We are delighted to welcome celebrated classical guitarist Artyom Dervoed.

Image: © Kirill Karetin

Having won 16 prestigious awards in various international competitions, Artyom Dervoed is in a class of his own – or in the words of Universe Guitare, he truly is the “Tsar of the guitar”.

Born in Russia, Artyom learnt to play the guitar at the age of six with Sergey Annikov, then studied with Elena Svetozarova and Leonid Reznik. He later studied at several high-profile music schools, such as the Schnittke Music College and Gnesin Academy (Moscow), Koblenz Guitar Academy (Germany) with Aniello Desiderio, and Accademia Chigiana (Italy) with Oscar Ghiglia.

A milestone of his career was the release of his album in 2008, featuring Russian guitar music. Released by Naxos, it became one of the top ten bestselling chamber music records worldwide. Artyom Dervoed is a regular guest on the world’s most prestigious stages, including the Berliner Philharmonie, Carnegie Hall and Bunka Kaikan.

Among Artyom’s many awards is the first prize at the 39th Michele Pittaluga International Classical Guitar Competition in 2006, as well as the H.R.H. Princess Cristina 18th International Guitar Competition in 2009, making him the first Russian to win both competitions.

Image: © Kirill Karetin

His efforts in the classical music scene are not only limited to performing and recording amazing interpretations of works – one of his main ambitions is stepping into the footsteps of cellist Rostropovich and violinist Bashmet to present the classical guitar as a first-class solo instrument.
 He also regularly commissions new works and transcriptions to expand repertoires for the classical guitar, leading to world premieres.

Artyom is the founder of the Moscow Guitar Chamber Music Festival in the Bashmet Center and co-founder of one of the most important classical music festivals in the world – the annual Guitar Virtuosi Moscow International Festival, presented by the Moscow Philharmonic Society at the Tchaikovsky Concert Hall. As Artistic Director, Dervoed puts together an exciting program of national and international soloists, chamber and orchestral performances. For this year’s 13th edition, which will take place from 20th – 24th March, he will perform the world premiere of a new concerto for guitar and orchestra by contemporary Russian composer Alexander Tchaikovsky.

We are delighted to promote his upcoming performances at the Constella Festival in Cincinnati on February 23rd, 2018 and at the Embassy of the Russian Federation in Berlin on March 28th.

Moreover, Artyom Dervoed is the head of the classical guitar department at the Bashmet Center in Moscow and he teaches at the well-known Gnesin Academy.

“An outstanding figure.” La Provence — Dimanche (France)

(Written on February 23, 2018 )

Wir freuen uns über die erneute Zusammenarbeit mit dem Bariton Peter Schöne.

Foto: Gisela Schenker

Sei es nun „leuchtender Bariton“ (SZ) oder „exzellenter Sänger mit hervorragender Technik“ (FAZ): Peter Schöne weiß sowohl seine Kritiker als auch sein Publikum zu beeindrucken. Der gebürtige Berliner hat sich als Opern-, Konzert- und Liedersänger in den vergangenen Jahren national und international einen hervorragenden Ruf erarbeitet.

Nach seiner Ausbildung bei Kammersänger Harald Stamm an der Universität der Künste, feierte Peter Schöne sein Operndebüt an der Komischen Oper Berlin. Weitere Engagements brachten ihn auf die renommierten Bühnen von mehr als 20 Opernhäusern. Aber auch bei Orchestern wie dem SWR-Sinfonieorchester oder dem Münchner Rundfunkorchester ist Peter Schöne ein gern gesehener Gast.

Greek von Mark-Antony Turnage war seine erste Oper aus dem 20. Jhd. und offenbarte zugleich sein Talent für die Musik unserer Zeit. Maßgeblich dabei ist auch seine enge Zusammenarbeit mit dem Pianisten Axel Bauni sowie den Komponisten Moritz Eggert und Wolfgang Rihm.

Peter Schönes Interesse gilt besonders auch dem deutschen Klavierlied, das stets einen wichtigen Platz in seinem Repertoire einnahm. Seit 2008 verfolgt er sein ambitioniertes Projekt, eine Gesamtaufnahme aller Schubertlieder zu realisieren.

Für sein großes Engagement erhielt Schöne den Schneider-Schott-Musikpreis der Stadt Mainz, Gewinne beim Schubert-Wettbewerb in Graz und beim ARD-Wettbewerb in München unterstreichen sein enormes Talent.

Foto: Gisela Schenker

Das letzte Jahr war ereignisreich: Nicht nur wurde er am Saarländischen Staatstheater als Hauptbariton des Hauses engagiert und feierte erfolgreiche Premieren wie Guillaume Tell, auch sein Debüt in der Elbphilharmonie blieb von der Presse nicht unbemerkt, als „der exzellente Bariton die Töne mit fesselnder Präzision“ formte (Klassik-begeistert.de).

Aktuell bereitet sich Peter Schöne auf die Premiere der von Jakob Peters-Messer inszenierten Oper Salome in Saarbrücken vor: Die Rolle des Propheten Jochanaan steht im Mittelpunkt des Geschehens, es ist eine der wenigen Opern, die den Bariton in den Fokus rückt und nicht den Tenor. Ebenso soll im Herbst ein neues Doppelalbum u.a. mit Werken von Hugo Wolf, Richard Strauss und Justus Hermann Wetzel veröffentlicht werden. Wir freuen uns, Peter Schöne bei diesen vielfältigen Aufgaben zu unterstützen und zu promoten.

(Written on February 20, 2018 )

Naomi Belshaw is to take up a newly created position of PR Executive & Manager at WildKat PR from May 2018. Naomi currently works at PRS Foundation as Grants & Programmes Manager.

At WildKat, Naomi will provide strategic direction for composers, independent artists and ensembles, in addition to advising on rights, royalties and licensing opportunities. She will also manage the campaigns of specific clients.

Kathleen Alder, Founder of WildKat PR commented:

“We are thrilled to have Naomi join our London team to work across our offices. Her years at PRS for Music and PRS Foundation, both in very different capacities, mean we are developing and strengthening our offerings for independent artists and projects, from vital funding advice to consulting on sync and licensing.

Naomi has always been someone we admire and love collaborating with in the industry, and this is an exciting time for the company, as part of our current expansion and development of our service offerings.”

Naomi commented:

“I am delighted to announce that I will soon be joining the team at WildKat PR. I am really looking forward to working more closely with UK composers, ensembles and artists to help them realise their aspirations and pass on the knowledge that I have gained from working at PRS for Music and PRS Foundation over the last 5 years.”

(Written on February 20, 2018 )

Do you want to gain your first music industry experience working as part of a young and friendly team in Central London?

We are looking for a paid intern to join WildKat PR, starting as soon as possible.

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 MusicBamberg Symphony OrchestraGstaad Menuhin Academy & Festival, and the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, our reach extends internationally to offer professional PR support worldwide.

Job Description
WildKat PR is offering a paid position for a motivated and confident individual to join our London team. Working with the Director and Account Managers on creative PR campaigns across the classical music and cultural industries, you will be expected to assist your colleagues in all aspects of the campaigns, and 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 the press, industry and social media packages our company offers.

Key duties
As a WildKat intern, your role will include:
– Compiling and posting our daily news round-ups and sharing on social media
– Research-based tasks to assist Account Managers on their campaigns
– Updating social media accounts on behalf of WildKat PR
– Writing blogs about topics of interest to be published on our website
– Writing and proofreading press releases for WildKat clients
– Creating and uploading interesting and new content for our social media platforms
– Inviting critics, journalists, and industry contacts to concerts
– Attending client events and meeting members of the press and industry
– Creating listings to websites for clients’ upcoming concerts
– Daily maintenance and upkeep of the office
– Tidying the office before/after meetings and at end of the week
– CD/DVD mail-outs to UK and international press

What you get from interning with WildKat PR:
– Your first work experience in a professional, innovative communications company
– Chance to expand your skill set rapidly (you get out of this role what you’re prepared to put in!)
– Gain wider industry experience by attending concerts and networking events
– Impress your colleagues with your fresh, new ideas
– Friday drinks with the team, yoga classes and 6-hour work days

Person Specification
Essential
– A keen interest and passion in classical music and the creative industries
– Strong written and verbal communication skills
– A creative and fun way of thinking
– An interest in the media
– Good eye for at socials (and an appreciation for classical music memes)
– Self-motivated and keen to use initiative
– Strong prioritisation and organisational skills

Desirable
– Speak an additional language
– Currently study music or related discipline (creative arts, Public Relations)

We are looking for someone to work for us for 4 hours per day, 10am-2pm, Monday to Friday. If these hours don’t quite fit with your timetable, we are happy to be flexible for the right person!

We will pay a salary commensurate with the London Living Wage for each 20-hour week worked. The timeframe for the length of this internship is flexible, but we’re looking for someone to start as soon as possible. Please also send your application in speculatively, as we have openings throughout the year. NOTE: if you are applying for an internship later in the year, you must state clearly in your covering letter when you will be available.

To apply, send a short C.V. and a covering letter (which can be in the body of the email) to elizabeth@wildkatpr.com with the subject title ‘WildKat PR Intern application’.

 

(Written on February 14, 2018 )

Gediminas Gelgotas is unstoppable: the Lithuanian composer has created numerous works that are still being regularly broadcasted by stations such as Mezzo TV and Boiler Room TV to this day, and he shows no signs of slowing down.

Renowned double-bassist Roman Patkoló joins Gelgotas in his latest work Sanctifaction. Originally the fourth movement of his symphony Extracultural, Gelgotas strips it down for the piano and double-bass this time, and the results are compelling. A haunting and intensive musical experience, now brought to life through this stunning new music video.

The chemistry in the room and between the two are undeniable. Patkoló handles the double-bass rhythmically and melodically like no other – an unusual but mesmerising portrayal of the often-overlooked instrument. The duo makes it inevitably hard for anyone to ignore the contrast between the stunning rhythmic drive and austere, melodic beauty that come into view.

Coming up for Gediminas Gelgotas is the premiere of his Violin Concerto No. 1 at the Kissinger Sommer Festival 2018 with long-time collaborator and conductor Kristjan Järvi, who has earned a reputation as one of the canniest, and most innovative programmers on the classic scene.

Listen to Gediminas Gelgotas’ Sanctifaction on Spotify, Google Play and Deezer.

(Written on February 7, 2018 )

WildKat PR is delighted to welcome award-winning composer Douglas Knehans to our roster of artists.

Image: Douglas Knehans © Tina Gutierrez Photography

 

Knehans’ music is about immediacy, drama, power, playfulness, architecture, harmonic structure, melodic expressiveness and more importantly depth and dimension. His music is about both love and life and a number of important critics see it that way too when they say his music “… tells an exciting story, ever- intensifying in color, thematic ideas, texture and tempo.” (The Washington Post)

His latest release Unfinished Earth is inspired by the relationship between nature and mankind. The disc features two works – “Tempest” and “Unfinished Earth” – represent contrasting views of how the external metaphors of wind and earth reflect more intimate internal worlds of the human heart and mind. The release is brought to life by the Brno Philharmonic Orchestra, conductor Mikel Toms, and features soloists Gareth Davies, Principal Flautist of London Symphony Orchestra.” 

Knehans’ works have been released on various record labels which earned him numerous commissions, awards and fellowships in Australia and the United States from the Victorian Council, MacDowell Colony and Leighton Artist Colony. He has also worked with leading ensembles including the Canberra Symphony Orchestra, the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, and soloists like soprano Merlyn Quaife throughout his career. Once hailed by Fanfare Magazine for his “incisive, hauntingly beautiful recordings”, it’s no wonder that Knehans has garnered the attention and warm appreciation of audiences and performers around the globe.

We’re excited to be running a UK press campaign for the release of Knehans’ new release Unfinished Earth. The recording will be available to stream on NAXOS MUSIC LIBRARY and purchase on Ablaze Records from 6 April 2018. 

(Written on January 30, 2018 )

„Ein Zyklus mit Referenzcharakter.” (Crescendo)

„Dies ist die Kunst eines Musikers, der nichts zu beweisen versucht. Mit 90 Jahren ist Blomstedt unglaublich jung, frisch und modern, aber er hat etwas fast unbeschreibliches, das in einer Ära der athletischen und verkrampften Beethoven-Interpretation verlorengegangen schien: seine musikalische Herangehensweise ist entspannt. Und das tut gut.“ (Le Devoir)

Der neue Beethoven-Zyklus, von Accentus Music produziert und in einer 5-CD-Box im vergangenen Juni veröffentlicht, erhält den International Classical Music Award als „Best Collection“. Er fängt den außergewöhnlichen Geist der langjährigen Partnerschaft zwischen dem legendären Ehrendirigenten und dem Gewandhausorchester Leipzig ein. Alle neun Sinfonien sind Live-Aufnahmen, die zwischen Mai 2014 und März 2017 im Gewandhaus zu Leipzig entstanden sind.

Blomstedts Beethoven-Interpretationen stehen auf dem Fundament eines hoch verantwortlichen Umgangs mit den Partituren und der tiefen Wahrheitsliebe dieses Dirigenten, dem alles Aufgesetzte und vordergründig Effektvolle gründlich fremd ist. Zugleich aber verbindet sich in ihnen das leistungsethische Gewissen des Künstlers mit seiner tiefen, geradezu seismographischen musikalischen Empfindsamkeit und einer hohen Expressivität.

Die Preisverleihung wird am 6. April 2018 in der NOSPR Konzerthalle in Kattowitz, Polen, stattfinden.

(Written on January 19, 2018 )

WildKat PR is delighted to be working with young American conductor Brandon Keith Brown, who is rapidly attracting international attention.

As 3rd Prize Winner of the International Conducting Competition Sir Georg Solti 2012 with the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra he was “… the stand-out audience favourite …” (Slipped Disc). In April 2013, Brown gave a celebrated European debut with the Badische Staatskapelle . A critic (klassik.com) wrote “… an extremely demanding program … mastered by the young conductor with flying colours.” Most recently, he gave his debut with the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra (RSB), leading promptly to a re-invitation. Other engagements include the Staatskapelle Weimar, Detroit Symphony OrchestraNeue Philharmonie Westfalen and the Civic Orchestra of Chicago. 2018 debuts include the Nürnberger Symphoniker.

Following after his mentors Lorin Maazel, David Zinman and Kurt Masur, Brown combines solid technique with great tradition. Brown studied with David Zinman at the Tonhalle Orchestra-Zurich and the Aspen Music Festival . As the only US scholar of the International Mendelssohn Academy in Leipzig with Kurt Masur, he worked with the Leipzig Symphony Orchestra.

An experienced opera conductor, Brown has directed, among others, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Mozart’s Cosi Fan Tutte and Puccini’s Suor Angelica. He assisted Britten’s Albert Herring and studied Puccini’s Il Trittico under Lorin Maazel at the Castleton Festival .

Brown is a passionate educator who has gained a wealth of experience as a university professor and youth orchestra leader. Winner of the 2011 Ansbacher Fellowship, he conducted members of the Vienna Philharmonic in 2011 and 2012 at the opera camps for children at the Salzburg Festival. He is a graduate of the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, Northwestern University, the Peabody Institute of Music at Johns Hopkins University, and the University of North Carolina School of the Arts.

“I capitulate my intents as necessary for the music.”

 

(Written on January 16, 2018 )

Wir freuen uns auf die Zusammenarbeit mit dem Designer Tassilo von Grolman.

Bild: Tassilo von Grolman © Michael Erhart

Er ist einer der gefragtesten deutschen Designer – und seine Produkte sind allgegenwärtig: Tassilo von Grolman ist eine wahrhaftige Ikone seines Fachs. Die Entwürfe für verschiedene Hersteller wie Alfi, Spring Schweiz und mono sind legendär und folgen stets seinem Motto: „Einfach ist am schwersten”. Seine Konzeptionen stehen für eine klare Formgebung, eine gute Handhabbarkeit und die Liebe zum schlichten Design. Er steht damit in Tradition großer Namen wie Dieter Rams und Wilhelm Wagenfeld.

Nach einer Lehre zum Maschinenschlosser bei AEG Oldenburg und einem Maschinenbau-Studium in Lage/Lippe, erwarb er schließlich 1972 in Kassel das Diplom in Industriedesign an der damaligen Hochschule für Bildende Künste. Bereits drei Jahre später gründete Tassilo von Grolman sein eigenes Design-Büro in Frankfurt und startete seine Karriere in der nationalen und internationalen Designszene.

In den über 40 Jahren seiner Berufspraxis hat Tassilo von Grolman ein beeindruckendes Oeuvre erschaffen. Die Bandbreite seiner Entwürfe zeigt einen interdisziplinären Ansatz: Das Design ist Teil der Technik, die Technik wiederum auch Teil des Designs. Bestes Beispiel ist sein Gaszähler – eine Ingenieurleistung, feuerfest bis zu 700° Celsius – auf den sich selbst heutige Entwürfe berufen. Auch die geriffelten Thermoskannen für Alfi – „Achat“ und „Big Mama“ – bestechen nicht nur optisch, sondern überzeugen durch eine einzigartige Isolierleistung und das „AromaSafe-Prinzip“. Den endgültigen Durchbruch erreichte er aber mit einer „Teevolution“, seiner Teekanne „Mono Tea 1“: Er traf den Nerv der Zeit, kombinierte Glas mit Metall und fügte all dies zu einem ästhetischen Gesamtkunstwerk zusammen. Tassilo von Grolmans Teekanne wurde in viele Museen in die stetige Sammlung aufgenommen, u.a. im Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg, das Museum für Angewandte Kunst Köln oder das Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.

„Die Funktion ist nach wie vor für mich das Wichtigste überhaupt im Design. Ich will eine Teekanne haben, die funktioniert, die nicht kleckert. Das ist erst einmal die Voraussetzung. Dann kann ich sie sinnlich machen.“

Für seine Produkte erhielt Tassilo von Grolman zahlreiche nationale und internationale Auszeichnungen, darunter den Red Dot Design Award, den Good Design Award, ADC und den Busse Longlife Design Award. Eine besondere Beziehung pflegt er auch mit dem Deutschen Designer Club: 1989 gehörte er zu den Gründungsmitgliedern und ist heute noch als Ehrenpräsident aktiv.

Wir freuen uns, Tassilo von Grolmans neue und spektakuläre Designserie „TRIBUTE TO 100 YEARS OF BAUHAUS“ zu promoten. Diese ist eine regelrechte Hommage an die innovative Ära: Sein Professor, Herbert Oestreich, war Assistent vom Bauhaus-Schüler Wilhelm Wagenfeld. Von Grolman repräsentiert im Grunde die dritte Generation dieser Lehre.

Die neue Produktlinie wird im Rahmen der Messe Ambiente in Frankfurt am Main im Februar 2018 erstmals vorgestellt. Besonders raffiniert: Jedes Objekt der Serie trägt den Namen eines wichtigen Vertreters der Bauhaus-Bewegung, darunter der Original French Pull Kaffeebereiter „LÁSZLÓ“ oder die Zuckerdose „WALTER“ – Genuss im Stil der Klassischen Moderne. Zeitlos und geschmackvoll.

(Written on January 15, 2018 )

We are very pleased to welcome two fantastic new clients, and welcome back another, as we begin the new year!

The Gstaad Menuhin Festival & Academy is now in its 61st iteration, and its outstanding programme will take place between 13th July and 1st September 2018. In 1957, Yehudi Menuhin moved with his young family to Gstaad, Switzerland, and was overwhelmed by the beauty and power of the bucolic Alpine village. After being asked by the then head of tourism for Gstaad, Paul Valentin, to support the summer tourist season with some concerts, Menuhin rang in the inaugural festival in the summer of  the following year. Two of the performers in those first concerts were Benjamin Britten and Peter Pears! The high-calibre bookings continue, and in 2018 the festival looks to welcome Jonas Kaufmann, Hélène Grimaud, Nigel Kennedy, Sol Gabetta and Juan Diego Flóres, among a stellar line-up of stars from the opera, choral and instrumental worlds. WildKat PR is delighted to be leading their press campaign again in 2018.

The eminent Italian pianist and composer Roberto Cacciapaglia has enjoyed a varied and successful career to date. He performs his own compositions in the most prestigious theatres and institutions all over the world, sharing his innovative and inspiring compositions. Roberto blends electronic experimental music with the classical tradition, and for many years has been researching the powers of sound. He founded the Educational Music Academy in 2013, giving a voice to young musical talents, composers, musicians and pianists by way of support and mentorship. Roberto recently released the 10th Anniversary edition of his QUARTO TEMPO album, which was mastered at London’s Abbey Road Studios.

© Roberto Cacciapaglia

Lithuanian composer Gediminas Gelgotas embodies a unique musical language built upon modern, multi-stylistic influences that with a dream that combines austere melodic beauty with a stunning rhythmic drive. Once praised by Terry Riley for his ‘unique and compositional voice’, he embarked on the journey to creating his own legacy with works showcased and premiered all across Europe, while establishing his own ensemble – the New Ideas Chamber Orchestra (NICO) – and working closely with Kristjan Järvi of the Baltic Youth Philharmonic along the way. Adopting a traditional work ethic, Gediminas proudly works with pen and paper across all his compositions. He grows, chases and explores an organic idea when it comes to mind and injects his own unique blend of pop and classical cultures. With many of his pieces already performed at a number of prestigious events, Gediminas’ work defies all genres and makes it accessible to a wide audience.

© Gediminas Gelgotas

“Having myself worked on the Gstaad Menuhin Festival press campaign in both 2015 and 2016, I am delighted to welcome the festival team to work with us again,” our London Director, Olivia Brown, comments. “They present an inspired programme, in a truly beautiful setting, year on year.

“I’m also very pleased to be expanding our roster of contemporary composers by welcoming Roberto and Gediminas. We look forward to introducing their music to UK and European audiences, reaching and expanding on the broadening new audience of contemporary classical music.”

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(Written on January 11, 2018 )