Roberto Gonzalez-Monjas
(c) Marco Borggreve

34-year-old Spanish violinist and conductor Roberto González-Monjas has been announced as Music Director for the Sinfónica de Galicia. He is also Chief Conductor and Artistic Advisor of Dalasinfoniettan in Sweden (since the 2019/20 season), Chief Conductor of Musikkollegium Winterthur in Switzerland (since the 2021/22 season), Principal Guest Conductor of the Belgian National Orchestra (since the 2022/23 season) and Artistic Director of Iberacademy in Colombia.

Der amerikanische Pianist Michael Ponti starb am Montag im Alter von 84 Jahren in Garmisch-Partenkirchen. Ponti wurde 1937 in Freiburg als Sohn eines Presseoffiziers der US-Armee geboren. Kindheit und Jugend verbrachte er in den USA. Read More →

The Palau de la Música has named Alvaro Albiach as Principal Guest Conductor for the Orquesta de Valencia during the 2022-23 season. In September 2012, he was appointed as Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the Orquesta de Extramaduro. He is the winner of the Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award at the 46th edition of the Besançon Conducting Competition.

Der deutsche Dirigent Hermann Bäumer, 57, wird seinen Vertrag als Mainzer Generalmusikdirektor nach der Saison 2024/25 nicht verlängern. Er ist seit der Spielzeit 2011/2012 Chefdirigent des Philharmonischen Staatsorchesters Mainz sowie Generalmusikdirektor des dortigen Staatstheaters. Read More →

Zubin Mehta
(c) Sébastien Grébille

Conductor Zubin Mehta, 86, has cancelled his upcoming engagements at La Scala in Milan for health reasons. Mehta was scheduled to take the podium on Dec. 22 for the Christmas Concert and for six performances of the Strauss opera Salome in January. Read More →

The Royal Opera House has announced the appointment of Jakub Hrusa, 41, as its Music director. He will begin his tenure in September 2025, succeding Antonio Pappano, who steps down from the post at the end of the 2023-24 season after 22 years in the role Read More →

Der Fanny Mendelssohn Förderpreis 2023 geht an den Berliner Cellisten Philipp Schupelius. Der 19-jährige überzeugte die Jury mit seinem Projekt ‘Pau oder Fiddling While Rome Burns’. Leitschnur ist dabei das Lebenswerk und die Gedankenwelt des katalanischen Cellisten Pablo Casals, dessen 50. Todestag im Jahr 2023 begangen wird. Read More →

Die Koreanerin Hyunju Kwon hat den Deutschen Chordirigentenpreis gewonnen. Neben dem Preisgeld von 5.000 Euro erhielt die Siegerin einen Publikumspreis von 250 Euro, der in gleicher Höhe auch an Nikolaus Henseler ging. Die beiden weiteren Finalisten waren Benjamin Hartmann und Benedikt Kantert. Read More →

The soprano Mariana Nicolesco passed away at the age of 73 in a Bucharest hospital, the Romanian National Opera announced. She sang on all major international stages and in leading concert halls under the direction of conductors such as  Carlo Maria Giulini, Wolfgang Sawallisch, Riccardo Muti, Seiji Ozawa, Lorin Maazel, Colin Davis and Georges Prêtre.

The Ukrainian press has reported that Russian soldiers killed the conductor Yurii Kerpatenko because he refused to cooperate with the invaders, the Ukrainian Ministry of Culture and Information Policy said. Journalist Olena Vanina was the first to report the conductor’s murder. Read More →

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