WildKat PR are delighted to introduce a new client, composer Jimmy Lee.

From classical music to folk and country, Jimmy Lee’s influences range across the musical spectrum. Disregarding all barriers between genres and traditions, he has pursued his love of music and exploration of styles through his composition and performance. 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 founded the Blue Coconut Music Club and decided to take up his calling once again.

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Jimmy will be performing his stage show ‘The Runaway’ at The Underground Theatre in Eastbourne, on the 30th of April. The production is based on autobiographical events of his life, from the hardship of his upbringing to the horrendous treatment he suffered in the Royal Navy.

WildKat PR is excited to be working with Jimmy Lee, ahead of the release of his debut classical album for symphony orchestra in Spring 2016. Jimmy’s emotive and beautiful music caught the attention of the Director Music at The Army Corps of Musicians (CAMUS) at Kneller Hall, which lead to the Military and Jimmy collaborating 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.

Find out more about Jimmy Lee and keep update via his website and the WildKat PR blog.

 

(Written on February 9, 2016 )

 

WildKat PR is delighted to introduce our new client, German-Japanese pianist, Caterina Grewe.

Born in Tokyo in April 1988, Caterina has performed to great critical acclaim throughout the UK, continental Europe and Asia as a Steinway Artist. She has given recitals in venues such as the Bath Pump Room, Steinway Hall London and Hamburg, Royal Albert Hall, Cadogan Hall, Laeiszhalle in Hamburg, Palau de la Música Catalana in Barcelona and the Rachmaninoff Hall of the Moscow Conservatoire amongst others.

Caterina‘s recitals have been broadcast by the NDR in Hamburg and France Musique in Paris. She appeared alongside Lang Lang on Sir Micheal Parkinson’s TV Show Parkinson Masterclass, which was aired on Sky TV in 2013. As a concerto soloist, she has appeared with the Classic Philharmonic Orchestra Hamburg, the Oldenburg State Orchestra, the RCM Symphony Orchestra, Jove Orquestra Nacional de Catalunya and the RTE National Symphony Orchestra, and has collaborated with conductors Robert Stehli, Thomas Dorsch, Robin O’Neill, Manel Valdivieso and Alan Buribayev.

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Caterina Grewe

Caterina has won numerous prizes at world-renowned piano competitions such as Third Prize at the Maria Canals International Piano Competition in Barcelona, and the Dublin International Piano Competition where she was a finalist and prizewinner in 2015. During her time at the Royal College of Music, Caterina won all major prizes including First Prize (Kendal Taylor Beethoven Piano Prize) at the annual RCM Beethoven Piano Competition in 2009 and was also awarded the HRH Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother Rose Bowl by the Prince of Wales for her outstanding achievements.

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Caterina Grewe

Caterina is recognised for the beauty, poetry, and temperament that her playing displays and the depth and maturity in her interpretations. She has always been especially drawn to the music of German Romantic composers. Schumann is one of her favourite composers and it is therefore only apt that her debut CD for KNS Classical features one of his most treasured works (Davidsbündlertänze) and one of his rather unduly undiscovered works (Concert sans orchestre).

 

(Written on February 8, 2016 )

WildKat PR is delighted to introduce our latest client, Russian pianist Dmitry Masleev, winner of the XV International Tchaikovsky Competition 2015.

Dmitry Masleev won first price at the International Tchaikovsky Competition and became the centre of interest with rare unanimous support from the audience, the jury and the media. The Neue Musikzeitung reported:

“His musicality of metaphysical proportions transformed the hall. There was a feeling that we entered an alternative reality. This sensation continued into the final round with the Tchaikovsky B- minor and Prokofiev Third Piano concertos… The joy and relief on the faces of the jurors said it all: we have found the true winner.“

In addition to the gold medal, the distinguished jury of the Tchaikovsky Competition awarded him with a special prize for his interpretation of a Mozart concerto. Since the competition in 2015, Masleev has toured extensively, delighting his audiences in New York, London, Munich, Rotterdam, Stockholm, Beijing and all over Russia with what the Financial Times described as “virtuoso brilliance”.

Dmitry Masleev

Dmitry Masleev

He was honoured to accept Maestro Gergiev’s invitation to play Mozart D-minor and Prokofiev Concerto No. 3 with the Mariinsky Orchestra in St. Petersburg during the holiday season.

Next season he will perform with the National Philharmonic of Russia and Maestro Spivakov and make his solo recital debut on the main stage of Carnegie Hall.

In the coming months Dmitry has a full schedule with confirmed recitals all over Germany:

  1. Klavierfestival in Ruhr (27th May)
  2. Recitals in Essen, Mannhiem and Regensburg with Spivakov and the  National Philharmonic of Russia (16th till 25th November
  3. Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Festival (Summer 2017)
  4. His Berlin debut with the Rundfunk Sinfonieorchester Berlin (11th March 2017)

Other international confirmed recitals will take place in Rome, Tokyo, Sao Paolo and Moscow. He will also collaborate with the Orchestra of Teatro Comunale di Bologna and the Borodin Quartet.

Dmity Masleev was born and raised in Ulan-Ude, a Siberian town between Lake Baikal and the Mongolian border. He was educated at the Moscow Conservatory (class of professor Mikhail Petukhov) and the International Music Academy at Lake Como. During his student years he won a number of international competitions, which led to invitations to tour all over Germany, Italy, France, Romania and Russia.

We are very much looking forward to supporting Dmitry Masleev throughout the new season. Keep checking the WildKat PR blog for updates.

(Written on February 5, 2016 )

Wenn Du kreativ bist, Spaß an Musik hast und die Arbeit im PR-Bereich kennen lernen möchtest, dann bewirb Dich bei uns bis zum 15.02. als Praktikant/in.

Wir sind eine dynamisch und äußerst innovativ arbeitende PR-Agentur, die auf die Betreuung von Künstlern, Orchestern, Labels und Institutionen der klassischen und zeitgenössischen Musikszene spezialisiert ist. Unser Servicespektrum umfasst Full-Service-Leistungen wie PR-Betreuung, Öffentlichkeitsarbeit, Marketing, künstlerische Beratung und Event-Management. Wir sind ein junges, exzellent vernetztes und musikbegeistertes Team. Für unsere Kunden entwickeln wir individuelle Kampagnen und stehen für eine stets maßgeschneiderte und zukunftsorientierte PR-Betreuung. Mit Büros in London, Berlin und New York erlangen die Kampagnen von WildKat PR internationale Reichweite.

Wir suchen:

Ab dem 1. April 2016 suchen wir eine Praktikantin/einen Praktikanten zur Unterstützung der Presse- und Öffentlichkeitsarbeit mit Schwerpunkt Musik sowie der Konzertorganisation am Standort Berlin. In dieser Position assistierst Du den Account Managers bei der Entwicklung und Umsetzung kreativer PR-Kampagnen und reibungsloser Konzertabläufe für Kunden aus der klassischen wie zeitgenössischen Musik. Du solltest daher eine große Begeisterung für Kultur, klassische Musik und die darstellenden Künste mitbringen, Spaß an kreativen Herausforderungen haben und strukturiert arbeiten können. Eine Affinität zu Online-Medien ist ebenfalls wünschenswert.

Deine Aufgaben:

  • Assistenz der Account Manager bei der Umsetzung internationaler PR-Kampagnen
  • Assistenz der Account Manager bei der Organisation einer Konzertreihe in der Berliner Philharmonie
  • Pflege des Agentur-Blogs und der Social Media-Auftritte (u.a. Facebook und Twitter)
  • Übernahme von Rechercheaufgaben
  • Unterstützung bei der Erstellung von Pressetexten
  • Instandhaltung der Kontaktdatenbank
  • Unterstützung bei der effizienten Verbreitung von Pressematerialien
  • Recherche und Reporting neuer Entwicklungen und Trends in den Bereichen Musikindustrie und Kultur
  • Teilnahme an Kundenveranstaltungen während und außerhalb der Bürozeiten
  • Assistenz täglicher Agenturabläufe des Berliner Büros

Dein Profil:

  • Sehr gute Kenntnisse und Begeisterung für klassische Musik, Kunst, Kultur und PR
  • Erste praktische Erfahrungen im Bereich Presse- und Öffentlichkeitsarbeit und/oder Kulturmanagement
  • Sehr gute administrative und organisatorische Fähigkeiten
  • Hervorragende mündliche und schriftliche Kommunikationsfähigkeit (auf deutsch und englisch)
  • Hohe Teamfähigkeit
  • Sorgfältige Arbeitsweise
  • Affinität zu Online-Medien
  • Fähigkeit zu selbstmotiviertem Arbeiten
  • Sicheres und selbstbewusstes Auftreten
  • Stressresistentes Arbeiten
  • Sicherer Umgang mit gängigen Internet- und MS-Office-Anwendungen
  • Sehr gute Englischkenntnisse, weitere Fremdsprachenkenntnisse von Vorteil

Zeitraum: ab 1. April 2016 für 3 Monate, Vollzeit

Vergütung: 400€ monatlich

Bitte sende Deine Bewerbung mit Lebenslauf und einem aussagekräftigen Anschreiben bis zum 15. Februar 2016 mit dem Betreff „Praktikum” per E-Mail an Carolin Denz (carolin@wildkatpr.com).

(Written on February 3, 2016 )

WildKat PR is excited to introduce our new client, Christian Erny, a Swiss pianist, conductor and pedagogue.

Christian 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 after studying with Markus Utz and Beat Schärf. Christian also took the concert class of Jean-Louis Haguenauer at the renowned Jacobs School of Music, where he received his Performer Diploma.

Christian Erny

Whilst studying he gave many solo and lieder recitals in Switzerland, Germany, the USA, France and Norway. In 2010 he founded the series ‘Konzerte Feuerpalast’ with soprano Martina Küng, which gives young talented musicians a platform to perform. In 2015 he won the prize for best interpretation of a work by Arnold Schönberg, at the International Piano Competition ‘Île-de-France’.

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.

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Christian is currently working on his debut album Les parfums, les couleurs et les sons se répondent… which is to be released in April 2016. The programme contains the first book of Claude Debussy’s Préludes, which will be framed and complimented by four pieces by Franz Liszt.

We are very much looking forward to supporting Christian in promoting his debut album. Keep checking the WildKat PR blog for updates as well as Christian Erny’s website

(Written on January 29, 2016 )

The live streaming of operas has really taken off and this week Wigmore Hall  announced that it’s first online streamed event will take place on 28 January.  Opera Platform has partnerships with 15 theatres across Europe and Cultural broadcaster ARTE links the opera houses with the platform, offering subtitles in six languages. According to The Strad  up to one Wigmore Hall concert a month might be made available online and free of charge.

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Wigmore Hall/ The Strad

Streaming live operas and concerts is a great idea but is it the way forward for classical music and opera in terms of expanding audiences and benefiting the companies? The option of seeing opera at the cinema probably suits older audiences in many ways; in the cinema one faces the screen avoiding craning necks and the majority of people live closer to a cinema than to a theatre. Indeed, hotel and travel costs to a concert/opera (particularly in London) can amount to more than the price of the tickets themselves. Furthermore cinema and online audiences need not feel pressured to dress up.

Another advantage of concert/opera streaming is that we get to see the performers close up and focus on every detail including their facial expressions. Perhaps this makes it harder for the performers as they can be scrutinised more closely than they are in the theatre, forcing them to pay even greater attention to their acting (in the case of opera). Live streaming offers the audience many different views of the stage and backstage interviews during the interval are another bonus.

Berlin Philharmoniker's 'digital concert hall', offers 40 live-streams every year. A screenshot from their trailer

Berlin Philharmoniker‘s ‘digital concert hall’, offers 40 live-streams every year. A screenshot from their trailer

The New York Met’s Live in Schools programme brings opera productions to students through screenings at their local cinemas. Educator guides and classroom resources are also on offer, The Met aims to “make opera first accessible, then thrilling, to their students.” Might British opera companies and concert halls follow this lead? 

Whilst Wigmore Hall‘s online concert streams will be free, cinema screenings of opera certainly make financial sense for the companies, as tickets cost much the same as the cheapest seats at theatres.  The local cinema lacks the glamour and excitement of Royal Opera House but it’s probably more practical. One might ask whether the option of seeing an opera or concert at the cinema or online decreases the number attending the actual performance. However the two are completely different experiences and one cannot replace the other. The possibility of going to a cinema screening or streaming a concert online is an extra, yet very worthwhile experience. Certainly Wigmore Hall‘s ‘digital concert hall’ will make their concerts very accessible worldwide and no doubt performances from Berlin’s Armida Quartet, soprano Anna Lucia Richter with pianist Michael Gees, and baritone Andrè Schuen with pianist Daniel Heide on 28 January will attract large online audiences.

 

 

 

(Written on January 15, 2016 )

Today, Bachtrack published its classical music statistics for 2015. Immediately striking, is the lack of women at the top of any of the lists. Most remarkably, the busiest composer category features it’s first female at number 72, with only five on the entire list. How many years will it be until a woman is one of the top 50 or the top ten in this category?

Kristiina Poska, busiest female conductor at no. 72 /nordicartistsmanagement.com

Kristiina Poska Busiest female conductor at no. 72
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Whilst Covent Garden is the busiest opera house, the top three busiest concert orchestras are in the USA; the only British Orchestra, the London Symphony is at number seven.

Classical composers, remain as ever at the top of the list. Accordingly, Romantic/ Classical music is the most performed throughout the countries surveyed. The exceptions are Sweden where 20th/ 21st century comes out top and the USA where 44% of individual works performed are baroque and 44% are Classical/ Romantic. Germany and Austria are the only countries where over 60% of music performed is Classical/ Romantic, presumably something to do with the fact that the top composers are Mozart, Beethoven, Bach and Brahms.

Anniversaries certainly affect the findings. September 2015 was Arvo Pärt’s 80th birthday; he is number one in the ‘top living composer by event’ category.

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Arvo Pärt, most performed contemporary concert composer
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Sibelius and Nielson turned 150 in 2015. Sibelius went up in the list of composers from number 26 to number 9 and Carl Nielson went up from 53rd to 37th. Although works by both men were more frequently performed in 2015 than in 2014, one might have imagined that they would be higher up on the list given the huge anniversaries and the fact that Arvo Pärt is at number one in the living composers list.

The use of composer anniversaries to inform concert programming, does seem a little uncreative but perhaps it could mean that the works of some less famous composers will be celebrated this year. Some of the most notable composers whose 50th and 100th birthdays fall in 2016 include:

William Sterndale Bennett (1816 – 1875)

Ferruccio Busoni (1866 – 1924)

Vladimir Rebikov (1866 – 1920)

Erik Satie (1866 – 1925

Vasily Kalinnikov (1866 – 1901)

Milton Babbitt (1916 – 2011)

Henri Dutilleux (1916 – 2013)

Alberto Ginastera (1916 – 1983)

 

Vasily Kalinnikov’s Symphony no. 1

How great an affect will these anniversaries have on 2016’s classical music statistics?

(Written on January 11, 2016 )

Whilst most luthiers seem to be men, the shortlist for Menuhin Competition 2016, is dominated by females. In the Strad’s March 2013 issue, violin maker Ute Zahn asked why there are so few female violin makers. One might assume that it’s something to do with the machines and physical work required to make a violin. However Zahn concludes that violin making is for ‘anyone with patience, passion, aptitude and determination.’ These are also some of the requirements for violin playing; it is extraordinary that out of 22 entrants in the senior category, only one is male and in the junior section there are 15 girls and only seven boys. 

 Ziyu He, 16 is the only male candidate competing in the senior category. Although Austrian, he was born in and is representing China. He started playing at the age of five and since October 2011, Ziyu lives and studies in Salzburg at the Leopold Mozart Institute of the Mozarteum University.

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Ziyu He/ esc-plus

There are seven candidates from South Korea in the senior category but could the winner come from the UK?  With two entrants this year, this is the highest number of British competitors for twenty years. Indeed in a letter to The Times earlier this week, Julian Lloyd Webber accused the government of trying to squeeze arts subjects out of schools. Certainly compared with China, Korea and Japan, it would seem that children in Britain are given fewer opportunities and encouragement to study music or take up a musical instrument. Schools have minuscule budgets for music education and simply can’t afford to provide children with instruments and regular music classes. James Rhodes, TV presenter and classical pianist makes the point that schools would never require students to bring their own footballs and rugby balls for sports classes. There is however one privileged primary school where every student owns a violin, this is the exception though!

Juliette Roos, 20 along with Louisa Staples, 15 and Mathilde Milwidsky, 21 are the three outstanding violinists who will be fighting it out in the senior category for the UK.

Roos was in the strings final for BBC Young Musician 2012, she won her first prize at the age of six and has performed as soloist, in orchestra, chamber ensembles and in masterclasses ever since.

The 2016 Menuhin Competition takes place at Royal Academy of Music, London from 7-17 April. It is Yehudi Menuhin’s Centenary; the 11 day festival features major concerts from London’s best orchestras and international soloists celebrating all things Menuhin. Given the unprecedented number of females shortlisted for this year’s competition, it looks likely that a girl will win. What does the next one hundred years of the Menuhin’s legacy have in store for us?

 

 

(Written on January 8, 2016 )

In September at a concert in Turin, lead singer of U2, Bono called for “humanitarian leadership” in response to Europe’s refugee crisis. Whilst Europe’s leaders have been discussing solutions; musicians have also made a concerted effort to raise awareness of the plight of refugees and to give them some pleasure through music.

It was unfortunate that in the wake of the terrorist attacks in Paris this November, Spanish viol player and conductor Jordi Savall had to make the decision to postpone a concert. He was due to perform at the ‘Calais Together’ event with his ensemble Hespèrion XXI on 17th December at the refugee camp in Calais. His safety and the safety of his musicians couldn’t be guaranteed amid fears of unrest, however the event will take place by the Spring.

The Yehudi Menuhin School is also due to perform for refugees in Calais. On 20th January students and staff will work with volunteers at the ‘Jungle’ to distribute food parcels before performing a concert for around 6,000 refugees. The school hopes that it won’t just be a one off event and that they will return to Calais. The project is very much in line with Menuhin’s vision of the relationship the school should have with the outside world.

Yehudi Menuhin/ Yehudi Menuhin School "The violin, through the serene clarity of its song, helps to keep our bearings in the storm, as a light in the night, a compass in the tempest, it shows us a way to a haven of sincerity and respect."

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“The violin, through the serene clarity of its song, helps to keep our bearings in the storm, as a light in the night, a compass in the tempest, it shows us a way to a haven of sincerity and respect.”

In October a demonstration and concert took place in Vienna to show solidarity with refugees in Europe, it featured the German punk band ‘Die Toten Hosen’, ‘Conchita Wurst’ and a speech by Austrian President Heinz Fischer. In London this November, Paloma Faith joined forces with Peace for a concert to raise money for Help Refugees; these are just two concerts among many throughout Europe. Rap singer M.I.A. released a track ‘Borders’, which charts the journey of refugees across Europe and criticises governments for not doing enough.

Perhaps the most extraordinary case of music raising awareness of the refugee crisis, is Syrian rock band Khebez Dawle, who made their journey from Lebanon to Germany fun by performing gigs along the way. Syria offered the group no hope of a career in music so they sold their instruments to pay smugglers to get them across the Mediterranean. Through their music, they aim to tell the stories of desperate migrants looking for refuge.

Khebez Dawle/ Yahoo

Khebez Dawle/ Yahoo

These musicians are aware of the power of their music and the hope and comfort it can offer to people with nothing else left. Some of these events have political undertones, whilst some aim to raise awareness of the plight of refugees on a purely humanitarian level. With the Yehudi Menuhin school’s concert in Calais in January and Jordi Savall’s soon to follow, the New Year could bring new hope. We often feel helpless in the face of such crises but whilst governments battle with big decisions, musicians are sharing their music and working according to Yehudi Menhin’s ethos of supporting minority communities.

(Written on December 22, 2015 )

Are you a creative, dynamic and enthusiastic arts-lover with extensive experience in delivering PR strategies? WildKat PR is looking for a Head of Press to join their London team

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WildKat PR is a game-changer in the classical music industry, with offices in London, Berlin and New York. We adamantly believe in challenging the status quo of our industry, embracing creative values, and developing a strong digital and online focus.

As a young, enthusiastic music-loving company, our expertise and creativity allow us to devise innovative campaigns tailored to individual artists’ needs. With clients such as Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Tête à Tête Opera Festival, Cellist Matthew Sharp and Dartington International Summer School, our reach extends across a wide range of genres, as well as internationally, to offer professional PR support worldwide.

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Job Description – Head of Press

WildKat PR is offering an exceptional opportunity for an experienced individual to join our London team, and both lead and advise our account managers across a diverse range of PR work. At a time of continued rapid international growth, you will devise, develop, plan and implement forward looking PR strategies for print, online, TV and radio as well as social media.

Your strong network and excellent relationships with editors and journalists, alongside your impeccable, up-to-date knowledge of the industry, will enable you to deliver imaginative and diverse PR campaigns

By providing managerial, strategic and creative direction, you will help our team explore new avenues, communicate more effectively and thus enhance our clients’ profiles by reaching new audiences and shaping innovative campaigns.

You will work alongside the Business Development Manager, and both the Junior and Senior Account Managers will report to you. By liaising with both our Berlin and New York offices, there will be opportunities to work abroad and impact the market internationally.

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Christmas at WildKat London

Essential skills and experience:

  • 3 Year’s experience in defining and delivering PR strategies
  • An excellent network and strong relationships, primarily with classical music, as well as lifestyle, culture, technology, fashion and mainstream media outlets in the UK
  • Superb track record of liaising and working with press to deliver consistent results and high value PR
  • Energetic and creative with excellent organisational skills
  • Strong attention to detail and ability to self-manage
  • Confidence to represent our brand at all levels
  • Preferred skills and experience:

  • Multi-lingual
  • Marketing experience
  • Degree-level education in preferably an arts subject
  • Opportunities of working with WildKat PR:

  • Open plan office; friendly and collaborative environment
  • A diverse role, providing opportunities to expand your skillset quickly
  • Gain wider industry experience, not just in PR
  • Supportive colleagues and management welcoming your fresh ideas
  • Personalised creative skills training and coaching
  • Collaboration with mainstream brands and projects
  • Opportunities for travel
  • Sociable atmosphere
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    Perks of the job

  • Annual company ski trip
  • Yoga in the office
  • Team lunches
  • Friday afternoon drinks
  • Opportunities of travel
  • Deadline: 5pm Monday January 25th 2016

    Salary is competitive and dependent upon experience. Please email fleur@wildkatpr.com for further information about this role.

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    (Written on December 18, 2015 )