After the Russian Ministry of culture initiated a discussion about their plans to stop the import of musical instruments in all the public institutions, musicians as well as organizations spoke out against such a bill. Some say, the Russian instrument industry would not be able to provide enough instruments. Read More →

Der Protest des Personals und der Musiker der Philharmonie in der westrussischen Stadt Kursk war erfolgreich: Der Manager des Philharmonischen Orchesters und der Philharmonie, Alexei Konorev, wurde nach seiner dubiosen Entlassung (Pizzicato berichtete) wieder eingestellt. Die Regionalverwaltung ging damit auf die Argumente der Protestierenden ein.

(c) Remy Franck

Since ancient times, philosophers have sought to cultivate happiness and well-being. Their intuitions about the benefits of shared creative experiences have now been confirmed by pioneering scientific research conducted by University College London (UCL) in partnership with Eric Whitacre and Music Productions. The detailed study, led by UCL Senior Research Fellow and BBC Radio 3 New Generation Thinker Dr Daisy Fancourt, shows how singing in a virtual choir delivers significant psychological benefits. Read More →

John Georgiadis, who was concertmaster of the London Symphony Orchestra in two periods from 1965-1979, has now published his autobiography Bow to Baton, a fascinating story about the musical life in general and about the one in London in particular, at that time. This means, of course, that the memories include conductors from the past which will interest above all those readers old enough to have known personalities like André Previn, Thomas Beecham, Malcolm Sargent, Colin Davis, Leonard Bernstein (Worst Side Story), Sergiu Celibidache, Jascha Horenstein, George Szell, Eugene Ormandy (The Thickest Skin), George Solti (The Screaming Skull), Zubin Mehta, Erich Leinsdorf (Much Ado About Nothing), and many more. Read More →

The Leopold Mozart competition in Augsburg has announced the 12 violinists who will take part in the second round (3-4 June). Read More →

Vlad Vizireanu

Romanian-born conductor Vlad Vizireanu has been named Music Director of the Knox Galesburg Symphony in Galesburg (Illinois), as a successor of  Bruce Polay, who was at the helm of the orchestra for 35 years. Read More →

Linus Roth, Künstlerischer Leiter des Wettbewerbs, und Jurymitglied Remy Franck

In der Deutschen Mozartstadt Augsburg läuft seit diesem Samstag die erste Runde des 10. Internationalen Violinwettbewerbs Leopold Mozart. 24 Kandidaten präsentieren sich der Jury aus Geigern, Managern und Journalisten. Die Mehrheit der Kandidaten kommt aus Asien und die Mehrheit ist weiblich. Read More →

Yury Revich

Austrian-Russian violinist Yury Revich, 27, Young Artist of the Year of the International Classical Music Awards (ICMA) in 2015, pursues a brilliant international career. Together with the Italian pianist Fiorenzo Pascalucci he launched their own Beethoven Project for the upcoming Beethoven Year 2020. They have prepared all of the composer’s violin sonatas in a historical set up. Read More →

The 10th International Violin Competition Leopold Mozart will be held from 31 May to 8 June in Augsburg. Run by Artistic Director Linus Roth, the competition will see 25 participants perform in front of the jury comprising violinists Benjamin Schmid (Chairman), Friedemann Eichhorn and Liza Ferschtman, Remy Franck (Pizzicato/ICMA), Read More →

Elina Garanca
Photo: Gabo/DG

Die 42-jährige lettische Mezzosopranistin Elina Garanca hat sich verletzt. Sie brach sich eine Rippe und muss nun Konzerte absagen, so am 4. Juni im Wiener Konzerthaus, mit dem Wiener KammerOrchester unter der Leitung von Karel Mark Chichon.

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