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Sad news: Cancer claims eminent Russian pianist, 69

We regret to report the death of Pavel Egorov, head of piano at the St Petersburg Conervatoire and an international authority on Schumann. He has been suffering from cancer for some time. Boris Bloch writes: Pavel Egorov was my classmate not only at the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory but also a fellow student of Tatjana Nikolaeva […]

Royal Ballet loses its American star

Eric Underwood tweets: After many very incredible years @TheRoyalBallet I have decided to move on. I’m hugely grateful for all I have learnt there. Eric, 33, joined the company in 2006 and was promoted to soloist two years later. He’ll be missed.

Venezuela frees protest violinist

Hours after musicians the world over started signing a petition for his freedom, the Venezuela regime released  Wuilly Arteaga after three weeks’ detention without charge or trial. Wuilly’s release is subject to certain unspecified conditions.

From Royal Philharmonic Orchestra to Cambridge Summer Music Festival

Ian Maclay recently retired as the managing director of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra having joined the orchestra in 1972 and become managing director in 1982, and again in 2001. But Maclay is not putting his feet up, and it has been...Show More Summary

What a remarkable score: Oklahoma!

Robert Fairchild (centre) as Will Parker in Oklahoma! with the John Wilson Orchestra at the BBC Proms.(Photo Mark Allan/BBC) Until I caught the BBC television broadcast of Rogers and Hamerstein's Oklahoma! from the BBC Proms on Sunday...Show More Summary

Canadian director accuses Philharmonie de Paris of bad faith

Xavier Dolan was due to appear at a Philharmonie event in December. He has now published an open letter on Twitter saying he never agreed to the engagement: ‘I apologies to the audience for the false information… I leave it to you to explain my absence to people who bought tickets for the event and […]

Whatever happened to ‘indisposed’?

That used to be the catch-all excuse for all musical cancellations from major surgery to an illicit tryst in Hawaii. I think we finally drove the term out of business. Now they’re falling back on ‘personal reasons’ – which is even crappier. What, exactly, is a personal reason? Leaky bladder? A director with wandering hands? […]

Just in: Israel Opera finds a music director

It has been announced in Tel Aviv that Dan Ettinger will replace Daniel Oren in Janury. This is promising. Ettinger, 46, is principal guest conductor with the Israel Symphony Orchestra, which operates as the Israel Opera’s pit band. His arrival coincides with the retirement of the Opera’s hard-hat chief executive Hanna Munitz and the start […]

After 80 years, America loses its boy choir school

Message received from Princeton, NJ: August 15, 2017 Dear ABS Community, I am writing with difficult news about the American Boychoir School. Over the course of the summer, our anticipated enrollment for the 2017-18 school year declined unexpectedly. Students whom we had expected to return decided not to do so, and our recruiting efforts for […]

Washington Opera faces Code Amber crisis

Amber Wagner has waked out on Francesca Zambello’s Aida in Washington. Personal reasons, it says. Her replacement is Leah Crocetto, who played the same production in San Francisco last season and happened to be free next month.

Sydney Symphony snatches ex-pat Emma from New York

press release: Today the Board of the SSO has announced the appointment of Australian expatriate and New York-based performing arts executive Emma E. Dunch as CEO of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. Ms. Dunch was raised on Sydney’s North Shore. She has lived and worked in New York City since 1999. Emma graduated from the League […]

Trumpet player defeats Donald Trump in 6-year legal war

Tom Scharfeld created an iPhone app designed to teach people how to play the trumpet. He called it iTrump. Lawyers for Donald Trump launched a battle to claim ownership of the app name. They lost. Read here on Bloomberg.  

Bach bust-up: Boss quits JEG’s Leipzig Bach Archive

Alexander Steinhilber, managing director of the Leipzig Bach Archive has submitted his resignation, giving two weeks notice. He cites personal reasons for leaving the plum post which he only took up 18 months ago. The President of the Bach Archive is the British conductor, Sir John Eliot Gardiner.

That's One Less Turandot Performance I'll Have to See

Toni Marie Palmertree Photo: Valentina Sadiul Toni Marie Palmertree will sing Liu in all of the September performances of Turnadot, replacing Maria Agresta, who has withdrawn owing to illness. Here's most of the press release: SAN FRANCISCO,...Show More Summary

Help get this innocent violinist out of Maduro’s brutal jail

A petition has been posed calling on the Venezuelan government to release the violinist  Wuilly Arteaga, 23, who has been held without charge and brutally treated for the past two weeks. The first beating actually damaged his hearing. Wuilly’s only offence has been to play in protests against the regime. Sign here.

Charles Dutoit strikes gold

The Swiss conductor will be awarded the Royal Philharmonic Society’s gold medal at the BBC Proms this week. press release: One of classical music’s highest honours, the Royal Philharmonic Society Gold Medal, has been awarded to the Swiss conductor Charles Dutoit. He becomes the 103rd recipient since the medal was founded in 1870 in celebration of […]

Glenn Gould estate sells out all rights

The future Glenn Gould royalties, as well as the rights to his name and image, have been sold to Primary Wave Entertainment, a US agency that squeezes artists’ reputations to the last drop. Story here. The don’t own this. photo (c) Don Hunstein/Lebrecht Music&Arts

John Rutter weighs in on Musicians-Church-Without-Musicians

The Telegraph has picked up the St-Sep’s scandal from Slipped Disc and gone to church composer John Rutter for comment. Rutter says: ‘What this current vicar seems to be saying is that music is OK so long as it’s part of a worship service. The concerts that take place in just about every church in […]

Australia’s best newspaper has no further interest in opera

Michael Shmith, a star of The Age newspaper in Melbourne for 36 years, has resigned as its opera critic because the paper no longer allocates space to the art form. Michael writes: In early August, I resigned as The Age’s opera critic. I didn’t particularly want to do so, and my decision was neither pre-emptory nor […]

Crossing the century: Leonard Elschenbroich in Dutilleux, Messiaen, Debussy, Ravel and Saint-Saens

Dutilleux, Messiaen, Debussy, Ravel, Saint-Saens; Leonard Elschenbroich, Alexei Grynyuk, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, John Wilson, Stefan Blunier Reviewed by Robert Hugill on Aug 15 2017 Star rating: 4.0 The young German cellistShow More Summary

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