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JIM-Studie 2018 liegt vor – Musik machen ist eine der beliebtesten Freizeitaktivitäten von Jugendlichen

Die JIM-Studie (Jugend, Information, Medien) ist eine seit 1998 jährlich veröffentlichte Basisstudie zum Medienumgang der Zwölf- bis 19-Jährigen, die vom Medienpädagogischen Forschungsbund Südwest veröffentlicht wird.

Musik machen ist eine der wenigen Freizeitaktivitäten Jugendlicher zwischen 12 und 19 Jahren, die im Vergleich der letzten zehn Jahre (2008–2018) an Beliebtheit zugenommen hat (+4%).

“Laut aktueller JIM-Studie hat jeder fünfte Jugendliche mindestens mehrmals pro Woche Musikunterricht, Chor- oder Bandprobe. Damit liegt das Musizieren an vierter Stelle bei den beliebtesten non-medialen Freizeitaktivitäten – noch vor dem Besuch von Sportveranstaltungen (13%). Das Musizieren ist bei Mädchen (27%) deutlich beliebter als bei Jungen (18%). Darüber hinaus ergab die Studie, dass Jugendliche mit niedrigerem Bildungshintergrund musikalisch weniger aktiv sind als Gymnasiasten. Auch zeigt sich, dass das Alter eine Rolle spielt: die jüngeren Befragten machen öfter Musik.”

[NMZ] 


Lucerne Piano Festival 2018 begrüßt rund 11.300 Menschen

Das Lucerne Piano Festival hat seine Bilanz für 2018 vorgelegt. Die 20. Ausgabe des im Rahmen des Lucerne Festivals stattfindenden Klavierfestivals fand zwischen dem 17. November und dem 25. November statt. Die 14 Konzerte im Kultur- und Kongresszentrum und der Luzerner Lukaskirche wurden den Angaben zufolge von rund 11.300 Menschen besucht.

Neben den kostenpflichtigen Konzerten gab es wie in jedem Jahr Gratis-Auftritte von “Piano Off-Stage” in Luzerner Bars. Zu den 41 Veranstaltungen kamen rund 5.500 Interessierte, zum Eröffnungskonzert mit acht internationalen Jazz-Pianisten sogar 1.500 Gäste. Darüber hinaus boten die Festspiele in Kooperation mit der Hochschule Luzern erstmals auch Klavier-Meisterkurse an.


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Awards for Young Musicians (AYM) aims to raise £60,000 in the Big Give Christmas Challenge

From 27 November to 4th December, all donations given via the Big Give website are doubled by the organisation. AYM provides awards, which give young musicians from low-income families access to funding for music lessons, instruments, and transport to lessons and performances.


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Accentus have 12 nominations for the upcoming International Classical Music Awards

Accentus have 12 nominations for the upcoming International Classical Music Awards, closely following Alpha and Deutsche Grammophon who each have 13 nominations.

“Finalists will be chosen on 10th December, and the winners announced on 17th January. The awards will be presented on 10th May in a ceremony and gala concert at the Kultur- und Kongresszentrumin in Lucerne, Switzerland, featuring the Lucerne Symphony Orchestra under Lawrence Foster.”

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(Written on November 30, 2018 )

Friday #ClassicalNews Round Up

US pianist Eric Lu wins top prize at Leeds competition

The 19th Leeds piano competition was won on Saturday night by Eric Lu, a 20-year-old from Boston in the United States, whose sparkling and supremely confident performance of Beethoven’s fourth piano concerto secured him the top place, and also the Hallé orchestra prize.

(via The Guardian)


Spitalfields Music launch their 2018 festival

Spitalfields Music Festival will open on the 1 December. 

The first event is an evening of Byrd held at the Tower of London.

The festival’s curator, conductor André de Ridder, said: ‘It’s a great honour to be able to share this festival line-up with you and to have had the opportunity to continue to develop our vision for a 21st-century music festival, with the Spitalfields Music family.’

The festival will feature performances by soprano Mary Bevan, lute player Liz Kenny, turntablist Shiva Feshareki, and Arcade Fire’s Richard Reed Parry.

(via Rhinegold)


Brains of jazz and classical musicians work differently, study reveals

A study published by the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences (MPI CBS) in January found that musicians who work in the two fields demonstrate substantially different brain activity, even when they’re playing the same music.

The research could help explain why musicians seem to excel in one or other style, and not usually in both.

Classical pianists tend to focus on the second step – the ‘how’. This means their focus is on technique and the personal expression they add to the piece.

Jazz pianists on the other hand focus on the ‘what’, meaning they are always prepared to improvise and adapt the notes they’re playing.

(via ClassicFM)


Oper Halle: Ariane Matiakh wird Generalmusikdirektorin

Die französische Dirigentin Ariane Matiakh wird neue Generalmusikdirektorin der Staatskapelle und der Oper Halle. Die 38-Jährige trete zur Spielzeit 2019/20 an, teilte die Theater, Oper und Orchester GmbH am Montag mit. Matiakh übernimmt die Nachfolge von Josep Caballé Domenech, dessen Vertrag in diesem Sommer nach fünf Jahren nicht verlängert wurde.

French conductor Ariane Matiakh is the new music director of the Staatskapelle and the Oper Halle. Her contract will begin from the 2019/20 season, announced the managing director of the Bühnen Halle on Monday. Matiakh succeeds Josep Caballé Domenech, whose contract was not renewed after five years.

(via musik-heute)


Belgian builds musical bridge across the Bosphorus

Belgian musician Tristan Driessens found his inspiration and his calling east of the Bosphorus, becoming one of the West’s few masters of the oud and of Ottoman classical music.

In an interview with AFP News, Driessens tells of how he is helping to build a musical bridge for others, working with refugees arriving from the east to help preserve and develop their musical culture in European exile.

(via Yahoo)

(Written on September 21, 2018 )

JazzKorea is an exceptional festival in many regards. While many festivals will claim to support cultural exchange and break up traditional boundaries, JazzKorea actually does. Already in its sixth years of existence it has established itself as an institution in Berlin and beyond, as a window to the vibrant Korean Jazz scene.

From 22th of November until the 1st of December four Korean Jazz Ensembles are invited to present their music, their heritage and their visions in Berlin, Hamburg, Stuttgart and beyond. These Ensembles have been chosen by the Bass player Martin Zenker and the Journalist Nabil Atassi. The goal of the Festival is to invite groups that represent different aspects of the South Korean Jazz Scene, from traditional Jazz to more Avant-garde experiments.

 

More than 50 ensembles applied for the chance to be part of this years edition of JazzKorea but ultimately the four picked each represent something unique. This year’s line-up includes:  Song Hachul, a quartet that stands in the tradition of the big American Jazz Ensembles, but playing “Originals”. Then there are Barim and Han Solip, who are combining a modern take on Jazz with traditional Korean Instruments and finally there is the Blumen Klang Quartet playing very much Avantgarde Jazz.

The variety of styles and of different approaches encapsulates a profile of what the Korean Jazz scene is about. While they use traditional Korean instruments and composition techniques they are well aware of Zeitgeist and can deliver both. And JazzKorea gives them the opportunity to showcase all their abilities throughout Germany and Europe as well. With concerts taking them to Istanbul and Rome to make JazzKorea a truly unique Festival.

 

WildKat PR are very excited of working with JazzKorea 2018

(Written on September 17, 2018 )

In today’s news: Warner Classics to issue a concerto recording of Leeds International Piano Competition. The New York Philharmonic is reportedly thinking about changing its dress code. Australian Helpmann Award nominations announced. Karabits contract with Weimar orchestra not extended. How to arrange a concert during the World Cup. Bachfest in Leipzig reaches record audience numbers. Guennadi Rojdestvenski passes away.

Gramophone

Warner Classics and Leeds International Piano Competition strike a deal

The record label will release a recording, both on CD and digitally, shortly after the September finals, ‘featuring The Leeds winner, or a finalist of their choice’ playing a Concerto with the Hallé conducted by Edward Gardner, and a selection of recital repertoire from the earlier rounds.

The Guardian

Rising clarinet star’s ex-girlfriend must pay $375,000 for trying to sabotage his career

Ontario court calls case of Eric Abramovitz, whose girlfriend faked a rejection letter from his dream school, ‘despicable interference’.

Rhinegold

New partnership for Wigmore Hall and BBC Cardiff Singer of the World

Wigmore Hall and BBC Cardiff Singer of the World competition have announced a partnership, which will allow all five of the competition’s Song Prize finalists to give a debut recital at Wigmore Hall.

iNews

Women could finally wear the trousers thanks to a sartorial revolution in classical music

The New York Philharmonic is reportedly thinking about changing its dress code. Currently female performers are required to wear floor-length black skirts or gowns for formal evening concerts.

Classic FM

New releases: Summer Night Concert 2018, Patrick Gallois – Francois Devienne Flute Concerto No.13

World exclusives and premiere broadcasts of latest releases.

Limelight Magazine

2018 Helpmann Awards nominations announced

The nominations for the 2018 Helpmann Awards are in, with Sydney Theatre Company and Global Creatures’ much-lauded Muriel’s Wedding the Musical taking the lion’s share with 11 nods.

Pizzicato

Weimar verlängert Vertrag von Karabits nicht

Die Verhandlungen über eine Vertragsverlängerung des ukrainischen Dirigenten Kirill Karabits am Deutschen Nationaltheater Weimar sind gescheitert.

Concerti

Klassikkonkurrent Weltmeisterschaft?

Sommerzeit – Festivalzeit. Für viele Liebhaber klassischer Musik die schönste Zeit im Jahr. Denn jetzt lässt sich das Angenehme mit dem Angenehmen verbinden: Internationale Klangkörper und Künstler bevölkern nicht nur die Hauptstädte oder Ballungszentren, sondern ziehen im Rahmen akribisch geplanter Veranstaltungsreihen aufs Land.

klassik.com

Bachfest Leipzig 2018 mit Besucherrekord

Das Bachfest Leipzig kann auf eine weitere erfolgreiche Auflage des Festivals zurückschauen: So konnte der erst im Vorjahr aufgestellte Besucherrekord mit fast 80.000 Gästen aus 40 verschiedenen Ländern gebrochen werden.

Le Monde

Le chef d’orchestre russe Guennadi Rojdestvenski est mort

Le chef d’orchestre russe Guennadi Rojdestvenski est mort samedi 16 mai à l’âge de 87 ans. « Le Bolchoï est en deuil », a annoncé sur Twitter le théâtre moscovite, dont il avait dirigé l’orchestre en 2000 et 2001.

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Guennadi Rojdestvenski (c) Alexei Nikolsky

 

(Written on June 18, 2018 )

In today’s news: Town Hall Symphony announces 2018-19 season, Echo-Award for the best-selling music will be abolished, the New World Symphony Brings Classical Music Into The Digital Future, 2018 Art Music Fund recipients announced and Passau Festival “Europäische Wochen” with reduced program.

Classic FM

Nicola Benedetti playing Bach in an empty St Paul’s Cathedral is the most beautiful video imaginable

Back in 2016, star British violinist Nicola Benedetti found herself in London’s St Paul’s Cathedral – and it was the perfect moment for a Johann Sebastian Bach masterpiece for solo violin.

Rhinegold

Town Hall Symphony Hall announces 2018-19 season

Birmingham’s Town Hall Symphony Hall (THSH) has announced its 2018-19 season. The Symphony Orchestra of India will make their UK debut, with an ev ening culminating in Rimsky-Korsakov’s Thousand and One Nights (19 Feb 2019).

The Violin Channel

English Composer Sir William Walton was Born On This Day

English composer Sir William Walton was born on this day in 1902 – 116 years ago.
His signature works include ‘Façade’, the cantata ‘Belshazzar’s Feast’, his 1st Symphony – and Concerti for Violin, Viola and Cello.

BBC News

Streaming is music’s biggest money-maker

Streaming services like Spotify and Apple Music have become the biggest contributor to the music industry’s coffers for the first time ever.

Forbes

The New World Symphony Brings Classical Music Into The Digital Future

Classical music gets a bad reputation. At a time when electronic music is ubiquitous and digitization reigns supreme, it’s hard to imagine classical music as a relevant art form for youth.

Limelight

2018 Art Music Fund recipients announced

The 2018 Art Music Fund recipients have been announced, with $100,000 going to nine composers for the creation of new works in the Fund’s third year.

Zeit Online

Echo – Jetzt ist er implodiert

Der Preis für die meistverkaufte Musik wird abgeschafft. Fraglich war er sowieso schon lange. Der Protest gegen Kollegah hat gewirkt.

klassik.com

Konzerthaus soll bis 2023 fertig gestellt werden – Nürnberger Konzerthaus: Siegerentwurf steht fest

Mit dem Nürnberger Architekten Johannes Kappler in Zusammenarbeit mit Super Future Collective (Nürnberg) und der Topotek 1 Architektur GmbH (Berlin/Zürich) stehen die Sieger im Architektur-Wettbewerb für das neue Nürnberger Konzerthaus fest.

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Passauer Festspiele Europäische Wochen mit reduziertem Programm

Können Festspiele ohne Intendant funktionieren? Diese Frage stellen sich die Verantwortlichen der Passauer Festspiele Europäischen Wochen (EW), nachdem die Trennung von Intendant Thomas E. Bauer feststeht.

Musik Heute

Neue Intendantin für Südwestdeutsche Philharmonie

Die Orchestermanagerin Insa Pijanka wird neue Intendantin der Südwestdeutschen Philharmonie Konstanz.

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Echo-Award © Christian Charisius/dpa

(Written on April 26, 2018 )

In today’s news: Paavo Järvi talks Brexit impact for musicians, Alexander Pushkin poetry transformed into opera by a direct descendent, Roxanna Panufnik to release new album, conductor Hartmut Haenchen receives prize from Leipzig Richard Wagner Foundation, conductors Thielemann and Sächsische Staatskapelle return Echo-Award, and Bamberger Symphoniker receive award for best concert program.

Classic FM

‘Brexit will isolate British musicians,’ warns Estonian conductor Paavo Järvi

“Brexit won’t make the lives of British musicians any easier. It will isolate a lot of them and create logistical and financial barriers,” the Estonian maestro told Classic FM.

Diana Adamyan has won the 2018 Menuhin Competition

17-year-old Diana Adamyan from Armenia managed to take the night’s big prize, followed by 10-year-old Christian Li and 11-year-old Chloe Chua for a joint Junior Award.

The Guardian

Pushkin descendant puts Russian poet’s turbulent life on stage for first time

Alexander Pushkin’s direct descendant, the London-based writer and lyricist Marita Phillips, has created the first stage version of his turbulent life story to be written in any language.

Classical Music 

Roxanna Panufnik celebrates her 50th birthday with two commissions and an album release

Celestial Bird is due to be released on Signum Records on 7 September and will feature two tracks commissioned by Ex Cathedra.

The Academy of Ancient Music appoints new leader

The Academy of Ancient Music (AAM) has appointed Bojan Čičić as leader of the orchestra.

Limelight

Details announced for 2018 Accompanists’ Guild of SA Festival

Pianists Lisa Moore and Sonya Lifschitz headline the festival, where they’ll be playing a two piano rendition of Bach’s Goldberg Variations.

Prospect Magazine

Leonard Bernstein invented how we do modern classical music

Whether he was conducting, composing or communicating, Bernstein was a stylish innovator.

Frankfurter Allgemeine

Auch Dirigent Thielemann und Staatskapelle geben Echos zurück

Von einem „Symbol eines Zynismus“ spricht die Sächsische Staatskapelle, die nicht länger in derselben Siegerliste stehen mag wie Kollegah und Farid Bang.

BR Klassik

Von Richard-Wagner-Stiftung ausgezeichnet

Der Dirigent Hartmut Haenchen erhält den diesjährigen Preis der Leipziger Richard-Wagner-Siftung. Er ist mit 10.000 Euro dotiert. Der gebürtige Dresdner soll die Auszeichnung während der Wagner-Festtage im Mai in Leipzig entgegennehmen.

klassik.com

Bamberger Symphoniker erhalten Auszeichnung für bestes Konzertprogramm

Der Preis für das beste Konzertprogramm, der vom Deutschen Musikverleger-Verband (DMV) verliehen wird, geht für die Spielzeit 2017/18 an die Bamberger Symphoniker.

nmz

Rebell, Visionär, Bewahrer, Erneuerer – Jean Guillou in der Elbphilharmonie

Bezeichnend ist es allemal, dass das Geburtstagskonzert für Jean Guillou in Hamburg stattfindet – und nicht etwa in Paris.

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Bamberger Symphoniker © Andreas Herzau

 

 

 

 

(Written on April 23, 2018 )

In today’s news: ‘From Classical to Rock’ concert supports music education featuring high-profile artists, Royal Opera announces world premiere, “classical music needs Kendrick Lamar more than it needs the Pulitzer”, Deutsche Symphonie-Orchester announced program for season 2018/19 and International trade fair and festival, Jazzahead started in Bremen.

Opera Now

The Royal Opera announces world premiere by composer-in-residence

The opera, entitled Mamzer Bastard and written by Na’ama Zisser, is a co-commission with the Guildhall School in association with Hackney Empire.

Music Theatre Wales appoints new chair

Christine Bradwell has been appointed chair of contemporary opera company Music Theatre Wales. She will be taking over from Geraint Davies CBE, who is stepping down after 11 years.

Choir and Organ 

Sonoro announces choral conducting masterclass

The masterclass led by co-artistic director Neil Ferris, will take place in July at St Gabriel’s Halls, Pimlico, is aimed at advanced conductors who wish to gain further technical expertise and knowledge.

Broadway World

‘From Classical to Rock’ concert to benefit music education for Orange County communities

The event brought together OCMD music students together with platinum selling rock stars and acclaimed classical musicians, performing together under one roof.

NME

Sharon Van Etten to play special orchestral show at BBC Proms

Musicians and ‘The OA’ star to team up with Heritage Orchestra at Royal Albert Hall.

Slate

Classical Music Needs Kendrick Lamar More Than It Needs the Pulitzer

Composers shouldn’t fear hip-hop. They should embrace it.

Der Tagesspiegel

DSO Berlin Saison 2018/19 Robin Ticciati liebt es vielseitig

Das Deutsche Symphonie-Orchester und sein Chefdirigent Robin Ticciati enthüllen, was sie in der Saison 2018/19 vorhaben

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Das Theater Augsburg wird zum Staatstheater befördert

Das Theater Augsburg wurde durch Ministerpräsident Markus Söder zum Bayerischen Staatstheater ernannt – obgleich das Haus gerade am Beginn einer mindestens fünfjährigen Sanierungsphase steht

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Internationale Musikmesse «jazzahead!» blickt auch auf den Nachwuchs

Bremen – Die internationale Musikmesse «jazzahead!» ist am Donnerstag in Bremen eröffnet worden. Bis 22. April treffen sich Agenturen, Labels, Künstler, Produzenten und Veranstalter, um sich zu informieren und auszutauschen.

Musik Heute

Hamburger Opernstiftung zeichnet Nachwuchskünstler aus

Die Mezzosopranistin Nadezhda Karyazina, die Tänzerin Madoka Sugai und der Posaunist Felix Eckert erhalten die diesjährigen Nachwuchspreise der Hamburger Opernstiftung

Le Monde

Stéphane Roth, nouveau directeur général de Musica

L’actuel directeur éditorial de la Philharmonie de Paris succède à Jean-Dominique Marco. Très attendue dans le milieu de la musique contemporaine, la désignation du successeur de Jean-Dominique Marco à la tête du festival Musica de Strasbourg a été rendue publique.

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Sharon Van Etten to perform at BBC Proms © NME

(Written on April 20, 2018 )

– “Artistic work is only a pretext for becoming free, and it may be that it is not completely possible in this world to have freedom. In art and in fiction, I can do what I cannot in reality. It is a way to expand on the possibility of freedom.” Hayoun Kwon (participating artist “Non-sense music; borders”) –

We are thrilled to be supporting the upcoming Korean Interdisciplinary Arts Festival „Non-Sense Music #2; Borders“ and many other inspiring projects and events in cooperation with the Korean Cultural Centre in Berlin.

The Korean Cultural Centre is the cultural department of the Embassy of the Republic of Korea in Germany, headquartered in Berlin under the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism of the Republic of Korea (MCST). Its aim is to promote Korean culture and facilitate cultural exchanges to introduce and generate interest in the many diverse aspects of Korean culture.

The Centre organises many programmes, events and courses under the categories of arts, music, literature and film. It creates an active place for cultural mediation. An item of great importance is the organisation and support of cultural events with Korean participation throughout Germany by working closely with the relevant institutions of both countries.

Permanent and alternating exhibitions can be seen in their own premises, at their Gallery damdam and at other external exhibition spaces. In the field of music the Centre curates a wide range of events: from Young Korean talents, the JazzKorea Festival to the International Younghi Pagh-Paan Composition Prize and lunchtime concerts in the “Pavillon der Einheit”.

We begin our campaign with an in-house exhibition by the interdisciplinary and Berlin based, but Seoul born artist, kate-hers RHEE. Her arts project “I like Korea and Korea likes me” will feature at Gallery damdam from 26th April – 16th June 2018.

This solo exhibition is curated by Kahee Jeong and presents two of her projects: the “deutschsprachliche Projekt” and “Transkoreaning” plus some artworks that were especially created for this exhibition. Identity and language are the essential themes in the work of kate-hers RHEE. Her art is transgressive, performative and plays with her “otherness” as an American raised woman with Asian roots in various cultural contexts.

 

 

We look forward to also supporting the Korean Interdisciplinary Arts Festival „Non-Sense Music #2; Borders“. This ten-day interdisciplinary arts festival takes place from 11th May – 20th May 2018 at Kunstquartier Bethanien and explores the politics of space through the micro-history of six Korean artists. Curated by Seoul born Joanne Kim, the artists Nahoon Park (Choreographer, Performance), Soyoung Chung (Video, Performance), Hayoun Kwon (VR), Ryu Biho (Installation, Performance), Helena Parada Kim (Painting) and Kim Hwang (Installation, Documentary film screening) transform the circumstances and conditions of time and space into songs, performance and visual delights.

The multicultural upbringing of Helena Parada Kim – she is half Korean and half Spanish and grew up in Germany – fuels her creative inspiration in various ways. She uses photographs of members of her mother´s family to create her artworks. Using family portraits as fundamental inspiration for her paintings, allows her to present a multidimensional homage to Korean traditions and culture.

 

Helena Parada Kim: Nurses and cranes, 180×250 cm, oil on linen, 2017

 

Artist Hayoun Kwon on the other hand, specialises in film work. At Non-sense music, she exhibits the animated political documentary “489 Years”, a film grounded in personal stories and linked to geopolitical questions of borders and territoriality. With virtual reality glasses, we are being taken to the Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ), a strip of land running across the Korean Peninsula to serve as a buffer zone between North and South, immersing us in the personal memories of a soldier. Hayoun Kwon’s film allows us to see a forbidden place, where nature has totally reclaimed its hold.

The WildKat team is very excited to be working alongside the Korean Cultural Centre in Berlin and its many cultural and artistic projects to come, including an in-house exhibition of Thearesa Cha (September 2018), the Grassimesse Leipzig (October 2018) and the Jazz Korea Festival (November 2018).

 

(Written on April 20, 2018 )

In today’s news: New Classic FM music festival announced, Sony Classical signs Hauschka, classical music played to police dogs, Toronto arts festival Luminato makes a statement with its 2018 lineup, Kirill Serebrennikow to stage at Hamburgisches Staatsoper and Berlin Philharmonic to continue collaboration with Festspielhaus Baden-Baden hosting the Easter Festival.

International Piano

Sony Classical signs pianist Hauschka

Sony Classical has signed German pianist-composer, Hauschka. The first album with the label will be a collection of solo piano works, due for release in 2019.

Classical Music

Emanuel Ax honoured by London Philharmonic Orchestra

Emanuel Ax has been awarded an American Friends of the London Philharmonic Orchestra Lifetime Award for Musical Achievement.

Call to veterans to share their experiences of military music

The Legasee Educational Trust has been commissioned to chronicle over 160 years of military music, centred around the Royal Military School of Music (RMSM) at Kneller Hall in South West London – and the organisation is seeking stories from veterans as part of its research.

The Guardian

Therapy, Mozart, play zones: it’s a Spanish police dog’s life

Madrid’s 22 police dogs will be provided with heated beds and music therapy sessions designed to reduce stress when they move into their new kennel this week.

Music Week

Classical music festival By The River to launch in August

A brand new, one-day classical music festival, By The River has been unveiled. The event will take place in association with Classic FM, and will launch this summer on the banks of Henley-on-Thames.

Toronto Star

Commercials turn to classical music for catchy sales pitches

Ad agencies are using classical music as more than a jokey device or a signifier of wealth and sophistication. The Western canon’s aura makes it just the thing for pitching luxury brands such as the Lincoln Motor Co., whose 2017 holiday ad unfolded over a track of Shostakovich’s swoony “Waltz No. 2.”

The Globe and Mail

Toronto arts festival Luminato makes a statement with its 2018 lineup.

The annual summer affair, expanded from 10 days to 19, has announced a robust schedule of programming that includes 29 events all told.

Der Tagesspiegel

Serebrennikow soll in Hamburg inszenieren

Die Hamburgische Staatsoper kündigt für die kommende Saison eine Inszenierung des russischen Regisseurs Kirill Serebrennikow an. Er soll bei Giuseppe Verdis „Nabucco“ Regie führen. Derzeit steht Serebrennikow allerdings in Moskau unter Hausarrest. Das russische Kulturministerium wirft dem Regimekritiker schwere Steuerhinterziehung vor.

Brugs Klassiker – Klassik Blog der WELT

Pierre Audi hört in Amsterdam auf: mit Henze, Landi, Stockhausen – Opera forward

Das jüngste Baby von Pierre Audi heißt Opera Forward Festival. Zum dritten Mal fand es jetzt in Amsterdam statt und es war so etwas wie der inoffizielle kreative Abschied des längstgedienten Opernintendanten der Welt.

Klassik.com

Berliner Philharmoniker bleiben Baden-Baden verbunden

Die Berliner Philharmoniker und der Vorstand des Festspielhauses Baden-Baden haben ihre Zusammenarbeit im Rahmen der Osterfestspiele bis 2022 verlängert und eine entsprechende Vereinbarung unterzeichnet.

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Der russische Regisseur Kirill Serebrennikow. Foto © Bernd Weissbrod/dpa

(Written on March 29, 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 )