According to an article published by The Oregonian, musicians of the Portland based Oregon Symphony agreed to give up $315,000 in pay, in order to balance the budget by June 30. Read More →

MAK in Vienna
Photo: MAK

The second edition of Classical:NEXT takes place from today, 29 May until 1 June in Vienna, Austria. After a successful premiere in Munich last year, the new professional forum for classical music is set to become the annual meeting point for the classical music scene. The new venue for the Classical:NEXT exhibition and conference spaces is the MAK, the Austrian Museum of Applied Arts/ Contemporary Art, in Vienna. The Showcase concerts will be held at nearby theatres. Read More →

David Afkham
Photo: Chris Christodoulou.

The Spanish National Orchestra announced the appointment of David Afkham as its new Principal Conductor, effective from September 2015 for four years. Afkham (*1988), a German conductor of Persian descent, is rapidly establishing a good reputation.

Kent Nagano
(c) Benjamin Ealovega

American conductor Kent Nagano (*1951) has been appointed Principal Guest Conductor and Artistic Advisor of the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra in Sweden. His contract begins in October 2013. Kent Nagano will spend seven weeks with the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra under season. There will be twelve concerts in Gothenburg and further concerts in Western Götaland.

Marcin Stanczyk
Photo: Aleksandra Chciuk

Polish composer Marcin Stanczyk (*1977) is this year’s winner of the prestigious Toru Takemitsu Composition Award in Japan. Ninety seven participants from 28 countries took part in the competition, which is named after the famous Japanese composer Toru Takemitsu who died in 1996. Read More →

Bénéficier en France du titre ‘Opéra National’ et des subventions afférentes est lié à un cahier des charges exhaustif. Afin de contrôler si ce cahier des charges est bien respecté, un groupe de contrôleurs débarque régulièrement dans les maisons et dresse, après une enquête qui peut durer des mois, un rapport. Ce rapport devant justifier l’existence même des apparatchiks, il est généralement salé afin de plaire aux responsables politiques qui se féliciteront d’avoir de si bons inspecteurs. Read More →

« Musikalische Bildung hat eine höhere Wertschätzung verdient, als sie derzeit in unserer Gesellschaft erkennbar wird. » Das sagte der deutsche Bundespräsident Joachim Gauck gestern in seiner Rede zum  50. Gründungsjubiläum des Wettbewerbs ‘Jugend musiziert’. Die Aussage kommt wie gerufen in einer Zeit als Bildungspolitiker in der Bundesrepublik versuchen, den Musikunterricht in den Schulen abzuschaffen. Read More →

Die deutsche Musikwissenschaftlerin Ulrike Kienzle hat bei Recherchen ein verschollen geglaubtes Streichquartett von Max Bruch entdeckt. Der Komponist war 14 Jahre alt, als er sich damit 1852 um ein Stipendium der Frankfurter Mozart-Stiftung bewarb. Read More →

The Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra announced it is in the process of purchasing ‘The Plaza Live’, located at 425 N. Bumby Avenue, near downtown Orlando. Read More →

The ‘Association Européenne des Agents Artistiques’ (AEAA) elected a new board at its annual General Assembly:

President: Andrea Hampl (Germany), owner and founder of the Konzertdirektion Hampl in Berlin Read More →

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