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Penderecki Voted Honorary Citizen of Krakow

  • 13/06/2013
Penderecki Voted Honorary Citizen of Krakow

Photo: ICMA/Hoffmeister

The City Council of Krakow, Poland, has unanimously voted in favour of granting Honorary citizenship to the composer Krzysztof Penderecki, winner of ICMA’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012. A special ceremony is to be held after the summer holidays, before the composer’s 80th birthday in November. The City Council described Penderecki as one of the symbols of Krakow’s cultural life, recalling his support for the foundation of the chamber orchestra ‘Sinfonietta Cracovia’ as well as his contribution to the success of the European Capital of Culture festival in Krakow in 2000. Penderecki has lived for a long time in Krakow. Past recipients of Krakow’s honorary citizenship include Ronald Reagan, Margaret Thatcher, Zbigniew Brzezinski, Lech Walesa, Czeslaw Milosz and Wisława Szymborska.

ICMA at Classical:NEXT in Vienna

  • 29/05/2013
ICMA at Classical:NEXT in Vienna

Jury President Remy Franck

The second edition of Classical:NEXT takes place from today, 29 May until 1 June in Vienna, Austria. After a successful premiere in Munich last year, the new professional forum for classical music is set to become the annual meeting point for the classical music scene. The new venue for the Classical:NEXT exhibition and conference spaces is the MAK, the Austrian Museum of Applied Arts/ Contemporary Art, in Vienna. The Showcase concerts will be held at nearby theatres.

A rich program of showcases and conferences is organized for this exhibition. ICMA President Remy Franck will chair the panel discussion ‘Signposts in the Jungle – How important are reviews and awards for the music industry?’ on Thursday, 30.5.2013 from 14:00-14:45.

ICMA HOST PERFORMED MAHLER’S EIGHT SYMPHONY

  • 13/05/2013

Bilkent Symphony Orchestra of Ankara, which will host the ICMA Award ceremony and Gala concert on 28 March, 2015, has performed the Ankara premiere of Mahler’s 8th Symphony. The performance on 30 April was the closing concert of the 30th Ankara International Music Festival. The Bilkent Symphony, conducted by music director Isin Metin shared the big stage of the Congresium Hall in Ankara with choruses from Poland and Portugal and a distinguished line of soloists, some 400 players and singers in total. Read More →

ICMA 2013: A TROPHY FOR VLADIMIR FEDOSEYEV

  • 11/04/2013
ICMA 2013: A TROPHY FOR VLADIMIR FEDOSEYEV

Photo: Melodiya

In the category Historical Recordings, Russian label Melodiya won an Award for  ‘Les Ballets Russes’ (cat. 1001990) with  Stravinsky’s The Firebird, Petrushka and The Rite of Spring, played by Moscow Philharmonic, Moscow State Conservatory Symphony Orchestra, Radio and Television Symphony Orchestra under conductors Dmitrij Kitajenko, Pierre Boulez and Vladimir Fedoseyev. While at the Award Ceremony in Milan (18 March ’13), Dimitrij Kitajenko was given a trophy, Vladimir Fedoseyev received his trophy at the beginning of a concert with the Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra on 10 April at the Grand Hall of Moscow Conservatory. The trophy was presented by Andrey Krichevskiy, CEO of Melodiya.

Martha Argerich Invites Young Artist Alessandro Mazzamuto

  • 08/04/2013
Martha Argerich Invites Young Artist Alessandro Mazzamuto

Alessandro Mazzamuto (r.) and Epifanio Comis
Photo: ICMA/Bjoern Woll

Martha Argerich has invited ICMA’s ‘Young Artist of the Year’ Alessandro Mazzamuto to perform during her annual Lugano Project. On 21 June Alessandro will play Clementi’s Sonata op. 40/2, Rachmaninov’s ‘5 Morceaux de fantaisie’ op. 3 and Liszt’s Paraphrases about Verdi’s Rigoletto at the Evangelic Church in Lugano. Read More →

John Axelrod Marries Brahms and Clara Schumann

  • 05/04/2013
John Axelrod Marries Brahms and Clara Schumann

John Axelrod
(c) Hoffmeister / ICMA

John Axelrod, who conducted the ICMA Gala Concerts 2012 and 2013 is to spearhead a multi-year exploration of the relationship between Brahms and the woman he loved, Clara Schumann, as depicted in their music. « If you listen to the Brahms symphonies, » says Axelrod, “each of them seems to inhabit a completely different, though connected, character. Then, if you listen to the songs of Clara Schumann, they also fall clearly into a very similar four moods. I believe that Clara’s own personality is in those songs, and so if that is true, it is also possible to think of the four Brahms symphonies as portraits of Clara – four different aspects of her. » Read More →

ICMA 2014 AT WARSAW’S LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN FESTIVAL: HERE WE GO!

  • 03/04/2013
ICMA 2014 AT WARSAW’S LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN FESTIVAL: HERE WE GO!

From the left: Remy Franck, Elzbieta Penderecka, Martin Hoffmeister, Cornelia Much, Andrzej Sulek - Photo: Bruno Fidrych

ICMA’s Award Ceremony and Gala Concert will take place on Saturday 12 April in Warsaw and be part of the 18th Beethoven Easter Festival. Preparation for this  event started already during this year’s edition of one of the musically richest festivals in Europe. Jury President Remy Franck and Board Member Martin Hoffmeister met the Festival’s General Director Elzbieta Penderecka and her team as well as Cornelia Much from the Festival’s Honorary Committee and Andrzej Sulek, the orchestra manager of Sinfonia Iuventus, the orchestra which will play during the Gala Concert. Read More →

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