The conductor from hell
Anyone recognise him? (Click on blue word ‘Post’ if video does not pop out). Post by Michael White. Anyone know which movie? UPDATE: It’s this.
French orchestra boss quits
Eric Montalbetti, artistic director of the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, has just quit without notice after differences with the new radio regime. Instability is becoming this season’s fashion in French orchestras. Chers amis, Dear friends, comme certains d’entre vous le savent, la semaine dernière a été pour moi le moment d’une décision difficile, et j’ai […]
Russian ballet’s bad boy defects to Hollywood
The ever-interesting Gramilano has picked up a Ria Novosti report saying that Sergei Polunin, possibly the most gifted Russian dancer of his generation, has walked out on his Moscow company and flown to Los Angeles in pursuit of a movie career. Polunin, 25, previously walked out on London’s Royal Ballet.
Gidon Kremer’s anti-political manifesto: Now in Russian
The great violinist’s important statement on the darkening political situation has been translated unofficially by Russian media and circulated in Putin land. For the English original, see here. К концерту “Моя Россия” Я решил по целому ряду причин заменить запланированный нами спектакль-концерт “Все о Гидоне” в Земпер-опере, который должен был быть частью цикла моих концертов […]
Artists manager backs orchestra closure
There’s a very odd article today in the Danish national newspaper Berlingske Tidende by the artistic director of Nordic Artists Management, Jacob Soelberg. In it, Soelberg asserts that the national broadcaster, DR, is absolutely right to shut down its chamber orchestra, because the ensemble is playing Mozart and Beethoven, no longer fulfilling its national purpose. […]
Why size matters in symphony orchestras
Two symphony orchestras are presently facing reduction. The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra has locked out its players with a view to getting their agreement to shrink the ensemble to Mozart dimensions, 45-55. The numbers have not been specified but these are the intentions that are reaching us from the company’s upper echelons. If they can’t force […]
Canadian tenor nails International Vocal Competition
Andrew Haji collected the grand prize, the press prize and the junior jury prize. They liked him in Holland. Here’s why.
It’s Koreans all the way at the Casals and ARD competitions
The first prize was withheld at the piano round of the widely-watched Ard competition in Munich. But a South Korean Chi Ho Han (22) was given second prize and the public award and her compatriot Kang-Un Kim (25) shared third. In Budapest, Taeguk Mun, a cellist at the New England Conservatory, was crowned winner of the Pablo […]
System shock as Conservatoire chief fails to take office
Professor Jörg-Peter Weigle was announced in April as the next head of the Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler in Berlin, a major international conservatory. Weigle, 61, had been its Rektor since 2008 and was due to take office on September 1. On the day, apparently, he failed to show. The institution has now announced he has resigned […]
Scotland will lose an orchestra ‘the morning after independence’
Warnings are being heard across the classical music business that the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra cannot survive a ‘Yes’ vote in the independence referendum. The BBCSSO is funded from London to provide broadcasts for BBC Radio 3 from concerts and studio sessions that take place in Scotland. If Scotland left the UK, the BBC would […]
Composer and conductor receive Canada’s highest honour
The Order of Canada comes in three levels: Companion, Officer and Member. On Friday, four new Companions were invested. Two are musicians. The official citation reads: Yannick Nézet-Séguin, C.C. Montréal, Quebec Yannick Nézet-Séguin is one of the most sought-after conductors in the world. He is the artistic director and principal conductor of the Orchestre Métropolitain de Montréal, […]