The ‘Roche Young Commissions 2025 has been awarded to the Catalan composer Guillem Palomar and the German Jakob Raab. This award will thus enable both of them to write an orchestral work to be premiered by the Lucerne Festival Contemporary Orchestra (LFCO) at the 2025 edition of the Lucerne Summer Festival. Read More →

Kodaly Philharmonic and Kodaly Choir
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The Award Ceremony and Gala concert of the Second International Kodaly competition took place in Debrecen and honored the winners of the Conducting Competition 2023. Read More →

Am gestrigen Montag begann der 72. Internationale Musikwettbewerb der ARD in München. Er wird überschattet durch die Ankündigung gravierender Sparmaßnahmen und unsicherer Zukunftsprognosen für den Wettbewerb. Read More →

Leonhard Baumgartner
(c) Karol Sokolowski

The 16-year-old Austrian violinist Leonhard Baumgartner, Discovery Award winner of the International Classical Music Awards (ICMA), has received the Zoltan Kodaly Prize at the International Summer Academy of the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna. Read More →

American contralto Jasmin White (b. 1993) is the winner of this year’s Queen Sonja Singing Competition. Aksel Daveyan (baritone) from Armenia took second place, while Nils Wanderer (countertenor) from Germany secured the third place. Read More →

The Kodaly Philharmonic
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The Jury has announced the winners of the 2nd Zoltán Kodály International Music Competition, during which young conductors competed. No Furst Prize was awarded. Instead, there are two Second Prizes which went to Alexander Sinan Binder (Germany) and Mateusz Gwizdalla (Australia/Poland). Read More →

Nicholas Hersh

The Modesto Symphony Orchestra Association has announced that the Board of Directors has named Nicholas Hersh as Music Director! He will be the ninth music director in the Californian orchestra’s 93-year history. Read More →

Gioacchino Rossini

The 44th Rossini Opera Festival ended successfully in Pesaro. No less than 40 events were on the program, including performances and meetings. Read More →

American bass-baritone Robert Hale has died at the age of 90. After performing mainly in the United States, especially with the New York City Opera, Robert Hale sung in major European opera houses from the 1980s onwards, and also at New York’s Metropolitan Opera from 1990. He was specializing in the German repertoire

Zoltan Kodaly

Zoltan Kodaly’s Psalmus Hungaricus, a choral work for tenor, chorus and orchestra is the work which the finalists of the Kodaly Conducting Competition in Debrecen must rehearse and conduct, was composed in 1923. Jury member Remy Franck has more information about this masterpiece. Read More →

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