The art of conducting isn’t as mysterious as it might look, David Zinman tells Steve Meacham.
Leader of the pack … David Zinman displays his range of hand gestures, baton movement and facial expressions while conducting.
Photo: Edwina Pickles
You cannot train anybody to be a conductor, and I will say until my dying day, conductors are born and not made. – Sir John Barbirolli
A technique of conducting does exist and can be learnt and practised down to its smallest details before a student first attempts to conduct an orchestra. – Hermann Scherchen
Celebrating his 85th birthday later this year, Sir Colin Davis has been one of Britain’s best-loved conductors for more than half a century. The death of his wife, Shamsi, in June 2010, was a severe blow to him; since then, his activities have slowed. “I don’t have the energy I used to,” he remarks. “After performing a big piece, one feels one should be put out to grass, like an old donkey.”
WHETHER you run a bank with more than 500 employees or an orchestra, managing human capital is about respect and authority. And that’s irrespective of your age, experience or specialty.
Young maestro Nicholas Carter meets monthly with Credit Suisse chief David Livingstone. Picture: Paul Blackmore Source: The Australian
WHEN conductor Valery Gergiev added the International Tchaikovsky Competition to his portfolio of musical empires, he promised to clean it up and wrench it into the 21st century.
Pulling the strings ... Valery Gergiev shakes hands with Vladimir Putin at the opening ceremony of this year's Tchaikovsky competition.
Photograph: Sergei Chirikov/EPA
Another success story for El Sistema has emerged, with the announcement that 27-year-old conductor and violinist Diego Matheuz is to be the new resident principal conductor of La Fenice, starting next year. He succeeds Eliahu Inbal and has signed a four-year contract.