Terrible news: Dmitri Hvorostovsky has brain tumour
The great Russian baritone has just issued the following statement on his website: It is with great regret that Dmitri must cancel all performances from now until the end of August. He has recently been suffering from serious health issues, and a brain tumor has just been diagnosed. Although his voice and vocal condition are […]
US music college rankings put Eastman on top
This is a supposedly objective list, based on the following criteria: Teaching Quality / Professor Ratings (10%) Staff / Student Ratio (15%) Median Salary of Graduates (10%) SAT / ACT Test Scores (15%) Graduation Rate Performance (10%) Undergraduate Academic Reputation (20%) Student Selectivity (5%) Alumni (5%) Academic (Undergraduate) / Research (Graduate) Performance (5%) G-factor (5%). […]
Death of an important Russian piano teacher
We are saddened to learn of the death today of Marina Veniaminova Wolf, aged 87. Her students in St Petersburg included Stanislav Igolinsky, Pavel Yegorov, Grigory Gruzman, Polina Osetinskaya, Alexandre Pirojenko, Eduard Kiprsky and Rustam Muradov.
Breaking: Music director is in coma after heart attack during rehearsal
We hear from Verona that Julian Kovatchev, music director in Lucca, collapsed with a heart attack last night during a rehearsal at the Arena. An emergency team administered CPR and intubated the maestro on the stage before rushing him to hospital, where he lies in an induced coma. Kovatchev, 55, a Bulgarian, is a busy international […]
Rising Aussie gets international agency deal
Two months ago Nicholas Carter, 29, became the first Australian-born chief conductor of a local orchestra in three decades. He has now landed international management with Askonas Holt. Also joining Holt is Stanislav Kochanovsky, a Gergiev protégé from St Pete.
Hey, what? This maestro needs a new website
Clemens Schuldt is described by his agent as ‘one of the most exciting young conductors emerging from Germany’. After that, his official website bio goes into gobbledygook. – Hey what the assistant conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra for one year… – He is Conducting investigation orchestras as the German Symphony Orchestra Berlin… – Born in Bremen, […]
Unseen recording: Kirill Petrenko conducts Mahler
There are virtually no audio recordings of the incoming Berlin Philharmonic chief, and such video as exists is mostly opera. Happily, Alexandros Rigas has come up with this 2004 Berlin performance of Mahler’s 4th symphony – not the Berlin Philharmonic, but a beautifully phrased and delicately shaped interpretation. Mischa Horenstein has just posted it on […]
Sadness: New York City ballet star dies, aged 46
Albert Evans, a principal dancer at New York City Ballet until his retirement in 2010, has died in hospital, the company has announced. Evans was one of only two African-American principal dancers in NYCB’s history.
Just in: Kennedy hires ex-Barbican chief
Deborah Rutter has appointed Robert van Leer as Senior Vice President of Artistic Planning at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., completing her top team. Robert was head of music at London’s Barbican Centre for 15 years, managing a £6 million budget. A joint US-Dutch national, he went on to become managing director of the […]
Mental training for musicians is back on the curriculum
Four months ago, the Royal Academy of Music in London scrapped a valuable course in mental training by Professor Inger Murray. The Latvian accordionist Ksenija Sidorova led the outcry and Slipped Disc took up the cause. Today, Ksenija tells us: I am very happy to report that Inger will continue her Mental Training […]
Exclusive: Four UK singers are shut out by US visa crash
Earlier this week, we reported the the Van Cliburn competition had lost a juror because the US authorities were unable to issue visas due to a computer crash. Now, our colleague Lawrence Johnson learns that four British singers have had to pull out of Chicago’s Grant Park Music Festival for exactly the same reason. The […]