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WildKat PR is excited to welcome Lizzie Ball to our roster. A truly gifted artist, Lizzie Ball is a classical trained violinist and vocalist. She is known for creating Classical Kicks, a series of shows that was established at London’s famous Ronnie Scott’s, as well as a number of other exciting collaborations. The series centres on broadening peoples’horizons for classical music by combining classical music performances at the highest level with a down-to -earth approach that allows everyone to engage with the genre.

This sums up what Lizzie is all about: She thinks outside the box to create opportunities for people to listen to stunning music while looking past all the usual conventions. She is always open to fresh and different approaches and thus her performances are always one of a kind.

Her exceptional musical skills are paired with an exuberant energy that immediately captivates the audiences. Her sounds are a combination of jazz, world, folk, bluegrass, rock and, of course, classical music. She delivers a modern and creative touch, combining all the musical impacts in her life and sharing it with the audiences. Through this she is rejuvenating the fundamentals of the classical genre. Her skills, her improvisation, her expression are the driving factors of finding a new sound, and a new perception. To quote Lizzie:

“I love creating an experience. It’s about connecting the music with the audience always. Whether it’s through my violin, my singing or when producing concert performance formats.”

Lately she has been working on a new show Viva la Vidacon Frida. This multi-media presentation is a musical journey through the life, times, art of Frida Kahlo which consists of part-concert, part talk, part imagery. Together with Mexican guitarist Morgan Szymanski, the duo play Mexican folk songs, jazz songs and classical compositions, that relate to the life of Frida Kahlo. The show also includes a live specially curated film that shows Frida Kahlo’s art, and images of the female icon aswell as Mexican imagery and illustration.

Besides her own projects, Lizzie has also been featured extensively as a classical performer with the BBC Proms, the Berliner Philharmonie and at Wigmore Hall. She has worked extensively with Nigel Kennedy, becoming the concertmaster of his orchestra of life. Her experiences in the world of rock and pop have earned her collaborations with artists, such as Jeff Beck and Brian Wilson. As a session musician, she has worked with a number of artists including Seal, Adele, Kylie Minogue and Kanye West.

She can transition between genres and styles like no other artist and through those abilities she is creating something new and exciting every step of the way.

Lizzie Ball ©Silvia Cruz

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(Written on October 16, 2017 )

In today’s news: More worrying news about bass-baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky’s health, the trials of travelling musicians, and Classic FM’s birthday celebrations! The Berlin Philharmonic to start last season with Rattle, Serebrennikow under house arrest, and Rheingau Music Prize for Enoch zu Guttenberg.

Classical Music Magazine

Psappha reveals 2017/18 season

Highlights include a tour of the Whitworth Art Gallery through music and art, a collaboration with guitarist Mike Walker, a performance of Boulez’s Le Marteau sans maître under Jamie Phillips, and a concert with the BBC Philharmonic.

The Strad

Trials of travelling musicians: violin not accepted as hand luggage on ferry

Scilly Steamship Company insists violin goes in the hold – yet maintains policy allowing two dogs per adult.

Pizzicato

More worrying news about Dmitri Hvorostovsky’s health

The bass-baritone has been fighting a brain tumour since 2015. He has cancelled a number of upcoming opera performances, yet two recitals are announced for September, in Bucharest and Moscow.

Classic FM

Classic FM’s 25th Birthday Celebrations from Dumfries House

As part of our 25th birthday celebrations, Classic FM will be celebrating with the Royal Family on Wednesday 6th September – the day before our birthday.

Pizzicato

Award-winning Finnish novel Ice is adapted into an opera

In January 2019 the Finnish National Opera will host the world premiere of a new opera from Finland based on Ulla-Lena Lundberg’s bestselling novel Ice.

Limelight

Hotel chain plans John Cage birthday marathon

Ace Hotels will be presenting a full day of the composer’s music in lobbies and public areas on September 5.

NMZ

Berliner Philharmoniker starten in letzte Rattle-Saison

Mit Haydns „Schöpfung“ starten die Berliner Philharmoniker in die letzte Spielzeit unter ihrem langjährigen Chefdirigenten Sir Simon Rattle.

Pizzicato

Serebrennikov unter Hausarrest, Stuttgart produziert ‘Hänsel und Gretel’ mit seinem Team

Trotz heftiger Proteste in Russland und im Ausland hat die russische Justiz hat den am Dienstag wegen Betrugsvorwürfen festgenommenen Regisseur Kirill Serebrennikov gestern unter Hausarrest gestellt.

Klassik Heute

Rheingau Musik Preis 2017 für Enoch zu Guttenberg und seinen Chor

Morgen werden Enoch zu Guttenberg und die Chorgemeinschaft Neubeuern zu Beginn ihres Konzertes in der Basilika von Kloster Eberbach mit dem Rheingau Musik Preis 2017 ausgezeichnet.

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Sam Jackson @classicjacko

Very exciting news, announced today, about ‘s 25th birthday celebrations:

John Cage (1912-1992) ©Limelight

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(Written on August 24, 2017 )

WildKat PR is delighted to continue working with musician and artistic director Damian Marhulets and his project agency. After helping to arrange a number of concerts, WildKat will now also support Damian in promoting the agency’s projects and upcoming events.

Damian began his career as an oboist at the prestigious Minsk College of Music. After moving to Germany in 2000, he began to focus on modern composition and electronic music. He carries his innovative approach to music into the Damian Marhulets Project Agency, founded in 2014, through which he has worked with many talented musicians and created cutting-edge projects.

The agency is currently working on projects with pianist Marina Baranova, whose latest programme ‘Hypersuites’ presents exquisite improvisations and variations on Baroque pieces. Marina is also involved in Damian’s work ‘Stellar’, an electroacoustic composition which also features the extraordinary guitarist Frank Bungarten. A further highlight is the project ‘DIV3RSIONS’, in which Damian and Marina collaborate with renowned klezmer and jazz clarinettist David Krakauer.

We look forward to working with Damian in promoting these exciting projects. Stay up to date by visiting the WildKat blog and Damian’s website, Facebook and Twitter.

 

Damian Marhulets

Photo credit: Irene Zandel

(Written on September 4, 2015 )

As our New York office continues to expand, we are very happy to welcome London-born but NYC-based composer, guitarist and singer Danielle Eva Schwob as our newest client at WildKat PR. Described by Time Out NY as a “genre-bending, worldly musical chameleon”, Danielle has established a multi-faceted career that spans the worlds of contemporary classical, pop and film.

Danielle has made a name for herself as a “notable cross-genre composer” (The New Yorker) with “deep roots in rock music” (The New York Times). Her work has earned honours from the Aaron Copland Fun for Music, The American Composers Forum, Con Edison, ASCAP and BMI.  Also active as a guitarist, orchestrator and arranger, she has worked on projects with artists including Philip Glass and Tara Hugo, Ben Folds and The Pogues.  She also serves as Artistic Director of SYZYGY New Music, an award-winning cross-genre collective that promotes adventurous new music.

The world premiere of Danielle’s newest commission Three Self Portraits will take place at Brooklyn’s Roulette on 19th April 2015.  An introspective ‘triptych’ of solo pieces, the work is inspired by the self-portraits of David Hockney, Francis Bacon and Lucian Freud. Distinct in style but unified by the confident, melancholic undertone of their paintings, the three seminal English artists had a palpable influence on one another’s work, socializing frequently and often sitting for portrait sessions.

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Each solo movement functions as a ‘score’ to one of the paintings, mirroring its mood and style while reflecting the feelings of intimacy and intensity involved in crafting or viewing a self-portrait.   It is scored for solo violin, solo cello and solo piano and can be performed either as a multi-movement work or as three standalone solo pieces.

Some of New York’s most sought-after musicians in the new music scene will team together for the premiere: “One of the new stars of new music” (Los Angeles Times) Vicky Chow; Violinist Jennifer Choi, recognised for breaking the conventional boundaries of solo violin, chamber music and creative improvisation; and also “brilliantly assured” (Washington Post) cellist Michael Nicolas.

Three Self Portraits will appear alongside John Zorn’s first and latest piano trios Amour Fou and The Aristos. You can purchase your tickets here:

Visit Danielle’s website, Twitter and Facebook for updates on upcoming projects.

 

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(Written on March 18, 2015 )

Classic FM Online

Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine to be guest soloist with San Diego Symphony

The guitarist with heavy metal band Megadeth, Dave Mustaine, will take centre stage in a concert with the San Diego Symphony Orchestra

Eric Whitacre reveals sketches for Nine Inch Nails a capella cover

The choral composer uploaded initial sketches of his version of Trent Reznor’s ‘Hurt’ on YouTube yesterday, performed on piano

The Washington Post

Classical music: dead or alive?

Questioning the statement: “Classical music is dead”

Reuters

Mozart museum seeks to debunk evil Salieri poison myth

It’s one of the great mysteries of music – did composer Antonio Salieri poison his onetime protege Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart with arsenic?

The Telegraph

Lorde fed up with ‘lecherous gaze’ of music industry

Grammy-winning teenage pop star Lorde says that ‘the price tag of fame sucks’ and bemoans the ‘lecherous gaze’ of music industry

PR Week

Scarlett Johansson and Oxfam fall out over controversial SodaStream work

Global charity Oxfam has accepted the resignation of Hollywood actress Scarlett Johansson after a spat over her commercial work for SodaStream, which has a controversial factory in an Israeli settlement in the West Bank

Der Tagesspiegel

Peer Gynt als Oper

Werner Egks Opernversion von Henrik Ibsens Drama “Peer Gynt” war bis in die sechziger Jahre ein viel gespieltes Stück. Dann geriet der Komponist in Verruf – wegen der Rolle, die er im “Dritten Reich” gespielt hatte. Das Staatstheater Cottbus stellt die Oper nun erneut zur Diskussion.

 

Classic FM Online

Classic FM Online

(Written on January 31, 2014 )

Telegraph

Simon Rattle, interview: ‘of course the orchestra is stroppy’

Sir Simon Rattle often finds himself caught between German and British culture – but he relishes the challenge, he tells Ivan Hewett, ahead of two Proms.

Guardian

Mittwoch aus Licht – review

Mittwoch aus Licht consists of four scenes, framed by a purely electronic Greeting and Farewell. It’s famous, notorious even, for including as one of those scenes the Helicopter Quartet, first performed in 1995, in which the four members of a string quartet take to the skies with their instruments in four helicopters, and sound and video images of their aerial playing is transmitted to the audience on the ground.

Classic FM

German customs demand €380k for return of violin

Customs at Frankfurt airport have seized an antique violin from a Japanese violinist and are demanding a total of €380k in unpaid duty.

Guitarist Gary Ryan awarded RCM Fellowship

Gary Ryan, composer of Birds Flew Over The Spire, is awarded a fellowship from the Royal College of Music

New York Times

Melodies, Immersive and Vibrant: Mostly Mozart Festival with Stephen Hough and Andrew Manze

There are many reasons to like Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival. But one of the best is its subtle yet crucial transformation of the chronically woeful Avery Fisher Hall, the home base of the festival’s orchestra, which played a program of Bach, Mendelssohn and Mozart on Tuesday evening, led by Andrew Manze, making his festival debut.

The Telegraph

(Written on August 23, 2012 )