Archive for the ‘News’ Category
« Back to E-News

Charles Dance, celebrated English actor, will join the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra (CSO) on their forthcoming European tour to perform Aaron Copland’s Lincoln Portrait at the Edinburgh International Festival, BBC Proms and San Sebastián.
…….. 

Photo by Mike Marsland/WireImage

“I am thrilled to be performing this historic work with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra as part of their European tour. Past performances of the work have included speakers of high esteem, and I am delighted to be joining that list. I look forward to performing with the CSO as they make their debut performances at the Edinburgh International Festival, BBC Proms and San Sebastián’s Musical Fortnight festival.” – Charles Dance OBE
Lincoln Portrait, Copland’s tribute to the former US President, was premiered by the CSO in 1942 at the height of World War II, and retains a special significance for the orchestra, having been performed by many notable orators throughout the last century. The ‘tone poem’ features extracts of Lincoln’s speeches, accompanied by a full symphony orchestra in a dramatic and poignant interpretation.
…….. 
Charles Dance OBE was formerly a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company, and has subsequently become a household name among the British acting establishment. His numerous film roles include Gosford Park (2001), The Imitation Game (2014), Me Before You (2016) and Ghostbusters (2016). More recently, Dance starred as Tywin Lannister in HBO’s Game of Thrones, before meeting his (**spoilers**) death at the hands of his son, Tyrion.
…….. 
Tickets for the BBC and EIF concerts can be purchased here and here.
…….. 

(Written on August 18, 2017 )

WildKat PR is very pleased to be working with composer and pianist Andrew James Johnson on his upcoming album release and concert, following the launch of his new brand.

Olivia Brown, Head of Creative Strategy and Marketing, says: “Working alongside our in-house design team classicalmusicdesign, WildKat has created a brand and visual identity for Andrew that truly represents both his bold, friendly personality and his enchanting yet sensitive compositions. We’re very much looking forward to continuing our collaboration, and sharing Andrew’s debut album with the press and music industry.”

Andrew is a composer and pianist who grew up in Birmingham, England, and despite having no formal training on the piano in his childhood, immersed himself in the works of Beethoven, Schumann and Chopin. After his parents agreed to pay for lessons, Andrew’s eagerness and innate musicality developed rapidly into a passion for piano performance, before he moved onto composition.

Andrew began to draw upon a combination of classical training and contemporary influences, completing a BA in Composition at the London College of Music.  His compositional style combines rich harmonic language with expansive pianistic techniques, revealing the influence of the Romantic-era composers that so inspired him in his youth.

In the years that followed his graduation from the LCM, Andrew undertook commissions for film, television and theatre. Credits include televised advertisements for HSBC and Timotei. Andrew’s compositions take inspiration from everyday life, and his creative process makes use of the full tonal range of the keyboard, drawing on influences from his role models Max Richter and Philip Glass.

We are thrilled to be working with Andrew on his debut album release ‘Winter’s Heart’, due for release in November 2017.

Website | Twitter | Facebook

(Written on August 14, 2017 )

Today marks the first day of Kimiko Ishizaka’s one-month Kickstarter campaign Libre Art of the Fugue. Kimiko is known for her beautiful interpretations of Bach, and through Kickstarter and the support of her fans, she has been able to raise enough money to record two of J.S. Bach’s finest works: The Open Goldberg Variations and The Open Well-Tempered Clavier projects. She has published them under public domain so that her recordings are available for anyone to listen to.

In her new project, Libre Art of the Fugue, we will see a new and exciting interpretation with Kimiko composing her own end to Bach’s unfinished Art of the Fugue. Kimiko’s own composition will be published as part of the Open Score project, making it the very first piece by a living composer to join the project.

Unlike other artists, Kimiko Ishizaka doesn’t use traditional record labels, preferring to have direct contact with her fans. The money that Kimiko has raised through Kickstarter enables her to record her new album at the famous Teldex Studio in Berlin, playing on the brand new Bösendorfer Vienna Concert 280. The venue will give her full opportunity to unfold her musical creativity, and maintain an artistic level of the highest standard.

If you would like to find out more about Kimiko Ishizaka’s project, and support her, here is the Kickstarter campaign for more information.

We wish Kimiko a very successful campaign, and are very much looking forward to the release of her new album!

Merken

Merken

Merken

Merken

Merken

Merken

Merken

Merken

Merken

(Written on August 8, 2017 )

WildKat PR gladly welcomes American pianist and composer Tristan Eckerson!
We are happy to be working together with Tristan on the promotion of his upcoming tour through Western Europe, which will take place from 16th September until 30th September. Tristan’s journey to Europe this autumn draws interesting parallels with his personal and musical life. Ever since he left his childhood home in Ohio, he has lived in several cities in the U.S. as well as Europe – an exciting and restless journey full of experiences, which now feeds his endless inspiration! Tristan’s accomplishments include an extensive variety of music projects including recording with members of the Ray Charles Orchestra, and performing at the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco. He has a degree in Music Production and Sound Design from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, but his true love has always been performing on stage – first with a band and later as a soloist.
Tristan’s second solo album Disarm is a reminiscence about his time in Spain so one can expect Andalusian and flamenco-esque influences, all the while maintaining Tristan’s minimal approach. For this recording, Tristan played on a special piano that was prepared by David Klavins and commissioned by Nils Frahm. Check out ‘Ether’, the first excerpt of Disarm!
Disarm will be released by 1631 Records on 15th September – just in time for the Western European tour. The first concert will take Tristan to Vác in Hungary, which will be broadcast live from David Klavin’s new piano factory. His following tour dates are:

Sept 16th – Klavins Piano Manufaktúra – Vác, Hungary

Sept 17th – Freilich Open Arts – Vienna, Austria

Sept 18th – La Loca – Prague, Czech Republic

Sept 19th – Noch Besser Leben – Leipzig, Germany

Sept 20th – Sofar Sounds – Berlin, Germany

Sept 23rd – Feinkost Lampe – Hannover, Germany

Sept 24th – Salon de Jazz – Cologne, Germany

Sept 26th – Home of Art – Amsterdam, Netherlands

Sept 27th – De Gekke Geit – The Hague, Netherlands

Sept 29th – Porto d’Artes – Porto, Portugal

Sept 30th – Fábrica Braço de Prata – Lisbon, Portugal

It is with great pleasure that we are supporting Tristan with his tour, and we look forward to accompanying him on this journey. Stay tuned for more information!

© Michael David Rose

Follow Tristan Eckerson on his webiste, on Soundcloud, facebook and twitter.

Merken

Merken

Merken

Merken

Merken

Merken

Merken

Merken

Merken

Merken

Merken

Merken

Merken

Merken

Merken

Merken

Merken

Merken

Merken

Merken

Merken

Merken

Merken

Merken

Merken

Merken

Merken

Merken

Merken

Merken

(Written on July 24, 2017 )

We are delighted to welcome Taner Akyol to the WildKat Family. Taner Akyol is a composer and virtuoso of the Bağlama, a Turkic stringed instrument also called Saz. WildKat is working with Taner to promote his concert on 29th September at the Berlin Philharmonie. This concert will not only present new written pieces for the Taner Akyol Trio, but will also see the great Pianist Fazil Say on stage with Taner Akyol for the very first time.

Although the tuning of his bağlama reaches across both the East and West, Taner is mainly recognised in the West for his works and collaboration in the jazz and classical worlds. His first opera Ali Baba und 40 Räuber was performed in 2012 at the Komische Oper Berlin 30 times and received tremendous reviews. He has also been commissioned and played by/at prominent festivals, such as “Istanbul in Berlin”, Randspiele, Klangwerkstatt, the XJAZZ Festival Berlin and MärzMusik.

On 29th September, the Taner Akyol Trio will present pieces from their current album, as well as new works. Pianist Fazil Say and singer Serenad Bagcan will perform Turkish “Lieder” in the second part of the concert. At the very end, Taner Akyol will join Fazil Say for a surprise set. This news is not only tremendous for Turkey, but for all lovers of quality music without boundaries!

We are excited to support Taner and all the other musicians involved in this project and look forward to getting people engaged with this event. You will hear from us as soon as tickets are available!

© Markus Braun

 

Follow Taner Akyol on his website and on facebook.

Merken

Merken

Merken

Merken

Merken

(Written on July 18, 2017 )

In today’s news: Oboist Nicholas Daniel performs Britten in the middle of a boating lake, the winners of the 2017 St Magnus Composers Competition are announced, composition for the victims of the Grenfell Tower tragedy, and how to cope with the pressures of life as a soloist.

The Guardian

Britten’s water music: recreating a world premiere with midges, vintage cars and an iPad

Oboist Nicholas Daniel loves Britten and his Six Metamorphoses after Ovid. But why is he performing them on a punt in the middle of a boating lake?

Classical Music Magazine

Winners of 2017 St Magnus Composers Competition announced

Andra Patterson and George Stevenson were jointly awarded the first prize for the over 18 category, and Gareth Flett and Joseph Rognvald Pickering won first prize for the under 18 category.

Classic FM

An incredibly poignant composition for the victims of the Grenfell tower tragedy – for 20 cellos and piano

As London mourns those lost in the Grenfell Tower fire, young composer Thomas Hewitt Jones has been moved to put pen to manuscript and compose a piece of music.

The Violin Channel

New Guinness World Record Set for Fastest Piano Playing Fingers

Portuguese-American pianist Domingos-Antonio Gomes has set a new Guinness World Record for the most piano keys hit in one minute

The Strad

How I cope with the pressures of life as a soloist – Jordi Savall

The viola da gamba player and conductor advocates concentrating on the little things rather than stressing about the whole

Pizzicato

Film composer wins Shostakovich Prize

Russian film composer Eduard Artemyev, as well as film director Nikita Mikhalkov were awarded the Shostakovich Prize on Saturday evening at Moscow’s Tchaikovsky Concert Hall.

Der Tagesspiegel

Berlin zahlt Sing-Akademie 11,37 Millionen

Viel Geld für die Sing-Akademie: Der Chor wird vom Land für sein ehemaliges Gebäude Unter den Linden entschädigt. Das Abgeordnetenhaus hat jetzt die Einigung gebilligt.

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

Der größte Komponist seiner Zeit

Der Todestag von Georg Philipp Telemann jährt sich zum zweihundertfünfzigsten Mal. Siegbert Rampes exzellente Biographie erzählt vom Ansehen eines Komponisten, das selbst über Eheskandale erhaben war.

neue musikzeitung

Lichtspielszenen zwischen Wald und Meer – Wim Wenders’ Operndebüt mit Bizets, Perlenfischern“ an der Staatsoper

Gerade diese Oper zu inszenieren, war Wenders’ expliziter Wunsch – da er ihre Musik so liebt.

El Mundo

La intimidad de los grandes del ‘jazz’

Un libro recoge las imágenes del francés Jean- Pierre Leloir, que fotografió a corta distancia a las grandes figuras del ‘swing’ de los años 50 y 60

Los Angeles Times

Evolution, revolution, smevolution: The future of classical music

Classical music may be the art of the sublime, liquid architecture and all the rest, but it has nonetheless always been a long-suffering kingdom of kvetching.

Twitter

in 1902 Birth of American and conductor Antonia

Classic FM: ‘In Memoriam: Grenfell’, by composer Thomas Hewitt Jones.

(Written on June 26, 2017 )

In Today’s Classical News: Alan Gilbert to take Hamburg post, The Julliard School unveil new Chinese campus design, Musician thrown off flight for attempting to stow her violin in the cabin, and gigantic octobass spotted in action.

Choir and Organ

Los Angeles Master Chorale to be inducted into American Classical Music Hall of Fame

The Los Angeles Master Chorale will be inducted into the American Classical Music Hall of Fame on 22 June during its Lux Aeterna 20th anniversary celebration concert.

The Violin Channel

The Julliard School Unveil New Chinese Campus Design

The Juilliard School, in New York City, has this week unveiled the preliminary designs for the new Tianjin Juilliard School – set to open in Tianjin, China at the beginning of the 2019 academic year.

The Strad

Musician thrown off Aer Lingus flight for attempting to stow her violin in the cabin.

Freelance musician and Alexander Technique tutor Aingeala De Búrca claims that she was removed from the flight from Bristol to Dublin this week when she attempted to stow her instrument in the overhead locker

Cmuse

Check out this J.S. Bach Chaconne for Octobass and Four Double Basses

In a recent performance, we spotted a gigantic octobass in action. Compared to the typically enormous double basses, the octobass make them look like little cellos. The size was not the only thing impressive about the octobass but the deep, amazing melody that was previously unheard.

The New York Times

Alan Gilbert to Lead NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra in Hamburg

He is leaving a fixer-upper on the Upper West Side of Manhattan for a sleek new home in Hamburg, Germany.

 Der Tagesspiegel

Unter den Linden werdet ihr mich finden

Acht Premieren präsentiert die Berliner Staatsoper in der Saison 2017/18 in ihrem sanierten Stammhaus – auch Placido Domingo ist dabei

 Die Welt

Das ist der neue Chefdirigent der Elbphilharmonie

Die Elbphilharmonie bekommt einen neuen Chefdirigenten: den Amerikaner Alan Gilbert, der zuvor das New York Philharmonic leitete. Er soll dafür sorgen, dass die Elphie auch innen Glamour verströmt.

 Concerti

Alan Gilbert wird neuer Chefdirigent

Paukenschlag beim NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester. Nachdem am Montag überraschend bekannt wurde, dass Thomas Hengelbrock, Chefdirigent des NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester, seinen Vertrag nicht verlängern wird, präsentiert das Orchester nun Alan Gilbert als seinen Nachfolger

 Musik Heute

Berliner Staatsoper feiert Wiedereröffnung mit Open-Air-Konzert

Die Berliner Staatsoper feiert die Wiedereröffnung ihres Stammhauses Unter den Linden nach siebenjähriger Sanierung mit einem Open-Air-Konzert. Am 30. September um 17:00 Uhr lädt Generalmusikdirektor Daniel Barenboim bei freiem Eintritt zu einem Konzert auf den Bebelplatz in der historischen Mitte Berlins

 Le Figaro

Solidays 2017 : «On voit l’environnement des festivals changer»

Une affiche attractive et un temps plus soutenable annoncé par La Chaîne météo seront au rendez-vous des Solidays. Mais même avec de telles conditions cette 19e édition, du vendredi 23 au dimanche 26 juin, aura fort à faire pour rassembler autant de personnes que l’année précédente, soit 202.000 spectateurs.

El Mundo

Antonio Serrano abre el jueves en Madrid el festival ‘Clazz de jazz latino’ con un homenaje a Toots Thielemans

Comienza la séptima edición de Clazz el festival del jazz latino que se abre el jueves 22 con el cuarteto de Antonio Serrano, uno de los más brillantes armonicistas del mundo y que contará el día 23 con el bandeononista Claudio Constantini y el quinteto tango-jazz y con el regreso a Madrid de Chano Domínguez que lleva varias temporadas instalado en los Estados Unidos y que ya ha cambiado la costa oeste por Nueva York.

Twitter

Classical Music Magazine: Alan Gilbert

(Written on June 23, 2017 )

In Today’s Classical News, Mozart comes to Shoreditch and Orchestra dell’Arte launches musical exchange. Lidiya Yankovskaya is named Music Director of the Chicago Opera Theater, and The Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington react to homophobic protests.

The Guardian

Eine kleine slam poetry: Mozart comes to Shoreditch

MC Mozart’s Classical Smackdown brings young audiences to classical music in a way never seen before

Classic FM

Watch Shostakovich playing his own Symphony No. 7

In this video from 1941, the legendary Russian composer Dmitri Shostakovich talks about one of his most famous works, Symphony No. 7 (Leningrad), and plays a section on piano.

Classical Music Magazine

Orchestra dell’Arte launches musical exchange

The Orchestra dell’Arte has launched a musical exchange scheme in order to highlight the cultural offerings of its home city of Liverpool, which recently became a Unesco Creative City of Music.

The Times

Concert review: La Voix Humaine; CBSO/ Grazinyte-Tyla at Snape Maltings

In two contrasting one-woman shows, it was Mirga Grazinyte-Tyla’s borderline excessive callisthenics that brought stunningly punchy results.

Tagesspiegel

Hengelbrock verlässt das NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester

Nacht acht Jahren: Der Chefdirigent des NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchesters, Thomas Hengelbrock, wird seinen Vertrag über die Saison 2018/19 hinaus nicht verlängern.

Concerti

Ab aufs Sofa

Anlässlich des 275-jährigen Bestehens will das Gewandhausorchester Leipzig vier Privatkonzerte geben.

Klassik.com

Catriona Morison gewinnt BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Competition 2017

Die Mezzosopranistin Catriona Morison hat bei der BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Competition zweimal den ersten Platz belegt.

Pizzicato

Lidiya Yankovskaya Named Music Director of the Chicago Opera Theater

Chicago Opera Theater has named Lidiya Yankovskaya music director. Her appointment is effective immediately, yet she will start regular conducting duties only in the 2018-19 season.

Classic FM

This choir confronted anti-Pride protesters in the best possible way – with a live performance

The Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington were on their way back to the hotel after performing at the Pride Festival in Knoxville Tennessee this weekend when they spotted protestors holding homophobic signs. They decided to stand up to them using the power of music.

Twitter
Music History in 1922 Death of Italian Vittorio .
 
Image: MC Mozart

(Written on June 20, 2017 )

In today’s Classical News, Primephonic, a new streaming service for classical music, launches in London, and a wedding musician is asked to play in return for social media likes. Today is BBC Music Day, celebrating the Power of Music, and Louise Alder progresses at BBC Cardiff Singer of the World.

CNET

Classical music streaming no longer plays second fiddle

Spotify and other streaming services aren’t very good at managing classical music, which is where new dedicated service Primephonic comes in.

Classic FM

A musician was asked to play for free in return for Facebook likes

‘I was hoping you may be interested in a challenge… I would like to propose if I can manage to get 1000 likes and 300 shares you would consider waiving your fee?’

Classical Music Magazine

Radio 3 announces BBC Music Day highlights

Radio 3 has announced its programming highlights for BBC Music Day (15 June), which this year will celebrate ‘The Power of Music’.

Louise Alder wins third Cardiff Singer round

British soprano Louise Alder has become the third singer chosen to perform in the final of BBC Cardiff Singer of the World 2017.

Der Tagesspiegel

Ab Herbst Public Viewing von Elbphilharmonie-Konzerten

Nach dem großen Ansturm auf die Karten der Elbphilharmonie werden einige der Konzerte bald live auf öffentlichen Plätzen der Stadt übertragen.

Berliner Zeitung

Deutsche Messe“ Stefan Heucke vertont Messübersetzung von Bundestagspräsident Lammert

Eine heute nahezu unmögliche Gattung ist die Messe. Nicht nur müsste man das Ideal des gesellschaftlich wachen Künstlers verraten, um Anlass zu jenem Jubel zu haben, den Gloria oder Sanctus erheischen.

Concerti

#klangberlins – Ausgezeichnet!

Der diesjährige Deutsche Preis für Onlinekommunikation geht an das Konzerthaus Berlin. Ihre Video-Serie #klangberlins setzte sich gegen starke Mitbewerber wie Mercedes Benz, TUI und das ZDF durch.

I Care If You Listen

SPOR Festival 2017 Concludes With iScreen, YouScream!

SPOR is on a mission to prove that “music has the same potential for exploratory curation as all other art forms,” and the program for the 2017 festival certainly reflected this sentiment.

Dallas News

Say farewell to Berlin Philharmonic-bound horn player David Cooper at a Saturday recital

It says a lot for the virtuosity and elegant playing of David Cooper, principal horn on the Dallas Symphony Orchestra since 2013, that he’s been snatched up for the same post with one of the world’s most prestigious orchestra.

Twitter

Music History  in 1886 Birth of Charles .
London Philharmonic LPO brass trio performing at the launch of new classical music streaming service
Music History  in 1772 Death of French Louis-Claude d’
Image: Primephonic

(Written on June 15, 2017 )

In today’s news: Gustavo Gimeno records two new CDs, electronica and Mozart unite for BoxPark concert, Steven Isserlis talks music and death, Barenboim visits the West Bank to help young musicians. Live Music Now announce Libor concerts, and the Royal College of Music plan renovations and upgrades.

Irish Times

Are multimedia performances the future of live classical music?

Joyce DiDonato gives a stunning example of the possible shape of things to come.

PRS for Music M Magazine

Shift K3y announces collaboration with the London Mozart Players

Electronic musician Lewis Jankel (aka Shift K3y) will headline a fusion night of electronic, indie and classical sounds at Croydon’s new 2,000 capacity BoxPark on 19 July.

The Telegraph

Steven Isserlis interview: ‘John Tavener spoke to me in a dream’ 

The world-leading cellist talks to Ben Lawrence about music, death and how a celebrated playwright invoked his wrath

BBC News

Israeli conductor Daniel Barenboim visits the West Bank 

Barenboim visits the West Bank for the first time in nearly a decade to work with young Palestinian musicians.

Rhinegold

Live Music Now launches Libor concerts

Live Music Now is to provide 700 interactive concerts across the UK for veterans of the armed forces and their dependents in a bid to combat isolation and loneliness, the charity has announced.

Classical Source

Royal College of Music breaks new ground with ambitious campus redevelopment

Professor Robert Winston officially launches start of More Music, an ambitious redevelopment of the Royal College of Music.

Spiegel Online

Dirigenten-Überraschung Wenn der Funke überspringt

Gustavo Gimeno überzeugt mit Temperament und Charisma, wie es sich für einen Dirigenten gehört. Dabei verlässt er sich nicht auf allzu bewährte Konzert-Hits. Auf seinen neuen CDs überrascht er mit frühem Bruckner und Schostakowitsch.

Pizzicato

Jetzt hat Beethoven sein Eistörtchen

Ein Eisproduzent aus Bonn hat laut Informationen der Vereinigung ‘Bürger für Beethoven’ ein Beethoven-Eistörtchen vorgestellt.

Kulturradio vom RBB

Reinhard Goebel erhält Bach-Medaille 2017

Der Geiger und Dirigent Reinhard Goebel bekommt die Bach-Medaille 2017 verliehen. Geehrt werde Goebel für seine besonderen Verdienste um die Vermittlung alter Musik.

BBC News

Israeli conductor Daniel Barenboim visits West Bank

Daniel Barenboim, has been visiting the West Bank for the first time in nearly a decade – to work with young Palestinian musicians.

Le Parisien

Le Festival Berlioz rendra hommage aux années londoniennes du compositeur

Le festival, qui a rassemblé l’an dernier 26.000 spectateurs, se tiendra du 18 août au 3 septembre à La Côte Saint-André, bourgade de l’Isère où le compositeur est né il y a 214 ans, et alentour.

Twitter

: Have you already checked our second season? Take a look at our online brochure:

: Fette congrats! Unsere Akademie-Alumna Ioana Cristina Goicea hat d. 1. Preis d. Michael Hill in Neuseeland gewonnen!

👏🍾

Merken

(Written on June 14, 2017 )