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In today’s news: Rapper Kendrick Lamar is the first non-classical artist to win the Pulitzer Prize, RNCM pledges to make Manchester leading green city, soprano, Julia Bullock battles social injustice, several musicians give their Echo-Awards back and Deutsche Oper Berlin announced its plans for 2018/19 season.

Classical Music

RNCM supports Greater Manchester environmental pledge

The Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM) is backing Andy Burnham’s environmental pledge to remove single-use plastics by 2020, with the aim of making Greater Manchester one of the leading green city regions in Europe.

Financial Times

Philharmonia Orchestra, Royal Festival Hall, London — the sound of the universe

To celebrate the opening of the new concert hall in Seoul in 2016, Unsuk Chin chose metaphysics whose theme is “our physical relationship with the cosmos”

Pacific Times

Julia Bullock is Fighting for Social Justice One Song at a Time

Bullock, a biracial soprano, sings Schubert and Fauré but also Billie Holiday and Nina Simone—and she’s blazing trails.

The List

Niall Horan recording Flicker songs with Irish orchestra

Niall Horan has teamed up with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra for a special performance of songs from his solo LP ‘Flicker’ for Irish radio.

Science Daily

Music intensifies effects of anti-hypertensive medication

Anti-hypertensive drugs improving heart rate more in patients who listen to music after taking medication

Fortune

Kendrick Lamar Becomes the First Rapper to Win the Pulitzer Music Prize

Kendrick Lamar won the 2018 Pulitzer Prize in music for his album DAMN., making him the first non-jazz or classical artist to win the prize.

Zeit online

Mehrere Musiker geben Echo zurück

Preisträger protestieren gegen die Echo-Auszeichnung für Kollegah und Farid Bang. Den Verantwortlichen wird Verantwortungs- und Geschmacklosigkeit vorgeworfen.

Der Tagesspiegel

Deutsche Oper Berlin: Die Saison 2018/19 – Franzosen, Fontane und Fanale

Die Deutsche Oper Berlin hat ihre Planung für die Saison 2018/19 vorgestellt. Und sieht sich als einziges Berliner Haus, das französisches Repertoire pflegt.

Musik Heute

Kent Nagano erhält Champagne-Preis für Lebensfreude

Hamburg/Berlin (MH) – Der Dirigent Kent Nagano (66) hat am Montagabend in Hamburg den Champagne-Preis für Lebensfreude erhalten. Der US-Amerikaner mit japanischen Wurzeln vermittle durch Musik eine große Lebensfreude, erklärten die Veranstalter.

El País

El PSOE cuestiona la seguridad de un concierto de la banda sinfónica en CentroCentro

La concejal Mar Espinar exige al Ayuntamiento que aclare cómo fija el número máximo de aforo para los músicos en el escenario

Platea Magazine

Fabio Biondi dimite como director musical del Palau de les Arts

Según fuentes próximas al Palau de Les Arts de Valencia, uno de sus dos directores musicales has hoy, el italiano Fabio Biondi (Palermo, 1961), ha presentado su dimisión tras tres años en el cargo.

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(Written on April 17, 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).

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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

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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 )

We are always thrilled when artists return to us to promote their exciting new projects. This is the case with Dmitry Masleev, one of the most promising, rising piano talents of our time. This is our third collaboration and this time Dmitry not only has concerts and debuts around the world, but will also release his highly anticipated debut album on the legendary label Melodiya.

After winning the International Tchaikovsky Competition in 2015, he went on to fascinate audiences all over the world, playing at the Berlin Konzerthaus, the Paris Philharmonie and Carnegie Hall, amongst many others. He has been joined on stage by orchestras such as the Orchestra of Radio France, Munich Symphony and Moscow Chamber Orchestra Musica Viva, also seeking artistic friendship with, Boris Berezovsky and Gidon Kremer.

In the past two years of successful concerts, Dmitry has enjoyed performing in front of a live audience, which has not only given him invaluable experience but has also allowed him to speak and engage with concertgoers directly. It quickly became clear that they highly anticipated a debut recording so, gladly responding to the audience’s demand, Dmitry is now announcing the release of his debut album under the Russian label Melodiya this October. WildKat PR will be supporting Dmitry for this release.

This debut album titled, in pure simplicity, “Piano” will include a 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. Even though Dmitry stated in an interview that Russian music was very appealing to him because of the freedom he feels while playing it, it is no coincidence that the Italian Baroque composer Scarlatti can be found on his album. Scarlatti had an important impact on the development of Classicism, which largely shaped the way Shostakovich and Prokofiev composed.

The release of ‘Piano” will coincide with Dmitry’s debuts at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and St. Johns Smith Square in London, as part of the Blüthner Piano Series. He will be touring in the US, playing at the Schloss Elma and with the Bamberger Symphoniker at the end of the year. Stay tuned for more details as it will be – yet again – an exciting year for Dmitry!

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(Written on September 11, 2017 )

In today’s news: Voices Now reveals results of Big Chorus Census, RSNO launches third Composers’ Hub competition, and Facebook reveals plans to negotiate with existing digital music platforms. Exclusive concert at the Elbphilharmonic for police men after G20 summit riots, and conductor Frank Matthus leaves Kammeroper Rheinsberg.

Choir and Organ

Voices Now reveals results of Big Chorus Census

There are at least 40,000 choirs singing regularly in the UK, according to Voices Now. The charity has revealed the results of its Big Choral Census – its first piece of research – which examined the activity and volume of vocal groups across the UK.

Classical Music Magazine

RSNO launches third Composers’ Hub competition

The Royal Scottish National Orchestra (RSNO) has launched its third Composers’ Hub competition.

The Strad

Lara Boschkor wins Tonali Violin Competition in Germany

The 17-year-old Kronberg Academy student took home the top prize of €10,000 for her performance of Prokofiev’s First Violin Concerto

Pizzicato

Josep Pons Named Conductor Laureate of the Orchestra of Granada

The Mayor of Granada and President of the Orquesta Ciudad de Granada, Francisco Cuenca, has named Josep Pons (*1957) Conductor Laureate.

Music Business Worldwide

Facebook reveals plans to negotiate with existing digital music platforms

Back in March, MBW revealed that Facebook was hiring for no less than three senior positions – all focused on the direct licensing of music.

Tagesspiegel

Frank Matthus verlässt Kammeroper Rheinsberg

2018 ist Schluss. Frank Matthus, der künstlerische Leiter der Kammeroper Schloss Rheinsberg, verlässt das Opernfestival in Brandenburg.

Berliner Zeitung

Nach G20-Krawallen Gratis-Konzert für Polizisten in der Elbphilharmonie 

Sechs Tage nach den Staats- und Regierungschefs lädt die Hamburger Elbphilharmonie auch Polizisten ein, die beim G20-Gipfel im Einsatz waren.

NMZ

Unterm Regenbogen – München leuchtet schillernd bunt!

So geht es auch: Klassik und Neue Musik als Starter für die CSD-Woche in der Bayernmetropole.

Broadway World

Newly Appointed Principal Bass and Horn Announced by L.A. Chamber Orchestra

Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO), one of the nation’s premier orchestras as well as a leader in presenting wide-ranging repertoire and adventurous commissions, appoints David Grossman as Principal Bass and Michael Thornton as Principal Horn, announces LACO’s Executive Director Scott Harrison.

WQXR

Traffic Marshall Surprises Travelers with a Public Piano Performance

Traveling by rail (or air, or sea) can be a draining experience.

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Choir and Organ: Voices Now

(Written on July 12, 2017 )

Last night in Fort Worth, Texas, six pianists were chosen to progress to the final round of the Fifteenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. They are as follows:

Kenneth Broberg, United States, 23
Rachel Cheung, Hong Kong, 25
Yury Favorin, Russia, 30
Daniel Hsu, United States, 19
Yekwon Sunwoo, South Korea, 28
Georgy Tchaidze, Russia, 29

Before announcing the winners, Leonard Slatkin (Jury Chair), gave a though-provoking speech, reminding us all that music has the power to transport us to a better place, and that the competitors all have the responsibility to advance the cause of great art.  Cliburn CEO Jacques Marquis, and Chairman Carla Kemp Thompson offered their thanks to all the competitors and the fantastic Cliburn team working so hard to make the competition such a great success for both Fort Worth, and classical music.

Image: Leonard Slatkin

The final round will begin on Wednesday at 7.30pm.  Each competitor performs twice: on June 7–8, each finalist will join the Brentano String Quartet for a piano quintet.   Then, on June 9–10, each will perform a concerto with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra conducted by Leonard Slatkin.  Excitingly for the audience, no two competitors will play the same piano concerto, with repertoire consisting of: Prokofiev Piano Concerto No. 2 and No. 3, Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 1, Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 4, and Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 3 and Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini.

The winners of the Fifteenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition will be announced in the Awards Ceremony, which begins  at 7.00pm on June 10. As always, the finals can be streamed live at cliburn2017.medici.tv.  Besides the performances, presenters Anderson and Roe give a fascinating insight into life backstage.  The finals will also be broadcast at a later date on Classic FM, who are the Cliburn’s Official UK Broadcast Partner.

Image: The six finalists of the Cliburn

Kat and James are currently in Fort Worth for the finals, and will be tweeting from @WildKatPR. Follow us for updates.

(Written on June 6, 2017 )

Last night, Kat, Olivia, James and Eliza attended the BBC Music Magazine Awards at Kings Place in London.

After a couple of glasses of fizz, we began the awards ceremony.  Oliver Condy, Editor of BBC Music Magazine, hobbled on stage to open proceedings, explaining how crowd-surfing at a Couperin-fuelled rave was the cause of his broken ankle a month before. Oliver then introduced his co-presenter Sara Mohr-Pietsch, (standing in for James Naughtie), and things got underway.  See below for a summary of winners.

We were especially delighted to attend to see our client, Accentus Music, pick up the Best DVD Award.  Paul Smaczny, Director of Accentus Music and producer of the winning release of Berg’s Wozzeck was there to accept the award.  He gave his heartfelt thanks to his team, and read the following from soloist Christian Gerhaher:  “I feel so incredibly satisfied that this Wozzeck production, which was—and every director should please forgive me—the most exhilarating in my life, receives the greatest acclamation. The result of visualising this extraordinary staging in that simple but nearly fully conveying way is just admirable. It brings to life the wonderful months that we and the audience spent with Berg’s masterwork one and half years ago. I would definitely call this a defining criterion of opera DVDs. Thank you all!”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Special guest presenters included all-round fahionista and style guru, Gok Wan, who recently released his own curated album of opera entitled ‘Gok’s Divas’.  Comedian Alastair McGowan tickled the audience with a series of stunning impressions and tenuous puns, before presenting Best Instrumental Award to Mahan Esfahani for his recording of Bach’s Goldberg Variations. With his customary loud-mouth, Mahan gave an impassioned and thoughtful acceptance speech, leaving us with a call to action: ‘Extend classical music, and it will be limitless in what it gives back to you.’

Dame Joan Bakewell, who presented the Recording of the Year Award offered a thought-provoking address on the great value the BBC has in the classical music world, and the impact it had on her own appreciation of music. She announced the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic with Vasily Petrenko performing Tchaikovsky Symphonies as Recording of the Year.

Throughout the evening, a number of references were made to the Proms Launch, which takes place today. BBC Radio 3 Controller, Alan Davey, slightly let the cat out of the bag when he said there would be lots of concerts in a big round hall.  Unfortunately, we can’t confirm this at the moment, but watch this space.

Vocal Award Matthias Goerne, Synergy Vocals, BBC SO, Josep Pons

Opera Award Mozart Don Giovanni, MusicAeterna, Teodor Currentzis

Chamber Music Award Martinu Piano Trios, Smetana Trio

Orchestral Award Tchaikovsky Symphonies, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Vasily Petrenko, Onyx

Instrumental Award Bach Goldberg Variations, Mahan Esfahani, Deutsche Grammophon

DVD Award Berg Wozzeck, Christian Gerhaher, Opernhaus Zurich, Accentus Music

Newcomer Award Prokofiev and Tchaikovsky Piano Concertos, Beatrice Rana, Antonio Pappano, Orchestra Dell-Accademia Nazionale Di Santa Cecilia

Concerto Award CPE Bach Cello Concertos, Nicolas Altstaedt, Jonathan Cohen, Arcangelo, Hyperion

Premiere Award Julian Anderson, Vladimir Jurowski, Carolin Widmann, London Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir

Choral Award Jonathan Harvey, Deo, The Choir of St John’s College Cambridge, Andrew Nethsingha, Signum Records

Record of the Year Award  Tchaikovsky Symphonies, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Vasily Petrenko, Onyx

Many congratulations from all of us at WildKat PR to Accentus Music, and all the other winners! We’re looking forward to next year’s awards already.

 

(Written on April 20, 2017 )

Welcoming back pianist Dmitry Masleev

WildKat PR is delighted to welcome back pianist Dmitry Masleev, the triumphant winner of the International Tchaikovsky Competition (2015).

In 2016, WildKat had the opportunity to support Dmitry Masleev during his successful European tour, including a great debut with the Münchner Symphoniker in Munich and a remarkable appearance at the Klavierfestival Ruhr, which was followed by invitations from the Rheingau, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and Bad Kissingen festivals. Dmitry Masleev was called a pianist of “virtuoso brilliance” (The Financial Times), possessing “musicality of metaphysical proportions” (Neue Musikzeitung).

© 2017 Dmitry Masleev

© 2017 Dmitry Masleev

2017 began for Masleev with a highly anticipated Carnegie Hall début recital where he performed a “fiercely demanding” programme of Scarlatti, Beethoven, Prokofiev, Rachmaninoff, and Liszt, which cemented his reputation internationally as “one of the genuinely great pianists of his generation” (New York City Informer).

WildKat is very happy to support Dmitry Masleev for his next great debut: on March 11th Dmitry Masleev will perform Rachmaninoff’s Variations on the Theme of Paganini at the Konzerthaus Berlin with the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra and Robert Trevino. Keep checking the WildKat PR blog for updates!

© 2017 Dmitry Masleev

© 2017 Dmitry Masleev

(Written on February 28, 2017 )

WildKat PR is delighted to be working with New Zealand-born conductor Rachael Young again, supporting her in establishing her profile in Germany and promoting her cooperation with orchestras.

Being described as ‘a serious musician and a very sensitive and dynamic conductor’, Rachael Young began her conducting studies in 2009 in her native country, New Zealand, as a professional cellist before she was based in London.

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As an assistant conductor, she has worked alongside Paavo Järvi in concerts and recordings with the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra, including the recent recording of Prokofiev and Shostakovich’s cello concerti with Steven Isserlis. In addition, she worked with the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen and violinist Viktoria Mullova on Shostakovich’s works. She has also worked with conductor Leonid Grin with the Orquesta Sinfónica de Chile.

As ‘a musician of great integrity and insight’, guest-conducting engagements took Rachael Young to South America and Europe. Highlights include her successful debut in Berlin at the Berlin Philharmonie with Deutsches Kammerorchester (DKO) Berlin, working with soloist Viktoria Postnikova, as well as in Santiago with the Orquesta Sinfónica de Chile.

WildKat PR is looking forward to be working with Rachael Young once more. Keep up to date with Rachael on her website and on the WildKat PR blog.

(Written on December 7, 2016 )

Classical News

In today’s classical news, The Royal Academy of Music has appointed 2 new visiting professors, cellist Steven Isserlis and pianist Bengt Forsberg. To commemorate the 125th anniversary of the birth of composer Sergei Prokofiev, the renowned Mariinsky Theatre Symphony Orchestra gave a concert on Thursday, which was captured in 360° video. Also, American conductor Kent Nagano officially launched an ambitious educational project called ‘La musique aux enfants’ in Montreal.

Opera Now Magazine

Salzburg Festival 2017 to feature five new productions

The Salzburg Festival 2017 will include 40 operatic performances, including five new productions, two concert performances, three semi-staged performances and a revival from the Salzburg Whitsun Festival.

Music Teacher Magazine

Royal Academy of Music appoints new visiting professors

The Royal Academy of Music has appointed Steven Isserlis and Bengt Forsberg as visiting professors.

CMUSE

Five great arias from Donizetti operas

Tuesday was the birthday of Italian opera composer Gaetano Donizetti, giving us the opportunity to look through his works and select five of the best arias.

Watch the Mariinsky Theatre Symphony Orchestra perform in 360° video

The renowned Mariinsky Theatre Symphony Orchestra gave a concert on Thursday to commemorate the 125th anniversary of the birth of composer Sergei Prokofiev. And, for the first time in that famous venue’s long history, the performance was captured in 360° video.

pizzicato

Nagano Launches Exciting New Educational Program In Montreal

American conductor Kent Nagano officially launched an ambitious educational project called La musique aux enfants in Montreal.

neue musikzeitung

Noch-Kulturstaatssekretär Tim Renner will in die Bundespolitik

«Wenn Ihr meinen Hut sucht – liegt im Ring!», schrieb er am Donnerstag auf Facebook und bestätigte Medienberichte, nach denen er sich bei der SPD für eine Direktkandidatur in Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf beworben hat.

klassik.com

Finanzielle Unterstützung für zeitgenössische Musik und Beethoven-Jubiläum

Kulturstiftung des Bundes subventioniert Musikprojekte und Ensembles bis 2022

Deutschlandradio Kultur

Die Geige aus dem Schützengraben

Aus einer Zigarrenkiste hat vor rund 100 Jahren der Soldat Oskar Thiele an der Westfront eine Geige gebaut. In Dresden wird demnächst das außergewöhnliche Modell aus dem Schützengraben ausgestellt.

El País

Alfred Brendel: “Vivimos una época dorada para violinistas, no tanto para los pianistas”

El legendario pianista y escritor presenta una colección de ensayos y repasa su carrera

Twitter

Classical Music @ClassicalMusic_ .@FcoColl, @BarnabyMartin, @DianaBurrell48 and more: December’s premieres

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Photo: Satoshi Aoyagi

(Written on December 2, 2016 )

Since its release on Saturday, the classical version of Turkish pianist, AyseDeniz Gokcin’s Nirvana Project has been shared across the world by a huge range of publications. AyseDeniz featured on the front page of Germany’s taz. die tageszeitung yesterday and was interviewed too. France’s biggest daily newspaper Le Figaro wrote a news story about the new album and there were stories on news pages, as well as rock, classical and lifestyle blogs in the US, Bosnia, Hungary, Turkey, Greece and much more. 

Listen to it here to get a feel for it yourself.

Nirvana Classical

Nirvana Classical

Shortly before the release of the classical version, AyseDeniz spoke to BBC News about why and how she went about giving Nirvana’s famously grungy sound a more classical edge. Since it was published on Kurt Cobain’s birthday (20 February), the video has been shared all over the world, including by France’s biggest weekly newspaper ‘Le Figaro’. Her Nirvana project has also been shared on the official Nirvana Facebook page.

The release date of AyseDeniz’s Nirvana Classical coincided with lead singer Kurt Cobain’s birthday; he would have been 49 this year. The majority of musicians paying homage to Kurt Cobain are, as expected, rock bands doing covers of Nirvana’s songs. AyseDeniz is totally original, in that she makes the music her own by merging rock with classical virtuoso piano, influenced by composers Prokofiev and Rachmaninoff.

This isn’t the first time that one of AyseDeniz’s projects has gone viral. Upon the release of her Pink Floyd Lisztified album in 2012, AyseDeniz received worldwide recognition. You can read the full story here.

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Keep up to date with AyseDeniz on her website, Twitter and Facebook.

 

(Written on February 24, 2016 )