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In today’s Classical News, Brindley Sherratt gives advice to a younger generation of singers, Birmingham Conservatoire appoints international chair in cello, and YCAT announces two new artists. Czech conductor Jiri Belohlavek has died aged 71, and Paris will open the doors of its monuments for classical music performances this June.

Guardian

Singing? I’m still trying to get the hang of it

Singing was never his first choice, but three decades into an internationally acclaimed career, British bass Brindley Sherratt puts pen to paper to risk a few words of advice for a younger generation.

Music Teacher

Birmingham Conservatoire appoints international chair in cello

Jian Wang has been appointed as Birmingham Conservatoire’s international chair in cello. He will visit Birmingham Conservatoire on a regular basic, teaching undergraduate and postgraduate students.

Classical Music Magazine

YCAT announces two new artists

YCAT (Young Classical Artists Trust) has selected pianist Jean-Sélim Abdelmoula and cellist Jamal Aliyev for representation following the Public Final Auditions at Wigmore Hall on 25 May.

Chicago Tribune

Don’t call It Brexit radio

Had it launched at any other time, Union JACK might not have attracted quite so much attention. 

LA Weekly

Superstar Pianist Yuja Wang Is Embracing the Darker Side of Classical Music, and It’s Thrilling

Yuja Wang brought the requisite star power and overt glamour that nearly filled Disney Hall on Friday night, as the astonishing Chinese pianist reunited with simpatico conductor Gustavo Dudamel and the L.A. Philharmonic and continued her recent obsession with the morbidly engrossing Hungarian composer Béla Bartók.

Le Figaro

Les monuments de Paris ouvrent leurs portes à la musique classique

Le Festival de Paris proposera pour sa première édition, du 9 au 29 juin, cinq concerts dont le premier se déroulera à la Tour Eiffel avec la soprano Patricia Petibon.

Quebec Huffington Post

Gregory Charles lance une école de musique virtuelle

Ça allait de soi, pour un aussi grand amoureux de musique, qui prend tant de plaisir à transmettre ses connaissances : Gregory Charles annonçait mercredi matin la mise sur pied de l’Académie Gregory, une école de musique virtuelle dont le premier tutoriel, Je suis pianiste, enseignera les rudiments du piano, à compter du 1erseptembre prochain.

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

Ein Pianist ohne Nostalgie

Der französische Pianist Pierre-Laurent Aimard denkt an die Zukunft der Klaviermusik. Dafür wird er in München mit dem Siemens-Musikpreis ausgezeichnet.

Der Tagesspiegel

Jiri Belohlavek ist tot

Er führte die tschechische Philharmonie zu internationaler Anerkennung. Jiri Belohlavek ist nach schwerer Krankheit im Alter von 71 Jahren gestorben.

neue musikzeitung

Evangelische Kirche sieht Elbphilharmonie als G20-Ort kritisch

Die Evangelische Kirche in Deutschland (EKD) sieht die Elbphilharmonie als Veranstaltungsort für den G20-Gipfel in Hamburg kritisch.

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BBC Music Magazine  Whose tune is it anyway? We take a look at works of classical music which are often misattributed
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Image: Jiri Belohlavek

(Written on June 1, 2017 )

“We are delighted to welcome back the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra for their European tour in the summer of 2017, having executed a successful creative PR campaign for the release of ‘Concertos for Orchestra’. The CSO is an incredibly versatile and forward-thinking ensemble, and we look forward to developing and sharing their stories with European audiences.” – Olivia Brown, Head of Creative Strategy & Marketing

The orchestra will visit several cities in countries around Europe this summer, with dates at the Edinburgh International Festival and San Sebastian already confirmed and more to be announced shortly. In March 2017 it was announced that Louis Langrée was to remain Music Director of the CSO for the 2019-2020 season.

Founded in 1895, the CSO is the sixth oldest orchestra in the United States and the first to be broadcast to a national radio audience in 1921. With a rich history of music making directly linked to the community in the state of Ohio, the CSO ordinarily reside in the Venetian gothic ‘Music Hall’ building, which recently underwent extensive renovation and restoration. The 2017 tour will bring American musical excellence to audiences across Europe, delighting fans new and old with their ‘richness, precision and intensity’ of performance.

CSO previously released live recorded album ‘Concertos for Orchestra’ in November 2016 on the orchestra’s own label ‘Fanfare’, featuring world premieres of seven pieces by contemporary composers. Works from this album will feature among a varied concert programme performed on the European tour.

Stay tuned for more news and announcements from the CSO by checking the WildKat blog. Follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram too.

(Written on April 11, 2017 )

 Classical News

In today’s classical news, in order to raise money for young musicians facing challenging circumstances, National Orchestra for All is inviting members of the public to play as part of a professional orchestra. Winners of International Classical Music Awards 2017 have been announced and applications are now open for the 1st Bartok World International Violin Competition, taking place in Budapest, Hungary, later this year. Festival Ultraschall is underway in Berlin, which this year focuses on the voice, and The Elbphilharmonie’s first piano evening featured Mitsuko Uchida. Also, listen to the Konzerthausorchester Berlin’s recreation of the sounds of Berlin.

Classical Music Magazine

NOFA announces Musical Chairs event details

The National Orchestra for All is offering members of the public the chance to play as part of a professional orchestra and raise money for young musicians facing challenging circumstances.

The Violin Channel

Applications Open for Inaugural Bartok World International Violin Competition

Applications are now open for the inaugural 2017 Bartok World International Violin Competition, which is to be held at Budapest, Hungary from September 10th to 17th.

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ICMA Awards 2017: The Winners

The Jury of the International Classical Music Awards (ICMA) today announced the winners for 2017.

CMUSE

Berlin orchestra recreates the sounds of the city

Most classical music fans, when asked their opinion of the sound of Berlin, would likely assume you meant the acoustics in the Berlin Philharmonie or the sound of the city’s world famous Berlin Philharmonic. But, the Konzerthausorchester Berlin has different ideas.

The Strad

Man arrested for throwing mobile phone at orchestral musicians

The Madrid Community Orchestra was performing at National Auditorium of Music in Spain when the incident took place.

Music Teacher Magazine

University of Liverpool launches MA course with Royal Liverpool Philharmonic

The University of Liverpool and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic are launching a new postgraduate course in the business of classical music.

The New York Times

Obama Understood the Power of Art. And He Wanted You to Get It, Too.

Mr. Obama brought all kinds of art and culture into the White House, and he sought culture out.

Broadwayworld

Seoul Philharmonic to Perform Asian Premiere of Rediscovered Work by Stravinsky

The Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra (SPO) presented the program of its subscription concerts on January 20-21, featuring the recently rediscovered work by Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971).

Deutschlandradio Kultur

Die Stimme als Spiegel der Gesellschaft

Ganz im Zeichen der Stimme steht das diesjährige “Ultraschall”-Festival von Deutschlandradio Kultur und RBB-Kulturradio. 14 Veranstaltungen präsentieren das “persönlichste aller Instrumente”: vom Liederabend bis zur experimentellen Performance, sagt Rainer Pöllmann.

Musik heute

Erster Klavierabend in der Elbphilharmonie: Mitsuko Uchida umjubelt

Der erste Klavierabend in der Hamburger Elbphilharmonie ist am Mittwoch vom Publikum gefeiert worden. Mitsuko Uchida, britische Pianistin japanischer Herkunft, spielte im 2.100 Besucher fassenden Großen Saal Werke von Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Robert Schumann und dem zeitgenössischen deutschen Komponisten und Klarinettisten Jörg Widmann.

klassik.com

Goldmünzenschatz in altem Klavier entdeckt

In einem rund 110 Jahre alten Klavier ist im englischen Shrophire ein versteckter Goldmünzenschatz entdeckt worden. Die Entdeckung wurde beim Versuch gemacht, das Instrument zu stimmen.

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Ultraschall Berlin @UltraschallB Bis heute Abend:Karten gewinnen für Abschlusskonzert am So mit #MarisolMontalvo, @DSOBerlin & #DennisRussellDavies! https://ultraschallberlin.de/kartenverlosung/ …

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Classical Music @ClassicalMusic8 Hitting the right note: the orchestra helping stroke survivors recover – video – The Guardian https://t.co/9vXxhWAw3P

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Photo: International Classical Music Awards

(Written on January 19, 2017 )

Classical News

The Guardian

Netia Jones: punk it up

It is one of the most visually riotous shows of the year – an Alice in Wonderland that takes live action and video to surreal extremes. Imogen Tilden meets Netia Jones, the nerdy young director with her finger firmly on the button

10 of the world’s best concert halls

A world-class classical music venue in London may be years away so where can music lovers find truly outstanding acoustics? Trevor Cox picks 10 landmark concert halls around the world where brilliant design means beautiful sound

The Telegraph

Glyndebourne 2015: watch Mozart and Britten operas live on the Telegraph site

Glyndebourne to show key productions for free, in partnership with the Telegraph

The Strad

New York’s last classical sheet music store to close

Frank Music Company, which opened in 1937, will cease trading on Friday

Classical Music Magazine

This could be the beginning of a golden age for the LSO and Rattle

There you have it, Simon Rattle has finally been officially anointed as the next music director of the LSO. It is true that we’ve all sort of known for ages, or at least strongly suspected, ever since his decision to leave the Berlin Phil was announced in January 2013 at more or less the same time as Valery Gergiev revealed he would be heading to Munich after his LSO contract ran out.

International Arts Manager

25th IAMA conference comes In From the Margins

At the imminent 2015 edition of the International Arts Managers’ Association (IAMA) Conference, the central theme – In From the Margins – will aim to create an ongoing discussion focussing on classical music’s place in the mainstream.

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Naske mit schrägen Zahlen im Konzerthaus Wien

Die Zwischenbilanz des Wiener Konzerthauses sieht uneben aus: Die Zahl der Veranstaltungen wurde um 15 Prozent gesteigert.

Händel-Haus in Halle ersteigert bisher unbekanntes Händel-Portrait

Die Stiftung Händel-Haus in Halle hat kürzlich ein Portrait erworben, bei dem es sich mit höchster Wahrscheinlichkeit um Georg Friedrich Händel handelt.

Deutschlandradio Kultur

Oh, Happy Day – Der Wupper-Chor aus Wuppertal

Der Wupper-Chor hat sich in die Herzen der Wuppertaler gesungen. Eine große Besonderheit ist das breite Altersspektrum seiner 60 aktiven Sängerinnen und Sängern: sowohl 20-Jährige als auch über 80-Jährige machen mit.

Musik Heute

Bremer Philharmoniker werden Paten für Jugendsinfonieorchester

Die Bremer Philharmoniker übernehmen die Patenschaft für das Jugendsinfonieorchester Bremen-Mitte.

Codex Flores

Nana Mouskouri wird mit Lebenswerk-Echo geehrt

Der Deutsche Musikpreis Echo in der Kategorie Lebenswerk geht in diesem Jahr an die griechische Sängerin Nana Mouskouri.

The New York Times

David Geffen Captures Naming Rights to Avery Fisher Hall With Donation

Perhaps it’s about injecting Hollywood glamour into New York’s classical musical world.

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EMM ‏@enticottmusic: Intimate & intense: the world’s most charismatic #classical guitarist http://bit.ly/1GmMwFa  @MilosGuitar @ClassicFM

LSO St Luke’s ‏@lsostlukes :HELLO! to @4tetmeta4 who join us at 1pm today. Come along for your dose of #Haydn & #Bartok.

WigmoreHallLearning @WigmoreLearning: It’s today! Looking forward to welcoming @heathquartet @ValentineNeil @mrjulianwest + 120 school children to @wigmore_hall #CHAMBERCHALLENGE

 

Netia Jones NewsAlice (Rachel Gilmore) and the mouse (Christopher Lemmings) in Netia Jones’s multimedia production of Alice in Wonderland. Photograph: Greg Grudt/Mathew Imaging/Greg Grudt/Mathew Imaging

(Written on March 5, 2015 )

Classical News

The Guardian

‘I hope our artistic leaders will heed Sachs’s advice. The survival of ENO may depend on it’

Wagner’s Hans Sachs could teach today’s politicians a thing or two about the value of art, writes Iain Paterson, who makes his debut in the role at ENO this weekend

The Independent

Bryn Terfel interview: Britain’s best-loved baritone looks back on his ‘wonderful journey’ through the world’s greatest operas

Gods. Murderers. Dictators. Ghosts. Bryn Terfel is used to playing them all, and more.

The Strad

Julian Lloyd Webber to sell his Stradivarius cello

The cellist was forced to retire from performing last year due to a neck injury

BBC Music Magazine

Aldo Ciccolini (1925-2015)

The great pianist has died at the age of 89

BBC Radio 3 to celebrate International Women’s Day

Two weeks of programming will champion the work of female composers and performers

Classical Music Magazine

Barry Ife: ‘Let’s lift the lid on the myths and mysteries of the professional music world’

‘As principal of Guildhall School of Music & Drama, I have the good fortune to work with some of the most outstanding young musicians, actors and theatre technicians in the world.’

Süddeutsche.de

Klang allein ist nicht alles

München ist entrüstet, weil es keinen neuen Konzertsaal bekommt. Verständlich. Aber es gibt noch viele weitere Gründe, warum die Musiklandschaft im Vergleich zu anderen Städten wie Freiburg so blass wirkt.

Berliner Zeitung

Der Karneval der Kulturen findet statt

Der bisher auf der Kippe stehende Karneval der Kulturen in Berlin wird laut dem RBB auch in diesem Jahr stattfinden. Integrationssenatorin Dilek Kolat (SPD) habe sich mit den beteiligten Gruppen geeinigt, zitierte der Sender am Mittwochabend Kolats Sprecher.

Die Welt

“Der Tod hat sich immer für mich interessiert”

Luc Bondy ist einer der bedeutendsten Regisseuren. Gerade läuft seine Version von Tschechows “Iwanow” in Paris. Ein Gespräch über Antisemitismus in Frankreich und seine Ideen fürs Berliner Ensemble.

The New York Times

‘Tristan’ to Open Met Season in 2016

The inventive Polish director Mariusz Trelinski, whose eerie, film noir-influenced double bill of Tchaikovsky’s “Iolanta” and Bartok’s “Bluebeard’s Castle” at the Metropolitan Opera is winning praise, has received an even bigger assignment form the company: a new production of Wagner’s “Tristan und Isolde” that will open the Met’s season in 2016.

pizzicato

Ten Seconds Of A Naked Salome Create Protest In Northern Ireland

A new production of Richard Strauss’s Salome has raised a storm of protest in Belfast.

artsjournal

Simon Rattle Talks Sibelius

The Berlin Philharmonic’s chief conductor and Finnish music journalist/Sibelius expert Vesa Sirén spend an hour talking about the composer’s music – and what the Philharmoniker find easy and difficult about it.

Twitter

Sinfini Music ‏@SinfiniMusic : NEWS: @MancCamerata principal cellist to play Elgar on loaned 17th-c Strad: http://bit.ly/16gy2Hh  @RNCMvoice

Royal Opera House ‏@RoyalOperaHouse:Just over a week to go for young composers (aged 11-16) to enter our Fanfare competition! http://www.roh.org.uk/learning/schools-and-colleges/fanfare … ^P

Culture Republic ‏@culture_public :Interesting new app being piloted allows users to rate arts experiences http://bit.ly/1D1gH1L  & #marketers can get anonymous data on users.

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Bryn Terfel in ‘Der Fliegende Holländer.’ Photo” The Independent

 

(Written on February 5, 2015 )

WildKat PR welcomes revolutionary cellist and composer Jo Quail to its client roster ahead of her concert in association with Chaos Theory in February 2015.

Jo draws upon classical, rock and metal influences, creating music that connects with and unites a very diverse audience of classical and rock and metal fans. She also incorporates looping technology into her music, providing her with a further means of experimenting and testing the boundaries of her music and instrument.

Jo began her musical training at a very young age and completed her BA in performance at the University of Leeds. Jo has since worked with various musicians and groups and studies with renowned cellist and composer Gwyn Pritchard. She began embarking upon her solo career in 2010, and has since released albums From The Sea (2011) and Caldera (2014) with great success. As well as performing in the UK, Jo has performed in Denmark, Sweden, Holland, Belgium, France, Germany, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and Japan.

The concert will take place on 7 February at St John on Bethnal Green, and will feature music from Jo’s hugely popular albums Caldera and From The Sea. This will also feature the premiere of Jo’s new work ‘This Path With Grace’.

Jo has specially arranged several well-known works for the concert, including selected pieces by Schein and Bartok, for four cellos. The cello quartet will also be joined by violinist Daniel Merrill (Dead Rat Orchestra), percussionist Al Richardson and poet Mohan Rana. Tickets are available here.

For more information on Jo Quail, check out her Facebook, Twitter and Website.

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Photo: Karolina Urbaniak

(Written on December 15, 2014 )

Brooklyn Rider, the dynamic New York quartet, will be showcasing their own brand of creative programming in their upcoming European tour, which kicks off in Copenhagen on Tuesday. The group’s combination of limitless innovation and passion for new music has transformed the 300-year-old form of the string quartet into a signature 21st century ensemble. Their love of new music also inspired the Brooklyn Rider Almanac, which began in 2012, and continues its on-going commissioning project. So far they’ve commissioned 15 new works from a diverse list of musicians in the worlds of jazz, rock, pop, and folk. Brooklyn Rider recently launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise the funds for an ambitious complementary body of work directly related to the commissioned music. This will include videos, animation, choreography, photo essays, articles, interviews, remixes, and much more. So far Brooklyn Rider have raised over $22,000 of their $40,000 goal.

The 8-date European tour will include a blend of classic quartet repertoire and new works that challenge genre boundaries. Clubs and concert halls across Denmark, Sweden, Germany and the UK can expect to hear works from the group’s 2013 Mercury Classics release A Walking Fire, including Bartók’s String Quartet No. 2, Lev “Ljova” Zhurbin’s Culai, and Three Miniatures by Brooklyn Rider’s Colin Jacobsen, with the addition of music by Philip Glass, Franz Schubert and the premiere of String Quartet No.1 by Swedish composer Tobias Broström on 23rd and 24th April. Brooklyn Rider will also perform at Yellow Lounge in Stockholm on 26th April collaborating with DJs and VJs at Fotografiska. The tour culminates in a late night performance at London’s Wigmore Hall on 2nd May.

Check out a video of Colin Jacobsen’s A Walking Fire here:

(Written on April 17, 2014 )

WildKat PR is delighted to welcome Brooklyn Rider to its Client Roster.

Brooklyn Rider is an adventurous group of musicians whose innovation and passion for new music has attracted a great deal of fans and extensive critical acclaim. The quartet has collaborated with banjo virtuoso Béla Fleck, Chinese pipa player Wu Man, Syrian/Armenian visual artist Kevork Mourad, singer/songwriters Christina Courtin and Suzanne Vega, and many more. NPR credits Brooklyn Rider with “recreating the 300-year-old form of string quartet as a vital and creative 21st-century ensemble”. The group takes its name from Der Blaue Reiter (Blue Rider) artists’ collective from Munich, a movement that included painters Wassily Kandinsky and Franz Marc. Brooklyn Rider’s sense of cross-genre and cross-disciplinary art forms is rejuvenating the string quartet.

On their upcoming tour, Brooklyn Rider will bring their signature blend of classic quartet repertoire and new works which challenge genre boundaries to clubs and concert halls across Denmark, Sweden, Germany and the UK. The 8-date tour will feature music from the group’s 2013 Mercury Classics release A Walking Fire, including Bartók’s String Quartet No. 2, Lev “Ljova” Zhurbin’s Culai, and Three Miniatures by Brooklyn Rider’s Colin Jacobsen, with the addition of music by Philip Glass, Franz Schubert and Tobias Broström.

WildKat PR will be working to promote their exciting tour. For more information about Brooklyn Rider, take a look at their website, Facebook page, or Twitter.

(Written on March 12, 2014 )

This weekend, Lionel Bringuier will conduct the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich, with a programme of orchestral favourites featuring Schumann’s Piano Concerto in A Minor and Bartok’s Concerto for Orchestra. Lionel feels very close to the Concerto for Orchestra, having first conducted it as a student in Paris. Soloist Martin Helmchen shares the stage with Lionel for Schumann’s Piano Concerto.

Lionel is Chief Conductor Designate of the Tonhalle Orchestra.  His four-year contract will begin in the 2014-2015 season, and will include over thirty concerts, along with a number of tours and recordings.

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(Written on September 23, 2013 )

Tonight Augustin Dumay is performing at the Theatre des Champs-Elysees in Paris. He is launching his new disc Franck and Strauss Violin Sonatas with a performance with pianist Louis Lortie. This new release is part of an extensive catalogue of recordings, as both a violinist and conductor, which Augustin will release over the next few years with Onyx. Highlights of his upcoming recording schedule include Bartok’s 2nd Violin Concerto with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra and Kent Nagano, Mozart’s Great Sonatas with Maria João Pires and Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto in E minor with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra which he will also perform at Carnegie Hall in New York.

For more information on tonight’s concert, visit Augustin Dumay’s website here.

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(Written on February 22, 2013 )