Rarely performed music by Robert Schumann, György Kurtág and Galina Ustvolskaya gets an outing at a festival exploring mental health and the arts. Read the article at the Guardian.
Being a professional composer requires real mental and physical stamina, says British composer and musician Errollyn Wallen. Read more at the Guardian.
Who says you can’t make it with a music degree? From 2012-2015, an accomplished and published Music Education professor at Indiana University, Peter Miksza, in conjunction with educator Lauren Hime, embarked on a study that few have tried to take on. Read the story at Music School Central.
Pierre-Laurent Aimard did it quietly. Evgeny Kissin did it in a casual remark to a presenter. Piotr Anderszewski, evidently, has done it in an interview with the website Humans of New York. Read the story at the Washington Post.
Ivan Hewett considers why female violinists now outnumber men in many of the world’s greatest competitions and orchestras. Read the article at the Telegraph.
Here’s a story about a hyperbass flute whose range goes down to negative E-1 on the musical scale, an octave below low C on a concert piano. There’s only two of them in the world and some of its tones can’t even be heard by humans. Read more from KVNO news.
The Los Angeles Philharmonic is going to be pushing the envelope again in the 2016-17 season. Plans include 21 commissions and 14 world premiers. More information at musicalamerica.com.
A musical career that began at three years old has made Zhang Xian the first female principal guest conductor of a BBC Orchestra. Read more at the Telegraph.
These are interesting times for classical music, a field buffeted by changing demographics, tough financial challenges, and pressing questions about relevance. Continue reading at Inside Philanthropy.