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The latest news for classical music professionals.

Monday 29 May 2017

5:15PM GMT (6 hours, 35 minutes ago)

Nicola Benedetti awarded Queen’s Medal for Music

The brilliant violinist has become the youngest ever recipient of the medal, which is awarded each year to a musician, or group of musicians, who have had ‘a major influence on the musical life of the nation’. | read article...

5:13PM GMT (6 hours, 37 minutes ago)

‘People can be so bl**dy serious about music, but it should be pure pleasure’ – Mitsuko Uchida

‘I’m a piano player and a musician, whether I’m an artist – that’s not up to me to decide’ | read article...

5:12PM GMT (6 hours, 38 minutes ago)

‘Right before I go on stage is not my favourite moment’: Joshua Bell opens up about pre-performance anxiety

Joshua Bell – Edinburgh International Festival portrait; The great violinist spoke to EIF ahead of his performance... | read article...

5:05PM GMT (6 hours, 45 minutes ago)

Din and Tonics a cappella tribute to John Williams | Harvard University Commencement 2017

Student group "Harvard Din and Tonics" give an a cappella performance of famed composer and honorand John Williams most beloved scores, including Star Wars, Jaws, and Indiana Jones. | read article...

5:01PM GMT (6 hours, 49 minutes ago)

Curtis Symphony Orchestra is turned back at Heathrow Airport for an extra unscheduled day in London

Curtis Symphony Orchestra posted this photo on Instagram with caption “Guess what!? After 9 hours of traveling, we're still in London!" | read article...

3:10PM GMT (8 hours, 41 minutes ago)

NEW Rare Violin Stolen from Irish Musician -

A musician with the Irish band Newfoundland is seeking the public's help in finding an irreplaceable violin which was stolen from him in downtown St. John's last night. | read article...

Saturday 27 May 2017

10:01PM GMT (2 days, 1 hour ago)

Cinema will save opera for a new generation, Royal Opera House director suggests

Streaming opera in the cinema could save it for a new generation, a Royal Opera House director has suggested, as he claims it is helping to weed out the "hammy" over-acting young audiences hate. | read article...

Friday 26 May 2017

4:09AM GMT (3 days, 19 hours ago)

Expensive violin stolen from musician in Montrose area

Tony Sanville says he got home from a performance, parked in his normal spot, locked the door and planned to come back out to get his violin. | read article...

Thursday 25 May 2017

6:27PM GMT (4 days, 5 hours ago)

Controversial benefactor in $16M violin deal with the NJSO dies at 89

It was his claim of a unique collection of rare and valuable violins, violas and cellos by such masters as Stradivarius, Guarneri del Ges, and others that might have raised the most questions. | read article...

5:39PM GMT (4 days, 6 hours ago)

5 facts about Evelyn Glennie

She initially honed this ability by feeling the wall in her music room in high school as her percussion teacher tuned a timpani. | read article...

4:40PM GMT (4 days, 7 hours ago)

'Writing about Beethoven helped me come to terms with my own hearing loss' - The Guardian (blog)

That fear of admitting to hearing loss hasn't changed since Beethoven's day. It is still simply too risky. Hearing is an essential tool for a musician, and human beings are not very good at understanding subtleties... | read article...

2:54PM GMT (4 days, 8 hours ago)

Danish conductor Thomas Søndergård is Principal Conductor of BBC National Orchestra of Wales (BBCNOW) and Principal Guest Conductor of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra (RSNO).

The Royal Scottish National Orchestra (RSNO) appoints Danish conductor Thomas Søndergård as its next Music Director, fifty-eighth leader of the Orchestra’s Artistic Team, succeeding current Music Director Peter Oundjian from September 2018. | read article...

10:36AM GMT (4 days, 13 hours ago)

The mathematician's patterns, like those of the composer, must be beautiful

The numerous connections between mathematics and music have long intrigued practitioners of both. For centuries scholars and musicians have used maths to analyse music and also to create it. | read article...

3:51AM GMT (4 days, 19 hours ago)

White backlash rejected opera singer in early role at the University of Texas in 1957

During her first year on campus, Conrad was chosen to play Dido, the queen of Carthage, opposite a white student as her lover in a production of the Baroque composer Henry Purcell's opera “Dido and Aeneas.” | read article...

Wednesday 24 May 2017

8:05PM GMT (5 days, 3 hours ago)

CSO principal oboe Alex Klein is denied tenure

Alex Klein, who was hired as principal oboe of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra first in 1995 and again in 2016, has been denied tenure. | read article...

11:59AM GMT (5 days, 11 hours ago)

Ulysses Quartet violist told his instrument is too large to be stowed in ANA flight cabin

'By this point, the flight is being held past gate departure time, and in a last ditch effort our cellist Grace [Mei-En Ho] suggests the viola can fit behind her cello in a seat already purchased by our travel provider,' continued Brookes. | read article...

5:00AM GMT (5 days, 18 hours ago)

Who comes first: the conductor, the composer, or the orchestra?

Twice within the space of a week I've had concert-goers approach me to bemoan the size of the attendance at an RTÉ orchestral concert. | read article...

Tuesday 23 May 2017

11:14PM GMT (6 days ago)

Detroit Symphony sells its downtown office building

An entity linked to the Detroit Symphony Orchestra sold a block-long office building on Woodward Avenue that's full of stable tenants such as the Detroit Medical Center, the University of Michigan and the symphony itself. | read article...

12:09PM GMT (6 days, 11 hours ago)

The Second Violins Are Not Second Fiddle!

Violinist Paul Arnold has been a member of the Philadelphia Orchestra for 30 years. | read article...

12:20AM GMT (6 days, 23 hours ago)

German orchestra denied permission for protest performance by border fence

A German orchestra spearheading efforts to stage a June 3 protest concert on both sides of the Tijuana-San Diego border has found itself forced to change plans after state and federal authorities denied its requests to perform on the U.S. side. | read article...

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