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In today’s classical news: Roman Totenberg’s stolen Stradivarius is reintroduced by Mira Wang, and PRS for Music celebrates the first birthday of its Member Anti-Piracy System. Duelling’ violin brothers Vladimir & Anton discuss the lost art of classical improvisation. Researchers have found that accelerometers in smart devices can be hacked using sound waves. Are non-profits a sustainable system for classical music?

The Times 

Conductor more minor than Barenboim

Daniel Barenboim first conducted an orchestra at the age of 12 while Sir Simon Rattle was 13.

Rhinegold

PRS for Music announces anti-piracy successes

PRS for Music is celebrating the first birthday of its Member Anti-Piracy System (MAPS), which allows music creators to remove their repertoire from unlicensed online services and platforms.

Robert Murray withdraws from ENO’s Partenope

Robert Murray has withdrawn from ENO’s production of Partenope following a fall. He is suffering from severe concussion and has been advised to rest as far as possible.

Cmuse

Harness the Power of Classical Music: Five Reasons Why Classical Music should be on your Playlist

Classical music is powerful, and that’s no secret. May it be playing the piano, a Cremona violin perhaps, or cello amongst others, there’s always a certain beauty in putting together a beautiful piece and making a whole music out of it.

Pizzicato

Plagiatsvorwurf gegen designierten Wiener Staatsopernchef

Bogdan Roscic, dem designierten Intendant der Wiener Staatsoper wird vorgeworfen, sich in einer Arbeit über Theodor Adorno, mit der er 1988 in Wien promovierte, des Plagiats schuldig gemacht zu haben.

Music Business Worldwide

Deezer strikes major partnership with french retailer FNAC

Interesting news out of France: The market’s No.1 physical music retailer, FNAC, is getting into bed with its No.1 streaming music provider, Deezer.

Classic FM

How do you memorise music?

The Norwegian Chamber Orchestra first played a piece of music from memory in 2010. It was Grieg’s five-part Holberg Suite. And while it was normal to see soloists performing from memory, it was something else to see a whole orchestra without music.

Musicalchairs

Is nonprofit the best way to do classical music?

Is non-profit status a good thing for classical music? It’s the standard model in the United States, but does that mean it’s the best model?

The Guardian 

The Damnation of Faust review – Liverpool Phil moves from loftiest speculation to the lowliest taverns

Berlioz’s “dramatic legend” eludes any single genre – is it a philosophical oratorio? An opera of the imagination? A macabre, metaphysical satire featuring lowbrow songs about fleas and a eulogy to a dead rat?

The Strad

Whatever happened to improvisation in classical music?

‘Duelling’ violin brothers Vladimir & Anton grew up surrounded by Romani music and use a variety of Romani techniques in their performances – including writing their own variations and cadenzas. Here they discuss the lost art of classical improvisation.

The New York Times

Misha Mengelberg, Bold and Spirited Jazz Pianist, Dies at 81

Misha Mengelberg, a Dutch pianist and composer who approached the jazz tradition with an adventurous spirit and an antic sense of humor, died on March 3 in Amsterdam. He was 81.

The Washington Post 

Roman Totenberg’s stolen Stradivarius was once lost forever. Now, it plays again.

No two Strads are alike, they say, but the violin that Mira Wang reintroduced to the world Monday night is truly special. It was gone for decades, stolen after a concert in 1980, and its owner, Roman Totenberg, died in 2012 thinking it would never be seen again.

Pitchfork

Music Can Be Used to Hack Phones, Computers, and Cars, New Research Shows

“It’s like the opera singer who hits the note to break a wine glass, only in our case, we can spell out words.”

Twitter 

Sound and Music Watch “The Iris Murder” an award winning new chamber opera by Alasdair Nicolson and librettist John Gallas. https://t.co/DsIvOw2Iu0

Classical Music News CD Spotlight. Brilliantly Performed
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(Written on March 15, 2017 )

We are looking for an Account Manager to join WildKat PR in London!

Do you think you would be suitable for this position? Have a read through our job description below.

WildKat PR

WildKat PR is a game-changer in the classical music industry. We adamantly believe in changing the status quo of our industry, embracing creative values both on- and offline.

WildKat PR is the only classical music PR agency to spread worldwide, having established ourselves in London, Berlin and New York. We are deeply devoted to seeking out and using online platforms to reach and engage substantial new audiences, producing all-encompassing, bespoke, international PR campaigns that are data-driven.

 

Job Description

WildKat PR is offering an exceptional opportunity for a motivated, intelligent, creative individual to join our London team. Working with the Director, Head of Creative Strategy & Marketing, and fellow Account Managers on creative PR campaigns across the classical music and cultural industries, they will be expected to quickly establish and build strong working relationships with press to generate media coverage for our clients.

 

Key duties

As an Account Manager your role will be:

– To manage your set of clients and work with them to help achieve their PR goals. This includes: gaining press, attracting new audiences, helping to improve their brand, organising events

– To think creatively about how you (and your colleagues) approach campaigns. You will be asked to continually make new connections and approach your work in innovative ways. You will be expected to challenge how we, and the industry, are doing things

– To integrate digital media into campaigns. This means exploring new technology and developing ways to include it in client campaigns

– To take a leading role in the development and execution of unique, creative campaigns to promote your clients and the company

– To write copy in relation to your clients’ needs, including: fact sheets, bios, blogposts, newsletters, brochures

– To liaise with journalists to generate and secure media coverage for clients

– To organise client events, as needed. This includes: concerts, VIP receptions, industry networking events

– To attend all relevant artists’ events (which regularly occur outside of office hours) including meetings and performances

– To network within the industry to build your reputation and that of the company

– To oversee the work of others when required, and to be willing to grow into a more senior role 

Opportunities of working with WildKat PR:

– Friendly, open plan office

– Chance to do diverse things within the role and expand your skillset quickly

– Gain wider industry experience, not just PR

– Supportive colleagues and management welcoming your fresh ideas

– Personalised creative skills training and coaching

– Collaboration with mainstream brands and projects

– Opportunities for travel

– Sociable atmosphere

– Staff benefits, which include annual ski trip, Friday drinks, office yoga, opportunity for sabbatical and 6 hour working days 

Person Specification

Essential

– At least one year’s relevant experience in music PR

– Interest in classical music, culture and the arts

– Proven administrative and organisational skills

– Excellent verbal and written communication skills

– Ability to take initiative and responsibility when working alone

– Confidence and ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously

– Ability to work as part of a team

– Ability to remain calm when working under pressure and to manage conflicting deadlines

– High degree of accuracy and attention to detail

– A strong interest in online media

– Self-motivated

– Good standard of computer literacy (Word, Excel, WordPress)

Desirable

– 2-3 year’s experience in a music PR agency

– Fluency in another language

To apply, please send your CV and covering letter to olivia@wildkatpr.com with the subject title ‘WildKat PR Account Manager application’ by 5pm on 17th March 2017

Salary: Competitive – dependent upon experience

(Written on March 6, 2017 )

Accentus Music ist eines der weltweit erstklassigsten Labels für klassische Musikproduktionen. Es arbeitet mit den renommiertesten internationalen Musikern zusammen und hat auch in diesem Jahr viele sehr hochwertige Neuproduktionen geplant. Wir fühlen uns sehr geehrt, für alle kommenden Produktionen die europäische Promotion zu übernehmen, und freuen uns insbesondere auf die PR-Unterstützung für die DVD/Blu-ray mit Riccardo Chailly und dem LFO im Frühjahr als auch für die CD-Box zu Herbert Blomstedts 90. Geburtstag”, so Carolin Denz, Leiterin des Berliner WildKat-Büros.

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Das in Leipzig beheimatete Label besteht aus einem äußerst routinierten Team aus Film- und Audioproduzenten sowie Redakteuren. Seit der Etablierung als DVD/Blu-ray Label auf dem klassischen Musikmarkt im Jahr 2010 produziert Accentus Music hochqualitative Konzert- und Opernaufführungen, sowie Dokumentarfilme und Porträts weltweit. Die Veröffentlichungen beinhalten Produktionen über Künstler wie Claudio Abbado, Daniel Barenboim, Evgeny Kissin, Martha Argerich, Joshua Bell, das Lucerne Festival Orchestra, die New Yorker Philharmoniker, das Gewandhausorchester Leipzig oder die Staatskapelle Berlin. Sowohl künstlerisch als auch technisch erfüllt Accentus Music die höchsten Erwartungen und Ansprüche von Musikliebhabern aus der ganzen Welt.

 
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Wir freuen uns darauf, nach mehreren Jahren der erfolgreichen Zusammenarbeit, von nun an das renommierte Unternehmen auf dem gesamten europäischen Markt unterstützen zu dürfen, und den Erfolg unserer englischen Pressekampagnen auf die deutsche Presse zu übertragen. Bisher sind Rezensionen in den größten englischen Musikpublikationen wie BBC Music Magazine, Classical Music Magazine, Gramophone, sowie auf BBC Radio 3 und in nationaler Presse wie der Financial Times erschienen.

 

(Written on February 10, 2017 )

“Wellness”, “wellbeing”, “work-life balance” – these buzzwords have been entering the business world more regularly over the past few years. As we as a society begin to focus more on our health, our time, our personal development, so have the companies that we work for. Especially in PR companies and creative agencies, where working over-time is almost expected and in the arts where there are concerts, launches, and networking events to attend, it’s important to ensure that you are able to enjoy your personal life wherever possible.

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WildKat began to explore techniques to reward colleagues and staff back in 2011, when Kat brought her yoga instructor into the office. We began having weekly classes for 1 hour on a Wednesday afternoon. Berlin’s Victoria Mattinson says, “Taking an hour out to do yoga is a really effective way of clearing the mind and stretching out.  I always come back to my desk feeling refreshed and with new ideas.”

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In 2014, we also cemented the annual WildKat ski trip for the team who have been in the company for over 1 year. This is the perfect retreat for our colleagues to relax and unwind (off the slopes, of course!), spend time with the full global team, and try some new experiences together. London’s Victoria Cappelletti went on her first trip this year, explaining, “The annual WildKat PR ski trip is a great way to get to know the members of the team better and actually become friends, so that we are all like a little family. It totally lines up with the general company mood, ethic and atmosphere, giving people the opportunity to have fun and discuss topics beyond work.”

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Our perks continued to build in 2015, when Sweden began to initiate 6-hour working days to create a balance between work and personal life, Kat decided to trial the scheme in our Berlin office. We were quite skeptical at first that 2 hours would make a huge difference to our work-life balance, and that it wouldn’t compromise our work, but we were ready for the challenge. After a transitional phase, our Berlin team was working more efficiently – so much that our clients did not notice! – completing tasks and moving on without procrastination, feeling more happy and healthy at work, and also attending more events out-of-hours without free time or energy being compromised.  You can read our full feedback here.

However, one journalist asked: if we love our jobs why would we want to work less? Although this was not the point of our experiment, the hardest aspect was the need to be constantly productive. There was less time to read articles and be active on social media – two activities which are crucial to PR. We also lost out on occasional small talk, which does help to break up the day. Therefore, from now on, instead of a full-blown overhaul of our working day, every employee has ten six-hour days per month at their disposal.

Last year, we decided that we would fully integrate our perks into WildKat’s ethos and policy. Our in-house design team at Classical Music Design created a poster for us, that would have a central place in our office and would remind us that being happy in our lives and at work will allow us to live a more balanced life.

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Kat explains, “I felt that my staff deserve the best that my company could possibly offer. I divided the benefits up into monetary, educational, and well-being. Mostly, I am weary that money is a big deciding factor so of course we wanted to increase perks and financial rewards but actually focusing on well-being and one’s own personal development is a hot topic that almost comes equal to financial gain. 

“We want to feel valued on many levels and that our development is encouraged along the way so I wanted to offer training funds, 6 hour working days, yoga sessions, sabbatical, etc. Rewarding my staff doesn’t always have to cost the company a lot but it does mean that the teams are better balanced. Quite frankly, the older I get, the more I think that time is the most valuable commodity, so I want to enhance my staff’s time when at work but also give them more off time out of the office.” 

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Director of the Berlin office, Carolin Denz, was one of the first to utilise her training fund, purchasing a few books on leadership and communication: “As the Berlin team has grown a lot and we all know how important it is to build up a great and solid working team, we are always focusing on improving the team spirit and motivation. I began to learn some tips and advice from a few books about different ways to lead groups, so we can build on it with individual and more intense workshops during 2017. The books give an insight into how groups of different characters and opinions work, how to lead them best and motivate them to build up the team we need for our campaigns – creative thinking, responsibility and being a good team-player.”

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As well as the “official” #WildKatPerks, we still encourage our team to network in the industry, and step into the wider world to gain knowledge and make introductions on behalf of the company. For example, Junior Account Manager & Office Manager James Hardie attended #ABO17. He said, “I was very excited to have the chance to attend the Association of British Orchestras conference in Bournemouth, especially at such an early stage in my career.  The focus this year was Disruption, and I had the privilege of listening to some of the industry’s leading figures, including Hannah Kendall, Mel Larsen, James Murphy, and Chi-Chi Nwanoku talk about what this meant to them.  A strong feeling of community pervaded every session, and it was heartening to be surrounded by so many like-minded people, all of whom want to see classical music engage with new and diverse audiences.”

As civil servants face curbs on office ‘cake culture’, here at WildKat we know that everything works well in moderation and with plenty of balance. Are you considering some new perks for your company? How do you manage to balance work and life as a freelance? Feel free to send us your thoughts at @WildKatPR or comment below!

(Written on January 31, 2017 )

 

In today’s classical news, composer Max Richter calls for a greater appreciation of Britain’s classical music heritage.  Philip Glass, soon to turn 80, discusses his career and his relationship with minimalism.  Design Week explores the story behind the London Symphony Orchestra’s new identity, and London-based start-up, Jukedeck, explains how it composes music without a composer, using artificial intelligence. In Germany the Elbphilharmonie’s soundproofing is put to the test by German rock band Einstürzende Neubauten.

The Guardian

Britain must embrace its classical heritage

Max Richter, a leading British composer whose work is used on stage and screen, says UK audiences don’t get the credit for having broad tastes.

Philip Glass on turning 80

‘My problem is people don’t believe I write symphonies.’ About to turn 80, the composer talks about his slow, taxi-driving road to success, and why he is anything but a minimalist…

Design Week

New identity for LSO

The identity for the Orchestra’s 2017/18 season is based on its original conductor logo, also designed by the consultancy, and features a series of animated films by Tobias Gremmler.

The Telegraph

Musicians make the safest drivers

Musicians may make the safest drivers, a new study suggests, after researchers found that people who play an instrument have faster reaction times.

New York Times

Jukedeck – at the cutting edge?

Jukedeck is one of a growing number of companies using artificial intelligence to compose music. Their computers tap tools like artificial neural networks, modeled on the brain, that allow the machines to learn by doing, rather as a child does. So far, at least, these businesses do not seem to be causing much anxiety among musicians.

Der Tagesspiegel

Barenboims Botschaft an New York

Die Berliner Staatskapelle spielt in der Carnegie Hall den ersten kompletten Zyklus aller nummerierten Sinfonien Anton Bruckners – und Maestro Barenboim spricht eine Warnung aus

Krieg gegen die Kunst – Trump droht mit Kürzungen bei der Kulturförderung

Der neue US-Präsident könnte die beiden staatlichen Fördereinrichtungen für Kultur NEA und NEH abschaffen

Kreuzwort-Rattle

Im Herbst übernimmt Simon Rattle das London Symphony Orchestra. Jetzt verriet der Dirigent seine wichtigsten Pläne für die Zukunft. 

Spiegel

Einstürzende Neubauten in der Elbphilharmonie – auch Tinnitus klingt super

Es wurde gelärmt – aber sie steht noch: Zur Eröffnung des Pop-Programms trat die Experimental-Rockband Einstürzende Neubauten in der Hamburger Elbphilharmonie auf. Der Höhepunkt: Das erotische Knistern einer Zigarette.

Süddeutsche Zeitung

Die Würde der anderen

Moritz Eggerts Oper “Freax” erhält nun fast zehn Jahre nach dem ersten gescheiterten Versuch ihre aufregende szenische Uraufführung in Regenburg

Twitter

Music History @today_classical  in 1981 Death of American Samuel

Classical Music News @classicalmusic Facing the music: Benjamin Grosvenor

Theater Regensburg @theaterRGNSBRG »Die Würde der anderen« – über am @

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Photograph: Stefan Hoederath/Redferns

(Written on January 23, 2017 )

Classical News

In today’s classical news, members of Royal Albert Hall have been criticised by reselling unwanted tickets using sites such as Viagogo and StubHub for a profit, instead of returning the tickets to the hall’s official ticket system. Bogdan Roscic has been appointed as the Vienna State Opera’s next director from 2020 and New York’s Metropolitan Opera has cancelled a new production of Verdi’s La forza del destino by the Catalan director Calixto Bieito. Germany saw music sales increase over 2% last year, with vinyls and paid streaming being the largest contributors.

Classical Music Magazine

Royal Albert Hall members criticised for reselling tickets

Royal Albert Hall members have been criticised by a former president for reselling tickets outside of the hall’s official ticket return system.

Opera Now Magazine

Vienna State Opera appoints new boss

Bogdan Roscic has been appointed as the Vienna State Opera’s next director from 2020. Roscic, a senior executive in the recording industry, was considered an outsider for one of opera’s most coveted positions since he has no experience of running an opera house.

Met cancels Bieito production

In what has been described as a ‘cost-cutting measure’, New York’s Metropolitan Opera has announced that it has cancelled a new production of Verdi’s La forza del destino by the Catalan director Calixto Bieito.

Opera by 11-year-old receives ovation in Vienna

An 11-year-old British composer Alma Deutscher has received a standing ovation in Vienna for the premiere of her opera, Cinderella.

The New York Times

100 Years of New York Philharmonic Milestones, by the Earful

It was 100 years ago this Friday — on Jan. 20, 1917 — that the New York Philharmonic cut its first record.

The Washington Post

American music for an inaugural week

The National Symphony Orchestra is getting better at connecting to the world outside its doors. On Thursday night, the day before the inauguration, Gianandrea Noseda, its music director designate, led an all-American, presidentially focused program, including Copland’s “Lincoln Portrait” and suites from John Williams’s scores to “Lincoln” and “JFK.”

Klassik.com

US-amerikanische Sopranistin Roberta Peters gestorben

Die US-amerikanische Sopranistin Roberta Peters ist tot. Nach Angaben ihrer Familie starb die Sängerin im Alter von 86 Jahren an den Folgen einer Parkinson-Erkrankung.

Musik Heute

Ádám Fischer wird Ehrenmitglied der Wiener Staatsoper

Der ungarische Dirigent Ádám Fischer (67) wird Ehrenmitglied der Wiener Staatsoper. Das teilte das Haus am Donnerstag mit. Die Ernennung soll am 26. Januar nach einer Aufführung von Mozarts “Don Giovanni” erfolgen.

Musikexpress

Vinyl-Umsatz steigt auch in Deutschland auf höchsten Wert seit 25 Jahren

Der deutsche Musikmarkt ist im vergangenen Jahr um über zwei Prozent gewachsen. Vor allem bezahltes Musikstreaming (+73%) und Vinylverkäufe (+41%) konnten zulegen, während für CDs (-9,6%) und Downloads (-19,4%) im Jahr 2016 weniger Geld ausgeben wurde als im Vorjahr.

Neue Musikzeitung

Generationswechsel bei Breitkopf & Härtel

Lieselotte Sievers, geschäftsführende Gesellschafterin, hat die Geschäftsführung des Musikverlages Breitkopf & Härtel an Sebastian Mohr und Nick Pfefferkorn übergeben

Le Figaro

Investiture de Donald Trump: comment les stars américaines lui ont tourné le dos

Douche froide pour le nouveau président américain. Il imaginait son arrivée sur les marches du Capitole comme une intronisation à paillettes, avec stars à gogo et tubes à sa (dé)mesure… Le magnat de l’immobilier a vite déchanté. Retour sur la très laborieuse organisation de cette cérémonie.

France musique

La programmation du Festival d’Aix-en-Provence 2017 dévoilée

Sur son site internet, le Festival d’Aix-en-Provence a publié le programme de sa prochaine édition. Et cette année encore, création mondiale, Mozart, et de grands noms du monde lyrique s’y croiseront.

El Mundo

Más de cien Grammys para el ADDA

Claro y conciso, el presidente de la Diputación de Alicante, César Sánchez, resaltó esta cifra durante la presentación de la programación estival del Adda y de la temporada sinfónica 2017-2018 en la feria Fitur de Madrid.

Twitter

Music History @today_classical  in 2014 Death of Italian Claudio in Milan.

Music History @today_classical  in 1855 Birth of French Amedee-Ernest

BR_KLASSIK @BR_KLASSIK Die Stimme von ist zurück! Gestern in “Lohengrin” an der . Freude und Applaus!

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Photo: New York MET Opera/ Rhinegold

(Written on January 20, 2017 )

Classical News

In today’s classical news, University of St Andrews is to reveal plans for a new music centre later this month. A charity has launched a research project and announced funding to support up to 20 postgraduate students on the investigation of music that were written during the Holocaust. Violinist Augustin Hadelich is the first prize winner of Indianapolis Competition. Anipo, a French organisation is encouraging musicians to fit electronic chips to their instruments and bows and register them with the network in order to fight instrument thefts. Also, an “opera without voices” for Syria, and the Elbphilharmonie’s small hall is compared to a cave.

Classical Music Magazine

University of St Andrews to reveal plans for new music centre

The University of St Andrews is to unveil plans for a new £8m music centre later this month.

CMUSE

Research project launched to study the music of the Holocaust

A London-based charity has announced funding to provide support for up to 20 postgraduate students to investigate the music written during the Holocaust.

The Violin Channel

Augustin Hadelich – Indianapolis Competition 1st Prize Winner

Italian-born German violinist Augustin Hadelich has firmly established himself as one of the new generation’s top-tier concert virtuosi.

The Strad

Musician network Anipo aims to prevent instrument theft with electronic chip

The French organisation is encouraging musicians around the world to fit electronic chips to their instruments and bows and register them with the network.

Pizzicato

Robert Moody Quits As Music Director Of The Winston-Salem Symphony

Robert Moody, Music Director Of The Winston-Salem Symphony (North Carolina) has announced his departure in May 2018.

The New York Times

A Long Party of Concerts to Celebrate Anton Bruckner

Renowned conductor Daniel Barenboim is to present Bruckner’s nine numbered symphonies in nine concerts.

Der Tagesspiegel

Grotte mit Galerie

Zweiter Tag der Elbphilharmonie-Eröffnung: Auch der Kleine Saal ist optisch und akustisch gelungen. Ein Konzert mit dem Hausensemble Resonanz.

Die Welt

Liebe Hamburger, das kommt Weltklasse sehr nahe

Der Akustiktest geht weiter: Jetzt wurde auch im kleinen Saal der Hamburger Elbphilharmonie das erste Konzert gegeben. Eine schmale Schachtel mit vielen Möglichkeiten und warmem Klang.

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Bayerische Staatsoper sucht neue Doppelspitze – Zeit für Experimente?

Die Berufung von Bogdan Roščić zum künftigen Intendanten der Wiener Staatsoper war ein kulturpolitischer Paukenschlag. Die Auswirkungen dessen heizen jetzt die Diskussion an, wer 2021 in die Chefetage der Bayerischen Staatsoper einziehen wird.

El Mundo

Una ‘ópera sin voces’ para Siria

El compositor Alfredo Aracil y el diseñador Alberto Corazón presentan el Museo Reina Sofía ‘Siempre / Todavía‘.

Los Angeles Times

James Conlon to stay at L.A. Opera at least through 2020-21 season

James Conlon, the popular music director of the L.A. Opera celebrating his 10th anniversary with the company this year, will be sticking around for a while longer.

Twitter

klassik.com @klassikcom Emmerich Smola Förderpreis 2017 für Sheva Tehoval und Konstantin Lee

BBC Music Magazine @MusicMagazine Find out more about the man behind the work on our January cover CD, Carl Orff.

Help Musicians UK @HelpMusiciansUK It’s ‘s Women In Music event in association with &

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Photo: Anipo.org/ French organisation that aims to prevent instrument theft with electronic chip

(Written on January 16, 2017 )

The 15th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition will be taking place at the Bass Performance Hall in Fort Worth, Texas, from 25th May to 10th June 2017.

We had the chance to catch up with Jacques Marquis, CEO of The Cliburn, to find out what makes The Cliburn so special, as well as how it aims to attract a wider global audience.

Have a look at the interview here!

Screening auditions are underway, having already visited London and Hannover. So far we’ve seen and heard many talented young pianists.

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Photo from London screening auditions

Besides the screening auditions, The Cliburn also held a launch event in London, with The Cliburn 2013’s semi-finalist Jayson Gillham showcasing his beautiful playing in Bach arr. Rachmaninoff and Chopin.

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Photo: Pianist Jayson Gillham rehearsing at The Cliburn 2017 launch event in London

 

In addition, The Cliburn’s new partnership with medici.tv, who will be live-streaming the competition this year, will help realise the competition’s goal of reaching new international audiences.

WildKat PR sends its best wishes to this year’s participants! We can’t wait to see the 30 pianists that will make it to the Preliminary Round in Fort Worth, Texas, later this year.

Remember to follow WildKat PR on Twitter, and The Cliburn on Twitter and Facebook, for the latest news on The 15th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition!

(Written on January 13, 2017 )

Classical News

In today’s classical news, Opera North announces its 2017/2018 season. Soprano Charlotte Church, among many other singers, has refused to sing at US president-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration. New York Philharmonic and Wiener Philharmoniker present joint exhibition in celebration of both orchestras’ 175th anniversary. Also, Norway is going to be the first country to shut down FM Radio.

The Guardian

Joanna Trollope says BBC’s overpaid managers are starving the arts

Announcing that she will chair the corporation’s short story award, novelist says ‘a great weight of money’ has gone to the wrong people.

New York Philharmonic

New York and Vienna Philharmonics Celebrate 175th Anniversaries with Joint Exhibit

Eighteen forty-two was a good year for orchestras. As it happens, both the New York Philharmonic and Vienna Philharmonic were founded that year — about eight months, and 4,000 miles, apart.

Opera Now Magazine

Opera North announces 2017/18 season

Opera North will launch its 2017/18 with a celebration of one-act operas.

CMUSE

Soprano Charlotte Church becomes latest to snub Trump inauguration

Charlotte Church is the latest artist to state her opposition to performing at US President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration next week.

The Scottish Sun

Violin star Andre Rieu would love to meet funnyman Jonathan Watson… so he can help him play the fiddle

The world-famous conductor and musician was lampooned by the mimic during the Hogmanay edition of Only An Excuse?

The Strad

Antje Weithaas, Tabea Zimmermann and Wolfgang Emanuel Schmidt join Kronberg Academy faculty

The three string players will join the German performance school in October 2017.

The New York Times

Finally, a Debut for the Elbphilharmonie Hall in Hamburg

The Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg. After years of delays, it will have its inaugural concert on Wednesday.

Digital Music News

FM Radio Is Officially Getting Shut Down In Norway

Norway is about to become the first country in the world to shut down FM radio.  Are other countries next?

FAZ

Eröffnung der Elbphilharmonie

Hamburgs neues Wahrzeichen

neue musikzeitung

Die Kunst zu erben – Was wird aus der Boulez-Villa in Baden-Baden? 

Eine Erkundigung vor Ort

Fono Forum

Internationaler Dirigentenwettbewerb Sir Georg Solti

Unter der Schirmherrschaft seiner Witwe Lady Valerie widmen die Alte Oper und die Museums-Gesellschaft in Frankfurt dem vor 20 Jahren verstorbenen Sir Georg Solti zum achten Mal einen Dirigentenwettbewerb.

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BBC Music Magazine @MusicMagazine Find out more about Jean Sibelius, @BBCRadio3‘s Composer of the Week:

Classical Music @ClassicalMusic8 Orlando Philharmonic presents a program of music inspired by birdsong – Orlando Weekly https://t.co/HQq9bJhtIL

The Violin Channel @violinchannel http://ow.ly/vu1T307RNB4 New York Drag Queen-Violinist to Join Cast of ‘Mozart in the Jungle’ @ThorgyThor

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Photo: New York Philharmonic/ Wiener Philharmoniker

(Written on January 11, 2017 )

Classical Music

In today’s classical news, Royal Opera House collaborates with V&A Museum on an exhibition examining the creation of seven operas. Rock star Tony Iommi from Black Sabbath turns to choral music, composing a piece for Birmingham Cathedral, and Sony Classical has released the complete recordings of the esteemed Australian Maestro Nikolaus Harnoncourt. Also, James Smith is to step down as Music Director of the Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestra at the end of the orchestra’s 51st season, after a long service of 31 years.

Opera Now Magazine

ROH and V&A to collaborate on exhibition

‘Opera: Passion, Power and Politics’ will be the first show to be held in the Sainsbury Gallery, a new exhibition space developed as part of the V&A’s Exhibition Road building project which is due to open in July.

WQXR

David Bowie’s Classical Music Impact, One Year Later

Tuesday marks the first anniversary since the death of legendary musician David Bowie. In the year since his death, fans of various musical styles have come together to appreciate the ways his music seemingly transcended genre and simply focused on being “good music.”

CMUSE

Black Sabbath guitarist becomes choral composer

There seems to be something of a trend of rock stars moving into the classical music realm over recent times. The latest example comes from Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi, who has set aside his heavy metal traditions to compose a choral work for Birmingham Cathedral.

The New York Times

An Austrian Maestro’s Career, Seen Through His Recordings

Sony Classical has released the complete Sony recordings of the esteemed Austrian cellist, conductor and scholar, maestro Nikolaus Harnoncourt, who died in March at the age of 86.

The Strad

Firearm found in violin case in Washington DC

Police officers investigating the discovery subsequently found additional weapons and ammunition in the surrounding area.

Pizzicato.lu

An Outstanding Youth Orchestra Music Director Retires

The Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestras in Madison are losing an incredibly gifted conductor, who gave the young musicians in those orchestras completely new perspectives. After 31 years as the Music Director of the Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestras, James Smith will be retiring at the end of WYSO’s 51st season.

Suddeutsche Zeitung

Rekordsieger bei den Golden Globes – “La La Land” gewinnt sieben Trophäen

Der Musical-Film “La La Land” hat bei den Golden Globes so viele Preise gewonnen wie kein Film zuvor.

derStandard.at

Der schöne Klang der Elbdisharmonie

Kommenden Mittwoch wird nach fast zehn Jahren Bauzeit und einer Vervielfachung der Kosten die Hamburger Elbphilharmonie eröffnet. Eine Geschichte voller Stolz und Skandale.

Wiener Zeitung

D wie Dame, “Die” und Diva

Die Zeiten waren für Diven schon einmal besser.  Shirley Bassey zum 80. Geburtstag.

klassik.com

Positive Entwicklung der Auslastungszahlen

Die beiden größten Berliner Opernhäuser, die Staatsoper samt Staatsballett sowie die Deutsche Oper, haben eine Bilanz des Jahres 2016 gezogen.

BR klassik

Elbphilharmonie vor der Eröffnung: “Der Klang ist wirklich die Oberwucht!” 

Die ganze Musikwelt blickt gerade nach Hamburg. Hier wird nach jahrelangem Warten am Mittwoch endlich die Elbphilharmonie feierlich eröffnet. Noch rätseln alle: Wie klingt sie denn – so gut wie versprochen, oder vielleicht doch nicht? Timo Janzen, Bassist im BR-Chor, durfte den Klangtest machen – und ist begeistert.

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StellaMusica @stellafestival Un rideau pour vaincre la lors d’auditions d’ 

Classic FM @ClassicFM Hurrah! We’re off to Vienna for @johnsuchet1‘s Album of the Week.

Guardian Classical @GdnClassical Facing the music: Teodor Currentzis https://t.co/kdXmPmZ5SP

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Photo: ROH/ V&A

(Written on January 9, 2017 )