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In today’s news: Cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason is one of the brightest young stars in classical music; Leeds International Piano announces 68 pianists for the first round of the competition, Virtual Reality and the future of music. Also, musicians, music therapists and neuroscientists uncover music’s healing power, Klassik Radio launches streaming service „Klassik Radio Select“ and Maria João Pires announces her retirement from public performance and touring.

The Telegraph

Sheku Kanneh-Mason performs The Swan from his debut album Inspiration

Cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason is without a doubt one of the brightest young stars in classical music. And since making history by becoming the first black winner in the 38 years of the BBC Young Musician, in 2016, Kanneh-Mason has been on a whirlwind adventure.

Opera Now

Wexford Festival Opera confirms 2018 programme

Artistic director David Agler has confirmed the repertoire for the main evening operas for the 67th Wexford Festival Opera in 2018.

International Piano

Leeds Piano competitors announced

Sixty-eight pianists have been selected for the first round of the 2018 Leeds International Piano Competition – eight more than originally planned, due to the ‘extraordinarily high quality of applicants’.


Is Secretive Virtual Reality Startup Magic Leap Dreaming Up the Future of Music?

A first look at the billion-dollar company’s potentially game-changing collaboration with Sigur Rós.

ABC News

Scientists tune into brain to uncover music’s healing power

The National Institute of Health is bringing together musicians, music therapists and neuroscientists to tap into the brain’s circuitry and figure out how.

Klassik Heute

Klassik Radio startet neuen Musik-Streaming-Dienst „Klassik Radio Select“

Deutschlands meistverbreitetes Privatradio Klassik Radio gab gestern den Startschuss für seinen Musik-Streaming-Dienst „Klassik Radio Select“. 


Vorerst keine Theaterfusion in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern

Die vorbereitete Theaterfusion, die planmäßig ab Anfang 2018 mehrere Bühnen im Nordosten Mecklenburg-Vorpommerns unter einem Dach vereinen sollte, ist vorerst vom Tisch.


Pianist Igor Levit erhält Beethoven-Ring

In einer Abstimmung haben die Mitglieder der Vereinigung ‘Bürger für Beethoven’ den Pianisten Igor Levit zum Träger des Beethoven-Rings 2017 gewählt.

france musique

Musique et handicap : “Donner accès à l’art pour tous, c’est permettre le développement d’un patrimoine culturel.”

Quelles aides techniques et humaines apporte-t’on aux personnes en situation de handicap souhaitant suivre une formation musicale, voir un spectacle, ou s’engager professionnellement dans la musique ? 

platea magazine

Maria Joao Pires confirma su retirada definitiva de los escenarios en 2018 

Lo que hasta la fecha era un rumor a voces es ya algo confirmado: su agencia de representación ha confirmado que la pianista portuguesa Maria Joao Pires abandona los escenarios de forma definitiva en 2018.


 Orpheus Chamber Music Competition kürt ihre Gewinner

Image: Sheku Kanneh-Mason © The Telegraph/Lars Borges

(Written on December 19, 2017 )

WildKat PR is delighted to welcome Eddy Grossenstein to its artist’s roster.

Harpsichordist Eddy Grossenstein is a prolific performer in Europe and has also played in America and Japan. Eddy was born in Brazil, but has routes in the eponymous ‘Grossenstein Village’ near Leipzig, Germany. As a child in Brazil, Eddy played for renowned pianist Magda Tagliaferro, a close friend of Poulenc, Ravel and many other important composers, who continues to have a profound influence on his performance style.

Eddy studied to Masters level at the Chopin Conservatory in Warsaw. As well as Tagliaferro, he has enjoyed having contact with notable pianists such as Edith Farnadi, Maria Joao Pires, Alicia de Larrocha and the renowned Polish composer Witold Lutoslawski, which have also helped shape his musicality. As well as an impressive performance career, with highlights including playing for the Princess Cristina of Spain, Eddy’s recordings with Campion and Romeo Records have been released in twenty-three countries.

When he is not playing the harpsichord, Eddy is a pianist, conductor and composer. He has written music for pop artists, musical comedies and the circus. He also founded and conducted his string groups, the “Grossenstein Ensemble” and the “Sinfonietta de Madrid.”

This year, Eddy is bringing his performing talents to the UK; WildKat PR will be working with him to promote a series of specialist harpsichord recitals in beautiful historic venues across England and Scotland.

To find out more about Eddy or to get concert tickets, please see his website.

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(Written on February 12, 2014 )

Classic FM Online

Barenboim to conduct Abbado tribute at La Scala

Daniel Barenboim, the current music director of La Scala, will lead the Milan opera house’s orchestra in a tribute to former La Scala director Claudio Abbado, who died on Monday.

The Guardian

Daniel Barenboim returns: Southbank Centre launches 2014-15 classical season

With 20 new commissions, a percussion festival and performers including Barenboim, Gustavo Dudamel, Simon Rattle and Maria João Pires, the commitment to contemporary music is core.

BBC News

Canterbury cathedral’s first girls’ choir to make debut

For nearly 1000 years the only voices heard singing in Canterbury Cathedral’s choirs were male – but that will all change when the cathedral’s first girls’ choir makes its debut this weekend.
New York Times

Where a Storied Classical Label Embraces Rockers

Deutsche Grammophon, once the most staid of the world’s classical music labels, is releasing “St. Carolyn by the Sea,” a collection of works by Bryce Dessner, best known as a guitarist in the National, and Jonny Greenwood, the lead guitarist in Radiohead. The album, recorded by the Copenhagen Philharmonic, led by André de Ridder, is due out March 3.

The Independent

With most lyric theatres in Italy unable to pay bills or wages, the financial crisis afflicting the birth place of the art form appears more serious than ever – and is prompting those involved in opera to call for a rethink on how its theatres are funded and operated.

A look at the homes of classical stars

BBC News

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(Written on January 24, 2014 )


Carol Ann Duffy writes poem for Royal Philharmonic Society’s bicentenary

Poet laureate celebrates 200 years of the society that commissioned Beethoven’s 9th with ode titled Philharmonic.

Gig and theatre tickets still subject to ‘hidden charges’

Fees and charges added to the cost of theatre and concert tickets are often “hidden and unclear”, with even those imposed by authorised agencies adding as much as 38% to the price, according to consumer organisation Which?.

Classic FM Online

Youth orchestra removed from shopping centre over noise complaints

The Robin Hood Youth Orchestra were told to leave a shopping centre in Nottingham after customers complained that their Christmas concert was too loud. The orchestra were booked to play from 10am – 1pm, but were asked to leave the Victoria Centre at around 11am.


Pianist Maria João Pires signs to Onyx Classics

The Portuguese pianist Maria João Pires has entered into an agreement with Onyx Classics and her first release will be of Beethoven’s Piano Concertos Nos 3 and 4.


Fishwives Choir: For those in peril on the sea

When Jane Dolby’s husband died in a storm, the friendship of other fishermen’s wives was her lifeline. Together, they formed the Fishwives Choir – and found themselves in the running for the Christmas No 1.


‘Poor but sexy’ Berlin is a cultural magnet

‘Poor but sexy’ – a dig at Munich’s rich but staid image. With three opera companies, eight orchestras, 17 subsidised theatres and some of the best museums in Europe, Richard Morrison dubs Berlin a ‘cultural feast.’

Die Zeit

Hat die Hexe ausgedient?

Der Kampf ums Kind tobt in den Musiktheatern. Acht neue Opern für die Jüngsten werden allein derzeit uraufgeführt.








(Written on December 17, 2013 )

The Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel in Belgium has confirmed the development of a new multi-million pound building, which will be a literal backdrop to their original Art Deco building. Designed by architects Olivier Bastin, Sébastien Cruyt and landscape architect Jean Noël Capart, the new development will include:

–  State of the art concert hall with acoustics built to the level of an international hall

–  Artist’s global village

–  20 residential studios for students, each with its own grand piano sleeping platform

–  2 additional music studios

–  Re-development of the park

An international press conference is currently being held at the Chapel to discuss details of the building and what it means for the future of music in Belgium.

The Chapel has a unique approach to music education. As one of the first to have a residential programme for its students, having started 75 years ago, they also have an impressive array of artists in residence including Maria João Pires, Gary Hoffman, Augustin Dumay and the Artemis Quartet, and even offer their students recording contracts and career integration into their studies.

The Chapel currently hosts 46 young artists from all over the world, from Belgium to Latin America via the United States, Australia, Japan, China, South Korea, Russia and many European countries. The brand new building will ensure that the chapel will continue to be a unique hub for musical life and creativity in Europe.


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International Piano, September/October 2013 Edition


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More radio and news links coming soon, stay tuned…

(Written on October 9, 2013 )

In the Observer yesterday, Vanessa Thorpe highlighted the apparent sexism in the arts, stating that is it “the norm” in the UK for men to fill the top positions in artistic and cultural institutions. The original article cites a few influential and inspirational women, including Director of the British Film Institute, Amanda Neville, and Random House’s Chief Executive Gail Rebuck, but we wanted to share a few of our female inspirations, and ask you to tell us yours!


Jude Kelly – Artistic Director, Southbank Centre

Jude Kelly is one of the few women in a top position in her field, and encourages and advises other women to get involved and persevere in arts through initiatives such as the Women of the World Festival, She also strives, and succeeds, in introducing and welcoming new audiences to experience classical music through extensive series events, whilst keeping the regular crowds interested and pleasantly surprised.


Sarah Derbyshire – Managing Director, National Children’s Orchestra

Sarah, who has previously spearheaded projects like Live Music Now, is kind, funny, creative and ambitious, all at the same time. Liked and admired by colleagues and industry, she is a real inspiration to other women.


Margaret Atwood – Poet, Novellist, Literary Critic, Essayist and Environmental Activist

Margaret Atwood writes with an amazingly wide perspective, which resists the traditional view of women. She is also an exquisite satirist and wit.

>Margaret Atwood has   extolled the virtues of the   social media site, Wattpad.

Maria João Pires – Pianist

Maria has a phenomenal talent and her performances are always timeless. Not only was she performing Mozart publicly at the age of 7, but she is still in demand for performances and recordings sixty years later. Off the concert stage, Maria’s focus on charity is worth celebrating – she runs outreach programmes around the world.


Clara Schumann – Pianist and Composer

Clara Schumann is perhaps an obvious choice for an iconic, influential women in music, but her work – which spanned more than six decades – changed the public’s tastes and appreciation of music. She was also one of the first pianists to perform from memory, something which her reviewers noted as being particularly extraordinary!


Doon Mackichan – Comedienne and Actor

Doon Mackichan is a brilliant comic performer and writer. She is darkly witty and has worked on some of the most popular comedy of recent times, which are often male-dominated: Alan Partridge, The Day Today, Nathan Barley and Brass Eye, as well as one third of the triumvirate performing in the female sketch show Smack the Pony.


Dame Kiri Te Kanawa – Opera Singer and Mentor

Dame Kiri Te Kanawa is an inspiration and highly successful musician, who in 2004 founded the Kiri Te Kanawa Foundation and is committed to mentoring young singers through mentoring, financial aid and advice.



(Written on March 25, 2013 )

Tonight Augustin Dumay is performing at the Theatre des Champs-Elysees in Paris. He is launching his new disc Franck and Strauss Violin Sonatas with a performance with pianist Louis Lortie. This new release is part of an extensive catalogue of recordings, as both a violinist and conductor, which Augustin will release over the next few years with Onyx. Highlights of his upcoming recording schedule include Bartok’s 2nd Violin Concerto with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra and Kent Nagano, Mozart’s Great Sonatas with Maria João Pires and Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto in E minor with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra which he will also perform at Carnegie Hall in New York.

For more information on tonight’s concert, visit Augustin Dumay’s website here.


(Written on February 22, 2013 )

With an extensive programme of events happening at the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel in the past month, the young musicians have spent a lot of their time in various rehearsals. Here is a sneak peek behind the scenes of one of the most prestigious music institutions in Europe.

The most outstanding event was the Gala Concert on 17th January at the Bozar. Talented pianist Pavel Kolesnikov, sopranos Diana Gouglin and Anneke Luyten, mezzo-soprano Kinga Borowska, along with tenors Yu Shao and Giovanni Tristacci, and bassist Charles Dekeyser are all highly talented artists from the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel. They were joined on stage by on the Music Chapel’s Master in Residence and celebrated cellist Gary Hoffman, as well as British conductor Christopher Warren-Green. The professional exposure which the young musicians receive prepares them for successful careers as international performers. Through their lessons with the Masters in Residence, such as pianists Maria João Pires, Abdel Rahman El Bacha and violinist Augustin Dumay, the young artists are exposed to first hand experience and guidance. In relation to the young musicians’ performance at the Gala Concert, Klassik Magazine writes that they ‘just excelled themselves and made the music compelling’. The National Orchestra of Belgium and the Octopus Symphonic Choir also joined the young musicians at the Gala Concert. Watch a short video from the rehearsals on the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel Facebook.

Another fantastic event this season was the collaborative concert between the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel and Members of the Academy of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. This partnership provides the young musicians with extensive professional experience, allowing them an insight and experience into a professional artistic career. In addition, the Royal Concertgebouw Academy offers the young musicians specialist guest masterclasses, most recently led by violinist Liviu Prunaru. Take a look at some of the photos taken during rehearsals for the concert.

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Keep up to date with the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel through their new Facebook, Twitter and from regular updates form the WildKat blog.

(Written on February 20, 2013 )

This week, Jessica Duchen publishes the first part of her extended interview with Augustin Dumay. In it, Dumay discusses his career as both a solo violinist and conductor as well as his new CD; Camille Saint-Saëns: La muse et la poete, Concerto No. 1, Symphony No. 1. He also discusses his collaboration with Maria João Pires:

“immediately it was something extraordinary.”

Read the whole interview here. Look out for part 2 of Augustin Dumay’s interview next Monday.

(Written on August 22, 2012 )

WildKat PR is delighted to welcome world-famous violinist and conductor Augustin Dumay to its client roster. Dumay is Musical Director of the Orchestre Royal de Chambre de Wallonie and Musical Director of the Kansai Philharmonic Orchestra in Osaka. This summer, he will be performing with the Orchestre Royal de Chambre de Wallonie and Maria João Pires, as well as a series of concerts with l’Orchestre de la Francophonie and Louis Lortie. WildKat PR will be managing a European-wide campaign covering Dumay’s latest CD release with Onyx Classics; Saint-Saëns: Symphony No.1, Concertos.

For more information please visit Augustin’s website here.

(Written on May 24, 2012 )