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We are always thrilled when artists return to us to promote their exciting new projects. This is the case with Dmitry Masleev, one of the most promising, rising piano talents of our time. This is our third collaboration and this time Dmitry not only has concerts and debuts around the world, but will also release his highly anticipated debut album on the legendary label Melodiya.

After winning the International Tchaikovsky Competition in 2015, he went on to fascinate audiences all over the world, playing at the Berlin Konzerthaus, the Paris Philharmonie and Carnegie Hall, amongst many others. He has been joined on stage by orchestras such as the Orchestra of Radio France, Munich Symphony and Moscow Chamber Orchestra Musica Viva, also seeking artistic friendship with, Boris Berezovsky and Gidon Kremer.

In the past two years of successful concerts, Dmitry has enjoyed performing in front of a live audience, which has not only given him invaluable experience but has also allowed him to speak and engage with concertgoers directly. It quickly became clear that they highly anticipated a debut recording so, gladly responding to the audience’s demand, Dmitry is now announcing the release of his debut album under the Russian label Melodiya this October. WildKat PR will be supporting Dmitry for this release.

This debut album titled, in pure simplicity, “Piano” will include a selection of Domenico Scarlatti’s sonatas, alongside Prokofiev’s Piano Sonata No. 2 in D minor and Shostakovich’s Piano Concerto No. 2 in F major. Even though Dmitry stated in an interview that Russian music was very appealing to him because of the freedom he feels while playing it, it is no coincidence that the Italian Baroque composer Scarlatti can be found on his album. Scarlatti had an important impact on the development of Classicism, which largely shaped the way Shostakovich and Prokofiev composed.

The release of ‘Piano” will coincide with Dmitry’s debuts at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and St. Johns Smith Square in London, as part of the Blüthner Piano Series. He will be touring in the US, playing at the Schloss Elma and with the Bamberger Symphoniker at the end of the year. Stay tuned for more details as it will be – yet again – an exciting year for Dmitry!

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(Written on September 11, 2017 )

Classical news

In today’s news,  Southbank centre unveils classical season and Concertgebouw Orchestra to tour all 28 EU member states. Also, Ivor Bolten and Kasper Holten announce a collaboration on Wagner and Patrick Dunachie to join the King’s Singers in September 2016

The Guardian

Life, the universe and virtual reality: Southbank unveils classical season

Highlights of the centre’s 2016-17 season include a digital trip into an orchestra, a year-long festival examining music and belief, plus Radio 3 celebrates its 70th by moving in for a fortnight

Classical Music Magazine

Concertgebouw to tour all 28 EU member states

The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra will visit all 28 member states of the European Union over two and a half seasons as part of its RCO meets Europe tour

International Arts Manager

Ivor Bolton and Kasper Holten collaborate on Wagner

Teatro Real and Royal Opera House Covent Garden (ROH) have announced a new co-production of Wagner’s Das Liebesverbot

Classical Music Magazine

New King’s Singer announced

Patrick Dunachie is to replace David Hurley as countertenor with the King’s Singers in September 2016

Süddeutsche

Per Nørgård geehrt

Er ist einer der profiliertesten lebenden Komponisten: Per Nørgård, 1932 in Dänemark geboren. Jetzt hat er den Ernst-von-Siemens-Musikpreis erhalten

Pizzicato

Berliner Staatsbibliothek erwarb Mendelssohn-Autograph

Die Berliner Staatsbibliothek hat ein Autograph von Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy erworben, das der Wissenschaft bislang unbekannt war

NMZ

Teure Eintagsfliegen? Neue Opern etablieren sich kaum

Nur wenige neue Opern können sich durchsetzen, die meisten verschwinden schnell wieder in der Versenkung

France Musique

Mort de Jean-Louis Martinoty, grande figure du monde de l’opéra

Le metteur en scène, ancien administrateur de l’Opéra national de Paris de 1986 à 1989, mais aussi auteur d’ouvrages sur la musique, Jean-Louis Martinoty est mort mercredi 27 janvier

Twitter

MonteverdiChoir&Orch@mco_london  Fancy more Mozart? Ivan Fischer and Budapest Festival Orchestra perform The Magic Flute @southbankcentre 10 May. http://www.southbankcentre.co.uk/whatson/the-magic-flute-budapest-fes-89613

Music Education UK @MusicEdUK  International  Music and Cultural Studies Conference 2016  http://www.musiceducationuk.com/events-and-courses/2016/5/13/international-music-and-cultural-studies-conference-2016

JJ Jazz Academy @JJJAJazz  Happy birthday to the great Ronnie Scott who would have turned 89 yesterday. @officialronnies #Bestofbritishjazz

King's Singers/ Classical Music Magazine

King’s Singers/ Classical Music Magazine

(Written on January 29, 2016 )

If you look back at our daily news page on our website, it is not an exaggeration when I say that in the last few weeks almost every day there has been a news story about Sir Simon Rattle. Everyone has had their say on the concert hall rumours and now it is time for WildKat PR to add to the debate with our take on the whole issue.

I have always liked Simon Rattle, maybe it is because my grandparents, who live in Birmingham, are regulars at the Symphony Hall and talked about him when he was at the CBSO, maybe it is his musicianship, or maybe it is our mutual love for Mahler. Either way, I would love to see him back in London after he leaves his post as Principal Conductor of the Berlin Philharmonic in 2018. But what of his concert hall demands? It is generally accepted that London lacks a world class concert hall in terms of acoustics when compared to the likes of Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw and Berlin’s Philharmonie. It seems a bit of an oxymoron to have our prestigious orchestras housed in halls that have been described as a ‘complete joke’ by some musicians in terms of acoustics and backstage facilities. So, Rattle’s suggestion is not entirely unreasonable in this sense.

Rattle Picture

Photo: Sipa Press / Rex Features

However, as Ivan Hewett commented in The Times, it is not that the acoustics in London are bad, others are just better. Just talking about acoustics only provides one part of the story and does not take into account the psychological factors when listening to a performance: the emotions we feel and pictures the music conjures up. We do not want the acoustic question to veil the actual music. There is a special something about our concert halls in London which implants itself when you come to a concert here: their history, the grandeur of the building itself and the thrill of who else has performed on that stage. Can you imagine the Proms anywhere else other than the Royal Albert Hall? Pageantry and tradition is something the UK has perfected and our existing concert halls are a part of this.

There is a political side to all of this too. I must admit that part of me agrees with Jessica Duchen, that much of George Osborne’s commitment to a ‘feasibility study’ is probably General Election talk to get us all on side. With the economy still in a tight spot, spending however many millions on a new concert hall is not sensible. Indeed, Charlotte Higgins argued that if we need to spend any money on a new music venue in London, it needs to be a Glyndebourne-esque space for the crisis stricken English National Opera.

And then there is the question of its location. Where in central London is both available and suitable?

As much as I would love to see Sir Simon back in London, building a whole new concert hall seems hard to justify in these times especially when some say the acoustic argument is exaggerated. Spending the money on music education instead sounds like a better idea. If, after May, the new government uphold this enthusiasm then perhaps the idea will be taken more seriously but, how likely this is is left to be seen.

Rattle Blog Pic

Illustration: Robert G Fresson

 

(Written on February 25, 2015 )

Guardian

Emma Thompson takes on role in Sweeney Todd musical in West End

Actor to play piemaker Mrs Lovett in Stephen Sondheim’s work after Broadway run and after 25 years away from London stage

Classical Music Magazine

Making Music report: More playing, but progression is limited and class remains an issue

The playing of instruments among children has increased by 35% since 1999, a new study has found, although issues of access, progression and class remain apparent in the music education sector.

Classic FM

Oppan Lang Lang style! Pianist to perform with PSY

Chinese pianist Lang Lang is to join forces with Korean pop sensation PSY at this year’s Asian Games, Incheon 2014.

Classic FM

Singer dismissed from festival after ‘impersonating Hitler in front of German choir’

David Barclay has been excluded from the Three Choirs Festival in Worcester after reportedly making a joke about the Holocaust and impersonating Adolf Hitler during a rehearsal with the Chemnitz Opera.

The Strad

Cellist Yo-Yo Ma receives Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw Prize

The artist was honoured for his longstanding contribution to the venue

The Argus

Super soprano stops the show to tackle thief

A SUPER soprano snatched back charitable donations from a thief midway through her classical recital.

Die Welt

Auf, auf zum lustigen Intendantenjagen

Wiens Bühnen kommen nicht zur Ruhe. Nach dem Abgang von Franz Welser-Möst als Generalmusikdirektor der Staatsoper kündigte jetzt Dirigent Bertrand de Billy die “Lohengrin”-Premiere. Wegen einer Minute.

Klassik.com

Preisträger des Brahms-Wettbewerbs 2014

500 junge Musiker aus 51 Nationen traten an

Crescendo

Interview mit Michael Andreas Häringer

„Ich komponiere lieber große Orchesterstücke.”

The New York Times

Tibor Rudas, Classical Music Impresario, Dies at 94

Tibor Rudas, an irrepressible impresario who took classical music from concert halls to casinos and from there to baseball stadiums and the Eiffel Tower, helping to propel the Three Tenors to global glory, died on Sept. 8 at his home in Santa Monica. Calif.

Classicalite

American Composers Orchestra Honors Andy Akiho with $15,000 Grand Prize from the Underwood Emerging Composer Commission

The American Composers Orchestra (ACO) has named their 2014 Underwood Commission award to Andy Akiho. In addition to the accolade, the American-born composer will also be awarded a $15,000 prize for a future work to be premiered by the ACO.

NPR music

Watch A Sweet Little Butterfly Nearly Crush A Woman’s Hopes And Dreams

As Ota played for the judges, a butterfly first landed in her hair and then settled on her left eyebrow as she continued to perform.

Twitter

IntArtsManager ‏@IntArtsManager: Beautiful Vivienne Westwood dress is up for grabs, proceeds supporting the brilliant @StreetwiseOpera. Get bidding! http://www.internationalartsmanager.com/2014/09/17/vivienne-westwood-dress/ …

London Philharmonic @LPOrchestra: Our 2014/15 London season starts in one week! Watch Vladimir Jurowski introduce the season in our new video http://bit.ly/1uFvkTm 

Boosey & Hawkes @Boosey_London: ‘My Father, The Iron Curtain and Me’ – brilliant documentary about A. Panufnik to win here: http://bit.ly/Panufnik100 

Sinfini Music @SinfiniMusic#Callas‘ voice may have lacked the creamy quality of other sops, but ‘always expressed truth’ http://bit.ly/1uGDcUE

Emma Thompson and Bryn TerfelEmma Thompson and Bryn Terfel. Photo: John Snelling/Getty Images

(Written on September 17, 2014 )

The Telegraph

Classic show tunes provide boost for dementia patients

Care homes should be filled with the sound of music, researchers claim after discovering benefits of singing Broadway hits

Classic FM Online

Choirs compete to sing in The Shard

Amateur singers are competing for the chance to perform at the top of Western Europe’s tallest building

Andris Nelsons painting unveiled in Birmingham

The CBSO music director has been immortalised by artist Norman Perryman as part of the Symphony Hall collection

Limelight Magazine

The Concertgebouw: Are they the world’s best orchestra?

The Dutch orchestra frequently tops the rankings. Limelight Magazine finds out why

Global News

Kent Nagano to stay on at Montreal Symphony Orchestra until 2020

The Montreal Symphony Orchestra has extended the contract of music director Kent Nagano until 2020

The Guardian

Brands pump more than £100m into the UK music industry

Figures show brands were responsible for investing £104.8m in the UK music industry during 2012, an increase of 6% on 2011

Die Zeit

“Musik meint: Zurück zur Muttersprache!”

Schon als Kind grübelte Anne-Sophie Mutter über den Tod nach. Bis heute lindert Musik für sie jeden Schmerz

 

Classic FM Online

Classic FM Online

(Written on November 12, 2013 )

Guardian

Stradivarius offered by thieves for £100 could fetch £2m at auction

A stolen Stradivarius that once belonged to Min-Jin Kym has been recovered and will be auctioned at Tarisio auction house in December. Thieves once tried to sell the instrument for £100; it is expected to fetch more than £2m at auction.

BBC Music Magazine

BBC Radio 3 announces programming to mark the World War One centenary

For one week from 5 January, Radio 3 will will focus on the cultural life of Europe on the eve of 1914 in ‘Music on the Brink’. Each day the station will relive the sounds of a different European city – Paris, Berlin, Vienna, St Petersburg and London – and look at the cultural trends of the time.

WQXR – New York Radio

Brooklyn Philharmonic, Innovative But Sounding a Troubled Tune

An orchestra source says the group is experiencing severe financial difficulties due to a drop in fundraising.

Celebuzz

Burlesque Dancer Shows That Twerking Goes Great With Classical Music

Chicago burlesque dancer twerks in time to Beethoven’s 5th.

New York Times

An Opera Fights Hungary’s Rising Anti-Semitism

World class conductor Ivan Fischer’s opera ‘The Red Heifer’ is a rebuke to growing antisemitism in today’s Hungary.

Slipped Disk

Player urges Concertgebouw to protest gay oppression in Russia

Following the recent tension between Russia and the Netherlands, a viola player of the Royal Concertgebouw, Vincent Peters, has urged the Orchestra to make a statement on Russian LGBT-policies during its forthcoming tour in November.

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

Ein Weinberg in der Riesenkathedrale

Vor fünfzig Jahren wurde Hans Scharouns Neubau der Berliner Philharmonie eröffnet. Beim Festkonzert überwog jetzt die Begeisterung für den Bau. Das war nicht immer so.

Guardian

Guardian

 

 

(Written on October 22, 2013 )

The Guardian

Happy 125th birthday, Concertgebouw

Amsterdam’s world-class orchestra and concert hall celebrate their 125th anniversary this week. Tom Service explains why the hall’s famously perfect acoustics create unexpected challenges for its players.

 

The Guardian

RPS awards: Stockhausen’s helicopters and the Guardian’s Tom Service

Nominations for the classical music industry’s most respected annual gongs, the Royal Philharmonic Society awards, have been announced

 

The Telegraph

David Mitchell on his ‘bonkers’ new 3D opera Sunken Garden

The novelist David Mitchell speaks to Sameer Rahim about writing the libretto for a spectacular occult-mystery-film-opera, Sunken Garden.

 

Classic FM

Soprano Julia Lezhneva on her fairytale career so far 

The talented 23-year-old soprano shares the highlights of her career so far with John Brunning, and talks passionately about Baroque vocal music.

 

Gramophone

Rosenblatt Recitals founder announces new summer music festival

Branscombe Festival will run from July 26-28, 2013.

 

Classical Music Magazine

Richard Hallam takes up ISM presidency

The Incorporated Society of Musicians has formally announced the appointment of music education specialist Richard Hallam as its president, an appointment which will last one year. Hallam takes over from choral conductor Suzi Digby.

 

Plunet Hugill

The first piano in England

In 1749 an English engineer called John Grundy visited Charles Jennens’ house, Gopsall Hall in Leicestershire. In his travel diary he describes the interior, with the particularly grand music room complete with stucco ceiling and carved marble fireplace…

 

interior of the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam

The Guardian

(Written on April 12, 2013 )