Detroit Symphony Orchestra

The Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) today announced its Social Progress Initiative, an ongoing assessment of its community impact through programs that serve hundreds of thousands of people each year across greater Detroit. Read More →

The 61st World Federation of International Music Competitions (WFIMC) General Assembly, hosted by the Concours musical international de Montréal (CMIM) closed on a record high with the induction of six competitions and four associate organisations to the Federation. Read More →

The St. Cloud Symphony Orchestra (St. Cloud, Minnesota) announced that it has hired American conductor Brian Dowdy as Music Director. Dowdy signed a three-year contract that begins this month. Dowdy is also artistic director and principal conductor of the Mississippi Valley Orchestra.

West Virginia Symphony Orchestra in Charleston has announced Lawrence Loh, 47, as its new music director. The California-born conductor is also music director of the Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic and music director of the Syracuse based Symphoria, where he has just signed a contract extending his stay in Syracuse to 2022. Additionally, Loh is Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the Syracuse Opera.

The Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra (Ontario, Canada) has announced the appointment of Québec-born Canadian conductor and violinist Simon Rivard. He succeeds Jean-Michel Malouf. The orchestra is expected to announce also a new music director in June.


Die Dresdner Musikfestspiele finden in diesem Jahr vom 18. Mai bis zum 18. Juni unter dem Thema ‘Licht’ statt. Alain Steffen hat einige Konzerte besucht. Read More →

Paavo Järvi
(c) Julia Bayer

Paavo Järvi (54) has been named music director of the Tonhalle Orchestra in Zurich from 2018 on. He will succeed Lionel Bringuier who is to conclude his tenure at the end of his first contract, at the end of the 2017-2018 season. Bringuier’s tenure is considered as having been highly unsuccessful. Read More →

Markus Bosch

Die Stadt Heidenheim (Baden-Württemberg) verlängert den Vertrag mit Marcus Bosch (47) als künstlerischer Direktor der Opernfestspiele bis zum Sommer 2025. Die Stadt will damit « frühzeitig Planungssicherheit schaffen und die faszinierende Erfolgsgeschichte zusammen mit Marcus Bosch weiterschreiben. » Read More →

From summer 2017 the French Youth Orchestra will be orchestra in residence in the Hauts-de-France region (a merger of former Nord-Pas-de-Calais and Picardy). The Regional Council will financially fund the various rehearsal sessions and subsequent concerts of the orchestra in Lille, Compiegne and Soissons.

Valery Gergiev
Foto: Marco Borggreve

In 2016, Valery Gergiev was the best earning cultural personality in Russia, according to the Russian Ministry of Culture. His declared annual income was 154.45 million rubles (€ 2.31 mio). In 2015 he declared 130 million rubles). Read More →

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