All Eyes on Korea 'K-Music'
Korean Cultural Centre Festival
The 100 day festival, All Eyes On Korea, is a celebration of Korean culture, curated by the Korean Cultural Centre. In addition to Arts, Literature, Spoken Word, Food and Film events, in July outstanding Korean Musicians will perform a series of concerts at London's Southbank Centre. Performers include: Baramgot, GongMyong, Be-being, and the Pansori Project 'ZA'; as well as classical superstars Sumi Jo and Sarah Chang. WildKat PR manage a press campaign for K-Music, the festival's musical events.
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.
Violinist and conductor
Augustin Dumay is one of the greatest classical musicians of his generation. His career has seen astonishing breadth of accomplishment in both fields of chamber music and orchestra, where he has distinguished himself as a world-class soloist and conductor. He is Musical Director of the Orchestre Royal de Chambre de Wallonie and Musical Director of the Kansai Philharmonic Orchestra in Osaka. WildKat PR will be managing a European-wide campaign covering Dumay’s latest CD releases with Onyx Classics. His latest release is Franck and Strauss Violin Sonatas with pianist Louis Lortie.
AyseDeniz Gokcin made her concert debut with an orchestra at the age of nine and won the diploma prize at the Vladimir Horowitz International Piano Competition in 1999. She recently completed her Masters Degree at the Royal Academy of Music. The young pianist has been conducted by masters like Vladimir Sirenko and Kirill Karabits and has been performing internationally for many years: in Moscow’s Kremlin Palace (upon the invitation of Nikolai Petrov), at the Beijing International Music Festival & Academy in China, at the International Istanbul Music Festival and in London to name a few.
AyseDeniz is as fascinated by classical music as she is by rock and pop. Her next project is fusing Liszt’s compositions with Pink Floyd: and they have more in common than you’d think. Intrigued? Watch this space, the project is definitely an exciting experience for AyseDeniz and the audience.
Ben Frost is a composer born in Australia but based in Reykjavik, Iceland, who is widely recognized for his experimental music which fuses multiple genres from post-classical electronic minimalism to dark metal. He has released a number of albums and has collaborated with a wide range of artists including Nico Muhly, and Brian Eno, by whom he was chosen to be part of the Rolex Mentor and Protegé program.
Ben has also composed for film, theatre, dance, and his work The Enclave, a multi-channel video and sound installation, produced after his visit beyond the frontlines of war-torn Eastern Congo, was premiered at this year's Venice Biennale.
2013 sees a premiere of his debut opera and first directorial role, for his adaptation of Iain Banks' novel "The Wasp Factory", which WildKat PR will be working with Ben to promote, at the Royal Opera House from October 2nd.
Conductor & Harpsichordist
Bridget is an award-winning harpsichordist, conductor and early music specialist. Past performing engagements have included playing with the London Handel Orchestra, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and also with London Early Opera, which she founded. Conducting performances include at St. Martin-in-the-Fields, St. John’s Smith Square and the London Handel Festival. Recent recordings include Ireland’s Enchantment, a product of an award from the Concordia Foundation to study early music in Ireland and her first solo harpsichord album; Handel in Ireland. Bridget is also the director of London Early Opera, a specialist period orchestra and choir. They have just finished recording their new CD Handel in Vauxhall, due to be released around November 2012. It focuses on compositions by Handel, Arne, Worgan and other Vauxhall contemporaries and brings to life the musical importance of the Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens - with several compositions never having been recorded before.
Hailed as “the future of chamber music” by Strings Magazine, Brooklyn Rider is known for their gripping performances and adventurous programming. At home in both clubs and concert halls, they have performed in venues as varied as Carnegie’s Zankel Hall, the Barbican Centre, Japan's Tōdai-ji Temple, and the South by Southwest (SXSW) Festival, where they were the only classical group featured in 2010. Following their 20-city North American tour with banjo phenomenon Béla Fleck - with whom the quartet collaborated for The Impostor, which was released in 2013 - Brooklyn Rider will travel to Europe where they will be performing music from their widely celebrated 2013 Mercury Classics release "A Walking Fire" in Denmark, Sweden, Germany and the UK..
Best known for his work with Brooklyn-based rock group The National, Bryce Dessner is a highly established composer and curator. Graduating from Yale University with a master’s degree in music, he is the founder of Cincinnati’s acclaimed MusicNOW Festival, a composer-in-residence at Muziekgebouw Frits Philips in Eindhoven, Netherlands, produced the Red Hot AIDS charity compilation Dark Was the Night with his brother and The National band mate Aaron, co-curated the Crossing Brooklyn Ferry music festival for the Brooklyn Academy of Music and has performed alongside Steve Reich, Nico Muhly, Sufjan Stevens, Radiohead’s Johnny Greenwood and many others.
This winter sees the worldwide release of an album from Bryce named Aheym, a collaboration between Bryce and the Grammy award-winning Kronos Quartet, showcasing four of his compositional works. It will be released by ANTI- records in the UK on November 4th 2013.
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.
Christopher Gillet: Who's My Bottom?
The title of tenor Christopher Gillett's scurrilous and funny memoir is a nod towards his signature role of Flute in Britten's A Midsummer Night's Dream. Who's My Bottom? is a frank account of life behind the scenes in the opera world. Gillett's personal experiences of the frustrations, money worries and humiliations, which every professional singer meets on a daily basis, reveal the truth about the best and worst aspects of the world of opera. WildKat PR manage an international press campaign for Christopher, who is currently working on his second book.
Conductor and keyboard player Christopher Monks is the founder and Artistic Director of Armonico Consort – an arts organisation which has won widespread acclaim for its engaging programming that brings classical music to new audiences. With the Consort, Christopher has founded the AC Academy, a nationwide education initiative, which has brought choral music to more than 100,000 children in the UK and sees over 700 children sing in an AC Academy choir each week. He has also created a programme which has created scores of new choirs and choir leaders in schools in London, Coventry, Telford, the Midlands and Warwickshire. On 10th March, 1,500 young singers from AC Academy choirs will perform at a gala concert at the Royal Albert Hall.
Clare and the Reasons
Clare and the Reasons is a Brooklyn-based duo of indie pop and folk musicians, Clare and Olivier Manchon. The band published its debut album The Movie in 2007, featuring witty songs and sophisticated melodies, played on a variety of instruments, including cellos, violas, kazoos, saws, recorders and bass drums. Following the 2-year promotional tour of The Movie across Europe and the USA, the band released its second album, Arrow, in October 2009.
Formed ten years ago at Cambridge University, Classico Latino is a classically trained piano trio with a passion for latin music. The group explores the wonderful repertoire of both traditional Latin-American music and original compositions in a unique format that demonstrates the universal and cross-cultural nature of music. Highlights of 2012 include a South American tour and the release of their third album, Latin American Classics by Classico Latino and Friends. The album was recorded at the world-famous Abbey Road Studios with special guests, incuding members of the choir of St Johns College, Cambridge and Colombian singer superstar, Andres Cepeda. WildKat PR manages an international press and marketing campaign for the trio. (Photo credit: Ben Wright).
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.
The Da Capo Music Foundation
The Da Capo Music Foundation is a groundbreaking music education charity that has adapted the approach of the innovative Kodály Method to meet the needs of multi-cultural Britain. Its learning programme caters to all ages - from toddlers to teenagers as well as adult learners. From its founding twenty-one years ago as a small Saturday morning music school, The Da Capo Music Foundation has since grown to a team of twenty-five teachers, working in groups and conducting individual sessions at its flagship Family Music Centre, in satellite centres and in schools.
Daníel Bjarnason is a multi-award winning Icelandic composer and conductor. Having studied piano, composition and conducting in Reykjavík, Bjarnason went on to study orchestral conducting at the Freiburg University of Music. His versatility as a composer and performer has led to collaborations with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Britten Sinfonia, John Adams, André de Ridder and Sigur Rós. Daníel is currently writing a large orchestral work for the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Gustavo Dudamel for the 2013/14 season. WildKat PR will be working with Daníel to promote his forthcoming album release Over Light Earth.
Danielle Eva Schwob
Described as a “genre-bending, worldly musical chameleon” (TimeOut NY) Danielle Eva Schwob is a London-born but NYC-based composer, arranger, guitarist and singer. Successfully establishing a multi-faceted career that spans the worlds of contemporary classical, pop and film, she has made a name for herself as a “notable cross-genre composer” (The New Yorker) with “deep roots in rock music” (The New York Times).
Active as a guitarist, orchestrator and arranger, Danielle has worked on projects with artists including Philip Glas and Tara Hugo, Ben Folds and The Pogues. She also serves as Artistic Director of SYZYGY New Music, an award-winning cross-genre collective that promotes adventurous new music. Forthcoming projects include the release of two new albums – one pop and one classical – as well as a new work for solo harp commissioned by harpist Caroline Cole (Astral Artists).
WildKat PR worked with Danielle on the world premiere of Three Self Portraits: an intimate, introspective triptych of solo pieces inspired by the works of David Hockney, Lucian Freud and Francis Bacon. The world premiere took place at Roulette, Brooklyn in 2015 with prominent new music soloists Vicky Chow (piano), Jennifer Choi (violin) and Michael Nicolas (cello).
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.
The Danish National Symphony Orchestra, part of the Danish Broadcasting Corporation, was founded in 1925. The musical tradition of the 99 strong orchestra lies in Danish and Nordic music. Its recordings of this repertoire have normative character. Since 2004 the DNSO gives around 70 concerts a year and regularly performs in the finest concert halls around the world, including Vienna, Berlin, Paris, Korea and China.
Eddy Grossenstein is a Harpsichordist who is a prolific performer in Europe and has also performed in Japan and America. As a child, Eddy played for the renowned pianist Magda Tagliaferro, a close friend of Poulenc, Ravel and many other important composers, who strongly influenced his performance style. Since studying at the Chopin Conservatory in Warsaw, Eddy has had an extensive performance career, as well as releasing recordings with Campion Records and Romeo Records, which have been distributed in 23 countries. When he’s not playing the harpsichord, Eddy is a pianist, conductor and composer. He has written songs for pop artists and musical comedies and founded and conducted the “Grossenstein Ensemble” and the “Sinfonietta de Madrid.” In 2014, Eddy will bring his performing talent to the UK by playing a series of harpsichord recitals in beautiful historic venues.
Leading British composer Emily Howard first came to public attention with her 2008 composition Magnetite. Since then she has gone on to great critical acclaim, being marked ‘One to Watch’ by The Observer and commissioned by Wien Modern and the London Symphony Orchestra. Howard studied Mathematics and Computation at Oxford University and often draws on science as her inspiration. 2012 marks an important season for Emily with her mini-opera Zátopek!, commissioned by New Music 20×12 for the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad, being performed in Liverpool and at the Southbank Centre and with her composition Calculus of the Nervous System being part of the 2012 BBC Proms.
European Opera Network
The European Network of Opera Academies encourages the creation, promotion and dissemination of new opera works in Europe. Focusing particularly on young artists, enoa’s activities are designed to offer young opera professionals the best possible conditions to start a career in a globalised context; creating workshops, composition and singing opportunities for over 1200 young artists throughout Europe.
Multimedia performance specialists
Founded in 2010 by Nick Sutcliffe, Ensemble BPM specialises in the creation of contemporary musical multimedia, embracing the inseparability of musical and theatrical thought. Collaborating with both emerging and established artists, we create vivid, accessible and immersive works of art that reflect the pace and flux of modern cultural life. Their work aims to illuminate the sights and sounds of an increasingly complex world.
Ensemble BPM presented the first ever opera staged live at an IMAX cinema in 2015 with performances of Pulitzer-prize winning composer Steve Reich and video artist Beryl Korot’s Three Tales at the London Science Museum’s IMAX Theatre. Incorporating live orchestra and singers, sampled audio, re-processed historical film and interviews with prescient cultural thinkers, Three Tales is a video opera that examines man’s deepening relationship with technology. The production was presented in association with a conference at the Institute of Historical Research entitled Being Modern: Science and Culture in the early Twentieth Century. The sold-out first performance, on 22 April 2015, marked the centenary of the first use of chemical weapons in warfare. Ensemble BPM was only the second group to stage Three Tales since the work’s 2002 premiere. The production was conducted by Artistic Director Nick Sutcliffe, directed by Matthew Eberhardt and produced by Amanda Carrick. It was supported by the London Science Museum, Arts Council England, AHRC and The Hinrichsen Foundation.
Ensemble Perpetuo is a new collective formed of some of the UK’s top chamber musicians. They specialise in multi-art form collaborations, giving a new meaning to performances of both classical and contemporary music. They are committed to taking music to unexpected venues and drawing new audiences to share in their love for music.
WildKat PR is promoting the ensemble’s event Cityscapes on the 25th April. They will take over London’s 47/49 Tanner Street for one evening to present an immersive cultural experience: music, dance, photography and art – all in one space. Their performance spans 200 years of musical history and all works are inspired by the world’s most dynamic cities and skylines.
Errollyn Wallen - 'renaissance woman of contemporary British music' (The Observer) - is lauded for her genuine, free-spirited approach to contemporary composition and her wide-ranging musicianship. She read Music at Goldsmiths’, King’s College, London and King’s College, Cambridge. On becoming a full-time composer, she formed her own group Ensemble X with the motto “we don’t break down barriers in music…we don’t see any”. Errollyn’s music includes many works for orchestra, ballet, opera, chamber music, song and film. Her work has been performed throughout the world and recorded on many compilations including her own albums Meet Me at Harold Moores, The Girl in My Alphabet and ERROLLYN. Errollyn was awarded an MBE in 2007 for services to music in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list, was the first woman to be awarded the Ivor Novello Award for Classical Music (2013) and the first black woman to have her work performed at the BBC Proms. She will be releasing her new orchestral album 'Photography' on 18th March on NMC Recordings.
Faster Than Sound
Contemporary Classical Music Concert Series
Created by Aldeburgh Music with Joana Seguro, Faster Than Sound is a groundbreaking strand of programming that joins the dots between musical genres and digital art forms. The project places strong emphasis on emerging technologies and original ideas, focusing on innovative collaborations between the worlds of classical and electronic music. Faster Than Sound now takes the form of five week- long residencies a year which bring composers, players, technology and the natural environment together, to create new works that are then premiered in Aldeburgh Music’s new workspace facilities at Snape.
Launched in the late 1980s, FatCat Records is an independent record label famous for its varied output of exceptional melodic music. FatCat Records represent some of the world's most exciting musicians, ranging from all forms of electronica and indie to the latest instrumental contemporary classical composers. WildKat PR are responsible for the UK press campaign for all the artists on FatCat's 130701 imprint, including Hauschka, Dustin O'Halloran, Max Richter and Jóhann Jóhannsson.
Opened in May 2009, The Forge Venue originally combines a modern and stylish concert hall with a fine Sicilian restaurant (Caponata), thus allowing visitors to successfully merge their concert and dining experiences. An exciting creative platform for both new and established classical artists, The Forge gives Camden its first serious taste of classical music and further establishes the quarter’s exciting jazz scene.
Hugely celebrated, diverse and eclectic cellist, Gabriella Swallow, is one of the leading and most versatile performers on the contemporary music and jazz scene. Having studied at the Royal College of Music, Gabriella was awarded the coveted Tagore Gold Medal and made her Southbank debut as a soloist with the London Sinfonietta.
A passionate advocate for blurring boundaries between genres, Gabriella is just as comfortable on stage at the Wigmore Hall as she is performing at Ronnie Scott’s, on tour with Gwilym Simcock’s Quartet or performing with Nigel Kennedy’s band. Gabriella will be working with WildKat PR to promote her concert ‘Urban Family’ at the Forge on 12th February.
Guy Johnston enjoys a career as an international soloist, chamber musician and educator. He has appeared as a soloist with some of the world's leading orchestras and at festivals including the BBC Proms and is a founding member of the Aronowitz Ensemble, with whom he has performed internationally. Guy is patron of a number of performing arts charities, including Future Talent, and he will be working with Music First who provides opportunities for musical education for young people of all backgrounds. In 2012 Guy launched the Hatfield House Chamber Music Festival, dedicated to bringing outstanding musicians to beautiful venues in Hertfordshire. (Image credit: Jack Liebeck)
Hampstead Arts Festival
Music and Literature events
The Hampstead Arts Festival brings together some of the best established and emerging young talent in music and literature. The Festival relaunched in 2012 from its previous incarnation (the Hampstead & Highgate Festival) with new trustees, new artistic direction, a strengthened local profile, and a series of outstanding concerts and literary conversations. This Autumn the Festival will be back building its audience with a more extensive yet ever outstanding programme of classical music, jazz and literary events in Hampstead.
Hauschka, alias Volker Bertelman, is a German pianist and composer and one of the most accomplished and creative performers of the prepared piano, exploring new sound experiences by placing objects inside the instrument. His vivid, delicate and haunting works bear the influence of John Cage and Erik Satie. Hauschka has performed around Europe as well as in the USA and Japan. Among his recordings, Room To Expand and Ferndorf particularly stand out.
Conceptual Art Project
Haydn 2032 is a unique conceptual art project that will realise the performance and recording of all 107 Haydn symphonies by the composer's 300th anniversary in 2032. Every year, the orchestras “Il Giardino Armonico” and “Kammerorchester Basel” will perform a further set of symphonies in different venues in Europe. Each concert performance is a modern interpretation of the concert settings of the 18th century to include lectures, photography exhibitions, talks and culinary events. In May 2015, these events will take place in Berlin, Eisenstadt and Basel. The recordings of each concert cycle are released on a CD (label “Outhere”) as well as limited edition art books including a CD, images and texts by well-known contemporary authors and photographers.
In Chances of Light is the debut album from i'Anson, conceived on the Isle of Jura by Hugh Carswell. It features the Scottish Ensemble, Steve Jansen, drummer and founder member of the band Japan, Dudley Phillips on bass, and associated artists. The music has broad resonances; from the piano refrains of Ludovico Einaudi to the songwriting of Damien Rice, via the sound-world of Sigur Ros.
Jura is the enigmatic and remote island off the west coast of Scotland where George Orwell wrote 1984. The place's influence permeates the album, offering the listener a reprieve from modern life in favour of something more elemental. It was composed while Carswell was labouring to rebuild a stone cottage with which generations of his family had been connected.
In Chances of Light will be released in November 2013.
In Harmony Telford and Stoke
Music Education Programme
In Harmony Telford and Stoke is one of six In Harmony programmes in England, inspired by the famous El Sistema model in Venezuela. Its mission is to deliver life-changing experiences and learning through music performance and ensemble playing for pupils and their families in communities that might not otherwise be able to access them. A partnership between Telford & Wrekin Music, Stoke City Music Service, Entrust (Staffordshire Performing Arts) and with professional music partners, Manchester Camerata and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, In Harmony creates numerous concert opportunities for their young musicians, putting their learning into action. WildKat PR is working with In Harmony to communicate their important stories and present their key performances throughout the programme.
Ingrid Fuzjko Hemming
Ingrid Fuzjko Hemming is a Swedish/Japanese pianist who is a classical icon in Japan and beyond. At 17 she was struck by deafness just prior her recital debut with Leonard Bernstein, and remains partially deaf today. Despite this adversity, Fuzjko went on to have a incredible international career, collaborating with the world’s top orchestras including the Moscow Philharmonic, Japanese Philharmonic and the Spanish Radio Symphonie.
In 1999, one of Fuzjko’s piano recitals and a documentary about her life was broadcasted on Japanese television, leading to her debut album selling two million copies and affirming her reputation as an international icon.
French cultural institute in the UK
Founded in 1910, the Institut Français is the official French government centre for language and culture in the UK and exists to promote French language and culture, encouraging cross-cultural exchange. The institute's 2011-12 classical concert series' include an exploration of French classical music called "A French Musical Journey from Couperin to Boulez", a recital series and a series of interactive family concerts. Artists appearing in 2012 will include Charles Owen, the Psophos Quartet, Graham Johnson and more. The institute also has a fund for contemporary classical music: Diaphonique, which supports music professionals in France and Britain encouraging cultural exchange between the two artistic scenes.
Pianist and Composer
Jean-Philippe Rio-Py was born in France and was drawn to music from a young age, having begun playing the piano from the age of two. He spent two years writing and playing the piano around the nightclubs of Paris before moving to England. Whilst studying music, Jean-Philippe played regularly around Oxford in such prestigious venues as the Jacqueline du Pré building. Upon graduation he signed a 10-track deal with Cutting Edge / Air Edel (the UK's leading independent music company in film, television and advertising) and performed in the Conservatory of the Royal Opera House. His second album will be released in 2012. Upcoming engagements include playing live at the exclusive club, The Box in Soho.
Luxembourg-born pianist, Jean Muller, is an internationally renowned artist known for his extraordinary artistic authenticity. Hailed as a `major talent` by the Gramophone, he has studied in Brussels, Munich and Paris gaining exposure to the most diverse pianistic schools. Following an incredibly successful international “Chopin Recital” tour in 2013, 2014 sees Jean launch the project ‘Transcendence’ with a global tour as well as the release of an album of the same name. He is scheduled to perform in Luxembourg, Paris, Frankfurt, Berlin, New York and completing the tour in London. The "Transcendence“-album, which includes the complete set of Liszt’s Transcendental Etudes and the Mephisto Waltz No. 1 in the dazzling version of Vladimir Horowitz, was released in March 2014.
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)
Violinist Johannes Pramsohler has established himself as one of the leading baroque solo and chamber musicians, performing throughout Europe with many of the leading period instrument ensembles.
Alongside his work as Artistic Director and Leader of The International Baroque Players, Johannes founded his own chamber music group Ensemble Diderot and this year will see the release of his debut solo CD entitled 'Pisendel – Violin Concertos From Dresden' which will include previously unrecorded works from Handel, Fasch and Pisendel.
WildKat PR will be working with Johannes to promote his CD and support his work as a soloist and with Ensemble Diderot in the UK, Germany, Italy and France.
Composer and Musician
John Matthias is an award-winning musician, singer and composer. In 2008, he won the PRS Foundation New Music Award for the development of a huge sonic installation entitled ‘The Fragmented Orchestra’.
He has collaborated with many recording artists including Radiohead and Coldcut. Most recently, John collaborated with Stanley Donwood in San Francisco, the Rambert Dance Company with Nick Ryan in London, and Andrew Prior and Company Chameleon in their new contemporary dance-theatre work, 'Eden' which had its London Premiere in 2013 at the Royal Opera House.
WildKat PR will be working with John to promote his forthcoming album ‘Geisterfahrer’ which will be released on the Village Green Label in February 2014.
Writer of Music
Spanish composer Jorge first began writing music at the age of 12. Focused mainly on chamber music, artists who have performed his compositions include the Brodsky Quartet, Ara Malikian, Trío Arbós, Jiří Bárta, Daniel Del Pino and many others. Grundman is the founder of the Non Profit Music Foundation who spread contemporary music and collect funds for humanitarian causes. In June 2014 he will release his second CD, The Resurrection of Christ, performed by the Brodsky Quartet. This will be Jorge's first album release on the Chandos record label.
Cellist and Composer
London based artist Jo Quail draws upon classical, rock and metal influences, creating music that connects with and unites a very diverse audience of classical and rock and metal fans. Jo is heavily influenced by the music of Bach, Debussy, Tavener and Bartok, as well as contemporary artists such as Adrian Vandenberg, Trent Reznor and Perry Farrell. She incorporates looping technology into her music, allowing her to experiment with her instrument and test the boundaries of her music.
Jo was musically trained from a very young age and completed her BA in performance at the University of Leeds. She has since collaborated with various musicians and has studied with renowned cellist and composer Gwyn Pritchard. Jo began embarking upon her solo career in 2010, and has since released two albums; From The Sea (2011) and Caldera (2014) with great success. As well as performing extensively in the UK, Jo has performed in Denmark, Sweden, Holland, Belgium, France, Germany, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and Japan. (Photo credit: Karolina Urbaniak)
Hailed as one of the most versatile singers on the jazz and blues circuit, in September 2010 Kate Dimbleby celebrated her heroines of song with a successful five-week run of her show I'm A Woman at the New End Theatre, Hampstead. The show featured the music of legendary singers including Peggy Lee, Dolly Parton, Bessie Smith, Nina Simone and more, and received great reviews. In 2012 she is releasing Beware of Young Girls: The songs of Dory Previn.
Kings Place Festival 2011
Since opening in September 2008 under the direction of Peter Millican, Kings Place has established itself as an iconic hub for music, art dialogue and food in London, whilst simultaneously providing space for conferencing, offices and events. WildKat PR manage a promotional campaign for The Kings Place Festival of September 2011, highlighting the varied 100 performances taking place in just four days, from Comedy, Classical, Jazz, Folk and Contemporary music performances to the Spoken Word.
The DR Koncerthuset is Copenhagen’s unique concert venue, located in the DR Byen (Danish Radio Town) in Orestad. Opened in 2009 and designed by French architect Jean Nouvel, this modern venue features one concert hall and four studios, all with excellent acoustics. The eclectic musical programme of Koncerthuset embraces jazz, chamber music, choral music, rock and pop as well as large symphonic concerts and opera.
Taking the classical world by storm, violinist Leticia Moreno has just been named ECHO (European Concert Hall Organisation) Rising Star for the 2012/13 Season. Within the next year she will perform at some of Europe’s most prestigious concert venues: Barbican Centre, Concertgebouw, Musikverein and Cité de la Musique and more. Leticia's virtuosity and flawless technique have impressed critics and audiences alike. She has recently performed with orchestras such as Wiener Symphoniker, National Philharmonic of Russia and Orquesta Simón Bolívar and with eminent conductors such as Maxim Vengerov, Ivor Bolton and Andres Orozco Estrada amongst others. WildKat PR will be working with Leticia to promote her upcoming engagements across Europe.
American flautist Linda Chatterton has carved a name for herself in the classical music industry, as an extremely versatile and highly talented artist. She has performed in some of America's most prestigious concert halls as both a soloist and as part of various ensembles. Linda was the first flautist to be awarded with the McKnight Artist Fellowship for Performing Musicians, which lead to many more prestigious prizes and awards. Linda has toured internationally, performing extensive and artistic repertoire, now turning her talent towards the UK and Ireland, where she intends to perform both as a solo artist and collaboratively with orchestras. Linda's upcoming engagements include debuts in London's St Martin in the Fields and the National Concert Hall in Dublin.
The 2014/15 season will be one of new encounters and of reaffirming established musical relationships for Lionel Bringuier as he assumes his position as Chief Conductor and Music Director of the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich. Throughout the inaugural season he will conduct a series of concerts in the orchestra’s home as well as an extensive European tour with Artist in Residence Yuja Wang, also performing works by the orchestra’s Creative Chair Esa-Pekka Salonen. Bringuier will return to guest-conduct several orchestras, including the Bamberg Symphony, Sydney Symphony and Cleveland Orchestras, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, plus the Orquesta Sinfónica de Castilla y León, of which he was Music Director from 2009 to 2012.
Since being awarded the “Newcomer of the Season” medal by the Vienna State Opera in 2001, Luca Pisaroni has established himself as one of the most captivating singers of his generation. 2010 saw Luca perform at the Glyndebourne Festival as Leporello in an acclaimed new production of Don Giovanni, and in 2011 he returned to the festival in the role of Argante in Handel’s Rinaldo and recorded Don Giovanni in Baden Baden for Deutsche Grammophon.
The Mahler Project - LA Phil and Gustavo Dudamel
LA Phil LIVE European Cinema Broadcast
Gustavo Dudamel's extraordinary Mahler Project saw him conduct all of Mahler's completed symphonies with the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. The ambitious project ended with a joint performance of Mahler's 8th Symphony with over one thousand musicians joining to perform the monumental work. The concert, recorded by LA Phil LIVE and Omniverse Vision was streamed live in the Americas and Canada, and will also be broadcast in cinemas throughout Europe. WildKat PR manage a media campaign in key European territories in which the performance of Mahler 8 will be broadcast.
Management & Agency and Music Publisher
Manners McDade represent some of Europe’s most exciting composers as Manners McDade Management & Agency, and are an established UK music publisher as Manners McDade Music Publishing Limited. As managers they work with composers in film, television, games and advertising, and ensure their clients have representation in the markets of continental Europe. As a music publisher their catalogue includes the work of top film, TV, and game composers as well as a select roster of recording artists, many of whom come from a classical background. WildKat PR will be promoting their roster as well as announcing signings and exciting developments.
Max Richter is an award-winning British composer who studied at the Royal Academy of Music and with Luciano Berio in Florence. His body of work is remarkably diverse and includes concert music, film scoring and a series of acclaimed solo albums.
Max's work explores the meeting points of many contemporary artistic languages and his influences and collaborations are consequently wide-ranging: he has worked with Tilda Swinton, Robert Wyatt, Future Sound of London, Roni Size and the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra Memoryhouse 2002. Recent projects include the ballet INFRA, for Wayne McGregor at The Royal Ballet, with scenography by Julian Opie, the music installation The Anthropocene, with Darren Almond at White Cube and his compositions have recently been featured in films such as Ridley Scott’s Prometheus and Clint Eastwood’s J. Edgar.
Max was named 2008 European Composer of the Year for his score to Ari Folman's Waltz With Bashir, for which he was also nominated for the Prix France Musique. His Vivaldi Recomposed for Deutsche Grammophon, recorded with British violinist Daniel Hope and the Konzerthaus Orchester Berlin, will be released in the UK in October 2012.
Photo Credit - Erik Weiss
Talented singer, Melinda Hughes was born in London and has sung in more than 40 countries. She studied at The Maastricht Conservatory followed by a postgraduate from the Royal College of Music London then going on to complete her studies at Brussels Opera Studio.
Melinda's previous opera roles performed have included Ciocio San in Madame Butterfly, Mimi in La Boheme, The Countess in the Marriage of Figaro, Fiordiligi in Così fan Tutte and has an extensive German Operetta repertoire having toured for three years as Andre Rieu’s soloist. She is also in demand as a recitalist and has performed at Auditorio Nacional Madrid, St Martins in the Fields, St John's Smith Square and The Concertgebouw, Amsterdam. Melinda's voice was used in the Rugby Six Nations League theme tune and was also part of Rankin & Sky Arts Street Campaign in 2011
Her new Album Smoke and Noise (Nimbus) featuring songs by 1930's composer Spolianksy and her satirical group "Kiss & Tell cabaret" received rave reviews in the UK and US. Along with opera performances and recitals, Melinda has performed her satirical cabaret with her co-writer Jeremy Limb at The Hay Literary Festival, Cadogan Hall, Pizza on the Park, The Pheasantry, many private parties and has appeared with Barry Humphries on Radio 4. Melinda is performing her new satirical show 'French Kiss' at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2013.
mini-Mahler - Berliner Philharmonie Kammermusiksaal
Chamber music series
Bringing a fascinating new sound to Berlin, mini-Mahler focuses on the relationship between Mahler and the chamber ensemble. Heading the three-part series is Ensemble MINI, bringing together young chamber musicians from around Europe to present some not-to-be-missed programmes. In collaboration with British conductor Joolz Gale and outstanding young soloists, mini-Mahler takes you on a journey to re-discover Mahler.
Music in Offices
Music education scheme
WildKat PR started working with Music in Offices in December to help promote the Office Choir of the Year Competition 2012. The company was formed in 2006 to bring the joy of music into corporate offices through instrumental lessons and choirs. Some of their clients include L’Oreal, Goldman Sachs, Debenhams, Channel 4, The Times and The Guardian. Benefits of Music in Offices include; team building, stress release, a sense of fun and enjoyment, increased personal confidence and communication skills and of course the chance to learn an instrument. Any office can form a choir to enter the competition, the finals of which take place on March 22nd at St John’s Smith Square.
Musica Saecolorum is an international Baroque orchestra, based in South Tirol, Italy. The German cellist and conductor Philipp von Steinaecker, a member of the Mahler Chamber Orchestra and the Lucerne Festival Orchestra and laureate of the 2008 Melgaard OAE Young Conductor’s Auditions, founded the ensemble in 2009. Specialising in Baroque music and Viennese classicism, Musica Saeculorum performs in Germany, Austria and Italy and regularly records for Austrian radio.
Award-winning lyric soprano Nadine Mortimer-Smith has been well recieved by the operatic world thanks to her powerful voice and thoughtful programming. Since devising “Why Don’t You Just Sing Jazz?” for Grimeborn Festival, she has appeared in Yinka Shonibare’s installation film "Addio del Passato". In 2012 Nadine was shortlisted for the Genesis Prize and subsequently received support from the Genesis Foundation. This season Nadine has been singing the title role of Puccini's much loved Madama Butterfly. Nadine has created several roles in contemporary operas, including Steven Kilpatrick’s Flightpaths and Nigel Osborne’s Naciketa, which will tour India and the UK in 2013/14. Nadine has recently recorded works by 20th Century American composers and in 2012, gave recitals at the 1901 Arts Club and at The Warehouse for Lontano’s Fourth London Festival of American Music. Other recent engagements have included the sold-out ‘Naked Opera’ at The Forge, Camden in October and in November, a recital of opera arias featuring women in prayer at St Paul’s Church, Covent Garden.
Pianist and composer
Nathan Williamson is an accomplished musician in a number of fields: as a specialist pianist playing at the very highest level, a skilled composer with a plethora of exciting projects and commissions, a scholar and learned communicator, as well as an artistic director, collaborator, and conductor. Nathan is working towards a large number of diverse projects and concerts, including performances at St James's Piccadilly, the Southwold Arts Festival, and at Harwich Festival.
WildKat PR will be working with Nathan to promote his forthcoming performances, concerts and recitals in all his capacities, particularly as a pianist and composer.
National Geographic London Store
WildKat PR are working with the National Geographic London store on initial PR for their Cultural Calendar, a series of unique events in the flagship store in Knightsbridge to celebrate the 125th anniversary of the National Geographic society. Events include educational talks by world-famous guest speakers, live music, book signings, readings, exhibitions and events for children in the ‘kids area’.
Nimrod Borenstein's compositions are gaining a worldwide reputation with performances throughout Europe, the USA, Canada, South America, Australia, Israel and Japan. His wide-ranging catalogue numbers over 60 works including vocal, orchestral, chamber and solo music.
Vladimir Ashkenazy recently conducted two of Nimrod’s major symphonic works, The Big Bang and Creation of the Universe op. 52 and If you will it, it is no dream op. 58, with the Philharmonia Orchestra. Ongoing collaborations with prominent soloists include Dmitry Sitkovetsky, Pascal Amoyel and Roberto Prosseda who have all premiered his works.
The 2015/2016 season begun with the world premiere of Suspended op. 69. It was performed at the Royal Opera House as part of the London International Mime Festival. The work was commissioned by Sean Gandini and is accompanied by a collaborative performance by Gandini Jugglers and Royal Ballet dancers.
A graduate of the Birmingham College of Art and Crafts, Norman Perryman is a performing artist who visually interprets music in real time, painting on glass plates placed on a series of overhead projectors. His principal themes are portraits, landscapes, dance and music. Internationally acclaimed, Norman Perryman performs frequently for television and with modern-dance groups in Switzerland, France, England, the Netherlands, South Korea and the USA.
'Only You' by Tom Player
Music for TK Maxx Christmas ad, 'The Moment'
TK Maxx's 2013 Christmas advert 'The Moment' beautifully captures the joy of giving the perfect gift. For the advert, composer and arranger Tom Player has arranged Yazoo’s famous ‘Only You’. The track was recorded at the iconic Abbey Road Studios with a thirty-one-piece string orchestra and pianist Simon Chamberlain. The arrangement stays true to the original piece, but strips it back to a minimalistic, emotional and very poignant version that is perfect for TK Maxx’s Christmas advert, 'The Moment'.
Okeanos, known for its unusual mix of Western and Japanese instruments and formed in 2000, has a primary focus to reach out to new audiences, create opportunities for young composers and initiate pioneering performance events, often collaborating with other art forms.
Okeanos have premiered over 100 works and commissioned composers including Robin Holloway and Howard Skempton, as well as performing in renowned London venues including Kings Place and The Warehouse. Their latest project, Tokaido Road, is a 50-minute multi-media chamber music opera, which combines music, visual art, mime, dance and poetry to tell the story behind the art of the iconic Japanese artist Hiroshige.
Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Period Instrument Orchestra
Since its launch just over two and a half decades ago, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment has surprised, changed and mesmerised the music world, becoming one of the world’s leading period instrument orchestras with an innovative flair. In 2012 the orchestra launches a series of concerts exploring women in music: 'Queens, Heroines and Ladykillers'. They have also toured Europe with Sir Simon Rattle and Pierre-Laurent Aimard and launched a radical marketing campaign for their 2012-2013 series destroying the stereotype of a classical music buff – Not all audiences are the same.
Orchestra Musica Romantica
Violinist Jörg Hammann of the London Symphony Orchestra, has recently founded the Orchestra Musica Romantica, and will be conducting this exciting new ensemble. With musicians from a number of professional orchestras, such as the London Symphony, the Royal Philharmonic, Academy of St. Martin's, and regular extras from the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, the ensemble also introduces several students from some of London’s most prestigious music colleges.
With a diverse range of musical experience, from period to symphonic ensembles, and through his encounters with orchestras from across Europe, Jörg Hammann promises an extensive variety of music with the Orchestra Musica Romantica. Jörg will also be raising both money and awareness for support for ACTION Medical Research: a charity which funds some of the best medical research worldwide for pregnancies, infants, and children.
Olafur Arnalds is a young Icelandic neo-classical composer and multi-instrumentalist, who performs across Europe and North America. He is known for his intimate, atmospheric compositions, mixing strings and piano with loops and moody electronic beats. Following, his solo albums Eulogy for Evolution (2007) and Variations of Static (2008), Olafur released the iconic Found Songs (2009), each of the 7 tracks being created and published online within 24 hours.
Open Goldberg Variations
Music and technology intiative
Open Goldberg is an entirely fan-funded project which has enabled pianist Kimiko Ishizaka to make a new recording of the Goldberg Variations, soon to be available for anyone to download, for free, from May. They also have formed a partnership with MuseScore, who have created a new edition of the Goldberg Variations score, as well as a unique app that makes it possible to follow the score as it is being played. WildKat PR is responsible for consultancy and a media campaign in German language countries.
Opera Australia - CinemaLive UK Screenings
Cinema Broadcast series
Opera Australia is the premier opera company in Australia. Based in both the Sydney Opera House as well as the Melbourne Arts Theatre, the company’s reach is being extended even further to the UK, with a season of CinemaLive screenings of various productions. Starting with La bohème on the 24th April, the season will continue throughout 2012 and into early 2013, with a special broadcast of a gala performance La traviata on a floating stage in Sydney Harbour on the 31st July 2012. WildKat PR is managing a UK campaign for all screenings in the season.
Award-winning classical accordionist Paul Chamberlain, one of the first classical accordionist to graduate from Royal Conservatoire of Scotland from the BMus (Hons) course, has introduced a stellar catalogue of original music as well as transcriptions of many other works to audiences across the UK and on international ground, including music festivals Sata-Häme Soi Accordion festival in Ikaalinen, Finland, and at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
Paul performed in various locations around the UK in 2013, most notably at Bridgewater Hall with a solo recital as part of the long established Manchester Mid-Days concert series, and abroad in California. In July 2014 he released his second disc “Accordion Sensations”, following the success of his debut disc “Classical Accordion” released in 2011, and he is currently touring the UK.
Trumpeter and Composer
Trumpeter Paul Higgs’ musical career has been prolific. He is sought after as a versatile composer and performer in the varied world of theatre, film and live concerts. His rich talent, technique and imagination allow him to place himself anywhere on the musical spectrum – classical, jazz, latin, funk and more. He has created many albums throughout his career, but his forthcoming disc Pavane is the first to marry classical and jazz in perfect harmony. Paul Higgs is working with WildKat PR to promote this album, released in early 2014.
Composer and Cellist
A prolific composer who has scored TV, film and theatre productions, Philip has also had his virtuoso talents as a cellist featured on works by David Bowie, Scott Walker, Queens of the Stone Age, UNKLE and Pretty Lights. Films which he has scored have premiered at the Sundance Film Festival every year since 2007, and further film projects are being scored currently. In 2012, he re-scored and together with the London Philharmonic Orchestra recorded the national anthems of all 206 countries that competed in the London Olympics. He is also a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Music. WildKat PR oversees all aspects of Philip’s profile across worldwide press.
Philipp von Steinaecker
Philipp von Steinaecker is a critically acclaimed German conductor and cellist, responsible for founding Musica Saeculorum; an international period instrument orchestra based in Italy. Having extensively played and conducted a wide range of classical music, he has developed a distinct and profound understanding of the repertoire that has lead him to work with leading conductors including Rattle, Gardiner, Harding and Jurowski. This season sees him work with the Orchestra della Toscana, the Gustav Mahler Academy Orchestra, the Orchestra del Teatro Comunale di Bologna, New Japan Philharmonic as well as his debut in the Kölner Philharmonie with his own Musica Saeculorum.
PODIUM Festival Esslingen
The interdisciplinary classical festival PODIUM is representative of a modern, sophisticated and innovative music scene. The network of young people behind the festive are passionately committed to creating room for special productions and revolutionising the thinking about classical music, ensuring it challenges, surprises and goes beyond conventions. The festival took place for the sixth time in 2014 in Esslingen, Germany and once again delighted its audience with an exciting programme. Credit: Oran Greier
Qatar UK 2013 Year of Culture has developed a varied and exciting programme to celebrate creativity, diversity and mutual cultural understanding. This musical collaboration between Qatar and the UK can be experienced in two concerts this spring: at London's Cadogan Hall on the 27th May and Edinburgh's Usher Hall on the 14th June. Organised by the Qatar Museums Authority, The Royal Philharmonic and Royal National Scottish Orchestra are showcasing prominent British and Qatari composers bringing music of both cultures together. Soloists include violinist, Chloë Hanslip, pianist, Amira Fouad and cellist, Guy Johnston. The Royal Philharmonic will be conducted by Barry Wordsworth and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra will be conducted by Paul Goodwin. World premières dedicated to the Qatar UK 2013 Year of Culture by composers David Heath and Wael Binali.
Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel
Centre of Excellence for Artistic Training
The Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel was a founded by Eugene Ysaye in the early 20th century, and was inaugurated by Queen Elisabeth of Belgium herself on the 12th of July 1939. The training of its pupils is based on three pillars: Openness, Flexibility and Excellence. The school welcome students from all around the world, tailoring the experience to each one individually and hosts some of the world’s most revered musicians as its Masters in Residence. Set in a stunning location not far from the city of Brussels, the beautiful architecture of the school is set to be expanded in 2014, in order to accommodate even more students to shape into world-class musicians.
WildKat PR will be running international campaigns for all of the Chapel's upcoming engagements.
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.
Richard is a composer and producer of specialist and experimental digital projects. He uses inspiration from the world around him to create both real and imagined soundtracks, which are accompanied by unique digital installations. Richard’s works have been used in both television and online advertising for a range of prestigious brands including Emporio Armani. Before establishing himself as a composer, Birkin performed in several bands including the recently disbanded Crash of Rhinos.
Following the success of his installation Night Sun in Nottingham for their Light Night event, Richard developed the technology used in the installation to produce a single of the work, using web coding to animate poetry with music and photography on a laptop or mobile. Richard's last project Songs for Spoken Words, funded by the Arts Council England/National Lottery Grant for the Arts, continued to build on this technology and was released in February 2015.
Described by Lazar Berman as 'a serious artist and master, whose emergence in today's atmosphere of pseudo-artistic and shallow music-making is especially valuable and welcome', Russian pianist, Rustem Hayroudinoff, has performed to great critical acclaim worldwide, most recently making his debut in New York performing with the Czech Philharmonic under the great Marin Alsop. Rustem has recorded for NAMI records, Decca and Chandos and has been selected amongst the best CDs of the year by BBC Music and Classic FM magazines.
Samson Marzbani is self-taught in both composition and piano and has been composing for the last thirty years. This includes an ongoing composition of a work comprising 365 piano pieces, totaling twenty-four hours of music. Over the years, he has won a number of awards for his compositions including several 1st Prize awards for the National Competition of Universitaire du Théâtre Montansier de Versailles, as well as having performed his piano improvisations on numerous occasions at various locations across the world. Marzbani was born in 1962 to an Iranian mother and Indian father, and is currently based in Avignon France. During his childhood, Marzbani lived in Netherlands and England, but landed in France in 1977 after experiencing a number of cultures.
Since the age of six Sid Samberg has been composing and performing. His recent projects include a setting of the first Psalm written for choir and chamber ensemble, a solo trumpet work inspired by Martin Luther King's 'I have a dream' speech and a single-movement piano concerto. He has performed internationally in New York and Chicago, Montreal, Puerto Rico, Scotland and Italy, amongst others. Sid Samberg lectures on the history of music and became the youngest person to receive an honorarium for a lecture at St. Francis College in 2004.
Soosan Lolavar and Stay Close
British-Iranian Composer, Sound Artist and Educator
Soosan Lolavar is a British-Iranian composer, sound artist and educator who works in both electronic and acoustic sound and across the genres of concert music, contemporary dance, installation, film, animation and theatre.
Her work has been performed at the Royal Festival Hall, the National Maritime Museum, the ICA, Chisenhale Gallery, the LSE New Academic Building, Blackheath Concert Halls, the Jacqueline Du Pré Music Centre, the Bonnie Bird Theatre, Circus Space and broadcast on BBC Radio 3.
Stay Close is a ten-month project harnessing contemporary classical music as a means of cultural exchange between the UK and Iran. Following research periods in both Iran and the UK, a new piece of music will be composed by Soosan for the project that will consider ethnic identity in the UK through the lens of the Iranian-British community. WildKat PR will be promoting the project and two concerts in April and May.
Singer & Composer
Sophie Dunér is a singer and composer from Sweden who has lived and performed internationally. Sophie’s music and performances are a fusion of jazz and contemporary classical idioms, and she has created her own fresh and wild voice using different elements of these styles.
The renowned producer Michael Haas worked on Sophie’s album The City of My Soul, which was released with Big Round Records, a Parma Recordings Company. Sophie has also collaborated with top musicians including electric cellist Jeremy Harman from the Sirius Quartet, The Callino Quartet, Rory Stuart, Matt Penman, Kahlil Kwame Bell, Dominic Duval, Bertram Lehmann and Fernando Huergo amongst others. She has toured the U.S and Buenos Aires, as well as performing across Europe.
Sophie is also a painter, and many of her paintings reference the musical influence in her life. Her work is included alongside 17 other European artists in an art book by Swedish gallery owner Christer Botéus; a copy of The City of My Soul is included in every book. Audiovisual concerts are now a large part of Sophie’s work, as her songs are already strongly connected to her paintings, which are projected digitally at performances.
Photo Credit - Petra Björstad ©
Southbank Centre is one of the largest arts centres in the world, consisting of RFH, Hayward, QEH and Saison Poetry Library. As well as welcoming artists from around the world, it has four resident orchestras: LPO, London Sinfonietta, OAE and the Philharmonia. WildKat PR is working with Southbank on their 2011/2012 classical music season, highlights include the Shell Classic International Series (artists include Abbado, Barenboim, Rattle and Dudamel) as well as the International Chamber and Piano Series.
Stuart Williams’ monumental and environmental art installations have been critically acclaimed around the globe and captivated thousands with their evocative and mesmerizing presence.
The New York-based artist is now planning an installation for the City of Dresden. 2015 will mark the 70th anniversary of the firebombing of the city in Eastern Germany during WWII. In homage to Dresden’s survival and renewal, and to honour this important anniversary of an iconic moment in world history, Williams will install “Lebensatem / Dresden” ("Breath of Life / Dresden") at the historic Cathedral Ss. Trinitatis in February 2015. Waves of light, rising and falling at the pace of human breath, will create the visual impression of respiration.
Composer and Producer
Sven Helbig works as a composer, producer and arranger in many musical genres including Classical, Jazz, Rock and Hip hop. He began his career as founder of the Dresden Symphony Orchestra. In the years that followed he developed his work producing, composing and orchestrating for musical projects such as a ballet at Sadler's Wells Theatre London, alongside projects where he could often combine his own composition with directing, such as the choral work Da Wird Auch Dein Herz Sein, created for 250,000 voices at the Church Convention 2011. Some artists that work with Sven include the Pet Shop Boys, Rammstein, Snoop Dogg, René Pape and the Fauré Quartett. Sven will be realeasing his album Pocket Symphonies on 5th July 2013 with an innovative campaign and London performances.
Internet Auction House
Tarisio is one the world’s leading sources of fine and rare stringed instruments. Launched in 1999, it combines the services of a traditional auction house with the efficiency and accessibility of online sales. Offering first-class expertise and guaranteed cataloging, Tarisio quickly earned the respect of musicians, collectors, restorers and members of the trade the world over. It now sells over 2,000 violins, viola, cellos and bows each year, with offices in New York and London. In 2011 Tarisio sold the “Lady Blunt” Stradivari violin on behalf of the Nippon Foundation for $15.9m.
These New Puritans
Alternative Pop Group
These New Puritans are an alternative pop group consisting of twin brothers George and Jack Barnett, their friend Thomas Hein and assorted other instrumentalists.
In June 2013 they release their album 'Field of Reeds' which has a myriad of influences, particularly from classical music. The album was conducted by Andre de Ridder and features a whole host of classical musicians as well as jazz singer Elisa Rodrigues, creating a unique and innovative sound for These New Puritans' latest album.
The band are also performing across the globe this summer, from Tokyo to Paris, London, LA and Berlin.
British conductor Tim Murray is forging his path as a leading conductor of operatic and contemporary repertoire. Tim recently premiered Gerald Barry’s virtuosic "The Importance of Being Earnest" at the Royal Opera House with the Britten Sinfonia to great critical acclaim, and made his Royal Ballet debut conducting Michael Berkeley’s arrangement of Bach’s "The Art of Fugue". Having worked closely with Mark-Anthony Turnage on the opera "Anna Nicole", Tim is currently collaborating on Turnage’s CD "Undance".
Tim conducted Matthew Herbert’s "The Crackle" at the Linbury Studio, Royal Opera House in April 2014, followed by "Porgy and Bess" which was performed at the London Coliseum and Opéra National de Bordeaux and has just finished his run at the Liceu, Barcelona.
Composer Tom Hodge has an extremely diverse portfolio, ranging from film, television and advertisement scores, to classical remixes and his upcoming full-length orchestral ballet commission for June 2014. Tom recently enjoyed great success with Paganini Rocks and with his celebrated collective Piano Interrupted.
With three feature films, various television themes, and hundreds of commercials for some of the world's most competitive companies and brands in his music catalogue, Tom has touched most corners of the commercial music world including fashion: his recent commission composition Capriccio for Carolina inspired the entire collection presented by Carolina Herrera in her February 2013 New York Fashion Week show.
Having begun his musical career as a professional jazz drummer, Tom Smail is now a composer of orchestral, chamber and choral music. His highly original voice, aided perhaps by his extensive work writing for film and television, is intensely atmospheric and visual. His works have been toured nationally by English Touring Opera and recorded narrators (for his Fairy Tales) include Michael Gambon and Harry Enfield. 2012 highlights included the Allegri Quartet performing his String Quartet No.1 ('For Alba'), the première of Music in the Marble (a symphonic work in seven short movements) with City of London Sinfonia and the completion of his first symphony. Tom is married to the writer, Alba Arikha and currently resides in London.
"Tom Smail is one of the most fascinating and lyrical composers of his generation" Christopher Hart (Sunday Times)
Toni Castells began his music studies at the age of 4, becoming a precocious multi-instrumentalist and winning his first composition prize as a teenager. In 2000 Toni moves to London to work with Spanish pop legend José María Cano. Here he has the opportunity to work with artists such as Plácido Domingo, conductors such as Lorin Maazel, Bernard Haitink and Roger Norrington, multi-Grammy producer Michael Haas and crossover artists such as Hailey Westenra, Noah and Katherine Jenkins. Absorbing all the influences collected over the years and greatly impressed by the London underground music scene, Toni reinvents himself as an artist blending his beloved classical music with opera, electronica, pop and video art. His debut album Unharmed (2007) made it to the iTunes Electronica Top 20. Seven albums followed including two live albums recorded at Bush Hall and Union Chapel. He is preparing two exclusive performances for this year's Tête-a-Tête Festival.
Trinity Buoy Wharf
Docklands' Arts Quarter
Managed by Urban Space Management Ltd since 1998, Trinity Buoy Wharf has been transformed from a derelict site into a thriving arts community of over 500 people.
Located on the river Thames, a mile east of Canary Wharf, this historic 3 acre site is now home to London’s only lighthouse, a sculpture park, a pier, Street Art Trail, Longplayer, a gallery, The Parkour London Academy, Fat Boys Diner and Bow Creek Cafe as well as heritage buildings and a selection of the innovative Container City™ projects.
As a centre for the arts and creative industries, Trinity Buoy Wharf hosts regular theatre shows, events and exhibitions as well as being home to a rich mix of organisations ranging from individual photographers, fine artists and fashion designers to larger firms such as The Prince’s Drawing School, English National Opera, Thames Clippers and Faraday School.
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.
Opera production company
Vignette Productions is an innovative and dynamic travelling opera production company which provides opportunities for young artists at the start of their careers. Under the direction of Andrew Staples, and taking their inspiration from cinema, Vignette’s productions have received considerable critical praise. Recent productions include Così fan tutte, the ensemble of which was described by Opera magazine as saying ‘much for the calibre of young talent in London at the moment’. Their latest production of La Bohème was hailed by theartsdesk.com as seeing ‘some of the most nuanced dramatic performances you're ever likely to see on an operatic stage’.
Village Green is a London based independent recording and publishing company. Being a broad platform for artists operating in the worlds of alternative pop, modern classical, minimalism, electro-acoustic and ambient music, Village Green record and publish music from a range of artists, notably John Matthias, Mint Julep, Adrian Corker and Chris Morphitis.
WildKat PR will be working with Village Green to promote their roster as well as announcing exciting developments regarding their recording artists.
The Waghalter Project
European concert tour and CD
Following a chance meeting with the grandson of Ignatz Waghalter, virtuoso violinist Irmina Trynkos, struck by the beauty and lyricism of the scores that were given to her, founded the Waghalter Project and developed it in collaboration with acclaimed British conductor Alexander Walker. The Project aims to popularise the music and persona of Polish-German Jewish composer Ignatz Waghalter. Trynkos and Walker, together with pianist Giorgi Latsabidze and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, have recorded Waghalter’s complete violin repertoire, to be released in October 2012. The CD release will be accompanied by a series of concerts throughout Europe. WildKat PR are working on a European campaign for the Project.
Independent Boys School and International Music Competition
Whitgift is one of Britain’s leading independent schools for boys, with an outstanding reputation for academic, sporting and musical excellence. In 2013, Whitgift’s inaugural International Music Competition will offer young string musicians the opportunity of a scholarship to study at the School, as well as unique performing opportunities with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Whitgift also launches boarding in September 2013, opening up its state-of-the-art facilities to UK and international pupils.
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.
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.
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.
Following recent highly acclaimed recordings with the Philharmonia Orchestra and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Hideko Udagawa released a selection of dazzling new CDs in 2015 including 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, plus a collection of unusual 18th century concertos with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra. This disc included three world premieres, which Hideko discovered herself and have only been performed by her.
2015 also saw 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 saw him debut 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 included a debut with Musica Sacra in Handel’s Messiah at Carnegie Hall and a recital tour with pianist Peter Dugan, where they presented 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. John Brancy also 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.
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. WildKat PR assistant Musical Orbit with the official launch, organising and hosting an event in central London, building partnerships, press and social media.
New York Concert Artists
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.
Als "leuchtender Bariton" von der Süddeutschen Zeitung gepriesen, als "exzellenter Sänger" mit "hervorragender Technik" von FAZ und Opernwelt geadelt, hat sich Peter Schöne mit seinem ausdrucksvollen Bariton als Opern- und besonders als Liedsänger national und international etabliert.
WildKat freut sich Ihn bei den kommenden Saisonen unterstützen zu dürfen! In der ersten Saison 2016 singt er die Partie von Faninal in der Oper Der Rosenkavalier in Coburg und die von Albert, in der Oper Werther im Theater Bremen. Als Liedsänger tritt er u.a. bei der Liederwerkstatt während des Kissinger Sommers auf und singt in Carmina Burana an verschiedenen Orten in Spanien.
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.
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 comically surreal world of Your Call… is a music theatre work that uses technology to explore our relationship with the digital world and its increasingly indispensable, often intrusive, presence in our lives. Scored entirely for live and synthetic voices, Your Call… probes the fluidity and mutability of online identity through a single character, The Woman. Played in dual iterations by Mezzo Sopranos Lisa J. Coates and Hai-Ting Chinn, The Woman is perpetually plugged into a digital world that is unravelling as she listens. The gaggle of synthetic voices on her phone are both annoying and alluring as she sinks ever deeper into an online reality that is forever in flux.
Created by composer/writer Kevin Jones with choreography by Joy Kellman, the complete Your Call… premiered at Tête à Tête in 2015, following the performances of Part 1 in 2014. The work developed considerably since its initial performance with the introduction of the second singer and a greatly expanded stage design including video projections, created by Hannah Wasileski, to further illuminate the instability of online identity. And there might have been a skateboard involved.
Director and mezzo soprano
Since graduating from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama with merit, Yvonne has stunned critics across the world with her vocal skills. While performing the role of Amneris in Verdi's Aida at the Chiemgau Festival Gut Immling, she was described by the 'Bayerischer Rundfunk Klassik' as "deeply moving". Having subsequently established herself as an extremely talented director (her 2004 production of Carmen was described in Opera Now magazine as "a revelation"), Yvonne has carved out a considerable directing career. Highlights include directing a celebrated production of Le Nozze di Figaro for Stowe Opera's 2012 summer season amongst other engagements. WildKat PR handle a UK-wide campaign promoting her forthcoming engagements.
Composer & Pianist
Composer and pianist Luke Navin recently released his debut album of original compositions for solo piano, 7 and a Half Visions of Love. Luke’s first classical album harks back to the music of the early 20th century, yet is peppered with modern techniques to create a fresh and original sound. A far cry from the avant garde music of today, Luke’s music embodies rich harmony and long, singing melodies such as those of Puccini, Rachmaninoff and Ravel. The influence and inspiration from late Romantic orchestral and vocal music from Italy and Russia is clearly heard, through these intelligent and intimate works.
The stylish composer regularly travels to the fashion capitals of the world, including Paris, New York and Rome, gathering inspiration for his compositions. Influenced by art and culture from around the world, and especially across Europe and America, Luke’s work reaches from the legendary moments of love to the everyday sounds and feelings of New York.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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)
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.
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.
London-based composer Aleah Morrison-Basu started performing and composing at a very young age. For her, music is like another genuine language that enables her to express her emotions freely. She has experienced disabilities such as deafness, dyslexia and epilepsy, which have had a strong but positive impact on her way of approaching and composing music: she explores her connections with music in a more visual and emotional way. She lived in various countries such as Cyprus, USA and England and speaks multiple languages.
After studying music at the Keele University and the University of Texas, Aleah returned to England. Since then, she has composed for a number of award-winning short films, TV documentaries and ads. Her clients include BBC, HBO, Adidas, Kia, Three mobile and many more. Besides composing, Aleah owns sound studio Zelig Sound. Her debut solo piano album “Evolving Reflection” will be released on 8th July 2016.
Berlin-based label FILM presents a new studio recording from pianists Gregor Schwellenbach, Hauschka, Erol Sarp, Daniel Brandt, Paul Frick and John Kameel Farah. They will be releasing their interpretation of Steve Reich’s “Six Pianos” – with a modern approach to Reich’s original idea behind it. With their electronic club music as well as classical music background, the musicians formed “Six Pianos” in dignified modernity and topped it off with sound esthetics and advanced recording technologies of today. The ensemble played from six different grand pianos in six different locations throughout Germany. Each pianist performed his part on his own piano using his own typical studio equipment, before passing the recording over to the next pianist.
WildKat PR is working with FILM to promote “Six Pianos”, which also includes Terry Riley’s “Keyboard Study #1” as a worthy B-side opposed to Reich’s composition.
Cellist and Composer
Héloïse Werner is a Paris-born but London-based performer, who is particularly interested in music as drama and music for the stage, experimenting with different genres and techniques. She is a classically trained singer and cellist, and read Music at Clare College, Cambridge, where she was also a choral scholar. Recent opera roles include Anya in Mannequin at Tête à Tête Festival Opera and The Vixen in Janacek’s The Cunning Little Vixen. As an ensemble singer she regularly performs with choirs such as Polyphony and Philharmonia Voices.
Héloïse co-directs London-based contemporary quartet The Hermes Experiment (Park Lane Group Young Artists) and is a founder member of five-piece folk band The Coach House Company, with whom she has performed at Green Note, Ronnie Scott’s jazz club and Wilderness Festival, amongst others.
Together with composer Jonathan Woolgar and director Emily Burns, Héloïse is currently working on Scenes from the End, a new one-woman opera about grief, which previewed at the Tristan Bates Theatre in February 2016 and will premiere this summer at the Camden and Edinburgh Fringe Festivals.
Berlin-based label Neue Meister was launched by prime classical music label Berlin Classics. It presents some of the most important composers of the modern day: the old masters of tomorrow.
This new generation of composers, including Sven Helbig, Arash Safaian, Federico Albanese, Christian Jost and Johannes Motschmann represent a breath of fresh air for the classical music sector by combining the classical tradition with new, modern musical influences.
Current and upcoming releases include albums by Christian Jost, Tamar Halperin, Sven Helbig, Sebastian Knauer and Arash Safaian.
Marcus Antonius Wesselmann
Marcus Antonius Wesselmann’s works embrace mostly solo, chamber and ensemble pieces written for instrumental combinations more commonly heard in jazz. His wide range of interests has also led him to explore film, theatre and opera music.
As a producer, he founded the production company modernmusix to record and promote contemporary music. For his own compositions, he has collaborated with internationally renowned names, as Garth Knox, Teodoro Anzellotti and Moritz Eggert.
With the well-known Ensemble Modern under conductor Franck Ollu, Marcus has found a long-term and fruitful partner, and together they have recorded major ensemble works. In July 2016 they released their second album together, ensemble works II, which WildKat is happy to promote.
Two Rivers Records
Two Rivers Records is a London-based record label which has grown from hand-delivering discs to independent music shops in London. After a steady evolution throughout 2015, they now had numerous Europe-wide releases in 2016, and are intending to continue building up next year.
Two Rivers Records specialises in contemporary classical, contemporary jazz and alternative world music. Artists include Alya Marquardt, Snowpoet, Clemens Poetzsch, Melange, Michael Chillingworth and ELDA Trio.
The label's aim is to back new promising artists and emerging genres and offer more unusual and thought-provoking music into the market.
For the past five years Constella Ballet & Orchestra have created adventurous and groundbreaking productions in opera and ballet. On 4th July 2016, the company will launch its expanded form Constella OperaBallet, to synergize the power of opera and ballet for cutting-edge collaborations. Inspired by talent, delight and fulfilment, Constella OperaBallet will bring together young participants and older generations to bridge the gap between established and newer audiences.
The first performances in the company’s expanded form will be given at the 2016 Grimeborn Festival with a new opera-ballet production celebrating the bicentenary of the Brontë sisters “The Shattered Love” and “Glasstown” performances.
Hailed by legendary conductor Valery Gergiev as “someone who can talk to me at the piano, Ignasi Cambra is currently working with pianist Maria Joao Pires within the Partitura Project, developed by her with the goal of advancing the career of today’s most talented young pianists. A former student at the Juilliard School and Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music, Cambra has amassed a singular collection of competition wins, concert appearances and fellowships in short order.
Cambra’s performances have taken him to Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage in Washington DC, the United Nations in New York City, the Auditori and the Palau de la Música Catalana in Barcelona, as well as the Ravinia Festival’s Bennet Gordon hall in Chicago, Mariinsky concert hall in Saint Petersburg, and other venues in Zaragoza, Madrid, Miami, Santa Barbara, Toronto and Indianapolis. He has collaborated with such conductors as Valery Gergiev, Tsung Yeh, Jordi Mora and Daniel Endai.
WildKat PR manages Ignasi’s social media channels, running campaigns in the lead up to his concerts worldwide. Ignasi will tour Spain in November 2016 with the Gran Teatre del Liceu conducted by Josep Pons.
Live Music Now
Live Music Now (LMN) is a UK-wide music outreach and musicians development scheme, established by Yehudi Menuhin in 1977, under Founder-Chairman Ian Stoutzker, CBE. It is inspired by the vision that by embracing the power of music to transform lives, musicians play a central part in a healthy society. LMN aims to bring live music of the highest quality to those for whom access to its benefits is normally restricted, focusing on Wellbeing (particularly older people, including those living with dementia) and Special Educational Needs (particularly children) and to support the professional development of musicians at the outset of their careers, ensuring the highest quality of delivery through a rigorous selection and training process.
The organisation works with over 350 young professional musicians each year to deliver over 2,500 participatory performances and workshops, reaching over 120,000 people across the UK. In the past 39 years, more than 2 million people have benefitted, almost all of whom would never otherwise be able to experience the exhilaration of live arts events.
As part of the worldwide celebrations for Menuhin 100, LMN is hosting and partnering in a series of events to honour their founder across the UK.
Wimbledon International Music Festival
From 8-23 November, Wimbledon International Music Festival will provide world class music-making at various venues in South West London. The 2014 Festival features a number of internationally acclaimed musicians including The Academy Choir and Baroque Players, the Katona Twins, Denis Kozhukhin, the Philharmonia Orchestra and a number of brilliant new generation artists. Wimbledon has received funding from the Arts Council this year and will also be extending its jazz offerings in association with Maggie Black Jazz Promotions.