The Met has just announced its 2017-18 trainees on the Lindemann program. They are:
Kidon Choi, baritone (South Korea); Emily D’Angelo, mezzo-soprano (Canada); Gabriella Reyes de Ramírez, soprano (US); Nate Raskin, pianist/coach (US, pictured)) and Adrian Timpau, baritone (Moldova).
Returning to the program are Michelle Bradley, soprano; Rihab Chaieb, mezzo-soprano; Zalman Kelber, coach/pianist; Ian Koziara, tenor; David Leigh, bass; Petr Nekoranec, tenor; Hyesang Park, soprano; Valeriya Polunina, coach/pianist; and Kang Wang, tenor.
Professor Richard Jakoby, longterm head of the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Hanover and president of the Deutsches Musikrat, has died at 88.
He was a leading member of the International Society for Music Education (ISME), the International Music Councils (IMC) and the Comité Consultatif de la Musique auprès des Communautés Européennes.
photo: Karin Blüher
A student of John Bell Young has reported his death, in his apartment in Bratteleboro, Vermont, alone with his dog, Ben.
He had not been heard from since April.
Confirmation of his death has been issued by a US district court in New York, where Young was being sued for defamation by by the pianist Valentina Lisitsa.
Young’s sister, reporting his death, declared him to be insolvent and intestate. He had no spouse or children. The death certificate places date of death as ‘April 2017’ and confirms his cremation on April 20, in Middlebury, VT.
John Bell Young, who was 63, had been impaired for the past four years by the effects of a stroke.
A New Yorker of part-Cherokee origin, he supplemented a stuttering career as a pianist with writing reviews in music journals. He considered himself the ultimate authority on the music of Scriabin and attacked anyone who questioned his credentials. A combative, venomous character he issued death threats to imagined enemies and pursued online vendettas against dozens of musicians and media persons.
That was the public face of John Bell Young. His student has described him as a sympathetic teacher, capable of great kindness. May he rest in peace.
We have been informed of the death of Susan M Filler, a musicologist at Northwestern University who published Gustav and Alma Mahler: A Research and Information Guide(1989; 2nd edition, 2008) and Compendium of American Musicology: Essays in honor of John F. Ohl (1999).
She died of cancer on July 7, the composer’s 157th birthday. Susan was 69.
No sooner do we post a report on the highest-ever piano concert than a French reader reminds us that the Orchestre des Pays de Savoie played last year on the summit of Mont Blanc.