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Gediminas Gelgotas is unstoppable: the Lithuanian composer has created numerous works that are still being regularly broadcasted by stations such as Mezzo TV and Boiler Room TV to this day, and he shows no signs of slowing down.

Renowned double-bassist Roman Patkoló joins Gelgotas in his latest work Sanctifaction. Originally the fourth movement of his symphony Extracultural, Gelgotas strips it down for the piano and double-bass this time, and the results are compelling. A haunting and intensive musical experience, now brought to life through this stunning new music video.

The chemistry in the room and between the two are undeniable. Patkoló handles the double-bass rhythmically and melodically like no other – an unusual but mesmerising portrayal of the often-overlooked instrument. The duo makes it inevitably hard for anyone to ignore the contrast between the stunning rhythmic drive and austere, melodic beauty that come into view.

Coming up for Gediminas Gelgotas is the premiere of his Violin Concerto No. 1 at the Kissinger Sommer Festival 2018 with long-time collaborator and conductor Kristjan Järvi, who has earned a reputation as one of the canniest, and most innovative programmers on the classic scene.

Listen to Gediminas Gelgotas’ Sanctifaction on Spotify, Google Play and Deezer.

(Written on February 7, 2018 )

Classical News

In today’s news, French government increases cultural spending, York Minster fires all of its bell ringers, and violinist plays Habanera one-handed. Also, Philadelphia hosts major classical competition, and Novi Sad becomes European Capital of Culture 2021.

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French government to increase cultural spending

The French government have announced a huge increase in the country’s cultural budget. €3.6bn has been set aside for the Department of Culture and Communication, a 5.5 per cent increase on the previous year. It equates to just over one per cent of the France’s entire budget.

Opera Now Magazine

Independent Opera announces 2016/17 vocal scholars and postgraduate fellows

Soprano Katie Lowe will join bass baritone Milan Siljanov as an Independent Opera postgraduate voice fellow for 2016/17.

Classic Fm

York Minster sacks all of its bell ringers, no peal to welcome in Christmas morning

Every year since the Middle Ages the 56 bells of York Minster have marked Remembrance Sunday and Christmas – but this year the historic bells won’t ring out because all of the Minster’s bell ringing volunteers have been sacked.

Violinist can play Habanera one-handed while bouncing a ping pong ball in time to the music

This violinist from Polish musical cabaret act MozART Group demonstrates an impressive skill-set in his memorable performance of Habanera from Bizet’s opera Carmen.

Classical Music Magazine

Philadelphia to host major classical competition

Astral will present the winners of its 2016 National Auditions at its inaugural winners’ concert on 26 October. The event will feature performances from pianist Congcong Chai, violinist Timothy Chooi, pianist Natalia Kazaryan, violinist Katie Hyun, harpist Emily Levin, pianist Zhenni Li, and the Rolston String Quartet.

The New York Times

ICE’s Founder, Claire Chase, Will Relinquish Leadership Role

Ms. Chase is stepping down from her leadership position to become, in her words, a member of the band, and to be able to devote more time to her blossoming career as a soloist.

Novi Sad wird Europäische Kulturhauptstadt 2021

Mit der serbischen Stadt wird zum ersten Mal die Stadt eines Landes ausgewählt, das zu den EU-Beitrittskandidaten gehört.

Musiker erstellen Anti-Trump-Playlist mit 30 Tracks

Der Schriftsteller Dave Eggers hat für sein Projekt “30 Days, 30 Songs” ziemlich bekannte Musiker versammelt. Bis zur US-Wahl am 8. November soll täglich ein Track erscheinen, zu hören in einer Spotify-Playlist.

Klassik heute

9. Impuls-Festival für Neue Musik Sachsen-Anhalt

Das Eröffnungskonzert findet am Donnerstag, 20. Oktober, 20 Uhr, unter dem Sternenhimmel des Steintor-Varietés in Halle statt und lädt zu einem fulminanten Festivalauftakt ein. Das MDR Sinfonieorchester unter Kristjan Järvi präsentiert ein Programm mit Beschleunigungscharakter.

Twitter @klassikcom Sopranistin Anush Hovhannisyan gewinnt Stella Maris-Wettbewerb

neue musikzeitung @musikzeitung JazzZeitung: Julia Hülsmann bekommt SWR Jazzpreis am 25.10.: Der gemeinsam vom SWR und dem Land Rheinland-Pfa…

Music History @today_classical in 1849 Death of Frederic in Paris.

York Minster. Photo Credits @ Classic Fm.

York Minster. Photo Credits @ Classic Fm.

(Written on October 17, 2016 )

WildKat PR wishes Steve Reich a very Happy Birthday today!

wildkat-pr-martin-godwin-steve-reich-composer-007Photo: Martin Godwin


WildKat PR recently worked with Steve and Metal Liverpool on their “Different Trains” project, which took place last week. The performance was given a five-star review by The Times, who described the performance as “an exuberant, sometimes dark blend of music and film — this was a superb performance of one of Steve Reich’s most poignant works.” “Different Trains” was performed as an open-air concert at Metal’s Liverpool home at Edge Hill station, the oldest active passenger railway station in the world, with a film accompaniment, which was  a newly commissioned work by artist and filmmaker Bill Morrison. Take a look at Steve’s interview with the London Contemporary Orchestra on Boiler Room, where he talked about the production.

Besides the Different Trains project, Steve also collaborated with The Royal Ballet’s Resident Choreographer, Wayne McGregor, to create a new one-act work, in celebration of Reich’s 80th birthday as well as Wayne McGregor’s ten years as Resident Choreographer at Royal Opera House. The world premiere performance will take place in November 2016. For more details about the performances, please refer to ROH’s website.

In addition, Steve Reich recently collaborated with Kristjan Järvi on his Sound Project and released a double CD “Steve Reich Duet,” in celebration of Reich’s 80th birthday.

Steve Reich will also be presenting his works with the Barbican. “Steve Reich’s music changed the way we hear our world,” as said by the Barbican. In his 80th birthday year, the Barbican begins a year-long celebration, with Britten Sinfonia launching the festivities with the European premiere of his work “Pulse”: just part of an evening of music and visuals that demonstrates his profound engagement with the events of our time: air travel, atomic testing, and genetic engineering. Visit the Barbican’s website for more details.



Photo: WildKat PR. Steve speaks with Radcliffe and Maconie for their BBC 6Music show


“Without Steve Reich’s rhythms, pulses and phasing, contemporary culture would be a much poorer place,” says the Guardian. Reich has given the contemporary musical world a licence to groove. He created a model of a self-sustaining ensemble, Steve Reich and Musicians, to play, record and remain a living laboratory for his music, and he has inspired musicians from Michael Gordon to Nico Muhly, from Björk to DJ Spooky. And that means that we all live in a Reichian musical world.

WildKat is also very excited to work with Berlin-based label, FILM, on their release of Reich’s “Six Pianos,” with pianists Gregor Schwellenbach, Volker Bertelmann alias Hauschka, John Kameel Farah, Erol Sarp from Grandbrothers, as well as Daniel Brandt and Paul Frick from the techno ensemble Brandt Brauer Frick, read more about it here.

(Written on October 3, 2016 )

WildKat PR is delighted to announce our newest client, Estonian-born American conductor and pianist Kristjan Järvi.

Kristjan Järvi is known for his innovative music programming and remarkable visions for multi-genre collaborations. One of his most important projects is The Sound Experience, where he brings together ideas, people, emotions, cultures and nature through music in order to create a completely new concert experience. One of the orchestras he has initiated this concept with is the modern Baltic Sea Philharmonic. During their Baltic Sea Discovery Tour, taking part from 15th-24th September they will bring their ideas to a wide audience. Kristjan also realises his pioneering ideas as Music Director of the MDR Leipzig Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Gstaad Festival Orchestra, and as Founder-Conductor of his New York-based classical-hip-hop-jazz group Absolute Ensemble.

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Photo: Franck Ferville

Kristjan was born in Estonia and emigrated to the United States as a child. He grew up in New York City and graduated from Manhattan School of Music as a pianist followed by conducting studies at the University of Michigan. Since 2016 he is official member of the Estonian Olympic committee, being the first non-sport or government official taking this position.

WildKat PR is very much looking forward to working with Kristjan Järvi to promote the 2016 tour, as well as some concerts with Steve Reich and the Regular Crisis festival in October. In addition to that, we will assist in promoting his two upcoming CD releases “Wagner, The Ring” and “Steve Reich, Duet”.

Keep up to date with news from Kristjan Järvi through his websiteYouTube, Facebook, Twitter, and the WildKat PR blog.

(Written on September 7, 2016 )

Classical News

In our news today, the Estonian Olympic Committee appoints Kristjan Järvi as first non-sport Olympic ambassador, Gramophone Classical Music Awards reveals 2017 category winners, and experimental music festival takes over Darwin military tunnel. Also, Samsung is shutting down its music streaming service.

Classical Music Magazine

Kristjan Järvi appointed as Estonia’s first non-sport Olympic ambassador

The Estonian Olympic Committee has appointed Kristjan Järvi as ambassador in a bid to use music to inspire the country to future sporting success. The conductor is the first non-athlete to hold a senior position as a standing member.

Gramophone Award category winners announced

The category winners for the Gramophone Classical Music Awards 2017 have been revealed. The awards will be presented and the recipients of the special awards named at the London ceremony on 15 September.

The Guardian

Shakespeare’s magical music box: the sound of rapture at the Globe

Exquisite harmonies, by candlelight, transported audiences in 1600s London out of filthy streets into a gilded world of kings and star-cross’d lovers. Composer-director Claire van Kampen explains why music was key to the Bard’s success.

‘What a way to do a concert’: experimental music festival takes over Darwin military tunnel

Tunnel Number Five show a BYO affair, with 100 people dragging camping chairs and drinks through the low, pipe-lined entrance.

Business Insider Deutschland

Samsung is shutting down its music streaming service

Samsung is surrendering in the music streaming wars. The company is closing down its Milk Music streaming service, it has announced.


Mark Morris Dance Group Presents MOZART DANCES, 8/24-27

Ten years ago, on the 250th anniversary of Mozart’s birth, Lincoln Center commissioned Mark Morris’s Mozart Dances. Hailed as a masterpiece and “one of Mr. Morris’s grandest achievements”, Mozart Dances offers a visually stimulating, elegant, and often tender display of movement and technique.


Vil løfte musikkbransjen med ny teknologi

Norge er langt dårligere enn våre naboland når det gjelder omsetningen innen kreative næringer. Det vil kulturminister Linda Hofstad Helleland gjøre noe med.

Musik heute

Thomaskantor Gotthold Schwarz in sein Amt eingeführt

Der Sänger und Dirigent Gotthold Schwarz ist am Samstag als neuer Thomaskantor in sein Amt eingeführt worden. Der 64-Jährige ist der 17. künstlerische Leiter des Thomanerchores nach Johann Sebastian Bach.

Klassik heute

Hans-Christoph Rademann formiert Ensembles der Bachakademie neu

Hans-Christoph Rademann schlägt zu Beginn der Saison 2016/17 bei der Internationalen Bachakademie Stuttgart den Weg in Richtung historisch informierte Aufführungspraxis ein.

Sopranistin Daniela Dessi gestorben

Die Sängerin Daniela Dessi ist tot. Sie starb im Alter von 59 Jahren nach kurzer, schwerer Krankheit an ihrem Wohnsitz in Brescia.


BBC Radio 3 @BBCRadio3 Drinking alone with the moon – the Chinese poetry behind Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde @klassikcom Appenzeller Bachtage mit erfolgreicher Bilanz

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‘Haunting’: violinist Netanela Mizrahi performs at the underground Tunnel Number Five experimental music festival in Darwin. Photograph: Helen Davidson for the Guardian

(Written on August 22, 2016 )

Sven Helbig is one of the biggest talents in the pool of composers of the new generation. He is known for his residence at Deutsches Nationaltheater in Weimar but also for his creative collaborations with artists of other genres such as hard rock band Rammstein or the Pet Shop Boys. He just released the video trailer for his newest piece: the album I Eat The Sun And Drink The Rain introduces bewitching, delicate choral voices and a fascinating sound.

The album features the Baroque-specialists Vocalconsort Berlin, one of the most renowned German choirs, conducted by cosmopolite conductor Kristjan Järvi whose concerts have been proclaimed a “life-enhancing experience” (The Herald, Scotland).

I Eat The Sun And Drink The Rain will be released on 9th September 2016 on Berlin-based record label Neue Meister (Berlin Classics / Edel Germany). The album will be premiered live at the Reeperbahn Festival in Hamburg, Germany on 23rd September 2016 and will then go on tour. You can pre-order the album here.

Keep up to date with Neue Meister’s releases via their website, Facebook and Twitter.


(Written on August 8, 2016 )