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We are looking for an Intern to join WildKat PR in London for a month, starting as soon as possible.

Do you think you would be suitable for this position? Have a read through our job description below.

WildKat PR
WildKat PR is a creative agency for classical music and the arts. We are a dynamic, forward thinking agency offering full services for public relations, marketing, artistic consultancy, event management, social media, and creative campaigns, specialising in both classical and contemporary music. We are a young, enthusiastic, creative, and music-loving company and our expertise and creativity allows us to devise innovative campaigns tailored to individual artists’ needs. With offices currently established in London, Berlin, and New York, and clients including the Ancient Academy of Music, Bamberg Symphony Orchestra, Dartington International Summer School, Gstaad Menuhin Festival, and Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, our reach extends internationally to offer professional PR support worldwide.

Job Description
WildKat PR is offering an exceptional opportunity for a motivated, intelligent, and confident individual to join our London team. Working with the Director, Head of Creative & Marketing, and fellow Account Managers on creative PR campaigns across the classical music and cultural industries, they will be expected to assist their colleagues in all aspects of the campaigns, to quickly establish an understanding of the industry and begin to build working relationships with press to generate media coverage for our clients.  This position will provide an overview of all clients, demonstrating the different stages of PR campaigns, along with a range of different styles and approaches to press. Through assisting all account managers in an array of different tasks, the intern will acquire the core skills and abilities of a publicist.  

Key duties
As an Intern your role will be:
– Summarising classical music and industry news on the WildKat PR blog each day and posting to social media
– Research-based tasks to assist Account Managers
– Updating social media for WildKat PR and our clients, e.g. Facebook, Twitter, websites
– Uploading listings to websites for clients’ upcoming concerts
– Writing blogs for our website and for clients’ websites or newsletters
– Writing and proofreading press releases for clients
– Creating and uploading interesting and new content for our social media platforms
– Recording and producing video blogs of our clients for WildKat PR YouTube
– Inviting critics, journalists, and industry contacts to concerts
– Contacting critics, journalists, bloggers, and radio or TV producers to gain features or reviews for clients
– Attending events of our clients, and possibly helping out at the events, such as selling CDs or page turning
– Daily maintenance and upkeep of the office
– Buying flowers, office stationery, kitchen supplies, etc., via petty cash
– Tidying the office before/after meetings and at end of the week
– Filing daily newspapers in storage
– Organising large CD/DVD collections

Opportunities of working with WildKat PR:
– Friendly, open-plan office
– Chance to do diverse things within the role, and expand your skill set quickly
– Gain wider industry experience, not just PR
– Supportive colleagues and management welcoming your fresh ideas
– Personalised creative skills training and coaching
– Collaboration with mainstream brands and projects
– Office yoga, Friday drinks, the offer of several 6-hour working days per month

Person Specification
Essential
– A keen interest and passion in classical music
– Strong written and verbal communication skills
– Feel they will improve quickly and efficiently throughout the internship
– A creative mind
– An interest in new media
– Confidence and enthusiasm to share new ideas
– Self-motivated and keen to use initiative
– Sense of urgency, with skills to prioritise effectively
– Strong organisation skills

Desirable
– Previous experience in our industry
– Speak another language
– Study music, English or marketing/PR

Expenses: £400 per month

To apply, please send your CV and a covering letter to james@wildkatpr.com with the subject title ‘WildKat PR Intern application’.

(Written on May 16, 2017 )

In today’s news: Dutch pianist experiences sudden fame on Spotify, listen to Putin’s piano performance and Queen Elizabeth Competition announced semi-finalists. Carolin Widmann and baritone Christian Gerhaher receive Bavarian State Prize for Music, and Martin Fröst becomes principal conductor of the Swedish Chamber Orchestra.

The Telegraph

‘Music Is at Its Most Beautiful when It’s Painful’: Graham Vick, the Man Saving Opera in Britain

On the lawn at Glyndebourne, looking towards a clump of silver birch and lime trees in the distance, Graham Vick gives me some advice: “If you’re not happy with your life, plant some seeds and grow the world you want to live in.”

The Guardian

From Kitchen Composer to Spotify Star – Dutch Pianist Hits Big Time

A Dutch amateur musician has given up his day job after seeing his self-released recordings streamed online more than 85 million times.

The Strad

Queen Elisabeth Competition 2017 Names 24 Cello Semi-Finalists

The 24 international cellists are competing for a grand prize of €25,000 in Brussels from 8 May to 3 June 2017

Classical Music Magazine

NYOS Announces 2017 Colin MacLean Bursary Fund Recipient

The National Youth Orchestras of Scotland has awarded the 2017 Colin MacLean Bursary Fund to French horn player Diana Sheach.

The Violin Channel

Zurich University Announces Appointment of 2 New String Faculty Teachers

The Zurich University of the Arts has announced the appointment of violinists Alexander Sitkovetsky and Sergey Malov to their string teaching faculty

Classic FM

Vladimir Putin Just Played The Piano In Between Meetings… And It Was Not Impressive

The Russian president took a couple of minutes out ahead of bilateral talks with the Chinese President Xi Jinping… to play the piano.

NMZ

München: Rundfunk- und Medienrat lehnen Bayerischer Musikrat-Vertreter ab

Der Bayerische Musikrat als Spitzenorganisation der Musik in Bayern erhebt Einspruch gegen die Ablehnung der von ihm benannten Vertreter als wahlberechtigte Mitglieder im Rundfunkrat und Medienrat.

Klassik.com

Bayerischer Staatspreis für Christian Gerhaher und Carolin Widmann

Die Geigerin Carolin Widmann und der Bariton Christian Gerhaher sind mit dem diesjährigen Bayerischen Staatspreis für Musik ausgezeichnet worden. Die Preisverleihung fand im Münchner Cuvilliés-Theater statt.

Musik Heute

Martin Fröst wird Chefdirigent des Swedish Chamber Orchestra

Der schwedische Klarinettist und Dirigent Martin Fröst wird neuer Chefdirigent des Swedish Chamber Orchestra. Der 46-Jährige übernimmt zur Saison 2019/20 die Nachfolge von Thomas Dausgaard, teilte das Orchester am Montag mit.

Ottawa Citizen

Music students win big at NAC Orchestra bursary competition

Music students studying in Ottawa and Gatineau won more than $20,000 in prizes this week during the 37th annual National Arts Centre Orchestra’s 2017 Bursary Competition.

El Mundo

Rebelión en los conservatorios

Profesores interinos en huelga tocan sus instrumentos ante la Delegación de Educación en Jaén este miércoles.

Twitter


“Alle waren von der Schönheit des Raums in den Bann geschlagen.” – Den hat es wohl bei uns gefallen!

  in 1792 Opening of Teatro la Fenice in Venice

 

Carolin Widmann, © Steffen Leiprecht

(Written on May 16, 2017 )

The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra has announced further details of their August/September 2017 tour taking place on mainland Europe and the UK.

The orchestra is embarking on an extensive summer programme, following on from a successful tour in Hong Kong and China earlier in 2017. The CSO most recently toured Europe in 2008, before Maestro Louis Langrée took up the position as conductor and Music Director in the 2013/14 season.

In addition to the BBC Proms performance on Sunday 27th August, the orchestra will be performing at the following venues:

25th August: Edinburgh International Festival, Edinburgh
29th August: Palacio de Congreso del Kursaal, San Sebastian
30th August: Palacio de Congreso del Kursaal, San Sebastian
31st August: Palacio de Festivales de Cantabria, Santander
3rd September: Muziekgebouw, Eindhoven
4th September: Tivoli Vredenburg, Utrecht
5th September: Queen Elisabeth Hall, Antwerp
8th September: Seine Musicale, Paris
9th September: Seine Musicale, Paris

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(Written on May 15, 2017 )

In today’s news: Victoria Wood gets her own bronze statue, listen to the drunk version of the Wedding March, and is the Royal Albert Hall fit for modern times? Interview with Antonio Pappani, a call for Germany’s best music teachers, fees for the Met, and how to bring classical music to young kids.

The Telegraph

The Royal Albert Hall: A Victorian Institution Fit for the 21st Century

With the discussion of how to finance a (welcome) new Rattle Hall at the Barbican, arts funding is again in the news.

The Guardian

Victoria Wood Statue to be Built by Creator of Eric Morecambe Memorial

Graham Ibbeson, whose work the late comedian is said to have admired, will sculpt lifesize bronze for her home town of Bury.

BBC 

The Queen beats The Crown at the Bafta TV Awards

 Ant and Dec have dedicated their Bafta TV Award to the Queen after winning a prize for their presentation of her 90th birthday celebration event.

CMuse

Organist Rearranges Drunk Version of the Wedding March

A YouTuber, Jonathan Mui, created quite a stir as he reinvented the popular Wedding March by Felix Mendelssohn as performed by a drunk organist.

Die Welt

Sehen so etwa Operngala-Besucher aus?

Die Metropolitan Opera New York feiert mit viel Pomp 50. Geburtstag, aber die Besucherzahlen gehen zurück. Die Schuld daran trägt das stolze Opernhaus wohl selber. Es hat einen fatalen Fehler gemacht.

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

Ein Gespräch mit dem Dirigenten Antonio Pappani. 

Netrebko begleiten wir gern, doch wir können viel mehr

Musik Heute

Deutschlands beste Musiklehrer gesucht

Musiklehrer motivieren und begeistern junge Menschen für Musik. Die engagiertesten und beliebtesten Pädagogen sollen vom (heutigen) Montag an in einem bundesweiten Wettbewerb ermittelt werden.

El País

El mundo celebra la revolución musical que concibió Monteverdi

‘Il divino Claudio’, de cuyo nacimiento se cumplen 450 años, se mantiene como uno de los más geniales compositores de la historia. La ópera nació con su ‚L’Orfeo’

The New York Times

Would Fees at the Met Deter Visitors?

The Times asked people what kind of mandatory admission fee they would be willing to pay at the Met.

Pizzicato

Naxos organisiert wieder Münchner Musikmarkt

Rund 250 Teilnehmer werden zum ‘Music Market Munich’ erwartet, den die Naxos-Gruppe vom 15. bis 17. Mai in München organisiert.

Manawatu Standard

Making classical music cool for kids

A free classical music concert where it’s OK to dance on your seat, pretend to be a conductor and sing along is headed to Palmerston North.

Twitter

Paid vacancy: (Plymouth) is seeking a new Music Director. Apply by 22 May. Find out more at

Join for the first hour of the week – he’s live for the next four hours!

The Guardian
Photograph: Ian West/PA

(Written on May 15, 2017 )

In today’s news: list to a music performances in a living room and new film clip of the Beatles during their filming in the Austrian Alps. JK Rowling warns not to buy a stolen Harry Potter prequel. Herbert Blomstedt is being awarded with honorary medal by the city of Leipzig, and the initiative Musicians4unitedeurope gives concert for Europe in Berlin. British Transport Police recover stolen 300-year-old Goffriller violin.

The Telegraph

JK Rowling Tells Fans Not to Buy £25,000 Harry Potter Prequel Stolen in Burglary

An untitled Harry Potter prequel handwritten on a postcard by JK Rowling has been stolen in a burglary in Birmingham.

The Guardian 

Unseen Footage of the Beatles During Filming of Help! Emerges after 50 Years

Filmed by late actor Leo McKern, who starred in the film, the clip shows the Fab Four messing around between takes during filming in Austrian Alps.

Classical Music Magazine

Search Begins for Team to Design Centre for Music

The Barbican, London Symphony Orchestra and Guildhall School of Music & Drama are seeking applications from design teams to develop plans for London’s proposed Centre for Music.

NMZ

Ehrenmedaille für Ex-Gewandhauskapellmeister Herbert Blomstedt

Der frühere Kapellmeister des Leipziger Gewandhauses Herbert Blomstedt soll die Ehrenmedaille der Stadt erhalten.

Pizzicato

Ulf Schirmers Leipziger Vertrag soll im Juni verlängert werden

Der Leipziger Oberbürgermeister Burkhard Jung hat dem Stadtrat vorgeschlagen, den Vertrag des Intendanten und Generalmusikdirektors der Oper Leipzig, Ulf Schirmer, bis 2022 zu verlängern.

Berlin.de

«Musicians4unitedeurope» spielen für Europa

Der Initiative «Musicians4unitedeurope» haben sich nach deren Angaben mittlerweile 400 Musiker angeschlossen, darunter Dirigenten wie Paavo Järvi, Alan Gilbert, Vladimir Jurowski und Yannick Nézet-Séguin.

NPR

In the Brooklyn Youth Chorus, teens speak up by singing out

The Brooklyn Youth Chorus is not your typical kids’ choir, singing folk-song arrangements and show tunes. It’s made up of over 600 kids, from second grade to the end of high school, from struggling neighborhoods to New York’s elite.

The Strad

British Transport Police recover stolen 300-year-old Goffriller violin

The 1700 instrument, belonging to London violinist Carol Slater, was stolen from a Gatwick Express train at the end of March.

Music Business Worldwide

Universal’s Streaming Growth is Slowing Down – but still Provided $500M in Q1
 Universal Music Group has just reported its highest quarterly revenue in 15 years – but there were signs of caution within its numbers.

Capital Public Radio

Home is Where The Classical Music is

 It’s 7:30 on a Wednesday night and UC Davis graduate student Natalie Popovich is having some friends over for a party. But this is no ordinary college shindig.

South China Morning Post

British Artist Visits 16 lost Libraries Along the Silk Road in Epic Motorbike Trip

Abigail Reynolds’ ‘Ruins of Time’ exhibition is the result of a five-month journey through 2,000 years and half the globe

Twitter

11Death of an early Mahler singer

3 Musikpublizist und Kritiker Joachim Kaiser gestorben

 

The Guardian: Photograph: Neil Pearson Rare Books

(Written on May 12, 2017 )

In today’s news: Cheap tickets to make theatre more attractive for the youth, a dream became true for the shirtless violist, and listen to the Montreal International Piano Competition. Salzburger Festspiele won’t be opened with ‘Tosca’ this year. Will the fusion between Theater- und Orchestergesellschaft Neubrandenburg/Neustrelitz and the Theater Vorpommern already take place in the beginning of 2018?

Evening Standard

Cheap theatre tickets for young people: How to see London’s best plays for next to nothing

You might never be able to get on to the property ladder but at least you can see some great plays

The Violin Channel

Shirtless Violinist – ‘I Dreamed a Dream’

‘The Shirtless Violinist‘ performs the evergreen broadway classic, ‘I Dreamed a Dream’ from ‘Les Misérables’ … arranged for solo violin and torso.

Classic FM

We’re at the Montreal International Piano Competition, and the talent is blowing our minds

The final round of the Montreal International Piano Competition is underway, with the second of two legs taking place tonight in the city’s Maison Symphonique.

The Strad

British cellist Keith Harvey has died, aged 79

The English musician was principal cellist of the London Philharmonic and English Chamber orchestras, and later formed the Gabrieli String Quartet

Pizzicato

Staatskapelle Dresden will Thielemann behalten

Die Musiker der Sächsischen Staatskapelle Dresden haben am gestrigen Mittwoch in geheimer Wahl « mit großer Mehrheit » für eine Verlängerung des Vertrags mit ihrem Chefdirigenten Christian Thielemann (58) gestimmt.

Kulturradio vom RBB

Salzburger Festspiele 2018 ohne Philipp Stölzls “Tosca”

Philipp Stölzl wird im kommenden Jahr nicht die Osterfestspiele Salzburg mit Puccinis Oper “Tosca” eröffnen.

Klassik.com

Fusion zum Staatstheater Nordost schon Anfang 2018 möglich?

Die Fusion der Theater- und Orchestergesellschaft Neubrandenburg/Neustrelitz und des Theater Vorpommern könnte doch schon Anfang Januar 2018 erfolgen.

The Herald

Philanthropist leaves Edinburgh Napier university £750,000 to support classical musicians

A long-time university backer has left £750,000 in his will to support young classical musicians.

BBC News

A big change for Sydney Opera House

One of the world’s most iconic buildings is about to undergo its biggest ever renovation.

South China Morning Post

Donor frocks help Hong Kong helpers look the part on red carpet for premiere of documentary about their lives

After snub from corporate sponsors, style consultant Sheryl Bolden appealed for donation of dresses so the domestic helpers who appear in documentary The Helper looked the part on red carpet at film’s premiere.

Twitter

9 Ensemble. Civil Engagement

2Neue Brahms-Gedenkstätte auf Schloss Altenstein

Rhinegold
photo credit: Lukas Gojda

(Written on May 11, 2017 )

In today’s news: a Wagner production in the spotlight of RPS Awards, Johnny Depp’s likeness with an old Chinese legend and a Classical Music Award for a ‘raving’ orchestra. Nicolas Collon becomes first guest conductor of Cologne, and Nike Wagner won’t lead the Bayreuther Festspiele. Jonas Kaufmann sings Othello for the first time, and Jerry Goldsmith is being honoured with Hollywood Star.

The Guardian

Royal Philharmonic Society Awards: Wagner Production steals Show

Opera North wins for its acclaimed stagings of Wagner’s Ring Cycle on an encouraging night for companies based outside London

The Strad

Sphinx Organization awards over $180,000 in MPower Artist Grants

The Detroit-based body has awarded amounts ranging from $1,000 to over $38,000 to 15 alumni of Sphinx programmes.

The Violin Channel

PlayPart.co.uk Annual Subscription Winners announced!

And the winners are in! The following 10 lucky VC members will each be receiving a PartPlay.co.uk annual subscription

BBC News

The Orchestra that won a Top Classical Music Award – for raving

An orchestra that has tripled its audience by playing less Beethoven and Mozart and more New Order and 808 State has won a major classical music award.

Classical Music Magazine

Winners of RPS Music Awards 2017 revealed

The winners of the Royal Philharmonic Society (RPS) Music Awards 2017 were announced in a ceremony at London’s Brewery on 9 May.

Pizzicato

Nicholas Collon wird erster Gastdirigent in Köln

Ab der Saison 2017/18 ist der 1983 geborene Brite Nicholas Collon Erster Gastdirigent des von François-Xavier Roth geleiteten Gürzenich-Orchesters in Köln.

RBB24

Nike Wagner verzichtet auf Festspielleitung

In einem Interview mit der “Rheinischen Post” sagte sie, auch Träume kämen irgendwann an ein Ende. Außerdem empfinde sie es als “grottenlangweilig”, immer nur Wagner zu machen.

Klassik Heute

Jonas Kaufmann gibt sein Rollendebüt als “Otello”

Der internationale Opern-Superstar Jonas Kaufmann übernimmt die Hauptrolle in der brandneuen Otello-Produktion der Royal Opera.

NPR

Jerry Goldsmith, ‘The Composer’s Composer,’ honored with Hollywood Star

Composer Jerry Goldsmith, shown in 2000, wrote the scores for more than 200 films over a 50-year career.

South China Morning Post

What Johnny Depp, Chow Yun-fat and a Hong Kong pirate legend have in common

Cheung Po Tsai, who inspired Chow Yun-fat’s character in Pirates of the Caribbean 3, was captured by a pirate couple, was lover to both, and took over their fleet before joining the imperial navy, as a Hong Kong exhibition recalls.

The Washington Post

A pathbreaking conductor at U-Md. charts a new course

James Ross is taking over as music director of the Orquestra Simfònica del Vallès in Spain.

Twitter


Premiere Crumb’s Metamorphosis I by won a sustained standing ovation last night! Review

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Congrats Julien Van Mellaerts 1stPrize

Nike Wagner © imago/Rüdiger Wölk

(Written on May 10, 2017 )

 

Wer wir sind:

WildKat PR ist eine dynamisch und äußerst innovativ arbeitende PR-Agentur mit Sitzen in London, Berlin und New York, die auf die Betreuung von Künstlern, Orchestern, Labels und Institutionen der klassischen und zeitgenössischen Musikszene spezialisiert ist. Unser Servicespektrum umfasst unter anderem PR-Betreuung, Öffentlichkeitsarbeit, Marketing, Social Media, künstlerische Beratung und Event-Management. Für unsere Kunden entwickeln wir individuelle Kampagnen und stehen für eine stets maßgeschneiderte und zukunftsorientierte PR-Betreuung.

 

Wen wir suchen:

WildKat PR sucht zum nächstmöglichen Zeitpunkt eine/n Account Manager/in für Presse- und Öffentlichkeitsarbeit am Standort Berlin. Du begeisterst Dich für klassische Musik und Kulturprojekte und hast Lust, Deine Kunden durch kreative Kampagnen zum Erfolg zu bringen? Du denkst vorausschauend, kannst den Überblick über unterschiedliche, parallel laufende Projekte behalten und hast den Mut, auch mal ins kalte Wasser zu springen? Dann bist Du bei uns genau richtig!

 

Deine Aufgaben:

  • Betreuung eines eigenen Kundenstammes mit der Verantwortung, die individuell abgesteckten PR-Ziele zu erreichen, u.a. Betreuung von CD-Veröffentlichungen, Erreichen neuer Zielgruppen, Organisation von Events und Konzerten, Suche nach Künstlermanagements
  • Entwicklung und Umsetzung internationaler, kreativer PR-Kampagnen, hierbei Ausarbeitung von Strategien und Zeitplänen, Aufsetzen von Presselisten, Korrespondenz und Treffen mit Kunden und Journalisten
  • Erstellung von Pressetexten und effiziente Verbreitung von Pressematerialien
  • Betreuung eines eigenen Twitter-Accounts sowie agenturinterner weiterer Social-Media-Kanäle wie Facebook und Instagram
  • Content-Betreuung der Webinhalte auf den Kundenwebseiten und der Agenturwebseite
  •  

    Was Du auf jeden Fall mitbringen solltest:

  • 1-2 Jahre Berufserfahrung in der Presse- und Öffentlichkeitsarbeit in der klassischen Musikszene
  • Hervorragende mündliche und schriftliche Kommunikationsfähigkeiten in deutsch und englisch, weitere Fremdsprachen von Vorteil
  • Sehr gute organisatorische Fähigkeiten und Detailbewusstsein
  • Fähigkeit zum selbstmotivierten und eigenverantwortlichen Arbeiten
  • Zuverlässige und flexible Arbeitsweise
  • Fähigkeit auch unter hohem Zeitdruck zu arbeiten
  • Ausgeprägte Teamfähigkeit
  • Beherrschung von Social-Media-Kanälen (u.a. Twitter, Facebook, Instagram)
  • Sichere Computer-Kenntnisse (MS Word, Excel, WordPress)
  •  

    Was wir bieten:

  • Selbstständige Arbeit in einem kleinen, jungen und musikbegeisterten Team
  • Tägliche Zusammenarbeit und Austausch mit dem Londoner Büro
  • Besuch von Kundenkonzerten und –veranstaltungen auch außerhalb Deutschlands
  • Möglichkeit, sich kreativ einzubringen und seine Ideen umzusetzen
  • Nach Abschluss einer erfolgreichen Probezeit ist eine Anstellung mit Festvertrag möglich
  • Staff benefits, u.a. 6 Stunden Tage für eine bessere Life-Work-Balance, Weiterbildungsmöglichkeiten, kreative Workshops und ein wöchentlicher Obstkorb
  • So bewirbst Du Dich:

    Da wir uns in unserer täglichen Arbeit kurz und präzise ausdrücken müssen, erwarten wir dies auch bei Deiner Bewerbung! Bitte schicke ein aussagekräftiges Anschreiben auf deutsch und mit einem Umfang von maximal einer Seite und Deinem Lebenslauf bis zum 22. Mai 2017 mit dem Betreff „Account ManagerIn” an Carolin Denz, berlin@wildkatpr.com. Bitte vergiss nicht, Dein frühestmögliches Einstiegsdatum und Deine Gehaltsvorstellung anzugeben. Die Vorstellunggespräche finden in der Woche ab dem 29. Mai statt.

    (Written on May 10, 2017 )

  • In today’s news: Stradivarius fiddles as good as their old versions, new president for Symphony Hawaii and blind testing experiment still effective after years. David Philip Hefti composes his first opera named ‘Anna’s Mask’, and baritone Adrian Eröd gets nominated chamber singer by the Wiener Staatsoper. Hvorostovsky gives first performance at the MET after his brain tumour diagnose.

    The Telegraph

    The great Stradivarius fiddle: modern violins sound as good as Old Italians

    The name Stradivarius has become a byword for quality and prestige, with string instruments crafted by the Italian family often selling for more than £10 million.

    The Strad

    Players favour new violins over old in largest ever blind testing experiment

    Five years after the 2012 blind test of old Italian and new violins in Paris and New York, fresh analysis has found that new instruments project more effectively

    The Violin Channel

    Prizes Awarded at Henri Marteau International Violin Competition

    23 year old Lorenz Chen from Taiwan-Germany has been awarded 1st prize at the 2017 Henri Marteau International Violin Competition, in Hof, Germany

     The Guardian

    Don’t apologise for classical music’s complexity – that’s its strength

    Naysayers argue classical music is being chased to extinction by technology.

    The Times

    Listen, Doc . . . about Marilyn and me

    A huge squad of reporters and biographers have strained to tell the story of Joe DiMaggio and Marilyn Monroe: a torrid marriage that occupied a mere nine months of 1954 but secured an everlasting place in American culture.

    Süddeutsche.de

    Die Wiedergängerin

    David Philip Heftis Kompositionen werden immer öfter gespielt. Jetzt hat er mit “Annas Maske” seine erste Oper komponiert, die jetzt in St. Gallen auf die Bühne kam.

    Klassik.com

    Wiener Staatsoper ernennt Adrian Eröd zum Kammersänger

    Bariton ist an der Staatsoper in mehr als 380 Vorstellungen aufgetreten

    Klassik Heute

    Der Komponist Samuel Walther erhält den Théodore-Gouvy-Preis 2017

    Der Théodore-Gouvy-Preis 2017, vergeben vom Eurodistrict SaarMoselle und der Deutschen Radio Philharmonie Saarbrücken Kaiserslautern, geht an den 1995 geborenen Komponisten Samuel Walther für sein im Rahmen der „Saarbrücker Komponistenwerkstatt 2017“ entstandenes Orchesterwerk Triptych for Ellsworth Kelly.

    Idaho Statesman

    The Boise Philharmonic names new music director after an international search

    Eric Garcia is the new music director for the Boise Philharmonic, the orchestra announced Monday.

    WQXR

    Dmitri Hvorostovsky’s Surprise Performance at the Met Opera 50th Anniversary Gala

    On Sunday, May 7, the Metropolitan Opera celebrated its 50th year in Lincoln Center. It was Hvorostovsky’s first performance at the Met Opera since being diagnosed with a brain tumor in 2015.

    Broadway World 

    Hawaii Symphony Announces Michael Titterton as President

    As the Hawaii Symphony Orchestra approaches the conclusion of its fifth season, the organization is pleased to announce the appointment of Michael Titterton as President.

    Twitter

    Join for the second Hour of the week – he’s live for the next four hours!

    2Karriere-News: Thomas Bockelmann (Staatstheater Kassel)

     

    The Times

    (Written on May 9, 2017 )

    We’re delighted to be working with Kimiko again. This campaign will see us supporting her exciting new Kickstarter project, which will finance her recording of J.S. Bach’s Die Kunst der Fuge.

    Kimiko is not new to Kickstarter, her former project recording the Goldberg Variations was a tremendous success. Spiegel.de called her a “music activist“ for having published not only an online stream of her recordings but also her sheet music under Common License. As a result, Kimiko’s project was picked up all around the world and established her as a key interpreter of Bach’s repertoire.

    Kimiko Ishizaka

    For her new project, Kimiko chose another demanding work by Bach: The Art of Fugue, a piece which was left incomplete by Bach when he died.  The question of how to bring the performance to an end has kept generations of pianists busy. Some end the performance abruptly when there are no more notes to play, like Glenn Gould, who would play the last note “like a pistol shot”, as Kimiko’s manager Robert Douglass interprets it, to mark the interruption and the ‘unfinishedness’. Dissatisfied with all of these choices, Kimiko thought: “This music, so miraculously crafted, can’t end like that, unfinished. It’s wrong. It can’t be accepted.“
    So she wrote her own completion of the work. In March she presented her own solution, Die Kunst der Fuge, komplett, in Cologne, Germany. The concert ended with tremendous applause and the feedback from the audience was that they did not notice the transition from Bach’s composition to Kimiko’s addition, as it was composed and executed so flawlessly.

    Now we’re delighted to support Kimiko in taking this project to the next level. The fundraiser for the CD release of Die Kunst der Fuge will start this Spring. The CD will be recorded in 2018 at Teldex Studio, Berlin. Stay tuned for Kimiko’s unique version of The Art of Fugue!

     

    Kimiko Ishizaka

    (Written on May 8, 2017 )