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German Conductor Kurt Sanderling Was Born On This Day in 1912 [ON-THIS-DAY]

German conductor Kurt Sanderling was born on this day in 1912 – 106 years ago. Dying in 2011, Maestro Sanderling served principal conducting positions...

Australia’s Tasmanian Symphony Announces New Chief Conductor & Artistic Director

The Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, in Hobart, Australia, has this week announced the appointment of Norwegian conductor Eivind Aadland as its new Chief Conductor and...

Spanish Conductor & Composer Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos Born On This Day in 1933 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Spanish conductor and composer Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos was born on this day in 1933. He served Principal Conducting positions with the Spanish National Orchestra,...

Today is Russian Conductor & Violinist Vladimir Spivakov’s 74th Birthday [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is Russian conductor and violinist Vladimir Spivakov’s 74th birthday. A student of Yuri Yankelevich, Maestro Spivakov is a former prize winner at the Paganini, Montreal...

SAD NEWS | Italian Conductor Claudio Scimone has Passed Away – Aged 83

Italian conductor and composer Claudio Scimone has died - aged 83. A student of Dmitri Mitropoulos and Franco Ferrara, Maestro Scimone was the founder of...

Hungarian-British Conductor Sir Georg Solti Died On This Day in 1997 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Hungarian-British conductor Sir Georg Solti died on this day in 1997 – aged 84. Widely respected as one of the finest conductors of all time,...

Hungarian Violinist and Conductor Tibor Varga Died On This Day in 2003 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Hungarian violinist and conductor Tibor Varga died on this day in 2003 – aged 82. A student of Carl Flesch and Jeno Hubay, Maestro Varga is remembered as one of...

Czech Conductor & Violinist Václav Neumann Died On This Day in 1995 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Czech conductor and violinist Václav Neumann died on this day in 1995. He held principal conducting positions with the Komische Oper Berlin, Leipzig Gewandhausorchester and...

Today is Japanese Conductor Seiji Ozawa’s 83rd Birthday! [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is Japanese conductor Seiji Ozawa’s 83rd birthday! One of the greatest conductors of the past century, Maestro Ozawa has served principal conducting positions with...

Today is Israeli-American Violin Virtuoso Itzhak Perlman’s 73rd Birthday! [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is Israeli-American violin virtuoso Itzhak Perlman’s 73rd birthday! A protégé of Ivan Galamian and Dorothy DeLay, Mr Perlman is widely regarded as one the greatest violinists of the...

Hungarian Conductor István Kertész Born On This Day in 1929 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Internationally acclaimed Hungarian conductor István Kertész was born on this day in 1929. Remembered as one of the finest conductors of the 20th Century, he served prestigious...

Austrian Conductor Karl Böhm Born On This Day in 1894 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Austrian conductor Karl Böhm was born on this day in 1894. Dying in 1981, Maestro Bohm is remembered as one of the greatest symphonic and...

Californian Youth Conductor Arrested for Alleged ‘Internet Crimes Against Children’ [#MeToo]

A 39-year-old instrumental music teacher and conductor in San Jose, California, has been arrested and charged with the ‘suspicion of Internet crimes against children’. It...

SAD NEWS | Israeli Composer & Conductor Noam Sheriff Has Died – Aged 83 [RIP]

Renowned Israeli composer and conductor Noam Sheriff has passed away - aged 83. Throughout his 6 decade international career, Maestro Sheriff served as Artistic Director...

Conductor Wolfgang Sawallisch Born On This Day in 1923 [ON-THIS-DAY]

German conductor and pianist Wolfgang Sawallisch was born on this day in 1923. Passing away in 2013, he is remembered as one of the finest conductors of the...

American Composer and Conductor Leonard Bernstein Born On This Day in 1918 [ON-THIS-DAY]

American composer and conductor Leonard Bernstein was born on this day in 1918 – 100 years ago. Dying in 1990, Maestro Bernstein is remembered as...

Today is Violin Virtuoso Maxim Vengerov’s 44th Birthday! [ON THIS DAY]

Today is Russian-born violinist, violist and conductor Maxim Vengerov’s 44th birthday! A protégé of Professor Zakhar Bron, Maxim is a former 1st prize winner at the Karol Lipinski and Carl...

Violinist George Enescu Born On This Day in 1881 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Romanian violinist, composer and conductor George Enescu was born on this day in 1881. Remembered as one of the most influential violin pedagogues of the 20th Century,...

Conductor Georges Prêtre Born On This Day in 1924 [ON-THIS-DAY]

French orchestral and operatic conductor Georges Prêtre was born on this day in 1924. Throughout his seven decade career, he led many of the world’s finest...

Austrian Conductor Karl Böhm Died On This Day in 1981 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Austrian conductor Karl Böhm died on this day in 1981 – aged 86. Remembered as one of the greatest symphonic and operatic conductors of all time, Maestro...

Romanian Conductor Sergiu Celibidache Died On This Day in 1996 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Romanian conductor Sergiu Celibidache died on this day in 1996 - aged 82. Maestro Celibidache is remembered as one of the pre-eminent conductors of the...

Legendary Czech Conductor Rafael Kubelik Died On This Day in 1996 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Legendary Czech conductor Rafael Kubelik died on this day in 1996 - aged 82. The son of Bohemian violin virtuoso Jan Kubelík, Maestro Kubelik served...

Hungarian Conductor Ferenc Fricsay Born On This Day in 1914 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Hungarian conductor Ferenc Fricsay was born on this day in 1914 – 104 years ago. A protégé of Bela Bartok, Zoltán Kodály, Ernst von Dohnanyi...

Australia’s Tasmanian Symphony Extends Conductor Marko Letonja Through to 2021

The Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, in Hobart, Australia has announced the contract extension of Slovenian-born Chief Conductor and Artistic Director Marko Letonja – through until the end...

Austrian Conductor Erich Kleiber Born On This Day in 1890 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Austrian conductor Erich Kleiber was born on this day in 1890 – 128 years ago. Dying in 1956, he served prominent conducting positions with the...

Today is Violinist & Conductor Richard Tognetti’s 53rd Birthday! [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is Australian violinist and conductor Richard Tognetti’s 53rd birthday! For the past 28 years, Richard has served as the Artistic Director and Leader of the Australian...

Conductor Daniel Harding Named Artistic Director of Italy’s Anima Mundi Festival

It has been announced this week that British conductor Daniel Harding has been appointed as the new Artistic Director of the Anima Mundi Festival in Pisa,...

VERY SAD NEWS | Award-Winning American Composer & Conductor Glen Roven Has Died – Aged Just 60 [RIP]

Two-time Emmy award winning composer and conductor Glen Roven has passed away, following 12 days in a coma – aged just 60. He composed songs and produced...

Composer & Pianist Franz Liszt Died On This Day in 1886 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Hungarian composer, piano virtuoso and conductor Franz Liszt died on this day in 1886 – aged 74. He is remembered as one of the most important composers...

Conductor George Szell Died On This Day in 1970 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Hungarian-born American conductor George Szell died on this day in 1970 – aged 73. Maestro Szell is remembered for his long and successful tenure as...

Conductor & Cellist Sir John Barbirolli Died On This Day in 1970 [ON-THIS-DAY]

British conductor and cellist Sir John Barbirolli died on this day in 1970 – aged 70. Remembered as one of the finest conductors of the 20th Century,...

Conductor & Composer Serge Koussevitzky Born On This Day in 1874 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Russian-born conductor, composer and double-bassist Serge Koussevitzky was born on this day in 1874. Maestro Koussevitsky served as Music Director of the Boston Symphony Orchestra...

American Violin Virtuoso Oscar Shumsky Died On This Day [ON-THIS-DAY]

American violin virtuoso, pedagogue and conductor Oscar Shumsky died on this day in 2000 – aged 83. Mr Shumsky served distinguished teaching positions at the Curtis Institute of...

Conductor Joseph Keilberth Died On This Day in 1968 [ON-THIS-DAY]

German conductor Joseph Keilberth died on this day in 1968 – aged 61. Maestro Keilberth served distinguished conducting positions with the Staatsoperette Dresden, Saxon State Opera Orchestra...

American Violinist Robert Mann Was Born On This Day in 1920 [ON-THIS-DAY]

American violinist, composer and conductor Robert Mann was born on this day in 1920 - 98 years ago. A student of Edouard Dethier, he was a founding...

Violinist Szymon Goldberg Died On This Day in 1993 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Polish-born American violinist and conductor Szymon Goldberg died on this day in 1993 – aged 84. A student of Carl Flesch, he served as Concertmaster of the Dresden Philharmonic and...

German Conductor Kurt Masur Born On This Day in 1927 – 91 Years Ago [ON-THIS-DAY]

German conductor Kurt Masur was born on this day in 1927 - 91 years ago. Widely respected as one of the most eminent conductors of all time,...

Bavarian Radio Symphony Extends Chief Conductor Mariss Jansons Through to 2024

The Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, in Munich, Germany has this week announced the contract extension of Chief Conductor Mariss Jansons – through the conclusion of the...

Australian Conductor Charles Mackerras Died On This Day in 2010 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Australian conductor Sir Charles Mackerras died on this day in 2010 – aged 84. An authority on the operas of Janáček, Mozart and Gilbert and Sullivan, Maestro...

Conductor Carlos Kleiber Died On This Day in 2004 [ON-THIS-DAY]

German-born Austrian conductor Carlos Kleiber died on this day in 2004 – aged 74. Despite the paucity of his appearances, Maestro Kleiber is remembered as one of...

American Conductor Arthur Fiedler Died On This Day in 1979 [ON-THIS-DAY]

American conductor Arthur Fiedler died on this day in 1979 - aged 84. Maestro Fiedler is remembered as the long-time principal conductor of the Boston Pops Orchestra – a position...

Today is Acclaimed American Conductor David Zinman’s 82nd Birthday! [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is American conductor and violinist David Zinman's 82nd birthday! Throughout his six decade career, Maestro Zinman has served principal conducting positions with the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra, Rotterdam...

Composer and Conductor Ottorino Respighi Born On This Day in 1879 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Italian composer and conductor Ottorino Respighi was born on this day in 1879 – 139 years ago. Respighi's signature works include his orchestral trilogy, Fountains...

VERY SAD NEWS | Scottish Composer & Conductor Oliver Knussen Has Died – Aged Just 66 [RIP]

Acclaimed Scottish composer & conductor Oliver Knussen has passed away, following a short illness – aged just 66. A student of John Lambert and Gunther Schuller, he...

Composer and Conductor Gustav Mahler Born On This Day in 1860 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Late-Romantic Austrian composer and conductor Gustav Mahler was born on this day in 1860 – 158 years ago. Dying in 1911, he is remembered as...

Conductor Otto Klemperer Died On This Day in 1973 [ON-THIS-DAY]

German conductor Otto Klemperer died on this day in 1973 – aged 88. Remembered as one of the finest conductors of the 20th Century, Maestro...

Today is Violinist & Conductor Nikolaj Znaider’s 43rd Birthday! [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is Danish violin virtuoso and conductor Nikolaj Znaider's 43rd birthday! A student of Boris Kuschnir, Nikolaj is a former 1st prize winner at the...

Hungarian Violinist and Conductor Tibor Varga Born On This Day in 1921 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Hungarian violinist and conductor Tibor Varga was born on this day in 1921 - 97 years ago. A student of Carl Flesch and Jeno Hubay, Maestro Varga is remembered as...

Conductor Carlos Kleiber Born On This Day in 1930 – 88 Years Ago [ON-THIS-DAY]

German-born Austrian conductor Carlos Kleiber was born on this day in 1930 – 88 years ago. The son of eminent Austrian conductor Erich Kleiber, he...

London’s Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Announces Conductor Vasily Petrenko As New Music Director

The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, in London, has today announced the appointment of 41-year-old Russian conductor Vasily Petrenko as its new Music Director - effective from the...