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WildKat PR is delighted to welcome award-winning composer Douglas Knehans to our roster of artists.

Image: Douglas Knehans © Tina Gutierrez Photography

 

Knehans’ music is about immediacy, drama, power, playfulness, architecture, harmonic structure, melodic expressiveness and more importantly depth and dimension. His music is about both love and life and a number of important critics see it that way too when they say his music “… tells an exciting story, ever- intensifying in color, thematic ideas, texture and tempo.” (The Washington Post)

His latest release Unfinished Earth is inspired by the relationship between nature and mankind. The disc features two works – “Tempest” and “Unfinished Earth” – represent contrasting views of how the external metaphors of wind and earth reflect more intimate internal worlds of the human heart and mind. The release is brought to life by the Brno Philharmonic Orchestra, conductor Mikel Toms, and features soloists Gareth Davies, Principal Flautist of London Symphony Orchestra.” 

Knehans’ works have been released on various record labels which earned him numerous commissions, awards and fellowships in Australia and the United States from the Victorian Council, MacDowell Colony and Leighton Artist Colony. He has also worked with leading ensembles including the Canberra Symphony Orchestra, the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, and soloists like soprano Merlyn Quaife throughout his career. Once hailed by Fanfare Magazine for his “incisive, hauntingly beautiful recordings”, it’s no wonder that Knehans has garnered the attention and warm appreciation of audiences and performers around the globe.

We’re excited to be running a UK press campaign for the release of Knehans’ new release Unfinished Earth. The recording will be available to stream on NAXOS MUSIC LIBRARY and purchase on Ablaze Records from 6 April 2018. 

(Written on January 30, 2018 )

The Telegraph

Classical music, funny? Surely you’re joking…

Ivan Hewett explains how classical music often contains more wit and humour than we give it credit for.

The Guardian

The story behind the posthumous premiere of Górecki’s Fourth Symphony

Henryk Górecki’s third symphony is one of the best-selling classical music pieces of all time – although critics initially hated it. His fourth, completed by his son after the composer’s death in 2010, will premiere this weekend.

Classic FM Online

‘Higher standards’ for arts A-levels and GCSEs announced

Music, drama, art & design and dance qualifications in the UK are to be reformed alongside P.E., religious studies, and technology, Education Secretary Michael Gove announced today.

Classical Music Magazine

ENO appoints new executive director

English National Opera has appointed Henriette Götz as its new executive director, replacing Loretta Tomasi who left the company as CEO at the end of 2013.

ATV today

Huw Humphreys appointed Head Of Music at The Barbican

Humphreys leaves eight years as the Director of Artistic Planning at the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra to become head of music at the Barbican.

Star Tribune

Minnesota Orchestra’s Symphony Ball will skip a year after co-chairs resign

The Minnesota Orchestra’s main fundraising gala, September’s Symphony Ball, has been cancelled. The co-chairs of the event resigned last week, saying in a letter to board chair Gordon Sprenger that the current climate at the orchestra did not lend itself to celebration.

Die Welt 

Wenn die Elefanten der Oper losgelassen werden

An keinem Wochenende ballt sich die Musiktheaterproduktion wie an dem vor Ostern. Ein gnadenloses Festspielen ist zwischen Berlin und Salzburg im Gang. In der Provinz gehen derweil die Lichter aus.
Classical Music on Twitter

Britten Official: @BrittenOfficial @ETOpera wins the 2014 Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in Opera, for King Priam and Paul Bunyan. Clip at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xTx5xAt_zjU

Making Music UK: @MakingMusic_UK Learn about marketing events, PRS, governance, stage fright, touring at our May conference. http://ow.ly/vKP5v #getonwithmakingmusic

Sam Jackson: @classicjacko Thrilled to announce a new @classicfm series: The 50 Moments That Rocked the Classical Music World with @TheAlexJames http://www.classicfm.com/radio/shows/50-moments-rocked-classical-music/

José Luis Núñez: @jota_ele_ene Tomorrow ends THE LANG LANG CHALLENGE to find the best classical music app Apply at http://langlang.wayra.org  and win the $30K price cc/ @Wayra

The Strad: @TheStradMag ‘A student came to her first class in a tight, red, glittering dress and high heels’: teaching #violin in South Korea http://bit.ly/1er4OsR 

 

The Telegraph

The Telegraph

 

(Written on April 14, 2014 )

Gramophone

Alexandre Bloch wins 2012 Donatella Flick-LSO Conducting Competition

Young French conductor receives £15,000 and a one-year assistant conductor position with the LSO

Classic FM

Bryn Terfel to perform with Melbourne Symphony Orchestra

Welsh singer Bryn Terfel will perform with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra next year as part of a gala concert.

Peter Maxwell Davies prepares musical retort to Olympics

The Master of the Queen’s Music, Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, has disclosed details of his new work, which is a reaction to the “jingoistic” tone of the Olympic Games.

Rhinegold

CM to host online debate with Artistworks Classical Campus

Classical Music is partnering with US education company Artistworks for the launch of the Artistworks Classical Campus, and the magazine’s deputy editor, Kimon Daltas, will be hosting an online debate on classical music education and technology this evening at 9pm UK time.

The Independent

Does anyone like modern classical music?

There is to be a year-long festival of contemporary music at London’s Southbank Centre, but will the public go?

The New Yorker

The Case for Wagner in Israel

It was only a matter of time: Richard Wagner, the most volcanically controversial figure in the history of music, has inserted himself into the 2012 Presidential election.

Minnesota Public Radio (found on All Top)

Locked-out Minn Orch musicians take cause to streets

The Minnesota Orchestra has cancelled all its concerts through Thanksgiving, after management locked out musicians as their contract expired and the two sides could not agree on a new one.

The Strad

Female maker takes Triennale gold

Ulrike Dederer viola wins in a first for Cremona competition

Minnesota Public Radio

(Written on October 2, 2012 )

The Telegraph

Beecham’s noise is always a sheer pleasure to hear

For sheer pleasure, the great English conductor Sir Thomas Beecham often strikes Charles Spencer as unbeatable.

The Guardian

A guide to Arvo Pärt’s music

The deeply spiritual composer who found his own musical language with a love of every note at its heart.

London Philharmonic Orchestra to perform live at the Royal Academy

The first symphonic concert to take place in the Royal Academy of Arts’ courtyard will be live-streamed at the Guardian.

Arts Journal – Slipped Disc

BBC decides to keep all its orchestras and performing groups

The nervously-awaited BBC review of its orchestras and performing groups landed today and the outcome is much better than some feared.

Some eye-popping statistics from the BBC orchestras report

Try this for size: the average annual spend of a BBC orchestra is £6.1 million, compared to £9.7 million for independent orchestras funded by the Arts Council.

A Venezuelan is rising Down Under

The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra has just announced Diego Matheuz as its principal guest conductor, starting alongside the new music director, Andrew Davis.

Classical Music Magazine

Musicians named in Queen’s Birthday Honours

The Queen’s Birthday Honours list has been announced, with opera director David McVicar awarded a knighthood and CBEs going to composer Michael Berkeley and Harry Christophers.

LA Times

Bill Cosby bids a fond farewell to hosting Playboy Jazz Festival

Bill Cosby wraps up his final Playboy Jazz Festival as emcee, saying it’s time for someone with ‘a newer voice’. Attendees say they’ll miss him.

Gramophone

Sir Andrew Davis appointed Melbourne Symphony Orchestra chief conductor

Sir Andrew takes up the position for four years, starting in January 2013.

 

(Written on June 19, 2012 )