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In today’s news: After an Alitalia flight during which her viola da gamba was badly damaged, the owner of the instrument has called on airlines to change their policy. Youth music charity NYMAZ has announced the first five music hubs selected to participate in the latest phase of Connect: Resound. Also, North Korea wants to send an orchestra to the Winter Olympics in South Korea.

Classical Music

Nymaz announces first Connect: Resound participants

Youth music charity NYMAZ has announced the first five music hubs selected to participate in the latest phase of Connect: Resound.

The Strad

Menuhin Competition 2018 announces 44 successful candidates for live rounds

Over 90% of participants began playing the violin before the age of five and average age across junior and senior categories has dropped to 15 for the first time, with the youngest aged ten and oldest 21.

Classic FM

An airline smashed her 1660 viola da gamba – and now she’s calling them out

After an Alitalia flight during which her viola da gamba was badly damaged, the owner of the instrument has called on airlines to change their policy.

The Sun

Former Chelsea ace Frank Lampard reveals he almost died after swallowing trumpet mouthpiece

The 39-year-old ex-England ace told of the childhood trauma, ‘I swallowed the mouthpiece as a kid and it nearly killed me’

Phys.org

‘Earworm melodies with strange aspects’ – what happens when AI makes music

The first full-length mainstream music album co-written with the help of artificial intelligence (AI) was released on 12 January and experts believe that the science behind it could lead to a whole new style of music composition.

The New York Times

What a Hologram of Maria Callas Can Teach Us About Opera

When Maria Callas appeared onstage at the Rose Theater at Jazz at Lincoln Center on Sunday night, she looked a little pale, a little spectral.

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Nordkorea will großes Orchester zu Winterspielen in Südkorea schicken

Nach der Einigung mit Südkorea auf seine Teilnahme an den Olympischen Winterspielen in Pyeongchang will Nordkorea ein großes Orchester für das kulturelle Rahmenprogramm schicken.

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Konzertdramaturg wegen Daniel Hope-Video entlassen

Wegen der Veröffentlichung eines sogenannten Shreds, eines nachvertonten Videos mit satirischem Text, von Daniel Hope und Ludovico Einaudi hat der Konzertdramaturg Arno Lücker seinen Job beim Berliner Konzerthaus verloren.

Musik Heute

Über 150.000 Besucher für Theater & Philharmonie Thüringen

Die Häuser der Theater und Philharmonie Thüringen GmbH in Gera und Altenburg haben erstmals die 150.000 Besucher-Marke geknackt.

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Superbanco ! Le Jeu des 1 000 euros s’associe à l’Orchestre national de France

Le Jeu des 1 000 euros, l’une des plus anciennes et célèbres émissions de France Inter, innove en proposant deux émissions 100% musicales.

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Music History @today_classical: in 1957 Death of Italian-American Arturo

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(Written on January 16, 2018 )

In today’s classical news Muhal Richard Abrahms died at age 87, Chicago Symphony’s deficit widens by $300,000, Sainsbury’s launches own-brand vinyl albumsand and 2018 Opera News Awards to honour stars of the stage.

NPR

Muhal Richard Abrams, a pianist and composer of staunch independence and sweeping influence, inseparable from his role as a founding father of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians [AACM], died on Sunday at his home in New York City. He was 87.

Chigago Business

Chicago Symphony’s deficit widens by $300,000

The Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association posted an operating deficit of $1.4 million for fiscal 2017, compared to deficit of $1.1 million the year prior. The association, the governing body of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, released 2017 financials at its Nov. 1 annual meeting, held at Symphony Center.

Broadway World

Orpheus Chamber Orchestra With Cellist Truls Mork present World Premiere By Shuying Li

Orpheus Chamber Orchestra continues its 2017-2018 season at Carnegie Hall with a performance featuring Norwegian cellist Truls Mørk in Shostakovich’s first Cello Concerto and the world premiere of Shuying Li’s Out Came the Sun, inspired by the profound and transformative experience of postpartum motherhood.

BBC News

Instruments for Kids project seeks old music equipment

A national music project to get people to hand over their old and unused instruments to children is being launched. A pilot project earlier this year saw 50 instruments brought back into use after being donated by AMs and staff at the Welsh assembly and government.

The Guardian

Supermarket swing: Sainsbury’s launches own-brand vinyl albums

Store to release compilation albums as it looks to consolidate its position as one of the largest vinyl sellers in the UK.

Evening Standard

A new exhibition celebrates groundbreaking modernist opera ‘Four Saints in Three Acts’

Gertrude Stein’s opera featured an all-African American cast and was the first opera to open on Broadway.

Opera News

2018 Opera News Awards to honour stars of the stage

This year’s honorees—conductor William Christie, mezzo-soprano Fiorenza Cossotto, tenor Vittorio Grigolo, soprano Hei-Kyung Hong, and soprano Sonya Yoncheva — will be celebrated at a black-tie gala celebration on April 22nd, 2018 at the Plaza Hotel in New York City.

Pizzicato

Lang Lang muss bis Sommer 2018 pausieren

Der 35-jährige Chinese Lang Lang wird erst im Sommer 2018 wieder auftreten. Das sagte er in einem Gespräch mit ‘Die Zeit’

Concerti

Körpereinsatz mit Köpfchen

Noch bis zum 17. März 2018 kann man bei den Internationalen Tanzwochen Neuss einzigartige Choreografien aus der ganzen Welt bewunder.

Musik Heute

Barenboim gibt am 75. Geburtstag Benefizkonzert

Der Dirigent und Pianist Daniel Barenboim gibt an seinem 75. Geburtstag ein Benefizkonzert für den Musikkindergarten Berlin.

Klassik.com

Logo des Telemann-Jubiläums 2017 erhält Design-Preis

Das Logo für das Telemann-Jubiläum 2017 gehört zu den Gewinnern des German Design Award 2018 in der Kategorie “Corporate Identity”.

Mundoclassico

Ha fallecido el compositor sueco Ingvar Lidholm

El compositor sueco Ingvar Lidholm (Jönköping, 1921) falleció el pasado 17 de octubre a los 96 años de edad. Alumno de Hilding Rosenberg (1943-1945), Natanael Berg y Tor Mann, se formó simultáneamente como compositor e intérprete de violín, viola, violonchelo y contrabajo.

Platea Magazine

France Musique

En Russie, une ville annule le déplacement d’une statue de Tchaïkovsky

La ville de Kline, où le compositeur a vécu et travaillé, souhaitait reléguer sa statue en périphérie de la ville et la remplacer par une autre, baptisée Le bouclier de bronze. Mais devant le tollé, la municipalité a fait marche arrière.

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The late pianist and composer Muhal Richard Abrams, performing at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall in New York in 2004 © Jack Vartoogian/Getty Images

(Written on November 2, 2017 )

In today’s news: Winehouse charity helps young singers with chronic health conditions, ‘Make Some Noise Campaign’ raises over £3.5million, and Sweden to hold women-only festival. The Lincoln Center is scaling down it’s renovation plans. The Dresdner Sinfoniker recieve a special honour, Thomas Eitler-de Lint is taking over the Choir of Leipzig Opera, at the Hamburg State Opera Christof Prick is hospitalised, and El Mundo on the transformation of classical music.

The Guardian

Hitting a note: one of the world’s largest pianos finds a grand stage

The near 6 metre-long instrument was built in a farm shed in New Zealand and has become an international attraction.

BBC Newsbeat

Amy Winehouse, music, arthritis and me

Winehouse charity helping young singers with chronic health conditions make their mark in the singing world

BBC News

The Scottish sisters taking classical music uptown

Ayoub sisters shoot to the top of the classical music charts with their debut album of pop covers

Classic FM

Global’s ‘Make Some Noise’ campaign raises over £3.5million for charity

Celebrity guests and classical musicians spend day busking at Leicester Square HQ – including our very own Andrew James Johnson!

The Independent

Sweden to hold women-only festival ‘until men learn how to behave’

Funding campaign reaches its £47,000 target to run Statement Festival for ‘non-men’

The New Yorker

Is David Geffen’s Gift to Lincoln Center Enough to Inspire Half a Billion More?

Now it’s getting ugly. On Tuesday, Lincoln Center and the New York Philharmonic announced that after “deep review and thoughtful evaluation,” the renovation of David Geffen Hall would be scaled back from an ambitious gut renovation of the iconic 1962 building […]

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Eitler-de Lint übernimmt Chor der Oper Leipzig

Der Österreicher Thomas Eitler-de Lint, der an der Zürcher Oper auch schon als Gastchordirigent tätig war, übernimmt die Leitung des Chores der Oper Leipzig.

Klassik Heute

Auszeichnung für die Dresdner Sinfoniker

Die Dresdner Sinfoniker e.V. sind in diesem Jahr Preisträger des Initiativpreises für Kunst und Kultur.

Klassik.com

Staatsoper Hamburg: Vorstellungsabbruch

An der Hamburgischen Staatsoper musste am vergangenen Donnerstag die Aufführung von Carl Maria von Webers Oper “Der Freischütz” abgebrochen werden. Dirigent Christof Prick konnte aufgrund gesundheitlicher Probleme die Vorstellung nicht zu Ende dirigieren.

El Mundo

La música clàssica ha d’estar en evolució contínua

«És important que parlem de la música, del món, de la vida», comença contant Josep Vicent.

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Opernwelt @Opernwelt

«Lulu» ist die «Aufführung des Jahres». Wie arbeitet Christoph Marthaler? Ein Gespräch mit seinem Dramaturgen:

 

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(Written on October 9, 2017 )

In today’s news: Philharmonia app for PlayStation, Lichfiel Garrick has a classical twist, and Beatles manager get honoured by tribute. Ainars Rubikis becomes the new principal conductor of the Komische Oper Berlin, and Karel Mark Chichon, principal conductor of the Deutsche Philharmonie Saarbrücken Kaiserslautern steps down. The National Symphony Orchestra records a vinyl album.

The Guardian

Artist’s tribute to Beatles manager

Turner prize winner honours Brian Epstein for 50th anniversary of Sgt Pepper album

Classical Music Magazine

Philharmonia launches app on PlayStationVR

The Philharmonia Orchestra has become the first symphony orchestra to release a VR app on the PlayStationVR platform.

The Telegraph

From Monty Python to Louis Armstrong: the 78 best funeral songs

Which songs are played the most at funerals?

Burton Mail

Julian Lloyd Webber pays a visit to Repton School to judge music competition

Acclaimed musician Julian Lloyd Webber has praised the high standard of music teaching and abilities at Repton School.

Lichfield Live

The Opera Boys bring a classical twist to the Lichfield Garrick

Classical crossover will be on offer as the Opera Boys come to Lichfield.

Tagesspiegel

Komische Oper: Neuer Generalmusikdirektor

Nach Tagesspiegel-Informationen wird der Lette Ainars Rubikis an der Komischen Oper Nachfolger des Musikchefs Henrik Nánási. Der dirigierte zum Abschied Mahlers Vierte.

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Karel Mark Chichon, Chefdirigent der Deutschen Radio Philharmonie, zurückgetreten

Saarbrücken – Der Chefdirigent der Deutschen Radio Philharmonie Saarbrücken Kaiserslautern, Karel Mark Chichon, hat nach Angaben des Saarländischen Rundfunks (SR) seinen sofortigen Rücktritt erklärt.

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Ein Stück Amerika am Bodensee

Beim Bodenseefestival gibt es vier Wochen lang Klassik, Jazz, Tanz, Schauspiel sowie Literatur aus den USA zu entdecken

BBC news

One orchestra’s one-take wonder

The National Symphony Orchestra has made a “direct cut” album, recorded straight to vinyl.

Mail Online

Met Opera faces questions as it marks big anniversary

The Metropolitan Opera is pulling out the finery this weekend to mark its golden anniversary at New York’s Lincoln Center, but the celebration comes at a tough moment for opera in the United States.

South China Morning Post

Hong Kong Ballet updates Carmen for the modern age, setting it in an Asian garment factory to a partly rock score

Choreographers Yuh Egami and Ricky Hu talk about moving Bizet’s ballet to contemporary Asia, changing the characters around and using a score from 1967 with additions by Hong Kong rock musician Mike Orange.

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Spanish opera singer Placido Domingo will be one of the stars of the Met Opera’s anniversary bash

(Written on May 8, 2017 )

 

In today’s Classical News, the London Festival of Baroque Music is to lose its artistic director and festival manager, and an ABO report finds orchestras are playing more, but losing income on all fronts.  Classic FM announces celebrations for its 25th birthday, and musical La La Land leads Oscar nominations with 14.  The President of the New York Philharmonic is to step down, leaving uncertainty regarding renovation projects, and composer Veljo Tormis has died, aged 86.  All over the world today, people celebrate Robert Burns, Scotland’s Bard.

Rhinegold

LFBM to lose artistic director and festival manager

Lindsay Kemp and Lucy Bending are to step down as artistic director and festival manager of the London Festival of Baroque Music (LFBM) at the end of the 2017 event.

Orchestras perform more but earn less, report finds

A new report has found that Britain’s orchestras are reaching more people through concerts and youth engagement, but are losing income on all fronts.

Classic FM

Classic FM celebrate 25th birthday

Classic FM will celebrate its 25th birthday year with a composition competition, the world’s first ever dedicated video game music show and the relaunch of ClassicFM.com. And much, much more…

La La Land leads the way in Oscar nominations, including best soundtrack

La La Land has equalled the all-time record for Oscar nominations, with nods in 14 categories in the 2017 Academy Awards, including Best Original Soundtrack.

BBC Music Magazine

Five of the best… settings of Robert Burns poems

Born in Ayrshire on 25 January 1759, Robert Burns (or ‘Rabbie Burns’ to many) enjoys an iconic status as Scotland’s national poet. Best known to most people as the writer of Auld Lang Syne – surely the most regularly misquoted poem in history (there should be no ‘the sake of’ in there) – his work can be cuttingly satirical, lyrical and romantic or just really rather charming.

Der Tagesspiegel

Nachfolger von Barbara Kasseler 

Ulrich Khuon wird Präsident des Deutschen Bühnenvereins

klassik.com

Estnischer Komponist wurde 86 Jahre alt

Komponist Veljo Tormis gestorben

Fono Forum

Ehrung für zu Guttenberg

Enoch zu Guttenberg und die Chorgemeinschaft Neubeuern werden mit dem Rheingau Musik Preis 2017 ausgezeichnet. Das Preisgeld (10.000 Euro) wird vom Hessischen Ministerium für Wissenschaft und Kunst zur Verfügung gestellt.

El País

De YouTube a la Filarmónica de Berlín

A Arturo Cardelús le encargó obra un solista de la orquesta tras ver su vídeo en la Red

The New York Times

New York Philharmonic President to Step Down

A much-anticipated, long-delayed cultural megaproject — the gut renovation of David Geffen Hall, the New York Philharmonic’s home at Lincoln Center — is facing new uncertainty. 

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Music History @today_classical  in 1909 FP of Richard ‘ opera Elektra at the Hofoper in Dresden.

Classical Music News  @ClassicalMusic The Gesualdo Six launches crowdfunding project for first recording

Philharmonic Society @RoyalPhilSoc HAPPY BIRTHDAY to US! – a sprightly 204 today! 1813

Photograph: La La Land

(Written on January 25, 2017 )

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.

Broadwayworld

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.

NRK

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.

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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.

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BBC Radio 3 @BBCRadio3 Drinking alone with the moon – the Chinese poetry behind Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde

klassik.com @klassikcom Appenzeller Bachtage mit erfolgreicher Bilanz

nmz @musikzeitung Meine Sicht: Das wichtigste Instrument beim ? Raschelnde Banknoten: Angeblich gilt…

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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 )

Classical News

In our news today, The Menuhin Competition 2016 reveals the four Senior Finalists, BBC Proms is to include music by David Bowie and Red Carpet Premiere of “Florence Foster Jenkins” takes places in London. Also, two of the biggest prizes in modern composition have been awarded and the festival “Ruhrtriennale” 2016 is dedicated to the refugee debate.

The Strad

Menuhin Competition 2016 reveals four Senior Finalists

The Menuhin Competition 2016 has revealed the four violinists selected to progress to the Senior Finals, taking place at London’s Royal Festival Hall on Saturday.

BBC

BBC Proms 2016: Strictly, Bowie and music in a car park

The BBC Proms, Britain’s annual celebration of classical music, is to include music by David Bowie and a Strictly Come Dancing theme night.

Classic FM

Red Carpet Premiere: Florence Foster Jenkins

It’s the classical music film of the year. ‘Florence Foster Jenkins’ tells the story of the world’s worst ever opera singer. Meryl Streep and Hugh Grant joined the cast and other celebrities at the star-studded premiere.

Classicalite

Lincoln Center’s May Gala to Celebrate ‘Jazz and Broadway’ With Vanessa Williams

For jazz, some of its most beloved standards were born on New York City’s Great White Way. And with that, Jazz at Lincoln Center has announced that its forthcoming May gala will champion that idea with a celebration in the theme of “Jazz and Broadway” with Vanessa Williams.

International Arts Manager

Major composition prizes awarded

Kate Soper and Lewis Spratlan have received two of the biggest prizes in modern composition. Soper has won the Virgil Thomson Award in Vocal Music, which comes with a USD40,000 (€35,350) cash sum. Spratlan – along with librettist James Maraniss – was recognised with the Charles Ives Opera Prize and USD35,000 (Maraniss received USD15,000).

WQXR

13 Vinyl Classics to Hear on Record Store Day

This Saturday marks Record Store Day, and in observance of this annual holiday for vinyl lovers of all stripes, WQXR weekend host Paul Cavalconte will be spinning a selection of his favorite LPs, which include everything from from the Renaissance composer Praetorius to Copland’s Billy the Kid.

San Francisco Classical Voice

Philharmonia Baroque Plans Rameau Opera for 2017

Philharmonia Baroque recently announced its program for 2016-17, The climax of the season is a piece of music never performed before a modern audience.

WQXR

From Renaissance to Ragtime: How Jeremy Denk Crafted His Carnegie Program

Think of it as a mixtape, or an iPod playlist on shuffle, said pianist Jeremy Denk of the musical mélange he thoughtfully curated.

Classical Music Magazine

Three Choirs Festival recruiting for 2016 Youth Choir

The Three Choirs Festival is inviting singers aged 14–25 to apply for its 2016 TCF Youth Choir.

colodario.com

Pedro Halffter lleva a los tribunales a la Filarmónica de Gran Canaria

Según informa Canarias 7.es, Pedro Halffter ha llevado a los tribunales a la fundación que gestiona a la Orquesta Filarmónica de Gran Cananaria, “porque considera que se vulneró su contrato al ser cesado como director artístico”.

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Sinfonieorchester 21 – Das SWR Symphonieorchester stellt seine erste Spielzeit vor

Die Orchestermanager Johannes Bultmann, Felix Fischer und Reinhard Oechsler stellten heute die erste Spielzeit des SWR Symphonieorchesters vor, das am 22. September sein erstes Konzert in Stuttgart, dem Standort des Klangkörpers gibt.

BR KLASSIK

Ist Solidarität eine Utopie?

Die Ruhrtriennale widmet sich unter dem Motto “Seid umschlungen” in diesem Jahr verstärkt der Flüchtlingsdebatte. Das Festival, das vom 12. August bis 24. September 2016 in mehreren Ruhrgebietsstädten stattfindet, will damit auch den Kontrast zwischen euphorischen Willkommensszenen für Geflüchtete und die Übergriffe auf Frauen in der Kölner Silvesternacht aufzeigen.

Klassik heute

Zum 16. Mal: Festival der ARD-Preisträger

Seit 2001 veranstaltet der Internationale Musikwettbewerb der ARD Kammermusikfeste, zu denen Preisträger verschiedener Wettbewerbsjahrgänge eingeladen werden.

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#RedCarpet premiere of #FlorenceFosterJenkins with @HughGrant and @MerylStreep #filmoftheyear more infos: http://bit.ly/1Q97hUv

#Festival der Preisträger des #ARD #Musikwettbewerbs. Programminfos und Künstler hier: http://bit.ly/1SNK4sT

Meryl Streep and Hugh Grant - stars of Florence Foster Jenkins - at the film's UK premiere at Odeon Leicester Square on 12 April 2016 in London. Photograph: Ian Gavan/Getty Images for Classic FM

Meryl Streep and Hugh Grant – stars of Florence Foster Jenkins – at the film’s UK premiere at Odeon Leicester Square on 12 April 2016 in London. Photograph: Ian Gavan/Getty Images for Classic FM

(Written on April 14, 2016 )

We are very happy to introduce our newest client, violinist Yijia Zhang!

Yijia was born and raised in China and started playing the violin at the age of five years old and gave his first performance when he was just seven. He was selected as one of Asian Future Star Musicians and made his western debut with the Cazadero Festival Orchestra in San Francisco aged seventeen.

Despite only just having graduated from the Royal Academy of Music, Yijia has already performed in some of the world’s leading concert halls including the Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, Sydney Opera House, and the National Centre for Performing Arts, Beijing. He is also the director of the Chinese charity concert series Under the Same Sky in Anhui Province, staging concerts in support of underprivileged youths.

We are looking forward to working with Yijia on the release of his exciting debut album, Tango Embrace in October 2015. The disk is a collection of classic tango pieces by renowned Argentinian tango composer Astor Piazzolla and features contributions from six other accomplished musicians including Carl Smith, one of the original founders of the musical STOMP. Post-production was completed by mastering engineer Ray Staff, best known for his work with Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones and Muse.

Don’f forget to keep checking our blog and Twitter for updates as well as Yijia’s website.

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(Written on August 25, 2015 )

WildKat PR is very pleased to announce that we will be working with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra! This is an exciting time to be following the orchestra; they are due to play three times at the annual BBC Proms with their Artistic Partner and Norwegian pianist Leif Ove Andsnes. Together they will perform all five of Beethoven’s piano concertos, which will represent the end of their wider project ‘The Beethoven Journey’ which has spanned four years. This scheme also included the award-winning ‘Feel the Music’ project. It picks up on the subject of deafness, by which Beethoven was increasingly affected during his life. In various cities across Europe, the MCO is inviting children who are deaf or have a hearing disability into the world of the orchestra, to explore how music can be experienced with all of one’s senses.

Founded in 1997 by a group of young musicians with the support of Claudio Abbado, the Mahler Chamber Orchestra’s name reflects its roots in the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra. With 45 members spanning 20 countries, the MCO prides itself on working musically as a chamber orchestra in the spirit of their founding mentor Claudio Abbado characterized by tight ensemble playing among alert and independent musical personalities. Their core repertoire is in the Viennese Classical and Romantic periods, whilst also playing more contemporary works and world premieres. This summer, the MCO will perform the US Stage Premiere of George Benjamin’s Written On Skin at the Lincoln Center, New York, following their performance of the World Premiere at Aix-en-Provence in 2012.

With the BBC Proms and the stage premiere, summer 2015 is shaping up to be a busy time for the Orchestra. It will end with the MCO’s return to the Lucerne Festival with Daniele Gatti where it forms the core of the Lucerne Festival Orchestra every year. In September, ensemble will launch the Carl Nielsen portrait project at the Musikfest Berlin, a celebration of the composer in his 150th birthday year, with a performance of ‘Sinfonia Semplice.’

As well as working on the BBC Proms, we will also be working with MCO on a new brand and visual identity. Keep up to date with the orchestra, their news and key dates via their website and Facebook.

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The Mahler Chamber Orchestra. Photo: Deniz Saylan

(Written on April 30, 2015 )

Classical News

The Guardian

Disability and the arts: the best of times, the worst of times

Introducing a new series on disability arts, producer Jo Verrent looks at some of the key issues affecting disabled artists and organisations in the sector

The Strad

Students practise performance skills on virtual audience

The Royal College of Music, London and Conservatorio della Svizzera Italiana, Lugano have developed a performance simulator

Classical Music Magazine

Rhinegold TV launches, featuring Yuja Wang, Julian Lloyd Webber and more

Rhinegold Publishing has launched Rhinegold TV, which will host content from events including the Rhinegold LIVE concert series and Music Education Expo, as well as content from partner producers, at www.rhinegold.co.uk/tv/.

International Arts Manager

Five Avery Fisher Career Grants Awarded for 2015

Five new Avery Fisher Career Grants – the maximum number available in any one year – have been awarded to talented young and emerging musicians, all recognised by the Avery Fisher Artist Program board and committee as having ‘great potential for major careers in future’.

Classic FM

The new Star Wars soundtracks: everything we know so far

All the latest news about the new Star Wars soundtracks, as it happens: we’re expecting John Williams’ score for The Force Awakens in December 2015!

Süddeutsche Zeitung

Ah! und Oh! statt E und U

Beethoven, Blockbuster, Hip-Hop: Niemand kann Musik so gut erklären wie der Pianist Chilly Gonzales.

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MAURICE WEDER

Der Grundstein für seine internationale Karriere wurde beim seinem Rezital-Debüt in der Londoner Wigmore Hall im Jahr 2013 gelegt, seither sorgt Joseph-Maurice Weder bei Kritikern und Publikum für reges Aufsehen.

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Bach-Marathon in der Ukraine

Am vergangen Samstag, 21. März, feierte die ukrainische Stadt Lviv (Lemberg) Johann Sebastian Bachs 330. Geburtstag im Rahmen des weltweit veranstalteten Events ‘Bach in the Subways’.

Scala: 240.000 Euro jährlich für Alexander Pereira

Der Intendant der Mailänder Scala erhält gemäß seinem nun bis 2020 verlängerten Vertrag jährlich ein Gehalt von 240.000 Euro.

The New York Times

How David Geffen’s $100 Million Lincoln Center Gift Came Together

Barbara Walters never expected a role in the renaming of Avery Fisher Hall.

Le Monde

Une famille saisie par l’appel du zarb

Malgré les moustaches épaisses, le sourire se devine. Quant aux lunettes, elles ne cachent rien de la malice joueuse qui brille au fond des yeux.

Twitter

RSNO ‏@RSNO : What happens when you cross Beethoven & @johnsuchet1? Hear them both this weekend w/ the @RSNO http://www.rsno.org.uk/live/concert-listing/ …

Spitalfields Music ‏@SpitsMusic : Our Yr 3s wanted to run special storytelling sessions for early years classes: http://bit.ly/1zuWs6M  #SMTakeover

SM ‏@ISM_music : Don’t worry if you missed out on booking your ticket to #MakeMusicWork! We have an extra 20 tickets available: http://bit.ly/15CzVhv 

News 24th March Performance Simulator

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The new performance simulator at the Royal College of Music.

(Written on March 24, 2015 )