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Belgian builds musical bridge across the Bosphorus

Belgian musician Tristan Driessens found his inspiration and his calling east of the Bosphorus, becoming one of the West’s few masters of the oud and of Ottoman classical music.

In an interview with AFP News, Driessens tells of how he is helping to build a musical bridge for others, working with refugees arriving from the east to help preserve and develop their musical culture in European exile.

Driessens became artistic director of Refugees for Refugees, a group that brings together refugees who have fled to Belgium from Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan and as far as Tibet to play concerts and record new music together in Brussels.

A record, named “Amerli” after an Iraqi town besieged by the Islamic State jihadist group, was released in May 2016 by the world music educational association Muziekpublique.

Among the group are Dolma Renqingi, a Tibetan singer, Asad Qizilbash, a Pakistani who plays the sarod, another form of lute, Afghan troubador Aman Yusufi and “musicians who have such important experiences, as refugees and as human beings, in the realm of music”.


Classical pianist Hunter Noack reimagines the concert hall in the spectacular outdoors

In the cliffs and tall trees of northern Oregon, a place of spectacular beauty, the unexpected floats through the air – the elegant melody of classical music.

“My mom and I were just saying, ‘Wouldn’t it be cool if you could just have a piano and go anywhere?'” Hunter Noack said. So that’s what he did, traveling across the Pacific Northwest and introducing classical music to new audiences in some wild places.

He tows his nine-foot Steinway piano all over the state with a pickup truck and a flatbed trailer. With the help of a few friends, the flatbed becomes a stage.

Noack grew up hiking, fishing and hunting in Oregon. He left to follow his dreams – classical music training in the States and overseas. But he decided to come back to where he came from, leaving behind the grand concert halls for the grand outdoors and taking what he loves back to the place he calls home.

Noack said there are more distractions when playing outdoors, but he pointed to the upsides: “I love to just be able to close my eyes or between pieces, take a breath in, fresh air – I think it affects how I play”.


In this reimagined concert hall, Noack hopes to remove the normal barriers to classical music. There are free tickets, casual clothes, and the opposite of formal seating – like perching on a rock overlooking the stage. A third of his audience has never attended a classical music concert. But even those who have likely haven’t done it like this: wearing wireless headphones to encourage wandering.

“With the music in your headphones, the music becomes a soundtrack to your experience in the landscape,” Noack said. He’s winning over the classical skeptics.

“I said to my friend if she would have invited me to a classical music concert, I would have said ‘nahh’ but this was tremendous,” audience member Meg O’Brien said.

(via CBS) 


Marek Janowski Neuer Chefdirigent 

Die Dresdner Philharmonie bekommt zur Saison 2019/20 den Chef ihrer Wahl: Marek Janowski hat in Dresden seinen Vertrag als Chefdirigent unterschrieben. Damit gewinne die Philharmonie einen der führenden deutschen Dirigenten für das Repertoire des 19. und 20. Jahrhunderts, freut sich das Orchester. Marek Janowski löst Michael Sanderling ab.

Janowski wird das Orchester drei Spielzeiten leiten und dabei das Profil prägen und weiterentwickeln, so die Dresdner Philharmonie. Im Herbst vergangenen Jahres hatte der Orchestervorstand die Intendantin des Orchesters Frauke Roth sowie die Kulturbürgermeister Annekatrin Klepsch beauftragt, mit dem Wunschkandidaten Janowski zu verhandeln.

Janowski hat die Dresdner Philharmonie bereits von 2001 bis 2003 geleitet. Seine erste Amtszeit hatte er 2003 aus Ärger über das Hin und Her bei der Planung eines neuen Konzertsaals für Dresden vorzeitig beendet.

80-year-old Marek Janowski has signed his contract as Principal Conductor of the Dresden Philharmonic, after being voted in by the orchestra for the 2019/20 season.

He returns to the orchestra after having already conducted them from 2001 to 2003 and has now come back from his retirement to lead the Philharmonic for three seasons. 

(via BR-Klassik)

(Written on September 20, 2018 )

Pavel Šporcl wins ‘Torch-Bearer Award’ for his services to music

The Czech violinist Pavel Šporcl is in New York to receive a special prize that recognises those who have made an outstanding contribution to their cities, communities and countries.

The ‘Torch-Bearer Award’, which is often given to sports personalities, honours the work Šporcl has done to bring society together through music. It was presented outside the United Nations building last weekend in front of fellow luminaries and UN national delegates.

Receiving his award alongside fellow winner, Broadway and film actor Richard Kind, Šporcl said ‘I am deeply proud to receive the Sri Chimnoy Torch-Bearer Award. It means a great deal to me and gives me strength to continue my work, not only as an artist, but as one of a community of artists around the world who believe that art can change lives — that this is our gift and our responsibility.’


Chinese violinist Sheng Zhongguo dies aged 77

China’s best-known violinist Sheng Zhongguo, who was famous for his musical interpretation of “Butterfly Lovers,” died of heart disease at the age of 77.

As a national level soloist of the China National Symphony Orchestra, Sheng was among the first to win honors for China on international stages.

In 1980 the Australian Broadcasting Corporation listed him as one of ‘the world’s greatest artists’ after he performed a twelve-date concert tour in six Australian cities. He was recognised as a cultural ambassador by the government of Japan following the disastrous Kobe earthquake of 1995, when he toured the worst-hit areas to offer encouragement and inspiration to those affected.

In 1979 he performed the Bach ‘Double’ Violin Concerto with Yehudi Menuhin, during the latter’s first visit to China; of all Menuhin’s performing partners during the visit, he said that the best was Sheng, who subsequently became known as the ‘Chinese Menuhin’.


Wie künstliche Intelligenz die Klassik neu erweckt

Die Gegenwart ist laut. Die Gegenwart ist hässlich. Der isländische Neoklassikstar Olafur Arnalds arbeitet an ihrer Verschönerung. Seit Neuestem mit künstlicher Intelligenz und drei Klavieren. Könnte klappen.

Jetzt endlich kommt Olafur Arnalds ins Spiel. Der Isländer, 1986 in Mosfellsbaer geboren, dem Heimatort von Halldor Laxness, ist abgebrochener Highbrow-Klassiker und inzwischen mit seinem Kumpel Nils Frahm, mit Hauschka und Max Richter einer der Helden der sogenannten Neoklassik, ohne die es in den Kinos und unter Fernsehserien (Arnalds schrieb unter anderem die Musik zu „Broadchurch“) doch ziemlich still wäre.

Zu der hatte Arnalds mit seinem schwerphilosophischen Noirgedudel „Eulogy for Evolution“ vor elf Jahren einen der Startschüsse gegeben. Arnalds tat sich zusammen mit dem elektronischen Feinmechaniker Halldór Feldjárn und entwickelte ein musikalisches Softwareprogramm namens Stratus.

Arnalds, ein begnadeter Kleinmotivmelodiker, wollte herausfinden, „wie man den kreativen Prozess durch das Verändern des eigenen Klavierspiels manipulieren kann“. Mit Stratus ist es möglich, von einem zentralen Klavier aus zwei selbstspielende weitere Klaviere anzusteuern, künstliche Intelligenz quasi zum Teil des Spiels zu machen, Kreativität in Teilen an den Computer abzutreten.

Artifical intelligence is rekindling is sparking a revival in classical music. Icelandic artist Ólafur Arnalds, known for his work on the “Broadchurch” soundtrack, has teamed up with Halldór Eldjárn to create a musical software program called Stratus. 

The award-winning artist uses his new software to turn the piano into a very different instrument. The Stratus Pianos are two “self-playing, semi-generative player pianos” – and, augmented by strings, electronics, and beats (which were co-produced by Bngrboy), they sit at the centre of Arnalds’ new compositions.


Gewandhausorchester Leipzig und Staatskapelle Dresden gegen Fremdenfeindlichkeit

Das Gewandhausorchester Leipzig und die Staatskapelle Dresden geben gemeinsame Konzerte für ein friedliches Miteinander. Damit reagieren die beiden großen sächsischen Orchester auf die zunehmende Intoleranz und Aggression gegenüber anders aussehenden oder anders denkenden Menschen, eine Entwicklung, die die Musiker « mit großer Sorge“ beobachten, wie sie mitteilten.

Herbert Blomstedt, Ehrendirigent beider Orchester, wird die beiden Konzerte am 15. September in Leipzig und am 12. November in Dresden leiten.

Im Gewandhausorchester und der Staatskapelle wirkten Menschen aus 20 Nationen « respekt- und achtungsvoll“ zusammen, erklärten die Orchester. « Wir vertreten mit Nachdruck zwischenmenschliche Werte wie Achtung, Toleranz und Weltoffenheit.“ Nur durch das Wiedererlangen eines respektvollen Umgangs miteinander sei eine angstfreie und lebenswerte Gesellschaft möglich. Für diese Botschaften sollen die Konzerte ein Zeichen setzen.

Two orchestras from Leipzig and Dresden are coming together to perform two joint concerts promoting peaceful coexistence. The two major Saxon orchestras react to the increasing intolerance and aggression towards people who look or think differently – a development that the musicians observe “with great concern“.

Herbert Blomstedt, Honorary Conductor of both orchestras, will conduct the concerts on 15 September in Leipzig and on 12 November in Dresden.

In the Gewandhaus Orchestra and the Staatskapelle, people from 20 nations work with great respect for one another. The orchestras said “we emphatically represent interpersonal values ​​such as respect, tolerance and cosmopolitanism.” 

(Written on September 11, 2018 )

We are very excited to announce several new clients this week, working with both new and returning clients.

We are thrilled to be working once again with AyseDeniz Gokcin, a young Turkish virtuoso pianist and graduate of the Royal Academy of Music. She will be celebrating the pre-release of her upcoming album, Beethoven Senses, with a concert at St James Sussex Gardens in October featuring a colourful light show, a silent disco and special guest Benjamin Hughes, principal cellist of the BBC concert orchestra. Tickets to this concert can be bought here

AyseDeniz is best known for her classical and rock fusions, in particular her Liszt-inspired arrangements of Pink Floyd hits, which went viral after being featured on Pink Floyd’s Facebook page.

 

AyseDeniz made her public concert debut aged nine and has gone on to play in such prestigious venues as the Steinway Hall, Cathedral of Christ the Saviour in Moscow, the Lysenko Colonnaded Hall of the Philharmonic in Kiev and has even performed in the Kremlin Palace at personal invitation. She won “Pianist of the Year” in 2016 at the Donizetti Classical Music Awards after her 2015 album dedicated to Kurt Cobain reached the Top 10 in the UK Classical Charts on iTunes.


We are also excited to be working with WITCiH – Women in Technology Creative Industries Hub. Co-founded by musician and artist BISHI, WITCiH empowers and celebrates the achievements of women and non-binary artists at the intersection of music, technology and STEM. Although female accomplishment is their main focus, WITCiH welcome those from all backgrounds and identities.

WITCiH will be producing a three-night festival later this month, featuring four brand new commissions of four new audio-visual works  involving live coding, hacking, interactive tech and awe-inspiring visuals. “WITCiH – The State of Gender?” will be hosted at The Bargehouse in Dalston, running from the 26th to 28th September. More information can be found here and tickets can be bought here.

WITCiH operate mainly in London, putting on exhibitions, lectures, workshops and performances. Past events have included a salon at the Tate Modern and have attracted guests such as Imogen Heap, Mira Calix, Ana Matronic and Lone Taxidermist.


Last, but certainly not least, is a new project for long-standing WildKat client, Moritz Eggert for his latest collaborative release. The Collectors is a CD recorded by percussionist Konstantyn Napolov and pianist Eke Simons. It forms part of Napolov’s Dutch Golden Collection which aims to popularise and promote contemporary percussion pieces, with many being written for Napolov himself.

Konstantyn Napolov is a Ukrainian percussionist with an already highly accomplished career. Graduating from the Stolyarsky school in 2005, he became co-principal percussionist at The National Philharmonic of Ukraine and went on to study at The Royal Conservatoire of the Hague. More recently, Napolov has collaborated with Steve Reich, participated in masterclasses at Juilliard, and won the principal position of the World Percussion Group in 2016.

The Collectors includes works by Jan-Peter de Graaff, Yannis Kyriakides, Samuel Penderbayne and Moritz Eggert. Eggert’s piece shares its name with the album and explores the idea that the compositional process is a collection of sounds, ideas and events that slowly assemble themselves into a certain order. He asserts that musical ideas do not just ‘happen’ – they are the result of a constant assembling and reassembling of music that happens over time in the composer’s head.

The album was released over the weekend on the 9th September and can be downloaded here

(Written on September 4, 2018 )

In today’s news: a review of the festival summer. A music journalist on the quality of music journalism. A portrait of the Liedkunst Festival, that will be held in Mid-September. A French festival invites well known stars and newcomers on the same stage. Also more on video game music taking over Classic FM and a new festival in Florence.

The Guardian

How video game music waltzed its way on to Classic FM

Once regarded as inferior to film and TV soundtracks, games scores are gaining recognition and awards as a valid form of contemporary classical music

The Telegraph

When opera meets rave: why socialites are flocking to Florence’s New Generation Festival

The dog days of August used to be the deadest time of year, at least for glamorous social gatherings. But thanks to three bright young musicians, that has suddenly all changed.

International Arts Manager

Nancy Zhou wins Shanghai Isaac Stern International Violin Competition

American violinist Nancy Zhou has won the Shanghai Isaac Stern International Violin Competition (SISIVC). She collects a cheque for USD100,000 (€86,100).

NY Times

An All-but-Extinct Piano Plays Once More

When a recording of forgotten music on a forgotten instrument appears on the prestigious ECM label, chances are good that something ear-opening has been exhumed from the graveyard of history.

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Blau in Bayreuth

Die Musik hat jetzt wieder ein Dach überm Kopf. Das ist jedes Jahr so, Anfang September: Sommer vorbei, Schluss mit den Open-Air-Konzerten, Picknick mit Debussy, Beethoven in der Scheune, Verdi auf der Burgruine, Carmen am See. Das Wetter ist ab heute egal.

nmz

Make-News

Einer der wenigen Irrtümer des ansonsten so treffsicheren, begnadeten Kabarettisten Georg Kreisler dürfte sich in der Chansonzeile manifestieren: „Heute findet jede Zeitung größere Verbreitung durch Musikkritiker“.

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Musizieren auf kleinstem Raum

Der Internationale Wettbewerb für Liedkunst Stuttgart zählt zu den ältesten und traditionsreichsten Veranstaltungen seiner Art im deutschsprachigen Raum. 

Le Monde

Les jeux de rôle de la pianiste Lise de la Salle

Chaque samedi et chaque dimanche, à raison de deux concerts par jour, le festival Les Solistes à Bagatelle invite, jusqu’au 16 septembre, des pianistes à se produire dans des programmes panoramiques d’environ une heure.

 

(Written on September 3, 2018 )

In today’s news: St John’s cash reserves are running out, RPO honour victims of Gallipoli, Director of the Berlin Volksbühne gives up his post, James Levine attempts to restore his reputation while lawsuit carries on, “Europäische Wochen” in Passau results in leadership dispute, and Museum Tinguely in Basel to show an exhibition dedicated to the creative reproduction of music and art.

The Times

St John’s, Smith Square, sounds alarm over cash shortage

St John’s, Smith Square, London, is losing £250,000 a year. It does not receive any subsidy and without a fresh injection of cash its reserves will run out.

Classical Music

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra gives first performance of work to commemorate those who died in the first Gallipoli attack

The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra perform Turkish composer Can Atilla’s ‘Gallipoli’ Symphony, The 57th Regiment, in the presence of His Royal Highness the Duke of Kent

St John’s Collective to hold concert to tackle homelessness in Manchester

Since January 2018, a partnership between Manchester Camerata and property developer Allied London has brought together amateur musicians from across Manchester to form St John’s Collective.

BBC Music Magazine

Winners of BBC Music Magazine Awards 2018 announced

An outstanding line-up of Award-winners includes legendary maestro Bernard Haitink, Berlioz conductor extraordinaire John Nelson and remarkable mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton.

Süddeutsche Zeitung

Intendant Chris Dercon tritt zurück

Der umstrittene Intendant der Berliner Volksbühne, Chris Dercon, gibt seinen Posten auf. Kultursenator Klaus Lederer und Dercon hätten sich einvernehmlich darauf verständigt, die Intendanz mit sofortiger Wirkung zu beenden, teilte die Kulturverwaltung am Freitag mit.

Frankfurter Allgemeine

Wie ist das Verhältnis von Ton und Unterton?

Mit einer Klage möchte der wegen sexuellen Missbrauchs entlassene Dirigent James Levine seine Probleme lösen. Die Metropolitan Opera bringt derweil zwei seiner Lieblingsstücken ohne ihn heraus.

Welt

So stark unterscheiden sich die Gehirne von Jazz- und Klassik-Pianisten

Ein Instrument zu spielen ist eine besondere Aufgabe für unser Gehirn. Dabei arbeiten jene von Jazz- und Klassik-Pianisten ganz unterschiedlich, wie Neurologen nun herausfanden. Eine Erkenntnis, die auch unser Alltagsleben betrifft.

BR-Klassik

Vier Weise sollen Frieden stiften bei Europäischen Wochen in Passau

Im Führungsstreit beim Kulturfestival Europäische Wochen in Passau soll jetzt ein Beratungsgremium zwischen dem Festspiel-Intendant Thomas E. Bauer und der Vorsitzenden des Trägervereins Rosemarie Weber für Entspannung sorgen. Eine mit Spannung erwartete Mitgliederversammlung des Vereins ging am Dienstagabend mit einem Burgfrieden zu Ende.

Neue Zürcher Zeitung

Was hat Musik im Kunstmuseum verloren?

Ausstellungen wie diese sind eine intellektuelle Herausforderung für den Betrachter: Das Museum Tinguely widmet sich der kreativen Reproduktion von Musik und Kunst.

Platea Magazine

La Asociación de Teatros, Festivales y Temporadas estables de Ópera en España anuncia la convocatoria de los I Premios Ópera XXI

La Asamblea de Ópera XXI celebrada hoy en el Teatro Real (Madrid) ha aprobado la convocatoria de la primera edición de los Premios Ópera XXI. La Asociación de Teatros, Festivales y Temporadas Estables de Ópera en España trabaja ya en esta iniciativa, que supone la creación de unos nuevos premios líricos desde la desaparición de los Premios Campoamor.

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The baroque St John’s, Smith Square © Alamy

 

(Written on April 13, 2018 )

In today’s news: UK’s Ivory ban will exempt musical instruments, Buxton’s Stephen Barlow steps down, Cecil Taylor dies at age 89, Rafael Karlen to be the new Peggy Glanville-Hicks Composer-in-Residence and Christa Ludwig is honoured by Ehrenpreis der Österreich Deutschland Gesellschaft.

International Piano

Paloma O’ Shea Santander competition shortlist announced

Madrid-based Paloma O’ Shea Santander International Piano Competition has named the 20 pianists who have been selected to participate in the first stage of the competition.

Classical Music 

Ivory ban will make exemptions for musical instruments

The UK ban on ivory sales, which is to be introduced after proposals were backed following public consultation, will make exemptions for musical instruments that contain a small percentage of the material.

Buxton’s Stephen Barlow steps down

Stephen Barlow has announced that he will step down as artistic director of Buxton International Festival, after a seven-year tenure. The 2018 edition will be the last under his leadership.

 The Guardian

Revolutionary musical Hamilton takes home seven Olivier awards

Hamilton, arguably the most popular and influential musical for a generation, has won big at the UK’s most prestigious theatre awards, taking seven Oliviers.

The Blade

Opera honoring MLK previewed at museum

A preview of ‘I Dream’, an opera by composer Douglas Tappin, was held at the Toledo Museum of Art during a luncheon hosted by the Toledo Opera Guild and The Links Inc.

The New York Times

Cecil Taylor, Pianist Who Defied Jazz Orthodoxy, Is Dead at 89

Cecil Taylor, a pianist who challenged the jazz tradition that produced him and became one of the most bracing, rhapsodic, abstract and original improvisers of his time, died on Thursday at his home in Brooklyn. He was 89. His death was confirmed by his legal guardian, Adam C. Wilner. No cause was given, but friends said he had been in failing health for some time.

Limelight

2018 Peggy Glanville-Hicks Composer-in-Residence announced

Rafael Karlen is to take up residence in the Sydney terrace house bequeathed by the renowned Australian composer. The winner is selected from a competitive annual application process. Previous winners include Barney McAll, Cat Hope and Jon Rose.

Frankfurter Allgemeine

Deutsche Theaterlandschaft: Ein Preisschild für Sozialarbeit

Wie sieht die Zukunft des deutschen Stadttheaters aus? Darüber streitet sich die Szene. Aber eins sollte bei der Debatte nicht vergessen werden. Während die einen so stolz auf die deutsche Theaterlandschaft sind, dass sie um eine höchstrichterliche Anerkennung der hiesigen Bühnen durch die Unesco buhlen und sich eine Eintragung in die internationale Liste des immateriellen Weltkulturerbes wünschen, sehen die anderen das deutsche Stadttheatersystem als so rückschrittlich an, dass sie nicht nur grundlegende Reformen fordern, sondern auch jedes Abweichen von ihrer Vorstellung eines progressiven Stadttheaters als „ästhetisches wie politisches Verbrechen“ bezeichnen.

Der Tagesspiegel

Piano-Legende Menahem Pressler- Das Wunder der singenden Pausen

Die 94-jährige Piano-Legende Menahem Pressler tritt im Kammermusiksaal mit dem Schumann Quartett auf. Das Schumann Quartett gehört vielleicht zu den besten Streichquartett-Ensembles der Gegenwart. Das beweisen die vier Musiker schon gleich am Anfang im Kammermusiksaal der Philharmonie.

klassik.com

Ehrenpreis für Sopranistin Christa Ludwig

Die Mezzosopranistin Christa Ludwig wird mit dem Ehrenpreis der Österreich Deutschland Gesellschaft ausgezeichnet. Ludwig wird die Auszeichnung in der Residenz des deutschen Botschafters in Hietzing entgegennehmen. Der Preis ist mit 10.000 Euro dotiert.

Hamburger Abendblatt

Dirigent Robert Stehli starb mit 88 Jahren

In den vergangenen Jahrzehnten gehörte der in Zürich geborene Musiker zu den Konstanten des Hamburger Musiklebens. Seine Maxime als Musiker war einfach formuliert und als Ziel eine lebenslange Aufgabe: Robert Stehli wollte das Publikum “auf hohem Niveau unterhalten”. Auf die Frage, wie man ein guter Dirigent werde, gab er die selbstkritische Antwort: “Ich weiß es nicht.”

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Dress rehearsal of the opera ‘I Dream’ at the Valentine Theatre © GRAND LUBELL PHOTOGRAPHY

(Written on April 9, 2018 )

We are delighted to announce our continued collaboration with the exceptional and award-winning pianist, Dmitry Masleev.

Dmitry, the 2015 first prize winner of the International Tchaikovsky Competition, has performed all over the world in countries including Russia, Japan, USA, Italy, China and the UK. He has delighted audiences at the Berlin Konzerthaus, the Paris Philharmonie and Carnegie Hall in New York, and collaborated with leading conductors such as Valery Gergiev and Yevgeny Svetlanov. Dmitry has been joined onstage by orchestras such as the Orchestra of Radio France, Munich Symphony and Moscow Chamber Orchestra Musica Viva, captivating audiences who travel to see him from all around the world.

Among Dimitry’s notable competition prizes and gold medal awards are the 7th International Adilia Alieva Piano Competition in Gaillard France (2010), the 21st Chopin Premio Piano Competition in Rome (2011) and the Antonio Napolitano Piano Competition in Salerno (2013).

(c) Alikhan Photography

WildKat PR previously worked with Dmitry on the release of his self-titled piano album under the Russian label Melodiya in October 2017, which was recently honoured by the “Bestenliste” – Quarterly Critics’ Choice of the deutsche Schallplattenkritik – German Record Critics Award in January 2018.

The album, which includes an extraordinary selection of Domenico Scarlatti’s sonatas, alongside Prokofiev’s Piano Sonata No. 2 in D minor and Shostakovich’s Piano Concerto No. 2 in F major, deserves the highest recognition in its own right. His flawless playing exudes elegance; as Christoph Vratz states: “Masleev transports always the messages of warmth, provocation and barbed wit.”

“The way he negotiates the twists, turns and subtle cornerings of the harmonic invention [in his Scarlatti sonatas] is totally disarming and without a trace of self-consciousness. This is not merely competition-winning pianism but highly accomplished and communicative musicianship.“ 
Gramophone Magazine

“[Masleev’s] debut solo recording went straight onto our Recordings of the Year shortlist, thanks not only to the clarity and energy of Masleev’s playing but also the intriguing parallels which he draws between two superficially very different sound-worlds.“Presto Classical 

“Dmitry Masleev […] displays a steel-fingered monster technique. An Über Virtuoso.“ 
South Florida Classical Review

(c) Alikhan Photography Uomo Collezioni

Following this success, we are proud to continue working with Dmitry on his coming projects in 2018. Among the highlights will be his Artistic Residency at the Bodenseefestival in Germany in May (5th – 15th May 2018), featuring solo, chamber and orchestral performances, a two-piano recital with his teacher Mikhail Petukhov, and a concert with the SWR Symphonieorchester and the Borodin Quartet.

We are thrilled to be working with Dmitry on his upcoming collaborations with the Nice Philharmonic Orchestra and conductor Phillippe Auguin in April, the Ural Philharmonic Orchestra as part of a series of concerts in May and on his debut with the Vienna Orchestra at Konzerthaus Wien in October.

Here is his latest appearance on Arte’s TV show Stars von Morgen.

(Written on March 28, 2018 )

A warm welcome to the latest artist joining the WildKat family, classically-trained pianist Theodosia Ntokou.

Often you hear people talking about artists being passionate and determined about their art, but it isn’t always obvious what that actually means. If you look at the life and work of Theodosia you get a glimpse of what it means to truly be an artist dedicated to their craft. Growing up in Greece, she travelled nearly every weekend from Rhodes to Athens for a one-hour music lesson at the National Conservatory, a 600km journey across land and sea.

Foto: Vesna Dakic

After graduating with honours, Theodosia continued her studies with Hungarian pianist Laszlo Simon at the Universität der Künste Berlin and while undertaking a postgraduate degree from the Franz Liszt Academy of Budapest. She then moved to the USA where she completed her master’s degree with Russian pianist Oxana Yablonskaya at the Juilliard School in New York City, followed by an assistantship at the University of Hartford (The Hartt School).
In 2009, Theodosia met legendary pianist Martha Argerich for the first time and since then has become her protégé and remains under her guidance to this day. Together, they perform around the globe and are celebrated by audiences and critics alike.

Theodosia has won awards at several competitions such as the Young Artists International Piano Competition (2006) and the Bradshaw & Buono International Piano Competition (2007). In 2008, she received the Evelyn Bonar Scholarship Award. She performs in festivals across Europe, collaborating with famous orchestras such as the Amsterdam Sinfonietta and made her debut at the Carnegie Hall and the Berliner Philharmonie, amongst many others.
 
In the spring and summer of 2018, Theodosia will perform at prestigious venues including Gasteig Munich on March 18th and the Gewandhaus Leipzig and festivals including the Athens & Epidaurus Festival and the 55th International Piano Festival of Brescia and Bergamo.

(Written on March 16, 2018 )

Gediminas Gelgotas is unstoppable: the Lithuanian composer has created numerous works that are still being regularly broadcasted by stations such as Mezzo TV and Boiler Room TV to this day, and he shows no signs of slowing down.

Renowned double-bassist Roman Patkoló joins Gelgotas in his latest work Sanctifaction. Originally the fourth movement of his symphony Extracultural, Gelgotas strips it down for the piano and double-bass this time, and the results are compelling. A haunting and intensive musical experience, now brought to life through this stunning new music video.

The chemistry in the room and between the two are undeniable. Patkoló handles the double-bass rhythmically and melodically like no other – an unusual but mesmerising portrayal of the often-overlooked instrument. The duo makes it inevitably hard for anyone to ignore the contrast between the stunning rhythmic drive and austere, melodic beauty that come into view.

Coming up for Gediminas Gelgotas is the premiere of his Violin Concerto No. 1 at the Kissinger Sommer Festival 2018 with long-time collaborator and conductor Kristjan Järvi, who has earned a reputation as one of the canniest, and most innovative programmers on the classic scene.

Listen to Gediminas Gelgotas’ Sanctifaction on Spotify, Google Play and Deezer.

(Written on February 7, 2018 )

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’.

Pitchfork

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“. 

Klassik.Com

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.

pizzicato

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 ? 

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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.

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 Orpheus Chamber Music Competition kürt ihre Gewinner

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

(Written on December 19, 2017 )