The Well-Tempered Ear

Classical music news: Russian wins Chopin Competition; DG moves HQ; YouTube announces its 2011 Symphony Orchestra

October 23, 2010

By Jacob Stockinger

So far, reaction toward posting a weekend roundup of classical music news has been favorable.

So I’ll try it a second time and see what you think.

It makes up for how traditional media are short-changing the arts – but never politics or sports, you can be sure — and especially classical music. And it is an easy read that can be done in chunks at different times,

So I hope you enjoy it.


Russian pianist Yulianna Adveena (below) has won First Prize in the International Chopin Competition, the first woman to do so in 45 years:

The prize for runner-up prizes was shared between Ingolf Wunder, a 25-year-old Austrian and Moscow-born Lithuanian Lukas Geniusas, 20. Third prize went to Daniil Trifonov (below), 19, of Russia. Bulgaria’s Evgeni Bozhanov, 26, won fourth prize and the fifth prize was awarded to Francois Dumont, 25.

Here’s a link to the competition website where, the archives, you can hear and see the winners and other contestants perform:

And here is a blog with some comparative playing as well as dissent from the official verdict:


What do you think of the results?


The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra has appointed a new conductor, Krzyztof Urbanski, a young Polish conductor who, from his pictures anyway, seems quite charismatic:


The YouTube Symphony Orchestra for 2011 has been announced. It will perform in Sydney under San Francisco Symphony Orchestra maestro Michael Tilson Thomas (below):

Here is information about YouTube auditions:

For a sample, see the bottom of this posting.


The veteran classical music label DG (Deutsche Grammophon), the venerable “Yellow Label”) will move from Hamburg to Berlin:–Classical-Music-Leader-Deutsche-Grammophon-Relocates-To-Berlin/60118.html

Along similar lines, Universal – the corporate home of Decca, London, Deutsche Grammophon and Philips labels – has renewed its pledge to classical music even as major turnover in staff has taken place:

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