Principle conductor of the Irish Chamber Orchestra. Photograph: Marco Borggreve

German composer, clarinettist and conductor Jörg Widmann, principal conductor of the Irish Chamber Orchestra, is one of the most energetic people I’ve(...)

Conductor and composer Eímear Noone   in Dublin: ‘Being a conductor and a composer is like having a split personality. One is very introverted; the other is the reverse.’ Photograph:  Steve Humphreys

Sometime before Christmas, Eímear Noone received a phone call from her old pal Rickey Minor. He was wondering if she could clear some free time toward(...)

James Galway: His readiness to speak his mind extends to the banter he likes to engage in with his audiences

James Galway will turn 80 on Sunday. But the RTÉ Concert Orchestra got in early and held its celebration at the National Concert Hall last Wednesday. (...)

The stage where chief conductor Kirill Petrenko with the Berlin Philharmonic orchestra will perform   on Saturday in front of the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin. Photograph: Fabrizio Bensch/Reuters

Ask Berlin visitors to name the city’s most important cultural landmark and many will say the Brandenburg Gate. Ask Berliners to name their most impor(...)

Luciano Pavarotti’s Modena home is now open to the public as a museum. Photograph: Alpha

Tutto Pavarotti Luciano Pavarotti’s Modena home is now open to the public as a museum (Stradello Nava 8; www.casamuseolucianopavarotti.it; admi(...)

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(...)

Christopher Hogwood, who has died aged 73, was the founder of the Academy of Ancient Music, an ensemble which sought to perform early classical music (...)

Claudio Abbado, who has died aged 80, was one of the leading contemporary classical conductors, whose refined interpretations of a large symphonic and(...)

Hugh Maguire

Violinist and conductor Hugh Maguire, who has died aged 86, co-founded the Irish Youth Orchestra, was a distinguished chamber musician and orchestra l(...)