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Facing the music: Tansy Davies

From Monteverdi to Ligeti, via Prince, Carla Bley and Stockhausen – the composer whose Re-greening is premiered this week by the NYO – reveals her musical passions

Greenpeace performs Arctic requiem in effort to touch hearts over Shell drilling

Activists hand workers copies of the music and encourage them to help the oil company ‘avert disaster’ on plans to drill for oil under ice cap

Classical Music Magazine

Violinist wins appeal against border fine

Violinist Yosuke Kawasaki is to have more than CA$100k (£48,895) returned to him after winning an appeal against the Canada Border Services Agency.

ONL marks 40th anniversary with RAVENNA

The Orchestre National de Lille (ONL) used a full RAVENNA digital networking setup for its 40th anniversary concert: the first time that the technology had been used at a live event of this scale.

BBC News

Music in the operating room off-putting, study suggests

Playing music in the operating theatre can be disruptive and surgeons should think twice about pressing the play button, according to a small study.

Der Tagesspiegel

Zusammen sind wir Beethoven

Am Donnerstag beginnt Young Euro Classic. Spezialität des Berliner Jugendorchesterfestivals sind multinationale Ensembles – so auch das neu gegründete Friedensorchester.

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Nach 33.000 im Vorjahr wurden insgesamt 30.000 Eintrittskarten verkauft

Verbier Festival mit leichtem Besucherrückgang

Das Orchester

Sächsische Staatsoper Dresden bekommt neuen Intendant

Der Schweizer Peter Theiler wird Intendant der Sächsischen Staatsoper Dresden

El País

El piano asiático impone su ley

Dos japoneses, dos coreanos, un chico y un español esperan ganar el Concurso Paloma O’Shea, cuyo veredicto se anuncia hoy en Santander

The New York Times

An old songbook could put ‚Happy Birthday‘ in the public domain

Yet ‚Happy Birthday to you‘, far from being as free as a piece of cake at a party, is actually considered private property.

Twitter

Classic FM: This is what Mozart’s own violin actually sounds like:

The Royal Opera: ‘Don’t expect harmonies…’ previews his new avant-garde opera : ^C

Sinfini Music: ‘In many ways, Hildegard von Bingen was the first feminist icon.’ ‘s picks her :

(Written on August 5, 2015 )

WildKat PR welcomes back the brilliant conductor Rachael Young to its client roster. Highlights of Rachael’s 2015/16 season include 2 performances in Santiago with the Orquesta Sinfonica de Chilé  on the 23rd and 24th October and the 18th May with the Kammerorchester Berlin.

Having started her career as a cellist in her native New Zealand and moving on to Massachusetts and London with her studies, Rachael started conducting in 2009, progressing quickly under the guidance of Maestro Leonid Grin.

Rachael has thrived by working with ensembles including the Russian Virtuosi of Europe, the London Soloists Chamber and the Parnu City Orchestra. Likewise, her experience has grown as an assistant conductor alongside Paavo Jarvi and Leonid Grin and in recordings with Steven Isserlis of the Prokofiev and Shostakovich cello concerto. In recent years, conducting masterclasses at both the Jarvi Academy Summer and Winter Academies in Estonia have further determined Rachael’s growing reputation.

Keep up to date with Rachael on the WildKat PR blog and on her website.

For tickets to her concert with the Orquesta Sinfonica de Chilé click here and for tickets with the Kammerorchester Berlin, click here.

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(Written on July 24, 2015 )

We recently caught up with Mark Latimer, Pianist and Executive Producer of The Imperfect Pearl to talk about this exciting new production. The Imperfect Pearl or ‘Perola Barroca’ (the derivation of the term baroque) explores the life and music of one of the Baroque periods most overlooked and forgotten about composers, Domenico Zipoli, whose his manuscripts lay undiscovered for 200 years in a box marked ‘toilet paper.’ The performance is part play, part opera, part concert and not only represents the return of Zipoli to the repertoire but also Mark to the stage after pioneering treatment for Dupuytren’s contracture which was generously funded by Help Musicians UK and the Royal Society of Musicians.

Keep up to date with all the news via their website and Twitter.

The 2015 UK tour of The Imperfect Pearl will  begin on 13th May at Newbury Spring Festival. See the website for a full list of performances.

 

(Written on April 23, 2015 )

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

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

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

Don’t forget your business cards!

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

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(Written on March 12, 2015 )

Classical News

The Times

Sir Simon Rattle finally confirmed for London Symphony Orchestra

After one of the most extended courtship rituals in the history of music Sir Simon Rattle was confirmed today as the next music director of the London Symphony Orchestra.

The Guardian

Simon Rattle is the seismic, creative shock UK classical music needs

Conductor’s appointment as LSO music director could be catalyst for genre’s revitalisation, from schools to (new) concert halls

Why the male domination of classical music might be coming to an end

For decades – no, make that centuries – the classical music world has sidelined women, if not ignored them completely. But the balance may be finally shifting

The Independent

Classical music needs to address lack of female composers, Radio 3 presenter claims

Sara Mohr-Pietsch was speaking ahead of International Women’s Day on Sunday

The Strad

Study finds classical music has a calming effect on dogs

Research was undertaken by the Scottish Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and the University of Glasgow

BBC Music Magazine

World Health Organisation recommends reducing music listening to ‘an hour a day’

Report suggests we are listening to ‘too much, too loudly’

New fine dining concert series devised

Jennifer Pike, Miloš Karadaglić and Charlie Siem all to feature in ‘Boisdale Classics’ series

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Unerhörte Orte, klingende Landschaften

Musik von allen Seiten begreifen: Die Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern verblüffen mit innovativen Konzertideen und Brückenschlägen zu anderen Künsten

Klassik.com

Telemann-Preis 2015 für Amadeus-Verlag Winterthur

Auszeichnung der Landeshauptstadt Magdeburg ist mit 2.500 Euro dotiert

Dirk Kaftan erhält Karl-Böhm-Interpretationspreis 2015

Auszeichnung des Landes Steiermark ist mit 10.000 Euro dotiert

Musik Heute

Hamburger Musikfest “Lux aeterna” zieht positive Bilanz

Das Musikfest “Lux aeterna” in Hamburg hat nach seiner zweiten Ausgabe eine positive Bilanz gezogen.

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Giordano Bellincampi Named Music Director In Auckland

Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra announced the appointment of its new Music Director from 2016, Italian-Danish conductor Giordano Bellincampi.

Le Monde

Orrin Keepnews, producteur de jazz, est mort

Producteur de jazz, cofondateur ou fondateur des compagnies phonographiques Riverside, Milestone et Landmark, auteur de notes de pochettes de disques réputées pour leur écriture, dédicataire d’une composition du pianiste Bill Evans (1929-1980) Re: Person I Knew, anagramme de son nom, Orrin Keepnews est mort, dimanche 1er mars, à son domicile d’El Cerrito (Californie), près de San Francisco.

Twitter

London Symphony Orch @londonsymphony :We are delighted to announce the appointment of Sir Simon Rattle as Music Director of the LSO, taking up his post in Sep 2017 #lsorattle

Barbican Centre ‏@BarbicanCentre :’We share a dream in which performing, teaching & learning are indivisible’ Rattle shares his LSO vision http://lso.co.uk/simonrattle  #lsorattle

Kenneth Woods ‏@kennethwoods : New York City’s last classical sheet-music store to close http://on.wsj.com/1Cmq6CC  via @WSJ Sad sign of the times

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Sara Mohr Pietsch. Photo: The Independent

 

(Written on March 3, 2015 )

We recently caught up with Nicole Wilson, the Founder of Musical Orbit, a new and exciting online service which provides online one-to-one lessons with top principal orchestral musicians as well as free webinars and masterclasses. Watch as she tells us about the inspiration behind the website and how she sees it developing in the future!

Keep up to date with Musical Orbit through their website, Facebook and Twitter.

(Written on February 19, 2015 )

WildKat PR are pleased to be working with the young and talented violinist Asi Matathias. Asi did his first ever performance with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra at the age 14 under the baton of Zubin Mehta, who was so impressed by Matathias’ musical maturity at such a young age that he invited Asi back to play for the next season. Concert-goers can hear this sophistication beyond years at another debut of his this month: at the Berlin Philharmonic and Carnegie Hall’s Zankel Hall in New York.

His recital programme will take the audience through the history of the key repertoire for violin and piano: Brahms and Beethoven via Strauss and Takemitsu. We will hear all the experience he has accumulated over the past ten years, during which he has performed concerts throughout Europe, the USA and Asia and played in some of the most prestigious concert halls and with some of the best conductors of our time.

Also a keen chamber musician, Asi has collaborated with the likes of Yefim Bronfman and Kirill Gerstein at festivals such as Vienna’s FestWochen Festspiele, and the Jerusalem International Chamber Music Festival.

Having begun playing the violin when he was only 6 years old, he has studied with Chaim Taub, Aaron Rosand and David Nadien. He currently is a student of Pinchas Zukerman in New York. Prior to this, he was enrolled at Vienna’s Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst where he was the youngest student ever to have been accepted.

Asi’s debuts promise to be exciting milestones in his career which is already developing well and flourishing.

Book tickets to the concert here.

Pinchas Zukermans Protegé, Asi Matathias, debütiert in Berlin und New York

Das Team von WildKat PR freut sich über die Zusammenarbeit mit dem jungen und talentierten Geiger Asi Matathias. Seinen ersten Auftritt hatte der Künstler bereits im Alter von 14 Jahren mit dem Israel Philharmonic Orchestra unter der Leitung von Zubin Mehta, der so begeistert von der musikalischen Reife bei einem so jungen Alter war, dass er Asi bereits für die folgende Saison wieder einlud. Konzertbesucher können nun eine über Jahre gereifte Verfeinerung seines Violinenspiels bei einem weiteren Debüt in diesem Monat in der Berliner Philharmonie und der Zankel Hall der Carnegie Hall in New York erleben.

Sein Konzertprogramm führt das Publikum durch die Geschichte der berühmtesten Werke für Violine und Piano: Von Brahms und Beethoven über Strauss und Takemitsu. Das Publikum wird die Erfahrungen, die Matathias in den letzten Jahren bei Aufführungen in Europa, USA und Asien gesammelt hat, hören können. Er spielte in den besten Konzertsälen der Welt und mit den bedeutendsten Dirigenten unserer Zeit. Darüberhinaus hat Asi als begeisteter Kammermusiker bereits mit Größen wie Yefim Bronfman und Kirill Gerstein bei international bekannten Festivals wie den Wiener Festwochen und dem Jerusalem International Chamber Music Festival zusammengearbeitet.

Seit er mit sechs Jahren angefangen hat Geige zu spielen, wurde er von Chaim Taub, Aaaron Rosand und David Nadien auf seinem Weg begleitet. Aktuell studiert er bei Pinchas Zukerman in New York. Davor war er an der Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst in Wien immatrikuliert, wo er als jüngster Student seit der Gründung der Universität aufgenommen wurde.

Asis Debüts versprechen spannende Meilensteine in seiner bereits aufstrebenden Karriere zu werden.

Buchen Sie hier Tickets für das Konzert.

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(Written on February 12, 2015 )

After much anticipation, the website which offers personal one-to-one lessons, webinars and masterclasses with some of the best principal orchestral players in the world is up and running! Alongside being able to sign up for lessons, Musical Orbit is hitting the ground running with a string of very exciting, and varied, free webinars during February, the first being this evening (4th February 2015).

Join the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra’s principal trumpet player, Mark O’Keeffe, from 8:30-9:30pm to hear him talk about orchestral trumpet playing and answering all your questions about technique, the glory of being a section leader of a major orchestra or indeed anything else related. It promises to be a fascinating and well-spent evening. Make sure you sign up in plenty of time to secure your place on what is already proving to be a popular webinar.

If you should miss tonight’s discussion, tomorrow’s webinar is another treat not to be missed. Maxine Kwok-Adams, first violinist in the London Symphony Orchestra will talk all things fashion and looking good on stage. Describing herself on her Twitter as ‘never knowingly underdressed’, Maxine will bring personality, flair and experience to her webinar to walk us through her best outfits for concerts and the technicalities of wearing certain fashions whilst performing. All this will help you to hone your all round performance skills.

As if this is not enough, log on between 6-7pm on 9th February to hear freelance principal oboist Matthew Draper offering us his expertise on reed making. Understanding how your instrument is made is key to maintaining it and playing well so bassoonists, clarinetists, oboists and anyone interested in what makes a first class reed, be sure to join in!

Other February highlights include overcoming performance anxiety by expert in the field, Mike Cunningham on the 8th; ‘Life as a freelance opera singer’ by Graeme Danby on the 9th February; and ‘Being a principal player’ with cellist Louisa Tuck of the Royal Northern Sinfonia on the 21st .

Details of new webinars are regularly uploaded so keep checking Musical Orbit’s website, Facebook and Twitter for the latest information. Best of all, they are completely free!

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(Written on February 4, 2015 )

A very exciting initiative launched yesterday, 26th January 2015: Musical Orbit. The website is offering musicians the opportunity to book one-to-one lessons, as well as free webinars and masterclasses with some of the top principal players from major orchestras such as the London Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the London Mozart Players. Whether you have an audition, final exam or recital, through Musical Orbit you can receive bespoke feedback from industry experts on your playing to allow you to perform to your absolute best.

This opportunity means Musical Orbit is also a central online hub, allowing musicians to connect, for young artists to build relationships within the industry and to receive playing tips. Professional musicians wanting to give back to the industry can do so in their own time, anywhere in the world. The hub will also provide discounts to the most popular concerts, with promo codes that are available only on the Music Orbit website.

To celebrate this exciting project, Musical Orbit is offering the chance to win FREE music lessons if you sign up before next Monday (2nd February 2015). Get yourself over there quickly to be mentored by some of the best classical musicians in the world!

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Keep up to date with news from Musical Orbit through their Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

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(Written on January 27, 2015 )

WildKat PR is very excited to introduce our newest client: the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center (CMS). Based at New York’s infamous Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, CMS features some of the finest chamber music performances on a world stage. As well as thrilling seasoned concert goers, they also seek to engage a wider audience with chamber music through their performances, education programmes, and recording activities.

Motivated by their commitment to the continuation of the chamber music tradition, they founded CMS Two which is a prestigious, unique and wildly competitive three season residency for the most significant ensembles and individual musicians. Far from being an ‘extra’, CMS Two members take part in all aspects of the Society’s activities and it boasts alumni such as Lang Lang and Hilary Hahn.

We will be working with CMS on a very exciting concert on 8th May 2015 at London’s Wigmore Hall which, alongside standard repertoire from Schumann and Brahms will also feature the world premiere of a specially co-commissioned piece by British composer Helen Grime. This new string trio continues the longstanding relationship between the two cross-Atlantic concert halls.

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(Written on January 23, 2015 )