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In today’s news: Dutch pianist experiences sudden fame on Spotify, listen to Putin’s piano performance and Queen Elizabeth Competition announced semi-finalists. Carolin Widmann and baritone Christian Gerhaher receive Bavarian State Prize for Music, and Martin Fröst becomes principal conductor of the Swedish Chamber Orchestra.

The Telegraph

‘Music Is at Its Most Beautiful when It’s Painful’: Graham Vick, the Man Saving Opera in Britain

On the lawn at Glyndebourne, looking towards a clump of silver birch and lime trees in the distance, Graham Vick gives me some advice: “If you’re not happy with your life, plant some seeds and grow the world you want to live in.”

The Guardian

From Kitchen Composer to Spotify Star – Dutch Pianist Hits Big Time

A Dutch amateur musician has given up his day job after seeing his self-released recordings streamed online more than 85 million times.

The Strad

Queen Elisabeth Competition 2017 Names 24 Cello Semi-Finalists

The 24 international cellists are competing for a grand prize of €25,000 in Brussels from 8 May to 3 June 2017

Classical Music Magazine

NYOS Announces 2017 Colin MacLean Bursary Fund Recipient

The National Youth Orchestras of Scotland has awarded the 2017 Colin MacLean Bursary Fund to French horn player Diana Sheach.

The Violin Channel

Zurich University Announces Appointment of 2 New String Faculty Teachers

The Zurich University of the Arts has announced the appointment of violinists Alexander Sitkovetsky and Sergey Malov to their string teaching faculty

Classic FM

Vladimir Putin Just Played The Piano In Between Meetings… And It Was Not Impressive

The Russian president took a couple of minutes out ahead of bilateral talks with the Chinese President Xi Jinping… to play the piano.

NMZ

München: Rundfunk- und Medienrat lehnen Bayerischer Musikrat-Vertreter ab

Der Bayerische Musikrat als Spitzenorganisation der Musik in Bayern erhebt Einspruch gegen die Ablehnung der von ihm benannten Vertreter als wahlberechtigte Mitglieder im Rundfunkrat und Medienrat.

Klassik.com

Bayerischer Staatspreis für Christian Gerhaher und Carolin Widmann

Die Geigerin Carolin Widmann und der Bariton Christian Gerhaher sind mit dem diesjährigen Bayerischen Staatspreis für Musik ausgezeichnet worden. Die Preisverleihung fand im Münchner Cuvilliés-Theater statt.

Musik Heute

Martin Fröst wird Chefdirigent des Swedish Chamber Orchestra

Der schwedische Klarinettist und Dirigent Martin Fröst wird neuer Chefdirigent des Swedish Chamber Orchestra. Der 46-Jährige übernimmt zur Saison 2019/20 die Nachfolge von Thomas Dausgaard, teilte das Orchester am Montag mit.

Ottawa Citizen

Music students win big at NAC Orchestra bursary competition

Music students studying in Ottawa and Gatineau won more than $20,000 in prizes this week during the 37th annual National Arts Centre Orchestra’s 2017 Bursary Competition.

El Mundo

Rebelión en los conservatorios

Profesores interinos en huelga tocan sus instrumentos ante la Delegación de Educación en Jaén este miércoles.

Twitter


“Alle waren von der Schönheit des Raums in den Bann geschlagen.” – Den hat es wohl bei uns gefallen!

  in 1792 Opening of Teatro la Fenice in Venice

 

Carolin Widmann, © Steffen Leiprecht

(Written on May 16, 2017 )

Classical News

In our news today, Arts Council imposes quantitative measures of arts quality, violinist Kyung Wha Chung postpones 2016 UK tour due to finger injury, and Warner Classics is Label of the Year At Gramophone Awards. Also, Don Buchla dies at 79, and Pietari Inkinen has been confirmed as the new chief conductor of Deutsche Radio Philharmonie Saarbrücken Kaiserslautern.

Arts Professional

Arts Council to impose quantitative measures of arts quality

Arts Council England is forging ahead with plans to impose a standardised system for measuring artistic quality on its NPOs, despite a lukewarm sector response and warnings that this will require a “quantum change” in organisational attitudes to data.

The Strad

Violinist Kyung Wha Chung postpones 2016 UK tour due to finger injury

The 68-year-old Korean violinist, who was due to play Bach’s complete Solo Violin Sonatas and Partitas at London’s Barbican on 26 October, has rescheduled her performance to 10 May 2017.

Gramophone

The 2016 Gramophone Awards issue – out now!

Enjoy Gramophones annual celebration of the best recordings of the last 12 months.

Music Business International

Warner Classics Named Label of the Year At Gramophone Awards

Warner Classics was named Label of the Year at the Gramophone Awards in London last week, the honour comes just three years after Warner purchased the catalogues of EMI Classics and Virgin Classics.

New York Times

Don Buchla, Electronic Music Maverick, Dies at 79

Don Buchla, a pioneer and maverick of electronic music who had a lifelong fascination with the ways that humans, technology and sounds interact, died on Wednesday at his home in Berkeley, Calif. He was 79.

My Web Times

Classical trio to perform Ottawa Concert Association show

Oglesby native Erin Shields is bringing her New York based group O Sole Trio and its new show “Bravissimo Broadway,” to the Central Intermediate School cafetorium, Ottawa, Sept. 29.

nmz

Nach den Wahlen: Die Freie Szene Berlins fordert starken Kultursenator

Die frei arbeitenden Künstler in Berlin erwarten vom neuen Senat mehr Unterstützung. „Wir brauchen einen starken Kultursenator, der das Interesse hat, die Künste zu stärken“, sagte Christophe Knoch, Sprecher der Koalition der Freien Szene.

Musik heute

Deutsche Radio Philharmonie: Inkinen wird Chefdirigent

Pietari Inkinen (36) wird neuer Chefdirigent der Deutschen Radio Philharmonie Saarbrücken Kaiserslautern (DRP). Der Finne übernehme das Amt mit Beginn der Saison 2017/18, teilte der Südwestrundfunk (SWR) am Freitag mit.

Klassik heute

Sonderkonzert zum 468. Geburtstag der Staatskapelle Dresden

Am 22. September 1548 wurde sie gegründet, seit dem vergangenen Jahr erinnert die Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden an diesen Tag mit einem Sonderkonzert, das Werke aus der Vergangenheit mit Kompositionen der Gegenwart kombiniert.

Twitter

EnglishNationalOpera @E_N_O Last chance to apply for performance project !

CMUSE.org @cmuseorg take a look at how great look in

klassik.com @klassikcom Musikfonds zur Förderung zeitgenössischer Musik eingerichtet

Conductor PIETARI INKINEN FOTO: NGUYEN PHUONG THAO Weiterer Text über ots und www.presseportal.de/nr/7169 / Die Verwendung dieses Bildes ist für redaktionelle Zwecke honorarfrei. Veröffentlichung bitte unter Quellenangabe: "obs/SWR - Südwestrundfunk/Nguyen Phuong Thao"

Conductor Pietari Inkinen. Photo: Nguyen Phuong Thao

(Written on September 19, 2016 )

Classical News

In today’s news, Classical Music Magazine has an exclusive video insight on Errollyn Wallen, two choirs meet in a bar and belt out Ave Maria and Renaud Capuçon facing the music. Also, Nadia Sirota’s mission is to prove classical music is not dead

Classical Music Magazine

Exclusive video insight: Errollyn Wallen

In this exclusive video, Errollyn Wallen talks to Max Reinhardt and cellist Matthew Sharp about her new album PHOTOGRAPHY

Classical fm

Two awesome choirs bumped into each other in a bar and this incredible performance just happened

Like the beginning of a joke, but better: two top-flight choirs walked into a bar, and belted out this classic Ave Maria

The Guardian

Facing the music: Renaud Capuçon

Mahler, Brel, Brahms and Woody Allen – the violinist reveals the music and musicians that inspire him

Ottawa Citizen

New music evangelist: Nadia Sirota’s mission is to prove classical music is not dead

She crusades for new and old “classical” music. It is a labour of intense love

Die Zeit

Frau General lässt bitten

Vor einem Jahr stand der Geiger Frank Peter Zimmermann plötzlich ohne seine Stradivari da. Jetzt hat er eine neue

Der Tagesspiegel

Sachsen soll besser klingen

Der Dresdner Kulturpalast wandelt sich bis 2017 zum international konkurrenzfähigen Konzertsaal. Bislang liegt der Umbau tatsächlich im Kosten- und Zeitplan

NMZ

Komponieren ist Handwerk – Absolute Beginners

Wie unterrichtet man eigentlich Komposition? Was passiert in einer Kompositionsstunde?

La Vanguardia

Homenaje a Tomás y Valiente del Orfeón DonostiarraLa Vanguardia

Fallece el crítico musical Carlos Gómez Amat

La música española pierde a una figura de gran calidad científica, artística y humana

The New York Times

Grammys Tend to Focus on Heroics in Singling Out the Jazz Solo

A friend who edits a monthly jazz magazine tells me that nearly 5,000 new jazz records were sent in his direction last year. That’s not all of the new jazz albums made around the world in 2015, but a decent percentage of them

Twitter

Music History@today_classical #Today in 1912 Birth of #soprano Ilona #Steingruber #MusicHistory #classicalmusic

The Swingles@swinglesingers We have a new tenor! Please welcome Jon Smith (@jonsmithmusic_) to The Swingles family 🙂 http://www.theswingles.co.uk/blog/2016/2/8/we-have-a-new-tenor

BBC Music Magazine@MusicMagazine Emmanuelle Bertrand plays Debussy’s Sonata for Cello + Piano in our free download this week. http://www.classical-music.com/free-download/free-download-prologue-debussys-sonata-cello-and-piano

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(Written on February 8, 2016 )

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 )