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 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.
Israeli pianist Ariel Lanyi began piano lessons just before his fifth birthday and made his orchestral debut at the age of 7. Since then, he has given numerous recitals in Paris, Rome, Prague, Belfast, and regularly in concerts broadcast live on Israeli radio and television. He has appeared as a soloist with a variety of orchestras in Israel and has participated in the Israel Festival, Prague Music Performance, Tempietto Festival, Ravello Festival and the Young Prague Festival. He has also been featured in several documentary programmes on Israeli and British television, including ITV’s “Superhuman: Genius.”
Ariel gave his debut London concert at St James's Piccadilly in October 2014 and will return to the city for further recitals from 2015.
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.
Grammy-nominated mandolinist Avi Avital is one of the world’s most exciting and entrepreneurial musicians. Deeply committed to building a fresh legacy for the mandolin through virtuosic performance and commissioning new works in a range of genres, Avi has performed throughout the major international concert halls and festivals. Avi records exclusively with Deutsche Grammophon and has released a recording of Bach concertos and an album ‘Between Worlds’, which integrates folk and classical music from the first half of the 20th century. With multiple performances, albums and projects simmering, Avi is single-handedly re-discovering, re-vitalisting and re-inventing the mandolin.
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 Gustav Mahler Conducting 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
Taking its name from two British composers - Sir Lennox and Michael Berkeley - the Berkeley Ensemble was founded in 2008 with the aim of exploring the wealth of little-known twentieth- and twenty-first-century British chamber music. Its innovative and thought-provoking programming of this and other repertoire has attracted acclaim and informs its debut disc, released in March 2014. Clarion Call, on Resonus Classics, will feature world-premiere recordings of works by John Casken, Michael Berkeley and Charles Wood, as well as Howard Ferguson’s popular Octet.
Photo credit Nigel Luckhurst.
Since Cantate was founded in 1994, the mixed-voiced youth choir has become widely recognised as one of the UK’s most outstanding choirs for young people. In summer 2014 Cantate were double gold medal winners in the World Choir Games in Latvia, and in addition to achieving success at international music festivals they have also performed at prestigious venues such as the Royal Albert Hall and the Royal Festival Hall. Cantate have appeared on BBC Songs of Praise and BBC Radio 2, and have worked with conductors including Sir Andrew Davis and John Rutter. They are an open-access choir and their repertoire stretches across classical, show and pop traditions. Cantate regularly performs concerts within its home area of Essex, Hertfordshire and Cambridgeshire.
Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center
From its base at New York's iconic Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center (CMS) brings the finest performances of chamber music to a world stage. Since its first performance in 1969, it has effectively developed the chamber music genre into what we know today. In addition to performances in New York, CMS operates a busy international touring and recording schedule and offers world-class music education initiatives to ensure the diversity and future of chamber music. WildKat PR is working with CMS for their Wigmore Hall concert on the 8th May 2015.
Pianist and Curator
Christina is a highly innovative pianist, curator and commissioner with a continually growing reputation for bold and vivacious performances. She has collaborated with a diverse mix of genres and artists, recently working with violinist Lizzie Ball, rapper Tor Cesay, Director Richard Williams, actors from Central Saint Martin's and a number of designers for London Fashion week. Christina is a strong supporter of diversity both within and outside of the arts and recently founded Ensemble WOW – an organisation dedicated to promoting equality through unique and imaginative programming.
After achieving a first from the Royal Academy of Music, where she studied with her mentor Joanna MacGregor, Christina has continued to perform extensively in major venues across Europe including at the Southbank Centre, Kings Place and Aldeburgh Festival. Christina is a dedicated performer and discoverer of new music working with established composers including Sir Harrison Birtwistle, Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, Tansy Davies and Stephen Montague as well as emerging composers – collaborating most recently with Freya Waley-Cohen and Richard Bullen. Christina has won numerous prizes including the Jacob Barnes Award for a collaborative and educational project, The CAVATINA Chamber music trust prize and audience prize, and the audience prize in the Jacques Samuels Intercollegiate Competition.
In 2014 Christina was commissioned to curate two days of events for the Royal Academy of Music Summer Festival and has subsequently been invited to return as a postgraduate lecturer on multimedia in performance.
David Finckel and Wu Han
Musicians and Artistic Directors
David Finckel and Wu Han are an incredibly unique pairing in the classical music industry. They are both established and celebrated soloists and chamber musicians: David is a distinguished cellist, who played in the Emerson String Quartet as well as his role as Professor of Cello at the Juilliard School, honouree and Artistic Director of the Mendelssohn Fellowship in Korea; Wu Han is a world-renowned pianist who has enjoyed an illustrious performance career as well as being a musical entrepreneur in partnership with David. They were both selected as Musical America's Musicians of the Year 2012.
As Artistic Directors they have created festivals around the world such as Music@Menlo in California and Chamber Music Today in South Korea, and since 2004, they have led The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center in New York. Together they launched ArtistLed in 1997, the world’s first record label for classical music run by musicians and based online.
The Swiss mother-daughter ensemble Duo Praxedis first performed on stage together in 1996 in Bach’s Double Concerto, arranged for harp and piano. Since 2009, the duo performs regularly in Switzerland and internationally with their diverse repertoire including early classical works for their instruments, their own arrangements of later masterpieces as well as contemporary compositions. They commissioned the renowned Swiss composer Oliver Waespi to write a Double Concerto for Harp, Piano and Wind Orchestra, which had its world premiere at the Tonhalle in Zürich in 2014.
Duo Praxedis fascinates audiences with their sensitive and intimate interpretations as well as their extraordinary concert dresses, which are their own designs, carefully tailored by the long-established embroidery company St. Galler Stickerei-Manufaktur Forster-Rohner. The duo have performed at prestigious festivals such as the Gstaad Menuhin Festival & Academy AG, festival.Esterházy and the Engadin Festival. Their CDs were released with the labels Guildmusic, Preiser and Paladino.
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.
Gstaad Menuhin Festival & Academy AG
International Music Festival
Founded in 1957 by Yehudi Menuhin, the Gstaad Menuhin Festival & Academy AG takes place annually with an impressive feat of around 50 concerts in churches, mountain stations, glaciers, airfield hangars 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, 2014 was another outstanding year in the festival’s history. WildKat PR manage the festival’s press and marketing campaign across Europe, including Germany, United Kingdom, Austria and the Benelux countries.
Following recent highly acclaimed recordings with the Philharmonia Orchestra and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Hideko Udagawa has released three CDs since spring last year – a Khachaturian recital CD with Boris Berezovsky, a re-issue of the Brahms/Bruch violin concertos with Sir Charles Mackerras and the London Symphony Orchestra and finally a collection of unusual 18th century concertos with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra. This disc, released this year, includes three world premieres, which Hideko discovered herself and have only been performed by her.
2015 also sees the re-release of Udagawa’s recording of Glazunov’s Violin Concerto with the London Philharmonic Orchestra for the 150th anniversary of his birth.
As a protégée of Nathan Milstein, Hideko has inherited the great Russian romantic tradition of violin playing. Her performances have spanned thirty countries both in international recital series and with some of the world’s top orchestras across Europe, North America and Asia-Pacific, and more than one hundred cities and towns in the United Kingdom alone. She has performed extensively throughout the world and captivates international audiences with her artistry and enthusiasm. Critics have acclaimed her performances, commending her passionate commitment, dazzling agility and refinement of taste.
(Photo credit: Sheila Rock)
The Imperfect Pearl
The Imperfect Pearl is a music-drama celebrating the extraordinary life and music of one of the baroque era’s most overlooked and under-rated composers, Domenico Zipoli. The Baroque Brothers Grimm-style fairytale is an innovative project, which follows the journey of the seventeenth century composer from Rome to the rainforests of South America. The Imperfect Pearl or "Perola Barroca" (the derivation of the term baroque) describes the dissonances of Zipoli’s life and the Baroque music that drove him.
“Phenomenal British pianist” (Guardian) Mark Latimer, executive producer Heulwen Phillips and director Emma Rivlin have created a “sumptuous and romantic” (The Independent) work in a wildly imaginative clash of culture, music and theatre. The Imperfect Pearl will tour the UK from May through to June 2015, visiting rustic barns, country festivals and other unique performance spaces.
John Brancy has been hailed by the New York Times as “a vibrant, resonant presence” and a “dashing, strong-voiced baritone”. The 2014-2015 season will see him with debuts at Edmonton Opera as Papageno in Die Zauberflöte and at Opera Lyra Ottawa as Figaro in Le nozze di Figaro. Brancy’s numerous concert engagements include a debut with Musica Sacra in Handel’s Messiah at Carnegie Hall and a recital tour with pianist Peter Dugan, where they will present a special tribute to the centennial anniversary of World War I presented by VocalArts DC at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC, CAIC in Chicago and Société d’art Vocal de Montréal. Recently, John Brancy performed in the title role of Tobias Picker’s Fantastic Mr Fox at San Antonio Opera and in recitals with Steven Blier at the New York Festival of Song. He will start the new year 2014 with a recital with renowned pianist Ken Noda at The Song Continues: Spotlight Recital, presented by Marilyn Horne.
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)
Guitarist and Composer
Recipient of the prestigious Guildhall Artist Fellowship 2010-2012, Maria Camahort is a guitarist in demand internationally. Maria has performed in many cities in Europe, and has taken part in festivals including the Barcelona Guitar Festival, City of London Festival, International Conservatoire Week Festival, Bath Guitar Festival, London Guitar Festival, Kings Place Festival and Edinburgh Fringe Festival amongst others.
Specialising in chamber music, Maria is the artistic director of her own ensemble, The Maria Camahort Quintet, which comprises four other talented musicians: Violeta García, voice and violin; Laura Ruhí-Vidal, soprano; Sergio Serra, cello; Pablo Domínguez, percussion and guitar. Together, with Maria playing the guitar, they are releasing their debut album in 2015, for which Maria has also arranged most of the pieces. The album, 'Iberian Colours,' will feature works from Spanish composers inspired by traditional music and will be a musical celebration of the vibrancy of Spain: bright colours, earthy textures and foot-tapping rhythms. All members of the Quintet are Spanish, and they bring an authenticity to the album that makes it both fresh and exciting.
Cellist, Baritone, Actor
Solo cellist, Baritone, Actor, Director – Matthew Sharp has been praised as a “virtuoso of the arts” (The Times) and an “extraordinary cellist, virile baritone, compelling actor” (The Daily Telegraph) and classical music's "Renaissance Man" (Classical Music Magazine).
From June 2015, Matthew joins the English Symphony Orchestra as Artist-in-Association - "a unique talent for a unique orchestra." (Kenneth Woods, Artistic Director).
Other 2015 projects include a UK and Irish tour of Tommy Foggo – Superhero, a one-man interactive musical adventure for 7-14 year olds, a European tour of a new cello concerto by Richard Dubugnon – devised with Stopgap Dance and the London Contemporary Orchestra – and a cello and voice recording of devotional works, including pieces written for Matthew by Sir John Tavener and Emily Hall.
Matthew will sing the title role in Mahogany Opera Group's new opera, The Rattler, will perform with Iain Ballamy at the Manchester Jazz and Literary Festivals, directs the BBC Singers' Christmas tour and takes his epic show – The Devil's Jukebox – made for Opera North, to Wilderness Festival. He will continue his ongoing work as Creative Director of Revelation St Mary's in Ashford, recently selected as a Royal Opera House 'links' partner.
Mahler Chamber Orchestra
The Mahler Chamber Orchestra is renowned for its passion and creativity, having been founded upon a shared vision of a free and international ensemble in 1997. It is a nomadic community of exceptional musicians, with 45 members of the core ensemble spanning 20 different countries, uniting for specific tours in Europe and across the world.
This summer, the MCO will complete their four-year project "The Beethoven Journey" at the BBC Proms with Norwegian pianist and Artistic Partner of the MCO, Leif Ove Andsnes, "The Beethoven Journey" has been accompanied by the award-winning education project "Feel the Music", which invites deaf or hard hearing children to explore music through hearing, feeling and creating.
The MCO’s core repertoire lies in the Viennese Classical and early Romantic periods, whilst also playing more contemporary works and world premieres. Later this summer, the MCO will perform the US Stage Premiere of George Benjamin’s Written On Skin at the Lincoln Center, New York, following their performance of the World Premiere at Aix-en-Provence in 2012.
The summer will conclude with the MCO’s return to the Lucerne Festival with maestro Daniele Gatti. In September, the orchestra will launch the Carl Nielsen portrait project at the Musikfest Berlin with a performance of "Sinfonia Semplice".
WildKat PR will also be working with the MCO on the launch of their exciting new brand and visual identity.
Online music lessons
A portal into the classical music profession, Musical Orbit allows you to learn from the very best musicians in the business through personal lessons, masterclasses and webinars online. From anywhere in the world, you can connect with leading musicians from the finest orchestras across the globe to receive artistic appraisal and tailored, professional analysis of your playing. Also an online hub for the classical music world, Musical Orbit keeps you in the loop with news stories, tips from the top professionals and ticket offers for concerts.
Musical Orbit is a global service, which is available now will launch officially in the UK and US in April 2015.
The National Children’s Orchestras of Great Britain
The National Children’s Orchestras of Great Britain was formed in 1978 by Vivienne Price MBE. It provides young people with a world-class foundation for orchestral performance and musicianship, bringing together hundreds of 7-14 year old like-minded, talented musicians from across the country to be guided by top professional artists and as a result, offers them a life-changing experience. They have performed in a wide variety of concert venues, from the Royal Albert Hall in London to the Forbidden City Concert Hall in Beijing.
New York Concert Artists & Associates (NYCA)
New York Concert Artists & Associates (NYCA) understands itself as a modern-day realization of Robert Schumann’s Alliance of David (Davidsbund), an imagined spiritual fraternity of creative minds. NYCA is led by musicians for musicians and the musical public and was founded by pianist Klara Min in 2008.
NYCA also supports young musicians in their career development by way of the New York Carnegie Debut Recital Auditions, which are held annually in New York City and in several cities across Europe and China. The winner of the competition wins their debut recital at Carnegie Hall as well as a recording with the Steinway & Sons record label. The Piano Concerti series, chamber music evenings and master classes offer additional performance opportunities for NYCA members and debut recital winners. WildKat PR works with NYCA to expand the organisation’s activities to Europe, starting with the recital series ‘The Berlin Debuts’ at the Berlin Philharmonie in Spring 2015.
The Orpheus Sinfonia was founded in 2008 with the aim of providing opportunity and support for exceptionally talented musicians emerging from study into the profession. Under the artistic direction of international cellist and conductor Thomas Carroll, Orpheus Sinfonia is establishing itself as one of the most vibrant, dynamic and inspiring of young orchestras. Soloists to date include Tamsin Little OBE, Dame Felicity Lott, Jack Liebeck and EMI artist Xeu-Fei.
November 2014 sees the launch of Orpheus Sinfonia's 2014/2015 season with the premiere of 'Beneath the Score', a new series created by Thomas Carroll. 'Beneath the Score' is a series of concerts designed to bring classical music to life by taking the audience on a journey of exploration through a composer's life, their muses and historical context. Through narration, musical excerpts, influential images and readings, each musical work is brought to life in it's own unique way.
By exploring this history, Orpheus Sinfonia open new doors to those not yet in love with the power of classical music, and at the same time enrich the knowledge and appreciation of those already more familiar.
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 seventh 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.
As part of Bristol Proms in July 2013, the Sacconi Quartet spent two days experimenting with a variety of creatives and technologists to develop a wide array of possibilities to offer audiences a more engaging chamber music experience. This, with the support of the Arts Council England, has led to HEARTFELT: a Sacconi Quartet Digital Performance, during which sound, light and touch combine in a fully interactive performance of Beethoven’s String Quartet in A minor, Op. 132.
Audience members are invited to hold a robotic, wireless ‘heart’, which transmits the live heartbeat of a musician in the Quartet directly to an audience member during the concert. This allows them to experience the peaks and troughs their member of the Quartet experiences as the piece unfolds. HEARTFELT moves the concert experience beyond sight and sound, introducing tactility into live performance. HEARTFELT will be premiered at the June 2015 Spitalfields Festival.
International Music Festival
The Argentinian cellist Sol Gabetta has been a resident of the Frick Valley, Canton of Aargau, for several years now. In 2006, she founded the Solsberg Festival and fulfilled her dream of creating a month of music-making in stunning surroundings and with repertoire that excites her and her fellow musicians. The artists performing with Sol Gabetta are leading a new generation of international soloists and the baroque churches of Olsberg and Rheinfelden provide an incomparable setting for their music. The year 2015 will see internationally renowned musicians such as Patricia Kopatchinskaja, Bertrand Chamayou, Nicholas Angelich and Vilde Frang perform at the festival. For the first time this year, the Solsberg Festival offers concerts in France’s Alsace region and Germany’s Black Forest as well in Switzerland.
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.