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In today’s news: Pinar Toprak is the first woman to write the score for a Marvel movie. Andrew Lloyd Webber is passionate about musical education,  The Vienna Opera is criticised by the state for its spending. Robert Levin is honoured with the Bach-Medal in Leipzig. Also, how the Philharmonie de Paris attracts younger audiences and Samira from Love Island is facing legal action.

Classic FM

‘It’s ludicrous that the government doesn’t understand the importance of music’ – Andrew Lloyd Webber

In a rousing speech he said: “It is vital that we keep music in our schools. It is absolutely ludicrous that that government does not understand… because it’s not about turning children necessarily into musicians, it’s about empowering them in all sorts of different ways.

The Independent

Myleene Klass: Everyone uses classical music but it has boring reputation

Classic Brits co-host Myleene Klass has dismissed criticism from some classical music purists that the awards do not truly represent the genre.

BBC News

LSO ‘believes in complete equality’ amid criticism over lack of women composers

The London Symphony Orchestra insists it “champions the work of women composers” after a survey of the 2018-19 seasons of 15 of the world’s top orchestras found that fewer than 3% of the pieces to be performed were composed by a woman.

The Independent

Love Island contestant Samira ‘facing legal action’ for quitting West End role

One of this year’s Love Island contestants is reportedly facing legal action after quitting her role in a West End musical days before entering the Spanish villa.

The Hollywood Reporter

‘Captain Marvel’ Enlists Pinar Toprak as Composer

Toprak will score Captain Marvel, which stars Brie Larson as the powerful Marvel hero. Captain Marvel is Marvel Studios’ first female-fronted film, and Toprak will be the first woman to score a feature for the studio.


Wiener Staatsoper vom österreichischen Rechnungshof kritisiert

Der österreichische Bundesrechnungshof hat in einem Bericht scharfe Kritik an der Wiener Staatsoper geübt.


Musikexperte und gewitzter Geschichtenerzähler

Er lebe nicht vom, sondern für das Komponieren. So benennt Mathias Husmann seine Beziehung zur Musik, der er sich seit seiner Kindheit kompromisslos widmet.


Pianist Robert Levin mit Bach-Medaille 2018 geehrt

Der US-amerikanische Pianist Robert Levin ist mit der diesjährigen Bach-Medaille der Stadt Leipzig ausgezeichnet worden.

France musique

Renouvellement des publics, le pari réussi de la Philharmonie

La Philharmonie de Paris a dévoilé les conclusions d’une ambitieuse étude portant sur ses publics et sa capacité à les renouveler.



Pinar Toprak (c)Pinar Toprak

(Written on June 15, 2018 )

With great pleasure we introduce to you the fabulous Inbal Segev, an internationally renowned Israeli-American cellist whose playing has been described as “richly inspired,” and “very moving,” by Gramophone.

As a soloist, Inbal has performed with the world’s best orchestras and conductors, including the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Berlin Philharmonic, Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, Lorin Mazeel and Zubin Mehta. She brings interpretations that are both unreservedly natural and insightful to her vast repertoire.

Dario Acosta

Inbal began playing the cello at the age of five and at sixteen was invited by Isaac Stern to travel to the U.S. to continue her studies. With degrees from Juilliard School and Yale University, she stayed in the States and now lives in New York City with her husband and three children.

Lisa-Marie Mazzucco

Inbal has already released several recordings which were critically acclaimed, and we are thrilled to be working with her on her next album release with Finnish pianist Juho Pohjonen. The disc features romantic sonatas and fantasies, as well as poetically-inspired cello masterpieces
 by Chopin, Schumann and Grieg.

The album will be available from 20th July under the AVIE label and its release will be accompanied by a concert at Berlin’s Piano Salon Christophori on 28th June 2018.

Inbal Segev’s repertoire includes all of the standard concerti and solo works for cello, as well as new pieces and rarely performed gems. In 2017, she gave the world premiere of Dan Visconti’s cello concerto, Tangle Eye, with the California Symphony led by Donato Cabrera. In April 2018, Inbal premiered a new piece by composer Timo Andres at The Metropolitan Museum in New York.

Inbal Segev is a founding member of The Amerigo Trio with former New York Philharmonic Concertmaster Glenn Dicterow and violist Karen Dreyfus, and has collaborated with internationally-renowned artists such as Emanuel Ax, Pamela Frank, Jeremy Denk, Anthony McGill, Jason Vieaux, Gilbert Kalish, Michael Tree, Anne Akiko Meyers, the American Chamber Players and the Vogler Quartet.

For her new album with Juho Pohjonen, finding a sympathetic playing partner was crucial given the essentially ‘pianistic’ inspiration of the programme. Juho was Inbal’s natural choice. She said: “I first heard Juho in New York a couple of years ago and was then introduced to him by my long-time producer, Da-Hong Seetoo. I was looking for an equal partner rather than an accompanist, and Juho is not onlya wonderful chamber musician but also a formidable soloist, so it was only natural that he played an important role in selecting the repertoire.”

(Written on June 4, 2018 )

We’re very proud to share news that Ailie Robertson has been nominated for the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland Award for Achievement in New Music, part of the Scottish Awards for New Music.  This award marks ‘the achievement of a person or organisation that has contributed significantly to the new music sector in Scotland in 2016’.




WildKat worked with Ailie last year on the release of her first classical single, Haven, which reached number two in the iTunes Classical Chart. She is currently a member of the RSNO Composers’ Hub, and was also awarded a BBC Performing Arts Fellowship.

Ailie has won numerous competitions including The Sofia International Composition Competition, the SCO Composition Prize, and came second in the Oslo Grieg Competition.  Ailie works tirelessly to increase the profile and visibility of both traditional and contemporary music in Scotland.  In 2016 she curated and produced ‘Echoes and Traces’, a partnership between 8 Scottish composers, Cappella Nova, Historic Scotland and Sound and Music.

Ailie HEadshot

The winners for all categories will be announced in Glasgow on March 8.

You can visit Ailie’s website here, and follow her on Facebook and Twitter.

(Written on January 27, 2017 )

Classic FM

Did Bach’s wife write some of his best-known works?

A new documentary claims that Anna Magdalena was the real composer of her husband Bach’s best-known pieces.

International Arts Manager

Can music heal recovering addicts?

Music outreach programmes for children and the elderly are commonplace. But what about projects for the more vulnerable in society? James McConnel tells Clare Wiley why he created an orchestra of addicts

Pro Arte signs 2014 Grieg competition winner

Pro Arte International Management has signed Norwegian pianist Joachim Carr for general and world management.

Slipped Disc

Everything you need to know about the Met in 10 graphs

The composer Suby Raman has been reflecting on the state of the Met and how it might present itself itself to a graph-oriented society.


Atlanta Symphony Lockout: Musicians Partly Give In To Management Demands For Smaller Orchestra

Limelight Magazine

Sculthorpe memorialised with new fellowship

NSW Government and Sydney Conservatorium announces new $30,000 award


Atlanta Symphony Close To An Agreement

After eight weeks of lockout, the Atlanta Symphony Musicians made a counterproposal that gives hope for an agreement.

Hochstapelei im Namen Mahlers

Seit 2011 schon lockte ein Verein namens ‘Mahler Philharmoniker’ junge Musiker zur ‘Fortbildung’ nach Österreich.


Greatest Hits

Festival für zeitgenössische Musik auf Kampnagel /12.–15. November 2014

München: Sanierung des Gasteigs mit neuem Konzertsaal?

Ministerpräsident Seehofer schlägt gemeinsames “Leuchtturmprojekt” von Stadt und Land vor

Codex Flores

Musiker protestieren gegen missliebigen Dirigenten  

Ungewöhliches zugetragen hat sich in Spanien: Musiker des Real Orquesta Sinfónica de Sevilla protestierten auf dem Podium gegen einen künstlerischen Leiter, der ihnen ihrer Meinung nach aufgezwungen worden ist.

Le Monde

A New York, « La Mort de Klinghoffer » choque toujours

La culture nord-américaine aura connu trois scandales aux tonalités connexes : en 1969, l’écrivain Philip Roth (né en 1933) suscite une tonitruante polémique avec son roman Portnoy et son complexe, une satire carnassière – et pornographique – de la classe moyenne juive américaine

El Mundo

La mujer de Bach escribió parte de algunas de sus obras

Un documental asegura que la segunda esposa del compositor, Anna Madgalena, escribió parte de algunas de las mejores obras del músico


Classic FM @ClassicFM:  Every October half-term, we team up with @PrincesTrust to put on Arts & Kids Week – take a look at what’s on: 

Clarence House @ClarenceHouse: The Prince of Wales meets young musicians in London following a joint performance of @NACOrchCNA & @RPOOnline #Canada

Gramophone @GramophoneMag: In our new blog, @kyungwhachung talks about her amazing return from career-threatening injury: 

OperaSpace @OperaSpace: @CocaCola goes operatic. #TeamWagner. Das #Rheingold. #opera #ThunderousSoftdrink #Gesamtkunstwerk


(Bach and his wife, Anna Magdalena Photo via: Classic FM)


(Written on October 28, 2014 )

WildKat PR are delighted to be working with Jörg Hammann and the Orchestra Musica Romantica.

Artistic Director Jörg Hammann, and the Orchestra Musica Romantica will be making their world premiere in December with a charity concert, in order to raise awareness and funds for ACTION Medical Research, which, for the last 60 years has funded some of the best medical research worldwide for pregnancies, infants and young children.

The concert will present music from Mozart, Smetana, and Grieg, to provide a fresh and exciting music journey from Classical to Romantic music. The Orchestra Musica Romantica will be joined by Jörg’s colleague and Assistant Leader of the LSO, Tomo Keller, along with musicians from esteemed orchestras, such as the London Symphony, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Academy of St. Martin’s, and regular extras from the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, and students from some of the best and reputable music colleges in London.

The Cadogan Hall concert will take place on Saturday 1st December at 7:30pm. To book tickets for the debut performance for the Orchestra Musica Romantica, visit the event website here.


(Written on November 2, 2012 )