We are please to be working with Classical Movements for The City Choir of Washington’s inaugural tour of the UK this July

The City Choir of Washington celebrate their 10th anniversary under leadership of the Grammy-award winning conductor Robert Shafer, and have built their reputation as one of Washington D.C’s premiere choirs in this time. Under Maestro Shafer’s baton, the singers and their audiences have been challenged by creative programming, creating stunning renditions of under-performed works such as Arvo Part’s ‘Te Deum’, Benjamin Britten’s ‘Cantata Misericordium’, and Tarik O’Regan’s ‘Triptych’. The choir’s roster consists of 120 experienced, professional-calibre singers, all hailing from the greater Washington metropolitan areas.

The choir’s memorable performances include their commemoration of the 60th anniversary of the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II with a world-premiere performance of John Tavener’s ‘Three Hymns of George Herbert’, written especially for the Diamond Jubilee. In Spring 2014, the Choralis Foundation nominated the City Choir of Washington for an Ovation Award for Most Creative Programming, a nomination which tributes the choir’s premiere performances, including those of the final compositions by the great composer Sir John Tavener.

The City Choir of Washington will bring its distinctive choral sound to the UK in four concerts, performing at venues in London, Gloucester, Ely and Oxford in July 2018. The tour will combine American, English and French choral works spanning the 19th century to present day, including Sir John Tavener’s ‘Tolstoy Creed’ performed alongside ‘The Lamb’, Eric Whitacre’s ‘The Chelsea Carol’ and Gabriel Fauré’s ‘Requiem in D Minor’. Maestro Shafer will celebrate 50 years as a choral conductor, and will serve his 26th international tour with the choir this year.

Details of the concerts and programme schedule are below:

5 July – Gloucester Cathedral, Gloucester
7 July – Keble College Chapel, Oxford
8 July – Ely Cathedral, Ely
11 July – Temple Church, London

Programme:
Psalm 121: I will lift up mine eyes
- Robert Shafer (b.1946)
The Chelsea Carol
- Eric Whitacre (b.1970)

The Lamb – Sir John Tavener (1944-2013)
Tolstoy’s Creed – Sir John Tavener
(2012 Commission by TCCW)
Requiem in D Minor, op. 48 – Gabriel Fauré (1845-1924)

(Written on May 11, 2018 )

We are pleased to welcome the talented pianist and composer Daniela Mastrandrea and her team at Believe Distribution Services to join our growing client roster, in promotion of her new album Lo Specchio across Germany, the UK and the US.

Daniela Mastrandrea is an Italian pianist, composer and arranger from the Puglia region. She began studying the piano at the age of seven and composed her first pieces when she was only nine years old. After graduating as a pianist from the Academy of Music Nino Rota in Monopoli under the tutelage of Gabriella Bassi,

Daniela studied composition and attended masterclasses in piano technique and jazz study. She won the first prize for her piece Luci e Ombre (published by Rotas) in 2015, third prize for her piece Ridi in 2012 and the jury prize for her piece Indesiderabile Tenerezza. In 2017, she won the first iteration of the Web Talent V.I.T.A. (Video Interactive Talent Awards) promoted by Believe Digital and Zimbalam Italy, winning a record deal.

Daniela was involved in many recitals, theatrical shows and concert seasons with OBA, Youth Orchestra La Bottega dell’Armonia as pianist, composer and arranger. In 2011, she led the mu sical project Fluide Risonanze in the Auditorium Diocesano Vallisa in the city of Bari, as composer, arranger and player of her own pieces in quartet with Master Flavio Maddonni (violin), Antonio Barracchia (cello) and Elisa Benedetto (flute).

She now presents her album Lo Specchio (The Mirror) with Believe Distribution Services, which will be released across digital platforms on 18th May 2018 and will be available for pre-order from 11th May. Two singles precede the album release: Lo Specchio, released on 20th April, and A Testa Bassa which will be released on 11th May.

The album Lo Specchio is an introspective yet accessible album, which takes the listener on a journey of discovery and contemplation, with tracks featuring stunning sublime pianism. It describes the human habit to sometimes reflect oneself in and through others. Lo Specchio was inspired by Daniela’s longing to look inside herself and dig as deep as possible: “We have a duty to welcome and nurture the talents and gifts that life has given us and we are responsible for that talent. It is a call, a vocation”, she says.

(Written on April 25, 2018 )

– “Artistic work is only a pretext for becoming free, and it may be that it is not completely possible in this world to have freedom. In art and in fiction, I can do what I cannot in reality. It is a way to expand on the possibility of freedom.” Hayoun Kwon (participating artist “Non-sense music; borders”) –

We are thrilled to be supporting the upcoming Korean Interdisciplinary Arts Festival „Non-Sense Music #2; Borders“ and many other inspiring projects and events in cooperation with the Korean Cultural Centre in Berlin.

The Korean Cultural Centre is the cultural department of the Embassy of the Republic of Korea in Germany, headquartered in Berlin under the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism of the Republic of Korea (MCST). Its aim is to promote Korean culture and facilitate cultural exchanges to introduce and generate interest in the many diverse aspects of Korean culture.

The Centre organises many programmes, events and courses under the categories of arts, music, literature and film. It creates an active place for cultural mediation. An item of great importance is the organisation and support of cultural events with Korean participation throughout Germany by working closely with the relevant institutions of both countries.

Permanent and alternating exhibitions can be seen in their own premises, at their Gallery damdam and at other external exhibition spaces. In the field of music the Centre curates a wide range of events: from Young Korean talents, the JazzKorea Festival to the International Younghi Pagh-Paan Composition Prize and lunchtime concerts in the “Pavillon der Einheit”.

We begin our campaign with an in-house exhibition by the interdisciplinary and Berlin based, but Seoul born artist, kate-hers RHEE. Her arts project “I like Korea and Korea likes me” will feature at Gallery damdam from 26th April – 16th June 2018.

This solo exhibition is curated by Kahee Jeong and presents two of her projects: the “deutschsprachliche Projekt” and “Transkoreaning” plus some artworks that were especially created for this exhibition. Identity and language are the essential themes in the work of kate-hers RHEE. Her art is transgressive, performative and plays with her “otherness” as an American raised woman with Asian roots in various cultural contexts.

 

 

We look forward to also supporting the Korean Interdisciplinary Arts Festival „Non-Sense Music #2; Borders“. This ten-day interdisciplinary arts festival takes place from 11th May – 20th May 2018 at Kunstquartier Bethanien and explores the politics of space through the micro-history of six Korean artists. Curated by Seoul born Joanne Kim, the artists Nahoon Park (Choreographer, Performance), Soyoung Chung (Video, Performance), Hayoun Kwon (VR), Ryu Biho (Installation, Performance), Helena Parada Kim (Painting) and Kim Hwang (Installation, Documentary film screening) transform the circumstances and conditions of time and space into songs, performance and visual delights.

The multicultural upbringing of Helena Parada Kim – she is half Korean and half Spanish and grew up in Germany – fuels her creative inspiration in various ways. She uses photographs of members of her mother´s family to create her artworks. Using family portraits as fundamental inspiration for her paintings, allows her to present a multidimensional homage to Korean traditions and culture.

 

Helena Parada Kim: Nurses and cranes, 180×250 cm, oil on linen, 2017

 

Artist Hayoun Kwon on the other hand, specialises in film work. At Non-sense music, she exhibits the animated political documentary “489 Years”, a film grounded in personal stories and linked to geopolitical questions of borders and territoriality. With virtual reality glasses, we are being taken to the Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ), a strip of land running across the Korean Peninsula to serve as a buffer zone between North and South, immersing us in the personal memories of a soldier. Hayoun Kwon’s film allows us to see a forbidden place, where nature has totally reclaimed its hold.

The WildKat team is very excited to be working alongside the Korean Cultural Centre in Berlin and its many cultural and artistic projects to come, including an in-house exhibition of Thearesa Cha (September 2018), the Grassimesse Leipzig (October 2018) and the Jazz Korea Festival (November 2018).

 

(Written on April 20, 2018 )

“Why does the world need a Piano Day? For many reasons. But mostly, because it doesn’t hurt to celebrate the piano and everything around it: performers, composers, piano builders, tuners, movers and most important, the listener.” – Nils Frahm

As already assumed, the Piano Day is an annual worldwide event founded by a group of passionate people like Nils Frahm, which takes place on the 88th day of the year. The first World Piano Day was launched in 2005 and caused a buzz in the audience. Since then, music enthusiasts and piano lovers honour this event every year. In 2018 we celebrated the World Piano Day at the Blüthner Piano Centre with amazing artists like Andrew James Johnson, Alina K, Doug Thomas and Marta Cascales Alimbau.

Andrew James Johnson, Alina K, Doug Thomas and Marta Cascales Alimbau

In the first part of the evening, Andrew James Johnson presented some of his exceptional pieces from the album ‘Winter Heart’, which recently passed 1 million streams on Spotify. He was accompanied by cellist Klara Schumann giving Andrew’s piano performance a unique passionate touch.

Followed by his female colleagues Alina K and Marta Cascales Alimbau with their 25-minute sets of original, contemporary classical piano music, Andrew could take a break before his second set. We had the privilege to see two different performances by two different female artists, each of one of which created its own atmosphere of sound by playing self-composed authentic pieces. Alina K’s straight, clear and outspoken sound made a great contrast to Marta’s performance which was touching and beautifully emotional. Personal stories coupled with outstanding piano play impressed everyone who was lucky to be in the audience.

Not to forget Doug Thomas who gave an amazing host of the evening, introducing every artist warmly and welcoming.

The whole event was supported by Blüthner UK, letting the musicians play the its finest instruments in an amazing location in central London at the Blüthner Piano Centre on Baker Street.

Andrew James Johnson at Blüthner UK

What’s more, Andrew James Johnson’s performance of ‘Taylor’s Theme’ was shared by Classic FM on Facebook, so everyone who couldn’t attend this event had a chance to enjoy the music and be apart of Piano Day at the Blüthner Piano Centre.

The next event from Blüthner will take place on 17th of April at St. John’s Smith Square, featuring the pianist Martin Sturfält.

Katja Latz-Voinich (editor) 

(Written on April 13, 2018 )

We are happy to announce, that the winner of the 2017/18 Noted Fellowship is Ben Corrigan with his extraordinary podcast “excuse the mess”!

“We chose Ben Corrigan as this year’s winner because his podcast has an innovative and cogent approach to the realities and difficulties of the classical music market today. It is entertaining, intellectually demanding and whets the appetite for classical and contemporary music. I am very pleased to work alongside his project in the coming year.”
(Carolin Denz – Director, Noted Fellowship)

 

 

Ben Corrigan’s podcast is unique in the classical music market. Not only does he invite composers to talk about their new works and discuss their opinions on the classical music industry, but he joins them in composing a completely new piece of music “off the cuff” at the end of each episode.

Corrigan does everything himself – from the conceptual design of the individual podcasts to the recording and technical implementation. His goal is to complete the first podcast series excuse the mess by the end of 2018 and to publish an album with the newly created compositions.

The podcast is currently in development and within the next year, with the support, help and input of selected mentors from Noted Fellowship, Corrigan will further develop his podcast and music album in terms of content and structure. Furthermore, he will receive a financial support from Noted of 5,000€.

Get more information here, or better yet – listen directly to his podcast here!

(Written on April 10, 2018 )

We are delighted to announce our continued collaboration with the exceptional and award-winning pianist, Dmitry Masleev.

Dmitry, the 2015 first prize winner of the International Tchaikovsky Competition, has performed all over the world in countries including Russia, Japan, USA, Italy, China and the UK. He has delighted audiences at the Berlin Konzerthaus, the Paris Philharmonie and Carnegie Hall in New York, and collaborated with leading conductors such as Valery Gergiev and Yevgeny Svetlanov. Dmitry has been joined onstage by orchestras such as the Orchestra of Radio France, Munich Symphony and Moscow Chamber Orchestra Musica Viva, captivating audiences who travel to see him from all around the world.

Among Dimitry’s notable competition prizes and gold medal awards are the 7th International Adilia Alieva Piano Competition in Gaillard France (2010), the 21st Chopin Premio Piano Competition in Rome (2011) and the Antonio Napolitano Piano Competition in Salerno (2013).

(c) Alikhan Photography

WildKat PR previously worked with Dmitry on the release of his self-titled piano album under the Russian label Melodiya in October 2017, which was recently honoured by the “Bestenliste” – Quarterly Critics’ Choice of the deutsche Schallplattenkritik – German Record Critics Award in January 2018.

The album, which includes an extraordinary selection of Domenico Scarlatti’s sonatas, alongside Prokofiev’s Piano Sonata No. 2 in D minor and Shostakovich’s Piano Concerto No. 2 in F major, deserves the highest recognition in its own right. His flawless playing exudes elegance; as Christoph Vratz states: “Masleev transports always the messages of warmth, provocation and barbed wit.”

“The way he negotiates the twists, turns and subtle cornerings of the harmonic invention [in his Scarlatti sonatas] is totally disarming and without a trace of self-consciousness. This is not merely competition-winning pianism but highly accomplished and communicative musicianship.“ 
Gramophone Magazine

“[Masleev’s] debut solo recording went straight onto our Recordings of the Year shortlist, thanks not only to the clarity and energy of Masleev’s playing but also the intriguing parallels which he draws between two superficially very different sound-worlds.“Presto Classical 

“Dmitry Masleev […] displays a steel-fingered monster technique. An Über Virtuoso.“ 
South Florida Classical Review

(c) Alikhan Photography Uomo Collezioni

Following this success, we are proud to continue working with Dmitry on his coming projects in 2018. Among the highlights will be his Artistic Residency at the Bodenseefestival in Germany in May (5th – 15th May 2018), featuring solo, chamber and orchestral performances, a two-piano recital with his teacher Mikhail Petukhov, and a concert with the SWR Symphonieorchester and the Borodin Quartet.

We are thrilled to be working with Dmitry on his upcoming collaborations with the Nice Philharmonic Orchestra and conductor Phillippe Auguin in April, the Ural Philharmonic Orchestra as part of a series of concerts in May and on his debut with the Vienna Orchestra at Konzerthaus Wien in October.

Here is his latest appearance on Arte’s TV show Stars von Morgen.

(Written on March 28, 2018 )

The first podcast from Noted has been released, following the Noted Roundtable on Inclusion and Diversity.

Noted Round-ups are short podcasts that follow the Noted Roundtables – an international series which looks to bring about change in the performing arts industry through discussion and implementation. Through Noted, we want to generate new solutions to industry problems, not just with our own industry members and artists, but with brand leaders from different fields, and also—most importantly—the audience! The Roundtables bring together this unique combination of stakeholders on an equal footing.

The very first Noted Round-ups episode is a discussion on what was originally “diversity”, but now referred to as “inclusivity”. Here we discuss minorities in the performing arts industry, focusing on those backstage (not on stage), covering race, gender, background, and more.

We came out of this session with the following action points:

  • When recruiting, be more explicit about what we don’t want or need (e.g. an arts degree), and present the image of our ideal candidate in the advertising
  • Either ensure that job titles clearly state what the position is, or make them more sexy and fun
  • Create inclusive communities in the performing arts administrative sector, spanning across both audiences and potential employees
  • Showcase the exciting elements of our industry, through podcasts, videos, partnerships with mainstream brands
  • Shake up internal systems – reverse mentoring, creative sessions led by interns, engage more with outside the industry

This episode is hosted by Kathleen Alder and Olivia Brown, produced and edited by Olivia.

Listen on all your favourite platforms now!

(Written on March 27, 2018 )

A warm welcome to the latest artist joining the WildKat family, classically-trained pianist Theodosia Ntokou.

Often you hear people talking about artists being passionate and determined about their art, but it isn’t always obvious what that actually means. If you look at the life and work of Theodosia you get a glimpse of what it means to truly be an artist dedicated to their craft. Growing up in Greece, she travelled nearly every weekend from Rhodes to Athens for a one-hour music lesson at the National Conservatory, a 600km journey across land and sea.

Foto: Vesna Dakic

After graduating with honours, Theodosia continued her studies with Hungarian pianist Laszlo Simon at the Universität der Künste Berlin and while undertaking a postgraduate degree from the Franz Liszt Academy of Budapest. She then moved to the USA where she completed her master’s degree with Russian pianist Oxana Yablonskaya at the Juilliard School in New York City, followed by an assistantship at the University of Hartford (The Hartt School).
In 2009, Theodosia met legendary pianist Martha Argerich for the first time and since then has become her protégé and remains under her guidance to this day. Together, they perform around the globe and are celebrated by audiences and critics alike.

Theodosia has won awards at several competitions such as the Young Artists International Piano Competition (2006) and the Bradshaw & Buono International Piano Competition (2007). In 2008, she received the Evelyn Bonar Scholarship Award. She performs in festivals across Europe, collaborating with famous orchestras such as the Amsterdam Sinfonietta and made her debut at the Carnegie Hall and the Berliner Philharmonie, amongst many others.
 
In the spring and summer of 2018, Theodosia will perform at prestigious venues including Gasteig Munich on March 18th and the Gewandhaus Leipzig and festivals including the Athens & Epidaurus Festival and the 55th International Piano Festival of Brescia and Bergamo.

(Written on March 16, 2018 )

Following a successful Kickstarter campaign, guitarist Michael Poll is releasing his album “7-String Bach”  on 6 April 2018, and WildKat is delighted to be promoting this release in Germany.

Michael’s “Bach Project” brings Bach’s music to life here in the 21st century, fusing modern instrumental practice with historical techniques and doing it all on an instrument that is built specially for the job by American master luthier Robert Ruck.

Bach left manuscripts for two complete instrumental suites for Lute, the predecessor of the modern classical guitar, and for the Bach Project Michael has recorded them using state of the art technology in one of the world’s iconic recording studios: Abbey Road.

A seven string guitar is a special musical creature: the range of the modern guitar plus five notes taken from the double bass. This instrument makes it possible to play Bach’s music in its original register, as he heard it.

Classical guitarist and conductor Michael Poll has performed across North America, South America, and Europe, including in Barbican Hall, Wigmore Hall, and the National Theatre of Panama. Active both as a performer and a conductor, Poll’s 2016-2017 season includes headline concerts for the Wilderness Festival with Yijia Zhang, the Bloomsbury festival as both guitarist and conductor, six engagements conducting the Goodensemble orchestra in London including a Gala Performance in honour of Queen Elizabeth II, and guitar recitals in Boston, Washington, San Francisco, London, Philadelphia, and New York. Poll’s collaborators have included pianists Stephan Ciric, David Malusa, John Fisher, and Jason Bae, tenor Peter Devoran, barritone Jake Muffett, and his brother conductor Edward Poll.

The CD, which will be released on Orchid Classics, is available from 6th April 2018.

 

 

(Written on March 14, 2018 )

We’re delighted to announce the next Noted Roundtables in Berlin and London on 12th and 14th March 2018 respectively.

Following our initial roundtable on entrepreneurship, which attracted lots of interesting and detailed feedback, we’re very happy to announce our second topic for discussion:

International Women’s Day took places on Thursday 8 March 2018 and with it comes a huge number of initiatives and opportunities for women with the aim of equality across the sector. We want to explore these initiatives and start to develop solutions on how to diversify the administrative structure of the classical music industry to include more minorities.

As part of this discussion we want to find out how to target, engage, and support minorities (including those from BAME backgrounds, low socio-economic backgrounds, those with disabilities, women, and more).

Questions to be answered:

  • How can women in the industry help to diversify the sector even more, helping and supporting other minority groups?
  • What can “woke” male-led companies do to bring in a more diverse workforce?
  • Where does the lack of diversity in the classical music industry start? Is it in the classroom? How can we remedy that?

Rather than discussing the problem, we want to find the solutions.

A huge thank you to our client, the Royal Over-Seas League, for hosting us in one of their beautiful rooms in London. Why not check out ROSL’s Annual Music Competition on Tuesday? Details here.

Also we’re very grateful to Idagio for hosting us in Berlin. We’re sure that you know them already but if you’ve somehow missed this impressive, sleek streaming platform, check them out here.

Sign up for Berlin and London and let’s #PressForProgress!

(Written on March 9, 2018 )