Academy of Ancient Music
The Academy of Ancient Music is one of Britain’s foremost period-instrument ensembles. Taking its name from an 18th-century society, AAM looks to the past to inform the present, drawing on scholarship to play music with a deep level of historical understanding.
AAM is led by its current Musical Director Richard Egarr, for whom the 2016-17 season marks his 10th anniversary at the helm. The ensemble also regularly collaborates with other world-renowned scholars and performers including Mahan Esfahani, Robert Levin, and Alina Ibragimova. Over the last four decades since its foundation it has been at the forefront of historically-informed performance, with 300 recordings to their name and a busy concert programme. AAM is currently an associate ensemble of the Barbican Centre, making it their exclusive London home from 2012. Highlights of the 2017-18 season include a major tour of North America, and the continuation of their Purcell opera cycle.
Andrew Staples was a member of the Benjamin Britten International Opera School at the RCM. In concert he has appeared with the Rotterdam Philharmonic with Yannick Nézet Séguin, the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, the Swedish Radio, the Mahler Chamber Orchestra with Daniel Harding and the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra under Sir Simon Rattle. He made his Royal Opera House debut as Jacquino (Fidelio) and sang Belfiore (La Finta Giardiniera) for La Monnaie in Brussels and the National Theatre, Prague. In 2013 he returns to the Royal Opera House to sing Tamino in Die Zauberflöte. He is also the founder of the innovative Vignette Productions and co-founder of Opera for Change, which will see a team of musicians tour a festival of stories and songs from Nairobi to Cape Town.
Accentus Music was founded by Paul Smaczny in 2010 after 20 years at EuroArts. Drawing on the experience of a wealth of producers and editors, Accentus Music creates high quality operatic, concert and documentary DVDs and Blu-rays. The label has worked with artists such as Claudio Abbado, Daniel Barenboim, Riccardo Chailly and Martha Argerich, as well as Lucerne Festival Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic, the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig and the Staatskapelle Berlin. Recent highlights include the last video recording of Claudio Abbado and Lucerne Festival Orchestra with Mihoko Fujimura. WildKat PR manage Accentus Music’s press and marketing campaign across Europe, working alongside its world-class artists.
At 25 years old, violinist Asi Matathias is one of the most celebrated talents of his generation. He made his debut at the age of fourteen with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra and conductor Zubin Mehta, who was so taken by the musical maturity and inspiration of the young violinist, that he invited him back for the coming season. Since then, Matathias completed his studies at Universtität für Musik und darstellende Kunst in Vienna and Manhattan School of Music. His international concerts and recordings were broadcast on BBC, CBC, WQXR, IBA and ORF and he performed at prestigious venues such as the Stern Auditorium at Carnegie Hall in New York, Izumity 21 Hall in Sendai, Japan and The National Arts Center in Ottawa. He currently studies with Pinchas Zukerman in New York.
Founded in 1946, the Bamberg Symphony is one of the finest orchestras in the world, with the legendary “Bamberg Sound”. The orchestra is the cultural ambassador for Bavaria, regularly travelling and giving concerts across the globe. Since 2000, the orchestra and chief conductor Jonathan Nott have been shaping the very unique profile of this outstanding orchestra, which is also host to "The Mahler Competition", which was won in its inaugural year by Gustavo Dudamel. WildKat PR manage an international PR campaign for the orchestra and their engagements. Photo credit: Peter Eberts
Virtuoso violinist Eric Silberger made headlines in 2014 when he performed inside an Icelandic volcano. An innovative and charismatic performer, Eric has appeared as a soloist and chamber musician throughout the world. His playing has been described as "spine-tingling" (The Guardian), "dazzling" (The Washington Post) and "impeccable" (The Strad). He is a prizewinner of the XIV International Tchaikovsky Competition and the Michael Hill International Violin Competition in 2011.
Eric received his masters from The Juilliard School, he also holds a BA in political science from Columbia University. A true musical entrepreneur, Eric co-founded the Castleton Chamber Players and is CEO of the online business Jukubox LLC, a company which allows online music lessons via video.
European Union Youth Orchestra
The European Union Youth Orchestra (it is EUYO!) is one of the world's pre-eminent symphony orchestras. Described by the UK Guardian as having "gripping, exhilaratingly good orchestral playing, surging with energy, laser-sharp focus and collective daring... [and] a technical prowess that is downright terrifying", it has provided an exceptional bridge between music colleges and the professional music world for generations of Europe's finest musicians since its foundation in 1976.
The Orchestra has worked with many of the world’s greatest musicians including Daniel Barenboim, Leonard Bernstein, Sir Colin Davis, Herbert von Karajan, Svlatislav Rostropovich and particularly its three Music Directors and current Chief Conductor: Founding Music Director Claudio Abbado, former Music Director Vladimir Ashkenazy, former Music Director and current Conductor Laureate Bernard Haitink, and Chief Conductor Vasily Petrenko.
A truly global brand, the EUYO has performed in most of the world’s major concert halls, notably at the Royal Albert Hall, the Musikverein, Carnegie Hall and the Boston Symphony Hall. From Amsterdam to Abu Dhabi, Moscow to Mumbai, Seoul to São Paulo - 4 Continents, 43 countries, 177 cities and 224 venues thus far.
Gstaad Menuhin Festival & Academy AG
International Music Festival
Founded in 1956 by Yehudi Menuhin, the Gstaad Menuhin Festival & Academy takes place annually with an impressive feat of around 50 concerts in churches, chapels, hotels, and the famous festival tent. The Menuhin Festival has grown substantially over the years, now with the Gstaad Festival Orchestra and Gstaad Academy for young professionals, and the 2014 launch of the Gstaad Conducting Academy. With innovative digital ventures to interact with audience and new media, extensive master classes and a plethora of internationally renowned soloists, chamber musicians and conductors, 2016 will be another outstanding year in the festival’s history. WildKat PR manages the festival’s press and marketing campaigns across Europe, including Germany, United Kingdom, Austria and the Benelux countries.
South Korean Klara Min is one of the most prodigious pianists of her generation, and has performed extensively both in solo recitals and with orchestras from around the world. In recent years, she has given concerts at the most prestigious concert halls such as Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall, Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, London's Wigmore Hall, Berlin Philharmonie, Gasteig in Munich and Laeiszhalle in Hamburg.
Klara Min is the founder and artistic director of NYCA (New York Concert Artists), a modern-day realization of Robert Schumann’s Alliance of David (Davidsbund) that supports and promotes young artists internationally through concert series' and collaborations with other organisations. Min's first album featuring modern Korean piano music was released on Naxos and complimented for "mak(ing) every note count" (Allmusic). Her second release of Chopin Mazurkas was released on Delos. The American Record Guide selected the album as one of six critics’ choices in 2013 raving that "her dynamic control is out of this world”.
Konzertdirektion Prof. Victor Hohenfels
'Popular Concerts' were created by Prof. Victor Hohenfels and his wife Eva-Maria more than 50 years ago. Since then more than three million concertgoers from around the world have attended them. The name is self-explanatory. The most famous and popular works existing in music literature are presented to the audience.
The Sinfonie Orchester Berlin, with its Principal Conductor Stanley Dodds and many other famous conductors and soloists, have been performing the 'Popular Concerts' since the very beginning in the stupendous auditorium of Berlin’s Philharmonic Hall, one of the world's most beautiful concert halls, with unrivaled acoustics. (Photography credit: Peter Adamik)
Rachael Young began her conducting career in 2007, having studied in her native New Zealand and the UK. She is trained in the Russian system of conducting and has been assistant conductor to Paavo Järvi as well as Marek Janowski.
Recent concert highlights include collaborations with the English Sinfonia, St. Petersburg State Academic Symphony Orchestra, Kharkov Philharmonic Orchestra, London Soloists Chamber Orchestra, Orquesta Sinfonica de Chilé and the Russian Virtuosi of Europe.
On 18th May 2016 she gave her debut at the Berlin Philharmonie with the Deutsches Kammerorchester Berlin and Russian pianist Viktoria Postnikova.
The award-winning Sacconi Quartet is recognised for its unanimous and compelling ensemble, consistently communicating with a fresh and imaginative approach. Formed in 2001, the Quartet continues to demonstrate a shared passion for string quartet repertoire, infectiously reaching out to audiences with their energy and enthusiasm. The Quartet have enjoyed a highly successful international career, performing regularly throughout Europe, at London’s major venues, in recordings and on radio broadcasts. The Sacconi is Quartet in Association at the Royal College of Music and Associate Artist at the Bristol Old Vic. To date, the Quartet has given twenty world premières and three British premières.
In 2008, the Quartet held the inaugural Sacconi Chamber Music Festival in Folkestone, Kent. Now in its ninth year, the festival is an established event in the cultural calendar and is expanding year on year with challenging programming and exciting collaborations. The Sacconi Quartet has performed at all the major London venues including Wigmore Hall, Kings Place, Cadogan Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Purcell Room and Conway Hall. They have travelled extensively throughout the rest of the UK and Europe to venues including Bridgewater Hall in Manchester, The Queens Hall in Edinburgh, Musikverein in Vienna, Muziekgebouw in Amsterdam, L'Auditori in Barcelona and Auditorio Nacional de Música in Madrid as well as many venues in Europe. The Quartet also toured to the Middle East in 2009, where they were invited by the British Council to give concerts and workshops in Jordan’s capital city, Amman.
Thomas Kemp has established himself as one of Britain’s leading musicians working internationally as a conductor: a versatile artist who is equally acclaimed for his interpretation of classical repertoire as well as music of 20th and 21st Century. He is the founder and music director of Music@Malling Festival and music director of Chamber Domaine. A highly acclaimed artist, his dynamic commitment and virtuosic performances combined with innovative and ground breaking programming have received wide-spread critical praise. He has worked worldwide as a concertmaster and chamber musician and in 2012 he made his debut with London's Opera Holland Park to great acclaim.
Baritone William Berger's innovative approach to story telling saw him achieve great critical acclaim for his debut recital disc, Insomnia: A Nocturnal Voyage in Song, which was released on Delphian Records in 2012. The narrative, devised by William for his debut at the Lucerne Festival in 2011, leads the listener on an imaginary voyage through the night. William’s second disc of arias by Mozart, Haydn and Cimarosa with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra was released on Linn Records in 2013, also receiving exceptional reviews.
WFollowing successful concerts in Bonn and Bielefeld last year, William will be returning to Germany for the second part of his recital tour. He will perform in Munich, Hamburg and Berlin in March 2015.
From classical music to folk and country, Jimmy Lee has an exotic and diverse compositional style. Disregarding all barriers that stand between genres, Jimmy has pursued his love of music regardless of any rules. His career has taken him across the globe from bars and beer joints in America’s Mid West to London’s Wembley Arena. After taking a break from the music scene, Jimmy Lee founded the Blue Coconut Music Club and decided to take up his calling once again.
Jimmy Lee is releasing his debut classical album for symphony orchestra in Spring 2016. Having caught the attention of the Director Music at The Army Corps of Musicians (CAMUS), Kneller Hall with the power and beauty of his music, Jimmy Lee begun a collaboration with the Military for his next project. The album was recorded by Abbey Road Studios at The Guards Chapel, Wellington Barracks and Birdcage Walk with combined military and civilian musicians.
We are proud to support Dmitry Masleev for both seasons in 2016. A triumphant winner of XV International Tchaikovsky Competition (2015), awarded the first prize and gold medal, Dmitry Masleev became a real discovery of this prestigious music competition. Both the audience and the media approved the unanimous contest panel decision which is really a rare case for music competitions. Besides severals concerts in Russia, Brazil and the US, 2016 will see his debut in Germany, playing among others at the Klavierfestival Ruhr and in Munich with the Munich Philharmonic.
Award-winning film and television composer Neil Myers made his stage debut at the age of 7 as guitarist in a band. As a child, he was already fascinated by film soundtracks, and soon felt the desire to become a composer. He took a gap year in Canada after graduating school at 17 and later studied Music at the Leeds College of Music and Composing for Film & Television at the University of West London. For the past decade, he has been composing for film, documentaries, sports, commercials and more for clients such as BBC, Sky Sports, Channel 4, Canon, PlayStation, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Citroen. His excellent works have been awarded several times, i.e. with the Gold Promax Award, the Royal Television Society Award and more.
Pianist,Conductor and Pedagogue
The Swiss pianist, conductor and pedagogue Christian Erny has enjoyed a hugely varied education. At the age of six he entered the Conservatory of Winterthur, where he received instruction in piano, choral singing and pop music. He continued his musical studies in the piano class of Hans-Jürgen Strub at the Zurich University of Arts, where he received a Master’s degree in piano and was also awarded a Certificate of Advanced Studies in conducting. Christian also took the concert class of Jean-Louis Haguenauer at the renowned Jacobs School of music.
During his studies he also began directing choirs and gained experience as a conductor. Today he is founder and director of The Zurich Chamber Singers, a professional vocal ensemble.
In April 2016 he successfully released his debut album Les parfums, les couleurs et les sons se répondent… with works by Franz Liszt and Claude Debussy.
Pianist and Composer
Born in Tokyo, Ayako Fujiki started playing the piano as a young child and performed her first concert at age seven, playing Beetho ven and Chopin. She studied under renowned pianists including Alicia de Larrocha and Carlota Girriga, and is a specialist in Spanish classical music. As well as performing and competing internationally, Ayako is also a composer, incorporating classical and electronic musical techniques. WildKat PR will be working with Ayako to help promote the UK release of brightwater, her first CD to feature her own compositions.
Leonie Rettig is one of the most interesting young pianists of her generation. The twenty-five-year-old pianist offers persuasive and profound interpretations of a wide variety of musical styles. Her extensive repertoire includes works ranging from Domenico Scarlatti to Henry Dutilleux, with the compositions of the Romantic era playing an integral role in her work.
She has won several prizes at national competitions, the International Piano Competition Nikolaï Rubinstein in Paris at the tender age of 12, among others. She has played with the Nuremberg Symphony Orchestra, the Symphony Nova Scotia and at prestigious festivals like the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival and the International Chamber Music festival at Viana do Castelo.
In the 2016/2017 season Leonie will make her Swedish debut with the Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra, performing Rachmaninov’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini. Further recitals will take her to the USA, Canada and South Africa, as well as to Germany, Switzerland and Austria.
Marina Baranova is composer and pianist and has both German and Ukrainian roots. Marina’s mother taught classical music, her father jazz. Growing up with this background Marina was able to discover her passion for both classical music and improvisation from a very young age. In her third album Hypersuites, acoustic remixes on baroque master pieces, she impressively shows how she feels at home in both musical worlds.
WildKat PR are delighted to have found a label for Marina, in Berlin Classics. For the season 2016 WildKat will support the label to promote this ground breaking album.
Sunwook Kim is a South Korean pianist living in London. He came to international recognition when he won the prestigious Leeds International Piano Competition in 2006. Since then, he has established a reputation as one of the finest pianists of his generation, appearing as a concerto soloist in the subscription series of some of the world’s leading orchestras, including the London Symphony Orchestra (John Eliot Gardiner, Daniel Harding), Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra (Marek Janowski) or Tokyo Philharmonic. During 2015 WildKat supported the label Accentus in promoting his second solo album Brahms & Franck. In 2016 WildKat launched his Facebook page and takes care of his social media channels.
The 28 years old Belgian harpist Anneleen Lenaerts is making a name for herself as one of the leading soloists on her instrument. Since December 2010, Anneleen has been the Principal Harpist of the Vienna Philharmonic. With her Album ‘Harp Concertos’, she presents a 2015 remastering of fellow Belgian composer, Joseph Jongen’s music. Anneleen has also released two other CDs, ‘Chopin&Liszt’ and a collaboration with oboist Karel Schoofs. She furthermore collaborated with last season’s raising star clarinetist Dionysis Grammenos. After having promoted her album in 2015, WildKat is happy to help her organising her launch concert in Berlin on October 2016 for her brand new release.
Pianist Kimiko Ishizaka first received worldwide attention and recognition in 2012 for her innovative “Open Goldberg Variations” project. Further acclaim and widespread media coverage followed with her 2015 release of the “Open Well-Tempered Clavier”. Both projects, which were funded directly by Kimiko's fans, received overwhelming critical praise. WildKat PR are now working with Kimiko ahead of the UK premiere of her own composed completion of Bach's unfinished Kunst der Fuge.
Kristjan Järvi is known for his innovative music programming and remarkable visions for multi-genre collaborations. One of his most important projects is The Sound Experience, where he brings together ideas, people, emotions, cultures and nature through music, in order to create a totally new concert experience. One of the orchestras he has initiated this concept with is the modern Baltic Sea Philharmonic. Together they will bring their ideas before a wide audience on their Baltic Sea Discovery Tour.
WildKat PR is working with Kristjan Järvi to promote the 2016 tour, as well as some concerts with Steve Reich and the Regular Crisis festival in October. In addition to that, WildKat PR will assist in promoting his two upcoming CD releases “Wagner, The Ring” and “Steve Reich, Duet”.
Composer & Harpist
Ailie Robertson is a consummate musician: harpist, composer, arranger, improviser and teacher. Although Ailie’s work as a folk musician is well documented in 6 recordings, her upcoming release signals her first foray into classical recording. The single, Haven, is inspired by the Scottish ‘keening’ tradition, a form of vocal lament, and is scored for string quartet and harp.
As a composer, Ailie has been won numerous awards, including the Scottish Chamber Orchestra Composition Prize, The Sofia International Composition Competition, and was runner-up in the 14th International Oslo Grieg Competition. She has received commissions from some of the UK’s most prestigious cultural institutions including the BBC, Creative Scotland, and the Edinburgh International Film Festival.
Van Cliburn International Piano Competition
The Cliburn advances classical piano music throughout the world. Its international competitions, education programs, and concert series embody an enduring commitment to artistic excellence and the discovery of new artists.
Established in 1962, the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition is widely-recognized as “one of the world’s highest-visibility classical-music contests” and remains committed to its original ideals of supporting and launching the careers of young pianists and sharing the transformative powers of music with a wide global audience. The Fourteenth Cliburn Competition, held May 24–June 9, 2013, in Fort Worth, Texas, welcomed 30 competitors, aged 19–30 and representing 13 nations. Beyond the over 40,000 who enjoyed the Competition in person at Bass Performance Hall, the fully-produced webcast streamed over 13 million minutes of video to more than 170,000 unique viewers in 155 countries.
WildKat PR is working with Cliburn on the fifteenth competition which runs from May 25 - June 10, 2017. We will be running press campaigns in the UK and Germany.
Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra
The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra is a dynamic ensemble of some of the world's finest musicians. As the sixth oldest symphony orchestra in the U.S. and the oldest orchestra in Ohio, the CSO has played a leading role in the cultural life of Greater Cincinnati and the Midwest since its founding in 1895. As a champion of new music, the orchestra has given American premieres of works by such composers as Debussy, Ravel, Mahler and Bartók. The CSO was also the first orchestra to be broadcast to a national radio audience.
The CSO is premiering outstanding new works by composers Sebastian Currier, Thierry Escaich and Zhou Tian, conducted by Music Director Louis Langrée, to be released on the Concertos For Orchestra album on 17th November on the orchestra’s own record label Fanfare Cincinnati.
Concert violinist Moonkyung Lee performs extensively across Europe, the United States, and Korea, and has collaborated with many eminent ensembles, conductors, and performers. Highlights include the Cordoba Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Maestro Maxim Shostakovich and the Beethoven Triple Concerto with cellist Mischa Maisky and the Bohuslav Martinu Philharmonic Orchestra.
Moonkyung Lee’s awards include the Luigi Zanuccoli International Competition and the Padova International Competition, and she holds an NYU/Steinhardt Doctoral Fellowship for Ph.D. Studies (of which she was the first ever classical string performer recipient). Her two recitals in Seoul in 2015 were sponsored by the Arts Council Korea, and she has often featured as a solo performer on Korea's national television channel, KBS.
WildKat PR will be working on her upcoming album release of works for violin and orchestra by Tchaikovsky early next year. It was recorded with the London Symphony Orchestra and will be released on PARMA Recordings.
Named “the Celine Dion of classical” by The Huffington Post, world class pianist Marika Bournaki is known for the combination of her effervescent youth and innovative approach to her art.
Her evolution into an esteemed performer was documented by Bobbi Jo Hart, from the age of 12 to 20, for the multi award-winning feature-length documentary “I Am Not A Rock Star” and was a huge success at multiple international film festivals as well as being featured on BBC Four.