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In today’s news Help Musicians UK and Women in Music have announced a partnership, and the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition connects local students with world-class musicians. Tête à Tête have announced the programme for their 2017 summer festival, and Classic FM shares a video of a bear playing the piano!

The Strad

Violinist Benjamin Bowman named Metropolitan Opera Orchestra concertmaster

The American-Canadian violinist will share his role with current Met Orchestra concertmaster David Chan for an initial one-year term

Opera Now

Tête à Tête announces 2017 summer opera festival

Tête à Tête’s summer opera festival will include child-friendly operas, reality television in opera-form, and an albatross task force

Classical Music Magazine

Help Musicians UK and Women in Music announce partnership

Help Musicians UK (HMUK) and Women in Music (WIM) have announced a partnership as the latter organisation launches its first European chapters

Third Sector

Royal Opera House pension deficit more than doubled last year

According to its newest accounts, for the year to 28 August 2016, the pension liability went up from £16.9m to £35.7m

Classic FM

An actual BEAR broke into someone’s house and played piano

A bear broke into a house in Colorado and gave us his best Bearthoven impression

Texas Public Radio

This Van Cliburn Program Connects Students With Renowned Pianists And Classical Music

Organizers of the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition bring world-class pianists to Fort Worth not only to compete on stage but also to introduce classical music to local students through the Adopt-A-Competitor program

Der Tagesspiegel

Isang Yuns 100. Geburtstag: Mit Tönen pinseln

Der koreanische Komponist Isang Yun hat Berlins Musikszene geprägt. Begegnung mit seinem Schüler Toshio Hosokawa, vor dem 100. Geburtstag

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

Das Maschinenherz schlägt wieder

Konzertsaal, Theater, Museum, Jazzclub und Speisen mit Aussicht: Das von Jörg Friedrich entworfene Dresdner Kulturquartier „Kraftwerk Mitte“ gibt der Stadt ein neues Zentrum

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Wiener Philharmoniker als Kreuzfahrt-Orchester

Wenn am 7. September die MS Artania in Bremerhaven die Leinen loslegt, sind große Namen mit an Bord: Franz Welser-Möst, Piotr Beczala, Wang Juanjuan und die Wiener Philharmoniker

El mundo

Ara Malikian: “La música clásica está estancada en un mundo cerrado”

El violinista recorre toda España y medio mundo con ‘La increíble gira del violín’, en la que cuenta la historia ‘personal’ de su instrumento

Twitter

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(Written on June 8, 2017 )

Following a wonderful party at Fort Worth Zoo yesterday evening (including appearances from flamingos, baby racoons, and a skunk), first on the menu this morning was a fascinating symposium on Cultural Diplomacy.  After Stuart Isacoff’s introduction to arts diplomacy between America and Russia from the end of  World War Two up until the fall of the Berlin Wall, we heard from panellists Marc Thayer, Sarah Tanguy, and Patrick Castillo.

Images: Fort Worth Zoo

First we heard from Marc Thayer, former deputy director of American Voices, which takes musicians abroad to countries including Iraq and Afghanistan, to teach and perform music to locals.  Marc emphasised the good relations this forms with local musicians, leaving a favourable and lasting impression of American culture. Rather than just taking American music to these communities, they build on the practices already in place, using the music of the countries they visit together with American music.

Founded in 1953 and formalised by President Kennedy, Arts in Embassies takes American artists to participate abroad, engaging over 20,000 people to date in 189 countries.  Professional curators, such as Sarah Tanguy, create around 60 exhibitions per year, and since the turn of the century over 58 permanent collections have been installed in diplomatic facilities all over the world.

Patrick Castillo, a composer, performer, writer, and educator, has taken part at The Festival de Música Contemporánea de La Habana three times.  Having started as the only American participant, the most recent festival saw ten members of the American Composers Forum attend.  Patrick cited lack of equipment in Cuba as a major problem, and said that on subsequent visits, composers and musicians took across suitcases of reeds, strings, pencils, and manuscript paper.

Throughout the discussion it emerged that sadly these schemes are not something that the State Department likes to trumpet, fearing accusations of misspending of public money.  Thus reciprocal schemes giving opportunities for oversees artists to visit the States have not yet taken flight.  All three speakers were also nervous about funding cuts, with the future of their organisations not guaranteed.

Image: Cultural Exchange Symposium, The Cliburn

Concert 1 of the Final Round begins this evening at 7.30pm, and can be viewed on cliburn2017.medici.tv.

(Written on June 7, 2017 )

Last night in Fort Worth, Texas, six pianists were chosen to progress to the final round of the Fifteenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. They are as follows:

Kenneth Broberg, United States, 23
Rachel Cheung, Hong Kong, 25
Yury Favorin, Russia, 30
Daniel Hsu, United States, 19
Yekwon Sunwoo, South Korea, 28
Georgy Tchaidze, Russia, 29

Before announcing the winners, Leonard Slatkin (Jury Chair), gave a though-provoking speech, reminding us all that music has the power to transport us to a better place, and that the competitors all have the responsibility to advance the cause of great art.  Cliburn CEO Jacques Marquis, and Chairman Carla Kemp Thompson offered their thanks to all the competitors and the fantastic Cliburn team working so hard to make the competition such a great success for both Fort Worth, and classical music.

Image: Leonard Slatkin

The final round will begin on Wednesday at 7.30pm.  Each competitor performs twice: on June 7–8, each finalist will join the Brentano String Quartet for a piano quintet.   Then, on June 9–10, each will perform a concerto with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra conducted by Leonard Slatkin.  Excitingly for the audience, no two competitors will play the same piano concerto, with repertoire consisting of: Prokofiev Piano Concerto No. 2 and No. 3, Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 1, Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 4, and Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 3 and Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini.

The winners of the Fifteenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition will be announced in the Awards Ceremony, which begins  at 7.00pm on June 10. As always, the finals can be streamed live at cliburn2017.medici.tv.  Besides the performances, presenters Anderson and Roe give a fascinating insight into life backstage.  The finals will also be broadcast at a later date on Classic FM, who are the Cliburn’s Official UK Broadcast Partner.

Image: The six finalists of the Cliburn

Kat and James are currently in Fort Worth for the finals, and will be tweeting from @WildKatPR. Follow us for updates.

(Written on June 6, 2017 )

In today’s news: a work by Thomas Tallis that is performed by Alamire, and Techstars Music reveal its inaugural class of startups. Also, an obituary to conductor Stanlisław Skrowaczewski, a portrait of Chinese pianist Ran Jia, and will Cologne’s opera meet the deadline for its planned opening date? The 15th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, which takes place every four years, and The National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine which performs at Mayo Performing Arts Center.

Classical Music Magazine

Tallis work to receive first performance in over 450 years

Alamire is to perform a work by Thomas Tallis which has not been heard for over 450 years as part of its concert at St John’s Smith Square on 14 April.

Manchester News

Should Manchester have a music museum? How to get tickets for the Manchester Music Legacies Centre debate

Industry experts want your ideas on how to celebrate Manchester’s music scene.

Der Tagesspiegel

Zum Tod von Stanlisław Skrowaczewski- Ein Leben mit Bruckner

Lange hat es gedauert, bis Stanlisław Skrowaczewski auch in Europa als großer Dirigent anerkannt war. Jetzt ist er mit 93 Jahren in den USA gestorben, die ihm zur Heimat geworden waren

klassik.com

Oper Köln: Weitere Verzögerung der Wiedereröffnung?

Die Wiedereröffnung der Kölner Oper nach der seit mehreren Jahren stattfindenden Sanierung könnte sich weiter verzögern

concerti

Das Herz auf dem Tisch

Ihre große Liebe hat die Pianistin Ran Jia schon sehr früh entdeckt: Franz Schubert. Seinetwegen zog sie sogar nach Europa.

npr music

Among Pianists In Moscow, An Abiding Love For A Show-Stealing American

The 15th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, which takes place every four years, begins later this spring in Fort Worth, Texas

broadwayworld.com

National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine to Perform at Mayo Center This February

The National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine performs at Mayo Performing Arts Center on Thursday, February 23, 2017

The New York Times

A Chelsea Manning-WikiLeaks Opera, Seen in a New Light

When you make art about current events, there’s a catch: Events change.

Forbes

Techstars Music Reveals Inaugural Class Of 11 Startups

Techstars Music revealed the inaugural class of startups for its brand-new program.

Twitter

Music History @today_classical in 1903 Death of German composer and Friedrich

Classic FM @ClassicFM Check out the for all the best classical music, as voted for by you! Join now

 

Conductor Stanislaw Skrowaczewski (picture alliance _ dpa _ Hermann-Josef Wöstmann)

Conductor Stanislaw Skrowaczewski (picture alliance _ dpa _ Hermann-Josef Wöstmann)

(Written on February 23, 2017 )

The 15th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition will be taking place at the Bass Performance Hall in Fort Worth, Texas, from 25th May to 10th June 2017.

We had the chance to catch up with Jacques Marquis, CEO of The Cliburn, to find out what makes The Cliburn so special, as well as how it aims to attract a wider global audience.

Have a look at the interview here!

Screening auditions are underway, having already visited London and Hannover. So far we’ve seen and heard many talented young pianists.

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Photo from London screening auditions

Besides the screening auditions, The Cliburn also held a launch event in London, with The Cliburn 2013’s semi-finalist Jayson Gillham showcasing his beautiful playing in Bach arr. Rachmaninoff and Chopin.

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Photo: Pianist Jayson Gillham rehearsing at The Cliburn 2017 launch event in London

 

In addition, The Cliburn’s new partnership with medici.tv, who will be live-streaming the competition this year, will help realise the competition’s goal of reaching new international audiences.

WildKat PR sends its best wishes to this year’s participants! We can’t wait to see the 30 pianists that will make it to the Preliminary Round in Fort Worth, Texas, later this year.

Remember to follow WildKat PR on Twitter, and The Cliburn on Twitter and Facebook, for the latest news on The 15th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition!

(Written on January 13, 2017 )

WildKat PR is very excited to announce that we are working with the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition.

Established in 1962, the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition is widely-recognised as “one of the world’s highest-visibility classical-music contests” and remains committed to its original ideals of supporting and launching the careers of young pianists and sharing the transformative powers of music with a wide global audience. The Cliburn aims to advance classical piano music throughout the world. Its international competitions, education programs, and concert series embody an enduring commitment to artistic excellence and the discovery of young artists.

In addition to the competition, the Cliburn established the International Piano Competition for Outstanding Amateurs in 1999, which The Boston Globe proclaimed “a celebration of music, and the people who have to make music, no matter what.” Then in January 2014, it announced the inaugural Cliburn International Junior Competition and Festival.

Since its inception in 1962, the Cliburn has remained committed not only to identifying young pianists who represent the highest in artistic achievement, but also to nurturing these artists and launching their careers. To this end, the Cliburn arranges for hundreds of recital, festival, and orchestra concert engagements across the United States for the winners in the three years following the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. Medalists are also available for solo, chamber, and orchestra concerts, as well as for master classes, outreach activities, and other education programs.

Vadym Kholodenko, age 26 Ukraine, performs in the first Preliminary Recital of the 14th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition at Bass Hall in Fort Worth, Texas, USA on Saturday May 25, 2013. (Photo Ralph Lauer/The Cliburn)

(Photo: Ralph Lauer/The Cliburn)

WildKat is looking forward to working with Cliburn on its launch event taking place in London in January 2017, as well as running press campaigns in the UK and Germany for the 15th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, which will run from 25th May to 10th June 2017.

See the Cliburn’s website, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, as well as WildKat PR Blog, for its latest news .

(Written on October 7, 2016 )