Yue Bao, the newly installed conducting fellow at Houston Symphony, was formerly assistant to Yannick Nézet-Séguin at Curtis.

The Shanghai-born baton also did spells at Cabrillo, Buffalo and Minnesota. She’s got one foot on the US circuit.

Three young women in the second violin group of the Vienna Philharmonic were given full time jobs at the end of their  trial periods – Adela Frasineanu as Stimmführerin (pictured) and Julia Gyenge and Lika Yakupova as tutti players.

An audition for a further position ended without anyone being selected.


The orchestra is on the way to becoming an equal opportunity employer.

The Polish baritone Mariusz Kwiecień, who has hardly sung this past year, has been replaced in Dallas’s Don Carlo next March. This is a very advance announcement of a sick cancellation.

It’s also another upgrade for the American Lucas Meachem.

The violist and conductor Simon Streatfeild died in December 7.

A viola student of Frederick Riddle, he was principal viola of the LSO and a founder with Neville Marriner of the Academy of St Martin in the Fields.

Like Marriner, he took up the baton, playing a formative role in Canada with the orchestras of Quebec, Vancouver, Manitoba and Kitchener-Waterloo.

Alfred Brendel, Mitsuko Uchida and Imogen Cooper stood out in a piano-royalty audience at Eric Lu’s Wigmore Hall debut last night.

Here’s the Leeds winner with its founder, Dame Fanny Waterman, before the show.