RIAM season: the Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho

Waking the Feminists has inspired moves within the musical world to improve the lot for female composers. The Minister for Culture, Josepha Madigan, d(...)

Qilin Sun delivered on Corigliano’s stipulation for a ‘stark, fierce’ opening with a vengeance.

The world of piano competitions is a conservative one. In many ways the Dublin International Piano Competition has hardly changed in the 30 years sinc(...)

The Irish Chamber Orchestra

FRIDAY 22 CLASSICAL New Ross Piano Festival New Ross, Co Wexford Fri-Sun newrosspianofestival.com The flavour of this year’s New Ross Piano Festiv(...)

Crash Ensemble, who performed as part of the Drogheda Arts Festival.

Lists of the year’s best this or that, or of people’s favourite reading or listening, are obviously entertaining. But they are altogether more of a ch(...)

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 (...)

Pierre Boulez conducts the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra at Carnegie Hall in New York in January  2010. Photograph: Richard Termine/The New York Times

Pierre Boulez, the former principal conductor of the New York Philharmonic who moved between conducting, composition and teaching over a long career t(...)

Polite, eternally self-effacing and, at the age of 42, still letting his eyes retreat behind a diffident fringe, Jonny Greenwood is not a man given(...)