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WildKat PR is delighted to welcome composer-pianist Alina K to our portfolio of artists.

Lithuanian-born Alina K came to London with the intention of developing and building on her piano playing skills, and with a dream that one day she might perhaps be able to turn her passion for music into a full-time career. Having recognised her talent early on, Alina K’s friends and family encouraged her to continue with her piano playing, but since she was working full-time in high-end retail concessions, she found very little time to devote to her true passion. However, encouraged by a close friend to compose her own music, Alina K discovered that she had the ability to compose, and this re-ignited her passion and her determination.

After a chance meeting in London with the founder of Vancouver Fashion Week who heard her music, Alina K was twice invited to perform at the opening ceremony of this prestigious event in Canada. With fashion being her second passion, she was delighted to accept this invitation and even more so when, on both occasions, she was unexpectedly asked to model on the catwalk for leading fashion designers.

Encouraged by this and championed and supported by friends and esteemed names across the music industry who recognised the immense potential that she had, Alina K threw herself into composing her own breathtakingly beautiful and emotionally engaging music. With the right people behind her, she became more determined than ever to pursue her dream of making music her full time occupation and of having her compositions used in films and on television. With this in mind, in early 2017 she made the brave and bold decision to leave her full-time day job in order to devote more time to her music.

The risk paid off because in February 2018, Alina K will release her debut EP ‘Awakening’, comprising four original tracks recorded in Studio Two at the world-famous Abbey Road Studios in North West London. With her refreshingly edgy, stylish demeanour and engaging personality, Alina K really is set to breathe fresh air into the contemporary music world with the launch of her groundbreaking debut EP.

(Written on November 17, 2017 )

In today’s news: Cressida Pollock to leave ENO, Lumen launches crowdfunding project, booking for NXCGB auditions are open. Too few women in the music industry, Arnold Schwarzenegger plays the organ, and French organisation “Musique et spoliations” does research on instruments stolen by the Nazis.

Opera Now

Cressida Pollock to leave ENO

Cressida Pollock is to step down as English National Opera’s chief executive in June 2018.

Music Business Worldwide

Concord acquires Savoy Label Group – and its 3,000+ recordings

SLG includes the Savoy Jazz catalogue and an extensive classical catalogue, in addition to adult rock/alternative specialists 429 Records.

Choir and Organ

Lumen launches crowdfunding project for new album

London-based chamber choir Lumen is crowdfunding for a new recording project.

Music Teacher

Booking for NYCGB auditions now open

Those interested in joining the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain (NYCGB) can now www.nycgb.org.uk/audition.

The New York Times

A Composer’s Debut, at 82

Some people are late bloomers. Then there is Richard Alan White, 82, who was a composer-in-hiding for the first eight decades of his life.

NMZ

Women Wanted: Hat die Musikbranche ein Frauenproblem?

Stellen wir uns mal vor, es gäbe keine Helene Fischer. Die Schlager- und Pop-Königin ist so omnipräsent, dass eine Tatsache nahezu verdrängt wird: Die Musikbranche hat ein Frauenproblem.

Klassik.com

Arnold Schwarzenegger an der Passauer Domorgel

Der Schauspieler und ehemalige kalifornische Gouverneur Arnold Schwarzenegger ist als Organist an der Passauer Domorgel in Erscheinung getreten. Im Rahmen eines von ihm besuchten Orgelkonzerts erhielt Schwarzenegger die Gelegenheit, einige Takte auf der Orgel zu spielen.

Pizzicato

Theater Trier löst Vertrag mit Operndirektorin

Das Trier Theater hat den Arbeitsvertrag mit Operndirektorin Katharina John einem ‘reporter’-Bericht nach vorzeitig aufgelöst.

France Musique

L’histoire méconnue des instruments de musique spoliés par les nazis

Les instruments de musique et documents musicaux spoliés par les nazis pendant la Seconde Guerre mondiale n’ont pas fait l’objet du même effort de recherches que les autres œuvres d’art. L’association “Musique et spoliations”, initiative inédite, tente de réparer cette injustice.

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(Written on September 22, 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 )

Welcoming back pianist Dmitry Masleev

WildKat PR is delighted to welcome back pianist Dmitry Masleev, the triumphant winner of the International Tchaikovsky Competition (2015).

In 2016, WildKat had the opportunity to support Dmitry Masleev during his successful European tour, including a great debut with the Münchner Symphoniker in Munich and a remarkable appearance at the Klavierfestival Ruhr, which was followed by invitations from the Rheingau, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and Bad Kissingen festivals. Dmitry Masleev was called a pianist of “virtuoso brilliance” (The Financial Times), possessing “musicality of metaphysical proportions” (Neue Musikzeitung).

© 2017 Dmitry Masleev

© 2017 Dmitry Masleev

2017 began for Masleev with a highly anticipated Carnegie Hall début recital where he performed a “fiercely demanding” programme of Scarlatti, Beethoven, Prokofiev, Rachmaninoff, and Liszt, which cemented his reputation internationally as “one of the genuinely great pianists of his generation” (New York City Informer).

WildKat is very happy to support Dmitry Masleev for his next great debut: on March 11th Dmitry Masleev will perform Rachmaninoff’s Variations on the Theme of Paganini at the Konzerthaus Berlin with the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra and Robert Trevino. Keep checking the WildKat PR blog for updates!

© 2017 Dmitry Masleev

© 2017 Dmitry Masleev

(Written on February 28, 2017 )

In today’s news, the National Youth Orchestras of Scotland announces their 2017 season based on the americas, and music teachers worry that tuition fees can’t keep up with cost of living. At the last minute of Catherine Manoukian’s Washington debut, Lura Johnson steps in to save the day, and The Royal Scottish National Orchestra will depart on its first trip to the United States in more than 35 years. Viryl Technologies releases a new vinyl-pressing, robotic technology, and jazz singer Al Jarreau announces the end of his live performance career.

Rhinegold

Music tuition fees failing to keep up with the cost of living, ISM survey reveals

The Incorporated Society of Musicians’ annual survey of teaching and accompanying rates has revealed that music tuition fees are not increasing in line with the cost of living.

National Youth Orchestras of Scotland announce 2017 season

The theme for the National Youth Orchestras of Scotland’s 2017 season is The Americas, with each ensemble performing a selection of works directly linked to or inspired by the Americas.

Washington Post

Last-minute accompanist swap didn’t mar Catherine Manoukian’s D.C. debut

Armenian violinist Catherine Manoukian’s Washington debut was imperiled by the sudden indisposition of her accompanist, but Lura Johnson, a well-known Baltimore pianist, saved the day, filling in Wednesday at the National Museum of Women in the Arts. Lacking adequate rehearsal time, the new duo could offer only three standard war horses from the same era: sonatas by Brahms (Nos. 2 and 3) and Franck.

International Arts Manager

Sheku Kanneh-Mason booked for BAFTAs

Cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason has booked himself the ultimate album launch party, with the release of his new EP timed to coincide with his performance at the British Academy Film Awards (BAFTAs). The BBC Young Musician 2016 winner will be introduced by host Stephen Fry.

The Strad

Danish jazz violinist and composer Svend Asmussen has died, aged 100

Over a career spanning eight decades, Asmussen collaborated with such jazz luminaries as Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman and Stéphane Grappelli, and recorded several albums

Broadway World

Royal Scottish National Orchestra Florida Tour Begins 3/13

This March, the Royal Scottish National Orchestra will embark upon its first trip to the United States in more than 35 years. The RSNO, together with Music Director Peter Oundjian and violinist Nicola Benedetti will perform throughout the state of Florida

Artsjournal

The New Robots That Are Making Vinyl Records

“The first new record-pressing machines built in over 30 years are finally online. The brainchild of some Canadian R&D guys with a background designing fancy MRI machines, the Warm Tone record press is everything that its vintage counterpart is not

Pizzicato

800 Singers To Perform At Sing’n’Joy Princeton 2017

From February 16-20, the Westminster Choir College in Princeton (New Jersey) and choir events organizer Interkultur will host 20 choirs

Bayreuther Festspiele verkaufen wieder Eintrittskarten online

Für die Bayreuther Festspiele (25. Juli bis 28. August) beginnt am 12. Februar (14 Uhr) der Online-Verkauf von Eintrittskarten.

Frankfurter Allgemeine

Jazz-Sänger Al Jarreau beendet Live-Karriere

Im Juli hatte der Jazz-Sänger noch einmal nach Deutschland kommen wollen. Jetzt hat Al Jarreau mit 76 Jahren im Krankenhaus eine schwere Entscheidung getroffen: keine Live-Auftritte mehr.

KlassikAkzente

Ein Piano-Star kehrt heim – Lang Lang zurück bei Universal Music

Der chinesische Pianist Lang Lang begeisterte mit seinem Spiel schon Milliarden Menschen auf der ganzen Welt. Jetzt kehrt der umjubelte Künstler heim zur Universal Music Group.

Concerti

Dufter Currywurstsound

Was haben Currywurst, S-Bahn und die Musiker des Berliner Konzerthauses gemeinsam? Ganz einfach: sie machen Musik!

France musique

Musique contemporaine : vers une écoute moins intellectuelle ?

Pour cette 27e édition du festival de création musicale Présences, 79 compositions et un portrait musical de la compositrice finlandaise Kaija Saariaho sont proposés au public de la Maison de la Radio ainsi qu’aux auditeurs de France Musique.

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Classical Music News ‏ Winners of the 2017 Music Teacher Awards for Excellence announced

Music History  in 1882 FP of ‘s opera The Snow Maiden

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(Written on February 10, 2017 )

WildKat PR is delighted to introduce our latest client, Syzygy Quartet, who release their debut CD in November!

sq1Syzygy saxophone quartet was formed in 2009, after performing together at the World Saxophone Congress in Bangkok with the London Saxophone Ensemble, and the ensemble has blossomed ever since. Their debut performance was part of the Frontiers Festival, where they performed Louis Andriessen’s Facing Death. Since then, the quartet have performed in major concert venues such as St Martin-in-the-Fields, Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, and National Portrait Gallery. Syzygy Quartet have also received an Emerging Excellence award from Help Musicians UK, who have supported them throughout their career.
sq2They specialise in contemporary classical music, and perform both established contemporary works and also new compositions written specifically for the ensemble. However, Syzygy Quartet’s repertoire extends beyond just contemporary compositions, with their upcoming concert in St Andrew’s Psalter Lane Church, Sheffield in March 2016 including works by Mozart, Beethoven, Messiaen and David Maslanka. Keep up to date with all their upcoming events here.

Having succeeded in being the only ensemble in Europe to be awarded the recording and performing rights for David Maslanka’s Song for the Coming Day, they have recently recorded this for their debut CD, which will be released on 13th November.

sq3Follow Syzygy Quartet on Facebook and Twitter, and check out their website to keep up to date with their latest news.

(Written on October 9, 2015 )

Classical News

In today’s news, Ekaterina Bakanova makes an impression with her last minute debut performance, Debbie Wiseman is appointed as Classic FM’s new composer in residence and how pianist Kim Cheol-woong’s life changed when he was hear playing a love song.

The Guardian

One hell of a way to make a Royal Opera debut

Russian soprano Ekaterina Bakanova stepped in to sing Violetta at Covent Garden with only hours’ notice, and gave the performance of her life

Classical Music Magazine

XV Tchaikovsky Competition viewing statistics

Medici.tv streamed the XV Tchaikovsky Competition in its entirety for the first time this year, bringing it to audiences around the world. Here are some statistics which give an idea of who was watching, and how!

Classic FM

Debbie Wiseman appointed Classic FM’s new Composer in Residence

Britain’s top female composer for film and TV will write 12-movement Musical Zodiac for Classic FM.

BBC

Interrogated for playing the wrong tune

Fifteen years ago, Kim Cheol-woong was a successful pianist living in North Korea – but his life suddenly changed when someone heard him playing a Western love song.

Opera News

James S. Marcus, Longtime Metropolitan Opera Guild Board Member and Former Chairman of the Metropolitan Opera, has Died

JAMES S. MARCUS, a longtime board member of the Metropolitan Opera Guild and former chairman of the board of the Metropolitan Opera, died on Sunday in New York City after a short illness.

BR.de

Münchner Posthalle soll zum Konzertsaal werden

Nach dem Olympiagelände ist jetzt die Posthalle an der Friedenheimer Brücke im Gespräch für den neuen Münchner Konzertsaal. Ein Investor will das Gelände kaufen und zum Musikzentrum umbauen – ein Projekt mit dem vielversprechenden Namen “Die Resonanz”.

Neue Musikzeitung

Vize-Ballettintendant Detrich soll in Stuttgart Reid Anderson folgen

Der Stuttgarter Ballettintendant Reid Anderson soll von seinem Stellvertreter Tamas Detrich abgelöst werden. Detrich habe bewiesen, dass er ein würdiger Nachfolger sein werde und auch neue Impulse für die Kompanie setzen könne, sagte Kunstministerin Theresia Bauer am Dienstag in Stuttgart.

Klassik.com

Dorian Dreher erhält Studio-Preis der Götz-Friedrich-Stiftung

Der Regisseur Dorian Dreher erhält den Studio-Preis der Götz-Friedrich-Stiftung für die szenische Interpretation von Schuberts “Schwanengesang” am Nationaltheater Mannheim

The New York Times

SubCulture in New York Cancels Much of Its Schedule

One of the bright spots in classical and contemporary music in recent years has been the rise of the cool space: the proliferation of new rooms with downtown or Brooklyn vibes that feel more like nightclubs than concert halls, where emerging talents are free to experiment, and audiences can listen to live music in unstuffy settings.

NPR music

Why Conductor Kirill Petrenko Fits The Berlin Philharmonic

When the Berlin Philharmonic chooses a new chief conductor, it’s a big deal. In May the orchestra, often hailed as the world’s finest, sequestered itself for a secret vote and some European papers likened the event to a papal conclave.

Tweets

Gramophone @GramophoneMag‘s Symphony No 3, introduced by Lorin : @MaestroMaazel

Young People in Arts @YPIA_uk: Our seventh season in numbers – An infographic to celebrate our new website: .

RDMR @RDMR1: This lunchtime, senior @guildhallschool musician Julian Clef performs Brahms, Scriabin & Beethoven (for free!) at @stgilescg@CoLFestival

Ekaterina Bakanova’s stunning surprise debut
Photo: www.ekaterinabakanova.com/ The Guardian

(Written on July 8, 2015 )

The US capital is in for a treat next week when baritone John Brancy and pianist Peter Dugan will be premiering their World War I Centenary Tribute recital at the Kennedy Center. The performance is the second annual Gerald Perman Emerging Artists Fund recital, promoted by Vocal Arts DC. Michael Kaiser, former president of the Kennedy Center, said about the programme: “Gerald Perman has produced one of the great vocal series of the world”.

John and Peter devised a recital programme which includes songs by composers who were directly affected by the Great War. There will be songs by European and American composers, many of whom fought in the war on different sides of the frontier. John Brancy will lead through the recital and annotate with historical and musical facts.

Both John and Peter are recent Juilliard graduates. John has already performed at the most prestigious opera houses in Europe such as the Dresden Semperoper and Alte Oper Frankfurt and was in concert with Boston and San Francisco Symphony Orchestras. Pianist Peter Dugan opened the season with Michael Tilson Thomas’ New World Symphony this summer.

John and Peter will be taking the World War I Centenary Tribute recital to Chicago in April 2015 and Montreal in May 2015.

Please visit the Vocal Arts DC website to see the full recital programme:

Watch a sneak preview of the recital on John’s YouTube channel.

John Brancy and Peter Dugan, photo credit Gerard Collett

(Written on December 5, 2014 )

Classical News

The Strad

UK’s Birmingham Conservatoire unveils plans for its new home

The facility is set to open in 2017

The Telegraph

First Canterbury Cathedral all-girl choir makes its Christmas concert debut

The first ever Canterbury Cathedral girls’ choir is to perform its debut Christmas concert after winning over doubters.

Injured violinist spent 10 years playing music in her head

The virtuoso Kyung Wha Chung, who lost the use of her finger in 2005, will play her first London concert in a decade at the Royal Festival Hall in December

The Guardian

In defence of the viola

The viola was the instrument of choice for Mozart, Haydn, Bach, Dvorák and Beethoven; Jimi Hendrix and John Cale both played it; violinists turn to it to improve technique. So why is the viola the butt of jokes?

Frankfurter Allgemeine

Große Oper in der Wüste von Oman

Der Sultan von Oman hat seinen Untertanen ein Opernhaus geschenkt.

Die Welt

Hauptsache, es ist deutsche Wertarbeit

In China hat die Klassik noch eine Zukunft: Mit Richard Strauss wirbt das Musikfestival in Peking für den Westen.

Spiegel Online

Berliner Ensemble: Oliver Reese wird Nachfolger von Claus Peymann

Der bekannteste deutsche Theatermacher tritt ab: Claus Peymann verlässt das Berliner Ensemble.

Codex Flores

Bartoli bleibt in Salzburg bis 2012 Pfingstfestspielleiterin

Cecilia Bartoli hat ihren Vertrag als Künstlerische Leiterin der Salzburger Pfingstfestspiele bis 2021 verlängert.

Pizzicato

World Coral Day Takes Place December 7

The international choral event is meant to extol the values of solidarity, peace and understanding.

Twitter

ASMF Orchestra ‏@ASMForchestra: This Wednesday @WithJohnHurt performs with @ASMForchestra ………. in a shop window?!?! http://bit.ly/1FHlwLS 

London Sinfonietta ‏@Ldn_Sinfonietta: Check out our trailer for Birtwistle’s birthday celebration: http://vimeo.com/112900015  #birtwistlebirthday

ArtsProfessional ‏@ArtsPro: MbroCouncil spent £28.28 per head on culture & heritage. What did your council spend? http://bit.ly/1tDc45B  (pdf)

Canterbury Cathedral Girls ChoirMembers of the Canterbury Cathedral Girls Choir rehearse for their first Christmas concert at Canterbury Cathedral Photo: Gareth Fuller/PA

(Written on December 1, 2014 )

Classical Music Magazine

Philip Pickett charged by City of London Police

The City of London Police has charged early music specialist Philip Pickett with 15 historic offences, relating to nine separate victims, which allegedly occurred during his tenure as a freelance teacher at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

BBC Music Magazine Online

Gravity composer takes Bafta glory

Steven Price beats John Williams and Hans Zimmer to prestigious award

NPR

Classical Music Piece Enhances Roald Dahl’s ‘Dirty Beasts’

On Sunday, the London Philharmonic debuted a new piece of music based on Roald Dahl’s Dirty Beasts. With Matilda playing to sold-out crowds on Broadway and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory running in London’s West End, this is just the latest work by the author to get a musical soundtrack.

Classic FM Online

Torvill and Dean recreate Bolero in Sarajevo

Thirty years after their historic Olympic victory, ice skating legends Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean have returned to Sarajevo to perform their Bolero routine.

Conductor stops concert to announce JFK assassination: archive recording unearthed

The audio of conductor Erich Leinsdorf halting a Boston Symphony Orchestra concert to announce the assassination of President John F. Kennedy has been unearthed.

Die Welt

Aufstand der Schauspieler gegen Intendant Hartmann

Ein Großteil des Ensembles hat Burg-Chef Matthias Hartmann das Misstrauen ausgesprochen. Der Streit um Österreichs Nationalheiligtum spitzt sich zu: Wer ist schuld am Millionendefizit des Burgtheaters?

Classic FM Online

Classic FM Online

(Written on February 18, 2014 )