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We are always thrilled when artists return to us to promote their exciting new projects. This is the case with Dmitry Masleev, one of the most promising, rising piano talents of our time. This is our third collaboration and this time Dmitry not only has concerts and debuts around the world, but will also release his highly anticipated debut album on the legendary label Melodiya.

After winning the International Tchaikovsky Competition in 2015, he went on to fascinate audiences all over the world, playing at the Berlin Konzerthaus, the Paris Philharmonie and Carnegie Hall, amongst many others. He has been joined on stage by orchestras such as the Orchestra of Radio France, Munich Symphony and Moscow Chamber Orchestra Musica Viva, also seeking artistic friendship with, Boris Berezovsky and Gidon Kremer.

In the past two years of successful concerts, Dmitry has enjoyed performing in front of a live audience, which has not only given him invaluable experience but has also allowed him to speak and engage with concertgoers directly. It quickly became clear that they highly anticipated a debut recording so, gladly responding to the audience’s demand, Dmitry is now announcing the release of his debut album under the Russian label Melodiya this October. WildKat PR will be supporting Dmitry for this release.

This debut album titled, in pure simplicity, “Piano” will include a 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. Even though Dmitry stated in an interview that Russian music was very appealing to him because of the freedom he feels while playing it, it is no coincidence that the Italian Baroque composer Scarlatti can be found on his album. Scarlatti had an important impact on the development of Classicism, which largely shaped the way Shostakovich and Prokofiev composed.

The release of ‘Piano” will coincide with Dmitry’s debuts at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and St. Johns Smith Square in London, as part of the Blüthner Piano Series. He will be touring in the US, playing at the Schloss Elma and with the Bamberger Symphoniker at the end of the year. Stay tuned for more details as it will be – yet again – an exciting year for Dmitry!

Dmitry Masleev © Alikhan

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(Written on September 11, 2017 )

In today’s news, Sheffield announces full program for their second Classical Weekend Festival, and Downtown launches a new music rights company in Tokyo. Sirena Huang is awarded first prize at the Elmar Oliveira Violin Competition. Over the weekend, Erich Leinsdorf celebrates his would-be birthday of 105 years, and today in 1933 Henry Brant’s Angels and Devils for flute was performed in New York City for the first time.

The Violin Channel

VC Young Artist Sirena Huang Awarded 1st Prize at Elmar Oliveira Violin Comp

A graduate of the Juilliard School, and current post graduate student of Hyo Kang at Yale University, Sirena is a former major prize winner at the Singapore and Shanghai Isaac Stern International Violin Competitions.

Sheffield Telegraph

Classical: Host of Music Treats

Sheffield’s second Classical Weekend Festival, set to take place on March 17 to 19, has announced its full programme, featuring a host of international artists, and local musicians across city venues.

Music Business Worldwide

DOWNTOWN LAUNCHES NEW COMPANY IN JAPAN, PARTNERS WITH AVEX

Music rights company Downtown has launched a new Tokyo-based company, Downtown Music Japan Inc. The operation will focus on signing and developing Japanese songwriters, artists and producers, marketing and promoting Downtown’s substantial English-catalogue, and more efficiently collecting songwriting royalties from the world’s second largest music market. The expansion adds to Downtown’s existing offices in New York, Nashville, Los Angeles, London and Amsterdam.

The Violin Channel

VC INTERVIEW | Elmar Oliveira – Artistic Director, Elmar Oliveira International Violin Comp 

The Violin Channel recently caught up with violinist Elmar OliveiraDistinguished Artist in Residence at Lynn University and Founder & Artistic Director of the inaugural 2017 Elmar Oliveira International Violin Competition – currently in its Final Rounds in Boca Raton, Florida.

The Violin Channel

Conductor Erich Leinsdorf Born On This Day in 1912

Austrian-born American conductor Erich Leinsdorf was born on this day in 1912 – 105 years ago. Dying in 1993, Maestro Leinsdorf served prestigious conducting positions with The Metropolitan Opera, The Cleveland Orchestra, Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, New York City Opera, Boston Symphony Orchestra, New York Philharmonic and the (West) Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra.

Feuilleton

Komponist des Kirchenlieds „Danke“ gestorben

Mit „Danke“ gelang ihm ein Hit, über den Theologen die Nase rümpften – und mit dem er die Charts stürmte. Jetzt ist der Kirchenmusiker und Komponist Martin Gotthard Schneider im Alter von 86 Jahren gestorben.

Der Tagesspigel

Zisch, Boom, Bass

Der Berliner Musiker Phillip Sollmann ist als DJ Efdemin bekannt. Für das Konzertprojekt „Monophonie“ erforscht er nun rein mechanisch produzierte Klänge.

OnlineFocus

Veranstalter teilt mit: „Rockavaria“-Festival im Olympiapark abgesagt

Schlechte Nachricht für Musikfans: Das Aus für „Rockavaria“ im Münchner Olympiapark ist offiziell. Das Festival findet in diesem Jahr nicht mehr statt, wie der Veranstalter am Samstag mitteilte.

Le Figaro

Super Bowl 2017 : Lady Gaga fait son show et envoie un message de tolérance

La diva de la pop a interprété ses plus grands tubes mais également deux chants patriotiques américains lors de sa prestation à la mi-temps de la compétition sportive, dimanche soir à Houston.

LaCroix

À la « Folle Journée » de Nantes, danse ou transe ?

En plaçant cette édition 2017 sous le signe de la danse, René Martin a donné au public un rôle tout particulier, jusqu’à l’inciter à monter sur scène lors d’un concert-performance « participatif ».

Twitter

@WDR3 Live-Aufnahmen von Bob Marley restauriert

@musikzeitung > Butter bei die Fische: Ratschläge für die von Auftragshonoraren…

@Music History #Today in 1933 FP of Henry #Brant‘s Angels and Devils for flute ensemble, in NYC. #MusicHistory #classicalmusic

@Classical Music News Facing the music: Helen Grime #ClassicalMusic

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Image: Sheffield Classical Music Weekend Festival

(Written on February 6, 2017 )

Classical News

In today’s classical news, Niklas Hoffmann was announced the winner of the 14th Donatella Flick LSO conducting competition last night. Taxpayer’s bill for English National Opera has risen to £155,000 per show, after the company scaled back its work to cope with funding cuts. Conductor Harry Bicket has extended his contract with Santa Fe Opera until autumn 2020. Also, on Sunday 27 November, BBC Radio 3 will replace its usual schedule with 12 hours of live concerts, features and interviews to showcase the work of the BBC Orchestras and Choirs.

Classical Music Magazine

Niklas Hoffmann wins Donatella Flick LSO conducting competition 2016

Niklas Benjamin Hoffmann was last night announced as the winner of the 14th Donatella Flick LSO conducting competition.

The Times

Taxpayer’s bill for English Opera hits £155,000 a show

The cost to the taxpayer of each English National Opera performance has risen to £155,000 after the company scaled back its work to cope with funding cuts.

The Economist

China’s newest export hit is classical music

Next month New York’s David Geffen Hall will welcome a visiting orchestra, on a tour including other top venues in Los Angeles and San Francisco. But the guest orchestra is not the Berlin Philharmonic or one of Europe’s other esteemed ensembles. It is the China Philharmonic Orchestra (CPO), which was founded in Beijing a mere 16 years ago.

The New York Times

An Extra Layer of Dutch for New York Philharmonic

The New York Philharmonic will offer its audiences a taste of new Amsterdam when the Dutch maestro Jaap van Zweden becomes its music director in the 2018-19 season.

Opera Now Magazine

Bicket to remain with Santa Fe Opera until 2020

Harry Bicket has extended his contract with Santa Fe Opera until autumn 2020.

BBC Music Magazine

Yo-Yo Ma and The Music of Strangers

A new documentary follows the cellist’s international ensemble around the world.

BBC Radio 3 Pass the Baton!

BBC Radio 3 spend a day celebrating BBC ensembles as part of it’s 70th season. On Sunday 27 November, BBC Radio 3 will replace its usual schedule with 12 hours of live concerts, features and interviews to showcase the work of the BBC Orchestras and Choirs.

Los Angeles Times

Violinist Ray Chen, 27, on his new group and classical music in the Instagram age

At 27, Ray Chen is regarded as one of the finest violinists of his generation. His joy in making music is palpable, his playing is confident, polished and richly characterized.

Sonoma Index-Tribune

Classical Music Society launches season in Sonoma in Nov. 20

The Sonoma Classical Music Society has announced its 13th season of classical music in Sonoma. Its kick-off performance on Sunday, Nov. 20 will feature the Italian Saxophone Quartet.

Der Tagesspiegel

Was die Koalition für die Kultur verabredet hat

Dem wieder eigenständigen Kulturressort kommt eine größere Verantwortung zu als zuvor. Personalentscheidungen sollen künftig mit den Häusern abgesprochen werden.

neue musikzeitung

Der Inbegriff des globalen Musikers

Am 18. November würde Don Cherry 80 Jahre alt

Die Welt

“Es gibt keinerlei Gespräche mit Berlin”

Armin Petras hat als Intendant das Stuttgarter Theater wieder zu einer wichtigen deutschen Bühne gemacht. Jetzt hat er gekündigt. Soll er statt Chris Dercon die Berliner Volksbühne übernehmen?

El Mundo

Escuchar los colores ver la música

El misterio de la sinestesia en la Fundación Juan March.

Twitter

Classical Music @ClassicalMusic_ .@aborchestras announces Sirens fund, supported by @AmbacheTrust

CMUSE.org @cmuseorg shortlist for International Classical #Music #Awards released http://www.cmuse.org/international-classical-music-awards-nominations-announced/ … #ICMA #ClassicalMusic

Classical Music News @ClassicalMusic Classical publishers suffer deadly blow in German courts http://dlvr.it/MhPqh8 #ClassicalMusic

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Photo: Rhinegold/ Niklas Hoffmann

(Written on November 18, 2016 )

Classical News

In today’s news, the Los Angeles Times discusses the patterns which persist in classical music Grammy nominations, Nikolaus Harnoncourt announces his retirement and Paavo Järvi replaces Nelsons at The Royal Concertgebouw. Also, Italian Prime minister Matteo Renzi attends La Scala’s season opener, despite the theatre being listed as a potential terrorist target

Los Angeles Times

Patterns persist in classical music Grammy nominations

One development in the classical-music Grammys during the last several years has been the inclusion of more diverse corners of this vast field……Yet patterns sometimes persist

The New York Times

Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Early-Music Pioneer, Announces Retirement

The great Austrian conductor and early-music pioneer Nikolaus Harnoncourt announced his retirement this weekend, as he celebrated his 86th birthday

Classissima

Amsterdam replaces Nelsons

The Royal Concertgebouw has scrambled up subs for Andris Nelsons, who is out for several weeks with a shoulder complaints

The Guardian

Italy’s Matteo Renzi defies security fears for a night at the opera in Milan

Prime minister joins La Scala’s season opener, which is often met by anti-austerity protests and this year took place amid concerns over terrorism

Die Zeit

Wenn Ideen an die Sonne wollen

So frei ist ihre Musik und so fein – eine Begegnung mit der großen koreanischen Komponistin Younghi Pagh-Paan zu ihrem 70. Geburtstag

FAZ

Komm in den totgeschützten Park

Bayern besitzt ein Grundstück in bester Lage, wie geschaffen für den neuen Münchner Konzertsaal. Bauen will der Freistaat dort nicht – aus Angst vor ein paar Protestplakatklebern

Klassik.com

Karan-Armstrong-Preis für Regisseur Martin Berger

Der Regisseur Martin Berger ist Träger des ersten Karan-Armstrong-Preises, der an der Deutschen Oper Berlin verliehen wurde. Berger wird für seine Inszenierung der Johann-Strauß-Operette “Die Fledermaus” an der Staatsoper Hannover ausgezeichnet

El arte de la fuga

Bejun Mehta vuelve al Teatro Real

Aclamado por la crítica actual por su bella voz, envolvente y aterciopelada, y por la fuerza dramática de sus interpretaciones, Bejun Mehta vuelve al Teatro Real en un momento especialmente dulce de su carrera, precedido de grandes éxitos en los más importantes teatros y festivales de Europa y de Estados Unidos

El Pais

En busca de rollos de pianola

La Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona desarrolla un sistema de digitalización de los populares soportes musicales de los años 30

Twitter

Aldeburgh Music:@aldeburghmusic  Local children have made 1000s of stars to celebrate recycling for the concert hall foyer. http://www.aldeburgh.co.uk/news/1000-suffolk-stars

Telegraph Music:@TeleMusicNews Did Adele really copy Kurdish singer Ahmet Kaya with Million Years Ago? http://bit.ly/1OfA2i6

Royal College Music:@RCMLondon Talented RCM musicians present an absorbing programme of live visuals & music this Thursday, curated by @rua_mannion http://www.rcm.ac.uk/events/listings/details/?id=854839

Nikolaus Harnoncourt leading the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra at Carnegie Hall in 2010/ Photo: Hiroyuki Ito for The New York Times

Nikolaus Harnoncourt leading the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra at Carnegie Hall in 2010/  Hiroyuki Ito for The New York Times

 

(Written on December 8, 2015 )

Summer is always a busy time of year in the music world. With the Proms in full flow and festivals popping up everywhere, the past few weeks have been pretty busy for all of us here at WildKat PR too! We wanted to share with you select highlights of what we’ve been up to in our London and Berlin offices…

Festivals

One of the most exciting events we have been working on this summer is the Tête-à-Tête Opera Festival. With over 100 performances, from Tim Benjamin‘s dark double-bill Life Stories to a flashmob in King’s Cross, it’s no wonder the festival was listed as number one on BBC Music Magazine’s Unmissable Events for August 2015.

Tete-a-Tete blog

Tête-à-Tête pop-up opera

Next came Grimeborn and Constella Ballet & Orchestra‘s Clown of Clowns – a circus-themed operatic and balletic spectacular featuring Schoenberg’s Pierrot Lunaire followed by Leo Geyer‘s jazz-inspired Sideshows. Despite the tube strikes, we battled our way across London to the Arcola and are very glad we did, as this show received glowing reviews from audience members and journalists alike.

Clown of Clowns blog

Clown of Clowns, Arcola Theatre

We were lucky to have two clients performing at this year’s Wilderness Festival, Matthew Sharp and Avi Avital. Matthew’s performance with Opera North was exhilarating, featuring devils and fire dancers and Avi left the audience calling for an encore!

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Wilderness Festival, Cornbury Park

Proms

The Mahler Chamber Orchestra has had a busy season at the BBC Proms this year. We were stunned to see the connection between the musicians and the wonderful Leif Ove Andsnes directing from the piano. It was also a very emotional evening since this was the last time they were performing the Beethoven journey together.

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Mahler Chamber Orchestra at BBC Proms. Credit: Paco Varoch

And the promming fun didn’t stop in London… We travelled down to the Bristol Proms to see the Sacconi Quartet in Heartfelt – an extraordinary production which allowed audience members to hold a robotic heart or ‘chestahedron’ and monitor the musicians’ heart rates as they performed.

Heartfelt blog

Sacconi Quartet ‘Heartfelt’ concert

We have also been making the most of £5 promming tickets and particularly enjoyed Prom 35, The Story of Swing – described by Rhian as one of the best concerts she’s ever been to!

Office News

And life inside the office has been almost as busy as our concert schedule!

With both the London and Berlin offices recruiting, it has been a month of advertising vacancies, reading CVs and interviewing. Now that the whole process is over, we are pleased to welcome new account manager Anja in Berlin and look forward to Victoria joining us next month.

We have been darting around, accompanying clients to In Tune, Resonance FM and London Live broadcasts, our new in-house photographer has been taking photos at events and we’ve run industry open sessions at Handel House and Guildhall.

Open sessions blog

WildKat PR Industry Open Session at Handel House

We’ve also been travelling further afield, with Carolin in New York with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Sarah in Amsterdam with enoa and Olivia and Carolin off to Switzerland for the Gstaad Menuhin Festival.

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New York. Credit: Carolin Denz

It has been a summer of new beginnings, with new and returning clients David Pearl, Constella Ballet & Orchestra, Marina Baranova, Yijia Zhang, Nina Brazier, Katherine Bryan, JSL, Rachael Young, Ensemble Perpetuo, Damian Marhulets, Raymond Yiu, Anneleen Lenaerts and Hideko Udagawa.

We also celebrated the birth of two beautiful babies – Anna’s little girl Greta and Kat and Alan’s baby boy Charlie!

We have a lot of exciting events coming up in the next few weeks, so as always keep an eye on our blog and Twitter for updates!

All photos in this post (excluding credited images) were taken by in-house photographer Rhian Hughes.

(Written on August 20, 2015 )

If you look back at our daily news page on our website, it is not an exaggeration when I say that in the last few weeks almost every day there has been a news story about Sir Simon Rattle. Everyone has had their say on the concert hall rumours and now it is time for WildKat PR to add to the debate with our take on the whole issue.

I have always liked Simon Rattle, maybe it is because my grandparents, who live in Birmingham, are regulars at the Symphony Hall and talked about him when he was at the CBSO, maybe it is his musicianship, or maybe it is our mutual love for Mahler. Either way, I would love to see him back in London after he leaves his post as Principal Conductor of the Berlin Philharmonic in 2018. But what of his concert hall demands? It is generally accepted that London lacks a world class concert hall in terms of acoustics when compared to the likes of Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw and Berlin’s Philharmonie. It seems a bit of an oxymoron to have our prestigious orchestras housed in halls that have been described as a ‘complete joke’ by some musicians in terms of acoustics and backstage facilities. So, Rattle’s suggestion is not entirely unreasonable in this sense.

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Photo: Sipa Press / Rex Features

However, as Ivan Hewett commented in The Times, it is not that the acoustics in London are bad, others are just better. Just talking about acoustics only provides one part of the story and does not take into account the psychological factors when listening to a performance: the emotions we feel and pictures the music conjures up. We do not want the acoustic question to veil the actual music. There is a special something about our concert halls in London which implants itself when you come to a concert here: their history, the grandeur of the building itself and the thrill of who else has performed on that stage. Can you imagine the Proms anywhere else other than the Royal Albert Hall? Pageantry and tradition is something the UK has perfected and our existing concert halls are a part of this.

There is a political side to all of this too. I must admit that part of me agrees with Jessica Duchen, that much of George Osborne’s commitment to a ‘feasibility study’ is probably General Election talk to get us all on side. With the economy still in a tight spot, spending however many millions on a new concert hall is not sensible. Indeed, Charlotte Higgins argued that if we need to spend any money on a new music venue in London, it needs to be a Glyndebourne-esque space for the crisis stricken English National Opera.

And then there is the question of its location. Where in central London is both available and suitable?

As much as I would love to see Sir Simon back in London, building a whole new concert hall seems hard to justify in these times especially when some say the acoustic argument is exaggerated. Spending the money on music education instead sounds like a better idea. If, after May, the new government uphold this enthusiasm then perhaps the idea will be taken more seriously but, how likely this is is left to be seen.

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Illustration: Robert G Fresson

 

(Written on February 25, 2015 )

Classic FM Online

Mariss Jansons to leave Royal Concertgebouw

The seventh chief conductor in the orchestra’s 126-year history is stepping down from his position of leadership of the Amsterdam orchestra.

The Telegraph

Better musicians ‘more attractive to women’

Women at their most fertile are more attracted to men who can produce complex music, a study suggests.

Taking kids to gigs

Gigs are perfect for kids of all ages. Pete Naughton guides you through the pitfalls and pleasures of taking children to see live music.

Los Angeles Times

Jeffrey Kahane to step down at Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra

Following a 20-year run, conductor Jeffrey Kahane will step down from his position as music director of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra at the conclusion of the 2016-17 season, the group announced on Wednesday.

BBC Music Magazine

If music be the food of love…

Iain Burnside explores how Shakespeare’s words have inspired countless musicians and pieces of music.

Classical Music Magazine

MU champions Milton Keynes music co-operative

The Musicians’ Union (MU) is supporting its members who have set up Milton Keynes music co-operative, which launched this week.

Concerti

Festivalguide: Ausflug in die Welt der Fragezeichen

Die Dresdner Musikfestspiele starten in diesem Jahr ein innovatives Künstlerprojekt

KlassikAkzente

Label des Jahres: Auszeichnung für ECM bei den JJA Jazz Awards 2014

Nach 2012 und 2013 wurde das Münchener Label ECM bei den JJA Jazz Awards 2014 bereits zum dritten Mal in Folge als Label des Jahres ausgezeichnet.

Art and Seek

Artistic Director Jonathan Pell Will Step Down At Dallas Opera

Jonathan Pell joined the Dallas Opera in 1985 as artistic administrator and was appointed artistic director in 2009 — only the second to hold that post in the company’s history.

 

Classical Music on Twitter 

Kate Molleson: ‏@KateMolleson Longlist for @SAYaward 2014 just out. Mega chuffed that @DunedinConsort & @SCOmusic add classical music to the mix http://www.sayaward.com

George:@OperaCreep Inside Opera: Live on 10 May sounds like a good and more inclusive development http://www.roh.org.uk/news/live-streaming-day-to-offer-unprecedented-access-to-seven-uk-opera-companies-on-10-may-2014

Music Week: @MusicWeek Vevo views rise 46% to hit 6bn per month http://www.musicweek.com/news/read/vevo-views-rise-46-to-hit-6bn-per-month/058274

Journalism.co.uk:@journalismnews Culture, collaboration and communication: Digital development at The Times and Sunday Times http://bit.ly/QHnpFY #journalism

CM Editors: ‏@ClassicalMusic_ Michael Dervan has some interesting thoughts on Lang Lang – he’d like to see him tackle contemporary music http://www.irishtimes.com/culture/the-low-down-on-lang-lang-and-how-china-will-change-music-1.1770190?page=1

Classic FM Online

Classic FM Online

 

 

 

(Written on April 24, 2014 )

The Guardian

Happy 125th birthday, Concertgebouw

Amsterdam’s world-class orchestra and concert hall celebrate their 125th anniversary this week. Tom Service explains why the hall’s famously perfect acoustics create unexpected challenges for its players.

 

The Guardian

RPS awards: Stockhausen’s helicopters and the Guardian’s Tom Service

Nominations for the classical music industry’s most respected annual gongs, the Royal Philharmonic Society awards, have been announced

 

The Telegraph

David Mitchell on his ‘bonkers’ new 3D opera Sunken Garden

The novelist David Mitchell speaks to Sameer Rahim about writing the libretto for a spectacular occult-mystery-film-opera, Sunken Garden.

 

Classic FM

Soprano Julia Lezhneva on her fairytale career so far 

The talented 23-year-old soprano shares the highlights of her career so far with John Brunning, and talks passionately about Baroque vocal music.

 

Gramophone

Rosenblatt Recitals founder announces new summer music festival

Branscombe Festival will run from July 26-28, 2013.

 

Classical Music Magazine

Richard Hallam takes up ISM presidency

The Incorporated Society of Musicians has formally announced the appointment of music education specialist Richard Hallam as its president, an appointment which will last one year. Hallam takes over from choral conductor Suzi Digby.

 

Plunet Hugill

The first piano in England

In 1749 an English engineer called John Grundy visited Charles Jennens’ house, Gopsall Hall in Leicestershire. In his travel diary he describes the interior, with the particularly grand music room complete with stucco ceiling and carved marble fireplace…

 

interior of the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam

The Guardian

(Written on April 12, 2013 )