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Guardian

Wolfgang Rihm wins the Grawemeyer

$100,000 composing award honours the prolific 62-year-old musician

Classic FM

Alfie Boe to star in orchestral version of The Who’s Quadrophenia

Who guitarist Pete Townshend has announced that an orchestral version of his band’s seminal concept album Quadrophenia will be released, named Classic Quadrophenia, with tenor Alfie Boe taking the lead role.

Classical Music Magazine

British Composer Awards announced with nine going to first-timers ‒ and five to women

The British Composer Awards were announced last night in a ceremony at Goldsmiths’ Hall.

BBC Music Magazine

Exultate Singers perform our exclusive carol

Listen to the Bristol-based choir’s version of Thomas Hewitt Jones’s ‘Lullay, my liking’

The Strad

Double bassist and composer Alvin Brehm has died aged 89

The New York-born musician led an active career as a player, teacher, composer and administrator

Berliner Zeitung

Fête de la Musique bis 2017 gerettet

Seit die GEMA höhere Gebühren von den Organisatoren verlangte, stand die Finanzierung auf der Kippe.

Klassik.com

Grawemeyer Award 2015 geht an Wolfgang Rihm

Auszeichnung ist mit rund 80.000 Euro dotiert

Klavier.de

Ji-Yeong Mun gewinnt Genfer-Klavierwettbewerb

Südkoreanische Pianistin erhält Preisgeld von 20.000 Schweizer Franken

The New York Times

Another Opera Crisis Is Averted in Italy

Gianandrea Noseda Is to Stay at Teatro Regio in Turin

El Mundo

Cuando España descubrió el piano

El Museo del Real Conservatorio Superior de Música de Madrid ha hecho un hueco en sus salas para albergar una exposición peculiar que recorre la historia del piano en España, y en particular los 200 años de los ‘castizos’ pianos Hazen.

Twitter

Sinfini Music ‏@SinfiniMusic: ★★★★☆ Love string quartets? Want to hear something new? Meet @Brooklyn_Rider @MercClassics http://bit.ly/1tLDGFI 

Classic FM @ClassicFM: Is there equality in US orchestras? These are revealing graphics: http://classfm.co/e2XCIG 

IntArtsManager @IntArtsManager: Concours de Genève has awarded the CHF20,000 first prize in its piano discipline to 18-year-old Ji-Yeong Mun http://bit.ly/1zPgMSp

jpmaestro-master675Gianandrea Noseda, music director of Teatro Regio in Turin, Italy, at this summer’s Mostly Mozart Festival at Lincoln Center. He had threatened to leave his company unless changes were made. Photo: Ruby Washington/The New York Times

 

(Written on December 3, 2014 )

What an incredibly busy month we have had in the WildKat PR offices this past month. As the countdown to Christmas begins earlier and earlier each year, so does the classical industry’s busiest period before the candlelit concerts and masses of Messiahs begin to take over.

Kennedy Center-Washington

At the beginning of the month, the London office waved off a few of the team as they joined the New York office for China’s NCPA Orchestra on their debut North America and Canada tour. Beginning in Chicago at the Symphony Center, the team guided the Orchestra to Washington’s Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall in New York and the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia, before jet-setting off to Canada visiting Ottawa, Toronto and finally Montreal. WildKat managed the marketing of the tour through our classical music specialist in-house design company Classical Music Design, who produced everything from flyers to posters, print adverts to animated adverts online. We also hosted a reception for the New York concert, welcoming  some of New York’s most prestigious industry members.

Verizon Hall, Philadelphia

The London Account Managers also caught up with John Brancy whilst in New York to talk about his European campaign ahead of next year, as he was performing in two concerts, with the New York Festival of Song at Kaufman Center in New York and the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston.

Back in London we’ve been traveling between North West and South West London for Hampstead Arts Festival and Wimbledon International Music Festival respectively. Hampstead Arts Festival launched with a personal debut from Natalie Clein who performed the first of two concerts where she performed all six of Bach’s Cello Suites. Wimbledon International Music Festival began just a few days later with the Academy Choir & Baroque Players who performed in vocal and choral masterpieces of War and Peace – the theme for the Festival. Both Festivals ran throughout November and were incredibly successful, with numerous events selling out!

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We also attended the launch of Orpheus Sinfonia‘s new #BeneathTheScore, where audiences were treated to anecdotes, letters and relatively unknown facts about Beethoven and his symphonies. The first concert Revolution: The Beethoven Effect was a huge success. Keep an eye out for our audience reaction video blog, coming soon! Meanwhile the Berkeley Ensemble’s composition prize semi-final took place at one of our favourite venues, The Forge. The final will take place on 10th December 2014 – find out more here. There was also a great talk that a few of us attended, hosted by the wonderful YPIA team. Guardian Culture Professionals Network’s Matt Caines led the discussion “from Intern to CEO” with V&A Director Prof. Martin Roth and Royal Opera House’s CEO Alex Beard. This was a truly interesting and insightful event, and great to catch up with lots of familiar faces.

Over in Berlin, the WildKat team moved offices and are now settled in Prenzlauer Berg. Drop in and say hi if you’re in the area! The team also attended some really great events including the first PODIUM Festival concert at one of Berlin’s most cutting-edge classical music venues, the Radialsystem V at the River Spree. The concert was fittingly called ‘Radium’ and featured light-shows and 360° surround-sound performances. Our WildKat clients were also very busy this month with the Managing Director of Bamberg Symphony Marcus R. Axt interviewed on the German BR TV channel for the show alpha-Forum to discuss the new season 2014/15, new ideas like their encore! project and much more. Our new client Konzertdirektion Prof. Victor Hohenfels organised a great and sold out concert with horn soloist Radek Baborák in the Berlin Philharmonie. Another exciting opportunity for soprano Caroline MacPhie who, after the success of her album launch in London, moved to Berlin and auditioned for a few management companies, one accompanied by Carolin – a great new experience for both.

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Also, lots of congratulations and cake this month as we’ve had lots of WildKat birthdays – Account Managers Olivia, Clara and Carolin celebrated their birthdays, as well as our lovely University of Leeds Year in Industry colleague Rhian.

As busy as November was, we’re definitely still looking forward to December for the National Children’s Orchestras of Great Britain’s Winter Concert, Avi Avital’s recital at The Globe with Mahan Esfahani, Moritz Eggert’s concert with the German pop duo 2RAUMWOHNUNG and a Christmas concert organised by the Konzertdirektion Prof. Victor Hohenfels.

The offices are open until midday Christmas Eve and we re-open on 2nd January 2015.

P.S. Look out for our Christmas cards which are on their way to you now!

(Written on December 2, 2014 )

WildKat PR are excited to announce the North American debut of China’s National Centre for the Performing Arts Orchestra Beijing!

Between 2nd-13th November, China’s NCPA Orchestra will be performing in venues across North America on their landmark seven-city tour. Along with Chief Conductor Lü Jia they will play to crowds in Washington’s Kennedy Center and the Lincoln Center in New York among others. Their diverse programme melds Eastern and Western traditions, including works by Ravel, Dvořák and Tchaikovsky alongside Zhanhao He and Gang Chen’s The Butterfly Lovers Violin Concerto and Chen Qigang’s Wu Xing – The Five Elements (Suite for Orchestra). Featured in these pieces are world-renowned pianists Yuja Wang and Xiaoyu Lius, and violinist Siqing Lu. They have played with some of the world’s most prestigious orchestras from across Europe and America as well as gaining numerous awards and acclaim for their performances and recordings.

This tour also marks the 35th anniversary of the official diplomatic relations between The United States and China. This important relationship was born shortly after the Philadelphia Orchestra’s landmark tour to China in 1973, which enabled a unique collaboration that has allowed trade, education and culture between the two countries to flourish.

WildKat PR are working with the NCPA as we embark on our first major North American and Canadian tour. Beyond the expected remit of our work we will also be hosting pre-concert and VIP receptions, overseeing the ticket sales and managing the box office. WildKat PR will also be liaising with all teams across the tour from the NCPA to each individual venue, including management and press teams to coordinate marketing and promotional materials and  overseeing the distribution.

Details of the tour are as follows

Sunday 2nd November, 3pm

Symphony Center, Chicago

Monday 3rd November, 8pm

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington

Wednesday 5th November, 8pm

Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center, New York 

Friday 7th November, 8pm

Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, Verizon Hall, Philadelphia

Sunday 9th November, 8pm

National Arts Center, Southam Hall, Ottawa, Canada

Tuesday 11th November, 8pm

Koerner Hall, The Royal Conservatory of Music, Toronto, Canada

Thursday 13th November, 8pm

Maison Symphonique, Plas des Arts, Montreal, Canada

Programme information for each specific concert can be found on the China NCPA Orchestra’s official tour website and you can follow the orchestra on their facebook page.

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(Written on October 6, 2014 )

Guardian

Courtney Love to make her opera debut in New York

Love ‘wanted to do something challenging’, so she has taken a role in a production at a ‘visionary opera-theatre’ festival

Telegraph

Blow your own trumpet

The pTrumpet is made of plastic, sounds just like a brazen trumpet and costs only £100

Classical Music Magazine

City Music Foundation announces classical artists for 2014

The City Music Foundation has announced the three soloists and three chamber ensembles which it will support through mentoring, professional development and performance opportunities as part of its 2014 classical artists programme.

Classic FM

Rachmaninoff: Inside Out

Are you Rach-man-enough (sorry) to indulge in a season-long celebration of the great Russian’s music? The London Philharmonic Orchestra are, in their Rachmaninoff: Inside Out concert series, running from October 2014 until April 2015.

Classical Source

Original manuscript of Dvořák’s New World Symphony comes to US for the first time

Five-day display of priceless manuscript is a highlight of week-long events in New York City celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Velvet Revolution

The Strad

Violinists Anne-Sophie Mutter and Leonidas Kavakos to feature in free online broadcasts from Carnegie Hall

A series of four performances will be webcast through a partnership with medici.tv

Violins allowed as carry-on baggage, but violas must be checked into the hold, says Air Canada

The airline has published detailed regulations for the transportation of musical instruments on its website

Gramophone

Podcast: Igor Levit records Bach Partitas

Igor Levit has followed his acclaimed debut recording of Beethoven’s late sonatas with an equally impressive survey of Bach’s Partitas, available now on Sony Classical. 

Slipped Disc

Star pianist quits competition jury over ‘dishonesty and fraud’

There is no finer living interpreter of Debussy and Ravel than the French pianist Pascal Rogé. He is not a man who seeks limelight or trouble, preferring to focus on the infinite impressionistic possibilities of his favourite composers.

Twitter

Classic FM ‏@ClassicFM: Exciting news – next week we begin these incredible auctions & raffles for our new charity, Global’s #MakeSomeNoise: http://classfm.co/GAA3ol

YCAT ‏@YCATrust: Travel to ‘Small Nations Big Sounds’ with @sinfoniacymru, led by YCAT violinist Bartosz Woroch - http://bit.ly/1vieRUj

Jessica Duchen ‏@jessicaduchen: October: sounds from another world. Lev Oborin plays Tchaikovsky… http://bit.ly/1tmFLbj

Telegraph Music ‏@TeleMusicNews: Well of course @Pharrell is in the top happy songs of all time . . . http://bit.ly/1rI1vQO #pharellwilliams #happysongs

d93d5497-d2e7-42b9-b818-4f5dda2e920e-460x276Courtney Love … Putting rock’n'roll behind her. Photograph: Samir Hussein/Redferns via Getty Images

 

(Written on October 3, 2014 )

Classical News

The New York Times

New Deadline for Met Opera Negotiations: Sunday

The Metropolitan Opera, which has been threatening to lock out its workers if they do not agree to concessions, has set a new deadline for reaching an agreement with its unions: Sunday night, a little more than a month before the opera season is set to open.

Classic FM

Daniel Barenboim conducts Israeli/ Palestine peace concert

The Israeli-Argentinian conductor directed Israeli and Arab musicians in a concert on Sunday to promote peace in Gaza.

RYOT News

Watch a Renowned Violinist Play While Having Brain Surgery

Playing violin at the elite level that Roger Frisch has been doing all his life is no easy task. Doing so while undergoing brain surgery? Well that’s talent on a whole ‘nother level.

The Sydney Herald

Australian violinist recruited to work as Soviet spy

An Australian violinist was recruited by the KGB to work as a highly trained Soviet spy in Hong Kong and China, according to a just-released Russian intelligence archive.

Classic FM

Elton John and David Furnish to star in classical drama?

Sir Elton John and husband David Furnish are rumoured to be joining forces with True Blood creator Alan Ball for a new show on American channel HBO.

Classic FM

Arsenal player Santi Cazorla conducts a ‘choir’ of fans in video

Arsenal continues to build a reputation as the football club of classical music lovers following the posting of a Vine video in which midfielder Santi Cazorla is seen conducting a crowd of supporters in a chant.

Die Welt

Jetzt zwitschern sie schon aus dem Theater

Eine ganz schicke Idee: Theaterkritikschreiben während das Theater noch spielt. Hinten im Saal durfte die Kritik twittern. Warum man nicht alles machen muss, was man machen kann. Auch im Feuilleton.

La Croix

Jean-Sébastien Bach dans le Massif central

Pour son 15e anniversaire, le festival Bach en Combrailles se déroule du 11 au 16 août dans un site sauvage et protégé.

Le Monde

Paris: bataille de financements autour de la Philharmonie

La Philharmonie de Paris, futur temple de la musique symphonique conçu par l’architecte Jean Nouvel dans l’est de la capitale, en bordure du Parc de la Villette, doit être inaugurée en janvier 2015.

Twitter

Classical Music Agen: ‏@AClassicalMusic VC ‘Young Artist’ Violinist Charles Yang Walks Away From Horror Highway Accident http://ift.tt/XeuNwh  #classicalmusic

METOrchMusicians ‏@METOrchestra  RT @OrchCanada: “Musicians On Call” Bring Music for the Soul to Patients’ Beds: @artshealthca #classicalmusic http://reut.rs/1kErHfC

Classical Music‏: @ClassicalMusic8 The Kids Could Be Alright: Classical Music Should Appreciate Its Forefathers – Classicalite http://dlvr.it/6b6gcP

Tafelmusik: @Tafelmusik  Why does coughing occur at concerts? Thanks to @classical963FM for the post! http://ow.ly/A4471  #classicalmusic

 

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New York Metropolitan Opera

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(Written on August 12, 2014 )

Classic FM

Nicola Benedetti children’s music picks cause controversy

Violinist Nicola Bendetti has listed what she sees as 10 essential pieces of classical music that children should hear when they’re growing up.

Classic FM

Mystery of piano abandoned under New York’s Brooklyn Bridge

The Mason & Hamlin piano- found under the Brooklyn Bridge on the Manhattan side- sits half submerged at high tide and mostly exposed low tide. As yet, no one knows where it came from, or why it is there.

Classical-Music.com

Martin Campbell-White awarded Honorary Membership of the Royal Philharmonic Society

The artist manager becomes the 131st recipient of the award.

The Seattle Times

League of American Orchestras chief reviews symphonic scene

Jesse Rosen, the president and CEO of the League of American Orchestras, discusses the health of the symphonic scene in the U.S. He’ll be in Seattle, along with many of his colleagues, for the League’s annual national conference, June 4-6, 2014.

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

Hilft klassische Musik aus dem Elend?

Virtuoser Klang für eine bessere Zukunft: In der größten Favela Brasiliens werden talentierte junge Musiker ausgebildet. Das Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks ist dabei.

Berliner Zeitung

Bach-Porträt könnte echt sein

Zehn Porträts des Komponisten Johann Sebastian Bach sind bislang aufgetaucht. Eines gilt als echt. Fünf andere nicht. Ein kürzlich in Dortmunder Privatbesitz gelangtes Pastell-Porträt könnte nun ebenfalls zu Lebzeiten Bachs entstanden sein, meinen Experten.

Concerti

Improvisation ist alles

Die Lautenistin Christina Pluhar will keine Genregrenzen akzeptieren und mischt barocke Tänze mit Fado.

KlassikAkzente

Hilary Hahn wird mit dem Glashütte Original MusikFestspielPreis 2014 ausgezeichnet

Die Geigenvirtuosin Hilary Hahn spricht im Interview mit dem neuen “Dresdner Musikfestspiel Magazin” nicht nur über ihre Vision für das Musikleben 2020, sondern auch über die Faszination, im Austausch mit anderen Menschen neue Perspektiven zu entdecken und zu teilen.

Klassik.com

Dirigent Francesco d’Avalos gestorben

Italienischer Orchesterleiter und Komponist wurde 84 Jahre alt.

Klassik heute

Mortier Award 2014 – posthume Ehrung für Gerard Mortier

Die Zeitschrift Opernwelt und der Ring Award (Internationaler Wettbewerb für Regie und Bühnengestaltung) haben gemeinsam einen neuen Preis für Musiktheater ins Leben gerufen – den Mortier Award.

Le Figaro

Festivals : halte aux idées reçues

Fréquentation, taille, pérennité, prix des places… Une étude réalisée sur quatre cents manifestations en Europe ébranle quelques poncifs.

Twitter

Classical Ear: @ClassicalEar Discover more music, for less than the price of a coffee per month, and free for 2 weeks: the #Classical Ear app. http://georiot.co/2wdj

Piano City: @pianocity A #piano under the #Brooklyn Bridge … it’s clearly time for #PianoCity New York! http://bit.ly/1iMB99P  #classical

The Guardian: @guardian Bruckner’s “saucy” sixth is the symphony that disproves those lazy received opinions about his musichttp://www.theguardian.com/music/tomserviceblog/2014/jun/03/symphony-guide-bruckners-6th

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Nicola Benedetti- classicfm.com

(Written on June 3, 2014 )

WildKat PR is proud and thrilled to announce that we have been invited to lecture to the talented students of The Juilliard School over two sessions. We will be speaking about many aspects of the industry such as marketing, PR, concerts, management, social media, events, budgeting, branding, photography and websites and offering general advice on how to be a prominent and successful 21st-century artist.

The industry can be a daunting start to a young graduate and WildKat PR is here to help bridge the gap between being a student and a professional. After forging a strong relationship with the Royal Academy of Music in London and speaking about similar topics, we are excited to be expanding this service in New York, building on our ongoing presence in the American market, helping to breed the next generation of artists.

 

For further information on how we can help you or if you wanted to know more about our work in New York and at Juilliard, feel free to email fleur@wildkatpr.com

 

Juilliard School Of Music

(Written on April 7, 2014 )

WildKat PR is delighted to welcome Brooklyn Rider to its Client Roster.

Brooklyn Rider is an adventurous group of musicians whose innovation and passion for new music has attracted a great deal of fans and extensive critical acclaim. The quartet has collaborated with banjo virtuoso Béla Fleck, Chinese pipa player Wu Man, Syrian/Armenian visual artist Kevork Mourad, singer/songwriters Christina Courtin and Suzanne Vega, and many more. NPR credits Brooklyn Rider with “recreating the 300-year-old form of string quartet as a vital and creative 21st-century ensemble”. The group takes its name from Der Blaue Reiter (Blue Rider) artists’ collective from Munich, a movement that included painters Wassily Kandinsky and Franz Marc. Brooklyn Rider’s sense of cross-genre and cross-disciplinary art forms is rejuvenating the string quartet.

On their upcoming tour, Brooklyn Rider will bring their signature blend of classic quartet repertoire and new works which challenge genre boundaries to clubs and concert halls across Denmark, Sweden, Germany and the UK. The 8-date tour will feature music from the group’s 2013 Mercury Classics release A Walking Fire, including Bartók’s String Quartet No. 2, Lev “Ljova” Zhurbin’s Culai, and Three Miniatures by Brooklyn Rider’s Colin Jacobsen, with the addition of music by Philip Glass, Franz Schubert and Tobias Broström.

WildKat PR will be working to promote their exciting tour. For more information about Brooklyn Rider, take a look at their website, Facebook page, or Twitter.

(Written on March 12, 2014 )

Limelight Magazine

Esa-Pekka Salonen wins 2014 Nemmers prize

Finnish composer and conductor awarded the 2014 Michael Ludwig Nemmers Prize in Music Composition

Cincinnati

American Classical Music Hall of Fame inducts five

Legendary American pianist Andre Watts, who has appeared multiple times with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, is one of this year’s inductees in the American Classical Music Hall of Fame.

Israel National News

‘Violin Scam’ to Come to Trial

An Israeli conductor and his violinist wife were indicted on Monday by the Haifa Magistrates Court for fraudulently representing themselves as investment managers who dealt in valuable antique violins.

Voice of Russia UK

Women conductors passing on the baton in new Musin-model course

Conducting orchestras is largely a male preserve, with few women taking up the baton. But now Britain’s female conductors are working to change that, by launching a course designed to encourage more women to get onto that podium.

The Telegraph

Robotic arm gives amputee drummer ‘superhuman’ skills

A drummer who lost his arm after being electrocuted can continue to pursue his dream, thanks to a robotic arm

The Moscow Times

Turetsky Choir Mixes Opera Vocals and Pop Styles

The Turetsky Choir will celebrate its 14th birthday this year, yet the singers in the group have known each other for  20 years, since they first turned their trained operatic voices to the creation of pop music

Der Tagesspiegel

Premiere “Rein Gold” an der Staatsoper

Kalauernde Kapitalismusklatsche: Nicolas Stemann richtet Elfriede Jelineks Bühnenessay über Wagners „Ring“ für die Berliner Staatsoper zu.

The Telegraph

The Telegraph

(Written on March 11, 2014 )

Classic FM Online

Dame Kiri Te Kanawa to retire from opera stage?

New Zealand opera singer Dame Kiri Te Kanawa has suggested that she will retire from the opera stage, on the eve of her 70th birthday.

Leonard Slatkin encourages concert audience to use mobile phone cameras

Conductor Leonard Slatkin surprised attendees at a Detroit Symphony Orchestra concert by encouraging them to take photos and videos of the performance with their phones, and to post them on the internet via social media.

Gramophone

Founder of Lyrita Richard Itter has died

Richard Itter was the founder of Lyrita Recorded Edition as a mail-order subscription label in 1959 (with the first LPs issued the following year) and over the next 32 years created a superb catalogue of largely orchestral British music.

Daily Mail

CHRIS DEERIN: I adore classical music. How can I pass the baton to a new generation?

Chris Deerin on Classical Music

Rafael Bonachela: From Madonna to JS Bach

Sydney Dance Co’s AD used to chose Madonna over flamenco, but nowadays it’s classical that sets his toes tapping.

The Telegraph

iTunes Festival may force imminent iOS 7.1 update

A well-connected Apple blogger claims that iOS 7.1 will be released within days as it is needed to support new features to allow the upcoming iTunes Festival in Texas to be live-streamed to devices around the world

Die Welt

Wanderhuren aus dem finsteren Zeitalter der Oper

Lange waren Barockopern etwas für Nerds. Heute gibt es eine ganze Industrie, die sie als gefühlige Events vermarktet. Wie die Alte Musik die Klassikbranche und die Seelen retten soll.
Classic FM Online

Classic FM Online

(Written on March 5, 2014 )