The Bergen Philharmonic: Norway’s oldest. It was founded when Mozart was just nine 3:52

The Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, which made its Irish debut at the National Concert Hall on Friday, claims to be “one of the world’s oldest orche(...)

If the Kilkenny Arts Festival has whetted rather than sated your appetite for Bach, here’s Andreas Staier swinging into view with new versions of s(...)

Conductor Andrew Litton 3:52

One of the first things Andrew Litton said to me when I met him in the conductor’s room in Bergen’s Grieghallen was: “I like that orchestra very mu(...)

Tara Erraught: the Irish mezzo soprano of the moment gives recitals at Wexford Festival Opera, the NCH and in Galway. Photograph: Dieter Nagl/AFP/Getty Images

The new concert season kicks off in earnest on Friday, with one of the most explosive works ever written. Stravinsky’s still awe-inspiring Rite of (...)

Russian violinist Yury Revich, who turns 24 in a week, wants to chart the history and potential of the violin from our own time back to the Baroque(...)

Zhu Xiao-Mei survived the rigours of China’s Cultural Revolution. She makes no secret of how severely scarred she was by it. Photograph: Martin Jehnichen/Accentus Music

Kilkenny likes Bach. At the close of this year’s Kilkenny Arts Festival, where the musical focus gave the music of Bach the largest, most concentra(...)

The German composer Karl Amadeus Hartmann stayed in Nazi Germany, where his music went unperformed, not because of official diktat, but because he (...)

Mahan Esfahani, who was born in Tehran in 1984, makes music like someone who has an old head on young shoulders. Photograph: Marco Borggreve

Kilkenny Arts Festival’s Eternal Harmony: The Music of JS Bach got off to a sticky start on Friday. It was a clammy day, and even damper in the int(...)

The adaptable Keith Jarrett is on record questioning classical players’ concept of pulse. “Okay, there are a few exceptions,” he once said, “bu(...)

Mahan Esfahani: Photograph: Getty Images

  Mahan Esfahani   HARPSICHORDIST, IRAN/US   Plays Book 1 of The Well-Tempered Clavier, and The Goldbe(...)