Posts Tagged ‘Hungary’
« Back to E-News

WildKat PR gladly welcomes American pianist and composer Tristan Eckerson!
We are happy to be working together with Tristan on the promotion of his upcoming tour through Western Europe, which will take place from 16th September until 30th September. Tristan’s journey to Europe this autumn draws interesting parallels with his personal and musical life. Ever since he left his childhood home in Ohio, he has lived in several cities in the U.S. as well as Europe – an exciting and restless journey full of experiences, which now feeds his endless inspiration! Tristan’s accomplishments include an extensive variety of music projects including recording with members of the Ray Charles Orchestra, and performing at the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco. He has a degree in Music Production and Sound Design from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, but his true love has always been performing on stage – first with a band and later as a soloist.
Tristan’s second solo album Disarm is a reminiscence about his time in Spain so one can expect Andalusian and flamenco-esque influences, all the while maintaining Tristan’s minimal approach. For this recording, Tristan played on a special piano that was prepared by David Klavins and commissioned by Nils Frahm. Check out ‘Ether’, the first excerpt of Disarm!
Disarm will be released by 1631 Records on 15th September – just in time for the Western European tour. The first concert will take Tristan to Vác in Hungary, which will be broadcast live from David Klavin’s new piano factory. His following tour dates are:

Sept 16th – Klavins Piano Manufaktúra – Vác, Hungary

Sept 17th – Freilich Open Arts – Vienna, Austria

Sept 18th – La Loca – Prague, Czech Republic

Sept 19th – Noch Besser Leben – Leipzig, Germany

Sept 20th – Sofar Sounds – Berlin, Germany

Sept 23rd – Feinkost Lampe – Hannover, Germany

Sept 24th – Salon de Jazz – Cologne, Germany

Sept 26th – Home of Art – Amsterdam, Netherlands

Sept 27th – De Gekke Geit – The Hague, Netherlands

Sept 29th – Porto d’Artes – Porto, Portugal

Sept 30th – Fábrica Braço de Prata – Lisbon, Portugal

It is with great pleasure that we are supporting Tristan with his tour, and we look forward to accompanying him on this journey. Stay tuned for more information!

© Michael David Rose

Follow Tristan Eckerson on his webiste, on Soundcloud, facebook and twitter.































(Written on July 24, 2017 )

 Classical News

In today’s classical news, in order to raise money for young musicians facing challenging circumstances, National Orchestra for All is inviting members of the public to play as part of a professional orchestra. Winners of International Classical Music Awards 2017 have been announced and applications are now open for the 1st Bartok World International Violin Competition, taking place in Budapest, Hungary, later this year. Festival Ultraschall is underway in Berlin, which this year focuses on the voice, and The Elbphilharmonie’s first piano evening featured Mitsuko Uchida. Also, listen to the Konzerthausorchester Berlin’s recreation of the sounds of Berlin.

Classical Music Magazine

NOFA announces Musical Chairs event details

The National Orchestra for All is offering members of the public the chance to play as part of a professional orchestra and raise money for young musicians facing challenging circumstances.

The Violin Channel

Applications Open for Inaugural Bartok World International Violin Competition

Applications are now open for the inaugural 2017 Bartok World International Violin Competition, which is to be held at Budapest, Hungary from September 10th to 17th.


ICMA Awards 2017: The Winners

The Jury of the International Classical Music Awards (ICMA) today announced the winners for 2017.


Berlin orchestra recreates the sounds of the city

Most classical music fans, when asked their opinion of the sound of Berlin, would likely assume you meant the acoustics in the Berlin Philharmonie or the sound of the city’s world famous Berlin Philharmonic. But, the Konzerthausorchester Berlin has different ideas.

The Strad

Man arrested for throwing mobile phone at orchestral musicians

The Madrid Community Orchestra was performing at National Auditorium of Music in Spain when the incident took place.

Music Teacher Magazine

University of Liverpool launches MA course with Royal Liverpool Philharmonic

The University of Liverpool and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic are launching a new postgraduate course in the business of classical music.

The New York Times

Obama Understood the Power of Art. And He Wanted You to Get It, Too.

Mr. Obama brought all kinds of art and culture into the White House, and he sought culture out.


Seoul Philharmonic to Perform Asian Premiere of Rediscovered Work by Stravinsky

The Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra (SPO) presented the program of its subscription concerts on January 20-21, featuring the recently rediscovered work by Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971).

Deutschlandradio Kultur

Die Stimme als Spiegel der Gesellschaft

Ganz im Zeichen der Stimme steht das diesjährige “Ultraschall”-Festival von Deutschlandradio Kultur und RBB-Kulturradio. 14 Veranstaltungen präsentieren das “persönlichste aller Instrumente”: vom Liederabend bis zur experimentellen Performance, sagt Rainer Pöllmann.

Musik heute

Erster Klavierabend in der Elbphilharmonie: Mitsuko Uchida umjubelt

Der erste Klavierabend in der Hamburger Elbphilharmonie ist am Mittwoch vom Publikum gefeiert worden. Mitsuko Uchida, britische Pianistin japanischer Herkunft, spielte im 2.100 Besucher fassenden Großen Saal Werke von Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Robert Schumann und dem zeitgenössischen deutschen Komponisten und Klarinettisten Jörg Widmann.

Goldmünzenschatz in altem Klavier entdeckt

In einem rund 110 Jahre alten Klavier ist im englischen Shrophire ein versteckter Goldmünzenschatz entdeckt worden. Die Entdeckung wurde beim Versuch gemacht, das Instrument zu stimmen.


Ultraschall Berlin @UltraschallB Bis heute Abend:Karten gewinnen für Abschlusskonzert am So mit #MarisolMontalvo, @DSOBerlin & #DennisRussellDavies! …

Music History @today_classical in 1955 Birth of English Simon

Classical Music @ClassicalMusic8 Hitting the right note: the orchestra helping stroke survivors recover – video – The Guardian


Photo: International Classical Music Awards

(Written on January 19, 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.


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.


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


In addition, The Cliburn’s new partnership with, 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 )

Classical News

Today’s news, congratulations to Sinfonia Viva with receiving Arts Council England’s grant. The 4th Temple Winter Festival will take place from 12 to 19 December 2016. Also, The Formosa Quartet will perform live on Classical 101 radio, on Friday at 11 a.m. in Columbus time.

Classical Music Magazine

Sinfonia Viva receives Arts Council grant

Sinfonia Viva has received £159,525 through Arts Council England’s Strategic Touring programme. According to the Arts Council, the ensemble will use the grant ‘to transform its inflatable stage into a modern day musical cabinet of curiosity’, touring it to towns and cities where there are few traditional concert venues and offering people of all ages a mix of classical concerts and workshops.

Music for a royal festival

St Edward’s Singers will celebrate the Queen’s 90th birthday with a performance on 16 October. The choir will be accompanied by the Wykeham Sinfonia, both underthe baton of Jonathan Venner.

Temple Winter Festival 2016

The fourth Temple Winter Festival will take place 12-19 December 2016. This year’s festival comprises seven concerts, of which the first six will take place in Temple Church and the last in Middle Temple Hall. The event will launch with a performance from Temple Church Choir and Temple Singers to mark the 90th birthday of the Queen and the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death with a programme of Bernstein, Vaughan Williams, Britten and Walton.

WOSU Radio

East Meets West: The Formosa Quartet Performs Live on Classical 101 Friday at 11 a.m.

The Formosa Quartet previews “From Hungary to Taiwan” live on Classical 101 Friday at 11 a.m. They’ll give us a preview of “From Hungary to Taiwan,” an innovative program of new and traditional works by and inspired by Hungarian and Taiwanese composers that the Formosa Quartet will perform in Columbus Saturday, 8:00 p.m, at Columbus’ Southern Theatre on the Chamber Music Columbus series.


DUO 1804 kicks off the UCA’s Fall Classical Convergence Series

Tuesday, September 20, marked the first performance in The Colorado State University School of Music, Theater and Dance’s Classical Convergence Concert Series. The series brings in a variety of classical music performances, including solo artists and ensembles, in order to hone in on every aspect of the genre of classical music.

The Colby Echo

Harlem String Quartet Adds Pizazz to Classical Concert

This weekend, the Colby Music Department kicked off their fall season with a concert by the Harlem String Quartet, who played a mélange of classical and modern works in Lorimer Chapel on Saturday evening. This Grammy Award-winning music group boasts an impressive resume that includes a performance at the White House, international tours, and collaborations with such artists as Itzhak Perlman, Paquito D’Rivera, and the jazz duo Chick Corea and Gary Burton.

Evening Telegraph

Classical Twist for Still as show returns after nine years

Hit comedy Still Game is taking a classical twist with the famous BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra recording a new version of its theme tune. The sitcom is returning to TV in October for the first series in nine years with the original cast in their roles.

Arts Professional

Making the most of the money

Artists and other self-employed arts professionals are missing out by failing to take advantage of the tax rules designed to leave more money in their pockets. Alistair Bambridge explores the possibilities.

Le Figaro

Visite en avant-première de la nouvelle salle Pleyel

Fermé en décembre 2014, Pleyel rouvre en grande pompe ses portes vendredi 23 septembre avec un concert de Benjamin Biolay.


Musik verfolgter Komponisten bei Festival in Schwerin

Schwerin bietet seit Donnerstag mit dem 9. Internationalen Festival Verfemte Musik ein Podium für Musik, deren Komponisten von den Nazis verfolgt und die in der Folge oft vergessen wurden.

Musik heute

Markus Stenz vom Seoul Philharmonic verpflichtet

Der deutsche Dirigent Markus Stenz wird Conductor in Residence beim Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra. Als Erster Gastdirigent wurde der Schweizer Thierry Fischer verpflichtet, wie das Ensemble am Donnerstag mitteilte.

Klassik heute

Internationale Meisterklasse für Chordirigieren in Berlin

Vom 24. bis 30. September richtet der Rundfunkchor Berlin erneut die Internationale Meisterklasse für Chordirigieren aus – Chefdirigent Gijs Leenaars und Ehrendirigent Simon Halsey arbeiten eine Woche lang mit acht vielversprechenden ChordirigentInnen aus sechs Ländern.


BBC Music Magazine @MusicMagazine 15 of the daftest pieces of classical music ever written. 

Classical Music @ClassicalMusic_ American composer Julia Wolfe has been named as one of the 2016 @macfound fellows

Classical Music @ClassicalMusic_ Find out more about Andrey Lebedev & Samson Tsoy, who will be performing in the next @RhinegoldLive recital!


Photograph: Classical Music Magazine(Rhinegold)/ Sinfonia Viva

(Written on September 23, 2016 )

The Esterházys were an immensely rich and powerful family. From the sixteenth century they held a prominent position in the Habsburg Empire and were important patrons of the arts. The family owned palaces in Vienna and throughout Hungary; Schloss Esterházy in Eisenstadt, Austria was the family’s principle residence. In 1766, the magnificent Eszterháza Palace in Fertőd, Hungary was completed.

The Haydnsaal is a concert hall in Schloss Eszterházy, named after Joseph Haydn, who dedicated most of his working life to composing for the Esterházys.

Hadynsaal, Schloss Esterházy

Hadynsaal, Schloss Esterházy, Austria

The Esterházys were music lovers. Haydn began his service in 1761 and served the family for nearly 40 years, spanning the patronage of four Esterhazy princes. Prince Paul Anton was the only Esterházy who took little interest in music, and during his reign, Haydn was sent away from court and lived in Vienna.

The palace contained two opera houses, as well as a theatre to seat 400 and a marionette theatre; it was intended that it should be the cultural centre of Europe. Haydn conducted his own and others’ operas at the palace. His first opera, Acide, was written for the Esterházys. Indeed, 1762 to 1784 was an intense period of operatic activity at court for Haydn, who composed no fewer than 15 operas.

Joseph Hayden ( 1732-1909)

Joseph Haydn ( 1732-1909)

Under Esterházy patronage, Haydn was obliged to compose music at the behest of his prince. He was the third highest paid officer in the household; this demonstrates his significant position at the court and how highly he was regarded by his patrons.

Nicholas II (1765-1833) cared more for sacred music than any other music, therefore during this period, Haydn was required to compose many masses; one of his most celebrated was The Creation (1797-1798). He told his biographer “…I was never as devout as when I was at work on The Creation; I fell to my knees daily…”. From 1795 until 1802, Haydn composed a mass every year to celebrate the name day of Esterhazy princess Maria Josepha Hermenegild (1768-1845).

Nicholas II, Esterházy Prince ( 1765 – 1833)

Nicholas II, Esterházy Prince ( 1765 – 1833)

Haydn’s legacy in the region lives on: a Haydn Festival in Burgenland was established 1986 and an impressive concert scene still thrives at the Esterházy Palace. In 1993, the International Joseph Haydn Foundation was founded in Eisenstadt for research purposes.

Haydn composed according to the taste of his Prince, meaning that his musical output directly related to the desires of his employer at the time; the Esterházys doubtless had a great influence on his work. He was dedicated to the family, who cherished him until his death in 1806.

(Written on November 10, 2015 )


Stradivarius offered by thieves for £100 could fetch £2m at auction

A stolen Stradivarius that once belonged to Min-Jin Kym has been recovered and will be auctioned at Tarisio auction house in December. Thieves once tried to sell the instrument for £100; it is expected to fetch more than £2m at auction.

BBC Music Magazine

BBC Radio 3 announces programming to mark the World War One centenary

For one week from 5 January, Radio 3 will will focus on the cultural life of Europe on the eve of 1914 in ‘Music on the Brink’. Each day the station will relive the sounds of a different European city – Paris, Berlin, Vienna, St Petersburg and London – and look at the cultural trends of the time.

WQXR – New York Radio

Brooklyn Philharmonic, Innovative But Sounding a Troubled Tune

An orchestra source says the group is experiencing severe financial difficulties due to a drop in fundraising.


Burlesque Dancer Shows That Twerking Goes Great With Classical Music

Chicago burlesque dancer twerks in time to Beethoven’s 5th.

New York Times

An Opera Fights Hungary’s Rising Anti-Semitism

World class conductor Ivan Fischer’s opera ‘The Red Heifer’ is a rebuke to growing antisemitism in today’s Hungary.

Slipped Disk

Player urges Concertgebouw to protest gay oppression in Russia

Following the recent tension between Russia and the Netherlands, a viola player of the Royal Concertgebouw, Vincent Peters, has urged the Orchestra to make a statement on Russian LGBT-policies during its forthcoming tour in November.

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

Ein Weinberg in der Riesenkathedrale

Vor fünfzig Jahren wurde Hans Scharouns Neubau der Berliner Philharmonie eröffnet. Beim Festkonzert überwog jetzt die Begeisterung für den Bau. Das war nicht immer so.





(Written on October 22, 2013 )

The London-based Turkish pianist AyseDeniz Gokcin released an EP album towards the end of 2012, uniting her love for rock and classical music. The young pianist transformed three Pink Floyd songs in the style of Franz Liszt and performed her arrangements on a classical piano – no electronics involved.

She wanted to pay homage to Liszt and celebrate his 200th anniversary as well as Pink Floyd’s music-making – ‘Another Brick in the Wall’, ‘Wish You Were Here’ and ‘Hey You’ all feature on her EP.

Following an article on her release on Prog Rock Magazine Online, which can be read here, AyseDeniz has received worldwide recognition. First published on 26th December 2012, the piece has been shared on Facebook nearly 300 times and tweeted directly from Prog Rock Magazine Online by many a reader. The feature has continued to spread; first translated into Hungarian for Hard Rock, followed by a translation into Spanish for Esquiz Ofrenia. AyseDeniz’ article was then shared on major music websites in Finland, Brazil, Italy, Greece, the Netherlands, Turkey and many more. And so her Lisztified interpretation of Pink Floyd has gained fans worldwide.

You can download her album here

AyseDeniz will be performing at St James’, Piccadilly on 25th April.

And for more information about AyseDeniz – visit her website or follow her on twitter


(Written on January 16, 2013 )

Arizona Daily Star

Poland’s ‘Mozart Of Poetry’ Dies.

Poland’s 1996 Nobel Prize-winning poet Wisława Szymborska, whose simple words and playful verse plucked threads of irony and empathy out of life, has died. She was 88.

ArtsJournal: Slipped Disc

Hungarian Conductor Urges European MPs To Exclude His Racist Government.

The conductor Adam Fischer has joined the chorus of cultural opinion demanding the isolation of Victor Orban’s government.


RPS and Britten-Pears Foundation Commission Six New Works.

2013 marks the Royal Philharmonic Society’s bicentenary and Britten’s centenary.


Andreas Scholl: From Bach To Depeche Mode.

Countertenor Andreas Scholl talks to Adam Sweeting about his new CD of Bach cantatas – and his passion for Eighties electropop.

The Guardian

Why Do So Many Musicians Avoid Their Own Recordings?

Almost every performer or composer I’ve met cannot stomach hearing their own recordings – even when they’re the best you could ever hope to hear. Why not? Tom Service writes.

The New Yorker

The Last Don: Remembering the Conductor of “Soul Train”.

Don Cornelius, who died earlier today, apparently by suicide (early reports say “self-inflicted gunshot wound”), was one of the giants of American music, though he never played a note.

(Written on February 2, 2012 )

BBC Music Magazine

Vote now in the BBC Music Magazine Awards 2012!

And be in with a chance of winning a Kemble piano, a Yamaha hi-fi or copies of all the nominated recordings as well as the chance to support ACCENTUS Music’s DVD release of Abbado and the Lucerne Festival Orchestra performing Mahler’s 9th Symphony in the best DVD category.

Huffington Post UK

Hattie Garlick: My Mission To Discover Classical Music In 2012.

Hattie Garlick makes a resolution and appeals for your help.

The Guardian

How To Survive In An Opera Chorus.

From Berg to Bizet, bridesmaids to beggars, chorus members have to be up for pretty much anything. Henrietta Bredin talks to singers from ENO and Opera North.

Arts Journal: Slipped Disc

Hong Kong Goes Dutch Again In Choosing Music Director.

The Hong Kong Philharmonic has announced its choice of music director to succeed Edo de Waart.

Pianist: I Will Never Set Foot In Hungary Again.

The pianist Andras Schiff has announced that he will never return to his Hungarian motherland.

Arnold Schoenberg’s Other Letters Go To North Texas.

A grandson of the great composer by his first marriage has withheld the documents and letters owned by his side of the family from the Arnold Schoenberg Centre in Vienna and given them instead to the University of North Texas.

(Written on January 16, 2012 )

Arts Journal: Slipped Disc

New York’s Smallest Opera Chief Is Dead.

Anthony Amato has died at 91. He founded Amato Opera Theater in 1948.

Yale Professor: Hungary Could Be Going Fascist.

The Canadian-Hungarian historian Éva S Balogh, who runs the internationally acclaimed blog Hungarian Spectrum, describes the political landscape in Orbán‘s Hungary.

Jessica Duchen’s Classical Music Blog

Farewell, Russell Hoban (1925 – 2011).

Well-known novelist and librettist Russell Hoban has died.

LA Times

2011 Year In Review: Best in Jazz.

From young stars following their unique vision to a parting session from a departed master of doing the same, there was no shortage of recordings worth celebrating in 2011.

2011 Year In Review: Best In Classical Music.

Mark Swed’s round-up of the best and the worst of 2011’s classical music.



(Written on December 15, 2011 )