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June 3-8, 2024 Los Angeles, CA Opera America
June 6-8, 2024 Atlanta, GA Chorus America Conference
June 16-19, 2024 Orlando, FL American Harp Society Conference
June 17-22, 2024 Fullerton, CA Guitar Foundation of America Convention
June 20-22, 2024 Chicago, IL Theatre Communications Group National Conference
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October 17-26, 2024 Virtual Society for Ethnomusicology Conference
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November 14-17, 2024 Chicago, IL American Musicological Society Annual Conference
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Edna LandauEdna Landau—doyenne of the music business, long-time managing director of IMG Artists and director of career development at the Colburn Conservatory of Music in Los Angeles—writes Ask Edna exclusively for to provide invaluable advice to music students and young professional artists. Read more about Edna’s impact on the performing arts.

Send your questions to Edna Landau at and she’ll answer through Ask Edna. Click the links below to read Edna’s recent columns on the critical aspects of launching and managing and professional music career.

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During Edna’s 23 years as managing director of IMG Artists, she personally looked after the career of violinist, Itzhak Perlman and launched the careers of musicians such as pianists Evgeny Kissin and Lang Lang, violinist Hilary Hahn, and conductors Franz Welser-Mõst and Alan Gilbert.

Edna believes young musicians can grow their own careers, with “hard work, blind faith, passion for the cause, incessant networking and a vision that refuse[s] to be tarnished by naysayers.”


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Bolshoi Balks, Gergiev Backs Off—for Now

November 20, 2023 | By Maya Pritsker, Musical America

The Bolshoi Theater together with the entire Russian artistic community was thrown into turmoil last week, when several outlets, including Izvestia and Russian Forbes, reported that Valery Gergiev was to become artistic director of both the Bolshoi and the Mariinsky theaters, eventually unifying the companies.

On November 17th Vladimir Urin, Bolshoi’s general director for the last 10 years, whose contract was renewed just a few months ago for another five years, submitted his letter of resignation to Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin. According to some media, his resignation was accepted; both the Bolshoi and the Mariinsky have refused to comment.

The official announcement was expected in St. Petersburg, during the annual Cultural Forum, which took place Nov.16-Nov.18 under the new name, “Forum of United Cultures.” Vladimir Putin and Russian cultural bureaucrats were in attendance.

Evasive answers

The Forum is over, but the expected announcement has not materialized—so far. In a brief meeting with the press on Nov.17, Gergiev was evasive in responding to questions about the reported appointment. He said that he was not looking for more work and immediately moved on to talk quite chaotically about the Mariinsky’s many stages, performances, and festivals around Russia, also touching on other topics, but mentioning that territorial “belonging” is not important if you have common goals.

Finally someone asked directly, “Are you the head of the Bolshoi?” The answer was: “I am the head of the Mariinsky.” The Russian Minister of Culture Olga Lubimova was standing next to him. 

So what happened? Sources report that the Bolshoi Theater did not take the news lightly; a letter of objection addressed to Putin and signed by the company’s stars is currently gathering signatures.  

Gergiev has been working on becoming the head of both companies since 1995. The Bolshoi, using its proximity to Kremlin, has so far successfully fought back against his several attempts at “unification.”  But last year, Putin publicly offered Gergiev the single directorship of the two companies. Since then, the conductor and close Putin friend has been in talks about it with the Ministry of Culture. The final decision was made probably in September 2023, at the beginning of a new theater season, when it became known that cultural leaders who signed any letter against the invasion—so-called “Special Operation”—will not be able to keep their posts beyond the end of this year. Urin was one of the first to sign such a letter, in February 2022. 


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