Johnny Winter, the legendary blues musician famous for his virtuosic guitar playing and smoky voice, has died in Zurich aged 70. He had been due to release a new album in September.
Progress continues on a project begun by the late German stage and film director Christoph Schlingensief. A sound studio is being set up in the "opera village" he founded.
The jury of the Robert Schumann Prize for Poetry and Music has determined that composer Wolfgang Rihm (62) has the "most characteristic mind of our time." His achievements have earned him the highly-endowed award.
For the third time, a youth orchestra from Turkey will appear at the Beethovenfest Bonn in September as part of the Orchestra Campus. Germany's Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier is now patron of the project.
Live recordings of the world's music stars performing in Germany's palaces, churches and concert halls.