The Prime Minister of Italy, Giuseppe Conte, has announced that from tomorrow until (at least) the 24 November all theaters and concert halls in Italy will close. This is due to the rapidly escalating numbers of coronavirus cases in the country. Read More →

The Tokyo International Music Competition for Conducting, held once every three years since 1967, will take place in September and October 2021.The jury comprises Tadaaki Otaka, Sian Edwards, Dan Ettinger, Junichi Hirokami, Michiyoshi Inoue, Okko Kamu, Rainer Küchl, Jun Märkl and Ken Takaseki. Read More →

To cope with its financial crisis due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Royal Opera House in London has sold a painting by David Hockney for 14.2 million euros. The painting auctioned at Christie’s depicts David Webster, former director of the opera house from 1945 to 1970, and dates from 1971.

Ivan Fischer
Photo: Marco Borggreve

The Concertgebouworkest has appointed Ivan Fischer, 69, Honorary Guest Conductor with effect from the 2021-22 season. In that capacity, the Hungarian conductor will work with the orchestra two or three weeks each season, the Orchestra announced today. Read More →

Julia Tai, the music director of Philharmonia Northwest and co-artistic director of the Seattle Modern Orchestra has been named Music Director oif the Missoula Symphony and Chorale. Read More →

Beim 2. Leipziger Clara Schumann-Wettbewerb 2020 vergab die Jury insgesamt neun Preise in drei Altersgruppen: Die jeweils ersten Preisträger sind BabetteLehnert (12, Leipzig), Michael Nagel (14, Merseburg) und Philine Berger (16, Wuppertal). Read More →

Teatro alla Scala, Milano

Milan’s La Scala has decided to cancel ten events scheduled from now until 3 December due to the evolution of the Coronavirus epidemic. These are just some of the shows on the programme, including the four performances of Cinderella for children scheduled for November, three concerts conducted by Giovanni Antonini and two recitals with Sabine Devieilhe and Simon Keenlyside. All other performances will take place.

Sakari Oramo
(c) B. Ealovegae

The BBC Symphony Orchestra has announced the extension of Chief Conductor Sakari Oramo’s contract until the end of the BBC Proms season in 2023. The 54-year-old Finnish conductor is in this position since 2013, when he took over from Jiri Belohlavek. He is also Chief Conductor and Artistic Advisor: of the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra and Honorary Conductor of the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra.

Der 38-jährige russische Geiger Ilya Gringolts und der 44-jährige israelische Dirigent Volkov haben eine neue Organisation, die I&I Foundation, gegründet, um Interpreten und Komponisten zusammenzubringen, voll finanzierte Aufträge zu generieren und so ein vielfältiges Angebot an neuer Musik zu schaffen. Die Stiftung strebt an, jedes Jahr zwischen 15 und 20 Komponisten zu beauftragen. Read More →

Marina Rebeka & Nicola Cattò
(c) Brescia/Amisano – Teatro alla Scala

On Tuesday, October 20th, on the occasion of Marina Rebeka’s much applauded recital at the Teatro alla Scala in Milan, ICMA General Secretary Nicola Cattò presented the award of Artist of the Year 2020 to the illustrious Latvian soprano. Read More →

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