Donatella Flick Conducting Competition
The sixth Donatella
Flick Conducting Competition will be held 21-23 October in London. It
aims to advance the careers of young conductors under the age of 35 who
are citizens of the European Union. The winner receives an award of 15,000
pounds sterling, and will work as assistant conductor of the London Symphony
Orchestra for a year.
Paul Mann, winner of the 1998 Competition, has, for example, assisted
Sir Colin Davis in preparing performances of Verdi's Otello with Jose Cura,
and has worked with Mstislav Rostropovich, Myung-Whun Chung and Kent Nagano.
Paul also conducted the LSO and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra with Wynton
Marsalis and two performances of the LSO with Deep Purple at the Royal Albert
A distinguished international jury chaired by Lord Birkett and consisting
of James MacMillan, Carlo Majer, Yuri Temirkanov, Yan Pascal Tortelier,
and Moray Welsh will choose the winner from 20 candidates selected to take
part in the competition. Further information and application forms (which
must be received by 16 May 2000) are available on the Competition's website.
The American composer Tobias Picker, at present little known in Europe,
is to be represented in future by Boosey & Hawkes through his new agreement with the Leonard
Bernstein Publishing Company. Picker has operas in hand for Dallas (Therese
Raquin based on Zola's novel) and the Met for 2003. A new Cello Concerto
is to be written for the London Proms.
Top 50 classical music websites
The February 2000 edition of Chamber Music America lists the magazine's
choice of the top 50 classical music websites, with the emphasis on information
provided. In third place comes La
Scena Musicale from Canada. In second place, an upstart magazine called
Music & Vision. First place is awarded to the British website
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