The 2024 edition of the biennial George Enescu International Competition will take place from August 31 to September 27, 2024, in Bucharest, Romania, with four divisions for entrants in Composition, Cello, Violin, and Piano. Now in its 19th edition, this competition is open to participants of all nationalities born after August 1, 1989. Application deadlines are May 10, 2024 for the Cello, Violin and Piano divisions, and June 30, 2024 for Composition entries. Read More →

Semyon Bychkov
(c) Petra Hajska

Conductor Semyon Bychkov, Music Director of the Czech Philharmonic since 2018, has announced that he will not renew his contract and will end his tenure at the end of the 2027-28 season. Read More →

Yannick Nézet-Séguin
(c) Alfonso Salgueiro

The Curtis Institute of Music announces that it will expand the scope of the school’s conducting program, creating a training program designed to provide the most promising young conductors with one-of-a-kind conducting mentorship in opera and symphonic repertoire. James Ross will join the faculty as Director of Orchestral Studies, starting in the 2024–25 school year. Read More →

Goldene Mozart-Medaille: Johannes-Honsig-Erlenburg & Robert Levin
(c) Wolfgang Lienbacher

Der Amerikaner Robert Levin, 76, seines Zeichens Pianist, Pädagoge, Komponist, Wettbewerb- und Festivalleiter, Harvard-Professor, Mozart-Experte und Mitglied der Akademie für Mozart-Forschung, ist gestern Abend mit der Goldenen Mozart-Medaille ausgezeichnet worden. Dies ist die höchste Auszeichnung, die die Internationale Stiftung Mozarteum im Namen Mozarts vergibt. Read More →

The good news is: Sesi Minas terminates the contract with Codemig, who manages the Sala Minas Gerais but invites the Philharmonic Cultural Institute to apply for becoming a partner of the hall, thus enabling the continuity of this institute’s activities. The organization notably manages the Minas Gerais Philharmonic. Read More →

The 74-year-old Jorge Rivero Tirado, guest conductor of the Orquesta Filarmónica de Jalisco, died at the Teatro Degollado due to a fulminant heart attack during a rehearsal. Paramedics arrived to provide care, however, Tirado no longer had vital signs.  Born in Cuba, Rivero Tirado had an outstanding career as an oboist and as conductor.

Alexandria Symphony Orchestra has extended the contract of its Music Director James Ross through 2027. The American musician is currently in his sixth season with the orchestra. In parallel he will start to work as the director of orchestral studies at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia from next fall. Read More →

Enyi Okpara

After two days of auditions with 8 finalists competing for the position of Assistant Conductor, the winner was selected by a vote from the Orchestra’s musicians. And this winner is Enyi Okpara. Read More →

NY Philharmonic's David Geffen Hall
(c) Remy Franck

The New York Philharmonic Orchestra has temporarily suspended two orchestra members, trumpeter Matthew Muckey and oboist Liang Wang from rehearsals and performances over allegations of sexual abuse in 2010 published by the New York Magazine. Brass player Cara Kizer was allegedly drugged and raped by them at the time. Read More →

Roland Böer
(c) Barbara Aumüller

Der Vertrag des Generalmusikdirektors am Staatstheater Nürnberg, Roland Böer, wird um zwei Spielzeiten verlängert. Er werde bis 2027 bleiben, teilte das Staatstheater Nürnberg heute mit. Der 53-jährige Böer leitet die Staatsphilharmonie Nürnberg an Bayerns größtem Mehrspartenhaus seit Herbst 2023. Der Nachfolger von Joana Mallwitz hatte zunächst einen Vertrag bis 2025.

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