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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.

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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.

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Royal Academy of Music appoints new visiting professors

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Finanzielle Unterstützung für zeitgenössische Musik und Beethoven-Jubiläum

Kulturstiftung des Bundes subventioniert Musikprojekte und Ensembles bis 2022

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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.

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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

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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.

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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 )

Classical News

In today’s news, Classical Music Magazine reports on a survey which reveals hearing issues amongst musicians, the BBC launches a store selling its TV broadcasts as digital downloads and CBS News explains how a New York couple hold chamber music concerts in their home. Also, Alice Cooper talks to the Guardian about Prokofiev’s ‘Peter and the Wolf’ and his narration of a new version

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Survey highlights hearing issues faced by musicians

A survey conducted by Help Musicians UK has revealed severe hearing loss amongst musicians of all ages, with most attributing this to their work in music

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BBC Store launches

An online shop selling BBC TV broadcasts as digital downloads has launched today, 5 November 2015. Concerts from this summer’s BBC Proms and the 2008 season will be among the programmes featured in the BBC Store, along with historian David Starkey’s four-part series Music and Monarchy

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Alice Cooper: ‘These classical composers were crazier than me!’

Rock’s shocker in chief, who once threw a live chicken at his audience, explains how he fell for Prokofiev’s children’s classic Peter and the Wolf

CBS Evening News

A classical music house call

After a busy day at work, Eileen Trilli and her family tidied up their Brooklyn, New York home before guests — friends and strangers — arrived for a private show. It’s called Groupmuse, and they offer a chance for music lovers to experience classical chamber music in an intimate setting

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„Ich fühle mich oft wie ein Dinosaurier”

Der Pianist Arcadi Volodos über sein Verfallsdatum, das Zeitgefühl der Spanier und Globalisierung in der Musik

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Türkei: Zeitung stellt Pianist Fazil Say als Regierungskritiker an den medialen Pranger

Die türkische Zeitung “Sabah” hat 16 Künstler wegen regierungskritischer Kommentaren im Internet als “Künstler, die ihr Volk verachten” öffentlich angeprangert. Darunter ist auch der Pianist Fazil Say, der die Regierung von Ministerpräsident Erdogan seit längerem kritisch begleitet

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Tod der griechischen Dirigentin Louly Psichouli

Wie das internationale Kulturzentrum und Konservatorium Athenaeum vermeldet, ist Louly Psichouli, die erste griechische Dirigentin und Gründerin des Zentrums und des internationalen Maria Callas Grand Prix verstorben

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Hans Zimmer anuncia su primera gira europea

El compositor e intérprete de música de cine anuncia 19 conciertos en el continente. Sus actuaciones arrancarán el 6 de abril de 2016 y no visitará España

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Óliver Díaz, nuevo director musical del Teatro de la Zarzuela

Óliver Díaz, actual titular de la Orquesta Ciudad de Gijón y de la Barbieri Symphony Orchestra (BSO), es el nuevo director musical del Teatro de la Zarzuela

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(Written on November 5, 2015 )

With only two weeks to go, we’re very excited here at WildKat PR as we prepare for the Oxford Chamber Music Festival 2015. The festival takes place 30 September – 3 October, with concerts in Holywell Music Room, University Church of St Mary the Virgin and Merton College Chapel. The festival’s theme – ‘From a Tender Age’ – provides a fascinating programme, which explores the relationship between music and youth, and includes first opuses, first loves, early inspiration, compositions dedicated to children and the genius of Wunderkinder.

The festival’s four days are packed with diverse and exciting events, but we thought we’d draw your attention to a few highlights in particular.

Wednesday evening’s concert, Expectation and Fate, explores early influences, and begins with Steve Reich’s Different Trains – a piece inspired by his childhood train journeys. This concert also includes Vierne’s lesser-known Piano quintet op. 42, which is a memorial to his son, who was killed in WW1.

Similarly, Friday afternoon’s concert features a special arrangement of Berg’s Violin Concerto – dedicated to Alma Mahler’s daughter – “To the memory of an angel”. Other highlights include Prokofiev’s narrated Peter and the Wolf, featured in Thursday’s concert Wonderland. Through this magical story, Prokofiev captures the hopes and fears of childhood and sets each instrument as a particular character.

Saturday’s Brunch Concert combines our two favourite things – food and music – and includes Saint-Saëns’ The Elephant, Ravel’s Mother Goose and Ridout’s Ferdinand the Bull. It promises to be great fun for adults and children alike. In contrast, adolescent love is captured in Prokofiev’s Suite from Romeo and Juliet, which is part of Thursday’s evening concert, Jeunehomme/Dame.

Furthermore, in addition to works about youthfullness, the festival also combines works written by adolescents and child prodigies. These namely feature in Friday’s lunchtime concert, Early Impressions, and Friday evening’s concert Wunderkind.

This diverse festival provides a sensational programme for both old and young, and additional events – including evening drinks with supper and Saturday brunch – provide both opportunities to socialise with fellow concertgoers and the chance to meet the fantastic performers. This year artistic director Priya Mitchell will once again be joined by an exceptional group of musicians, including Ilya Gringolts, Vladimir Mendelssohn, Hugo Ticciati and leading Scandinavian cellist Torleif Thedeen. Described by the Independent as ‘an event unlike any other’, and hailed ‘a musical miracle’ by The Daily Telegraph, this festival promises to be unforgettable, and we look forward to seeing you there!

Check out the Oxford Chamber Music Festival on Twitter and Facebook, and click here to visit the official website for more information and ticket sales.

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(Written on September 16, 2015 )

WildKat PR welcomes back the brilliant conductor Rachael Young to its client roster. Highlights of Rachael’s 2015/16 season include 2 performances in Santiago with the Orquesta Sinfonica de Chilé  on the 23rd and 24th October and the 18th May with the Kammerorchester Berlin.

Having started her career as a cellist in her native New Zealand and moving on to Massachusetts and London with her studies, Rachael started conducting in 2009, progressing quickly under the guidance of Maestro Leonid Grin.

Rachael has thrived by working with ensembles including the Russian Virtuosi of Europe, the London Soloists Chamber and the Parnu City Orchestra. Likewise, her experience has grown as an assistant conductor alongside Paavo Jarvi and Leonid Grin and in recordings with Steven Isserlis of the Prokofiev and Shostakovich cello concerto. In recent years, conducting masterclasses at both the Jarvi Academy Summer and Winter Academies in Estonia have further determined Rachael’s growing reputation.

Keep up to date with Rachael on the WildKat PR blog and on her website.

For tickets to her concert with the Orquesta Sinfonica de Chilé click here and for tickets with the Kammerorchester Berlin, click here.

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(Written on July 24, 2015 )

Following the success of their previous concert, here at WildKat PR we have been looking forward to our client Orpheus Sinfonia’s next Beneath The Score concert: ‘The Shakespeare Influence’. The evening’s music will be inspired by the works of Shakespeare and include works from composers such as Mendelssohn, Prokofiev and Tchaikovsky. The performance will also be interspersed with readings by two young talented actors from some of Shakespeare’s most loved plays: ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream,’ ‘Much Ado about Nothing,’ and ‘Romeo and Juliet.’

The Beneath The Score series aims to bring classical music to new audiences and expand the knowledge of the experienced, by exploring the meaning behind the work during the concert. The first concert, which explored Beethoven’s life and revolutionary influence, included readings of extracts of his diaries and images to bring the music more to life. Indeed, many audience members, newcomers and seasoned concertgoers alike, commented on how much they learnt as well as how much they enjoyed the music. One person remarked how she did not realise how early Beethoven’s deafness set in whilst another was very new to the experience and so learnt much more than he knew before.

The concert will be performed by the talented Orpheus Sinfonia, an orchestra composed of recently graduated musicians emerging from study into the profession, and conducted by conductor, cellist and presenter Thomas Carroll. The Shakespeare Influence will take place this Thursday (22nd January 2015) at 19:30pm at St George’s Church in Hanover Square. Tickets can be found here. It promises to be a fascinating and uplifting evening.

Find Orpheus Sinfonia on FacebookTwitter and YouTube.

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The Orpheus Sinfonia in Concert. Photo found at orpheusfoundation.com

 

 

(Written on January 19, 2015 )

Starting this Saturday and continuing throughout the month of November, Wimbledon will welcome world-class artists from around the globe to perform in various venues as part of the Wimbledon International Music Festival.

Now in its sixth year, the Festival has gone from strength to strength, programming unique concerts and performances from internationally renowned musicians and actors. Supported by Arts Council England, this is Wimbledon’s most creative and expansive year yet.

Wimbledon’s War and Peace theme is particularly unique. Haydn’s ‘Nelson’ Mass will feature in the opening concert given by The Academy Choir and Baroque Players, and The Katona Twins will perform their programme ‘For Whom the Bell Tolls’, interwoven with the prose and poetry of international writers, narrated by actor Henry Goodman. Prokofiev’s celebrated ‘War Sonata’ No. 7 will also feature in young pianist Denis Kozhukhin’s recital. The festival also offers ‘Peace’ with Mozart’s ‘Exsultate Jubilate’ and fun with ‘Death by Custard’, ballads performed by Musicians of the Globe.

The centre-piece of this year’s Festival will be an original production of Stravinsky’s dramatic masterpiece The Solider’s Tale – set as a computer game, with a parachute drop in, projections, and a smart phone used as never before. Fully costumed, with seven dancers and narrator it is supported musically by an extraordinary group of musicians. All musicians are Principals from major orchestras, aside from world renowned clarinettist Michael Collins, perhaps the finest clarinet player in the world.

Other highlights include the extended jazz series in association with Maggie Black Jazz Promotions and the New Generation Artists Series. New Generation Artists performing this year include musicians from the Yehudi Menuhin School, Ars Eloquentiae, Busch Piano Trio and BBC Young Musician of the Year Martin James Bartlett.

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(Written on November 7, 2014 )

On Friday 23rd August David Finckel and Wu Han featured live on BBC Radio 3’s ‘In Tune’, where they were interviewed and played a selection of pieces live which included Brahms, Prokofiev and Shostakovich.

Wu talked passionately about her love for technology in the music world, saying that she often uses an iPad instead of sheet music due to its ability to give her ‘total control’ over what she is playing.

David and Wu also talked about the amount of time they spend travelling around Europe and America, and spoke of their creation of the Music@Menlo festival in America.

To listen to their interview click here

 

 

(Written on August 27, 2013 )