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We are very pleased to welcome two fantastic new clients, and welcome back another, as we begin the new year!

The Gstaad Menuhin Festival & Academy is now in its 61st iteration, and its outstanding programme will take place between 13th July and 1st September 2018. In 1957, Yehudi Menuhin moved with his young family to Gstaad, Switzerland, and was overwhelmed by the beauty and power of the bucolic Alpine village. After being asked by the then head of tourism for Gstaad, Paul Valentin, to support the summer tourist season with some concerts, Menuhin rang in the inaugural festival in the summer of  the following year. Two of the performers in those first concerts were Benjamin Britten and Peter Pears! The high-calibre bookings continue, and in 2018 the festival looks to welcome Jonas Kaufmann, Hélène Grimaud, Nigel Kennedy, Sol Gabetta and Juan Diego Flóres, among a stellar line-up of stars from the opera, choral and instrumental worlds. WildKat PR is delighted to be leading their press campaign again in 2018.

The eminent Italian pianist and composer Roberto Cacciapaglia has enjoyed a varied and successful career to date. He performs his own compositions in the most prestigious theatres and institutions all over the world, sharing his innovative and inspiring compositions. Roberto blends electronic experimental music with the classical tradition, and for many years has been researching the powers of sound. He founded the Educational Music Academy in 2013, giving a voice to young musical talents, composers, musicians and pianists by way of support and mentorship. Roberto recently released the 10th Anniversary edition of his QUARTO TEMPO album, which was mastered at London’s Abbey Road Studios.

© Roberto Cacciapaglia

Lithuanian composer Gediminas Gelgotas embodies a unique musical language built upon modern, multi-stylistic influences that with a dream that combines austere melodic beauty with a stunning rhythmic drive. Once praised by Terry Riley for his ‘unique and compositional voice’, he embarked on the journey to creating his own legacy with works showcased and premiered all across Europe, while establishing his own ensemble – the New Ideas Chamber Orchestra (NICO) – and working closely with Kristjan Järvi of the Baltic Youth Philharmonic along the way. Adopting a traditional work ethic, Gediminas proudly works with pen and paper across all his compositions. He grows, chases and explores an organic idea when it comes to mind and injects his own unique blend of pop and classical cultures. With many of his pieces already performed at a number of prestigious events, Gediminas’ work defies all genres and makes it accessible to a wide audience.

© Gediminas Gelgotas

“Having myself worked on the Gstaad Menuhin Festival press campaign in both 2015 and 2016, I am delighted to welcome the festival team to work with us again,” our London Director, Olivia Brown, comments. “They present an inspired programme, in a truly beautiful setting, year on year.

“I’m also very pleased to be expanding our roster of contemporary composers by welcoming Roberto and Gediminas. We look forward to introducing their music to UK and European audiences, reaching and expanding on the broadening new audience of contemporary classical music.”

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(Written on January 11, 2018 )

WildKat PR is pleased to welcome pianist Anika Vavic and flautist Katherine Bryan as new clients.

Pianist Anika Vavic made her performance debut at Vienna’s Konzerthaus in 2003, and as a result, was chosen for the 2003/04 season highly commended “Rising Stars” concert cycle, leading to further performances in some of the world’s most famous concert halls. Together with the Musikverein, the Österreichischer Rundfunk produced a CD of her recital program from the season; Anika’s first release. Her latest disc, featuring works by Beethoven, Schumann, Chopin and Prokofiev was released in 2010 to great acclaim.

Anika works regularly with orchestras such as the Mariinsky Orchestra, the Munich Philharmonic and the MDR Orchestra Leipzig, and performs at festivals such as the “White Nights” festival in St. Petersburg, the Istanbul Music Festival and Valery Gergiev’s Mikkelli Festival in Finland.

Her upcoming engagements include concerts with the Mariinsky Orchestra in July 2013, her debut performances with the London Philharmonic Orchestra at the BBC Proms and at the Enescu Festival in August 2013 and her return to the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra in March 2014.

Flautist Katherine Bryan studied at Chetham’s School of Music in Manchester and won a full scholarship to study at The Juilliard School in New York. She has been a prize-winner at the Young Concert Artists International Competition in New York and was a finalist in the BBC Young Musician of the Year Competition for three consecutive years.

As a soloist she has performed with many of the world’s finest orchestras and is currently in residence with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra. She has also performed as Guest Principal Flute with the Philharmonia, London Philharmonic, BBC Scottish, Scottish Chamber, Royal Philharmonic, Northern Sinfonia, Halle, London Symphony and Swedish Radio Symphony orchestras.

In addition to her performing, she is also a lecturer in flute at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

Following on from the success of her debut solo disc in 2010, which was nominated for an International Classical Music Award, Katherine is set to release a new recording of works by Rouse, Ibert, Martin and Debussy on 20th May 2013, when she will also perform at National Geographic, London. Katherine hopes this release will highlight the excitement and engagement of the flute as a solo instrument, as well as the great array of new repertoire available for flute players.

WildKat PR will be working with Anika and Katherine on their projects and press in the UK and across Europe.

Anika Vavic

Katherine Bryan

(Written on April 19, 2013 )

Have you ever wondered what really goes on off stage at the world’s leading opera houses? Christopher Gillett’s memoir Who’s My Bottom? paints a scurrilous and funny picture of the best and worst aspects of working in the world of opera. Revealing personal experiences of frustration, money worries and humiliation Christopher accounts daily life for a “jobbing singer”.

WildKat PR are very excited to be managing an international press campaign for Christopher and Who’s My Bottom?

[In case you were wondering, the title is a doff of the hat to Christopher’s somewhat signature role of Flute in Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream which he has performed over 100 times.]

You can buy Who’s My Bottom? from Amazon, or for mac users, it is also available as an iBook.

(Written on March 19, 2012 )

We are very excited to announce that Luca Pisaroni joins WildKat PR’s client roster for a European PR campaign. Luca will appear in the role of Argante at Glyndebourne Festival’s production of Handel’s Rinaldo, and as Leporello in a production of Don Giovanni at Festspielhaus Baden-Baden, where he will also record for Deutsche Grammophon.

Luca’s appearances at Glyndebourne as the seedy Leporello in last year’s production of Don Giovanni were highly acclaimed by press; and other recent engagements have included his debut at Houston Grand Opera in the role of Count Almaviva in Le Nozze di Figaro, and as the count’s nemesis, Figaro, in the same opera with San Francisco Opera, Opéra National de Paris and Wiener Staatsoper.

Luca is one of the most captivating singers of his generation, and we are looking forward to working with him during his upcoming European engagements.

Luca was born in Venezuela, raised in Italy and now lives in Austria with his wife and two dogs, Lenny and Tristan.

(Written on May 24, 2011 )