Teatro alla Scala, Milano

Alexander Pereira, 71, ist wegen seines Vorschlags, den saudischen Kulturminister in den Aufsichtsrat der Mailänder Scala aufzunehmen, unter Beschuss geraten. U.a. hat die italienische Oppositionspartei ‘Forza Italia’ beim Kulturministerium in Rom Protest eingelegt. Es geht aber um sehr viel Geld. Angeblich soll der saudi-arabische Kulturminister, Prinz Badr bin Farhan Al Saud, in Aussicht gestellt haben, in den nächsten fünf Jahren 15 Millionen Euro in die Mailänder Scala zu investieren.

Der 1931 in Hamburg geborene deutsche Hornist Gerd Seifert verstarb am 28. Februar in Berlin, wie jetzt erst bekannt wurde. Gerd Seifert kam verhältnismäßig spät zum Horn, im Alter von zwölf Jahren, und debütierte bereits drei Jahre später als Solist im 1. Hornkonzert von Richard Strauss. Mit 17 Jahren wurde er Solo-Hornist beim Städtischen Orchester Düsseldorf, wo er bis 1964 blieb. Read More →

Eva Gevorgyan & Javier Perianes

Javier Perianes, ICMA Artist of the year was in Cleveland last week, playing Ravel in G with The Cleveland Orchestra and François Xavier Roth. At the same time, ICMA Discovery Award winner Eva Gevorgyan was in Cleveland too, playing concerts for the Cleveland International Piano Competition, where she won First Prize in the Junior Division in 2018. Eva attended the Perianes concert and both ICMA winners met backstage.

Monte-Carlo Opera and Cecilia Bartoli announced the official appointment of Gianluca Capuano as Principal Conductor of Les Musiciens du Prince, an orchestra created in 2016 by the Italian singer. Read More →

International broadcaster Deutsche Welle has been admitted as Jury member into the Jury of the International Classical Music Awards (ICMA). Deutsche Welle is represented in the Jury by Anastassia Boutsko, editor in DW’s music editorial department. Read More →

Remix Culture is the central theme of the European Capital of Culture  Esch2022. With Luxembourg’s second largest city, Esch-sur-Alzette at its centre, Esch2022 comprises all the ProSud municipalities as well as the eight French Pays Haut Val d’Alzette (CCPHVA) municipalities. Esch2022 is inviting interested people and organisation to submit their cultural projects online at www.esch2022.lu. Read More →

American conductor and pianist André Previn died today, aged 89. Born in Berlin on April 6, 1929, as Andreas Ludwig Priwin, he grew up in Los Angeles. His family fled Germany in 1938 and first moved to Paris, and then New York, before arriving in Hollywood. Read More →

Joshua Bell
Photo: Bill Phelps

American violinist Joshua Bell (*1967) will receive the Glashütte Original Music Festival Award during this year’s Dresden Music Festival. The Prize will be presented to him as part of his concert at the Frauenkirche. Read More →

KKL Luzern
(c) Urs Wyss / KKL

At this year’s ICMA Award ceremony on May 10 in Lucerne, three musicians will musically enrich the event. Zofia Neugebauer and Andrea Cellacchi will perform the Sonatine for Flute and Bassoon by French composer Pierre Gabaye (1930-2000). Both are musicians of the Lucerne Symphony Orchestra. 15-year-old German cellist Philipp Schupelius will perform György Ligeti’s Sonata for cello solo. Read More →

The Russian Government takes more control over the Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow. It was announced that Olga Gorogetsu, Deputy Prime Minister since May 2012, has been appointed chairman of the organizing committee, along with Valery Gergiev, himself a Putin-man. At the same time, the chairpersons of each department were announced, representing a truly international panel. Read More →

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