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In today’s classical news, applications are now open for the 9th Sound and Music’s Summer School, which will take place from 30th July to 5th August this year. Violinist Ray Chen, former 1st prize winner at the Yehudi Menuhin and Queen Elisabeth International Violin Competitions, signs with Decca Classics. Renowned violinist and conductor Pinchas Zukerman will open New Jersey Symphony Orchestra’s three-concert Winter Festival 2017, with a program of works by Tchaikovsky and Mendelssohn from January 13th to 15th. Also, more reactions on the new Elbphilharmonie concert hall.

Classical Music Magazine

Sound and Music opens Summer School applications

Sound and Music is now inviting applications for its Summer School, which will take place 30 July – 5 August 2017.

City of London Corporation announces support for Centre for Music

The City of London Corporation has pledged up to £2.5m in funding towards the production of a detailed business case for a Centre for Music in London’s Square Mile.

The Strad

Violinist Ray Chen signs new recording deal with Decca Classics

The violinist, who is a former winner of the Menuhin and Queen Elisabeth competitions, will make his first recording for the label later this year.

The New York Times

Juliet and Jackie Evancho, Bonding as Targets in a Trump Media Frenzy

Jackie, 16, who will sing the national anthem at the presidential inauguration, and her transgender sister, Juliet, 18, lend each other support.

The Washington Post

At a moment of transition, NSO offers the old-new: 20th-century classical works

Teetering on the edge of a new era, the National Symphony Orchestra this week offers a program poised midway, even uncertainly, between old and new.

Broadwayworld

2017 NJSO Winter Festival to Launch with Pinchas Zukerman Performing Tchaikovsky

Celebrated violinist and conductor Pinchas Zukerman opens the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra’s three-concert 2017 Winter Festival with a program of works by Tchaikovsky and Mendelssohn, January 13-15 in Newark, Red Bank and New Brunswick.

Music Business Worldwide

Soundcloud Co-founder Eric Wahlforss Switches Job As Firm Hires CTO

Yahoo! exec Artem Fishman has been appointed Chief Technology Officer and Senior Vice President of Engineering at SoundCloud – as co-founder Eric Wahlforss takes on a newly-created role.

ZEIT Online

Hamburg, deine Perle

Der teuerste Konzertsaal der Welt ist eröffnet, beklatscht von Angela Merkel, Joachim Gauck, Reichen und Prominenten. Erfüllt die Elbphilharmonie die hohen Erwartungen?

FAZ

Dieser Konzertsaal kennt keine Gnade

Die Hamburger Elbphilharmonie ist eine Augenweide. Doch wir sehen nicht mit den Ohren: Das Hördesign von Yasuhisa Toyota ist gemacht für Überwältigungsmusik.

Der Tagesspiegel

Elemente des Lebens

Elementargewalten, inszeniert vor historischer Kulisse. Die Musikfestspiele Potsdam Sanssouci 2017 haben die vier Elemente Feuer, Wasser, Erde und Luft zum Thema.

France Musique

Découvrez l’impressionnante Philharmonie de l’Elbe à Hambourg

Pour faire oublier des années de retard et d’explosions budgétaires, l’Elbphilharmonie de Hambourg devait sortir le grand jeu lors de son inauguration. Pari réussi pour la ville hanséatique qui vient de se doter d’une des plus belles salles de concert au monde.

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Photo: Sound and Music

(Written on January 13, 2017 )

WildKat PR is delighted to introduce our latest client, Russian pianist Dmitry Masleev, winner of the XV International Tchaikovsky Competition 2015.

Dmitry Masleev won first price at the International Tchaikovsky Competition and became the centre of interest with rare unanimous support from the audience, the jury and the media. The Neue Musikzeitung reported:

“His musicality of metaphysical proportions transformed the hall. There was a feeling that we entered an alternative reality. This sensation continued into the final round with the Tchaikovsky B- minor and Prokofiev Third Piano concertos… The joy and relief on the faces of the jurors said it all: we have found the true winner.“

In addition to the gold medal, the distinguished jury of the Tchaikovsky Competition awarded him with a special prize for his interpretation of a Mozart concerto. Since the competition in 2015, Masleev has toured extensively, delighting his audiences in New York, London, Munich, Rotterdam, Stockholm, Beijing and all over Russia with what the Financial Times described as “virtuoso brilliance”.

Dmitry Masleev

Dmitry Masleev

He was honoured to accept Maestro Gergiev’s invitation to play Mozart D-minor and Prokofiev Concerto No. 3 with the Mariinsky Orchestra in St. Petersburg during the holiday season.

Next season he will perform with the National Philharmonic of Russia and Maestro Spivakov and make his solo recital debut on the main stage of Carnegie Hall.

In the coming months Dmitry has a full schedule with confirmed recitals all over Germany:

  1. Klavierfestival in Ruhr (27th May)
  2. Recitals in Essen, Mannhiem and Regensburg with Spivakov and the  National Philharmonic of Russia (16th till 25th November
  3. Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Festival (Summer 2017)
  4. His Berlin debut with the Rundfunk Sinfonieorchester Berlin (11th March 2017)

Other international confirmed recitals will take place in Rome, Tokyo, Sao Paolo and Moscow. He will also collaborate with the Orchestra of Teatro Comunale di Bologna and the Borodin Quartet.

Dmity Masleev was born and raised in Ulan-Ude, a Siberian town between Lake Baikal and the Mongolian border. He was educated at the Moscow Conservatory (class of professor Mikhail Petukhov) and the International Music Academy at Lake Como. During his student years he won a number of international competitions, which led to invitations to tour all over Germany, Italy, France, Romania and Russia.

We are very much looking forward to supporting Dmitry Masleev throughout the new season. Keep checking the WildKat PR blog for updates.

(Written on February 5, 2016 )

Classical News

Telegraph

El Sistema: does reality match the rhetoric?

A new in-depth study paints a negative picture of El Sistema, the Venezuelan programme of musical and social education, devised by José Antonio Abreu, that is now being imitated the world over

Classic FM

Violinist Joo Yeon Sir wins £4,000 Karl Jenkins music performance prize

Violinist Joo Yeon Sir has won £4,000 and the chance to record a piece for broadcast on Classic FM after coming first in The Arts Club Karl JenkinsClassical Music Award last night.

Classical Music Magazine

London Music Pledge: Mayor Boris encourages advocacy for music education

The mayor of London, Boris Johnson, has launched the ‘London Music Pledge’, which sets out several actions which his administration will take to improve music education in the capital.

Classical Source

Alexei Volodin piano recital postponed, Queen Elizabeth Hall, London, on Wednesday 26 November

From Southbank Centre: “This recital has been postponed from 26 November 2014 to Friday 5 June. It has become more difficult to obtain visas for Russian artists performing in the UK and as such Alexei Volodin has been unable to secure a visa in time for the performance on Wednesday 26 November 2014.

The Strad

Italian violin teacher in critical condition following shooting

Domenico Lombardo was reportedly shot by the mother of a conservatory student

Pizzicato

Muti: Absage an Rom

Der italienische Dirigent Riccardo Muti will nach seiner Trennung von der römischen Oper keine Leitungsfunktion mehr übernehmen.

Klassik.com

Musikverlag Schott verkauft sein historisches Archiv

Bayerische Staatsbibliothek spricht von einem “einmaligen nationalen Kulturgut”

Codex Flores

Renaud Capuçon Leiter der Sommets Musicaux de Gstaad

Die Sommets Musicaux de Gstaad geben die Nominierung des französischen Violinisten Renaud Capuçon zum ihrem neuen künstlerischen Leiter ab 2016 bekannt.

The New York Times

Alex Poots to Be Culture Shed’s Artistic Director

The appointment of Mr. Poots, who next September will give up his current positions as artistic director of the Manchester International Festival and of the Park Avenue Armory, was to be announced on Monday evening.

Le Figaro

Le piano de Casablanca devient l’un des plus chers du monde

Lundi, la vente aux enchères intitulée «Rien ne vaut Hollywood» a trouvée un acquéreur pour le célèbre instrument de musique utilisé par Humphrey Bodart et Ingrid Bergman dans le film de Michael Curtiz, acheté à 3,41 millions de dollars.

Twitter

London Sinfonietta ‏@Ldn_Sinfonietta: Uncover more of Birtwistle, one of music’s most challenging minds, in our (Un)easy Listening post http://bit.ly/1xK2fKH  #birtwistlebirthday

Intermusica ‏@IntermusicaLtd: Hear Benedict Nelson perform with the @UlsterOrchestra & Christian Lindberg this afternoon live at 2pm on @BBCRadio3 http://ow.ly/ENLyq

Gdn Culture Pros @GdnCulturePros: ICYMI: Arts sponsorship and the slippery issue of ethics http://bit.ly/1tgb5sV  #artsfunding

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An aerial view of the proposed Culture Shed, which is scheduled to be completed in 2018. The High Line is in the foreground. Photo: Diller Scofidio/Renfro and Rockwell Group

(Written on November 25, 2014 )

Gramophone

Taylor Swift donates $100,000 to the Nashville Symphony Orchestra

The singer-songwriter makes a birthday gift

The Guardian

Synthesisers are killing film and TV music, say British composers

Carl Davis and Christopher Gunning claim synthesised orchestras are preferred to the real thing to save money

Classic FM Online

John Williams, Alexandre Desplat and more on soundtrack Oscar longlist

Soundtrack legends and newcomers alike have made the long list for the soundtrack category at the 2014 Academy Awards ceremony, due to take place in February

Vote For The Best Classical Music Education Initiative

The Best Classical Music Education Initiative will honour an education project which has used classical music in an innovative way, shown musical excellence and had a positive impact on a significant number of participants

Pianist plays Chopin in front of Ukraine riot police

An unnamed pianist has been playing the works of Chopin in front of riot police in Ukraine

Salon

Was Wagner inspired by migraines?

Three German researchers present evidence that the German composer interwove his headache pain into his operas

The National

Pandit Jasraj brings his Mewati style of Hindustani classical music to Dubai

A conversation about Indian classical music is incomplete without the mention of Pandit Jasraj, one of India’s top classical musicians who represents the Mewati style of Hindustani classical music

Ria novosti

Kurgan Greets Sochi Olympic Flame with Classical Music

On Sunday December 15th, strains of Verdi and Tchaikovsky greeted the Sochi Olympic Flame in the Russian city of Kurgan

Daily Inter Lake

Bionic musician: Miraculous cure restores oboist’s ability to make music

When the Glacier Symphony conductor cues principal oboe player Reid Merley to blow an A — that unmistakable standard pitch by which the orchestra tunes — Merley is in perfect control of the note

Der Tagesspiegel

Die neue Kulturstaatsministerin

Mit Monika Grütters als neuer Kulturstaatsministerin folgt auf den Machtmenschen Bernd Neumann eine Frau, die aus der Kultur kommt. Die Wahlberlinerin wird in der Szene für Kompetenz und Begeisterungsfähigkeit geschätzt

Classic FM Online

(Written on December 16, 2013 )