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In our news today, the Prince of Wales pays tribute to the Welsh National Opera on its 70th anniversary, and Apple is considering a takeover of Jay Z’s streaming service Tidal and plans to prevent iPhone cameras from functioning during live events. Also, Anahid Ajemian, violinist and new-music champion, dies at 92, and Andris Nelsons withdraws from this year’s Bayreuth Festival.

The Telegraph

Apple ‘considering takeover’ of Jay Z’s Tidal streaming service

Apple is reportedly considering a potential takeover bid forJay Z’s music-streaming service Tidal.

BBC News

Prince of Wales pays tribute to Welsh National Opera

The Prince of Wales has paid tribute to the Welsh National Opera on its 70th anniversary.
A special concert was staged at Buckingham Palace on Thursday.

EveningStandard

A London orchestra is offering anyone the chance to be the conductor… regardless of musical ability

It’s the most important job in the orchestra, with every subtle swing of the baton capable of dramatically transforming the sound.

Adaptistration

Apple Plans To Bach-Block Your Live Event Recording

Your opinion on the pro/con smartphone camera use inside the venue argument may become moot if one or more of Apple’s recently granted patents makes its way into iPhones in the near future. In a nutshell, the patents detail the ability for the phone to receive infrared signal that will effectively disable or otherwise prevent the camera from functioning.

The New York Times

Anahid Ajemian, Violinist and New-Music Champion, dies at 92

Anahid Ajemian, a violinist known as an ardent champion of new music, died on June 13 at her home in Manhattan. She was 92.

Hoyesarte.com

Muere Juan Carmona ‘Habichuela’

El guitarrista Juan Carmona Carmona ‘Habichuela’ (Granada, 1933) ha fallecido en Madrid a lo 83 años.

Klassik.com

Dirigent Andris Nelsons wirft in Bayreuth kurzfristig das Handtuch

Der Dirigent Andris Nelsons hat sich kurzfristig von den Bayreuther Festspielen zurückgezogen. Der lettische Dirigent sollte eigentlich die diesjährige Festspielpremiere des “Parsifal” in knapp vier Wochen leiten.

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Mehr als 1000 Musiker beschweren sich bei EU-Kommission über YouTube

Der Konflikt zwischen der Musikindustrie und Googles Videoplattform YouTube wird schärfer. Über 1000 Musiker – darunter Stars wie Coldplay, Lady Gaga oder Ed Sheeran – haben sich bei der EU-Kommission beschwert, dass Dienste wie YouTube mit ihren breiten Gratis-Angeboten auf unfaire Weise Musik entwerteten.

Codex Flores

Geschlechtergerechtigkeit im Kultur- und Medienbetrieb

Eine Studie des Deutschen Kulturrates beschäftigt sich mit der Geschlechtergerechtigkeit im Kultur- und Medienbetrieb und der Frage, wie viele Frauen in künstlerischen Fächern studieren und arbeiten und was sie verdienen.

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Digital Music News @digitalmusicnws Apple Under Federal Investigation Over Apple Music Practices http://bit.ly/298cBwI

nmz @musikzeitung Kulturstiftung verleiht wertvolle Musikinstrumente an Nachwuchs:

klassik.com @klassikcom Karriere-News: Hein Mulders (Theater Essen)

 Jay Z unveiled Tidal last year to compete with Spotify. Credit: AFP

Jay Z unveiled Tidal last year to compete with Spotify. Credit: AFP

(Written on July 1, 2016 )

Classical News

In today’s news, Tagesspiegel reports on the scandal at Cologne’s Opera House, Semperoper may suffer due to Pegida manifestations and ENO Chorus votes in favour of industrial action. Also, Ennio Morricone wins Oscar for best film score

The Strad

Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra names Hee Young Lim principal cellist

The 28-year-old has won prizes at multiple competitions

The Guardian

Is opera the most misogynistic art form?

They stab themselves, throw themselves on funeral pyres, go mad and die. From Aida to Lulu, opera is extravagantly cruel to its female characters. Isn’t it time the divas were free to sing to their own tune?

Classical Music Magazine

ENO Chorus votes in favour of industrial action

The ENO Chorus has responded to the Equity ballot on industrial action with a unanimous vote in favour

broadwayworld.com

The Prince Of Wales to Act as Patron of The Menuhin Competition London 2016

The Menuhin Competition London 2016 is delighted to announce that The Prince Of Wales has agreed to be the Patron of the world’s leading Competition for young violinists

Der Tagesspiegel

Odyssee einer Oper

Auch Köln bekommt sein Musiktheater nicht saniert. Ein Besuch auf der Baustelle – und bei der Neuinszenierung von Braunfels’ Oper „Jeanne d’Arc“

Die Welt

Der Schatten von Pegida fällt auf die Semperoper

Stammgäste bleiben weg, Sänger fühlen sich unsicher, Proben müssen früher beendet werden. Wie geht die Dresdner Semperoper damit um, wöchentlich als Hintergrundfassade für Fremdenhass aufzuscheinen?

Süddeutsche Zeitung

Talentschmiede für Streicher

Mit dem Puchheimer Jugendkammerorchester haben Peter Michielsen und seine Frau Simone Burger-Michielsen ein Orchester aufgebaut, dessen Qualität und Bedeutung für die Talentförderung weit über die Grenzen des Landkreises hinaus bekannt und mehrfach ausgezeichnet ist

Economic Times

Oscar 2016: Ennio Morricone wins the best film score for ‘The Hateful Eight’

The Latest on the 88th annual Academy Awards being presented Sunday at the Dolby Theatre (all times local): 8:20 p.m.

France Musique

Les musiciens et les avions: ras-le-bol de la galère!

“Les musiciens ont le droit à un traitement décent d’où qu’ils viennent, lorsqu’ils voyagent en avion avec leur instrument, ” s’insurge la Fédération Internationale des Musiciens (FIM).

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BR_Klassik Filmmusik-Oscar für Ennio Unser Oscar-Special!

Pizzicato Magazine Berliner Philharmoniker verlieren Intendanten via

neue musikzeitung  Die Freiheit der Kunst ist in höchster Gefahr: Der Musikbereich muss auch politisch Farbe…

Photograph: Arge SBK/Rakoczky/Tagesspiegel

Photograph: Arge SBK/Rakoczky/Tagesspiegel

 

(Written on February 29, 2016 )

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WildKat PR is delighted to introduce our new client, German-Japanese pianist, Caterina Grewe.

Born in Tokyo in April 1988, Caterina has performed to great critical acclaim throughout the UK, continental Europe and Asia as a Steinway Artist. She has given recitals in venues such as the Bath Pump Room, Steinway Hall London and Hamburg, Royal Albert Hall, Cadogan Hall, Laeiszhalle in Hamburg, Palau de la Música Catalana in Barcelona and the Rachmaninoff Hall of the Moscow Conservatoire amongst others.

Caterina‘s recitals have been broadcast by the NDR in Hamburg and France Musique in Paris. She appeared alongside Lang Lang on Sir Michael Parkinson’s TV Show Parkinson Masterclass, which was aired on Sky TV in 2013. As a concerto soloist, she has appeared with the Classic Philharmonic Orchestra Hamburg, the Oldenburg State Orchestra, the RCM Symphony Orchestra, Jove Orquestra Nacional de Catalunya and the RTE National Symphony Orchestra, and has collaborated with conductors Robert Stehli, Thomas Dorsch, Robin O’Neill, Manel Valdivieso and Alan Buribayev.

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Caterina Grewe

Caterina has won numerous prizes at world-renowned piano competitions such as Third Prize at the Maria Canals International Piano Competition in Barcelona, and the Dublin International Piano Competition where she was a finalist and prizewinner in 2015. During her time at the Royal College of Music, Caterina won all major prizes including First Prize (Kendal Taylor Beethoven Piano Prize) at the annual RCM Beethoven Piano Competition in 2009 and was also awarded the HRH Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother Rose Bowl by the Prince of Wales for her outstanding achievements.

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Caterina Grewe

Caterina is recognised for the beauty, poetry, and temperament that her playing displays and the depth and maturity in her interpretations. She has always been especially drawn to the music of German Romantic composers. Schumann is one of her favourite composers and it is therefore only apt that her debut CD for KNS Classical features one of his most treasured works (Davidsbündlertänze) and one of his rather unduly undiscovered works (Concert sans orchestre).

 

(Written on February 8, 2016 )

Classical News

The Guardian

Will Self: ‘Opera remains the preserve of the rich’

Brecht and Weill’s Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny is a satire on money and hedonism written in an age of crisis. So can it rouse a Royal Opera House audience to activism, or will it be consumed like just another luxurious treat?

BBC Music Magazine

The A-Z of the piano

We celebrate the world’s most popular instrument with a look at 26 of its greatest features

Hidden treasures in Brahms’s early piano works

Boris Giltburg on rediscovering neglected scores

Classical Music Magazine

Arts Impact Fund puts £7m available to arts organisations in low-cost loans

A new fund combining public and private investment has been launched to promote the wider impact art has on society.

Classic FM

Dame Kiri Te Kanawa and Vladimir Ashkenazy honoured by Royal College of Music

The Prince of Wales presented legendary soprano Dame Kiri Te Kanawa and the iconic conductor and composer, Vladimir Ashkenazy, with honorary doctorates at a ceremony at the Royal College of Music.

International Arts Manager

CIPC Young Artists Competition to award top prize of USD25,000 (€22,100)

Cleveland International Piano Competition (CIPC) has relaunched its biennial Young Artists Competition, repositioning it as a major event on the international calendar.

Zeit Online

“Ich bin doch kein Markenprodukt”

Der Sänger als Regisseur: Rolando Villazón inszeniert Puccinis “La Rondine” in Berlin. Hier spricht er übers Träumen, das Flanieren und das Glücksgefühl beim Proben.

Frankfurter Allgemeine

Gericht stellt Verfahren wegen Blasphemie ein

Der Intendant und ein Regisseur des Opernhauses im russischen Nowosibirsk müssen sich nicht mehr vor Gericht für ihre „Tannhäuser“-Inszenierung verantworten. Das Verfahren wegen Schändung religiöser Symbole ist eingestellt.

Klavier.de

Klavierprofessor Lev Natochenny klagt gegen Pensionierung

Hochschulpräsident Thomas Rietschel will 65-Jährigen nicht weiterbeschäftigen.

pizzicato

Reine Elisabeth: 69 Candidates, 27% Coming From Korea

Out of 170 candidates for the 2015 violin competition, sent from all over the world, a jury chaired by Arie Van Lysebeth and composed of Pierre Amoyal, Patrice Fontanarosa, Mihaela Martin, Natalia Prischepenko, Marco Rizzi and Gilbert Varga has selected 69 candidates for the first public round, which starts on 4 May at Flagey in Brussels.

Park Hyun-Jung’s Revenge: Seoul Philharmonic Under Police Investigation

Police raided the offices of the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra (SPO) today in central Seoul, according to the Korean Times. The raid was the consequence of a plea by the former CEO of the Orchestra, Park Hyun-Jung.

El Mundo

Viaje por las entrañas de los genios de la historia de la música

Xavier Güell, alumno de Bernstein, recorre en su debut literario la partitura interior de los grandes fenómenos musicales que forjaron la historia. Una novela diferente porque habla en nombre de ellos.

Twitter

Music Education Expo @MusicEdExpo: At 10.10 in the Rhinegold Theare, @mectweets and the major exam boards set out plans for the new GCSEs, AS Levels and A Levels in music

Musical Futures ‏@musicalfutures : Core content to allow innovation, tighter assessment objectives. All exam boards to assess at same standard #MusicEdExpo

Gavin Plumley ‏@gavinplumley : Swan Lake @RoyalOperaHouse tonight and @MarkusWerba and @songpianist @wigmore_hall on Sunday. Not a bad weekend ahead!

NEWS RCM

Photo: Chris Christodoulou

 

(Written on March 13, 2015 )

The Telegraph

The International Opera Awards: a reminder of a vibrant operatic scene

Amid signs of gloom, the International Opera Awards are a welcome reminder of just how vibrant the operatic scene is. The 2nd International Opera Awards ceremony will take place tonight at Grosvenor House Hotel.

The Guardian

When UK pop was born: the 18th century

We take it for granted that music is all around us and endlessly accessible. But did you know that gigs, muzak, and the music business itself were all born in the 18th century in the UK?

Classic FM

Lang Lang receives honorary doctorate from Birmingham City University

This isn’t the first honorary degree the pianist has received. In 2011, the Prince of Wales awarded him a PhD from the Royal College of Music, in 2012 picked up a degree from the Manhattan School of Music, and is also an honorary fellow of Oxford University.

Classical Music Magazine

London International A Cappella Choir Competition: Tallis Scholars host tribute to Tavener

Choirs from Estonia, Spain, Poland, the US, Sweden, Ireland and the UK will compete in the competition, which was conceived as a 70th birthday tribute to Sir John Tavener and will now be held in his memory.

Royal Opera House

Marianela Nunez, Thiago Soares and Fernando Montano nominated for 2014 LUKAS awards

Royal Ballet Principals Marianela Nuñez and Thiago Soares, and First Artist Fernando Montaño have all been nominated for the Personality of the Year award at the Latin UK Awards (LUKAS). The LUKAS awards, which are now in their third year, celebrate the culture of Latin American, Spanish and Portuguese communities in the UK. This year, around 1,200 people were nominated for a total of 65 awards.

Spiegel Online

Vielseitige Sopranistin: Darf ich bitten, Herr Strauss!

Ob “Alphorn” oder “Madrigal”: Die Sopranistin Christiane Karg stürzt sich gern in musikalische Abenteuer. Da findet sie eine Menge in den Liedern von Richard Strauss. Die silbrige Faszination des “Rosenkavalier”-Komponisten leuchtet auch in der kleinen Form.
Klassik Akzente

Man kennt Myung Whun Chung als Dirigenten am Pult renommierter Ensembles wie dem Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France oder der Staatskapelle Dresden. Aber er ist auch ein exzellenter, inspirierter Pianist. Beispiel Piano.

Unerhörte Spannungen – Kammermusik von Harrison Birtwistle

ECM New Series widmet der Musik des britischen Komponisten Harrison Birtwistle erstmals ein ganzes Album. Till Fellner, Lisa Batiashvili, Adrian Brendel und die Sänger Amy Freston und Roderick Williams haben es aufgenommen.

Le Monde

Jonas Kaufmann, « wunderténor »

On doit à Jonas Kaufmann l’une de nos plus belles soirées lacrymales. C’était à l’Opéra Bastille, en janvier 2010. Le ténor allemand chantait le dernier acte du Werther de Massenet dans la mise en scène sensitive de Benoît Jacquot.

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(Written on April 7, 2014 )

The Huffington Post

Can Women Save Classical Music?

Changing statistics on classical music listeners

NPR

Classical Couples: Sweethearts Sharing The Stage

Happily, the arrows are still flying and the roster of musical matchups keeps growing. For this Valentine’s Day, NPR offer a few contemporary couples making beautiful music.

Milwaukee Wisconsin Journal Sentinel

For violinist Frank Almond, ‘disorienting’ experience brings gratitude

Frank Almond reunited with his 1715 Lipinski Stradivarius, performs with pianist William Wolfram at Wilson Center for the Arts. Monday’s performance was Almond’s first with the violin since it was recovered.

Classic FM Online

HRH the Prince of Wales guests on Classic FM

His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales tells of his love of classical music and, specifically, Hubert Parry.

The Guardian

We need to move beyond the cliches about ‘elitist’ opera

Why is opera routinely styled as the antithesis of everyday life? Let’s change the conversation and focus on the real thing, says Alexandra Wilson

‘Japanese Beethoven’ faces the music after admitting he is no longer deaf

Mamoru Samuragochi, who admitted paying professor to write symphonies, says he has regained some of his hearing

How video saved the opera star

Opera is waking up to the power of video. For his new production of Don Giovanni, the Royal Opera House’s Kasper Holten collaborated with a designer who turned U2 tours and the 2012 Olympics into visual spectaculars. Stuart Jeffries goes behind the screens

Limelight Magazine

Bryce Dessner: An American in Perth

All-round musician Bryce Dessner shares insight ahead of his Perth Festival classical gig.

Classic FM Online

Classic FM Online

(Written on February 12, 2014 )