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We are very excited to announce several new clients this week, working with both new and returning clients.

We are thrilled to be working once again with AyseDeniz Gokcin, a young Turkish virtuoso pianist and graduate of the Royal Academy of Music. She will be celebrating the pre-release of her upcoming album, Beethoven Senses, with a concert at St James Sussex Gardens in October featuring a colourful light show, a silent disco and special guest Benjamin Hughes, principal cellist of the BBC concert orchestra. Tickets to this concert can be bought here

AyseDeniz is best known for her classical and rock fusions, in particular her Liszt-inspired arrangements of Pink Floyd hits, which went viral after being featured on Pink Floyd’s Facebook page.

 

AyseDeniz made her public concert debut aged nine and has gone on to play in such prestigious venues as the Steinway Hall, Cathedral of Christ the Saviour in Moscow, the Lysenko Colonnaded Hall of the Philharmonic in Kiev and has even performed in the Kremlin Palace at personal invitation. She won “Pianist of the Year” in 2016 at the Donizetti Classical Music Awards after her 2015 album dedicated to Kurt Cobain reached the Top 10 in the UK Classical Charts on iTunes.


We are also excited to be working with WITCiH – Women in Technology Creative Industries Hub. Co-founded by musician and artist BISHI, WITCiH empowers and celebrates the achievements of women and non-binary artists at the intersection of music, technology and STEM. Although female accomplishment is their main focus, WITCiH welcome those from all backgrounds and identities.

WITCiH will be producing a three-night festival later this month, featuring four brand new commissions of four new audio-visual works  involving live coding, hacking, interactive tech and awe-inspiring visuals. “WITCiH – The State of Gender?” will be hosted at The Bargehouse in Dalston, running from the 26th to 28th September. More information can be found here and tickets can be bought here.

WITCiH operate mainly in London, putting on exhibitions, lectures, workshops and performances. Past events have included a salon at the Tate Modern and have attracted guests such as Imogen Heap, Mira Calix, Ana Matronic and Lone Taxidermist.


Last, but certainly not least, is a new project for long-standing WildKat client, Moritz Eggert for his latest collaborative release. The Collectors is a CD recorded by percussionist Konstantyn Napolov and pianist Eke Simons. It forms part of Napolov’s Dutch Golden Collection which aims to popularise and promote contemporary percussion pieces, with many being written for Napolov himself.

Konstantyn Napolov is a Ukrainian percussionist with an already highly accomplished career. Graduating from the Stolyarsky school in 2005, he became co-principal percussionist at The National Philharmonic of Ukraine and went on to study at The Royal Conservatoire of the Hague. More recently, Napolov has collaborated with Steve Reich, participated in masterclasses at Juilliard, and won the principal position of the World Percussion Group in 2016.

The Collectors includes works by Jan-Peter de Graaff, Yannis Kyriakides, Samuel Penderbayne and Moritz Eggert. Eggert’s piece shares its name with the album and explores the idea that the compositional process is a collection of sounds, ideas and events that slowly assemble themselves into a certain order. He asserts that musical ideas do not just ‘happen’ – they are the result of a constant assembling and reassembling of music that happens over time in the composer’s head.

The album was released over the weekend on the 9th September and can be downloaded here

(Written on September 4, 2018 )

The Piano Showcase: Die türkische Komponistin und Pianistin AyseDeniz Gokcin präsentiert am 30. Juni 2016 in Berlins neuer Event-Location silent green Kulturquartier Teile ihres aktuellen Albums „Nirvana Project“ sowie weitere Klassik-Rock Mashups.

Virtuoses klassisches Tastenspiel verschmolzen mit Motiven aus dem Progressiven Rock, gewürzt mit elektronischen Beats – dafür steht AyseDeniz Gokcin. Gerade mit dem Donizetti Classical Music Award als „Pianistin des Jahres“ ausgezeichnet, sorgt ihr aktuelles Album „Nirvana Project“ sowohl in der Klassik-Szene als auch unter Rockfans für Aufsehen.

Das Album erreichte die UK Top 10 Classical Charts auf iTunes und wurde in der Presse bereits hochgelobt. Den offiziellen Teaser zu „Nirvana Project“ können Sie hier sehen.

Photo credit: Nicholas Koon

Photo credit: Nicholas Koon

Das silent green Kulturquartier Berlin ist ein neuer unabhängiger Veranstaltungsort im Wedding, in dem zahlreiche kulturelle Projekte und kreative Experimente eine einzigartige Heimat gefunden haben. Die Kuppelhalle ist prädestiniert für die Veranstaltung von Konzerten, die sich vor allem als unplugged-Formate mit der atmosphärischen Intimität des Raumes zu einem akustisch-visuellen Erlebnis verbinden.

AyseDeniz Gokcin —The Piano Showcase

30. Juni 2016 20.00 Uhr, Einlass ab 19.30 Uhr

silent green Kulturquartier Berlin, Gerichtstraße 35

Reservierungen unter anna.v@wildkatpr.com, Online-Tickets über Eventim, Abendkasse 12 Euro

Mehr Informationen finden Sie auf AyseDeniz’ Website oder unter ihrem Facebook oder Twitter Account.

(Written on June 8, 2016 )

Since its release on Saturday, the classical version of Turkish pianist, AyseDeniz Gokcin’s Nirvana Project has been shared across the world by a huge range of publications. AyseDeniz featured on the front page of Germany’s taz. die tageszeitung yesterday and was interviewed too. France’s biggest daily newspaper Le Figaro wrote a news story about the new album and there were stories on news pages, as well as rock, classical and lifestyle blogs in the US, Bosnia, Hungary, Turkey, Greece and much more. 

Listen to it here to get a feel for it yourself.

Nirvana Classical

Nirvana Classical

Shortly before the release of the classical version, AyseDeniz spoke to BBC News about why and how she went about giving Nirvana’s famously grungy sound a more classical edge. Since it was published on Kurt Cobain’s birthday (20 February), the video has been shared all over the world, including by France’s biggest weekly newspaper ‘Le Figaro’. Her Nirvana project has also been shared on the official Nirvana Facebook page.

The release date of AyseDeniz’s Nirvana Classical coincided with lead singer Kurt Cobain’s birthday; he would have been 49 this year. The majority of musicians paying homage to Kurt Cobain are, as expected, rock bands doing covers of Nirvana’s songs. AyseDeniz is totally original, in that she makes the music her own by merging rock with classical virtuoso piano, influenced by composers Prokofiev and Rachmaninoff.

This isn’t the first time that one of AyseDeniz’s projects has gone viral. Upon the release of her Pink Floyd Lisztified album in 2012, AyseDeniz received worldwide recognition. You can read the full story here.

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Keep up to date with AyseDeniz on her website, Twitter and Facebook.

 

(Written on February 24, 2016 )

 

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AyseDeniz

With the #NirvanaProject, AyseDeniz brings to life the power of music that gave Kurt Cobain the will to live. The album is released today exclusively with iTunes or you can purchase signed hard copies on AyseDeniz’s website.

AyseDeniz was considered a child prodigy in her native Turkey and made her concerto debut when she was just nine. As a composer and pianist, she is always seeking new ideas. For the #NirvanaProject, AyseDeniz has pulled ideas from the lyrics and motifs of Nirvana’s music to create her own adaptations. She tells the story of Kurt Cobain through her classical piano arrangements and vocals; connecting rock and grunge with classical music, in an authentic intimate and nostalgic way.

At the age of 27, the same age as Nirvana’s front man when he ended his life, AyseDeniz dedicates this project to Kurt Cobain to celebrate his legacy through virtuosic grunge.

The project follows the viral, worldwide success of AyseDeniz’s Classical Pink Floyd project, which caught the attention of classical enthusiasts and rock fans across the globe, also securing an endorsement from Pink Floyd’s official social media pages.

The #NirvanaProject is a curious and eclectic venture, which merges different styles in a genre that is impossible to categorise. Buy now on iTunes or get yourself an exclusive signed CD.

 

Keep up to date with AyseDeniz’s news via her website, Twitter or Facebook.

 

 

(Written on November 20, 2015 )

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Pianist performs concert of Pink Floyd classical covers

AyseDeniz Gokcin, the pianist who turns Pink Floyd songs into classical arrangements, has recorded an entire concert of Pink Floyd material, taking inspiration from Chopin and Rachmaninov

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NPR

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(Written on October 10, 2013 )

The Telegraph

Janina Fialkowska caps amazing recovery with BBC award

Pianist Janina Fialkowska, who was left paralysed in her left arm after cancer, has won the Best Instrumental CD award in the 2013 BBC Music Magazine Awards, for her critically-acclaimed disc Chopin Recital 2.

 

The Times

Opera Live in HD at the cinema isn’t the same as being there

Earlier this year the General Manager of the Metropolitan Opera, New York, Peter Gelb, made a revealing admission. Attendance in the house had been dropping, which he attributed to a “cannibalisation” of the audience by the Met’s Live in HD cinema transmissions.

 

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AyseDeniz Gokcin in our Wednesday Web Chat 

Pink Floyd and Liszt? Classical piano meets… Michael Jackson? Pianist AyseDeniz Gokcin is joining us for our Wednesday Web Chat from 9am on 10 April – get your questions in!

 

Gramophone

DG to celebrate 100 years of recording the Berlin Philharmonic with 50-CD set

Public invited to vote on what it contains.

 

Classical Music Magazine

Hallé victorious at BBC Music Magazine recording awards

The BBC Music Magazine awards for new classical recordings were held today at a ceremony at Kings Place, London.

 

Classical Source

Ludovic Morlot Named Chair Of Orchestral Conducting Studies At University Of Washington School of Music

Appointment Further Expands Partnership Between University of Washington and The Seattle Symphony.

 

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(Written on April 10, 2013 )

The Telegraph

Ivan Hewett’s Classic 50 No 16: Steve Reich – Electric Counterpoint, third movement

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The Times

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The Independent

Igor Levit, Wigmore Hall, London

Born in Russia, but rigorously trained in Germany from early childhood: a surprisingly large number of piano stars have emerged via this route, with 26-year-old Igor Levit prominent among them.

 

Evening Standard

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Classic FM

Classical pianist covers Michael Jackson’s ‘Billie Jean’

Michael Jackson’s pop classic ‘Billie Jean’ has been given a classical piano makeover by pianist AyseDeniz Gokcin.

 

Gramophone

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Arts Journal

Ailing Cleveland Orchestra music director Franz Welser-Most withdraws from next week’s program at Severance Hall

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(Written on April 4, 2013 )

Limelight

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The Times

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Gramophone

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Classic FM

Watch: Pink Floyd’s ‘Wish You Were Here’ meets Liszt

Watch our incredible performance video of AyseDeniz Gokcin performing Pink Floyd’s ‘Wish You Were Here’ and ‘Another Brick In The Wall’ in the style of Liszt at Steinway Hall, and a fascinating interview with Classic FM’s John Brunning.

Steve Reich and Max Richter talk Radiohead and Radio Rewrite

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Classical Source

The Royal Opera House Heads To Brazil

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The Wagnerian

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Music Week

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(Written on February 14, 2013 )

The Times

Daniel Harding on the truth behind the La Scala ban of an opera critic

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BBC News

The Turkish pianist ‘Lisztifying’ Pink Floyd classics

Turkish pianist Aysedeniz Gokcin’s love of classical music – and classic rock – has inspired her to release an album which features Pink Floyd songs reworked into the style of 19th Century Hungarian composer Franz Liszt.

Classic FM

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(Written on February 6, 2013 )

 

The WildKats have been especially busy this January with a number of exciting events to both organise and attend, accompanied by numerous previews, reviews and interviews from national newspapers to specialist classical music press. Let’s have a look at some of the stand-out events…

 

On 10th January, violinist Daniel Hope performed alongside composer and pianist, Ludovico Einaudi, in Stockholm’s first ever Yellow Lounge. Established in Berlin seven years ago, the Yellow Lounge promotes ‘classical clubbing’, where international classical musicians perform with top DJs in unexpected spaces. The event was streamed live on the Deutsche Grammophon website. More and more events are being streamed live online, making concerts and recitals accessible both physically and economically, and reaching out to new audiences. Cellist Guy Johnston performed Walton’s Cello Concerto with the BBC Philharmonic on 14th, which was streamed live on BBC Radio 3.

 

Several of our clients had opening nights in January, including Silent Opera’s L’Orfeo. The first performance received huge amounts of press and publicity, specifically a BBC News report answering ‘What is Silent Opera?’. Silent Opera is still ongoing and tickets can still be purchased here – don’t miss out! The Silent Opera team appeared on Channel 4’s Sunday Brunch this weekend, watch it online here. Meanwhile in Milan, Daniel Harding had his opening night for La Scala’s Falstaff: a fantastic production of Verdi’s famous opera, staged in the same opera house it received its first ever performance. The esteemed conductor also performed with the Bayerischer Rundfunk Symphony Orchestra in Munich, Baritone Christian Gerhaher, receiving a great review from Süddeutsche Zeitung. Andrew Staples also performed in Munich with Daniel, receiving outstanding reviews for his performance. Another highlight of January for WildKat was the premiere of Raymond Yiu’s The London Citizen Exceedingly Injured at the Barbican, performed by the BBC Symphony Orchestra. Raymond also wrote a guest blog for Gramophone last month, discussing challenging perceptions of British classical music.

 

January was a highly successful time for AyseDeniz Gokcin who was applauded worldwide for her Lisztified EP. The young Turkish pianist was featured in an article by Prog Rock Magazine Online, which was shared hundreds of times through Facebook and Twitter. The article has continued to spread, through major music websites and social media in Hungary, Spain, Finland, Brazil, Greece, the Netherlands, Turkey and many more. Classic FM then published a news story on her success, bringing the article back around in a full circle. Another triumph we celebrated was another award for production company Accentus Music, who have been awarded a second International Classical Music award for John Cage – Journeys in Sound.

 

In anticipation of his upcoming CD release of Franck & Strauss Violin Sonatas, Augustin Dumay was featured in BBC Music Magazine discussing the recording of the album. Another event for the violinist was the Gala Concert at The Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel, where Augustin mentors the young string players. Young musicians of the Music Chapel performed works by Bloch, Liszt and Schubert, alongside the National Orchestra of Belgium, the Octopus Symphonic Choir and British conductor Christopher Warren-Green.

 

The WildKats had a number of great recitals to attend in January; such as Kimiko Ishizaka’s flawless performance of Bach’s The Well-Tempered Clavieran intimate performance of works by Tom Smail at Susanne Kapoor’s home, along with a unique event from Samson Marzbani where he performed improvised piano pieces, before the audience received a preview premiere of his new work: Un Jour Infini.

 

Finally, the busiest of all has been our Founder and Managing Director, Kat Alder, who has been travelling across the world visiting our international clients performing all over the world; from Berlin to Austria, Munich to New York, and a few visits back to London.

Although January was so busy, February has a lot of exciting projects in store. Keep up to date with WildKat news through our Facebook, Twitter and daily posts from our blog.

 

 

 

(Written on February 4, 2013 )