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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 )

 Classical News

In today’s classical news, in order to raise money for young musicians facing challenging circumstances, National Orchestra for All is inviting members of the public to play as part of a professional orchestra. Winners of International Classical Music Awards 2017 have been announced and applications are now open for the 1st Bartok World International Violin Competition, taking place in Budapest, Hungary, later this year. Festival Ultraschall is underway in Berlin, which this year focuses on the voice, and The Elbphilharmonie’s first piano evening featured Mitsuko Uchida. Also, listen to the Konzerthausorchester Berlin’s recreation of the sounds of Berlin.

Classical Music Magazine

NOFA announces Musical Chairs event details

The National Orchestra for All is offering members of the public the chance to play as part of a professional orchestra and raise money for young musicians facing challenging circumstances.

The Violin Channel

Applications Open for Inaugural Bartok World International Violin Competition

Applications are now open for the inaugural 2017 Bartok World International Violin Competition, which is to be held at Budapest, Hungary from September 10th to 17th.

Pizzicato

ICMA Awards 2017: The Winners

The Jury of the International Classical Music Awards (ICMA) today announced the winners for 2017.

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Berlin orchestra recreates the sounds of the city

Most classical music fans, when asked their opinion of the sound of Berlin, would likely assume you meant the acoustics in the Berlin Philharmonie or the sound of the city’s world famous Berlin Philharmonic. But, the Konzerthausorchester Berlin has different ideas.

The Strad

Man arrested for throwing mobile phone at orchestral musicians

The Madrid Community Orchestra was performing at National Auditorium of Music in Spain when the incident took place.

Music Teacher Magazine

University of Liverpool launches MA course with Royal Liverpool Philharmonic

The University of Liverpool and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic are launching a new postgraduate course in the business of classical music.

The New York Times

Obama Understood the Power of Art. And He Wanted You to Get It, Too.

Mr. Obama brought all kinds of art and culture into the White House, and he sought culture out.

Broadwayworld

Seoul Philharmonic to Perform Asian Premiere of Rediscovered Work by Stravinsky

The Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra (SPO) presented the program of its subscription concerts on January 20-21, featuring the recently rediscovered work by Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971).

Deutschlandradio Kultur

Die Stimme als Spiegel der Gesellschaft

Ganz im Zeichen der Stimme steht das diesjährige “Ultraschall”-Festival von Deutschlandradio Kultur und RBB-Kulturradio. 14 Veranstaltungen präsentieren das “persönlichste aller Instrumente”: vom Liederabend bis zur experimentellen Performance, sagt Rainer Pöllmann.

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Erster Klavierabend in der Elbphilharmonie: Mitsuko Uchida umjubelt

Der erste Klavierabend in der Hamburger Elbphilharmonie ist am Mittwoch vom Publikum gefeiert worden. Mitsuko Uchida, britische Pianistin japanischer Herkunft, spielte im 2.100 Besucher fassenden Großen Saal Werke von Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Robert Schumann und dem zeitgenössischen deutschen Komponisten und Klarinettisten Jörg Widmann.

klassik.com

Goldmünzenschatz in altem Klavier entdeckt

In einem rund 110 Jahre alten Klavier ist im englischen Shrophire ein versteckter Goldmünzenschatz entdeckt worden. Die Entdeckung wurde beim Versuch gemacht, das Instrument zu stimmen.

Twitter

Ultraschall Berlin @UltraschallB Bis heute Abend:Karten gewinnen für Abschlusskonzert am So mit #MarisolMontalvo, @DSOBerlin & #DennisRussellDavies! https://ultraschallberlin.de/kartenverlosung/ …

Music History @today_classical in 1955 Birth of English Simon

Classical Music @ClassicalMusic8 Hitting the right note: the orchestra helping stroke survivors recover – video – The Guardian https://t.co/9vXxhWAw3P

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Photo: International Classical Music Awards

(Written on January 19, 2017 )

The 15th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition will be taking place at the Bass Performance Hall in Fort Worth, Texas, from 25th May to 10th June 2017.

We had the chance to catch up with Jacques Marquis, CEO of The Cliburn, to find out what makes The Cliburn so special, as well as how it aims to attract a wider global audience.

Have a look at the interview here!

Screening auditions are underway, having already visited London and Hannover. So far we’ve seen and heard many talented young pianists.

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Photo from London screening auditions

Besides the screening auditions, The Cliburn also held a launch event in London, with The Cliburn 2013’s semi-finalist Jayson Gillham showcasing his beautiful playing in Bach arr. Rachmaninoff and Chopin.

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Photo: Pianist Jayson Gillham rehearsing at The Cliburn 2017 launch event in London

 

In addition, The Cliburn’s new partnership with medici.tv, who will be live-streaming the competition this year, will help realise the competition’s goal of reaching new international audiences.

WildKat PR sends its best wishes to this year’s participants! We can’t wait to see the 30 pianists that will make it to the Preliminary Round in Fort Worth, Texas, later this year.

Remember to follow WildKat PR on Twitter, and The Cliburn on Twitter and Facebook, for the latest news on The 15th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition!

(Written on January 13, 2017 )

WildKat PR are delighted to introduce another new client: concert violinist Moonkyung Lee, who performs extensively across Europe, as well as the United States and South Korea, and she has collaborated with many eminent ensembles, conductors, and performers. Highlights include the Cordoba Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Maestro Maxim Shostakovich, and performing the Beethoven Triple Concerto with cellist Mischa Maisky and the Bohuslav Martinu Philharmonic Orchestra. Moonkyung Lee plays an 1845 Vuillaume violin, which was previously owned by Jack Benny.

Moonkyung Lee has won many awards and scholarships, such as the Luigi Zanuccoli International Competition and the Padova International Competition, and she holds an NYU/Steinhardt Doctoral Fellowship for Ph.D. Studies (of which she was the first ever classical string performer recipient). Her two recitals in Seoul in 2015 were sponsored by the Arts Council Korea, and she has often featured as a solo performer on Korea’s national television, KBS, in its Classical Odyssey, a programme devoted solely to classical music. She has also participated in many music festivals such as the International Summer Academy Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria and the Banff Center for the Arts in Banff, Canada.

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WildKat PR are excited to be working on her upcoming album release of works for violin & orchestra by Tchaikovsky.  It was recorded with the London Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Croatian conductor Miran Vaupotić, and will be released on PARMA Recordings in February 2017 (exact release date tbc).

Follow Moonkyung on her website and on Facebook, as well as via the WildKat PR Blog, for her latest news.

(Written on October 24, 2016 )

WildKat PR is delighted to share news of our continuing collaboration with pianist Sunwook Kim.

Sunwook Kim is a South Korean pianist living in London. He came to international recognition aged just eighteen, when he won the prestigious Leeds International Piano Competition in 2006, becoming the youngest winner for 40 years. Since then, he has established a reputation as one of the finest pianists of his generation, appearing as a concerto soloist in the subscription series of some of the world’s leading orchestras, including the London Symphony Orchestra (John Eliot Gardiner, Daniel Harding), Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra (Marek Janowski), and Tokyo Philharmonic.  

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WildKat PR has worked with label Accentus Music for over 5 years. Earlier in 2016, we were asked to promote Sunwook’s second solo album (Franck & Brahms), released on Accentus Music, which was praised for its ‘pristine clarity’ and ‘emotional resonance’ (Gramophone, March 17, 2016). We also launched his Facebook page, and continue to manage his social media channels.  

This time around, we are looking forward to promoting Sunwook’s upcoming solo recital in London’s Wigmore Hall on Tuesday 25th October.  His erudite approach to programming will be reflected in works by Mozart, Schubert and Beethoven, charting artistic creativity in Vienna from the arrival of Mozart to the death of Schubert.

At the moment Sunwook is on tour in Japan and South Korea, and prior to his Wigmore recital will perform Tchaikovsky’s 1st Piano Concerto with the Bournemouth Symphony. Keep up to date with all of Sunwook’s news through his Facebook, Twitter, and website.

(Written on September 5, 2016 )

Classical News

In our news today, Itzhak Perlman pulls out of North Carolina concert over discriminatory transgender ‘bathroom law’, Members of the German Symphony Orchestra have been joined by more than 900 amateur musicians in a spontaneous concert at a Berlin mall & Ji Hwan Park, a luthier from South Korea, won the Grand Prix at this year’s International Henryk Wieniawski Violin Making Competition.

Classic FM

Itzhak Perlman pulls out of North Carolina concert over discriminatory transgender ‘bathroom law’

Itzhak Perlman has joined a burgeoning protest against ‘House Bill 2’, a law in the US state of North Carolina that has been widely criticised as discriminatory against transgender people by cancelling a planned performance with the North Carolina Symphony tonight.

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Huge flashmob orchestra fills Berlin shopping centre

Members of the German Symphony Orchestra have been joined by more than 900 amateur musicians in a spontaneous concert at a Berlin mall, entertaining hundreds of spectators.

The Strad

South Korean luthier wins Wieniawski International Violin Making Competition

Ji Hwan Park, a luthier from South Korea, won the Grand Prix and €20,000 at this year’s International Henryk Wieniawski Violin Making Competition. Held every five years in Poznań, Poland, the event is the oldest lutherie competition in the world.

The Spectator

Was Opera Rara justified in reviving Bellini’s first opera? Oh yes

First operas by composers who later became great or anyway expert in writing them tend to be at best of biographical interest, to be revived mainly for people who are interested to hear premonitions of the achievements that lay ahead.

SFCV

Baroque Flutist and Beatles Expert Set for Seminar on Fab Four

Stephen Schultz, Baroque flutist, 18th-century music specialist, and professor of music at Carnegie Mellon University, teaches a 15-week Beatles music history course at the private college in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, which regularly draws over 200 students and has a lengthy waiting list.

BR-Klassik

Mit Gesang andere Religionen kennenlernen

“Stimmen der Religionen” ist das diesjährige Motto von “Musica Sacra”, dem interreligiösen Musikertreffen, das seit Freitag in Marktoberdorf stattfindet.

Musik heute

DOV fordert Erhalt des Europäischen Jugendorchesters

Die Deutsche Orchestervereinigung (DOV) hat vor einer Schließung des European Union Youth Orchestra (EUYO) gewarnt. Die Europäische Union wolle ihrem Jugendorchester die finanzielle Unterstützung entziehen.

pizzicato

Deutsche Theater und Orchester: Künstler bekommen mehr Geld

Der Deutsche Bühnenverein als Arbeitgeberverband der Theater und Orchester hat sich am vergangenen Wochenende mit den Künstlergewerkschaften GDBA (Genossenschaft Deutscher Bühnen-Angehöriger), VdO (Vereinigung deutscher Opernchöre und Bühnentänzer) sowie DOV (Deutsche Orchestervereinigung) auf eine Gagensteigerung für die an den Stadttheatern, Staatstheatern und Landesbühnen beschäftigten künstlerischen Mitarbeiter verständigt.

Twitter

The New York Times @nytimes Itzhak Perlman cancels concert in North Carolina to take a stand against the state’s bathroom law

Top Classical News @topcmnews ‘Why we all love Florence Foster Jenkins’

Live Music Now @LiveMusicNowUK We’ve uploaded films from our conference on best practice in music outreach, supported by

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‘Loss will be significant,’ says North Carolina Symphony as Perlman joins boycott supported by Bruce Springsteen and Ringo Starr. Photograph: Classic FM

(Written on May 18, 2016 )

Klara Min has performed extensively both in solo recitals and with orchestras from around the world. In recent years, she has given concerts at the most prestigious concert halls such as Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, London’s Wigmore Hall, Berlin Philharmonie, Gasteig in Munich and Laeiszhalle in Hamburg.

She is also the Founder and Artistic Director of NYCA (New York Concert Artists), a modern-day realisation of Robert Schumann’s Alliance of David (Davidsbund), which supports and promotes young artists internationally.

Klara Min has a very exiting season coming up: in addition to the release of her new Scriabin album on the Steinway & Sons label, she will give concerts throughout Europe. Among her live engagements will be a date in Austria under the baton of Vladimir Fedoseyev as well as a record with the Warsaw Philharmonie Orchestra and renowned French violinist Augustin Dumay.

We are very much looking forward to supporting Klara Min during the new season. Keep checking the WildKat PR blog for updates as well as Klara Min’s website.

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Klara Min, picture by Lisa-Marie Mazzucco

(Written on October 9, 2015 )

Im Februar 2014 gastiert das amerikanische „Power Couple“ in Deutschland

Das Künstlerduo David Finckel und Wu Han gehört zu den international meistgeschätzten und einflussreichsten klassischen Musikern unserer Zeit. 34 Jahre lang war der vielfach ausgezeichnete Cellist David Finckel Mitglied im Emerson String Quartet. Seine Frau, die Pianistin Wu Han, spielte bereits auf einer Vielzahl international renommierter Bühnen, darunter die Carnegie Hall und das Kennedy Center.

Das amerikanische Duo setzt sich als “Power Couple” nicht nur durch sein hohes musikalisches Niveau von anderen Musikern ab. Auch ihre künstlerische Innovationskraft hat David Finckel und Wu Han berühmt gemacht. Gemeinsam haben sie die künstlerische Leitung der Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center in New York und die Leitung des Kammermusikfestivals Chamber Music Today in Südkorea inne. Ebenfalls gemeinsam gründeten sie das unter Festivalgängern äußerst beliebte Musikfestival Music@Menlo im kalifornischen Silicon Valley und das Recordlabel ArtistLed. In diesem Jahr haben sie zudem ein neues Kammermusikstudio beim Aspen Music Festival eröffnet. 2013 nahmen sie an der Seite des Violinisten Daniel Hope und weiterer Künstler der Chamber Music Society of Lincoln an den Festspielen Mecklenburg-Vorpommern sowie am Festival mozart@augsburg teil. Nun steht mit ihrem Debüt in der Berliner Philharmonie eine Rückkehr nach Deutschland bevor, die man mit Spannung erwarten darf.

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American chamber music ‘power couple’ come to Germany for their February 2014 Berliner Philharmonie debut

The artistic duo David Finckel and Wu Han are one of the most internationally esteemed and influential classical music collaborations of our time. For 34 years, award-winning cellist David Finckel was a member of the prestigious Emerson String Quartet. His wife, pianist Wu Han, was already playing in a variety of internationally renowned theatres, including Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center. The American duo continue to be considered a ‘power couple,’ not only due to their high level of technical musicianship but also as artistic innovators. Together, they hold artistic directorships at the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center in New York and the festival Chamber Music Today in South Korea. They also jointly founded the extremely popular chamber music festival Music@Menlo in California’s Silicon Valley and the record label ArtistLed. 2013 has been a busy year for David Finckel and Wu Han: they have opened a new chamber music studio at the Aspen Music Festival and performed at the Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and mozart@augsburg alongside Daniel Hope and other musicians from the Chamber Society of the Lincoln Center. Now the power couple return to Germany for their debut at the Berlin Philharmonie, which promises to be electrifying.

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Credit: Lisa-Marie Mazzucco

Credit: Lisa-Marie Mazzucco

(Written on November 29, 2013 )