The French opera world has been shocked by the sudden death of Pierre Vernes, founder of the Paris Competition which has yielded such talents as Julia Lezhneva, Omo
Nathaniel West has joined the double-bass section. Yu-Ting Chen and Jeoung-Yin Kim (pictured) are new members of the second violins. All three are Curtis graduates.
The violinist issued a statement today in Russian (loosely translated here), condemning the systemic faults in the arrest and prosecution of the opera director Kirill