Van Zweden Bids New York Adieu with Mahler 2

June 11, 2024 | George Loomis, Musical America
On June 7 in David Geffen Hall, Jaap van Zweden conducted the second of three performances of Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 ( Resurrection ), his swansong as music director of the New York Philharmonic. (He conducts the orchestra again presently … » Read

Contests & Awards

Recent Competition Wins: Piano and Voice

June 11, 2024 | Rick Beard, Musical America
Moscow-born pianist Ilya Shmukler [pictured] has swept the triennial Géza Anda Competition awards, winning first prize of 40,000 CHF (about $45,000) along with the audience prize, the Mozart prize, the special prize of the Hungarian Radio … » Read

Industry News

SF Opera Looks to China for New Opera Themes and Funding

June 11, 2024 | Susan Elliott, Musical America
Like most non-profit performing arts institutions, the San Francisco Opera is struggling financially with smaller post-pandemic audiences and rising costs. Decreasing its 2024-25 season to only six productions, as opposed to the usual eight or … » Read


A Stirring Example of Salonen's Vision in San Francisco

June 10, 2024 | Steven Winn, Musical America
SAN FRANCSICO—With the downstage platform of Davies Hall cleared for the Alonzo King LINES Ballet dancers in the first half of the program and a Peter Sellars-directed monodrama in the second, conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen appeared to be … » Read

Contests & Awards

Siemens Chooses Berlin Phil Conductor Fellow

June 10, 2024 | Edward Egerton, Musical America
Peruvian conductor Dayner Tafur-Diaz, 26, was yesterday announced as winner of the Siemens Conductors Scholarship, entitling him to work with the Berliner Philharmoniker Karajan Academy for two years starting in October. He will also assist … » Read

People in the News

Musician Updates: Pittsburgh Symphony O

June 10, 2024 | Susan Elliott, Musical America
Retirements in the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra have prompted several new appointments, along with promotions within. In the former category, the PSO has announced a new associate principal cello in Korea-born Dale Jeong, age 21 (three years … » Read

People in the News

An Exit Interview, of Sorts, with Jaap

June 10, 2024 | Ronald Blum, Associated Press
NEW YORK (AP) — Jaap van Zweden decided during the pandemic that he wanted to jettison the jet-setting life of a transatlantic conductor, so the less-flying Dutchman cut short his New York Philharmonic tenure, the orchestra’s shortest … » Read

People in the News

Faculty Updates: Cleveland Institute of Music

June 10, 2024 | Susan Elliott, Musical America
As the Cleveland Institute of Music continues to wrestle with pending lawsuits , a vote of no confidence in President Paul Hogle by the faculty, and a call by this last group for unionization in AFM (which the school deems unnecessary), it rolls … » Read

People in the News

Artistic Planning Chief at SFSymphony to Join Opus 3

June 7, 2024 | Susan Elliott, Musical America
As Esa-Pekka Salonen prepares to step down as music director of the San Francisco Symphony at the close of 2024-25, his current right hand at the orchestra, Chief Artistic Officer Phillippa Cole, will exit as well. Opus 3 Artists has announced … » Read

People in the News

Executive Directors: VA, AZ, WA

June 7, 2024 | Susan Elliott, Musical America
Steve Wogaman [pictured], president and artistic director of Chamber Music Detroit, is to succeed Shawn Puller as executive director of the Garth Newel Music Center (GNMC) in Hot Springs, VA. Wogaman, who will continue as AD in Detroit remotely, … » Read

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