ICMA Jury member Franz Patay and Pentatone’s Managing Director Simon Eder

After the cancellation of the 2020 ICMA Award Ceremony, ICMA Jury member Franz Patay handed over the Label of the Year Award at the Theater an der Wien in Vienna. Pentatone’s Managing Director Simon M. Eder was there to receive the trophy, accompanied by the label’s violinist Arabella Steinbacher, and singers Anna Lucia Richter and Piotr Beczala. Read More →

The biennial Iturbi International Piano Competition Valencia, created in 1981 will be commemorating its 40th anniversary in 2021. The application period remains open until 31st October. Read More →

Die Finanzierung der Nordwestdeutschen Philharmonie in Herford ist bis 2026 gesichert. Die Trägerversammlung hat das Finanzkonzept einstimmig verabschiedet, heißt es in westfälischen Medien. Die Finanzierung setzt sich so zusammen: 40 Prozent vom Land, 40 Prozent von den Trägerkommunen und 20 Prozent Eigenanteil. Read More →

Die vornehmlich aus Vertretern der Schallplattenindustrie zusammengesetzte Jury des sogenannten Opus Klassik hat wieder ihre Preise bekannt gegeben und sich somit erneut selber gestreichelt und geliebkost. Read More →

From Soptember 5-26, the Bard Music Festival in Annandale-on-Hudson, New York, joins forces with The Orchestra Now (TŌN) and the Bard College Conservatory to present ‘Out of the Silence: A Celebration of Music,’ a series of four free live-streamed concerts for string orchestra, piano and percussion (Sep 5–26). Pairing works by Mendelssohn, Tchaikovsky, Dvorak and Bartok with music by ten prominent Black composers – ranging from Classical pioneer Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges to contemporary Americans Alvin Singleton, Adolphus Hailstork and Jessie Montgomery, the series celebrates Bard’s commitment to neglected rarities and the unquenchable joy of music-making. Read More →

The BBC announced that after the controversy about whether Rule Britannia! and Land Of Hope And Glory were to be sung or only played instrumentally, both pieces will be sung by a group of the BBC Singers at the Last Night of the Prom’s. Read More →

A drunk young man climbed up Liverpool’s Philharmonic Hall and stole the second letter L from the Liverpool Philharmonic sign on August 31 and then fled. Police searched the area and chased a group of men, one of whom had the letter in his possession. The missing letter has been put in place and the sign is complete again. Read More →

Organised by the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (IKSV), the 48th Istanbul Music Festival will present a virtual program between 18 September and 5 October 2020. Curated around this year’s theme, The Enlightened World of Beethoven, the festival concerts filmed at historical venues in Istanbul, Ankara and various cities of Europe will be available for streaming for audiences to enjoy on their screens. Read More →

Cristian Macelaru
(c) Sorin Popa

Appointed in November 2019 as Music Director of the Orchestre National de France, 40-year old Romanian conductor Cristian Macelaru was to take up the job in September 2021. But since Emmanuel Krivine resigned with immediate effect in May, Macelaru finally has been named Music Director from the 2020-21 season. Read More →

In einem offenen Brief hat der Vorstand der Jungen Deutschen Philharmonie auf die gegenwärtige schwierige Situation aufmerksam gemacht. In dem Brief heißt es: « … für viele andere Musikstudierende bilden Praktika und Akademien in Orchestern eine wichtige Schnittstelle zwischen dem Studium an einer Hochschule und dem späteren Berufsleben. Man kommt heutzutage fast nicht mehr umhin, Erfahrungen in einem Profiorchester zu sammeln. Praktika und Akademien sind in unserer persönlichen Entwicklung und als Wegbereiter unserer Laufbahn extrem wichtig. » Read More →

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