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Gediminas Gelgotas is unstoppable: the Lithuanian composer has created numerous works that are still being regularly broadcasted by stations such as Mezzo TV and Boiler Room TV to this day, and he shows no signs of slowing down.

Renowned double-bassist Roman Patkoló joins Gelgotas in his latest work Sanctifaction. Originally the fourth movement of his symphony Extracultural, Gelgotas strips it down for the piano and double-bass this time, and the results are compelling. A haunting and intensive musical experience, now brought to life through this stunning new music video.

The chemistry in the room and between the two are undeniable. Patkoló handles the double-bass rhythmically and melodically like no other – an unusual but mesmerising portrayal of the often-overlooked instrument. The duo makes it inevitably hard for anyone to ignore the contrast between the stunning rhythmic drive and austere, melodic beauty that come into view.

Coming up for Gediminas Gelgotas is the premiere of his Violin Concerto No. 1 at the Kissinger Sommer Festival 2018 with long-time collaborator and conductor Kristjan Järvi, who has earned a reputation as one of the canniest, and most innovative programmers on the classic scene.

Listen to Gediminas Gelgotas’ Sanctifaction on Spotify, Google Play and Deezer.

(Written on February 7, 2018 )

WildKat PR is delighted to welcome award-winning composer Douglas Knehans to our roster of artists.

Image: Douglas Knehans © Tina Gutierrez Photography

 

Knehans’ music is about immediacy, drama, power, playfulness, architecture, harmonic structure, melodic expressiveness and more importantly depth and dimension. His music is about both love and life and a number of important critics see it that way too when they say his music “… tells an exciting story, ever- intensifying in color, thematic ideas, texture and tempo.” (The Washington Post)

His latest release Unfinished Earth is inspired by the relationship between nature and mankind. The disc features two works – “Tempest” and “Unfinished Earth” – represent contrasting views of how the external metaphors of wind and earth reflect more intimate internal worlds of the human heart and mind. The release is brought to life by the Brno Philharmonic Orchestra, conductor Mikel Toms, and features soloists Gareth Davies, Principal Flautist of London Symphony Orchestra.” 

Knehans’ works have been released on various record labels which earned him numerous commissions, awards and fellowships in Australia and the United States from the Victorian Council, MacDowell Colony and Leighton Artist Colony. He has also worked with leading ensembles including the Canberra Symphony Orchestra, the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, and soloists like soprano Merlyn Quaife throughout his career. Once hailed by Fanfare Magazine for his “incisive, hauntingly beautiful recordings”, it’s no wonder that Knehans has garnered the attention and warm appreciation of audiences and performers around the globe.

We’re excited to be running a UK press campaign for the release of Knehans’ new release Unfinished Earth. The recording will be available to stream on NAXOS MUSIC LIBRARY and purchase on Ablaze Records from 6 April 2018. 

(Written on January 30, 2018 )

We are very pleased to welcome two fantastic new clients, and welcome back another, as we begin the new year!

The Gstaad Menuhin Festival & Academy is now in its 61st iteration, and its outstanding programme will take place between 13th July and 1st September 2018. In 1957, Yehudi Menuhin moved with his young family to Gstaad, Switzerland, and was overwhelmed by the beauty and power of the bucolic Alpine village. After being asked by the then head of tourism for Gstaad, Paul Valentin, to support the summer tourist season with some concerts, Menuhin rang in the inaugural festival in the summer of  the following year. Two of the performers in those first concerts were Benjamin Britten and Peter Pears! The high-calibre bookings continue, and in 2018 the festival looks to welcome Jonas Kaufmann, Hélène Grimaud, Nigel Kennedy, Sol Gabetta and Juan Diego Flóres, among a stellar line-up of stars from the opera, choral and instrumental worlds. WildKat PR is delighted to be leading their press campaign again in 2018.

The eminent Italian pianist and composer Roberto Cacciapaglia has enjoyed a varied and successful career to date. He performs his own compositions in the most prestigious theatres and institutions all over the world, sharing his innovative and inspiring compositions. Roberto blends electronic experimental music with the classical tradition, and for many years has been researching the powers of sound. He founded the Educational Music Academy in 2013, giving a voice to young musical talents, composers, musicians and pianists by way of support and mentorship. Roberto recently released the 10th Anniversary edition of his QUARTO TEMPO album, which was mastered at London’s Abbey Road Studios.

© Roberto Cacciapaglia

Lithuanian composer Gediminas Gelgotas embodies a unique musical language built upon modern, multi-stylistic influences that with a dream that combines austere melodic beauty with a stunning rhythmic drive. Once praised by Terry Riley for his ‘unique and compositional voice’, he embarked on the journey to creating his own legacy with works showcased and premiered all across Europe, while establishing his own ensemble – the New Ideas Chamber Orchestra (NICO) – and working closely with Kristjan Järvi of the Baltic Youth Philharmonic along the way. Adopting a traditional work ethic, Gediminas proudly works with pen and paper across all his compositions. He grows, chases and explores an organic idea when it comes to mind and injects his own unique blend of pop and classical cultures. With many of his pieces already performed at a number of prestigious events, Gediminas’ work defies all genres and makes it accessible to a wide audience.

© Gediminas Gelgotas

“Having myself worked on the Gstaad Menuhin Festival press campaign in both 2015 and 2016, I am delighted to welcome the festival team to work with us again,” our London Director, Olivia Brown, comments. “They present an inspired programme, in a truly beautiful setting, year on year.

“I’m also very pleased to be expanding our roster of contemporary composers by welcoming Roberto and Gediminas. We look forward to introducing their music to UK and European audiences, reaching and expanding on the broadening new audience of contemporary classical music.”

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(Written on January 11, 2018 )

In today’s news: Anne-Sophie Mutter honoured by Bavarian State Foundation prize, ECM Records commences streaming, The Sixteen to present Marco Galvani premiere, Conductor Justus Frantz cut his fingertip, Diapason d’or Award for 2017 announced.

Royal Society of Arts

Bringing Classical Music to a New Audience

In 2017, you still have to look very hard to find any diversity within the big companies in almost every industry.

Independent

Egyptian singer detained for four days for eating banana in music video

Pop star Shyma could face three years in prison for ‘inciting debauchery’ in racy video

Music Teacher

National Open Youth Orchestra announces new partners

The Barbican and the Guildhall School of Music & Drama are the new official partners for the National Open Youth Orchestra (NOYO), the world’s first disabled-led national youth orchestra.

Bromsgrove School to open new Performing Arts Centre

Bromsgrove School is to open the doors to its new Performing Arts Centre this evening (22 November)

Rhinegold Publishing

The Sixteen to present Marco Galvani premiere

The Sixteen and Harry Christophers will present the world premiere performances of Marco Galvani’s On Christmas Morn as part of Classic FM’s 25th anniversary celebrations

Classic FM

Jessica Curry’s tips for aspiring composers

Our High Score presenter – and BAFTA Award-winning composer – shares some pieces of advice for young composer

The Strad

Anne-Sophie Mutter honoured by Bavarian State Foundation prize

Violinist recognised for artistic and philanthropic activity by grant-giving body

The New York Times

Dmitri Hvorostovsky, Silver-Maned Baritone From Siberia, Dies at 55

Dmitri Hvorostovsky, the charismatic Siberian baritone who won critical acclaim and devoted fans around the world for his burnished voice, uncanny breath control and rueful expressivity, died on Wednesday in London. He was 55.

Limelight magazine

ECM Records commences streaming

Iconic indepdendent record label ECM Records has announced an expanded partnership with its long-standing distribution partner Universal Music Group (UMG) in order to bring the entire ECM music library to the digital world via streaming.

Welt N24

Dirigent Justus Frantz schneidet sich Fingerkuppe ab

Ob als Dirigent oder als Pianist: Musik ist elementarer Bestandteil des Lebens von Justus Frantz. Doch nun könnte ein Haushaltsunfall die Karriere des Hamburgers beenden.

Concerti

Wo Herkules noch in den Noten steckt

In ein paar Tagen ertönt in ganz Deutschland wieder Bachs Weihnachtsoratorium. Höchste Zeit, dass die concerti-Redaktion das Werk einmal genauer betrachtet

Pizzicato

Josep Pons stays as Music Director of the Liceu until 2022

The Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barelona has extended the contract of its Music Director Josep Pons (*1957).

Musik Heute

Trauer um Bariton Hvorostovsky – Putin: “Sehr schwerer Verlust”

Bei dem weltbekannten Sänger war 2015 ein Gehirntumor festgestellt worden. In der Folge sagte er Opernauftritte und die meisten Konzerte ab.

France musique

Palmarès 2017 des “Diapason d’or” de l’année

Mercredi 22 novembre se déroulait l’édition 2017 des “Diapason d’Or” de l’année, récompensant les meilleurs enregistrements d’opéras, de pièces pour piano, ou encore de musique de chambre, selon le mensuel spécialisé “Diapason”.

Le Figaro

Orchestre en fête à la Philharmonie de Paris

La salle accueille la neuvième édition d’Orchestres en fête. Un événement que ne pouvait manquer Julien Clerc, rédacteur en chef du dernier numéro du Figaroscope.

Platea Magazine

La familia del barítono ruso Dmitri Hvorostovsky confirma su fallecimiento

Su última aparición en público tuvo lugar hace unos meses en el Metropolitan de Nueva York, en el marco de una gala lírica.

Twitter

France Musique @francemusique : Palmarès 2017 des “Diapason d’or” de l’année

Bayerischer Rundfunk @BR_Presse : Herzlichen Glückwunsch, Mariss Jansons: Am Freitag bekommt der Chefdirigent des BR-Chores und die Goldmedaille der verliehen.

Anne-Sophie Mutter ©Deutsche Grammophon/Harald Hoffmann

(Written on November 23, 2017 )

Inclusive Creativity began with a conference at Ulster University in Derry/Londonderry as part of the UK City of Culture celebrations in 2013, when collaborators including Drake Music, Share Music Sweden and Walled City Music were brought together with leading academics and practitioners in the music and education field.

With significant funding from the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, PRSF’s ‘Beyond Borders’ and the British Council, organisers were able to make their goal of levelling the playing field in professional music a reality for a group of local disabled and non-disabled musicians.

Professor Frank Lyons was instrumental in this vision of inclusive and accessible music-making, and through research and development created a bespoke commission for the group, titled ‘NonZeroSum’. The name derives from video game theory whereby the wins and losses of each gamer do not impact on anyone else – in essence, it is a ‘win-win’ situation for all involved. Inclusive Creativity has identified and implemented the need to develop new repertoire for inclusive ensembles, leading to a range of innovative methods to train emerging and established composers in specific techniques.

“The high artistic quality of the performances of new repertoire, given in renowned mainstream venues to appreciative international audiences has meant successful realisation of a number of key Inclusive Creativity goals. Taking the ensemble on tour has been logistically challenging but has provided positive life-changing experiences for musicians, carers and the broader support team behind the operation.” – Frank Lyons

Tonight at University College Dublin’s Gerald Manley Hopkins Centre, Acoustronic will be joined by the Benyounes Quartet to perform Lyons’ piece, alongside works by postgraduate students at Ulster University who work closely with the ensemble on research into accessible music technology and composition. By creating high-quality music in a genuinely inclusive setting, the project highlights ways in which other organisations can become more attuned to the needs of less able performers. With plans to perform in Portugal in 2018, Inclusive Creativity is primed to go from strength to strength and continue to positively impact the lives of those involved.

(Written on November 1, 2017 )

In today’s news: Andras Schiff return to New York Philharmonic as a Conductor; Opera Director Yuval Sharon awarded MacArthur “Genuis” Grant; Full #OperaPassion Day programme revealed; What the music industry can learn from #MeToo

Broadway World

Andras Schiff to Return to New York Philharmonic as Conductor, Performer

András Schiff will return to the New York Philharmonic to conduct and perform J.S. Bach’s Piano Concerto in A major, BWV 1055, and Schumann’s Piano Concerto.

NPR music

Opera Director Yuval Sharon Awarded MacArthur ‘Genius’ Grant

American opera and theater director Yuval Sharon has earned one of the most prestigious – and lucrative — honors in the arts world.

Pizzicato

Swedish composer Ingvar Lidholm passed away

One of Sweden’s greatest composers of the 20th century, Ingvar Lidholm, has passed away on 17 October at the age of 96, Swedish Radio reported.

Classical Music Magazine

Applications open for RPS Wigmore Hall Apprentice Composer scheme

Emerging composers aged 18 or over are encouraged to apply for the RPS Wigmore Hall Apprentice Composer scheme. The successful applicant will receive a £2,000 commission and mentoring from the Wigmore Hall’s composer in residence, Helen Grime.

Opera Now

Full #OperaPassion Day programme revealed

BBC Arts Digital is to join forces with eight leading UK opera companies and major cultural institutions for a day of live streaming for #OperaPassion Day (19 October).

BBC News

Sir Tom Jones: Abuse is common in music industry too

The singer was discussing the allegations surrounding Harvey Weinstein in an interview with the BBC.

Access All Areas

Industry body UK Music CEO unveils plans to protect grassroots venues

The proposed crackdown would force developers to consider the impact their schemes could have on nearby music venues and take steps to ensure their continued survival.

Huffington Post

Lara Baker: What the music industry can learn from #MeToo

This is a wake-up call for us all. It’s not enough to fight for equal opportunities and equal pay for women in music; we need to address the sexist attitudes and behaviours that are so ingrained in our business and always have been.”

Süddeutsche Zeitung

Joachim, Jim und Jimi

Mit dem Karl Ratzer Trio hat die Saison virtuos und reizvoll begonnen – doch bis zum bis zum Jahresende haben die Organisatoren von “Jazz am See” noch vier weitere, vielversprechende Konzerte im Winterprogramm.

Concerti

Die mit dem Riesenwesen kämpfte

Heute vor 30 Jahren starb die britische Cellistin Jacqueline du Pré. Ihre Musik, allen voran ihre Interpretation des Elgar-Cellokonzerts, ist unvergessen.

Klassikakzente

Ludovico Einaudi kommt nach Deutschland

Ludovico Einaudi kündigt für das Frühjahr 2018 seine erste Arenatournee durch Deutschland an.

Musik Heute

Oper Stuttgart “wütend” wegen längeren Hausarrests für Serebrennikow

Die Oper Stuttgart hat erschüttert auf die Verlängerung des Hausarrests für den russischen Regisseur Kirill Serebrennikow reagiert.

France Musique

Selon une étude britannique, les musiciens sont particulièrement touchés par la dépression

A Londres, l’université de Westminster a publié une enquête sur la santé mentale des musiciens. Selon les résultats de cette étude, les difficultés liées à la carrière musicale favoriseraient l’apparition de dépression et crises de panique chez les artistes.

Twitter

Klassik.com: #Komponist Ingvar ist tot

BR-Klassik: Der schwedische Komponist Ingvar Lidholm ist im Alter von 96 Jahren gestorben

Musik-Heute: . wählt zum “Künstler des Jahres”

 

Photo: Jacqueline du Pré © Warner Classics

(Written on October 19, 2017 )

In today’s news: Composer Jeremy Dale Roberts dies aged 83, and Simon Rattle offers his top advice to young conductors. Audio streaming becomes more and more important, Germany financially supports 31 orchestras, and soprano Brenda Lewis has died.

Classic FM

‘Conducting is hard – it doesn’t get easier’

Simon Rattle starts his new role as Music Director at the London Symphony Orchestra this month. So as he packs his pencil case for his first season in charge, we spoke to him about getting over nerves, the best piece of advice he’s ever been given and why the future is bright for classical music.

The Times

Jeremy Dale Roberts: Distinguished composer considered to be the master of miniature compositions

Cannibalism may not be the first word that comes to mind when talking about a classical composer, but it was how Jeremy Dale Roberts described the creative process when writing for gifted musicians in his circle. “[I] draw upon their temperament and behaviour in the narrative of the music: to absorb their presence,” he told a contemporary music website. “A rare form of cannibalism, maybe.”

The New York Times

High Tech Meets High Art in a 3-D Opera

As a boy soprano in the youth opera company that his parents ran in their small town, the Dutch composer Michel van der Aaonce accompanied his father to the clockmaker who was painting a set for them. What he saw, he recalled recently, was revelatory.

Good House Keeping

Target Has Never Played Background Music, Until Now

While the company has avoided it for decades—believing it to be a distraction—they’re introducing a soundtrack of more than 1,500 songs from the likes of Taylor Swift to Stevie Wonder to keep you in stores longer and hopefully revive their flagging sales in the process.

Limelight

Australian guitarist placed third in prestigious ARD Competition

Andrey Lebedev also took the prize for his performance of the commissioned work at Germany’s top music contest.

Pizzicato

Marin Alsop wins 2017 Ditson Conductor’s Award

Marin Alsop, Music Director of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, is the recipient of the 2017 Ditson Conductor’s Award for the advancement of American music, Columbia University has announced.

NMZ

IFPI stellt neuen Music Consumer Insight Report vor: Audio-Streaming für Musikkonsum weltweit immer wichtiger

Urheberrechtsverletzungen bleiben für die Musikindustrie weltweit eine zentrale Herausforderung: 40 Prozent der Konsumenten hören Musik über nicht-lizenzierte Angebote.

Kultur Radio

Bund fördert Orchester in Konstanz, Bochum und Jena

31 Projekte öffentlicher Orchester erhalten über das Programm “Exzellente Orchesterlandschaft Deutschland” insgesamt rund elf Millionen Euro Bundesförderung.

Klassik.com

Sopranistin Branda Lewis gestorben

Die US-amerikanische Sopranistin Brenda Lewis ist tot. Sie starb im Alter von 96 Jahren an ihrem Wohnsitz in Westport (Connecticut).

Twitter

Classical Music News   A new direction – and a call for guest posts

Music History   in 1920 Birth of Karen

Classical Music News   Meet the Artist……Jason Rebello, pianist

Image: Jeremy Dale Roberts

(Written on September 19, 2017 )

In today’s news: The Proms should stop ticket scandal, András Schiff talks about how ‘music should be an integral part of our lives,’ and Radio 3 launches Breakfast Carol Competition 2017. Opera about love story between Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera to open in 2020, Fazil Say receives music prize, and world premiere with Xavier de Maistre.

The Times

Richard Morrison: The Proms should stop this ticket scandal — or leave the Albert Hall

What is that scandal? In a nutshell, it’s about access and inclusivity. It is extremely hard to obtain aforesaid tickets if you go through the official channels, but very easy if you have a few thousand quid to spare and go to a ticket-resale website.

The Daily Telegraph

András Schiff interview: ‘Music should be an integral part of our lives’

“Today, music is taken off the curriculum because it is not considered a priority, but it should be an integral part of our lives. An integral part of our lives.”

Choir and Organ

Radio 3 launches Breakfast Carol Competition 2017

Radio 3 is inviting listeners and budding composers across the country are invited to write a new Christmas carol.

Classical Music Magazine

Final season of Hull 2017 revealed

The fourth season of Hull’s year as UK City of Culture has been announced.

The Strad

Violinist, quartet and double bassist in new intake of BBC New Generation Artists

BBC Radio 3’s young classical talent platform accepts Aleksey Semenenko, Quatuor Arod and Misha Mullov-Abbado

Limelight

The Simpsons’ composer fired after 27 years

Alf Clausen, responsible for some of the show’s most iconic songs, was told producers wanted “a different kind of music.”

NMZ

Musikpreis der Stadt Duisburg 2017 geht an den türkischen Pianisten Fazil Say

Der Pianist Fazil Say erhält den Musikpreis der Stadt Duisburg 2017.Klassik.com

Klassik.com

Festival vielsaitig präsentiert Riesengeige

Im Rahmen des Festivals “vielsaitig” wird morgen im Klosterhof St. Mang in Füssen die sogenannte Markneukirchener Riesengeige präsentiert.

Klassik Heute

Meisterkurs und deutsche Erstaufführung mit Xavier de Maistre

Das erste Forum N-Konzert der neuen Spielzeit steht ganz im Zeichen der Harfe: Bei der Uraufführung eines Werkes von Gordon Kampe sollen laut dem Komponisten „soviele Harfen wie möglich“ mitspielen.

France Musique

Un opéra sur l’histoire d’amour entre Frida Kahlo et Diego Rivera

Aux Etats-Unis, un opéra relatant l’histoire d’amour entre Frida Kahlo et Diego Rivera est en cours d’écriture. La première de « The Last Dream of Frida and Diego » devrait avoir lieu en 2020.

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(Written on September 1, 2017 )

Over the past few weeks there has been uproar within the classical music world after the National Musicians Church, St Sepulchre-without-Newgate in Holborn, announced it would no longer be taking bookings of a non-religious nature from 2018.

The Church is where Sir Henry Wood, founder of the BBC Proms, is buried. It is also the home to a book of remembrance for musicians and windows commemorating singer Dame Nellie Melba and composer John Ireland. It has been known as the National Musicians Church for more than 70 years and is a prominent concert venue and rehearsal space that has been used by all types of musicians. Assurance had to be provided in 2013, after the appointment of Reverend David Ingall to the church, as many musicians were worried that the new priest would change the ethos of St Sepulchre as it was known. The recent move has therefore proven the need for this worry and has sparked a coming together of influential musicians to try and prevent the ban.

Since the new appointment of Reverend Ingall, the church has become part of the network founded by evangelical church Holy Trinity Brompton. The ‘evangelical group is known for its youth friendly rock-band style of worship’ and hosts the ever popular Alpha courses.  Reverend Ingall has stated in response to the reaction to the new ban; “Our ministry as the National Musicians’ Church continues to be a core part of our church’s identity and vision… While its expression may be changing, that underlying vision remains unchanged.” This, however, hasn’t settled the minds of leading musicians who believe that the “abrupt move was made without consent.”

In response to the ban on secular bookings, Richard Robbins started a petition to try and reverse the decision. He stated that “the church was particularly valued by musicians because of its heritage and for practical reasons.” He is helping to form a committee to “put forward a positive vision of what the Musicians Church actually is and to try and find a way that both music and ministry can co-exist together in a very open way.”

Photo credit: Making Music

This has consequently led to more than 50 musicians, including top composers, performers, and directors of music at cathedrals, to write a letter to The Guardian protesting against St. Sepulchre’s plans to ban non-sacred concerts. In the letter they state; “the unique ‘mission’ for St. Sepulchre’s has been to musicians, providing a welcoming space and encouraging them to be involved in running the parish. That its custodies are now willing to abandon this unique national cultural remit is difficult to understand and harder to accept.” Among those who signed the letter were Sir James MacMillan, John Rutter, Suzi Digby, Julian Lloyd Webber and Judith Weir.

Reverend Ingall has stated that “in the coming weeks we will reflect and pray, and consult with members of the musicians’ community about how best to fulfil that ministry moving forward.” The final outcome has not been announced yet, but we can hope that the hard work of Richard Robbins to start the petition and the influential musicians pays off.

Update: Over 7,000 people have signed the petition. Read all updates here.

(Written on August 29, 2017 )

WildKat PR is very pleased to be working with composer and pianist Andrew James Johnson on his upcoming album release and concert, following the launch of his new brand.

Olivia Brown, Head of Creative Strategy and Marketing, says: “Working alongside our in-house design team classicalmusicdesign, WildKat has created a brand and visual identity for Andrew that truly represents both his bold, friendly personality and his enchanting yet sensitive compositions. We’re very much looking forward to continuing our collaboration, and sharing Andrew’s debut album with the press and music industry.”

Andrew is a composer and pianist who grew up in Birmingham, England, and despite having no formal training on the piano in his childhood, immersed himself in the works of Beethoven, Schumann and Chopin. After his parents agreed to pay for lessons, Andrew’s eagerness and innate musicality developed rapidly into a passion for piano performance, before he moved onto composition.

Andrew began to draw upon a combination of classical training and contemporary influences, completing a BA in Composition at the London College of Music.  His compositional style combines rich harmonic language with expansive pianistic techniques, revealing the influence of the Romantic-era composers that so inspired him in his youth.

In the years that followed his graduation from the LCM, Andrew undertook commissions for film, television and theatre. Credits include televised advertisements for HSBC and Timotei. Andrew’s compositions take inspiration from everyday life, and his creative process makes use of the full tonal range of the keyboard, drawing on influences from his role models Max Richter and Philip Glass.

We are thrilled to be working with Andrew on his debut album release ‘Winter’s Heart’, due for release in November 2017.

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(Written on August 14, 2017 )