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In today’s news: Gustavo Gimeno records two new CDs, electronica and Mozart unite for BoxPark concert, Steven Isserlis talks music and death, Barenboim visits the West Bank to help young musicians. Live Music Now announce Libor concerts, and the Royal College of Music plan renovations and upgrades.

Irish Times

Are multimedia performances the future of live classical music?

Joyce DiDonato gives a stunning example of the possible shape of things to come.

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Shift K3y announces collaboration with the London Mozart Players

Electronic musician Lewis Jankel (aka Shift K3y) will headline a fusion night of electronic, indie and classical sounds at Croydon’s new 2,000 capacity BoxPark on 19 July.

The Telegraph

Steven Isserlis interview: ‘John Tavener spoke to me in a dream’ 

The world-leading cellist talks to Ben Lawrence about music, death and how a celebrated playwright invoked his wrath

BBC News

Israeli conductor Daniel Barenboim visits the West Bank 

Barenboim visits the West Bank for the first time in nearly a decade to work with young Palestinian musicians.

Rhinegold

Live Music Now launches Libor concerts

Live Music Now is to provide 700 interactive concerts across the UK for veterans of the armed forces and their dependents in a bid to combat isolation and loneliness, the charity has announced.

Classical Source

Royal College of Music breaks new ground with ambitious campus redevelopment

Professor Robert Winston officially launches start of More Music, an ambitious redevelopment of the Royal College of Music.

Spiegel Online

Dirigenten-Überraschung Wenn der Funke überspringt

Gustavo Gimeno überzeugt mit Temperament und Charisma, wie es sich für einen Dirigenten gehört. Dabei verlässt er sich nicht auf allzu bewährte Konzert-Hits. Auf seinen neuen CDs überrascht er mit frühem Bruckner und Schostakowitsch.

Pizzicato

Jetzt hat Beethoven sein Eistörtchen

Ein Eisproduzent aus Bonn hat laut Informationen der Vereinigung ‘Bürger für Beethoven’ ein Beethoven-Eistörtchen vorgestellt.

Kulturradio vom RBB

Reinhard Goebel erhält Bach-Medaille 2017

Der Geiger und Dirigent Reinhard Goebel bekommt die Bach-Medaille 2017 verliehen. Geehrt werde Goebel für seine besonderen Verdienste um die Vermittlung alter Musik.

BBC News

Israeli conductor Daniel Barenboim visits West Bank

Daniel Barenboim, has been visiting the West Bank for the first time in nearly a decade – to work with young Palestinian musicians.

Le Parisien

Le Festival Berlioz rendra hommage aux années londoniennes du compositeur

Le festival, qui a rassemblé l’an dernier 26.000 spectateurs, se tiendra du 18 août au 3 septembre à La Côte Saint-André, bourgade de l’Isère où le compositeur est né il y a 214 ans, et alentour.

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(Written on June 14, 2017 )

In today’s news: Yukata Sado conducts DSO, and Dresdner Symphoniker play at the mexican side of the wall between the USA and Mexico. Mendelssohn and the Protestant Reformation at the centre of Music Festival Speyer, and NSO announces new executive director. Apple unveils a new ‘HomePod’ speaker system, the real-life influence behind ENO’s ‘Yardbird’ opera, ‘One Love’ concert raises £2million for victims of hate attack, and Warner Music Group announce new non-pop division.

The Guardian

My journey to Charlie Parker: ENO’s Yardbird

Bridgette Wimberly’s uncle idolised his jazz-legend friend so much that he took up the saxophone – and copied his heroin use.

M Magazine

‘One Love Manchester’ raises £2million for victims of Manchester bombing attack

Ariana Grande’s benefit concert on Sunday has, to date, raised over £2million.

The Week

NYPD sergeant connects with the community through classical music

Over the course of a decade, New York Police Sgt. Chris Yip went from not knowing how to play a note to being a classically trained pianist who performs at venues across New York City to benefit nonprofit organisations.

Billboard.com

Warner Music Group creates arts music division and joint venture with Sh-k-Boom

Kevin Gore joins as as president of new division focusing on classical, musical theatre, jazz and non-pop genres

Independent

Apple-designed ‘HomePod’ is the latest release at the WWDC to join the smart home market

Apple has officially launched HomePod, a Siri-powered talking music system for the home. It looks unusual, like a cross between Google Home and the Mac Pro, wrapped in mesh.

Tagesspiegel

Echos des anderen Amerika – Yutaka Sado dirigiert das DSO

Ein transatlantischer Gedankenflug: Der japanische Dirigent Yutaka Sado und das Deutsche Symphonie-Orchester zwischen „Apalachian Spring“ und „Aconcagua“

Spiegel.de

Anti-Trump-Konzert am Grenzzaun -Dresdner Sinfoniker in Mexiko

Musizieren gegen Trump: Die Dresdner Sinfoniker traten am Grenzzaun zwischen Mexiko und den USA auf. Ein Parallelkonzert auf der anderen Seite des Bollwerks hatten die US-amerikanischen Behörden verboten.

Concerti

Eine Sinfonie als Glaubensbekenntnis

Das Musikfest Speyer stellt dieses Jahr Mendelssohn und die Reformation ins Zentrum.

Le Monde

Disparition du chef d’orchestre Jeffrey Tate

Le grand chef britannique, qui avait fait une partie de sa carrière en France, s’est éteint en Italie à l’âge de 74 ans, le 2 juin.

The Washington Post

NSO announces new executive director

The National Symphony Orchestra named its next executive director, Gary Ginstling, currently the chief executive of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, on Monday morning.

Twitter

Clash Music (@clash_music): Listen: Bob Dylan’s Nobel Prize lecture is online now and it is simply incredible http://bit.ly/2sMLdLJ

The Telegraph (@TeleMusicNews): ‘I Think It’s Going To Rain Today’: 30 great songs about rain  http://bit.ly/2sMSpI1 

Photo credit: Dominic Mercier

Photo credit: Dominic Mercier

(Written on June 6, 2017 )

In today’s news: the difference between Catholic and Protestant church music, and no permission for project ‘tear down this wall!’. Union Verdi and the German Orchestra Union make the Berlin Senate reconsider situation of honorary music teachers. European Union Baroque Orchestra moves to Belgium post-Brexit. Intelligent headphones, and is the ‘classical’ music label relevant in 2017?

The Times

Musicians rally together in light of attack at MEN arena

Manchester’s music stars reacted with shock to last night’s terrorist attack and praised the city’s resilience in the face of tragedy.

Wired

Artificially intelligent headphones could “understand” ambient sound

Fuji and Yamaha create concept headphones that would use ‘A.I.’ to comprehend and geo-tag music, which could then be played back when the listener revisits the location.

The Stage

Opera Holland Park prepares for varied summer programme

“What was originally three months has turned into fifteen years,” says Director Michael Volpe on Opera Holland Park’s enduring success.

Gramophone

Is the ‘Classical’ music label outdated?

Kate Molleson reports on how the ‘classical’ music label is proving outdated for many of today’s creative artists and speaks to several musicians for whom the whole notion of genre is entirely irrelevant.

New York Times

ABC prepares to broadcast musical remake of ‘Dirty Dancing’

New production hopes to maintain many of the key elements of the original film starring Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey.

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

Worin unterscheidet sich katholische von protestantischer Kirchenmusik?

Das ist doch die richtige Frage zum Lutherjahr: Sind Katholiken und Protestanten im musikalischen Lob des Herrn ökumenisch vereint oder nicht? Die Antwort mag überraschen.

Kulturradio vom RBB

Einseitige Grenzenlosigkeit

Keine Genehmigung für das Projekt „Tear Down This Wall!“ auf amerikanischer Seite der Mauer in San Diego. Das Konzert findet trotzdem statt.

NMZ

Verdi fordert mehr Geld und bessere Konditionen für freie Musiklehrer

Die Gewerkschaft Verdi und die Deutsche Orchestervereinigung (DOV) haben den Berliner Senat aufgefordert, die soziale Situation der Honorarkräfte unter den Musiklehrern zu verbessern.

WQXR

The European Union Baroque Orchestra moves to Belgium post-Brexit

The consequences of the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the European Union aren’t just political.

Le Monde

Mort de la violoncelliste russe Natalia Chakhovskaïa

Cette éminente pédagogue avait succédé à Rostropovitch comme chef de chaire au Conservatoire Tchaïkovski de Moscou.

Twitter

@MusicMagazine: ‘Don’t apologise for classical music’s complexity – that’s its strength’ – ‘s Alan Davey

Photo: Fritz Curzon

(Written on May 23, 2017 )

The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra has announced further details of their August/September 2017 tour taking place on mainland Europe and the UK.

The orchestra is embarking on an extensive summer programme, following on from a successful tour in Hong Kong and China earlier in 2017. The CSO most recently toured Europe in 2008, before Maestro Louis Langrée took up the position as conductor and Music Director in the 2013/14 season.

In addition to the BBC Proms performance on Sunday 27th August, the orchestra will be performing at the following venues:

25th August: Edinburgh International Festival, Edinburgh
29th August: Palacio de Congreso del Kursaal, San Sebastian
30th August: Palacio de Congreso del Kursaal, San Sebastian
31st August: Palacio de Festivales de Cantabria, Santander
3rd September: Muziekgebouw, Eindhoven
4th September: Tivoli Vredenburg, Utrecht
5th September: Queen Elisabeth Hall, Antwerp
8th September: Seine Musicale, Paris
9th September: Seine Musicale, Paris

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(Written on May 15, 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

Today’s news, Colorado Symphony introduces its new Music Director, Polish instrument-maker created a music instrument dreamt by Leonardo da Vinci. Also, ARD Music Competition 2016 announced the winners of its double bass, string quartet, harp and horn sections.

Colorado Public Radio

Colorado Symphony Introduces New Music Director Brett Mitchell

Conductor Brett Mitchell, the 37-year-old associate conductor of the Cleveland Orchestra, will be the next maestro to lead the Colorado Symphony.

Classic FM

Leonardo da Vinci’s forgotten musical invention – and it sounds incredible

The viola organista was dreamt up by Leonardo da Vinci but until recently it had never been built. Now, a Polish instrument-maker has painstakingly created the first ever example and it sounds remarkable.

International Arts Manager

Generation of young musicians celebrate Armenia’s Independence Day

Hundreds of young musicians from across Armenia will come together this month to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the country’s independence.

The Strad

ARD International Music Competition 2016 names double bass and string quartet winners

The 65th annual ARD International Music Competition, which took place in Munich, Germany from 29 August to 10 September 2016, has named the winners of its double bass, string quartet, harp and horn sections.

WQXR

How to Get Kids to Fall (and Stay) in Love with Music

As school swings back into session — and along with it music lessons for a number of students — WQXR spoke to Brooklyn Youth Chorus founder and artistic director Dianne Berkun Menaker about how to get kids to love music.

Aftenposten

Ragnar Bjerkreim: Håpets komponist i en urolig tid

Bjerkreim dyrker det melodiøse, vakre og sakrale på sitt nye album, som gir et sug av velbehag.

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Berliner Staatsballett gegen Sasha Waltz als neue Intendantin

Gegen die Ernennung von Sasha Waltz an der Spitze des Berliner Staatsballetts gehen die Tänzer der Compagnie auf die Barrikaden. Sie vermuten ein Wahlkampfmanöver des Regierenden Bürgermeisters.

Frankfurter Allgemeine

Warum Oper und Theater in der Innenstadt bleiben müssen

Frankfurts Oper und Schauspiel sind ein architektonisches Juwel der sechziger Jahre. Aber sie sind auch ein Sanierungsfall. Nun muss die Stadt alle Szenarien durchspielen – bis hin zum Neubau.

RBB Kulturradio

Endgültiger Freispruch für Fazil Say

Der Pianist Fazil Say kann aufatmen. Seit einigen Jahren wird er in der Türkei wegen angeblich spöttischer Äußerungen zum Islam juristisch verfolgt.

Twitter

Top Classical News @topcmnews Religious fervour: La Fura dels Baus dramatic interpretation of Bellini’s Norma at Covent Garden http://bit.ly/2cTHmWu #ClassicalMusic

Classical Music News @ClassicalMusic The room where Abbado died is now a bed-and-breakfast http://dlvr.it/MF2VBQ #ClassicalMusic

Classical Music News @ClassicalMusic The pianist who completed Bach’s final fugue http://dlvr.it/MDcqqy #ClassicalMusic

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Conductor Brett Mitchell, next Music Director of Colorado Symphony (Photograph: Colorado Symphony)

(Written on September 13, 2016 )

WildKat PR is delighted to welcome the talented Italian pianist Vanessa Benelli Mosell as our newest client. Vanessa Benelli Mosell is a rising star on the international classical music scene, having worked with prestigious orchestras such as the Münchner Symphoniker, Berliner Symphoniker, Moscow Soloists and Zurich Chamber Orchestra. Vanessa studied at the International Piano Academy in Imola, the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory and the Royal College of Music in London; she was also invited by Karlheinz Stockhausen to study with him in Germany. Vanessa has since received international acclaim for her interpretations of Stockhausen’s Klavierstücke. The composer was convinced that “Vanessa Benelli Mosell has the power to let people appreciate my music”. Karlheinz Stockhausen was a mentor to Vanessa up until his unexpected death and remains an important influence on Vanessa’s music making, encouraging her passion for contemporary music and her championing of composers today as well as the great classics.

Both her debut recording of virtuosic pieces by Prokofiev, Haydn, Scriabin and Liszt and her  ‘A Liszt Recital album were praised by Gramophone Magazine as “impressively refined and nuanced” with “sparkling technique in demanding music”. Recently, Vanessa toured South America and Israel and gave her debut performance at the Laeiszhalle in Hamburg. Her schedule for the 2014/16 season looks just as exciting and includes a concert series across Germany with violinist Linus Roth, and returns to the UK, Israel, Russia and Turkey. WildKat PR is working with Vanessa to build her international profile. For more information, please visit Vanessa’s website or check her Facebook and Twitter pages or her YouTube channel.

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(Written on June 10, 2014 )

Classical News

The  Telegraph

$10m Stradivarius violin found in New York heiress Huguette Clark’s wardrobe

The home of eccentric copper heiress Huguette Clark has already turned out a trove of valuable items – a collection of jewellery including a rare pink 9-carat diamond fetched a total of $21 million at a Manhattan auction last year. But three years after her death, aged 104, Huguette Clark’s sprawling 42-room apartment on Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue has just revealed its rarest treasure yet.

The Telegraph 

The Man who gave China piano fever

His piano recitals attract billions; he won’t do ‘crossover’; and he’s making Chopin hip. But what does the Chinese classical superstar Yundi think of his famous rival?

The Guardian 

New York’s Met opera house on edge of precipice, says Peter Gelb

Grand opera is dying along with its increasingly ancient audience, according to Peter Gelb, general manager of one of the grandest operas in the world, the Metropolitan in New York.

Classical-Music.com

Rethinking Vivaldi’s Four Seasons

It’s music that has captured the imaginations of audiences and musicians for centuries, and is always being presented in new guises. We have picked five reworked versions that stand out on the web…

The Guardian

Owen Wingrave: A private peace

Benjamin Britten’s ‘pacifist’ opera was written while war was at the forefront of people’s minds. In this year of centenaries, director Neil Bartlett explains why the time is right for a revival.

Twitter

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(Written on June 9, 2014 )

‘The Accordionist’ Paul Chamberlain, is heading off on a grand tour of the UK this summer. Paul’s flair for his unique instrument has seen him perform to highly engaged audiences across the UK as well as releasing his debut disc ‘The Classical Accordion’ in 2011 to great acclaim. His latest CD is to be released alongside his tour and sees varied repertoire from Weber, Piazzolla, Scarlatti and Zolatariev. Last year saw Paul perform around the UK, where he enjoyed his Bridgewater Hall debut with a solo recital as part of the long-established Manchester Mid-Day concert series, and abroad in California.

Paul is passionate about the accordion and its place on the classical stage, writing for Gramophone, Paul commented: ‘I believe that the accordion has an exciting future not only as a solo instrument, but also in chamber ensembles. The accordion opens up an interesting multi-textural sound world to composers and I have plans for a future project that focuses on creating new chamber repertoire for the instrument.’

Paul has just announced his Summer 2014 tour to celebrate the release of his latest album, which takes him to some of his favourite venues around the UK. Please see full dates here:

1st July – London – 1901 Arts Club (Album Launch event)

2nd July – London – Apple Store, Regent Street

3rd July – London – St Giles in the Fields

4th July – Birmingham – St Martin in the Bullring

5th July – Oxford – Holy Trinity Headington

6th July – Cambridge – Emmanuel Church

10th July – Scotland, Dunkeld – Birnam Arts Centre

11th July – Scotland, Dundee – Dundee Cathedral

13th July – Scotland, Aberdeen – Cowdray Hall

18th July – Newcastle – Lit & Phil

19th July – Portsmouth, Fareham – Ashcroft Arts Centre

20th July – Kent – Faversham Parish Church

1st August – Bristol – St George’s Bristol

2nd August – Wales, Cardiff – Norwegian Church Arts Centre

3rd August – Wales, Pembrokeshire – St Tudwalls Church

5th August – Scotland, Edinburgh – Royal Overseas League

9th August – Scotland, Edinburgh – Royal Overseas League

 

For any more information visit Paul’s website here. Follow him on Facebook and Twitter to keep up to date with his news.

 

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(Written on April 8, 2014 )

Kickstart your funding! Current crowdfunded projects.

In an article on Forbes telling ‘How to Crowdfund $50,000 In Your Spare Time’, it is concluded that ‘if you do it right, a successful crowdfunding campaign can help launch your idea to the world’, something which has inspired numerous creative projects around the globe to turn to the general public for the funds they need to get a campaign off the ground.

WildKat PR Director, Kat Alder gives this advice: ‘Know the people you are targeting and know your audience demographic well, you can then appeal to them in the rewards on your crowdfunding page – it’s a fantastic benefit to Kickstarter, IndieGoGo and the rest, that you can give back to those supporting you!’

A few WildKat PR clients are currently using this great initiative for their upcoming projects:

Brooklyn Rider‘s new Kickstarter campaign has a fundraising target of $40,000, which will enable the group to produce a diverse body of work directly related to fifteen new pieces commissioned from musicians operating outside of the classical world (including Deerhoof’s drummer, Greg Saunier, Padma Newsome of Clogs, and Glenn Kotche from Grammy Award-winner Wilco). Each composer was asked to capture the spirit of a personally influential artistic figure, active within the last 50 years, in their music – these range from Igor Stravinsky to John Steinbeck or James Brown. Once funded, Brooklyn Rider will release the new works throughout the 2014-15 season, via YouTube, social media, their website and Kickstarter. The culmination will be an exciting, interactive coffee table book.

For donations between $1 and $10,000 contributors will receive anything from heartfelt thanks, a copy of the Almanac CD, T-shirts, limited edition “Brooklyn Rider Almanac” coffee beans, to a private concert in your front room! Brooklyn Rider’s last Kickstarter campaign, back in 2012, raised $50,565. Well over their $30,000 goal!

Crowdfunding is even seeping its way into the world of music education. A very special upcoming performance by In Harmony Telford and Stoke at the Incorporated Society of Musicians conference this April is being supported through IndieGoGo.

The campaign will give 70 young musicians the opportunity to premiere a new piece of music by the rising-star composer Kirsty Devaney. The piece by the 23-year-old composer is being written especially for the young people of In Harmony and will receive its world premiere performance at a special concert in Birmingham on April 16th.

Their fantastic range of rewards includes: exclusive access to a video recording of the world premiere performance, a ticket to see the premiere live in concert, a credit as a supporter within the score of the new piece as well as the opportunity to solely support a specific section of the orchestra.

The project has a goal of just £5000, support this great initiative here.

Follow Brooklyn Rider on Facebook and Twitter, follow In Harmony Telford and Stoke on Facebook and Twitter also.

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Brooklyn Rider

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In Harmony Telford and Stoke

(Written on March 27, 2014 )