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 has played in masterclasses with Leon Fleisher, Richard Goode, András Schiff, Yefim Bronfman, Murray Perahia, Andrei Gavrilov, Ivan Moravec, Angela Hewitt, Paul Badura-Skoda, Jonathan Biss and Thomas Adès, among others.
In 2012, Ariel released Romantic Profiles on LYTE records, a recital album featuring Schumann’s Carnival Scenes from Vienna, Liszt’s Fantasy and Fugue on the theme B-A-C-H, Brahms’ Fantasies Op. 116, and Janacek’s Piano Sonata I.X.1905.
Ariel is currently a student at the High School and Conservatory of the Jerusalem Academy of Music and also studies violin, chamber music, and composition.
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.
Caroline MacPhie’s striking performances have led her voice to be described as "crystal clear" and "breathtaking". She has won numerous awards and was selected for representation by Young Classical Artists Trust in 2009. In the same year she was a finalist in the Kathleen Ferrier Awards. On the operatic stage she has performed repertoire from Monteverdi to Max Richter for the Royal Opera, Scottish Opera, Opera North, Opéra National de Lyon and many more. September 2014 sees the release her debut recital disc, a collection of songs about or written by inspirational women, with pianist Joseph Middleton on Stone Records. Caroline and Joseph have performed extensively as a duo and debuted at Wigmore Hall in 2011. Photo credit Alex Rumford.
British/French cellist Corinne Morris is re-launching her career after a seven-year break following a debilitating shoulder injury that left her unable to perform simple daily tasks let alone play the cello.
Corinne was injured at the time that she was just about to sign on with a prestigious artist management company. Affectionately nicknamed 'Corinotshka' by Rostropovich, Corinne obtained her ARCM diploma from the Royal College of Music with honours at age 16, and completed postgraduate studies at the Conservatoire in Paris. Her long list of accomplishments include being chosen by Rostropovich to perform at his festival in Evian, being invited to take part in the International Cello Festival in Kronberg in Germany, and recording her debut recital for BBC Radio 3.
Corinne’s re-launch was marked by an 11-piece recording, Macedonian Sessions highlighting the depth and range of her talent. Recorded with the Macedonian Radio Symphony Orchestra, it featured music from Tchaikovsky, Bruch, Fauré, Saint-Saens and Piazzolla, along with an original self-penned composition.
Highlights of Corinne’s upcoming calendar include recitals at 1901 Arts Club throughout November.
British violinist Daniel Hope has toured the world as a virtuoso soloist for many years. He appears as soloist with the world’s major orchestras, directs many ensembles from the violin, and plays chamber music in a wide variety of venues. Born in South Africa and raised and educated in England, Hope earned degrees at the Royal Academy of Music, where he studied with distinguished Russian pedagogue Zakhar Bron. Hope is Associate Music Director of the Savannah Music Festival and Artistic Director at the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Summer Festival in Germany. He has also published three bestselling books. WildKat PR manages Daniel’s communications and media strategy across Europe, with a particular emphasis on the UK.
Hope launched the 2014/15 season by giving the world premiere of Gabriel Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto “1914” at the BBC Proms (“Hope, the instigator of this work, played its stratospherically high solo part with flawless accuracy.” – The Independent). This season also sees the release of Hope’s latest Deutsche Grammophon recording, Escape to Paradise, which draws on his extensive research into those European composers who relocated to Los Angeles, where they penned some of the 20th century’s most iconic film scores.
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.
Menuhin Festival Gstaad
International Music Festival
Founded in 1957 by Yehudi Menuhin, the Gstaad Festival 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 this year’s 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.
Acclaimed American pianist Jeffrey Siegel has played as a celebrated soloist with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, Moscow State Symphony, Bayerischer Rundfunk, Orchestra of La Scala, the New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic and The Cleveland Orchestra, as well as many others. He has also given recitals at venues throughout the world including Carnegie Hall, Wigmore Hall and the NHK Hall in Tokyo.
Keyboard Conversations® is Jeffrey’s concert series, a hugely successful and unique format which has taken place to great acclaim in venues around the world. The concert with commentary format makes listening more focused and music more accessible to a range of audiences. Engaging conversation and anecdotes precede virtuoso performances of the great piano repertoire, providing an accessible and enjoyable introduction to newcomers and a deeper understanding of the music for seasoned concertgoers. (Photography - Steve Purcell)
John Brancy has been hailed by the New York Times as “a vibrant, resonate 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. The young baritone will also be performing in a recital at the New York Festival of Song and with renowned pianist Ken Noda at The Song Continues: Spotlight Recital, presented by Marilyn Horne.
Previous seasons saw Brancy at Oper Frankfurt, Dresden Semperoper, Le Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris, Pacific Opera Victoria and Gotham Chamber Opera. He was also seen in performances at the Hugo Wolf Akademie in Stuttgart, and in recital with Thomas Adès and members of the San Francisco and Boston Symphony Orchestras. Brancy made his Carnegie, Avery Fisher, and Alice Tully Hall debuts while still an undergraduate student at The Juilliard School. He is a winner of the Sullivan Foundation Grand Prize, the 2013 Marilyn Horne Song Competition, first prize at the Classical Singer Magazine Competition, the Gold Award for Voice at the YoungArts Foundation competition and was a laureate of the 2012 Montreal International Music Competition.
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, Gasteig in Munich and Laeiszhalle in Hamburg. In October 2014 she will be performing with sinfonie orchester berlin at Berlin Philharmonie.
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)
Cellist, Baritone, Actor
'Virtuoso of the arts', Matthew Sharp plays concertos with major orchestras, sings principle roles at national opera houses, acts on film, at the Young Vic and National Theatre Studio and makes new work that connects with new audiences.
Previously artistic director at Deal Festival where he transformed its profile, ambition and reach, he is currently creative director at Revelation @ St Mary's. Matthew has recorded for Sony, Naxos, Decca and Avie, premiered over fifty new works - including Sir John Tavener's Petra and The Fool - and given solo performances from Glastonbury and Latitude, to major international music and theatre festivals, from Sydney Opera House to the Knitting Factory NYC, to the Southbank and Wigmore Hall.
As writer, composer and performer, Matthew collaborates with leading artists from music, theatre, dance and film. Matthew is a 21st-century Renaissance Man, charting new directions and connecting with new audiences. He is curating RE:naissance at Kings Place, May 2014.
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.
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.
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 Solsberg Festival and fulfilled her dream of 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 2014 festival saw internationally renowned musicians such as Baiba Skride, Nicholas Angelich, Silvia Simionescu, Kristian Bezuidenhout, Cappella Gabetta and the Cuarteto Casals perform at the festival. With its unique programming and fantastic artist list, Solsberg Festival is an extraordinary addition to the musical landscape of the Basel region of Northwestern 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.
Vanessa Benelli Mosell
Italian pianist Vanessa Benelli Mosell gave her debut performance at only 11 years old and has since been recognized as one of the most promising and talented young musicians. Vanessa studied at the International Piano Academy in Imola, the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory and the Royal College Music and performed with prestigious orchestras such as the Münchner Symphoniker, Berliner Symphoniker, Moscow Soloists and Zurich Chamber Orchestra. Vanessa is internationally renowned for her interpretations of Stockhausen's Klavierstücke. Stockhausen himself was convinced that "Vanessa Benelli Mosell has the power to let people appreciate my music” and the two enjoyed a mutually inspirational artistic collaboration. Both her debut recording and 'Liszt Recital' album were praised by Gramophone Magazine as "impressively refined and nuanced" with "sparkling technique in demanding music". Tours in the next season will be taking her all around Europe and to Israel, Russia and Turkey.
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.
William will be performing in two unique concerts in Bonn and Bielefeld in October 2014 before he embarks on a wider tour of Germany in March 2015.