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Maxwell Davies in the Guardian16/06/2009
My advice to a young musician? Take no notice of people like me says Peter Maxwell Davies in a question and answer session in today's guardian
Philip Glass discusses modern music with Nico Muhly22/05/2009
As he prepares for a London appearance this weekend, Philip Glass discusses the state of modern music with fellow composer Nico Muhly
Coco Chanel and Igor Stravinsky at Cannes21/05/2009
Stravinsky – the man and the music – takes centre screen at the Cannes Film Festival in May, with the premiere of Coco Chanel and Igor Stravinsky selected as the festival’s finale.
The new biopic explores the relationship between the haute couture icon and the Russian composer. Central to the film is The Rite of Spring: Chanel is mesmerised by the scandalous premiere in 1913, and seven years later is introduced by Diaghilev to Stravinsky, now a penniless émigré living in Paris with his family. She invites them to stay at her new villa in Garches and, as the composer works on retouches of The Rite of Spring for a Paris revival, a mutual attraction gathers force.
Coco Chanel and Igor Stravinsky is based on the novel Coco & Igor by Chris Greenhalgh and directed by Jan Kounen. Mads Mikkelsen, whose credits include Le Chiffre in the Bond movie Casino Royale, stars as the composer and Coco Chanel is played by Anna Mouglalis, the actress and model associated with Karl Lagerfeld and the Chanel fashion house
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Pauline Oliveros Wins The William Schuman Award20/05/2009
Columbia University School of the Arts has announced it plans to honor composer Pauline Oliveros with the William Schuman Award in a ceremony and concert on Saturday, March 27, 2010. The award has been given periodically over the past twenty-eight years with previous winners including Schuman, David Diamond, Gunther Schuller, Milton Babbitt, Hugo Weisgall, Steve Reich, and, most recently in 2006, John Zorn.
The award is an unrestricted grant of $50,000 and is one of the largest to an American composer.
Nicholas Maw dies20/05/2009
Nicholas Maw, one of Britain's leading composers, whose works include Odyssey and the opera Sophie's Choice, has died in Washington DC, where he lived for the past 24 years, at the age of 73.
Gabriel Jackson appointed BBC Singers' Associate Composer16/05/2009
The BBC Singers has announced that Gabriel Jackson is to become its new Associate Composer starting from 2010. Jackson will be the third composer to take up the position, following in the footsteps of Judith Bingham, who has held the post since 2005, and Edward Cowie, who became the first BBC Singers Associate Composer in 2002.
A rising star on the choral music scene, Gabriel Jackson’s music is performed by choirs all over the world. He already has a strong relationship with the BBC Singers, who have been performing his music for over a decade. His first commission for the group was Cecilia Virgo which it premiered in Canterbury Cathedral in October 2000.
Abreu and Gabriel win Swedish Polar Music Prize13/05/2009
The rock musician Peter Gabriel and the conductor and composer Jose Antonio Abreu were both named winners of the Swedish Polar Music Prize. Gabriel was honored for his “outward-looking and boundary-busting artistry,” while Abreu was recognized for founding the Sistema music education program in Venezuela, which “has given hundreds of thousands the tools to leave poverty.” The winners were chosen by the Swedish Royal Academy of Music and will each receive about $128,000 when they formally accept the prize from King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden at a ceremony in Stockholm on Aug. 31
IMG Artists in Limbo as Owner Pleads Guilty To Fraud01/05/2009
IMG Artists, the artist management firm which represents the top musicians, composers and conductors, has an unsteady future as its owner has pleaded guilty to fraud. Composers with IMG include John Adams and Andre Previn.
Norman Lebrecht assesses the situation:
IMG Artists Adrift After Wissman Plea
2009 Bang On A Can Marathon Schedule30/04/2009
Twelve hours of new music. Check out the schedule here:
John Adams Honored with 2009 NEA Opera Award30/04/2009
Composer John Adams is one of five honorees selected for the 2009 National Endowment for the Arts Opera Awards. The awards will be officially conferred on November 14th and include a $25,000 grant.
NEA Chooses Five for 2009 Opera Honors
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