After President Biden signed the American Rescue Plan which includes funding for the National Endowment for the Arts to support organizations and jobs in the arts sector that have been impacted by the pandemic, the NEA announced that the organization is due to receive $135 million « in this historic legislation represents a significant commitment to the arts and a recognition of the value of the arts and culture sector to the nation’s economy and recovery. » Read More →

Joshua Weilerstein
(c) Jacob Boserup

The Boston based Phoenix Orchestra has appointed American conductor Joshua Weilerstein, 34, as Music Director from the 2021-2022 season. Weilerstein has served as Artistic Director of the Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne since 2014 and he will quit this job in June 2021. Read More →

Thomas Zehetmair
(c) Mark Savage / Northern Sinfonia

The Orchestre National d’Auvergne has named the successors of Roberto Forés Veses, musical and artistic director of the or the past 10 years, who will end his mandate in June 2021. Indeed, the Orchestra announced the creation of an artistic team starting with the upcoming 2021/2022 season. Read More →

Der 1993 geborene armenische Komponist Hovik Sardaryan ist der erste Stipendiat des  Schwarzkopf-Kompositionsstipendiums der Schwarzkopf-Stiftung Junges Europa. Das neue Stipendium wird jährlich in Kooperation mit der Karajan-Akademie der Berliner Philharmoniker vergeben und mit jeweils insgesamt 15.000 Euro dotiert. Read More →

Stéphane Denève
(c) Henry Fair

The St. Louis Symphony Orchestra has announced a four-year contract extension for its current Music Director, French conductor Stéphane Denève, 49. The extended contract runs through the end of the SLSO’s 2025/2026 season, which will be Denève’s seventh as Music Director. Read More →

Der Cellist Ottomar Borwitzky ist am Montag nach langer, schwerer Krankheit im Alter von 90 Jahren verstorben, teilten die Berliner Philharmoniker mit. Borwitzky war dem Orchester 37 Jahre lang als 1. Solocellist verbunden. Read More →

Antonio Pappano
Photo: Musacchio & Ianniello

The London Symphony has announced 61-year-old British conductor Antonio Pappano as Chief Conductor, officially starting from the 2024/25 season. Pappano will be Chief Conductor Designate from September 2023. His appointment will begin just months after he is to step down from as Music Director at the Royal Opera House in London, in July 2024. In 2005 he became music director of the Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia. At the LSO, Pappano is the successor of Simon Rattle.

Yesterday, artists affected by the theatre, opera and concert bans in Bavaria, especially at the Bavarian State Opera and Gasteig, on behalf of the supporters of the initiative Aufstehen für die Kunst (Standing Up for the Arts), filed an urgent application with the Bavarian Administrative Court against the blanket ban on concerts and performances in the 12th Bavarian Infection Protection Measures Ordinance (12. Bayerische Infektionsschutzmaßnahmenverordnung). Read More →

Philharmonie Luxembourg
(c) Wade Zimmermann

Die Luxemburger Philharmonie hat ihr Programm für April angekündigt. Nicht weniger als 21 Konzerte sind vorgesehen, alle gemäß den aktuellen und seit Wochen höchst erfolgreich applizierten Regeln der Corona-Beschränkungen und von kurzer Dauer. Einige Programme werden zweimal gespielt, um 18 und um 20 Uhr. Read More →

The Ministry of Culture of Luxembourg has launched a call for applications in the process of expected commissions of musical compositions for nine orchestras or musical ensembles for the 2021/2022 season. Read More →

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