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Gustavo Dudamel to succeed Salonen09/04/2007
26 year old Venezualan conductor Gustavo Dudamel has been appointed Music Director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra from the beginning of the 2008-09 season. Dudamel succeeds Esa-Pekka Salonen who steps down after a highly successful 17 year tenure with the orchestra which, according to New Yorker writer Alex Ross said "has transformed the American orchestra business".
Andrew Burke Appointed London Sinfonietta Chief Executive29/03/2007
Andrew Burke has been appointed Chief Executive of the London Sinfonietta . Burke moves from his post as Head of LSO Discovery, the London Symphony Orchestra's community and education programme in July 2007, following the departure from the Sinfonietta of Cathy Graham and Gillian Moore. Burke's work at the Sinfonietta will include overseeing their move to a permanent home at Kings Place, a new multi-purpose venue near King's Cross.
Pierre Jalbert wins the $25,000 Stoeger Prize22/03/2007
The $25,000 Elise L. Stoeger Prize has been awarded to composer Pierre Jalbert.
Jalbert, 39, is a member of the faculty member at Rice University's Shepherd School of Music in Houston, and was given the award by the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center in recognition of "significant contributions to the chamber music repertory".
Previous Stoeger winners include Gunther Schuller, Oliver Knussen, Osvaldo Golijov, Aaron Jay Kernis and Nicholas Maw.
Sebastian Currier Wins Grawemeyer Award13/03/2007
Sebastian Currier, a composer and professor at Columbia University in New York, has won the 2007 Grawemeyer Award for Music Composition for Static, a six-movement work scored for flute, clarinet, violin, cello and piano.
'Writing music? It's like flying a plane' says Ades28/02/2007
A rare interview with Thomas Ades in Monday's Guardian, in which he talks about his new orchestral piece TevOt.
Barbican London gears up for Ades Festival24/02/2007
Traced Overhead, a festival celebrating the work of Thomas Ades, the British composer, conductor and pianist will take place through March and April at the Barbican Center, London. The highlight will be the UK premiere of new orchestral piece Tev ót played by the Berlin Philharmonic under Sir Simon Rattle.
Peter Eotvos Awarded Frankfurt Music Prize09/02/2007
The winner of the 25th Frankfurt Music Prize has been announced as composer and conductor Peter Eotvos. The prestigious prize has been awarded to Eotvos for his continual commitment to engaging audiences and tomorrow's musicians in the music of today.
Eotvos will receive the award in March alongside Ensemble Modern, conducted by Eotvos himself, playing a selection of the winners works.
Past winners have included many of the most emminent musicians of recent years, notably Gyorgy Ligeti, Alfred Brendel and Heniz Holliger.
9th Annual MATA Festival in Brooklyn06/02/2007
The MATA festival, founded in 1996 by Philip Glass continues this March at the Brooklyn Lyceum, New York. The festival aims to be a catalyst for young composers and features three commissions and eleven premieres. The festival runs March 18-24.
Siemens Music Prize for 2007 Awarded to Brian Ferneyhough05/02/2007
Brian Ferneyhough, 64, has won the Siemens Music Prize for 2007, one of the most prestigious honours for classical music, and is worth a cool 200,000 Euros.
Last year the award went to Daniel Barenboim and the year before to Henri Duttileux.
Gian Carlo Menotti dies02/02/2007
Gian Carlo Menotti, the composer of popular operas and winner of two Pulitzer Prizes has died aged 95.
Menotti's Christmas work "Amahl and the Night Visitors," was commissioned by NBC and for many years was broadcast every Christmas Eve.
In later years he was in demand as an opera director, so much so that he told The Times in 1987 "I wish I'd never started staging operas. It has taken so much time away from my composing,"
He also started a festival in his home town of Spoleto.
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