In March, the Belvedere Singing Competition postponed the finals scheduled for the month of April to the fall 2020. Today the organizer announced that the final rounds have been cancelled. All singers who have already qualified will automatically be in the final rounds next year. Read More →

Romanian conductor Camil Marinescu died today in Bucharest, according to news from Radio Romania Muzical. His death was caused by Covid-19. Born in 1964, Marinescu studied the bassoon and conducting at the National University of Music in Bucharest. His teachers were Cristian Mandeal and Pierre Dervaux. He has collaborated with important orchestras in the United States, Canada or Germany, and taught conducting at Osaka University. Read More →

Nach Placido Domingos eigenem Schuldbekenntnis und zahlreichen Rauswürfen in den USA und in Spanien setzt sich der Österreichische Musiktheaterpreis über das alles hinweg und verleiht  dem Sänger den Preis für sein Lebenswerk. Dass Domingo ein großartiger Sänger war und viel geleistet hat in seiner Karriere steht ohne Zweifel. Ihm dafür zum jetzigen Zeitpunkt einen Preis zu verleihen, ist ein falsches Signal und eine deutliche Abwertung eines Preises, den man ab sofort nicht mehr ernstnehmen kann.

Jaakko Kuusisto

Finnish violinist and conductor Jaakko Kuusisto, 46, has announced on social media that he is awaiting surgery for a brain tumor. He says, that doctors assume that the tumor is malignant but in a place where a successful surgery is possible. Read More →

Stuart Mailina
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The contract of Music Director Stuart Malina with the Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra (Pennsylvania) has been extended through 2023. The Amercian conductor has been the music director of the orchestra for 20 years. Read More →

The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra announced that all live performances will be cancelled through at least November 29. However, the symphony expects live streaming a new digital concert series this fall. Read More →

The Richard Tucker Music Foundation announced that it would remove David Tucker, the son of the organization’s eponymous opera singer, from its Board of Directors, effective immediately. The decision was made after the singer’s so posted a series of racist and offensive comments on a July 18 Facebook post by Julia Bullock, a Black soprano. Read More →

In Munich, the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks is still awaiting to get a new Music Director. The position is vacant since the death of Mariss Jansons in November 2019. Read More →

Der Schweizer Musikpreis zeichnet das herausragende und innovative Schweizer Musikschaffen aus und trägt zu dessen Vermittlung bei. Folgende Musiker werden 2020 im Bereich Klassik prämiert: der Sänger und Dirigent André Ducret (Freiburg im Üechtland), der Komponist Rudolf Kelterborn (Basel), der Pianist Francesco Piemontesi (Locarno TI) sowie Swiss Chamber Concerts (BS, GE, TI, ZH). Read More →

The Sydney International Piano Competition (The Sydney) will present a special 60+ hour digital event, The Sydney Piano Marathon, from July 23 to 26, broadcasting footage from its 2016 event and offering viewers the opportunity to see some of the world’s most talented young musicians from the comfort of their own homes. Read More →

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