Eugene Downes: his weaknesses in Kilkenny were as clear as his strengths. Photograph: Bryan Meade

The curtain has fallen, and the Eugene Downes years at Kilkenny Arts Festival have come to an end. Musically, Downes left as he had started, with an e(...)

Yuri Temirkanov with the Saint Petersburg Philharmonic at the NCH: “The playing is as pliable as you could wish for”

The Saint Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra and its conductor, Yuri Temirkanov, were back at the National Concert Hall last week doing what they do be(...)

Conductor Cristian Macelaru: a performance full of hustle, bustle and excitement

What does a conductor do with an orchestra? Well, according to the US-based Romanian conductor Cristian Macelaru, he finds a way to let the musicians (...)

Daniele Gatti

Conductorships are in the air at the moment. The RTÉ NSO has not had a principal guest conductor since Hannu Lintu’s contract ended in 2013, and the (...)

If a way were found to appoint Simon Rattle (above), Mariss Jansons, Gustavo Dudamel or Bernard Haitink as principal conductor of the NSO, the standard would rise, as would attendances

The times they are a-changing. Both of RTÉ’s orchestras were in action last week in strong outings under their principal conductors. On Friday the RT(...)

Conductor Nicholas McGegan: well-heeled Americans follow him around

How much music can you fit into a lifetime? How often can you hear the pieces or performers that thrill or move you the most? How easy is it to expan(...)

Vasily Petrenko: ‘Nothing scares you after working with Russian soloists. Now it’s different. The new generation looks to the West, and they’re more disciplined.’ Photograph: Bo Mathisen

Russian conductor Vasily Petrenko was just 30 when he became principal conductor of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. His success with the o(...)