Kirill Petrenko, music director at the Bavarian State Opera,  is to become artistic director and chief conductor at the Berlin Philharmonic, one of the world’s most renowned orchestras. Photograph: Wilfried Hoesl/Bayrische Staatsoper Handout via Reuters

The Berlin Philharmonic has picked Kirill Petrenko, a 43-year-old Russian who is music director at the Bavarian State Opera, to become its chief condu(...)

New breed: Simon Rattle works as readily with period-instrument players as with symphony orchestras. Photograph: Jonathan Brady/EPA

It seemed like a great idea for the Royal Irish Academy of Music to devise an event called Ten Thousand Miles Away and use it to explore “the special (...)

John Wilson, principal conductor of the RTÉ Concert Orchestra, during rehearsals at the National Concert Hall. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

When I meet John Wilson, it is late in the afternoon, and he has just done six hours of rehearsals for a Gershwin gig with the RTÉ Concert Orchestr(...)

Minister for Arts Jimmy Deenihan: The NCH’s board ‘will have absolute clarity on all governance and operational issues’. Photograph: Eric Luke

The National Concert Hall unveiled details of its 2014-2015 concert series at the end of last month and has been garnering a lot of publicity over the(...)

If Gábor Takács-Nagy is anything, he’s a student. The founding leader of the Takács Quartet and later the violinist of the Takács Piano Trio, he has a(...)

Andre Rieu

An awful reign of terror is finally drawing to a close. For the last two weeks, André Rieu, mullet-headed Dutch waltz-strangler, has had exclus(...)