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Manfred Honeck Heads for 20 Years in Pittsburgh

September 27, 2021 | Nicholas Beard, Musical America
Austrian conductor Manfred Honeck will continue his partnership with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra through 2027-28, bringing his music directorship of the orchestra to two full decades. The agreement extends his current contract by six years. … » Read


LPO Under Its New Principal Conductor Tackles Michael Tippett

September 27, 2021 | Clive Paget, Musical America
LONDON--“All things fall and are built again, and those that build them again are gay.” The words, from W.B. Yeats’s poem Lapis Lazuli , were borrowed by Michael Tippett to conclude his audacious first opera The Midsummer … » Read

Industry News

Rattle: Brexit Is Ruining Artistic Lives

September 27, 2021 | Anthony Brown, Musical America
Simon Rattle has been an unrelenting critic of Brexit from the moment Great Britain voted to leave the European Union. He has characterized it as a “terrible mistake” that has turned the U.K. into a  "self-built cultural jail," … » Read

Contests & Awards

Cremona Luthier Competition Declares Winners

September 27, 2021 | Sarah Shay, Musical America
Every three years since 1976 Cremona has hosted the Ente Triennale Internazionale Strumenti Ad Arco (International Triennial Body of Stringed Instruments), the world’s premiere violin making competition. Master luthiers from around the … » Read

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Bergen (Norway) Festival Fires Its Director

September 27, 2021 | Nicholas Beard, Musical America
Norway’s Bergen International Festival, a four- to five-day multi-genre annual event, has “terminated the contract” of its director of nine years, Anders Beyer. The move signals his immediate resignation, although he will … » Read


Another Grand Opera Opening: LA's Trovatore, with Do-it-yourself Sets

September 24, 2021 | Richard S. Ginell, Musical America
LOS ANGELES – “Breathe easy” reads the Los Angeles Opera’s program book. The reference is to the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion’s new air filtration system, which earned the first UL “healthy building” rating … » Read

Contests & Awards

After a Pandemic-Length Gestation Period, Competitions Announce Winners

September 24, 2021 | Brian Wise, Musical America
The Leeds International Piano Competition capped its triennial edition September 18 by awarding first prize to Alim Beisembayev, a 23-year-old pianist from Kazakhstan. He wins £25,000, recitals at Wigmore Hall and the Southbank Centre, … » Read

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New Exec at Universal Classical & Screen Music Publishing

September 24, 2021 | Sarah Shay, Musical America
Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG) has named Natasha Baldwin to the newly created position of Executive VP, Classics and Screen. The London-based Baldwin will be responsible for leading the company’s global classical and screen … » Read

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Berliner Festspiele Gets a New Director

September 24, 2021 | Anthony Brown, Musical America
As of Sept. 1, 2022,  dramaturg, curator, and theater manager Matthias Pees will become the new director of Berliner Festspiele. He succeeds Thomas Oberender, in the position since 2012 and leaving at his own request. The 51-year-old Pees, a … » Read

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Riccardo Muti, 80, Will Stay with the CSO Through 22-23

September 23, 2021 | Susan Elliott, Musical America
Riccardo Muti will remain music director of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, extending a contract that was to end this season one year, to the end of 2022-23. Beyond that, the 80-year-old maestro’s relationship with the CSO is … » Read

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