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In today’s news: Charles Dutoit becomes honorary conductor at the RPO, and Piratstro unveils new violin string. Rolando Villazón becomes new director of the Salzburger Mozartwoche, and 80th birthday of musical educationalist Eberhard Feltz. Four students at Newark’s world-renowned violin-making school face deportation from the UK, and musicologist Philip Gossett died at 75.

The Times

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra hits sour note with Octava phone app for concertgoers

Classical music fans, loath to be disturbed at concerts, are dismayed by a new innovation: an app that encourages people to look at their phones during performances

Rhinegold

Vaughan Williams’ working copy of St Matthew Passion score restored

The Leith Hill Musical Festival has arranged for the restoration of Ralph Vaughan Williams’ working copy of Bach’s St Matthew Passion score.

The Violin Channel

Pirastro Unveil New Evah Pirazzi Platinum Violin E-String

Pirastro has this week announced the launch of the new Evah Pirazzi Platinum Violin E-String – designed to specifically aid top register projection, comfortable fingering and color and overtone radiance.

Pizzicato

Charles Dutoit appointed Honorary Conductor for Life of the Royal Philharmonic

The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (RPO) has announced that with the effect from October 2019 Charles Dutoit, 80, currently the RPO’s Artistic Director and Principal Conductor, will assume the position of Honorary Conductor for Life.

Berliner Morgenpost

Opernsänger Villazón neuer Chef der Salzburger Mozartwoche

Star-Tenor Rolando Villazón wird neuer Intendant der Mozartwoche in Salzburg.

Süddeutsche Zeitung

Wenn die eigene Nase sich selbständig macht

Die Schostakowitsch-Tage im sächsischen Gohrisch bringen unbekanntes Material von Schostakowitsch und Weinberg zur Uraufführung.

Der Tagesspiegel

Musikalischer Mentor und Menschenfreund

Eberhard Feltz ist eine Legende unter den Musikpädagogen. Seit 50 Jahren unterrichtet er Violine und Kammermusik. Heute feiert er seinen 80 Geburtstag. Eine Begegnung.

Newark Advertiser

Students face deportation

Four students at Newark’s world-renowned violin-making school face deportation from the UK.

Le Monde

Le musicologue Philip Gossett est mort

Décédé à l’âge de 75 ans, le musicologue américain n’a cessé de travailler à exhumer des opéras oubliés et établir une édition critique de chefs-d’œuvres lyriques.

Twitter

Yeaaah! Lasst die Korken knallen, knorke Auszeichnung für die und als Kapitän durfte ich das Ding entgegennehmen!

Ich verschenke 2 Tickets für mein Konzert am 18.8 in Potsdam

Rolando Villazón © Harald Hoffmann/DG

Merken

Merken

(Written on June 27, 2017 )

In today’s news: Barbican and Classic FM have announced Shine, an event showcasing music and music education from around the world. A view inside of the fortepiano of the Berlin Philharmonic, and Lisa Batiashvili talks about Europe and integration. Learn about electronic-visionaire Wolfgang Voigt’s new album, and meet the artist who sings with nightingales. Twitter goes wild with classical music jokes at #ClickBaitASymphony.

The Guardian

Karl Marx comedy to kick off first season at new London theatre

Rory Kinnear to star as ‘broke, horny’ philosopher at 900-seat Bridge theatre run by Nicholas Hytner and Nick Starr

The Telegraph

Meet the man who sings with nightingales

No bird has a more potent mystique than the nightingale. Its mysterious habit of singing at night and its gorgeously liquid song have inspired awestruck speculation down the centuries.

Rhinegold

ABRSM announces free event to celebrate music education

ABRSM, Barbican and Classic FM have announced Shine, an event showcasing music and music education from around the world

Petrenko and RLPO win top prize at BBC Music Magazine Awards

Vasily Petrenko and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra (RLPO) have won the BBC Music Magazine recording of the year award for their recording of Tchaikovsky’s first, second and fifth symphonies on Onyx Classics.  Accentus Music won Best DVD for Berg’s Wozzeck.

The Strad

Violist Masumi Per Rostad joins Eastman School of Music string faculty

The Japanese-Norwegian musician has performed as a member of the Grammy-winning Pacifica Quartet since 2001

The Violin Channel

Kerr-Pool Karaoke with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra

Join Dallas Symphony Orchestra members, with Concertmaster Alex Kerr at the wheel, for their own very special Kerr-pool karaoke.

Der Tagesspiegel

Ein Blick ins Innere des Hammerflügels

Nirgendwo kann man den Berliner Philharmonikern so nahe kommen wie bei den Osterfestspielen in Baden-Baden. Eine Bilanz zum fünfjährigen Jubiläum.

Berliner Morgenpost

Regisseur Rolando Villazón erteilt Sängern keine Ratschläge

Startenor Rolando Villazón (45) will bei seiner Arbeit als Opernregisseur den Sängern keine Ratschläge geben. “Ich arbeite mit Kollegen, die wissen zu singen”, sagte Villazón am Mittwoch in Düsseldorf.

Spiegel Online

Es rauscht so schön

Ist das schon Klassik? Nach 17 Jahren Stille überwältigt Elektronik-Visionär Wolfgang Voigt mit einem neuen GAS-Album. Außerdem: Tom Schillings Gesangs-Debüt, Maximo Parks Comeback und Techno-Kunst von Actress.

Merkur

Batiashvili: „Ich habe Sorge um Europa“

Die Geigerin Lisa Batiashvili spricht im Interview über Integration, die Arbeit mit Putin-Freund Gergiev und die politische Wirkung von Musik.

The Washington Post

Russian pianist quarrels, attacks and fox trots in spectacular debut at the Phillips

Lukas Geniusas placed second at the Chopin International Competition in 2010, and again at the Tchaikovsky in 2015.

WXQR

Classical Comedy: Here are our 10 Fave #ClickBaitASymphony Tweets!

It’s just what it sounds like — denizens of Twitter turning your favorite classical tunes into headlines for delicious interweb content.

South China Morning Post

Who is the new Mrs Aaron Kwok? All about Moka Fang, model and actress who’s the bride of Canto-pop star

29-year-old first came to attention on a matchmaking variety show in China, and soon afterwards a book full of revealing photos of her was published and she appeared in an online series that resembled Sex and the City

Twitter

 And the DVD Award goes to Berg’s Wozzeck from Zurich Opera, conducted by Fabio Luisi (Accentus label).

17 Maestro move: Speranza wins her first big job

3  Jeffrey zum Ritter geschlagen

Rhinegold: Mark McNulty

(Written on April 20, 2017 )

Classical News

In today’s news, Villazon to be directing opera in Düsseldorf, Rheinsberg music academy to celebrate 25th anniversary and ENO to win Oliver for “outstanding achievement in opera”. Also, “Panama Papers” accuse Russian Cellist and artistic director of Petersburg’s House of Music concert hall.

Der Westen

Villazon inszeniert, Schläpfer pausiert

Junges Publikum wollen alle. Der Rheinoper gelingt der Spagat zwischen traditionellen Opernfans und Youngstern, dem Publikum von morgen

NMZ

Operndirektorin aus Stuttgart wechselt zur Nationaloper in Straßburg

Vom Neckar an den Rhein: Die Vize-Chefin der Oper Stuttgart, Eva Kleinitz, wechselt als Generalintendantin an die Nationaloper in Straßburg

Märkische Allgemeine

Musikakademie lässt die Korken knallen

Mit einem Festakt im Schlosstheater haben Begründer, Mitstreiter und Wegbegleiter am Sonnabend das 25-jährige Bestehen der Rheinsberger Musikakademie begangen

Classic FM

English National Opera Chorus and Orchestra win ‘Outstanding Achievement in Opera’ at Olivier Awards

The win comes just days after the company’s music director has announced that he will be standing down

The Strad

Russian cellist accused of money laundering scheme with Vladimir Putin

Leaked ‘Panama Papers’ suggest Sergei Roldugin, artistic director of St Petersburg’s House of Music concert hall, profited from suspicious deals

Chicago Classical Review

Student protesters try to disrupt CSO concert

A group of around a hundred student protestors rushed into Symphony Center Saturday night in an unsuccessful attempt to disrupt the evening’s Chicago Symphony Orchestra concert

ABC News

Kathleen Battle to Return to the Metropolitan Opera

Kathleen Battle is returning to the Metropolitan Opera, 22 years after the company fired her and publicly accused her of “unprofessional actions”

Twitter

Manuel Brug We’re not in Wuppertal anymore! Big -collages are now world culture heritage. Thank you !

klassik.comVictor von Halem zum Berliner Kammersänger ernannt

CLASSICALITE Francisco’s Cypress String Quartet have taken on ‘s string quartet arrangements in its entirety

Photograph: Classicfm

 

 

(Written on April 5, 2016 )

The Guardian

Class, race and classical music

Western classical music – performers and audiences alike – is still an almost exclusively white concern. What can be done?

Piano: Machine of Dreams Exhibition – in pictures

Part of this year’s ‘It’s All About Piano!’ festival at the Institute français is an exhibition of photographs taken by Amy T Zielinski. In this article she picks some of her favourite shots, and tells us why.

The Telegraph

The world of violin maker Florian Leonhard

Violin maker Florian Leonhard talks to Ellie Pithers about music, his childhood, and matchmaking.

Classic FM

Il Divo serenaded one of their fans

Il Divo gave one lucky audience a very special surprise, serenading them with a performance of ‘Somewhere’ from West Side Story.

UT San Diego

Opera union files second NLRB complaint

The labour union representing singers, chorus members and production personnel for the San Diego Opera filed a new charge with the National Labor Relations Board over the pending closure of the opera company.

Le Figaro

Trois ténors, Jonas Kaufmann, Rolando Villazón et Juan Diego Flórez seront à l’affiche en France dans les prochaines semaines.
Die Welt
Von Lukoil unterstutzt setzt sich Teodor Currentzis geschickt als neuer Taktstock-Guru in Szene. Er machte Perm am Ural zum Mekka der Klassic. Serine Einspielung vom “Figaro” ist grandios. Ein Portrat.
Concerti

Interview Plácido Domingo: “Zum Entspannen in die Sonne”

Sein stimmlicher Glanz strahlt ungebrochen, selbst eine Lungenembolie hat Plácido Domingo nicht bremsen können

 

Classical Music on Twitter

Bristol Old Vic: @BristolOldVic Its back! Bristol Proms returns with a programme packed full of extraordinary classical music http://bit.ly/1pFzWEt 

Gramophone: @GramophoneMag A longread for your journey home: The crossroads of music literature & art w/Will Self, Iain Sinclair & Chris Gollon http://www.gramophone.co.uk/feature/at-the-crossroads-of-music-literature-and-art-with-will-self-iain-sinclair-and-chris-gollon …

Bachtrack: @Bachtrack Have you voted for your favourite classical music festival yet? Cast your all important vote here: http://bit.ly/BTwff14 

musik heute: @Musik_Heute Neuer Beitrag: Pianist Frank Dupree gewinnt Deutschen Musikwettbewerb: Bonn/Berlin (mh) – Der Pianist Frank Du… http://bit.ly/1pYXfcl

netzwerk junge ohren: @jungeohren  Das Projekt “Klangradar – Mit den Ohren sehen lernen” in Kooperation mit dem… http://fb.me/2c1MnZlgn

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(Written on April 4, 2014 )

The Guardian

Rufus Wainwright: Why I love composer Olivier Messiaen

‘I listen to Messiaen’s work over and over – and once stole from him. But only one bar’

BBC

Tony Hall – BBC Arts launch

Speech given by Tony Hall, BBC Director-General, at the BBC Arts launch at New Broadcasting House on Tuesday 25 March 2014

The Independent

Why has Japan’s CD market suddenly gone into decline?

After years of defying Western trends, the drop is causing a big dent in global music sales

The New York Times

For Sale, Playing a Heady Tune

A Stradivari viola, possibly the most expensive musical instrument in the world, will go on sale this spring with an asking price of $45 million

UW Today

Stellar names in classical music part of collector’s gift to UW Music Library

A recent gift of 720 rare classical music scores with a total value of $1.3 million and including first editions or printings of music by Beethoven, Brahms, Handel, Tchaikovsky, Wagner, Haydn, Britten, Rossini, Verdi, Debussy, Gershwin and many more have been donated to the University of Washington Music Library.

Die Welt

Die kleine Dampframme am Dirigentenpult

Wer wird Nachfolger von Simon Rattle an der Spitze der Berliner Philharmoniker? Dritter Teil des Kandidatenchecks: Der Kanadier Yannick Nézet-Séguin gilt als wichtiger Außenseiter-Favorit.

 

Classical music on Twitter

New Music Biennal: Jez Colborne spoke with @Bradford_TandA about his #NewMusicBiennial commission ‘Gift’ http://ow.ly/uYWNz  @MtGstudios @PRSFoundation

Deutsche Grammophon: To celebrate the upcoming #Mozart tour, here is a new cartoon from @RolandoVillazon! http://youtu.be/lDtxOqYHYng

Classic FM: “The greatest viola in existence” is going to auction (and they’re expecting over $45 million) http://classfm.co/GAmSfe  #ClassicFMnews

Bachtrack: We are launching a poll to find the World’s Favourite Festival and we need your help! Head over to Bachtrack for info http://bit.ly/BTwff14

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The Independent

 

 

(Written on March 26, 2014 )

Classical Music Magazine

Ulster Orchestra appoints Rafael Payare as next chief conductor

Venezuelan conductor Rafael Payare has been announced as the next chief conductor of the Ulster Orchestra. He will take over from JoAnn Falletta from the 2014-15 season, initially on a three-year contract.

Commons committee to investigate ACE’s remit, funding criteria and regional balance

The Culture, Media and Sport select committee of the House of Commons is to conduct an inquiry into the work of Arts Council England. The inquiry will look over the organisation’s scale, scope and remit, as well as the current weighting of its funding towards arts organisations in London.

Guardian

Scented scarves, scampering fingers and ice: concerts the immersive way

What does Debussy smell like? BitterSuite is an immersive concert project inspired by synaesthesia.

Telegraph

Master of the Queen’s Music – who next for a royal appointment?

As Peter Maxwell Davies prepares to step down as Master of the Queen’s Music, John Allison weighs up the various contenders to replace him.

CBC News

Violinist Yosuke Kawasaki fights $120K fine for antique violin

One of Canada’s most prestigious violinists is battling the Canada Border Services Agency in Federal Court after he was fined $120,000 for failing to declare nearly half a million dollars in musical instruments.

 South China Morning Post

US conductor Leonard Slatkin says future of orchestras is secure

He’s optimistic about the role of orchestras in our society, positive about young players and doesn’t worry about the classics disappearing. As long as society exists, there will be orchestras to reflect it, he says.

Die Zeit

“Für Machos ist Mariachi wichtiger als Mozart”

Auf seinem neuen Album singt der Tenor Rolando Villazón selten gehörte Arien von Mozart. Mit der “Welt” spricht er darüber, warum es zarte Wiener Klassik in der Latinogesellschaft so schwer hat.

Guardian

Guardian

 

(Written on January 14, 2014 )

The Guardian

Maestro Verdi, your Art must not die

He gives music to the emotions … tenor Rolando Villazón on singing and listening to Verdi in his bicentennial year.

 

The Telegraph

Classical musicians demand ‘sport star tax breaks’ from George Osborne

The Chancellor should stop discriminating against visiting foreign musicians and artists by denying them tax breaks which are offered to top foreign footballers and athletes, leaders of Britain’s biggest orchestras say today.

 

The Times

Magdalena Kozená: Simon Rattle’s wife on singing with the enemy

Kozená is about to do something few singers are privileged to do: give a recital at the Staatsoper accompanied on the piano by Barenboim.

 

Classic FM

Alison Balsom to receive prestigious Silver Clef Award

Classical trumpeter Alison Balsom will receive the PPL Classical Award at this year’s Nordoff Robbins O2 Silver Clef Awards.

 

Gramophone

LSO to perform two tribute concerts for Sir Colin Davis

The London Symphony Orchestra honours its former president and principal conductor on June 16 and 18.

 

Digital Journal

Pushing Toronto Opera Audiences Into New Territory

Alexander Neef, General Director of the Canadian Opera Company, recently announced the company’s 2013-2014 season. It expresses not only a vision for the COC, but of opera’s role in the cultural fabric of Canada’s largest city.

 

Anna Netrebko as Violetta and Rolando Villazon in La Traviata

 

The Guardian

(Written on May 7, 2013 )

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Today is WildKat PR’s fifth birthday and we have been reflecting in the office on some of the many highlights – events and concerts we have attended, as well as musicians and organisations we have been privileged to work with.

An almost impossible task would be to narrow these past years down to just five highlights, as there have been so many, but we have done our best:

Kathleen: Blogging with Ivor Bolton

One of my earliest clients was the conductor Ivor Bolton. We were working with him over a particularly busy season at Salzburg Festival and encouraged him to keep a behind the scenes blog while he was there. At the time, no-one else was doing this, and Ivor  received so much interest and positive feedback for his writing – it opened him up to a much wider, international audience and led to press coverage across Europe.

Vesna: Working with AyseDeniz Gokcin

When we began working with AyseDeniz, she had very little press in the UK, but since working with her, her classical reworking of Pink Floyd pieces have gone viral online and helped draw a huge ‘non-classical’ audience to classical music, and she’s shown that projects can be unusual and innovative without being gimmick-y. AyseDeniz is an example of a brilliant classical artist who happens to love her instrument and other musical styles so much that she tried to extract all possible sounds from it.

Fleur: Visiting the IAMA Conference 

When I began working with WildKat PR as an intern I was fortunate to be able to attend some of the networking events at the IAMA Conference. I was able to meet leading members of the industry, and to talk about WildKat. It was nerve-wracking but enjoyable and opened up a whole new world to me, making me even more eager and inspired to pursue a career in the classical music industry.

Victoria: Attending a performance of Don Giovanni in Baden Baden

In 2011 I was lucky enough to attend one of the performances of Don Giovanni in Baden Baden which was recorded and later released on Deutsche Grammophon. There are so many reasons that this concert sticks out as one of the highlights of my WildKat career, firstly because of its incredible cast: Ildebrando D’Arcangelo, Luca Pisaroni, Rolando Villazon, Joyce DiDonato, Mojca Erdmann and Diana Damrau conducted by Yannick  Nézet-Séguin. This was also the first time I’d travelled outside of the UK for work, Don Giovanni is my favourite opera of all time, AND afterwards I met my idol, Joyce. It’s the first and only time I have been professionally speechless.

Harriet: Silent Opera

As far as transport to concerts go, being taken by boat from Festival Pier to deepest darkest East London was a lovely experience and a great way to have a collective buzz from the whole audience before the show had even begun. The views down the Thames were breath taking and a hassle free trip meant for huge excitement for all when we finally arrived at the mysterious venue.

 

 

(Written on April 5, 2013 )

The Guardian

Philharmonie de Paris: a grand design turned £300m ‘bottomless pit’

Just as François Hollande’s cash-strapped government pulls the plug on a score of expensive French state arts projects launched by his rightwing predecessor, one exorbitant aluminium structure has bucked the trend.

The Guardian Music Blog

Royal Opera Live: an exclusive behind-the-scenes live stream

For the full day on Monday 7 January, you can watch – live and for free – life backstage at the Royal Opera House in London, with rehearsals, masterclasses and much more

Slipped Disc

Just in: Troubled tenor drops out of London Bohème

Rolando Villazón has had to withdraw from singing the role of Rodolfo in La bohème on 3 and 7 January, as he is suffering from acute bronchitis.

Concertmaster cuts the orchestra out of his will

The bitter lockouts of musicians in Minnesota and St Paul are reaping unforseen consequences – a weeping for generations.

It’s over: opera’s glamour pair to divorce

The Rumanian soprano Angela Gheorghiu has announced her divorce from French tenor Roberto Alagna.

Classical Music Magazine

New Year Honours – a selection

The Strad

Quartet channels Noël Coward

New work inspired by 1924 comedy demands a theatrical performance

Rare violins go on show in New York

Metropolitan Museum of Art displays instruments from Sau-Wing Lam Collection

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Guardian Music Blog

(Written on January 4, 2013 )

Gramophone

The soprano Lisa Della Casa has died

Born February 9, 1919; died December 10, 2012

Classic FM

Philip Pullman novel to become children’s opera

The Firework-Maker’s Daughter by Philip Pullman is to become a major new opera for children from Opera North, touring the country in 2013.

The Stage

Report: most musicians earn less than £20k

More than half of musicians earn less than £20,000 a year, a report on their pay and working conditions has revealed.

Evening Standard

Musical dares

Quartet takes a typically unfashionable setting — a retirement home for singers and musicians — and adorns it with British film acting royalty. ‘I don’t see why old age should be grim,’ its writer, Ronald Harwood, tells Nick Roddick

Popstar to Operastar singer happy to bring music to new audience

Tenor Rolando Villazón says he has no regrets about judging the ITV show Popstar to Operastar because it brought new audiences to classical music.

The Arts Desk

Sir Patrick Moore, Xylophonist and Composer

The people’s star-man was an avid composer, with three operas and 70 marches and waltzes to his name

Slipped Disc

Exclusive: Scandal at the Grammies – one classical nominee has sold just 11 copies

Some labels carefully select the candidates they submit for a Grammy. Others apparently send in everything they have released.

The Guardian

Ravi Shankar, India’s sitar maestro, dies

Man who took instrument to the world and collaborated with western greats has died aged 92 in San Diego

The Guardian

(Written on December 12, 2012 )