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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 )

Classical News

In today’s classical news round-up, to celebrate its 70-year history, BBC Radio 3 is to broadcast music for 12 hours without presenters talking on air. Scottish Chamber Orchestra appoints Benjamin Marquise Gilmore as its new leader, who will share joint responsibility with Stephanie Gonley. Also, read about how Kenya’s Art of Music Foundation and classical music is changing and enriching Kenyan children’s lives.

Classical Music Magazine

Radio 3 to celebrate 70 years with 12 hour broadcast

Radio 3 will be broadcasting music for 12 hours continuously on 30 October.

Scottish Chamber Orchestra announces new leader

The Scottish Chamber Orchestra (SCO) has appointed Benjamin Marquise Gilmore as its new leader. He will share the role with Stephanie Gonley.

The New York Times

A Classical Music Lover Changes Kenyan Children’s Lives

Created in 2008, Ghetto Classics’ music education program, which benefits youth in the slum of Korogocho and other poor areas, is one of the project by Kenya’s Art of Music Foundation, and was set up to enrich the lives of young Kenyans through music.

Early Music Today Magazine

York Early Music Christmas Festival 2016

The York Early Music Christmas Festival 2016, which takes place 8-15 December, comprises ten concerts over eight days.

Classic FM

This musician had the *perfect* response to potential client who was offering NO payment for a concert

Musicians are often offered a bum deal when dealing with freelance work, but this member of a string quartet has come up with a zinger of a reply

NRK

Operadirektøren: – Det føles riktig for meg å slutte

Direktør ved den Norske Opera og Ballett, Nils Are Karstad Lysø, slutter i jobben i løpet av sommeren 2017. – Overraskende og uheldig, sier NRKs kulturkommentator.

Aftenposten

Jeg vil løfte operaorkesteret ut av anonymiteten

Han hadde drømmejobben som solist i et av verdens beste orkestre. Men Karl-Heinz Steffens vil heller være sjef for operaorkesteret i Oslo.

Die Zeit

Auswärtiges Amt stoppt Konzert der Dresdner Sinfoniker

Erstmals sollte in der Türkei ein Stück über den armenischen Völkermord gezeigt werden, und zwar im deutschen Generalkonsulat. Ohne Angabe von Gründen wurde nun abgesagt.

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Schulen können «Vivaldi-Experiment« im Unterricht einsetzen

Für überraschend ausfallende Musikstunden stellt der WDR den Schulen ein Alternativprogramm zur Verfügung: Eine DVD mit dem Mitschnitt des «Vivaldi-Experiments», das eine überraschende Mischung aus Klassik und Rap bietet.

Musik heute

Katharina Wagner mit Europa-Medaille ausgezeichnet

Die Leiterin der Bayreuther Festspiele, Katharina Wagner, hat am Dienstag die Europa-Medaille des Freistaats Bayern erhalten. Die Opernregisseurin wurde für ihre Leistungen für das Festival geehrt, das ein “Musik und Konzertstandort von Weltrang” sei.

Twitter

Music History @today_classical #Today in 1685 Birth of Italian #composer and harpsichordist Domenico #SCARLATTI 🎂 #MusicHistory #classicalmusic

Classical Music @ClassicalMusic_ Pianist Dylan Perez wins the Gerald Moore Award 2016 https://t.co/L4p290YOFw

The Royal Opera @TheRoyalOpera 5 things you need to know about Shostakovich’s #ROHnosehttp://www.roh.org.uk/news/opera-essentials-shostakovichs-the-nose …

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Photo: Rhinegold Publishing/ BBC Radio 3

(Written on October 26, 2016 )

Classical News

In today’s news, Classical:NEXT has opened registration for its fifth edition, Soprano Elizabeth Watts has embarked on a five-year quest to discover and record Scarlatti’s finest arias, and The Observer interviews Proms founder Sir Henry Wood as he celebrates 50 years as a conductor

The Guardian

Sir Henry Wood interview: ‘Painting is my real love’

2 October 1938: in a classic interview from our archive, The Observer meets Proms founder Sir Henry Wood as he celebrates 50 years as a conductor

International Arts Manager

Classical:NEXT 2016 open for registration

Classical:NEXT has opened registration for its fifth edition, which takes place in Rotterdam next May

Gramophone

The Boston Symphony’s Joseph Silverstein has died

Born March 21, 1932; died November 22, 2015

The Guardian

Searching for Scarlatti: my mission to rehabilitate the Baroque daddy

He’s the father of modern opera but nowhere near as celebrated as he should be. Soprano Elizabeth Watts decided it was time to change that, and embarked on a five-year quest to discover and record Scarlatti’s finest arias

International Arts Manager

ISPA announces 2016 award winners and fellows

International Society for the Performing Arts (ISPA) has announced the recipients of its 2016 Awards as well as its 2016 Fellowship programme

Pizzicato

Skurril: ‘Ode an die Freude’ öffentlich laut zu singen ist strafbar

Als die rechtspopulistische AfD-Partei am vergangenen Samstag eine Kundgebung auf dem Mainzer Gutenbergplatz durchführte, haben die Mitarbeiter des Mainzer Staatstheaters vom Balkon des Hauses herab Beethovens ‘Ode an die Freude’ gesungen. Deswegen wurden sie jetzt angezeigt, nicht von der AfD, sondern … von der Polizei

NMZ

Josef E. Köpplinger bleibt Intendant des Gärtnerplatztheaters

Josef E. Köpplinger bleibt Intendant des Staatstheaters am Gärtnerplatz in München. Der bayerische Ministerrat verlängerte am Dienstag den Vertrag des Österreichers bis zum 31. August 2023

Codex Flores 

Wiener Philharmoniker sammeln für Flüchtlingsheim

Die Wiener Philharmoniker nutzen die Schweizer Crowdfunding-Plattform Wemaekit, um ein «Haus für Asylsuchende» einzurichten. Den Betrieb des Hauses, das das Orchester in Niederösterreich gefunden hat, will es mit einer aktiven Patenschaft begleiten

El Pais 

“No quiero ser una japonesa que baila: quiero ser bailaora, sin más”

Yoko Tamura recorrerá su país junto a artistas españoles con el espectáculo ‘Miradas’. Asia aprende a taconear

Scherzo

Acuerdo entre el Teatro Real y la Fundación Albéniz

Ayer firmaban en Madrid un acuerdo el Teatro Real y la Fundación Albéniz mediante el cual la Cátedra de Canto “Alfredo Kraus” Fundación Ramón Areces de la Escuela Reina Sofía, ampliará su programa docente con el elenco de cantantes y directores de escena que participan en las temporadas del Teatro Real

Twitter

Classic FM: This little guy is REALLY unhappy about learning his scales:

ArtsProfessional : launches fund worth £80k for Scottish community arts and culture projects

Classical Music: Hans Abrahamsen has won the 2016 Grawemeyer Award for ‘let me tell you’. Here’s on the song cycle:

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International Arts Manager

(Written on November 25, 2015 )

Last night, the 7th December 2014, the WildKat PR team had the pleasure of attending our client, mandolin player Avi Avital‘s concert with harpsichordist Mahan Esfahani. The Sam Wanamaker Playhouse with its wooden structure and beautiful gold patterned backdrop perfectly complimented the mainly baroque programme whilst the candlelight atmosphere added to the sound of the mandolin and harpsichord and transported us back to the world of stately court dances and Shakespeare. All that was missing was the fashion of the day.

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The Sam Wanamaker Playhouse. Photocredit: Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre

There was a clear camaraderie and friendship between Avi and Mahan with plenty of knowing looks during the pieces, hugs during applause and banter inbetween pieces. One exchange was particularly amusing with Mahan, whilst Avi was re-tuning, commenting: ‘you only have six strings, you should try a hundred!’ Indeed, both mandolin and harpsichord performed centre stage solos but were equal partners when playing together. It was clear why Avi has been described by The New York Times as having ‘stunning agility;’ I was sure he was going to break a string during the first Allegro of Scarlatti’s Sonata for Mandolin and Basso Continuo in D minor (K90). Similarly, according to Mahan’s twitter page (@MahanEsfahani)  he has been described by the BBC as a ‘harpsichord ninja.’ I’m sure the whole audience can affirm that; he made the instrument sound elegant and sophisticated whilst driving the tempo.

A particular highlight for me was Beethoven’s Andante Con Variazioni, D-Dur WoO 44/2 for mandolin and harpsichord. When I first saw this on the programme I was intrigued as I was unaware that Beethoven wrote for such instruments. Avi and Mahan told us that Beethoven had indeed composed four Sonatinas for mandolin and harpsichord and a recently discovered letter, penned by the composer himself, had revealed that they were intended as a love poem to his nineteen-year-old crush. Beethoven and the lucky lady would have played the music together as an act of intimacy in a society with rigid restrictions on the interactions between men and women. Knowing the story behind the work, we were able to hear the ‘flirtations’ between the instruments as both showed off in an attempt to impress the other.

Another noteworthy moment was Avi’s own and (he admits) only composition Kedma. Meaning, ‘Eastwards’ or ‘towards the orient’ in Hebrew, Kedma certainly conjured up exotic scenes through the sound of the mandolin itself, pentatonic influences and dissonant chords. This was all to the thrill of the audience, one of whom shouted: ‘when is the premier of opus 2?’

All in all, we had a very musical and informative afternoon with two of the best musicians in the world. WildKat PR looks forward to more.

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Avi Avital and Mahan Esfahani at the Bristol Proms 2014. Photo: SWNS found at Universal.de

 

 

(Written on December 8, 2014 )

Accordionist Paul Chamberlain will be releasing his second album tomorrow. Accordion Sensations will be launched on 1st July 2014 at the 1901 Arts Club in Waterloo and includes fantastic repertoire by Scarlatti, Weber and Zolotariev. Paul has also collaborated with the Maxwell Quartet and duets with violinist Feargus Hetherington. The album release coincides with Paul’s UK tour* which takes place from 1st July until 9th August, and will include performances in London, Newcastle and Edinburgh.

Passionate about exploring the reach of the classical accordion, Paul has previously toured in California and has also performed in Russia, Finland, Greece and Bahrain. As a consequence of his international success and critically acclaimed debut album The Classical Accordion, Paul is recognised as a leading talent on the Accordion. Having studied at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and won the acclaimed Governor’s Prize for Keyboard he has gone on to win many national competitions and is a passionate advocate of this unusual instrument.

Visit Paul’s website here

1st July – London – 1901 Arts Club (Album Launch event)*

2nd July – London – Apple Store, Regent Street

3rd July – London – St Giles in the Fields

4th July – Birmingham – St Martin in the Bullring

5th July – Oxford – Holy Trinity Headington

6th July – Cambridge – Emmanuel Church

10th July – Scotland, Dunkeld – Birnam Arts Centre

11th July – Scotland, Dundee – Dundee Cathedral

13th July – Scotland, Aberdeen – Cowdray Hall

18th July – Newcastle – Lit & Phil

19th July – Portsmouth, Fareham – Ashcroft Arts Centre

20th July – Kent – Faversham Parish Church

1st August – Bristol – St George’s Bristol

2nd August – Wales, Cardiff – Norwegian Church Arts Centre

3rd August – Wales, Pembrokeshire – St Tudwalls Church

5th August – Scotland, Edinburgh – Royal Overseas League

9th August – Scotland, Edinburgh – Royal Overseas League

 

Paul Chamberlain

Photograph: www.theaccordionist.com

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(Written on June 30, 2014 )

Tickets for harpsichordist Eddy Grossenstein’s UK concerts are now on sale!

Eddy’s European concerts have enjoyed considerable success, and now he is bringing his performing talents to the UK. From the end of March to the end of May he will undertake a series of concerts in England and Scotland.

On his decision to perform in the UK and the venues he will be playing in, Eddy commented:
“I have chosen the venues because they are beautiful and historic places with amazing acoustics. I have played prolifically on the continent and now I am choosing to come to the UK because the concert-going public here are one of the most enthusiastic in the world. In the UK, people go to concerts to listen to good music. And just for it.”

Eddy’s first concert will be on March 29th in the beautiful St Andrew’s Church, Cheltenham.

For a full list of dates and to buy tickets, please see Eddy’s website.

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(Written on March 3, 2014 )