Behind the scenes

Lufthansa Festival

In May, a corner of London just south-east of Victoria Station will spend a week ringing to the sound of some of the world’s finest baroque musicians. The Lufthansa Festival celebrates its 30th birthday this year, and there are other [...] more >>

by William Cole | May 4th, 2014
Tours of Duty – Musically Speaking

Orchestra “Tours of Duty” to venues across the globe results in memorable concerts and quirky tales. I remember a Florida tour in February — who wouldn’t be pleased about that? First we performed in Carnegie Hall, in New York. After [...] more >>

by Janet Horvath | May 3rd, 2014
Are you playing, still ?

When I was a young cello student, I was reprimanded for moving too much when I played. My teachers would say, “Don’t beat your foot! Don’t wiggle! It’s too distracting.” I just couldn’t play a Brahms Cello Sonata without moving, [...] more >>

by Janet Horvath | April 21st, 2014
The International Maria Callas Grand Prix

The 38th International Maria Callas Grand Prix will take place in Athens this autumn after a two-year hiatus brought about by the economic and political difficulties in Greece. The competition started life in 1975, immediately after the restoration of democracy [...] more >>

by William Cole | April 18th, 2014
In touch with Veritas Vos

We sat quietly in a dark room, silent except for the slight hum from the air-conditioners. “Let’s listen,” we were instructed.

by Stephanie Ip | March 11th, 2014
The Great Concert Halls — My Visceral Reactions to Them

Barber Concerto for Violin and Orchestra Op.14Isaac SternNew York PhilharmonicLeonard Bernstein I have been fortunate to perform in some of the world’s greatest concert halls. It’s difficult to choose favorites but I will—four international venues, two historical and two modern— [...] more >>

by Janet Horvath | February 9th, 2014
In touch with Peter Katona

Peter Katona is the Director of Casting at the Royal Opera (London, United Kingdom) and spends much of his time travelling around the world sourcing talent. I asked him what it was like growing up in a musical environment, and [...] more >>

by Nicolette Wong | February 6th, 2014
In touch with Professor Wolfgang Rathert

Talking with Wolfgang Rathert, professor of musicology at the University of Munich, introduced me to the life and work of the pianist Géza Anda, after whom these events are named. Described by journalist Lynda Greene as a pianist whose ‘refined [...] more >>

by Oliver Pashley | February 4th, 2014