Slipped Disc’s makers and breakers of 2015

Slipped Disc’s makers and breakers of 2015


norman lebrecht

December 29, 2015


Five makers:

Monika Grütters

Monika Grütters: The German culture minister has been a leading advocate in the value of arts to society

cho chopin

Chopin Competition: Clean, transparent and producing a worthy winner

semper anti-pegida

Semper Oper, Dresden: The first cultural institution to condemn anti-refugee movements

severance hall

Cleveland Orchestra: America’s finest, despite severe social blight.

kirill petrenko china

Kirill Petrenko: The shy maestro (l.) who told the Berlin Phil to wait and the media to get lost


Five breakers:

carnegie hall interior

Billionaire Ron Perelman: Tried to sack Carnegie Hall’s boss in a major ego clash

park seoul

The abominable Ms Park: Beheaded the Seoul Philharmonic (late qualifier)


Lang Lang: Not so much a concert pianist, more a multi-brand

zakhar bron

Zakhar Bron: His students are bound to win


Dallas Symphony: Too chicken to fly


So who have we forgotten?


  • Nick says:

    In the breakers column – how about the Arts Council of England?

  • Petros Linardos says:

    Menahem Pressler’s indian summer.

  • Alvaro says:

    Norman has to be there for something.

    I like how you kept it real in the Peabody interview. I’d nominate you.

  • Anon says:

    A little self depreciation – mentioning Sokolov’s rejection of a certain music price this year in your honor – would have suited you well, Sir.