Elim Chan

The Royal Scottish National Orchestra (RSNO) has appointed Hong Kong-born Elim Chan as its next Principal Guest Conductor, succeeding Thomas Sondergard  who has been appointed as the RNSO’s Music Director. Read More →

Jonathan Nott
Photo: Thomas Müller

Die Junge Deutsche Philharmonie hat den bis Juni 2019 laufenden Vertrag von Jonathan Nott als Erster Dirigent und Künstlerischer Berater um weitere drei Jahre bis Juni 2022 verlängert. Read More →

Lidiya Yankovskaya

Chicago Opera Theater has named Lidiya Yankovskaya music director. Her appointment is effective immediately, yet she will start regular conducting duties only in the 2018-19 season. The Russian-born conductor currently serves as artistic director of Boston’s Juventus New Music Ensemble, artistic director of the Boston New Music Festival and music director of Massachusetts’ Commonwealth Lyric Theater.

Sarah Ioannides
(c) Xun-Zixiang

Symphony Tacoma (50 km south of Seattle) has extended the contract of Music Director Sarah Ioannides through the 2023-2024 season. Board President Clark D’Elia said in a Symphony Tacoma press release: “In just three seasons, the changes she has implemented – both artistic and programmatic – have been remarkable. » Read More →

Thomas Hengelbrock
(c) Gunter Glücklich NDR

Thomas Hengelbrock wird seinen Vertrag als Chefdirigent des NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchesters über die Saison 2018/19 hinaus nicht verlängern. Nach dann acht sehr erfolgreichen Jahren an der Spitze des Residenzorchesters der Elbphilharmonie möchte er wieder mehr Zeit haben, um sich intensiver anderen künstlerischen Herausforderungen widmen zu können, teilte der NDR mit. Read More →

Catriona Morison
(c) John Cooper

Scottish mezzo soprano Catriona Morison, 31, has won the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World competition. 400 candidates had applied for the competition, 20 were admitted to the final rounds. Read More →

A group of young musicians are launching performers.lu as an intermediary between performance organizers, artists and the audience. The platform was founded by Caroline Mirkes, a Luxembourgish cellist, pianist and composer, with the aim of making contemporary as well as classical art accessible and fairly remunerated, and with the vision of stimulating creativity through unifying and supporting artists internationally. Read More →

Thomaskirche, Leipzig
(c) Remy Franck

Mit über 120 Veranstaltungen zog das diesjährige ‘Bachfest Leipzig’  insgesamt knapp 71.000 Besucher aus 41 Nationen an. Das entspricht einem Plus von 22,4% gegenüber 2016. Read More →

The 40th season of the Dresdner Musikfestspiele was extremely positive, according to the organizer: « From May 18 to June 18 Dresden was transformed into a vibrant meeting-place for about 1,500 artists from all over the world. » The festival organized 60 concerts at 22 venues, and those events had about 54,000 visitors. In 2016, 53 events had attracted 48,000 visitors. Furthermore, in 2017, ticket sales revenues soared by 38 percent, reaching € 1.4 million.

Pittsburgh philanthropists Pat and Michele Atkins have given the Pittsburgh Opera a $1.2 million donation, one of the largest in the company’s history. Donators want the donation to be called Pat and Michele Atkins Audience Development Fund. It will be spread out over four years.

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