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Founded in 1895, the BBC Proms are a big part of British culture and the 2017 season begins tonight. For eight weeks of the summer, daily classical music concerts take place at the Royal Albert Hall and other venues across London, including Cadogan Hall, Stage@The Dock and Wilton’s Music Hall.

The term Prom is short for promenade concert, and refers to the outdoor concerts of the 18th century where the audience were able to stroll around while the orchestra played. Since then, the concerts have moved inside and, in the context of the BBC Proms, promming refers to the popular tradition of queueing outside the Royal Albert Hall on the day of the concert for the chance to get a £6 ticket for the standing areas inside the hall. Will you be a “prommer” this summer? Click here for some helpful tips on how to become a Pro-Prommer this year!

Royal Albert Hall: BBC Proms 2017

With the opening of the BBC Proms 2017 tonight, the WildKat team have put together a list of their highlights for this year…

Prom 35, the John Wilson Orchestra performing Oklahoma, appears to be a particular favourite in the office this year due to the magical sound that the orchestra creates and the energy that radiates from them when they perform. Not strictly classical, this prom would be a great one to go to for those who are novice prommers. Not convinced? Let The Spectator’s Richard Bratby, along with John Wilson, tell you why Rodgers and Hammerstein should be taken as seriously as Beethoven.

Another popular choice is Prom 10 with the Aurora Orchestra. Last year the ensemble performed their first prom from memory and it was such a unique experience – every single member of the orchestra completely engaged with the music and the conductor. This year they are performing Beethoven’s ‘Eroica’ from memory and we can’t wait.

If you are looking for a musical fusion, then Prom 41 is for you. It brings together Philip Glass and Ravi Shankar, combining Glass’s American Minimalism with Shankar’s sitar and the traditions of Hindustani classical music. The Britten Sinfonia and Karen Kamensek are joined by Shankar’s daughter, sitar virtuoso Anoushka Shankar.

The Cincinatti Symphony Orchestra makes its Proms debut this year and, since they are one of our clients, the WildKat team are very excited about it. They will be bringing works by two celebrated American composers and we are really looking forward to seeing everything come together.

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Last but certainly not least, Prom 75 – The Last Night of the Proms! What’s not to love about a big party with classical music, waving flags, sing alongs and bobbing along to the Sailor’s Hornpipe?

(Written on July 14, 2017 )

WildKat PR is happy to announce that we are now working with conductor Alan Tongue and his new project Mozart In The Afternoon.

Alan Tongue is a conductor and musicologist who studied with Sergiu Celibidache,worked for the BBC, and later built his career around the world, from Eastern Europe to South America and the United States.

In 2007, he came across Vaughan Williams’ exercise for the Cambridge D. Mus in the University Library in Cambridge. He took the challenge to transcribe it, leading to the birth of critically-acclaimed project A Cambridge MassThe world premiere took place at the Fairfield Halls in Croydon, with the Bach Choir and New Queen’s Hall Orchestra, before being performed in London and the US.

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Alan is now back to London and is preparing for his upcoming project: Mozart In The Afternoon. The programme is as follows:

  • Divertimento in F, K. 138
  • Piano Concerto No. 13 in C, K. 415
  • Symphony No. 41 in C, K. 551 ‘The Jupiter’

Alan will conduct newly-founded The Beecham Orchestra, with pianist Iain Farrington (who performed at the 2012 London Olympic Games and composed music for the BBC Proms) and violinist Rick Friedman (co-leader and first violin of the Birmingham Royal Ballet).

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With its unusual timing of 2:30pm, the concert will benefit all sorts of audiences, offering a break from the busy city after lunch, and before the evening’s darkness: the perfect daytime activity.

Mozart In The Afternoon – Tuesday 4th April – 2.30PM

Cadogan Hall, 5 Sloane Terrace, London SW1X 9DQ

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(Written on February 20, 2017 )

Classical News

In our classical news today, Cadogan Hall announces Christmas series 2016, Guildhall School awards fellowships to Pappano and Hough, and new study finds classical music has calming effect on horses. Also, “Musikland” conference shows perspectives for refugee musicians, and Academy of Arts Berlin calls on Angela Merkel to support the release of arrested artists in Turkey.

Classical Music Magazine

Christmas at Cadogan 2016

Cadogan Hall’s Christmas series 2016 features orchestras, choirs, soloists and family events. Highlights include performances from the Choir of St John’s College, Cambridge or the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

Music Teacher

Guildhall School awards fellowships to Pappano and Hough

Sir Antonio Pappano and Stephen Hough were among those to be made honorary fellows of the Guildhall School on 4 November.

The Violin Channel

New Study Finds Classical Music Has Calming Effect on Horses

New research this week out of the University of Caen Normandy, in France has made strong suggestions that classical music can have a significant stress-reducing effect on horses.

Prizes Awarded at American Boulder International Duo Competition

American cellist Julian Schwarz and Canadian pianist Marika Bournaki have been awarded 1st prize at the 2016 ‘Art of the Duo’ Boulder International Chamber Music Competition, in Boulder, Colorado, USA.

WQXR

5 Classical Pieces For the Sting of Election Defeat

Luckily, music can be of comfort and set the mood you need to grapple with all those weird feelings in your soul. The last thing you probably want to do today is look for that music, so we made sure to be one step ahead of you. Here are five works that will ease the pain of electoral defeat.

The Wall Street Journal

Physicist Carlo Rovelli on Composer Arvo Pärt

A three-minute piano piece alters a scientist’s universe

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Musikland-Jahreskonferenz zeigt Perspektiven für geflüchtete Musiker

Um Flucht, Integration und neue Perspektiven für geflüchtete Musiker geht es seit heute auf der zweitägigen Musikland-Jahreskonferenz in Hannover. Dabei soll vor allem die im Juli gegründete Initiative «Welcome Board» helfen.

Offener Brief an Merkel für inhaftierte Künstler in der Türkei

Unter Federführung der Berliner Akademie der Künste haben zahlreiche Kulturinstitutionen in einem offenen Brief an Bundeskanzlerin Angela Merkel appelliert, sich für die sofortige Freilassung der inhaftierten Kulturschaffenden in der Türkei einzusetzen.

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Verleger Bernhard Bosse gestorben

Er starb im Alter von 94 Jahren in Regensburg. Bosse war Geschäftsführer des Gustav Bosse Verlags, dessen Programm er in den Bereichen Musikpädagogik, Laienmusizieren und Neues Geistliches Lied erweiterte. Er war Mitbegründer der Zeitschrift “Musikalische Jugend”, aus der 1969 die “Neue Musikzeitung” hervorging.

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klassik.com @klassikcom Francisco Goldschmidt erhält Musikförderpreis der Stadt Köln

Music History @today_classical in 1901 FP of ’s 2nd Piano Concerto in Moscow

ARTE Info @ARTEInfo  “Unsicherheit”, “Weckruf”, “Werte”: So haben die europäischen Politiker auf Trumps Sieg reagiert. bit.ly/2fxOwRH 

Cadogan Hall. Photo Credit: Alex MacNaughton.

Cadogan Hall. Photo Credit: Alex MacNaughton.

(Written on November 9, 2016 )

Classical News

In our news today, Russia, Spain, and Belgium come together at the Cadogan Hall in London for the 10th Zurich International Orchestra Series, Dale Henderson plays Bach in the subway & Paul MacAlindin talks about his time with the National Youth Orchestra of Iraq. Also, South Africa’s leading opera house has been accused of financially exploiting 12 singers.

International Arts Manager

Russia, Spain and Belgium come together for 10th Zurich International Orchestra Series

Famed London concert venue Cadogan Hall is readying itself to present 16 concerts, performed by 11 international orchestras, supported by a stellar cast of conductors and critically-acclaimed soloists, for the 10th Zurich International Orchestra Series series kicking off later this month.

The DePauw

“Bach in the Subways” founder revives classical music through spontaneous, live concerts

Instead of the screech of brakes, some subway riders have been greeted to the sounds of Bach thanks to Dale Henderson. Classical music being played in unclassical places is the mentality of Henderson, a musician who will be performing at Music on the Square tonight at 7:30 pm.

Deutsche Welle

How classical music awoke young Iraqis’ spirits

Classical music not only boosted war-trodden young Iraqis, it also affected the country’s politics, says conductor Paul MacAlindin. He tells DW about his time with the National Youth Orchestra of Iraq and his new book.

The Guardian

Sheku Kanneh-Mason: ‘Classical music isn’t elitist – the problem is it’s expensive’

It’s an understatement to say that Sheku Kanneh-Mason has had a busy few months. In May, the 17-year-old cellist was crowned BBC Young Musician. Only a few days later, he was back at school, revising for his summer exams at Trinity College Catholic school, a state secondary in Nottingham, while also preparing for his Royal Festival Hall concerto debut.

South African opera house accused of exploiting black singers

South Africa’s leading opera house has been accused of financially exploiting 12 singers who performed internationally in a controversial but critically acclaimed production of Mozart’s Così Fan Tutte, set in colonial north Africa and portraying racial abuse and rape by fascist Italian troops.

The Stage

How opera is extending its reach

Cressida Pollock, chief executive of London-based English National Opera, recently observed that the majority of performing arts audiences in the UK are “white, middle class”. She added: “When we look to attract… new people into our audience, we have to acknowledge that we usually end up with a white, middle-class audience.”

Graham Vick: Opera needs radical overhaul to survive

So much is encouraging about opera just now, most of it found in the sense of adventure of performances in pub theatres, supermarkets and car parks. Some of it is happening with small orchestras. Some of it is even happening without orchestras, with choruses of volunteers, without a chorus. Some of it is even amplified.

Classical Music Magazine

Composers’ Fund open for applications

Applications are now open for the second round of funding from PRS for Music Foundation’s Composer’s Fund. The £150,000 fund aims to give composers more control of their careers by offering them direct access to funding, enabling them to realise projects and ambitions that may not be possible through traditional commissioning models.

The Strad

‘If career becomes more important than the music, your soul becomes empty,’ says cellist Steven Isserlis

‘It’s great to have a successful career, but if the career becomes more important than the music, your soul becomes empty’. Cellist Steven Isserlis speaks about music and career for Living The Classical Life.

Broadwayworld

Houston Symphony’s September Slate Goes From Classic Rock to Judy Garland

September 2016 marks the beginning of the Houston Symphony’s 103rd season and the diverse orchestral programming Houstonians have come to love. From classic rock to Judy Garland, Seth MacFarlane and Mahler, the season’s first month of concerts will span several decades and genres of music.

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Europäischer Komponistenpreis an Liisa Hirsch vergeben

Die estnische Komponistin Liisa Hirsch (32) hat den Europäischen Komponistenpreis 2016 erhalten. Ihr Werk “Mechanics of Flying” wurde beim Festival Young Euro Classic uraufgeführt und von einer Jury aus musikbegeisterten Laien ausgewählt.

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Theater-Tickets in MV bundesweit am geringsten subventioniert

Die Theater-Tickets in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern sind nach einer Erhebung des Deutschen Bühnenvereins bundesweit am geringsten subventioniert. Der Zuschuss pro Besucher betrug in der Spielzeit 2014/15 im Nordosten 98,38 Euro.

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Jennifer Rostock singt gegen die AfD

Die Berliner Band Jennifer Rostock hat mit einem Song gegen die AfD einen Netzhit gelandet. Bei Facebook klickten bislang 4,4 Millionen Menschen auf ein Video, das die Band in Wohnzimmer-Kulisse aufnahm.

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BBC Proms Team @bbcproms Classical music is often described as ‘epic’. It’s an entirely appropriate adjective here.

Tyne Opera House @TyneOperaHouse *TONIGHT* The Greatest Show on the Tyne! Tickets still available at

BBC Music @bbcmusic A day in the life of the world’s best classical music festival: From start to finish http://bbc.in/2c7Yc3s

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Photograph: RPO

(Written on September 2, 2016 )

Classical News

In today’s news, three-day festival in New York offers the chance to discover the music of Per Norgard, the man who shot YouTube star and singer Christina Grimmie has been identified & Emily Sun has won the Grand Final of the Royal Over-Seas League (ROSL) Annual Music Competition. Also, Nicolette Fraillon calls out sexism in the classical music world & figures show that live music is highly popular in the UK: 30 million tickets were sold for British gigs and festivals in 2015.

The New York Times

Norgard in New York celebrates Per Norgard

The kaleidoscopic, enigmatic music of the Danish composer Per Norgard, 83, has been seldom performed in America until recently being championed by the New York Philharmonic and others. This week, a three-day festival called Norgard in New York offers an ideal chance to discover the visceral music of this fascinating composer.

Man Who Shot Christina Grimmie, a Singer on ‘The Voice,’ Is Identified

The police on Saturday identified the man who shot and killed Christina Grimmie, a former cast member of the reality TV singing competition “The Voice” and a viral YouTube star, as a 27-year-old man from St. Petersburg, Fla.

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Australian violinist wins Royal Over-Seas League Gold Medal

Violinist Emily Sun has won the Grand Final of the Royal Over-Seas League (ROSL) Annual Music Competition, which took place at Cadogan Hall, London on Wednesday 1 June.

ABC News

Australian Ballet music director calls out sexism in classical music world

The world’s only female music director of a ballet company says gender inequality is still rife in the classical music world. Nicolette Fraillon—also an internationally renowned conductor and musician—says the issue is indicative of the broader barriers facing women in leadership positions.

BBC News

30 million tickets sold for British gigs and festivals in 2015

Nearly 30 million tickets were sold for British gigs and festivals in 2015, say new figures. UK Music, an organisation which represents the music industry’s interests, says 27.7 million fans headed to a live music event last year.

Classical Music Magazine

Opera North to run first orchestra camp

Opera North is to run its first orchestra camp this summer. The camp, which will run from 22-26 August at the University of Leeds’ School of Music, will give aspiring young musicians the chance to perfect their playing and learn new skills.

Boughton House to host Handel exhibition

Northamptonshire’s Boughton House will host a specially curated exhibition about the life of Handel. The exhibition will chart key episodes in Handel’s life, bringing together a collection of artefacts including the first edition of the Messiah, a 1720 harpsichord (probably Handel’s own), Louis-Francois Roubiliac’s first model for Handel’s monument in Westminster Abbey and rare orchestral instruments from the period.

Press & Journal

North-east students to perform opera

Music students at a north-east university will delve into the world of Greek mythology to perform an opera this weekend. The Aberdeen University production, Orfeo’s Journey, a new adaptation of four baroque operas, which is set in the north-east.

The Guardian

Conductor Daniele Gatti on Falstaff: ‘It’s as if Verdi was saying farewell’

Giuseppe Verdi was in his late 70s and thinking about retirement when his librettist Arrigo Boito suggested they make an opera from The Merry Wives of Windsor. Verdi had set two plays by Shakespeare before – Macbeth, which was one of his first great successes in the 1840s, and Otello, which he completed in 1887, at the age of 74.

Die Zeit 

Jamsession mit 50 Giganten

Sie waren die Größten, und wie leben sie heute? Der Bildband “American Jazz Heroes, Volume 2” besucht die Helden des Genres. Amerika hat viele von ihnen längst vergessen.

Klassik.com

Orden Pour le mérite für Daniel Barenboim und Musikwissenschaftler Christoph Wolff

Der Dirigent Daniel Barenboim ist neben dem Musikwissenschaftler Christoph Wolff als neues Mitglied in den Orden “Pour le mérite” aufgenommen worden. Die Auszeichnung fand im Beisein von Bundespräsident Joachim Gauck in Berlin statt.

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Deutscher Kulturrat: Künstlersozialversicherung: Bund muss den Zuschuss erhöhen

Morgen findet in Berlin die „Zukunftswerkstatt Künstlersozialversicherung“ des Bundesministeriums für Arbeit und Soziales statt.

El Pais

Vicent Ros, nuevo director del Palau de la Música de Valencia

Dirigirá el recinto cultural durante tres años tras ser seleccionado entre 15 candidaturas

Scherzo

Cómo salvar la música clásica

Es la misma canción que se repite tan insistente como bienintecionada. Acercar los públicos a la música clásica, que no se vayan espantados los que acceden a un concierto por vez primera, que el público escuche lo que le gusta pero que también se sienta sorprendido.

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The Violin Channel @violinchannel ow.ly/ZIPk3015KIR Australian Violinist Awarded Prestigious Commonwealth Bursary @RCMLondon

BBC Radio 3 @BBCRadio3 How football brought classical music to a wider audience. & from 10

Opera North @ Opera_NorthNot long to wait! 16/17 season on sale at 10am… What will YOU choose?

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Photograph: Manu Theobald

(Written on June 13, 2016 )

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WildKat PR is delighted to introduce our new client, German-Japanese pianist, Caterina Grewe.

Born in Tokyo in April 1988, Caterina has performed to great critical acclaim throughout the UK, continental Europe and Asia as a Steinway Artist. She has given recitals in venues such as the Bath Pump Room, Steinway Hall London and Hamburg, Royal Albert Hall, Cadogan Hall, Laeiszhalle in Hamburg, Palau de la Música Catalana in Barcelona and the Rachmaninoff Hall of the Moscow Conservatoire amongst others.

Caterina‘s recitals have been broadcast by the NDR in Hamburg and France Musique in Paris. She appeared alongside Lang Lang on Sir Michael Parkinson’s TV Show Parkinson Masterclass, which was aired on Sky TV in 2013. As a concerto soloist, she has appeared with the Classic Philharmonic Orchestra Hamburg, the Oldenburg State Orchestra, the RCM Symphony Orchestra, Jove Orquestra Nacional de Catalunya and the RTE National Symphony Orchestra, and has collaborated with conductors Robert Stehli, Thomas Dorsch, Robin O’Neill, Manel Valdivieso and Alan Buribayev.

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Caterina Grewe

Caterina has won numerous prizes at world-renowned piano competitions such as Third Prize at the Maria Canals International Piano Competition in Barcelona, and the Dublin International Piano Competition where she was a finalist and prizewinner in 2015. During her time at the Royal College of Music, Caterina won all major prizes including First Prize (Kendal Taylor Beethoven Piano Prize) at the annual RCM Beethoven Piano Competition in 2009 and was also awarded the HRH Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother Rose Bowl by the Prince of Wales for her outstanding achievements.

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Caterina Grewe

Caterina is recognised for the beauty, poetry, and temperament that her playing displays and the depth and maturity in her interpretations. She has always been especially drawn to the music of German Romantic composers. Schumann is one of her favourite composers and it is therefore only apt that her debut CD for KNS Classical features one of his most treasured works (Davidsbündlertänze) and one of his rather unduly undiscovered works (Concert sans orchestre).

 

(Written on February 8, 2016 )


Classical News

In today’s news, ENO announces joint recipients of the ENO Mackerras Fellowship, Barbican announces 2016/17 season and Kaufmann cancels Met Opera Production. Also, Pianist Lang Lang wants kids to be excited about classical music and creative industries worth almost 10 million an hour

Fast Company

Virtuoso Pianist Lang lang wants kids to be excited about classical music

The world renowned pianist is combining his celebrity and youth to break down staid perceptions of classical music for young students

New York Times

Jonas Kaufmann Cancels Met Opera Production

Jonas Kaufmann, the star tenor, has canceled his performances in a highly anticipated new production of Puccini’s “Manon Lescaut” that will open at the Metropolitan Opera next month

Classical Music Magazine

Barbican announces 2016/17 season

The Barbican’s 2016/17 season will include a celebration of music by Philip Glass, Steve Reich and John Adams, the European premiere of Gerald Barry’s Alice’s Adventures Under Ground and a major residency with Jonas Kaufmann

ENO Opera

ENO announces joint recipients of the ENO Mackerras Fellowship

Conductors Toby Purser and Matthew Waldren have been appointed as joint recipients of the ENO Mackerras Fellowship, the first time that the award will be shared by two conductors

Classical Music Magazine

Creative industries worth almost £10 million an hour

Figures published by the government show that the UK’s creative industries are worth £84.1 billion to the UK economy

FAZ

Wie Bayerns Regierung ein Gutachten verfälschte

Es sollte so schön sein: ein Konzertsaal in München mit Klenzes altem Marstallgebäude als Foyer. Doch das Kunstministerium täuschte die Öffentlichkeit über den Inhalt eines Gutachtens. Was steht wirklich drin?

Pizzicato

Liebreich setzt ‘Kultura Natura’ unter das Motto der Spiritualität

Alexander Liebreich Chefdirigent und Künstlerischer Leiter des Nationalen Sinfonieorchester des Polnischen Rundfunks (NOSPR) in Katowice, hat jetzt erste Informationen zu der Edition 2016 des von ihm geleiteten Festivals Kultura Natura bekannt gegeben. Es steht unter dem Motto Spiritualität und findet vom 13.-22. Mai statt

NMZ

Mit Konzerten gegen Fremdenfeindlichkeit – Opernhäuser wehren sich

Namhafte deutsche Opernhäuser wehren sich gegen ausländerfeindliche Stimmungsmache und setzten dabei auf die Kraft der Musik. Unter dem Slogan «Oper ohne Grenzen – Konzert für eine offene Kultur» hat die deutschsprachige Opernkonferenz am Montag in Dresden eine Konzertreihe angekündigt

El Mundo

El día que Elsa Sánchez entró en la Orquesta Nacional de España

¿Qué esconden los proceso de selección de las orquestas? Para averiguarlo, acompañamos a una joven violinista durante las pruebas de admisión para una plaza en la OCNE

Codex Flores

Bilanz 2014/15 der Tonhalle-Gesellschaft Zürich

Die Jahresrechnung der Saison 2014/15 der Tonhalle-Gesellschaft Zürich weist einen Ertragsüberschuss von 71’408 Franken auf. Die Gesamtzahl der Eintritte in Zürich lag bei 107’297, das entspricht einer Auslastung von 70,5 Prozent

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Hello Stage @HelloStage_  Celebrating one of our favorite #composers, #HappyBirthdayMozart! http://www.hellostage.com

MonteverdiChoir&Orch@mco_london Good morning @cadoganhall! Looking forward to celebrating #Mozart260 here tonight with Mozart Symphony #40 & Requiem

Royal College Music@RCMLondonCongrats to #RCMOpera singers Angela Simkin & @SimonShibambu, announced as @TheRoyalOpera Jette Parker Young Artists http://bit.ly/23sKRYL

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(Written on January 27, 2016 )

WildKat PR is delighted to welcome Ingrid Fuzjko Hemming to its client roster.

Fuzjko is a pianist of Japanese/Swedish origin, whose remarkable personality and life story are just as compelling as her extraordinary musical talents. At the age of ten, Fuzjko’s piano teacher Leonid Kreutzer was already predicting her international success, but tragically, she was struck by deafness just prior her recital debut with Leonard Bernstein. Even today after extensive treatment she remains partially deaf.

Despite this adversity, Fuzjko went on to have a highly successful international career, winning Japanese piano competitions as a soloist and collaborating with the world’s top orchestras including the Moscow Philharmonic, Japanese Philharmonic and the Spanish Radio Symphonie to name a few. In 1999, one of Fuzjko’s piano recitals was broadcast on NHK Japan along with a documentary about her life, leading to her album La Campanella selling two million copies. This documentary gave Fuzjko the reputation of a ‘classical icon’; a label that was affirmed in 2010 when the police had to be called in to deal with disappointed fans unable to attend a private concert at the Hotel Lambert in Paris, held by Qatari Prince Abdullah for 140 members of French high society.

Humanitarian causes are very important to Fuzjko. In 2005 she performed a sell-out charity concert at the Budokan in Tokyo for an audience of 13,000 and donated over 10 million yen to UNICEF. She has been a strict vegetarian for 22 years and performs recitals in aid of animal welfare.

This spring, Fuzkjo will share her extraordinary talents with London audiences. WildKat PR will be working with her to promote her recital at Cadogan Hall on 23rd March with wonderful violinist Vasko Vassilev.

Fuzjko © Hideo Nakajima

Fuzjko © Hideo Nakajima

(Written on February 25, 2014 )

The new, exciting ensemble London International Players make their Cadogan Hall debut tonight, presenting a programme of ‘Bach to Britten’. Speaking to Gramophone about the programme, Artistic Director Ana de la Vega explains the programme as being ‘built on the aesthetics of purity, simplicity and transcendence: one can explore this in literature, other art movements, philosophy and religion’. Speaking further about the importance of this intellectual programming, Ana expands ‘people don’t want to feel gratified and indulged, they want to feel satisfaction that they have achieved something intellectually, understood something they thought was out of reach. We can do this by helping them to create a link between the music they are experiencing and the knowledge they already have.’ Pianist Irina Botan, speaking to Classic FM, said of the concert: “I particularly enjoy playing the Vaughn Williams quintet. It is a very beautiful early piece, which is reminiscent of Brahms, especially the first movement. Interestingly, its premiere was in 1905 and due to an embargo has not been performed again until the 1990s. It is a difficult piece but also very gratifying”.

Speaking on BBC Radio 3’s In Tune programme ahead of this Cadogan debut, Sean Rafferty described the ensemble as having a “rollicking start” to their career thus far, noting that “excellence will always find people delighted to listen”. As an ensemble keen to widen classical music and change the demographic of the concert hall, the London International Players elaborated on this, speaking to Sean live on air. Violinist Daniel Röhn said that the ensemble aim to “present the best pieces… for a listener of any age”, whilst Ana de la Vega said that younger audiences attending concerts are “lovely to see and needs to be encouraged”, whilst bringing in said audience still remains to be one of the “biggest challenges of today”.

The London International Players is an ensemble born largely of the Menuhin School and IMS Prussia Cove, comprising distinguished soloists and chamber musicians from many corners of the world who have come together through a mutual love of chamber music and musical ideals. In an interview with Classic FM they expressed their goals as being able “to perform music using our own individual voice. We hope that when you will listen to us on the Radio, you will be able to tell it is us”. After their electrifying Wigmore Hall debut on September 19th, the ensemble look forward to their Cadogan Hall debut this evening, which is followed by a residency at St John’s Smith Square this spring to celebrate the 150th birthday of Richard Strauss. Speaking to Ideas Tap, Ana de la Vega described forming the London International Players as one of her greatest achievements, “bringing some of the greatest young musicians of my generation together and creating an ensemble of this calibre, now performing in the greatest halls in Europe!”.

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(Written on November 8, 2013 )

Last week, on a rainy Thursday lunchtime (19th September) a crowd took refuge in a busy Wigmore Hall, ready for the performance of outstanding new ensemble: the London International Players.

The London International Players is an ensemble that features distinguished soloists and chamber musicians from all corners of the world, who have come together through a mutual love of chamber music and common musical ideals.

Their musical kinship clearly shone through in their Wigmore Hall debut, with a programme that was varied but balanced, perfectly showcasing the ensemble’s wide timbral potential.

They opened with Mozart’s Flute Quartet No.1 in D major K285. Artistic director and flautist Ana de la Vega captured the audience’s imagination as a soloist without preventing the rest of the ensemble from shining. Next came the first movement of Mahler’s Piano Quartet in A Minor, a work that Mahler began when he was just sixteen and never completed, and also the composer’s only purely instrumental chamber music.

Arnold Bax’s Trio Elegiac (1915) for Flute, Viola and Harp, is an unusual but effective combination which was written just after Debussy’s 1915 trio for the same instruments. The piece has strong Celtic influences, which were beautifully captured in harpist Martino Panizza’s shimmering arpeggios. Mendelssohn’s Piano Trio No.1 in D minor Op. 49 is recognised as one of his greatest works, and made an effective finale, lead by Irina Botan’s masterful piano playing.

With a cry of “bravo!” the very moment the piece finished, followed by rapturous applause, the debut was deemed a success. The exceptional talents of the individual players working seamlessly as an ensemble is a recipe for chamber music at its finest.

Further to this electrifying debut at Wigmore Hall, the London International Players look forward to their Cadogan Hall debut on the 8th November, as well as a St John’s Smith Square residency on 11th June, 27th June and 8th July 2014, amongst scheduled European dates in Berlin and Belgium and debut disc release in 2014.

For more information, see the London International Players’ website.

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(Written on September 25, 2013 )