Trotz einer Trendwende in der Klassik und steigenden Besucherzahlen ist die Zahl der Musiker in deutschen Berufsorchestern ist weiter gesunken, teilt die Deutsche Orchestervereinigung mit: « Von 2016 bis 2018 verringerten sich die Planstellen von 9.816 auf 9.746. Das entspricht einem Minus von 70 Stellen. » Dazu Gerald Mertens, Geschäftsführer der DOV: « Angesichts des unglaublich lang anhaltenden Wirtschaftsaufschwungs und übervoller Staatskassen muss nun endlich mehr Geld auch im Kulturbereich und bei den Berufsorchestern ankommen. Davon profitiert die gesamte Gesellschaft“. Read More →

Théâtre Marigny

Jean-Luc Choplin, the former General Manager of the Châtelet in Paris and more recently of La Seine Musicale, could be the next General Manager of Théâtre Marigny, the newspaper Les Echos reports. Located on the Champs Elysées, opposite to the Grand Palais, Marigny has undergone a total renovation since 2013 and should reopen in September 2018. Read More →

Beat Furrer
(c) Judith Schlosser

Der österreichische-schweizerische Komponist Beat Furrer (*1954) erhält den Ernst von Siemens-Musikpreis 2018. Die Preisverleihung findet am 3. Mai im Münchner Prinzregententheater statt. Read More →

Music&Arts Networks, a company run by François Dru and Pierre-Jean Tribot, has announced the creation of 21 Music, a new 100 % digital label. « The music market is evolving: we must anticipate changes and look ahead. 21 Music is a flexible and borderless label, from Classical to Electro and Contemporary music », the label says. Read More →

Arend Herold succeeds Camille Kerger as General Manager of the European Institute for Choir Singing in Luxembourg (INECC). Arend Herold worked during nine years in the education department of the Luxembourg Philharmonic and the Philharmonie. Then he became the orchestra manager of L’Estro Armonico. Read More →

Laurent Petitgirard

According to a news release of the Académie des Beaux-Arts, Laurent Petitgirard, its Lifetime Secretary, will end his contract as Music Director of the Paris based Orchestre Colonne this year already. The contract was signed for two more years, until 2020. Petitgirard who is at the helm of this French orchestra since 2004, wants to devote himself to composition and guest conducting.

Auditorio Príncipe Felipe', Oviedo

Not officially confirmed news that the upcoming renovation of the Auditorium of Oviedo could lead to the complete closure of the building are worrying the concert organizers of the Spanish city. They believe their annual series could be heavily be affected. The building hosts some of the most important musical cycles of the city, including the season of the Symphony Orchestra of the Principality of Asturias. Possible alternatives in other spaces have not yet been presented.

Gabor Kali

Hungarian conductor Gabor Kali, 35, has won Hong Kong’s first International Conducting Competition. Kali scored the highest mark from an international jury headed by Yip Wing-sie, Music Director of the Hong Kong Sinfonietta, and Christoph Poppen, its principal guest conductor. The competition, hosted by the Sinfonietta, drew 310 applications from 49 countries and regions. Read More →

Philharmonie Luxembourg
(c) Wade Zimmermann

It’s at Luxembourg’s splendid Philharmonie that this year’s ICMA General Assembly took place from 18 to 20 January, hosted by the Philharmonie and the Ministry of Culture. Besides their work during the meeting, the Jury members also had time to explore Luxembourg’s rich musical life. Read More →

Renata Scotto

The first edition of the International Competition Piemonte Opera – Voci dal Mondo will take place in the Aula Magna of the University of Turin in May 2018. The Jury is presided by soprano Renata Scotto, president, and comprises mezzosoprano Luciana D’Intino, soprano Barbara Frittoli, Angelo Gabrielli, soprano Linda Campanella, Sonia Franzese, and Luisa Mauro, General Manager Sequenda (ex-Nei Stemmen Luxembourg). Read More →

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