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Welcoming back pianist Dmitry Masleev

WildKat PR is delighted to welcome back pianist Dmitry Masleev, the triumphant winner of the International Tchaikovsky Competition (2015).

In 2016, WildKat had the opportunity to support Dmitry Masleev during his successful European tour, including a great debut with the Münchner Symphoniker in Munich and a remarkable appearance at the Klavierfestival Ruhr, which was followed by invitations from the Rheingau, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and Bad Kissingen festivals. Dmitry Masleev was called a pianist of “virtuoso brilliance” (The Financial Times), possessing “musicality of metaphysical proportions” (Neue Musikzeitung).

© 2017 Dmitry Masleev

© 2017 Dmitry Masleev

2017 began for Masleev with a highly anticipated Carnegie Hall début recital where he performed a “fiercely demanding” programme of Scarlatti, Beethoven, Prokofiev, Rachmaninoff, and Liszt, which cemented his reputation internationally as “one of the genuinely great pianists of his generation” (New York City Informer).

WildKat is very happy to support Dmitry Masleev for his next great debut: on March 11th Dmitry Masleev will perform Rachmaninoff’s Variations on the Theme of Paganini at the Konzerthaus Berlin with the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra and Robert Trevino. Keep checking the WildKat PR blog for updates!

© 2017 Dmitry Masleev

© 2017 Dmitry Masleev

(Written on February 28, 2017 )

WildKat PR is delighted to introduce our newest client Anneleen Lenaerts. The 28 year old Belgian harpist is making  a name for herself as one of the leading soloists on her instrument. Since December 2010, Anneleen has been the Principal Harpist of the Vienna Philharmonic. With her Album ‘Harp Concertos’, she presents a 2015 remastering of fellow Belgian composer, Joseph Jongen’s music. Anneleen has also released two other CDs, ‘Chopin&Liszt’ and a collaboration with oboist Karel Schoofs. She furthermore collaborated with last season’s raising star clarinetist Dionysis Grammenos.

From an early age she started winning an impressive array of prizes, namely 17 prizes between 1997 and 2009, of which the “Grand Prix International Lily Laskine” and the ARD International Music Competition in Munich are particularly outstanding. Since then, she has played in many high-profile venues all over the world, including Wigmore Hall in London and the Festspielhaus in Salzburg.

Whilst the romantic lyricism of these works is closely associated with the qualities of the harp, it is her virtuosity which gains particular attraction, thanks to Anneleen Lenaerts’ skill and articulation. Highly praised by critics, she is known for her impressive technical ability, her precise playing, variety of tone and excellent musical phrasing. This year she will be touring the USA as well as Germany, Austria and Belgium.

We are very much looking forward to working with Anneleen and to help her getting a bigger audience for her wonderful music. Keep checking the WildKat PR blog for updates and also WildKat PR blog for updates and also Anneleen’s website.

Anneleen Lenaerts

Anneleen Lenaerts

(Written on June 24, 2015 )

Classical News

The Telegraph

Keep Radio 3 distinct from Classic FM, BBC watchdog says

BBC Trust report says Radio 3 must make sure it is distinct from its rival Classic FM, after move to make it “accessible”

Guardian

Classical composers – and the pop stars who channel their moves

For Liszt, read Jimi Hendrix … for Wagner, Kanye West? Canadian MC and songwriter Chilly Gonzales – who learned his craft through classical piano – reflects on the crossover between the pop and orchestral worlds

Classic FM

2015 Edinburgh International Festival programme announced

Violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter and pianists Lang Lang and Yuja Wang are among the classical performers heading to Edinburgh this summer.

Sinfini

Music and the mob

The shady underworld of the New York mafia is the subject of a new ‘choral jazz drama’ to be premiered by the Crouch End Festival Chorus plus jazz singers and ensemble in April.

The Strad

Jacqueline du Pré performs Saint-Saëns’s Cello Concerto no.1

Rare footage of British cellist Jacqueline du Pré performing Saint-Saëns’s First Cello Concerto.

Der Tagesspiegel

Komische Oper stellt Jahresprogramm 2015/16 vor

Vielfalt und Verve

klassik.com

Einseitige Kritik an vorgelegtem Businessplan statt ausgewogener Diskussion

Grüne machen Stimmung gegen Bonner Beethoven-Festspielhaus

artsjournal

A (Female) Bach Scholar takes down the Anna-Magdalena-wrote-the-cello-suites theory for good

„I offer this analysis in the hope that it might help clarify some of the confusions and defuse some of the widely-felt frustrations.”

El país

Daniel Barenboim y Zubin Mehta quieren salvar Ibermúsica

La voz de alarma lanzada por Alfonso Aijón para salvar Ibermúsica, el ciclo sinfónico que dirige desde hace 45 años, ha causado efecto en el mundo de los intérpretes y creadores al más alto nivel.

Twitter

Sinfini Music@SinfiniMusic: Chopin. If you don’t know where to start, start here. http://www.sinfinimusic.com/uk/features/guides/composer-guides/top-10-musical-works-by-chopin …

Classic FM @ClassicFM: The celestial event of the century is now a classical quiz! Play it here: http://classfm.co/xFXA9Y  #SolarEclipse

Classical Music @ClassicalMusic_: Departing @NYPhil music director Alan Gilbert to give RPS lecture: ‘Orchestras in the 21st Century; A New Paradigm’ http://bit.ly/1I4cWtz

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Chilly Gonzales and the Kaiser Quartett. Photograph: Alexandre Isard/PR

(Written on March 20, 2015 )

Classical News

Guardian

A very brief guide to the world’s first ‘mindfulness opera’

Lost in Thought aims to ‘stretch the boundaries of what opera can be’, which seemingly includes ‘a yoga session’

Classical Music Magazine

Martyn Rose to step down from funding-hit ENO

The chairman of English National Opera, Martyn Rose, is expected to step down at a board meeting held today, reportedly because he believes that a full-time commitment is required to guide the organisation through its £5m drop in Arts Council England funding.

Classical Source

Alexander Shelley appointed as Principal Associate Conductor of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra is proud to announce the appointment of Alexander Shelley, “a conductor of superlative gifts”, as its new Principal Associate Conductor.

Sinfini

New piano unveiled in Budapest

A Hungarian pianist has unveiled a futuristic new piano of his own invention inspired by Liszt

International Arts Manager

BBC to feature Sir Simon Rattle at 60

BBC Two, BBC Four and BBC Radio 3 are set to mark the 60th birthday celebrations of famed conductor Sir Simon Rattle with a special series of programmes during January and February 2015.

Der Tagesspiegel

Ohne wär’s nur Provinz

Mecklenburg-Vorpommern spart seine Theater kaputt. Am Donnerstag will eine Demo in Neustrelitz die Politik aufrütteln.

Die Welt

Der Turbopianist und sein Nahkampfspray

Zu Turnschuhen, Füllern und Playstations hat der umjubelte Pianist Lang Lang schon “inspiriert”, jetzt war es Zeit für ein Parfum.

concerti

Wo der Meister einst durch die heiligen Hallen tobte

Der Zauber des Bachfests Leipzig liegt in der Einbeziehung der ganzen Stadt

pizzicato

Deutsche Orchester engagieren sich immer mehr für Kinder und Jugendliche

Zwei Prozent weniger Veranstaltungen insgesamt und eine zunehmende Zahl an Musikvermittlungskonzerten: Das sind die Eckwerte der Konzertstatistik, welche die Deutsche Orchestervereinigung (DOV) heute vorgestellt hat.

The Washington Post

Ward Swingle, musician who made Bach swing, dies at 87

Ward Swingle, who formed a singing group that reimagined Bach and Mozart with driving jazz rhythms and playfully scatlike vocals — and that put centuries-old classical masterworks on the pop charts alongside the Beatles — died Jan. 19 in Eastbourne, England.

Twitter

Royal College Music ‏@RCMLatest: Our @listenexp project with @OpenUniversity & @ahrcpress aims to build a database of personal listening experiences: http://bit.ly/1J79JtQ 

Help Musicians UK ‏@HelpMusiciansUK: Great to see physical music sales on the up, with HMV leading the way: http://bit.ly/1wlXZL7 

Classic FM @ClassicFM: In need of a boost? These are the happiest pieces of classical music. Fact. http://classfm.co/6isdBT 

 

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The ‘Bogányi’ piano. Photo: Sinfini

(Written on January 21, 2015 )

One of our most recent clients, internationally acclaimed pianist Vanessa Benelli Mosell, will be performing in Austria this week. Having recently returned from Russia, and previously Bangkok, Vanessa is currently enjoying a varied and busy schedule. Her commitments in Thailand and Russia included being a Jury member at the Steinway Piano Competition and hosting a Piano Masterclass at the Rostov Conservatory respectively.

Bringing her slightly closer to her home country of Italy, Vanessa’s first performance this month is tonight in Deutschlandsberg, as part of the Deutschlandberger Klavierfruhling where her programme will include Liszt’s Hungarian Rhapsodies no. 10 and 6, Cappricio all Turca, and Spanish Rhapsody. Also featured in this colourful programme are Chopin’s Ballade no. 4 and Stravinsky’s Petruska.

Following that performance, on the 21st of June, Vanessa will be performing as a debutant at the Liszt Festival, Raiding, a festival well known for accommodating passionate Liszt fans. Here, Vanessa will be performing a cross section of the piano works of Liszt alongside fellow pianists Eri Mantani and Susanna Kadzhoyen.

Vanessa Benelli Mosell at rehearsals in Deutschlandsberg

Vanessa Benelli Mosell at rehearsals in Deutschlandsberg

 

(Written on June 19, 2014 )

Tomorrow evening the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra begin a five-date tour of Heerlen, Leverkusen, Bruges, Rotterdam and Ludwigsburg with their Principal Conductor, Jonathan Nott.

The programme of the concerts in Heerlen, Bruges, Rotterdam and Ludwigsburg includes Richard Strauss’s Metamorphosen and Anton Bruckner’s Seventh Symphony in E Major. In Leverkusen the programme will see Strauss’s Metamorphosen replaced with Franz Liszt’s Danse Macabre for piano and orchestra as well as Ligeti’s Melodies for orchestra. Joining the orchestra for the Liszt is the outstanding young pianist, Alexander Krichel.

The Bamberg Symphony, which was founded in 1946, has always been known for its extensive international touring and has given more than 6,500 concerts in 60 countries and over 500 cities as Cultural Ambassador for Bavaria. This tour continues this outstanding tradition. Last New Year’s Eve the orchestra received an invitation to Beijing, giving a celebrated and televised concert in the Great Hall of the People. Throughout 2014 the orchestra will continue to share the unique “Bamberg Sound” around the world.

Watch a recent video about the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra’s New Year’s Eve concerts in Beijing and Bamberg here:

(Written on March 19, 2014 )

Luxembourgian pianist Jean Miller’s new album Transcendence was released today.

Transcendence continues in the spirit of Chopin Recital, Muller’s 2013 album which received numerous awards including Gramophone’s ‘Critc Choice Award’ and Deutschlandradio Kultur’s ‘CD of the week.’ Muller has long been fascinated by Franz Liszt and Transcendence communicates the composer’s work in all its facets. For Muller, who has recorded the famous Piano Sonata in B Minor twice, as well as numerous other Liszt pieces, Transcendence represents the culmination of 20 years of studying and performing Liszt’s music.

In addition to his perfect mastery of technique, Muller develops an interpretation full of intensity and drama. The mixture of authenticity and originality makes the listener almost believe that Liszt himself is playing the piano. A particular highlight is Muller’s version of the Mephisto Waltz’ No. 1, performed in memoriam of the legendary American pianist Vladimir Horowitz, who died 25 years ago.

Transcendence is now available on iTunes. For more information, see Jean Muller’s official website.

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(Written on February 24, 2014 )

WildKat PR is delighted to welcome pianist Jean Muller to its client roster.

Jean Muller is an internationally established pianist with extraordinary artistic genuineness. Born in Luxembourg in 1979, he was only six when he took his first piano lessons with Marie- José Hengesch at the Conservatoire de Luxembourg. Jean Muller has been awarded twelve first prizes at international competitions, the most recent one in 2013 as ‘Export Artist of the Year 2013’ by Music:LX. He has also performed on several occasions during state visits of Their Royal Highnesses Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria-Teresa of Luxembourg. In 2007 the Grand Duke of Luxembourg made him Chevalier de l’Ordre de Mérite Civil et Militaire d’Adolphe de Nassau.

Jean has given over 300 concerts in Europe, Asia and the U.S.A. at major concert halls such as the Megaron in Athens, the NCPA in Beijing, the Konzerthaus Berlin, the Alte Oper Frankfurt, the Kings Place London, the Luxembourg Philharmonie, the Carnegie Hall in New York, the Salle Cortot in Paris and the Musikverein in Vienna. He has been featured on numerous radio stations including BBC Radio 3, DeutschlandRadio Kultur, Bayern 4, France Musique, Radio Canada, Musique 3 and others.

During 2013, Jean Muller presented his new CD “Chopin Recital” during a worldwide tour. WildKat PR will be working with Jean to launch the 2014 project ‘Transcendence’ with a global tour as well as the release of a CD. He is scheduled to perform in Luxembourg, Paris, Frankfurt, Berlin, New York and completing the tour in London. 

The ‘Transcendence’-album, which includes the complete set of Liszt’s Transcendental Etudes and the Mephisto Waltz No. 1 in the dazzling version of Vladimir Horowitz, will be released in March 2014. Besides his tour he will be playing in the opening concert at Classical:NEXT in Vienna in May, as well as performing for the 6th time during an official state visit of the Grand Duke of Luxembourg, this time in Poland.

 

(Written on February 6, 2014 )

BBC News

The Halle orchestra get creative to make music pay

The Halle orchestra is taking a leaf out of celebrity choirmaster Gareth Malone’s book and holding its first corporate choir competition

Classic FM Online

Jake Bugg cites Beethoven as influence

Black Sabbath, Biggie Smalls and Beethoven are among the singer-songwriter’s influences – and he’s a Classic FM listener too

CTV News

A Spanish court has acquitted a 28-year-old concert pianist on charges of causing noise pollution and psychological damage to a neighbour

Daily Mail

Is this the world’s most blinged-up band? Electric violin group FUSE debut $2m dollar designer gold violins

They previously worked with Swarovski Crystal to create the world’s first ever crystal violins worth a staggering $1.5 million dollars. And now Linzi Stoppard and her electric violin band FUSE have raised the bar even higher with a collaboration with the esteemed jewellery designer Theo Fennell.

DW

Classical music for the YouTube generation

Pianist Valentina Lisitsa’s success story is unusual in the world of classical music; her online videos featuring works by Chopin, Liszt and Rachmaninov have attracted clicks in the millions. DW examines the phenomenon.

neue musikzeitung

Schöne polierte Klänge sind zu wenig

Ein Gespräch mit der Geigerin Patricia Kopatchinskaja

Classic FM Online

Classic FM Online

(Written on November 28, 2013 )

The Guardian

Thom Yorke blasts Spotify on Twitter as he pulls his music

Radiohead star says ‘new artists get paid fuck all’ on streaming service, as producer Nigel Godrich adds ‘it’s bad for new music’

Interview: Salvatore Sciarrino – ‘My problem is I want to change the world’

His stage works are performed and acclaimed throughout Europe, but this week’s Buxton opera festival production is a UK first. Salvatore Sciarrino talks to Andrew Clements about how, and why, he composes

The Times

Danielle de Niese: lady of the manor

When the soprano Danielle de Niese goes home after a performance at Glyndebourne she doesn’t have far to go, says Neil Fisher

The Telegraph

A new app gives fresh insight into the music of Liszt

A new app from Touch Press describes Liszt’s great B minor sonata as we actually hear it, not as we ought to hear it. It’s a triumph, says Ivan Hewett.

The Independent

Proms 2013: Jewish conductor Daniel Barenboim defends performance of anti-Semitic Wagner’s Ring cycle

‘It is Wagner’s greatest misfortune that he became Hitler’s favourite composer’, says Israeli conductor

Gramophone

Sir John Eliot Gardiner named president of the Bach Archive, Leipzig

The leading conductor brings expertise and an international reputation to the role

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung 

Seine erste Liebe war doch die Laute

Sowohl Gitarre als auch Laute beherrscht der Brite Julian Bream meisterlich. Der Virtuose mit seiner ausgefeilten Klanglichkeit wird achtzig Jahre alt.

Music Week

Spotify hires former iTunes PR Jason Roth

Former iTunes PR Jason Roth has been named communications director for Spotify US.

Universal Music to launch crowd-funded vinyl re-release service

Universal Music is to launch a service to re-print limited editions of vinyl records that are out of print.

International Cassette Store Day to take place in September

The first-ever International Cassette Store Day will take place in September with events in London, Los Angeles, New York and Tokyo, plus other cities across the globe.

Touch Press Liszt App

 

The Telegraph

(Written on July 16, 2013 )