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WildKat PR is delighted to share news of our continuing collaboration with pianist Sunwook Kim.

Sunwook Kim is a South Korean pianist living in London. He came to international recognition aged just eighteen, when he won the prestigious Leeds International Piano Competition in 2006, becoming the youngest winner for 40 years. Since then, he has established a reputation as one of the finest pianists of his generation, appearing as a concerto soloist in the subscription series of some of the world’s leading orchestras, including the London Symphony Orchestra (John Eliot Gardiner, Daniel Harding), Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra (Marek Janowski), and Tokyo Philharmonic.  

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WildKat PR has worked with label Accentus Music for over 5 years. Earlier in 2016, we were asked to promote Sunwook’s second solo album (Franck & Brahms), released on Accentus Music, which was praised for its ‘pristine clarity’ and ‘emotional resonance’ (Gramophone, March 17, 2016). We also launched his Facebook page, and continue to manage his social media channels.  

This time around, we are looking forward to promoting Sunwook’s upcoming solo recital in London’s Wigmore Hall on Tuesday 25th October.  His erudite approach to programming will be reflected in works by Mozart, Schubert and Beethoven, charting artistic creativity in Vienna from the arrival of Mozart to the death of Schubert.

At the moment Sunwook is on tour in Japan and South Korea, and prior to his Wigmore recital will perform Tchaikovsky’s 1st Piano Concerto with the Bournemouth Symphony. Keep up to date with all of Sunwook’s news through his Facebook, Twitter, and website.

(Written on September 5, 2016 )

Aus dem omanischen Wüstensand in die K.u.K.-Herrlichkeit: Nach dem Gastspiel der Bamberger Symphoniker in Muscat sind sie nun in Graz angekommen. Und mit ihnen: Das Fotobuch von Nora Gomringer und Andreas Herzau, das im wunderschönen Stefaniensaal bereits auf sie wartet. Heute Abend und morgen sind sie dort unter der Leitung ihres Ehrendirigenten Christoph Eschenbach zu hören. Auf dem Programm: Werke von Ruzicka, Schumann und Brahms.

Die ganze Reise des Buches gibt es hier nachzulesen.

 

Stephaniensaal  Eschenbach

(Written on April 25, 2016 )

Classical News

In today’s news, violinist Augustin Hadelich wins the Warner Music Prize, Classic FM reports on a grand piano falling off the stage shortly before a performance by pianist Stefan Vladar & Sir Karl Jenkins Classical Music Award 2016 is launched by The Arts Club

Classical Music Magazine

Augustin Hadelich wins inaugural Warner Music Prize

Violinist Augustin Hadelich has been announced as the winner of the inaugural Warner Music Prize. He receives a cash prize of $100,000 (£64,613)

Classic FM

This piano fell off a stage 90 minutes before a concert and it’s too distressing for words

A concert grand piano plunged from the stage to the floor just 90 minutes before pianist Stefan Vladar was due to play a Brahms concerto on it

South Wales Evening Post

Sir Karl Jenkins Classical Music Award 2016 launched by The Arts Club in association with Classic FM

The Arts Club has announced details of the Sir Karl Jenkins Classical Music Award in association with Classic FM. This follows the success of the inaugural award last year, which was won by violinist Joo Yeon Sir

The Guardian

We lack a strong enough workforce of professional ‘portfolio’ musicians

Musicians must excel as performers, but also as teachers, leaders and creative collaborators- and their professional development must reflect this

Pizzicato

Preisverteilung beim Carl Bechstein Wettbewerb für Kinder und Jugendliche

Glückliche Gesichter im Kulturstall von Schloss Britz in Berlin: Preise im Wert von mehr als 10.000 Euro vergab die Carl Bechstein Stiftung am vergangenen Sonntag beim Preisträgerkonzert des zweiten Carl Bechstein Wettbewerbs für Kinder und Jugendliche

Codex Flores

Softwaregestütztes Klavierstimmen auf dem Vormarsch

Mit Hilfe einer kostenfrei im Internet erhältlichen Software von zwei Physikern der Universität Würzburg lässt sich ein Klavier selber stimmen

Klassik.com

Oberbayerischer Kulturpreis für Brigitte Fassbaender

Die Kammersängerin, Intendantin und Regisseurin Brigitte Fassbaender ist mit dem Oberbayerischen Kulturpreis ausgezeichnet worden

El Pais

La destilación genética

Johann Sebastian Bach pertenecía a una numerosa familia de músicos que durante varias generaciones fueron depurando sus talentos

Twitter

Aldeburgh Music: ‏@aldeburghmusic Young musicians: apply for our @BrittenPears 2016 courses http://www.aldeburgh.co.uk/bpp  and watch this for a taster https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xk-FwZY5fvM

Family Arts Festival: ‏@FamilyArtFest  Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra musicians carve a recorder from a carrot #FamilyArtsFest #edibleorchestra

Record Label A&R:@recordlabel_ar Dedicated label is seeking passionate new artists to represent & promote http://bit.ly/1MFjBAb

Augustin Hadelich Photo: Paul Glickman, Classical Music Magazine

Augustin Hadelich
Photo: Paul Glickman, Classical Music Magazine

 

(Written on October 20, 2015 )

Classical News

In today’s news, an interview with John Mauceri, ‘Rode’ Stradivari loaned to Ashmolean Museum and the results of the fifth Northern Ireland International Organ Competition are announced.

Guardian

Facing the music: John Mauceri

Carousel, Callas, Czerny playing Beethoven … conductor John Mauceri shares the music and people that inspire him

Classical Music Magazine

‘Rode’ Stradivari on loan to Ashmolean

The 1722 ‘Rode’ Stradivari and a 1646 Amati violin have been loaned to Oxford’s Ashmolean Museum to mark the reopening of its music and tapestry gallery.

Results of fifth NIIOC announced

Alexander Hamilton, organ scholar at St George’s Chapel, Windsor, won the senior category of the fifth Northern Ireland International Organ Competition (NIIOC), which was held in St Patrick’s Church of Ireland Cathedral in Armagh between 24 and 26 August.

I Care If You Listen

5 Questions to Nathalie Joachim (eighth blackbird, Flutronix)

Flutist and composer Nathalie Joachim, perhaps best known as half of the funky genre-blurring duo Flutronix, has just joined the multiple Grammy winning Chicago-based sextet eighth blackbird. We caught up with Nathalie just after her first official 8bb rehearsal to find out more.

Classical MPR

How Brahms kept me centered in a time of terror

The one-inch piece of invisible tape had not been disturbed. I reached up and peeled it off the door jamb, unlocked the door, and entered my apartment. If the guy who’d threatened my life had been waiting for me inside, broken tape would have warned me.

Der Tagesspiegel

Israel protestiert gegen angeblichen Barenboim-Auftritt

Israels Kulturministerin Miri Regev empört sich über das Gerücht, Daniel Barenboim wolle angeblich im Iran auftreten. Deutschland müsse das verhindert, fordert sie auf Facebook.

Der Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

Missklänge um Iran Israel kritisiert Daniel Barenboim

Die israelische Kulturministerin Miri Regev fordert die Bundesregierung dazu auf, einen angeblich geplanten Auftritt des Dirigent Daniel Barenboim in Iran zu verhindern.

Klassik.com

David Hefti mit Hindemith-Preis ausgezeichnet

Der Schweizer Komponist David Hefti ist mit dem Hindemith-Preis des Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festivals ausgezeichnet worden. Die mit 20.000 Euro in Form eines Kompositionsauftrags dotierte Auszeichnung wurde im Rahmen eines Festkonzertes im Kulturwerk am See in Norderstedt vergeben.

France Musique

Le chef d’orchestre québécois Jacques Lacombe dirigera l’Opéra de Bonn

Le chef attitré de l’Orchestre symphonique de Trois-Rivières (OSTR), Jacques Lacombe vient d’être nommé chef principal de l’Opéra de Bonn. Il prendra ses fonctions pour la saison 2016-2017.

Classicalite

The British Library’s ‘Save Our Sounds’ Program Creates Directory of UK Sound Collections

The long-feared deterioration of the world’s sound collections is a coming to a head with the British Library’s last-ditch initiative called “Save Our Sounds”. The initiative began in January 2015 with a survey that called upon archivists from across the UK to report their sound collections to the British Library before the ravages of time can further mar the fragile media formats.

Twitter

The Classical Source : Sian Edwards, conductor, Many happy returns to her @IngpenWilliams

NYCGB : Fantastic sounds coming from the choir this morning! The bottle playing is spot on  @AEdenroth

Telegraph Music : Keith Richards says he sleeps with his – and that helped him write Satisfaction

John Mauceri

John Mauceri faces the music
Photo:  Columbia Artists Management Inc/ Guardian

(Written on August 27, 2015 )

Classical News

In today’s news, the Borodin Quartet continue the excavation of Shostakovich’s music, The Guardian explores classical works hated by their own composers and question what would happen if we mixed Brahms and Radiohead. Also, Nicholas McCarthy signs to Warner Classics and The Spectator looks at the most powerful man in classical music.

The Telegraph

The Borodin Quartet: ‘We are not here to perform nice music’

As the world’s greatest string quartet continue their excavation of Shostakovich’s music, John Allison finds out what it means to live in the mind of a tormented genius

The Guardian

‘Repugnant’, ‘uninspired’ and ‘awful’ – works hated by their own composers

From Beethoven to Ravel, and Elgar to Saint-Saëns, 10 of the best-known pieces that their composers disowned despite – or perhaps because of – their popularlity

What do you get if you mix Brahms with Radiohead?

The end of musical civilisation as we know it, says Tom Service. Epic hoax, or compelling and captivating – what do you think of a symphonic project that melds Brahms’s First Symphony with Radiohead’s OK Computer?

Classical Music Magazine

Nicholas McCarthy signs to Warner Classics

The left-handed British pianist, Nicholas McCarthy, has been signed to Warner Classics and his first solo album for the label will be released in September 2015.

The Spectator

The most powerful man in classical music

Ronald Wilford invented the chimera of ‘the great conductor’ and, as president of Columbia Artists, sold it at unimaginable profit

artsjournal

Sony (And Other Major Recording Labels) Own A Piece Of Spotify. Is This A Conflict Of Interest That Hurts Artists?

“Having equity in Spotify might be smart, but if the money doesn’t trickle down from labels to profit participants, is it legal?

pizzicato

Conductor Sascha Goetzel Resigns As First Guest Conductor Of The Orchestre Symphonique de Bretagne

Austrian conductor Sascha Goetzel resigned with immediate effect as First Guest Conductor of the Orchestre symphonique de Bretagne, a post which he occupied since 2012.

Der Tagesspiegel

Chopin in Schönefeld

Schon zum zweiten Mal bringen die Brandenburgischen Sommerkonzerte Klassik auf den Skandalflughafen BER in Schönefeld: Am 28. Juni um 17 Uhr spielt das Deutsche Symphonie-Orchester

Die Welt

“Wer ist Petrenko?”, fragen Engländer und Amis

Die einen schmollen, die anderen fürchten um ihre Posten: Was folgt auf die Wahl von Kirill Petrenko in Berlin? Der unterlegene Christian Thielemann hat jetzt immerhin einen Parkplatz in Bayreuth.

Concerti

Annäherungen und Veränderungen

Die neue Intendantin Nike Wagner verpasst dem Beethovenfest Bonn eine sanfte Frischzellenkur

KlassikAkzente

So klingt der Sommer! Die “Sommernachtsmusik” im ZDF mit Anna Netrebko

Beim Klassik-Open-Air-Event der “ZDF-Sommernachtsmusik” steht Anna Netrebko in diesem Jahr erstmals gemeinsam mit Jonas Kaufmann und Thomas Hampson auf der Bühne am traumhaft schönen Münchner Königsplatz.

Tweets

ClassicsTweets @ClassicsTweetsInteresting Fact 67: Schoenberg had a fear of the number 13. He died on Friday 13th July 1951.

BBC Radio 4 @BBCRadio4The world’s fastest drummer, high octane guitar shredders and The Minute Waltz in 57 secs. Fast and Furioso:

BBC Music Magazine@MusicMagazine: Right. Our deputy ed – me – is on his lonesome in the BBC Music office today. Do send me an amusing tweet or two to keep me company. Ta.

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The Borodin Quartet
Photo credit: The Telegraph

(Written on June 26, 2015 )

WildKat PR is delighted to introduce our newest client Hideko Udagawa. The renowned violinist has recently released a collection of unusual 18th century concertos with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and Nicholas Kraemer. This disc is particularly exciting since it includes three previously unheard world premieres recordings, which Hideko discovered herself.

Hideko has also released two other CDs since last spring, both receiving high praise from international critics – a Khachaturian recital disc with Russian pianist Boris Berezovsky and a re-issue of the Brahms/Bruch violin concertos with Sir Charles Mackerras and the London Symphony Orchestra.

This year also marks the re-release of Hideko’s recording of Glazunov’s Violin Concerto with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, to celebrate the 150th anniversary of his birth.

Praised by critics for her passionate commitment, dazzling agility and refinement of taste, she has performed extensively across the globe in over thirty countries in Europe, North America and Asia-Pacific with some of the world’s top orchestras and in international concert series.

We are very much looking forward to working with Hideko on her future releases and recitals. Keep checking the WildKat PR blog for updates and also Hideko’s website.

Hideko Udagawa - Photo credit Sheila Rock

Photo credit: Sheila Rock

(Written on June 12, 2015 )

Classical News

The Guardian

Will Self: ‘Opera remains the preserve of the rich’

Brecht and Weill’s Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny is a satire on money and hedonism written in an age of crisis. So can it rouse a Royal Opera House audience to activism, or will it be consumed like just another luxurious treat?

BBC Music Magazine

The A-Z of the piano

We celebrate the world’s most popular instrument with a look at 26 of its greatest features

Hidden treasures in Brahms’s early piano works

Boris Giltburg on rediscovering neglected scores

Classical Music Magazine

Arts Impact Fund puts £7m available to arts organisations in low-cost loans

A new fund combining public and private investment has been launched to promote the wider impact art has on society.

Classic FM

Dame Kiri Te Kanawa and Vladimir Ashkenazy honoured by Royal College of Music

The Prince of Wales presented legendary soprano Dame Kiri Te Kanawa and the iconic conductor and composer, Vladimir Ashkenazy, with honorary doctorates at a ceremony at the Royal College of Music.

International Arts Manager

CIPC Young Artists Competition to award top prize of USD25,000 (€22,100)

Cleveland International Piano Competition (CIPC) has relaunched its biennial Young Artists Competition, repositioning it as a major event on the international calendar.

Zeit Online

“Ich bin doch kein Markenprodukt”

Der Sänger als Regisseur: Rolando Villazón inszeniert Puccinis “La Rondine” in Berlin. Hier spricht er übers Träumen, das Flanieren und das Glücksgefühl beim Proben.

Frankfurter Allgemeine

Gericht stellt Verfahren wegen Blasphemie ein

Der Intendant und ein Regisseur des Opernhauses im russischen Nowosibirsk müssen sich nicht mehr vor Gericht für ihre „Tannhäuser“-Inszenierung verantworten. Das Verfahren wegen Schändung religiöser Symbole ist eingestellt.

Klavier.de

Klavierprofessor Lev Natochenny klagt gegen Pensionierung

Hochschulpräsident Thomas Rietschel will 65-Jährigen nicht weiterbeschäftigen.

pizzicato

Reine Elisabeth: 69 Candidates, 27% Coming From Korea

Out of 170 candidates for the 2015 violin competition, sent from all over the world, a jury chaired by Arie Van Lysebeth and composed of Pierre Amoyal, Patrice Fontanarosa, Mihaela Martin, Natalia Prischepenko, Marco Rizzi and Gilbert Varga has selected 69 candidates for the first public round, which starts on 4 May at Flagey in Brussels.

Park Hyun-Jung’s Revenge: Seoul Philharmonic Under Police Investigation

Police raided the offices of the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra (SPO) today in central Seoul, according to the Korean Times. The raid was the consequence of a plea by the former CEO of the Orchestra, Park Hyun-Jung.

El Mundo

Viaje por las entrañas de los genios de la historia de la música

Xavier Güell, alumno de Bernstein, recorre en su debut literario la partitura interior de los grandes fenómenos musicales que forjaron la historia. Una novela diferente porque habla en nombre de ellos.

Twitter

Music Education Expo @MusicEdExpo: At 10.10 in the Rhinegold Theare, @mectweets and the major exam boards set out plans for the new GCSEs, AS Levels and A Levels in music

Musical Futures ‏@musicalfutures : Core content to allow innovation, tighter assessment objectives. All exam boards to assess at same standard #MusicEdExpo

Gavin Plumley ‏@gavinplumley : Swan Lake @RoyalOperaHouse tonight and @MarkusWerba and @songpianist @wigmore_hall on Sunday. Not a bad weekend ahead!

NEWS RCM

Photo: Chris Christodoulou

 

(Written on March 13, 2015 )

Are you a young graduate who is eager to network, meet new people, try something new and do business? Orpheus Sinfonia, themselves outstanding recent graduates, are hosting a networking event alongside their next concert Beneath The Score: The Love Triangle on 23rd March. There will be opportunities to meet other like-minded people before the concert, during the interval, and also afterwards over a drink or two.

There are many networking events out there but this one will be unique in its combination of business and culture. The concert’s theme focuses around classical music’s most famous love triangle between husband and wife Robert and Clara Schumann and their friend Johannes Brahms. Who will win over Clara in the end? Far from being your stereotypical concert, the music will be explained in a simple yet informative way, perfect for the classical music novice. Armed with this knowledge, you will be able to talk intelligently about culture when entertaining your clients back at the office. The concert is also a great excuse to take time out of your busy schedule to relax: being a young graduate can be tough if you are in a new city, job and routine.

So, come along, enjoy some great music, get noticed and make connections for yourself and your company.

Don’t forget your business cards!

Beneath The Score: The Love Triangle, St George’s Hanover Square, 19:30, 23rd March. Reserve your £5 tickets by emailing clara@wildkatpr.com

Orpheus Networking Blog

(Written on March 12, 2015 )

In the run up to International Women’s Day this Sunday (8th March), WildKat PR are turning the spotlight onto influential and inspiring female figures in classical music, past and present.

Today’s focus is on Dame Ethel Smyth, a female composer of the late 19th and early 20th Centuries, who was also an extremely active suffragette. Such was her devotion to women’s rights that she gave up her music for two years to fight for the cause.

As common to many women of middle class origins at the time, music and music theory lessons were undertaken only as part of a ‘ladylike’ education and not a serious career option. Yet, for Ethel, these inspired her to relocate to the Leipzig Conservatoire when she was 19 where she studied composition, much to her Father’s disapproval who preferred for her to marry.

Ethel Smyth Picture

Bassano. Dame Ethel Mary Smyth Image: National Portrait Gallery, London

In Leipzig she studied under Carl Reinecke and Heinrich von Herzogenberg and it was around this time that her work was introduced to Brahms. He commented, with what she realised afterwards was not a compliment but actually ‘scathing irony,’ ‘So, this is the young lady who writes sonatas and doesn’t know counterpoint.

Despite Brahms’ comments, Smyth’s works were received with critical acclaim, particularly her String Quintet in E Major. Highly respected critic, Wilhelm Altmann, wrote ‘this quintet clearly showcases the composer’s tremendous talent.’ Her Symphonic Serenade in D, secured her recognition with both public and press.

Her introduction to Emmeline Pankhurst in 1910 sparked her passionate involvement in the Suffragette movement. Indeed, she was sentenced to two months in jail for breaking an anti-suffrage politician’s window with a brick! The movement also influenced her music: she wrote The March of the Women which became an anthem for suffrage and was sung by the women on marches.

So, what can we learn from Ethel today? Clearly, her uncompromising commitment to women’s rights is something which is still very important (although we do not condone her violent methods). Whilst there are many wonderfully talented female musicians, there is still a distinct lack of women composers and conductors and Ethel’s determination to buck the trend in 20th Century England is something our industry should celebrate and encourage.

Check back here tomorrow for the next in our series on Marin Alsop!

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A Suffragette protest in London. Photograph: PA

Sources: WomenComposers.org

Spartacus Educational

The Telegraph

(Written on March 4, 2015 )

Classical News

Guardian

Facing the music: Bob Chilcott

He wants to put 400 singers in a railway station, and he loves a bit of Barbra Streisand … composer and conductor Bob Chilcott shares his musical passions

The Times

Is Riccardo Chailly the man to save La Scala and all Italian opera?

Riccardo Chailly likes an uphill struggle.

BBC Music Magazine

Joseph Calleja, Alex Beard and Sir Nicholas Kenyon team up for artist residency

London’s Corinthia Hotel invites major players in classical music to judge opera-themed artist in residence programme

Sinfini

Opera meets modern art

High culture will meet cutting edge contemporary art this summer with the introduction of a pop-up gallery at one of the UK’s most traditional opera festivals.

Classic FM

Can singing in a choir make children more moral?

A new study has found that children who sing in a choir, play in an orchestra or take part in drama activities are more likely to make good moral choices than their peers.

Zeit Online

Immer nur Mozart, Mahler, Brahms

Wir brauchen keine Debatte über Konzertsäle, sondern zuerst über Konzertprogramme. Orchester spielen immer dasselbe, lähmende Spielpläne enthalten uns viele Genies vor.

Der Tagesspiegel

Daniel Barenboim – mit der Moderne auf Du und Du

Alban Berg, Pierre Boulez – und die endlosen Bauarbeiten Unter den Linden: Chefdirigent Daniel Barenboim über Komponisten als Revolutionäre und die Staatsopern-Festtage.

concerti

Alte Musik in barocken Räumen

Mit Spitzen-Ensembles aus ganz Europa sollen nicht nur Kenner sondern auch Kinder angesprochen werden

audiophil

SXSW MUSIC 2015

„Wir sind begeistert darüber, nicht nur die bisher größte Anzahl deutscher Künstler vor Ort zu haben, sondern mit ihnen eine Auswahl, die stärker denn je den wahren Geist Deutschlands und seiner künstlerischen Begabungen hervorhebt”, sagt James Minor, General Manager des SXSW Music Festivals.

pizzicato

Russian Radio Orpheus Engages In The Revival Of Musical Heritage

At a press conference in Moscow, Irina Gerasimova, General Manager and Artistic Director of the Russian State TV and Radio Music Centre, Orpheus, presented the multimedia project Revival Of The Musical Heritage Of Russia operated in collaboration with the company E.ON Russia.

Le Figaro

Ces acteurs qui connaissent la musique

La semaine dernière, elle était du voyage présidentiel aux Philippines pour lancer l’appel de Manille, à quelques mois de la conférence du climat.

Twitter

BBC Radio 3 @BBCRadio3: To mark International Women’s Day Sarah Walker is talking to feminist author @EricaJong, every day this week at 10am https://t.co/vQqzFfrMjs

Classical Music @ClassicalMusic_: To boycott or not to boycott? The knotty relationship between politics and the arts http://ow.ly/JJvVL  @ThompsonWarwick

Opera North@Opera_North: Miss @WNOtweet‘s Twitter takeover asking if austerity will #killculture on Fri? Here’s a recap: http://wp.me/p4iWXH-cc 

via @wordpressdotcom

kings-college-choir-1419421283-article-0Can singing in a choir make children more moral? Photo: Classic FM

(Written on March 2, 2015 )