Moldovan violinist Lilia Pocitari has won the first prize and a cash award of €22,000
Superstar conductor Gustavo Dudamel calls for change in education: ‘The first thing that’s cut is the arts’
The Venezuelan maestro spoke exclusively to Classic FM about how classical music can inspire and transform the lives of young people – and why governments should harness that power.
Perched on the edge of Lake Lugano, with the San Salvatore peak just in the background, Lugano’s LAC is preposterously scenic. Now in its eighth season, the LAC concert hall has quickly established itself as a major centre for chamber and orchestral performance, attracting an array of distinguished soloists and guest ensembles to Ticino.
‘People used to joke, What next from memory? The Rite of Spring?’: Nicholas Collon on his orchestra’s ultimate challenge
The power, rhythmic complexity and virtuosity of Stravinsky’s 1913 work raised the bar for orchestral music. To perform it requires high-wire concentration. And to perform it from memory…? Aurora Orchestra’s conductor on recapturing the thrill of a piece once deemed unplayable
Finnish conductor Jukka-Pekka Saraste assumed the role this month
Open to conductors, this year’s edition awarded joint second prize and €10,000 to Alexander Sinan Binder and Mateusz Gwizdalla
Howard Shore’s fantastical music to ‘The Lord of the Rings’ voted No.1 in the Classic FM Movie Music Hall of Fame
Howard Shore’s otherworldly music for ‘The Lord of the Rings’ has been voted the nation’s favourite film score in the Classic FM Movie Music Hall of Fame 2023.
The festival’s concert staging with Donald Runnicles conducting the Deutsche Oper brought Wagner’s score to life, with Clay Hilley in command of the lead role’s technical challenges
Three violinists and a cellist from Theresia Orchestra will join period ensemble Il Giardino Armonico on a European tour in September 2023
Big is beautiful. The Boston Symphony Orchestra, the grandest of international orchestras at this year’s BBC Proms, certainly went large in the first concert of their European tour, bringing a heavyweight programme in their luggage and packing the stage with the largest string section I’ve seen in action for a while – ten double basses on duty!
‘Because I Believe’ is a new documentary about Andrea Bocelli, delving into the extraordinary life and success of the Italian tenor.
Not one, but two classical music superstars ensured a complete sell-out at the Usher Hall for this, the second of two concerts from the Oslo Philharmonic with their dynamic chief conductor, Klaus Mäkelä.
Arnold Östman's recordings transformed the way we experience and think about Mozart’s greatest dramatic masterpieces
Hoffman was the founder of the American Chamber Players and a beloved arts commentator on national radio
The Deutsche Streicherphilharmonie will be awarded the €25,000 prize in September
Renata Scotto interview (Gramophone, August 1978): 'Singing isn't my whole life. The family must come first'
Renata Scotto speaks to Alan Blyth for Gramophone's August 1978 issue
Cellist, pedagogue, and arts administrator Merry Peckham will assume the post as of January 2024
The children of Jewish composer and conductor Leonard Bernstein insist that their father would have approved of actor Bradley Cooper's decision to wear a prosthetic nose for his starring role in the Netflix film
The Italian singer was regarded by some opera aficionados as an heir to the legacy of Maria Callas
Founded in 1935, the non-profit will wind down operations this fall.
It’s Sunday morning and the bells of the Franziskaner Kirche and the Stiftskirche St Peter call the faithful to prayer.
The real – and symbolic – power of the symphony has held composers in thrall for over 200 years. But what can it mean today, in our fractured and troubled world?
Anne-Sophie Mutter and Bruno Delepelaire were among the winners at Germany's most prestigious classical music awards
People fill the cobblestone streets of the city where Mozart was born, rushing to 213 performances over six weeks.
The Herbert von Karajan Young Conductors Award 2023 has been won at the Salzburg Festival by a South Korean, Hankyeol Yoon, 29.
The Teatro Metropolitano of Medellin is set to present a production of Donizetti’s “L’Elisir d’Amore.”
Prolific conductor and composer whose work spanned film, ballet, television and oratorio
Musician best known for BBC’s Pride and Prejudice and 1981’s The French Lieutenant’s Woman also composed for silent film, stage and concert hall
Released on Albany Records, the disc features works by Samuel Barber, Kenji Bunch, Lukas Foss, and Clancy Newman
What are the best works written for cello? Step this way for the most striking, stirring and inspiring works ever written for this beautiful instrument.
Political authorities in Prague are considering banning a concert by Anna Netrebko set to take place in the city in October.
Sydney Youth Orchestra has appointed Stanley Dodds as Chief Conductor, starting in December.
Drive an hour and a half from Budapest and you will reach an inland paradise on the shores of Lake Balaton. Veszprém is this year’s European Capital of Culture, an initiative that offers an opportunity to introduce lesser-known regions to other European states.
David Patrick Stearns talks to leading pianists, singers and composers shaping the art song tradition for today
One of the darkest chapters in human history arrives on the big screen in ‘Oppenheimer’, and a suspenseful string-infused soundtrack sucks its audience straight into the action.
A familiar orchestral epic sets the tone for the film of the summer...
Another Seoul talent is coming through. Jeonghwan Kim, 23, has won the 2023 Sydney International Piano Competition, with a $50,000 cash prize, two commercial recordings, a Wigmore Hall debut and a tour of Australia.
Festival Musica Strasbourg has unveiled its plans for its 2023 season, which kicks off this September.
A US businessman has donated fragments of what is believed to be Ludwig van Beethoven's skull to a Vienna university for study.
Maria Callas embodies the drama, the passion and, ultimately, the tragedy that makes opera what it is
Alongside the Australian Music Center, music rights management group APRA AMCOS has revealed finalists in 11 categories for its Art Music Awards
Why the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra deserves your vote for the 2023 Orchestra of the Year Award
The Italian conductor Giuseppe Mengoli received First Prize of €30,000
Yannick Nézet-Séguin and the Philadelphia Orchestra are very much at home with the Russian composer, while the Gesualdo Six mine the full expressive power of Byrd’s clandestine works
They are among the most admired and feared figures in classical music. Here are 25 of the most talented, revolutionary and formidable classical legends of all time...
We explore the history of one of the best-selling singles of all time, most famously recorded by Andrea Bocelli.
Music students are speaking out about their experiences during their studies, many for the first time
The c.1610 instrument is thought to be the only surviving five-string cello made in Cremona from that era
The Bayerische Staatsoper has announced Christopher Heil as its new Chorus director.
The countdown is on for Opera Australia’s futuristic East-meets-West Ring cycle. Postponed twice due to Covid, the epic Wagnerian creation – featuring sixteen hours of music over four nights – will finally open at Brisbane’s QPAC theatre in December this year.
We have been informed of the passing just before midnight of the marvellous tenor Graham Clark. Graham, who was 81, had been struggling with cancer in recent months.
Russian conductor Stanislav Kochanovsky will step into the role as of 2024
f you ask a lover of orchestral music which of the world’s concert halls have the best acoustics, you can expect their top three to include the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam.
Martin Rajna has been appointed to the position of principal conductor of the Hungarian State Opera for the upcoming 2023-2024 season.
Why the Orchestre de Paris deserves your vote for the 2023 Orchestra of the Year Award
Gavin Higgins, The Tredegar Band and the BBC National Orchestra of Wales receive their second achievement for the work
A Sunday Times reporter has been given the estate agent’s tour of the house in my vicinity where the Soltis once lived.
We're coming at you live from the Bowdoin International Music Festival, one of the world’s premier music institutes.
In a very limited field with an even more restricted jury, these are the results of the piano finals...
The New Brunswick native will step into the role at the opening of the 2023/24 season
Announced by the BBC Radio 3, Royal College of Music, and the National Centre for Early Music, the UK-based quintet will hold the role from 2023-25
The grants provide opera companies with the opportunity to edit, adjust, and refine the works for new audiences.
On June 30, the National Orchestra of Korea will make history as a robot takes the conductor’s podium for the first time in Korea.
Riccardo Muti will become the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s music director emeritus for life starting next season.
A founding member of Bang on a Can All-Stars, the bassist, improvisor and educator was 67
This will support Berkeley Symphony in its future growth as it heads into its 52nd season.
South Korean pianist Seokyoung Hong was awarded first place and a $15,000 cash prize
The 29-year-old Italian bass has won this year's BBC Cardiff Singer of the World, with the Audience Prize going to soprano Julieth Lozano Rolong from Colombia
The Russians have announced a narrow field of participants in their high-prestige event. An overwhelming majority of contenders are Russian and Chinese.
The Sinfonieorchester Wuppertal has unveiled its 2023-24 season. Here is a look at the vocal performances.
Figures released at the close of the Met season to the Associated Press show a slight increase in ticket sales at the Metropolitan Opera – from 61 percent in the post-Covid return year to 66 percent in 2022-23.
The competition has announced the laureates for its third category (14 to 17 years old) and fourth category (up to 23 years old)
Slovakian violist Šimon Truszka joins the quartet with immediate effect
The Metropolitan Opera has announced that The Robert K. Johnson Foundation will become the new sponsor of its Saturday Matinee Radio Broadcasts.
The Konzerthaus Berlin has announced its 2023-24 season. Here is a look at the vocal performances. Martin Lehmann conducts Bach’s “Weihnachts-Oratorium BWV 248 (Teile I-III)” with soloists Marie Luise Werneburg, Henriette Godde, Eric Stoklossa, and Julian Orlishausen.
In celebration of Jurassic Park’s 30th anniversary, here’s a dino-mite performance of John Williams’ glorious main theme, by the Colorado Symphony and their very good-humoured conductor, Christopher Dragon...
Lisette Oropesa, Gregory Kunde, Anna Pirozzi & Karita Mattila Lead Teatro dell’Opera di Roma’s 2023-24 Season
The Teatro dell’Opera di Roma has announced its 2023-24 season. The season opens with Botio’s “Mefistofele” with Simon Stone directing. Michele Mariotti conducts a cast that includes John Relyea, Maria Agresta, and Joshua Guerrero.
The date is burned into Boris Pinkhasovich’s memory: March 16th, 2023. “I’ll never forget it,” he says. “Some angel made my wish come true.”
BBC Radio 3 has unveiled the latest list of young musicians to be welcomed onto its prestigious New Generation Artists scheme.
The Opéra National de Paris has announced that to celebrate the 10th anniversary of its “Opéra d’été” series, it will showcase 46 free screenings of past productions throughout nine departments and 17 villages in France.
The Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra (NOSPR) has named Marin Alsop as its new Artistic Director and Chief Conductor.
The Staatheater Nürnberg has announced its 2023-24 season. here is a look at the operatic and vocal selections.
It was with great sadness that we learned the news over the weekend of the death of Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho.
Orchestre de Berlin / Jens Peter Maintz / Hartmut Rohde will present a program in Laeiszhalle Hamburg and Konzerthaus Berlin.
Corinne Winters, Vanessa Goikoetxea, Ermonela Jaho, Armando Nogeura, Kathryn Lewek Headline Opéra de Nice Côte d’Azur’s 2023-24 Season
Opéra de Nice Côte d’Azur has announced its 2023-24 season.
In a surprise appointment, the Royal Opera House has let it be known that Speranza Scappucci is to become its principal guest conductor, the first to hold that title this century.
The Awards, which for the past 20 years have recognised classical and jazz composing, will now concentrate on classical composition, with new Jazz Awards launched in 2024
Alongside concerts by VOCES8 and Apollo5 will be special appearances by Rachel Podger, Ola Gjeilo, Jack Liebeck and Mary Bevan
Perched right on Marina Bay, Singapore’s Esplanade Theatres sparkle just as light bounces off the water. The Singapore Symphony Orchestra’s approach to concert programming would seem to mirror this lustrousness – not just in choice of repertoire, but in their drawing together some of the most charismatic guest artists from around the world.
Hendrik Storme started his position as artistic director at Antwerp’s De Singel at a challenging time – when the stage, like halls around the world, was closed due to the pandemic. It gave him time to think about the future of the fast-changing Belgian institution.
The Berlin Phil chief conductor will make his Scala debut next season in Harry Kupfer’s production of Der Rosenkavalier, it was announced today in Milan.
The centenary of György Ligeti’s birth is an occasion to reflect on the life of one of the 20th century’s most remarkable musicians. It was a life that did much to reflect the extreme conditions that artists had to face in the middle years of the century, especially those in Eastern Europe.
Gustavo Dudamel is stepping down as Music Director of the Paris Opera at the end of the current 2022/23 season, less than two years after starting the role, for personal reasons.
Music Director Teddy Abrams tells Classic FM about his musical partnership with the world’s great cellist, which was 10 million years in the making.
Music Director Teddy Abrams tells Classic FM about his musical partnership with the world’s great cellist, which was 10 million years in the making.
Gramophone celebrated its 100th anniversary with an astounding concert at London's Wigmore Hall
She is a revolutionary: technically brilliant, brushed against the grain; not a punk of classical music, but not quite the fine lady either. An artist who tells history with her hands
BBC Radio 3 has compiled a playlist featuring classical music from all 26 nations competing in the Eurovision 2023 Grand Final - and it's available on BBC Sounds
Three-time GRAMMY® Award-winning violinist Hilary Hahn has announced her latest album with Deutsche Grammophon
Christoph Poppen joins Hong Kong Sinfonietta for his first concert as newly appointed Music Director on 20 May.
Due to Barenboim's health condition, he has had to step back from the "Beethoven for All" concert on May 12
Released on Deutsche Grammophon, the disc features repertoire inspired by the great violinists of the past
The Georgian violinist will step into the role for the 2023/24 season
Dutch violinist Hawijch Elders has won first prize and a €10,000 cash award
The adventure of a little girl who, with her dreams and strong faith, broke through The Iron Wall of the Soviet Union and became a world-renowned violinist
An accomplished solo recitalist and concerto performer, pianist Menahem Pressler will be best remembered as the co-founder of the hugely influential Beaux Arts Trio
23-year-old VC Young Artist Dmytro Udovychenko, from Ukraine, has been awarded First Prize at this year's violin edition
Released on Orchid Classics, the album features Troussov with the Orchestra of Teatro Lirico Giuseppe Verdi di Trieste and Nikša Bareza
The Sensational New Star of the Violin Presents Her Highly Anticipated Debut Album ‘Beethoven & Beyond’ – Out Now
“You can’t rely on virtuosity in Beethoven’s concerto; you have to reveal yourself,” says María Dueñas. And that can only be done through sound.”
The 8-week series will feature videos of Ma discussing the Bach Suites for solo cello, with participants invited to join the discussion
French pianist Colette Maze still practices between four and five hours a day, despite the fact that she has lived through two world wars and countless other historic events.
Renaud Capuçon’s exciting new Mozart project for Deutsche Grammophon comprises three albums and two STAGE+ performances, all to come before the end of the year.
Cellist Alban Gerhardt joins conductor Simone Young in Madrid for what promises to be a gripping series of concerts with Orquesta Nacional de España.
After very successful series of concerts in Australia with Sydney Symphony Orchestra and well received solo recital in Ukaria, Nicolas Altstaedt continues his tour in New Zealand.
Noa Wildschut makes her debut with Tonhalle Orchester Zürich on 26 and 27 April. Noa will performe Mozart’s Violin Concerto No.5, a piece that is close to her heart.
For the first time in its history the BBC Proms season will be opened and closed by female conductors, as the festival moves towards gender equality. The opening and closing nights will be led by Dalia Stasevska and Marin Alsop respectively, two of 10 women conducting concerts this year, three making their Proms debut.
Quatuor Ébène’s recent releases show an agile zig-zag across eras: Beethoven in 2019, Dutilleux and Schoenberg in 2021, and now back to Mozart with the K. 515 and K. 516 Quintets.
The subtitle of Quartet, historian Leah Broad’s book about four UK women composers, reads boldly: How Four Women Changed the Musical World.
A Colburn alumna, Meyers performs solo with leading orchestras worldwide and has contributed over 40 releases as a recording artist
The Serge Rachmaninoff Foundation will open the Bauhaus villa and its grounds for public viewing during several weekends in May
Hailed as “peerless today as a Rachmaninov interpreter” (The Guardian), pianist Daniil Trifonov has in recent years made milestone recordings of all four of the composer’s piano concertos and the Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini.
The virtuoso will appear in two orchestral programs plus an Artist Spotlight concert
Released on ARS Produktion, the disc explores the work of Jewish composers from the first decades of the twentieth century and features several world premiere arrangements
Discover Charlie Pikler's transcription of the well-known work
Released on Deutsche Grammophon, Wang performs with the Louisville Orchestra and conductor Teddy Abrams
The ensemble will be represented by new boutique artist management organization, Pink Noise Agency
Unsung presents cellist Sophie Kauer’s performances of works by Nadia Boulanger, Anatoly Lyadov, Felix Mendelssohn and Clara Schumann
Franco-Belgian cellist Camille Thomas presents The Chopin Project: Trilogy recorded with Deutsche grammophon. Through the sound of the cello, the artist makes us discover the life and work of one of the greatest composers of classical music in a different way.
The Chapel is the tenth film by Belgian director Dominique Deruddere. It tells the fictional story of 23-year-old virtuoso pianist Jennifer Rogiers, who takes part in the Queen Elisabeth Competition. Together with the eleven other finalists, she is traditionally secluded in the Music Chapel, without any contact with the outside world, in order to prepare her final performance.
A rare, nearly 300-year-old violin that has been in the collection of the late businessman Sau-Wing Lam and exhibited twice at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York will be auctioned at Tarisio next month, with an estimate in excess of US$10 million.
Nikolai Lugansky has recorded Rachmaninov's Études-Tableaux before, back in the January 1995 issue Bryce Morrison was impressed by the then 22-year-old pianist's 'glorious eloquence'.
New York Philharmonic Co-Chairmen Peter W. May and Oscar L. Tang, Linda and Mitch Hart President & CEO Deborah Borda, and Executive Director Gary Ginstling today announced that Gustavo Dudamel will become the Orchestra’s next Music Director, beginning in the 2026–27 season.
Nova Orchester Wien invites you to a concert evening in the Vienna Konzerthaus with the great cellist Narek Hakhnazaryan.
The Concours Musical international de Montréal reveals its selection of the world’s most outstanding violinists of the new generation.