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WildKat PR is thrilled to be working with Blüthner on their inaugural Piano Series. Seven virtuosi will showcase the piano with its unique Golden Tone in a series of seven recitals held at St John’s Smith Square over the 2017/18 season.

From its founding in 1853 by Julius Blüthner, the eponymous firm has remained family-run. Current CEO, Dr Christian Blüthner-Haessler, enjoyed a successful career as a cancer surgeon, before taking the reins in 1996, and being named Businessman of the Year in Germany in 2004 after just 8 years in the industry.

From its inception, Blüthner has been an innovative company, which can be seen today in its impressive range of Design Pianos, and the extraordinary PH Grand. Blüthner has also pushed boundaries exploring the mechanics of tone production, with the creation of the Aliquot string, an added fourth string which vibrates sympathetically, cylindrical soundboards, and angle cut hammers, resulting in a truly special sound.

The starry list of Blüthner advocates includes Brahms, Mahler, Bartók, Debussy, Reger, Wagner, Tchaikovsky, Shostakovich, Rachmaninoff, Liberace, Stevie Wonder, and Ariana Grande.

The seven programmes held at St John’s Smith Square will be performed by outstanding talents from across the world, highlighting the versatility, depth, and character of the Blüthner instrument. Repertoire will include Bach, Mozart, and Beethoven; Tchaikovsky, Chopin, and Brahms; Stravinsky and transcriptions of Chinese music; Sjogren, Nielssen, and Nilsson. Tom Poster’s Kaleidoscope Chamber Collective will open the series performing Clara Schumann, Brahms, Schubert, and Robert Schumann.

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(Written on September 14, 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 )

Today’s news: Luther Burbank Center for the Arts (LBC) and the Santa Rosa Symphony announced the lineup for their 2017-2018 season collaboration. St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra reinvents Russia’s national music, and Facebook is looking for new legal music licensing management. Metropolitan Museum of Art changes executives, and Micah Holt discusses the generation gap within the classical world.

Washington Post

The St. Petersburg Philharmonic moves beyond cliches

Orchestras should not be locked into playing music of their country of origin. And yet great orchestras retain a special relationship to their national music. To hear the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra play a program of Rachmaninoff and Shostakovich is tantamount to a cliche. And yet that’s what they did, under the great Yuri Temirkanov, at the Kennedy Center on Monday night, thanks to Washington Performing Arts — and you’re not going to hear either of those pieces done much better.

Classical Music Magazine

Changing the focus: International Women’s Day events

Our pick of the events celebrating the achievements of women on and around International Women’s Day.

Classic FM

This composer writes out music as it’s performed, and it’s beautifully captivating

It’s not too tricky to name classical music from or inspired by the likes of Germany, Italy, France or Russia. But what if we asked to you think of classical music from Australia? It’s a little harder…

Music Business Worldwide

Now Facebook is Hiring for a Legal Music Licensing Boss

The signals seem clear: the world’s biggest social network, with its 1.9 billion active users, is finally ready to pay something for the use of music on its platform.

NEPA Scene

VIDEO: NEPA Philharmonic trumpeter Micah Holt talks reaching millennials with classical music

Principal trumpet player Micah Holt recognises that all too well, noting that generational gap.

The New York Times

New Music From Silence for the New York Philharmonic

Alan Gilbert, music director of the New York Philharmonic, returns to its podium this week. Not coincidentally, so does new music. Cue Lera Auerbach’s Violin Concerto No. 4, written for Leonidas Kavakos and receiving its premiere at David Geffen Hall on Wednesday.

Thomas P. Campbell resigned under pressure on Tuesday as the director and chief executive of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, after months of growing concerns among staff members and some trustees about its financial health and his capacity to lead the largest museum in the country.

Broadway World

Luther Burbank Center for the Arts Announces 2017-2018 Symphony Pops Series

Today, Luther Burbank Center for the Arts (LBC) and the Santa Rosa Symphony announced the lineup for their 2017-2018 Symphony Pops Series collaboration.

Der Tagesspiegel

Der sanfte Gigant

Er marschierte mit Martin Luther King und war der König des Calypsos. Heute wird der US-amerikanische Sänger und Schauspieler Harry Belafonte 90 Jahre alt. Eine Gratulation.

Concerti

Amadeus, Amadeus

Der Name Mozart zündet immer. Kein Wunder, dass jene Städte, in denen der Komponist zu Lebzeiten verweilte, mit Festivals seiner gedenken

Pizzicato

Naxos baut audiovisuelle Sparte aus

Naxos baut seine Präsenz im Video-Bereich aus. Das geht aus einer Pressemitteilung zur rezenten Label- und Händlertagung von ‘Naxos Deutschland’ hervor.

Klassik.com

Frühere Prager Operndirektorin Eva Herrmannova gestorben

Die frühere Operndirektorin des Prager Nationaltheaters, Eva Hermannová, ist tot. Sie starb bereits Mitte Februar im Alter von 87 Jahren.

Le Monde

Le streaming redonne des couleurs au marché de la musique

Le marché de la musique est effectivement sorti de son marasme. Pour la première fois depuis quinze ans, il affiche une croissance significative.

France Musique

Le chef Louis Langrée est prolongé à la tête de l’Orchestre symphonique de Cincinnati

Louis Langrée signe pour un troisième mandat avec l’Orchestre Symphonique de Cincinnati, aux Etats-Unis, un ensemble qu’il dirige depuis 2013 et qu’il s’apprête à emmener pour la première fois en tournée à l’étranger.

El Mundo

Una generación musical única, reunida en una fotografía

Cristóbal Halffter, 87 años el próximo día 24, tomó ayer el micrófono para dar voz a los protagonistas del homenaje que el Instituto Nacional de las Artes Escénicas y de la Música (Inaem) había organizado en el Auditorio Nacional.

Il Fatto Quotidiano

Addio a Georges Pretre, leggenda del podio. Era il direttore d’orchestra preferito dalla Callas

Il decano dei maestri, francese, aveva 92 anni e non aveva mai smesso di dirigere: era atteso a Milano per tre concerti a marzo

Twitter

Classical Music News  AAM appoints Alexander Van Ingen as chief executive

Music History   in 1824 finishes his Octet for Strings and Winds, Op 166.

NikolaiLugansky

Image: Washington Post

(Written on March 1, 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 )

In today’s news, The Guardian reports that ENO singers are to vote strike action and hundreds protest arts cuts in Cardiff. Also, Moscow wants Rachmaninoff’s body back and Paris inaugurates Europe’s most powerful organ

Classical Music Magazine

Leading opera figures protest plans for a ‘part-time’ ENO

A change.org petition is asking the board of English National Opera ‘to reconsider its plans to turn the company into a part-time organisation’

BBC Music Magazine

Daniel Hyde takes New York choir post

Daniel Hyde has been named as the new organist and director of music at St Thomas Church, Fifth Avenue in New York

The Strad

Cellist Thomas Mesa wins 2016 Sphinx Competition $50,000 first prize

The annual Detroit contest, including senior and junior divisions, is open to black and Latino US string players

Arts Professional

Hundreds protest arts cuts in Cardiff

400 people gathered to challenge a potential £700k cut to the arts budget in the Welsh capital, which protesters say will threaten “the future of culture in the city”

Daily Mail

Battle between Classic FM and Radio 3 continues as BBC station accuses rival of being ‘put together by computer’ ahead of review into its output

The on-going battle between Classic FM and Radio 3 rumbles on after staff at the BBC station accused its rival of being ‘put together by a computer’

The Guardian

English National Opera singers to vote on strike action

On Friday, the chorus of English National Opera were on stage in front of more than 2,000 people as part of an exhilarating opening night of Mozart’s The Magic Flute

Die Welt

Russland will Rachmaninow zurück

Der Name des kleinen Ortes erinnert eher an Wagner, aber in Valhalla liegt einer der größten russischen Komponisten begraben: Sergej Rachmaninow

Musik-heute.de

Berenberg Kulturpreis an Musiktheater-Regisseurin Kautz

Die Musiktheater-Regisseurin Luise Kautz hat den mit 10.000 Euro dotierten Berenberg Kulturpreis erhalten

Klassic.com

Placido Domingo erhält Ehrendoktorwürde der Universität Pécs

Der Sänger und Operndirektor Placido Domingo hat eine weitere Ehrendoktorwürde erhalten. Die Auszeichnung wurde ihm von der Universität im ungarischen Pécs verliehen

Le Figaro

La Philharmonie de Paris inaugure «l’orgue le plus puissant d’Europe»

Composé de quatre claviers, de 91 jeux et d’un ventre capable de rendre les plus incroyables sonorités, l’orgue de la Philharmonie est un géant

The Washington Post

In Pedja Muzijevic’s recital, talk gets in the way of ‘Haydn Dialogues’

Classical concerts shouldn’t be locked into the same old formats. Unfortunately, the process of discovering new formats for them is fraught

Twitter

MasterclassFoundat’n @MMFmasterclass #AlbanBerg was born on this day in 1885. Here’s a clip from one of his most famous works – the opera #Wozzeck. http://bit.ly/1SmER0a 

BR_Klassik 100 Jahre – auch in der Musik. Würdigung einer Kunstrevolte.

neue musikzeitung – Grossprojekt des Netzwerk Neue Baden-Württemberg: Wie sieht das…

dpa/Die Welt

dpa/Die Welt

(Written on February 9, 2016 )

Guardian

Courtney Love to make her opera debut in New York

Love ‘wanted to do something challenging’, so she has taken a role in a production at a ‘visionary opera-theatre’ festival

Telegraph

Blow your own trumpet

The pTrumpet is made of plastic, sounds just like a brazen trumpet and costs only £100

Classical Music Magazine

City Music Foundation announces classical artists for 2014

The City Music Foundation has announced the three soloists and three chamber ensembles which it will support through mentoring, professional development and performance opportunities as part of its 2014 classical artists programme.

Classic FM

Rachmaninoff: Inside Out

Are you Rach-man-enough (sorry) to indulge in a season-long celebration of the great Russian’s music? The London Philharmonic Orchestra are, in their Rachmaninoff: Inside Out concert series, running from October 2014 until April 2015.

Classical Source

Original manuscript of Dvořák’s New World Symphony comes to US for the first time

Five-day display of priceless manuscript is a highlight of week-long events in New York City celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Velvet Revolution

The Strad

Violinists Anne-Sophie Mutter and Leonidas Kavakos to feature in free online broadcasts from Carnegie Hall

A series of four performances will be webcast through a partnership with medici.tv

Violins allowed as carry-on baggage, but violas must be checked into the hold, says Air Canada

The airline has published detailed regulations for the transportation of musical instruments on its website

Gramophone

Podcast: Igor Levit records Bach Partitas

Igor Levit has followed his acclaimed debut recording of Beethoven’s late sonatas with an equally impressive survey of Bach’s Partitas, available now on Sony Classical. 

Slipped Disc

Star pianist quits competition jury over ‘dishonesty and fraud’

There is no finer living interpreter of Debussy and Ravel than the French pianist Pascal Rogé. He is not a man who seeks limelight or trouble, preferring to focus on the infinite impressionistic possibilities of his favourite composers.

Twitter

Classic FM ‏@ClassicFM: Exciting news – next week we begin these incredible auctions & raffles for our new charity, Global’s #MakeSomeNoise: http://classfm.co/GAA3ol

YCAT ‏@YCATrust: Travel to ‘Small Nations Big Sounds’ with @sinfoniacymru, led by YCAT violinist Bartosz Woroch – http://bit.ly/1vieRUj

Jessica Duchen ‏@jessicaduchen: October: sounds from another world. Lev Oborin plays Tchaikovsky… http://bit.ly/1tmFLbj

Telegraph Music ‏@TeleMusicNews: Well of course @Pharrell is in the top happy songs of all time . . . http://bit.ly/1rI1vQO #pharellwilliams #happysongs

d93d5497-d2e7-42b9-b818-4f5dda2e920e-460x276Courtney Love … Putting rock’n’roll behind her. Photograph: Samir Hussein/Redferns via Getty Images

 

(Written on October 3, 2014 )

Gramophone

Leila Josefowicz puts her violin up for sale

The 1750 instrument by Michele Angelo Bergonzi will be auctioned through Ingles and Hayday

Classic FM Online

Jack Topping to enter race for Christmas No. 1

Jack’s hoping he’ll be ‘Topping’ the charts come Christmas Day, fending off competition from this year’s X factor winner

The Globe and Mail

Once banned, classical music finds an unlikely future in China

Having been banned during the time of Mao, classical music has had a boom since it was allowed back into China. Shi Shuai is the face of classical music’s most promising new frontier

New York Times

Columbia to House a Trove of Prokofiev’s Items

A foundation dedicated to Sergei Prokofiev will give a priceless trove of musical manuscripts, letters and other items belonging to the composer — including a suitcase — to the Rare Book & Manuscript Library at Columbia in an effort to make them more accessible to scholars

Muscle and Speed Win a Crowd’s Adulation

Mariinsky Orchestra Closes Carnegie Run With Rachmaninoff

Arts Professional

Festivals in the frame

Why do we need festivals? Do we simply enjoy coming together to celebrate culture − or is it more than that? Debate today at 5pm for discussing this topic

FONO FORUM

„Ehrliche Virtuosität macht Spaß“

Seit Jahren gehört Hélène Grimaud zu den erfolgreichsten und beliebtesten Pianistinnen der Klassik-Szene. Anders als viele ihrer französischen Klavierkollegen hat sie auch ein besonderes Faible für die Werke von Johannes Brahms. Nun hat sie beide Klavierkonzerte eingespielt

Classic FM Online

Classic FM Online

(Written on October 17, 2013 )

WildKat PR is delighted to welcome Veneta Neynska to our client roster. The Bulgarian pianist began her musical career in her native country at the National School of Music before graduating with the highest honors and moving to the United States of America to study with renowned pianist John Perry at USC Thorton School of Music. Veneta was then offered a prestigious scholarship to attend Guildhall School of Music and Drama, where she had the opportunity to study with Joan Havill, as well as perform in master-classes with internationally acclaimed pianists, including Imogen Cooper, Alexei Nasedkin, Jerome Lowenthal and Dominique Merlet. Veneta has won numerous prizes and competitions across the globe, and performed alongside some of the world’s greatest musicians.

Veneta will be performing at St James’s Piccadilly on 21st August 2013 in a lunch time recital beginning at 1:10pm. The programme will include works by Chopin and Rachmaninoff.

For more information on Veneta Neynska visit her website. Also, visit the WildKat PR website for regular blog posts.

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(Written on July 18, 2013 )

Cosa? Hélène Grimaud

Dove? Conservatorio G. Verdi, Milano

Quando? Mercoledì 1° Dicembre Email per le prenotazioni!

Pianista e scrittrice francese, Hélène Grimaud dimostra sin dai primi anni di studio uno spiccato talento che, all’età di 13 anni, la porta al Conservatorio di Parigi e poi alla registrazione del primo disco, il Secondo Concerto di Sergei Rachmaninov con il quale si aggiudicherà il Grand Prix du Disque dell’Accademia Charles Cros. Comincia giovanissima la sua carriera da pianista professionista a Parigi nel 1987 per essere in seguito diretta dai più rinomati maestri d’orchestra.

Per la presentazione in Italia del suo nuovo CD, la Grimaud ha scelto il Conservatorio G. Verdi di Milano.

Cosa? George Gershwin- Porgy & Bess

Dove? Auditorium di Milano Fondazione Cariplo

Quando? 2-3-5 Dicembre

L’Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano, conosciuta anche come La Verdi, viene fondata nel 1993 e tra i suoi direttori vanta il nome di Riccardo Chailly, oggi Direttore Onorario. Nel corso di questi anni si è esibita presso le più rinomate città europee e in Sud America.

Questo dicembre, per tre date diretta da Wayne Marshall, eseguirà dal repertorio di Gershwin, Porgy & Bess, nella versione per due soprani, tenore, baritono e coro. Ad accompagnare i soprani Indira Mahajan, Angela Renée Simpson, il tenore Ronald Samm e il baritono Kevin Short, sarà il coro sinfonico di Milano Giuseppe Verdi.

Cosa? Quartetto Auryn

Dove? Sala dei Notari, Palazzo Priori ,Perugia

Quando? Venerdì 3 Dicembre ore 21,00 Domenica 5 Dicembre ore 17,30 Email per le prenotazioni!

Insieme da ben 29 anni, il quartetto Auryn può vantare la partecipazione ai più importanti centri di musica classica internazionale, restando probabilmente l’unico ad aver eseguito in concerto tutti i quartetti di Haydn. L’ensamble di Colonia ha inoltre eseguito prime mondiali di numerosi e noti compositori; tra le partecipazioni più rilevanti si ricordano quella a Salisburgo nell’estate 2003 e ai festival di Edimburgo e delle Fiandra nel 2004.

In quest’appuntamento perugino il quartetto continua il ciclo integrale dei quartetti di Beethoven inaugurato lo scorso Gennaio.

Cosa? Gala Rachmaninoff- Concerto per pianoforte e orchestra

Dove? Auditorium Parco della Musica, Roma

Quando? 4-6-7 Dicembre

La Sala Santa Cecilia dell’auditorium Parco della Musica fa da cornice a questo appuntamento che vede l’orchestra dell’accademia nazionale di Santa Cecilia, il direttore Diego Mathieuz e il pianista Yefim Bronfman eseguire dal repertorio di Rachmaninoff la Sinfonia n°1 e il concerto per pianoforte n°3.

L’appena 25enne Diego Mathieuz è senza dubbio uno dei più promettenti talenti provenienti dall’America (il suo paese d’origine è il Venezuela). Stabilitosi in Italia, ha debuttato a Bologna con la Mozart Orchestra di Claudio Abbado. Nel 2009 è cominciata la collaborazione con l’Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di santa Cecilia e continuano performance in tutta la penisola.

Yefim Bronfman, pianista di origine russa, è conosciuto per il suo virtuosismo e si è esibito con le più importanti orchestre americane ed europee.

Cosa? Roberto Cominati

Dove? Associazione Scarlatti,Napoli

Quando? Giovedì 9 Dicembre ore 21,00 Email per le prenotazioni!

Roberto Cominati  è un nome da ricordare nell’elenco dei pianisti italiani contemporanei e, senza dubbio, un talento da ascoltare. Comincia prestissimo, all’età di 8 anni, presso il conservatorio di Napoli San Pietro a Majella per poi continuare in giro per l’Italia e vincendo concorsi internazionali. Si è esibito presso le principali società concertistiche italiane ed è stato diretto da celebri maestri d’orchestra.

Il pianista napoletano presenterà il 9 dicembre presso l’Associazione Scarlatti di Napoli il primo di due concerti dedicati all’esecuzione integrale delle musiche per pianoforte di Maurice Ravel.

Cosa? Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale- Concerto n°8

Dove? Auditorium RAI, Torino

Quando? 9 e 10 Dicembre

L’Orchestra Sinfonica della RAI nasce nel 1931 a Torino e nel corso di tutti questi anni ha visto succedersi i più importanti direttori d’orchestra del momento. Suona anche in concerti sinfonici e da camera nelle principali città e nei festival più importanti d’Italia. Da ricordare le sue presenze abituali a Torino Settembre musica, alla Biennale di Venezia e alle Settimane Musicali Internazionali di Stresa, insieme ai prestigiosi impegni all’estero.

(Written on November 4, 2010 )