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News Monday, 09 June 2014

Detroit Symphony Orchestra appoints Kevin Brown as new principal double bass

The 27-year-old has been a regular guest musician with major orchestras throughout the US

The Detroit Symphony Orchestra has appointed Kevin Brown as its new principal double bass from the 2014-15 season. The 27-year-old from Minnesota graduated from Rice University in 2013 and is a regular...

News Monday, 09 June 2014

Metropolitan Opera must cut orchestra and chorus wages to avoid bankruptcy, says manager

Negotiations are currently taking place, but unions have threatened strike action

Metropolitan Opera general manager Peter Gelb has warned the New York company could face bankruptcy in two or three years if it does not cut the cost of orchestra and chorus wages. Speaking on BBC Radio...

News Friday, 06 June 2014

West Dean College instrument making tutor Shem Mackey receives QEST Award

The Award for excellence in British craftsmanship recognises his contribution to instrument making through research and tuition

Shem Mackey has been awarded the Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust (QEST) Award for Excellence in British craftsmanship. The postgraduate programme leader in Making Stringed Musical Instruments at West...

News Thursday, 05 June 2014

Strasbourg Music Festival 2014 cancelled due to poor ticket sales

The French festival was due to open next week with 15 events

The Festival de Musique de Strasbourg has been cancelled just days before it was due to commence on 8 June due to poor advance ticket sales. The festival’s original schedule of 33 concerts had...

News Wednesday, 04 June 2014

Budapest Festival Orchestra violin bows seized by New York airport officials over ivory concerns

The seven bows were each accompanied by photos and letters from bow makers vouching for their legality

Seven bows belonging to members of the Budapest Festival Orchestra (pictured) were seized by officials at New York’s John F Kennedy International Airport on Saturday on the suspicion that they...

News Tuesday, 03 June 2014

British violist and conductor Gerald Gentry has died aged 86

The artist performed with many of the London Orchestras and was a BBC staff conductor for 12 years

British violist and conductor Gerald Gentry has died at the age of 86. Born in May 1927, he began playing the viola professionally at the age of 13 and at 15 was freelancing with London orchestras including...

News Monday, 02 June 2014

Ebène Quartet violist Mathieu Herzog to leave the ensemble

The artist will devote himself principally to conducting

Mathieu Herzog, violist of French string quartet Quatuor Ebène, has announced that he is leaving the group to pursue a career as a conductor. The ensemble has performed together for 15 years ...

News Friday, 30 May 2014

Bozzini Quartet cellist told instrument not allowed in train carriage

The experimental ensemble had paid for an extra seat for the cello

Bozzini Quartet cellist Isabelle Bozzini was told by VIA Rail Canada staff on Tuesday that her cello should not be allowed in the carriage. The musician was travelling with her fellow quartet members...

News Thursday, 29 May 2014

Former New York Philharmonic concertmaster David Nadien has died aged 88

The violinist was known for his razor sharp technique and silken tone

New York-born violinist David Nadien has died at the age of 88. A student of Adolfo Betti, Ivan Galamian and Adolf Busch, he served as concertmaster of the New York Philharmonic from 1966 to 1970 under...

News Wednesday, 28 May 2014

American cellist Paul Tobias has died

The soloist and educator was known for his commitment to commissioning new works

American cellist Paul Tobias died at the age of 68 on 6 May from injuries sustained in a fall. A prolific performer and educator, Tobias appeared as a soloist with the New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles...

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