SPECIAL BAGGAGE REGULATIONS: ANTLERS – large antlers my be checked in on most flights, (one RACK per passenger), for a fee of $150. On Dash * aircraft only medium sizes antlers will be accepted. On CRJ aircraft only small antlers will be accepted. MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS – Musical instruments are considered […]
‘We fled the opera in our nighties’ – a memoir of beloved Eilene
The mezzo-soprano Fiona Kimm contributes this impression of the late Eilene Hannan. I was very sad to hear of the death of Eilene Hannan last week, at the early age of sixty eight. Not only was she a singer with a voice of remarkable beauty, but a supportive and generous colleague, who made working with […]
No apology from no-pay Beethoven festival
Chicago’s non-paying Beethoven Festival has posted the following website statement: A new announcement will shortly be made about the status of Beethoven Festival: WALKABOUT 2014, in light of recent events. We appreciate your patience at this time. For ‘recent events’, read exposure on Slipped Disc. This is no way to get back into business, George […]
Just in: Covent Garden closes a 95% season
Royal Opera director Kaspar Holten has tweeted the remarkable result. The house played opera to near-capacity in 2013/14. Peter Gelb’s pessimistic pronouncements stand in splendid isolation. If everyone else is filling the house and he is not, what conclusion can we draw?
Violinist claims half a billion Youtube hits
This is Lindsey Stirling. Nobody has done bigger. She plays. She dances. She talks about her eating disorder. ABC News | ABC Sports News