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German ECHO is abolished

  • 25/04/2018

The German Music Industry Association has finally abolished its ECHO Awards after the world-wide indignation about the award given to rap duo Kollegah and Farid Bang, who used anti-semitic, misogynist, homophobe lyrics, contemptuous of human dignity. Numerous artists had returned their awards, and presumably nobody would ever again have accepted such an award. Read More →

Wonderful ICMA Gala in Katowice

  • 08/04/2018
Wonderful ICMA Gala in Katowice

© Bartek Barczyk

In the sold-out NOSPR concert hall in Katowice, 1800 people applauded on Friday evening (6.04.18) the performing artists and the National Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra in Katowice at the 8th Gala concert of the International Classical Music awards, ICMA. Read More →

ICMA announce major awards for 2019

  • 07/04/2018
ICMA announce major awards for 2019

KKL Lucerne

During the Award Ceremony of the ICMA 2018 prices in Katowice, Poland, ICMA President Remy Franck yesterday announced two major awards for 2019: Brazilian pianist Nelson Freire, 73, will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award, and Spanish pianist Javier Perianes has been elected Artist of the Year. Read More →

ICMA announce Recording of the Year

  • 06/04/2018

From the list of their 15 winning audio and video productions, the Jury of the International Classical Music Awards (ICMA) has chosen the overall winner of the Recording of the Year Award. It goes to the CD Visions, winner in the Vocal Recital category, with music by Bizet, Bruneau, David, Février, Franck, Godard, Halévy, Massenet, Niedermeyer, and Saint-Saëns, sung by Véronique Gens. Read More →

All Winners ICMA Gala Concert in Katowice

  • 05/04/2018
All Winners ICMA Gala Concert in Katowice

The NOSPR Concert Hall in Katowice

The Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra in Katowice is performing ICMA’s Gala Concert 2018 tomorrow, 6 April at the NOSPR Concert Hall in Katowice. The concert will be conducted by NOSPR Music Director Alexander Liebreich, as well as by Manfred Honeck, Music Director of the Pittsburgh Symphony and ICMA Artist of the Year. The Orchestra, « ranks among the leading European ensembles », the Jury says, and is a winner of an ICMA Special Achievement Award. Alexander Liebreich won in the category Contemporary Music with the recording of Tigran Mansurian’s Requiem. Read More →

Metropolitan Opera fires James Levine

  • 13/03/2018

After having suspended conductor James Levine, 74, over allegations of sexual abuse, New York’s Metropolitan Opera has fired him, after an internal inquiry found « credible evidence » to support claims he sexually abused young male musicians. Read More →