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In today’s news: Weapon found inside a flute at Munich airport. The disabled musicians coming to the proms. Watch this awesome 5-year-old play Chopin’s Minute Waltz like it’s nbd. Warner Music Group letter reveals Spotify windfall terms for artists. Richest US Millennials Listen to Classical Music, TD Ameritrade Survey Says. In Berlin, a project tries to drive out homeless people with atonal music. The russian Polina Semionova was voted the ballerina of the year. At Frankfurt Musikmesse there is a new program devised to search for different instruments to be used in music therapy. A forgotten Liszt Opera is staged in Weimar. A portrait of Sofia Coppola Traviata production going to Japan.

Classic FM

Weapon found inside a flute at Munich airport

Customs officials have discovered a sword with a 50cm blade packed inside a flute at Munich airport.

The Guardian

Batons not barriers: The disabled musicians coming to the proms

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra’s Resound Ensemble explain why it’s not about the disability, it’s about the quality of music-making

Classic FM

Watch this awesome 5-year-old play Chopin’s Minute Waltz like it’s nbd

Evan Le is an amazing young pianist who’s made a name for himself performing music by some of the greatest composers on YouTube – and millions of people have been wowed by his talent

Music Week

Warner Music Group letter reveals Spotify windfall terms for artists

Music Week has obtained a letter issued by Warner Music Group that reveals a starkly different approach between the majors in how the proceeds from the equity sale in Spotify will be passed on to artists.

The Epoch Times

Richest US Millennials Listen to Classical Music, TD Ameritrade Survey Says

The type of music that Americans listen to may say a lot about their bank account.


Germany employs atonal music in fight against crime

Atonal music might not be everybody’s cup of tea, but Germany’s national rail operator is convinced that it is disliked enough to drive away drug users at one of its stations. The unusual initiative will be trialled next month by the Deutsch Bahn at the Hermannstrasse station, a known crime spot.

Berliner Morgenpost

Primaballerina Polina Semionova ist Tänzerin des Jahres

Die russische Primaballerina Polina Semionova (33) ist zur Tänzerin des Jahres gewählt worden. Die am Staatsballett Berlin auftretende Tänzerin wurde in der am Dienstag veröffentlichten Jahresumfrage der Fachzeitschrift „Tanz“ unter internationalen Kritikern zur Favoritin gewählt.

Musik Heute

Musikmesse Frankfurt sucht neue Therapie-Instrumente

Die Musikmesse Frankfurt schreibt einen Wettbewerb für Therapie-Instrumente aus. Gesucht seien sowohl handwerklich erstellte Instrumente als auch neue digitale Anwendungen wie Musik-Apps, teilten die Veranstalter am Dienstag mit. Instrumentenbauer, Künstler und Musiktherapeuten können bis zum 31. Januar 2019 Prototypen inklusive Produktinformation einreichen.


Chamäleon Liszt: Uraufführung des Opernfragments „Sardanapalo“ in Weimar

Franz Liszt ist im kollektiven Gedächtnis der Musikwelt abgespeichert als umschwärmter Tasten-Löwe, als Dirigent und Pädagoge, als ingeniöser Komponist von hoch virtuoser und klangschillernder Klaviermusik und als Schöpfer groß angelegter sinfonischer Dichtungen.

Il Messaggero

Sofia Coppola, da Roma a Tokyo: lost in Traviata

«La musica travolgente, i costumi che sono opere d’arte, l’eleganza italiana per raccontare una storia così passionale. Credo che anche il Giappone sarà stordito da Violetta, perso per questa eroina verdiana, così come lo sono stata io».



‘It’s nice to have people expect more from you’ … conductor James Rose, centre, with members of BSO Resound, an ensemble of disabled musicians. (c) Graeme Robertson for the Guardian

(Written on August 22, 2018 )

WildKat PR is delighted to be working with young American conductor Brandon Keith Brown, who is rapidly attracting international attention.

As 3rd Prize Winner of the International Conducting Competition Sir Georg Solti 2012 with the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra he was “… the stand-out audience favourite …” (Slipped Disc). In April 2013, Brown gave a celebrated European debut with the Badische Staatskapelle . A critic ( wrote “… an extremely demanding program … mastered by the young conductor with flying colours.” Most recently, he gave his debut with the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra (RSB), leading promptly to a re-invitation. Other engagements include the Staatskapelle Weimar, Detroit Symphony OrchestraNeue Philharmonie Westfalen and the Civic Orchestra of Chicago. 2018 debuts include the Nürnberger Symphoniker.

Following after his mentors Lorin Maazel, David Zinman and Kurt Masur, Brown combines solid technique with great tradition. Brown studied with David Zinman at the Tonhalle Orchestra-Zurich and the Aspen Music Festival . As the only US scholar of the International Mendelssohn Academy in Leipzig with Kurt Masur, he worked with the Leipzig Symphony Orchestra.

An experienced opera conductor, Brown has directed, among others, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Mozart’s Cosi Fan Tutte and Puccini’s Suor Angelica. He assisted Britten’s Albert Herring and studied Puccini’s Il Trittico under Lorin Maazel at the Castleton Festival .

Brown is a passionate educator who has gained a wealth of experience as a university professor and youth orchestra leader. Winner of the 2011 Ansbacher Fellowship, he conducted members of the Vienna Philharmonic in 2011 and 2012 at the opera camps for children at the Salzburg Festival. He is a graduate of the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, Northwestern University, the Peabody Institute of Music at Johns Hopkins University, and the University of North Carolina School of the Arts.

“I capitulate my intents as necessary for the music.”


(Written on January 16, 2018 )

WildKat PR freut sich sehr, mit dem jungen US-amerikanischen Dirigenten Brandon Keith Brown zusammenzuarbeiten, der schnell internationale Aufmerksamkeit auf sich zieht.

Bei seinem Abschlusskonzert als 3. Preisträger des internationalen Dirigentenwettbewerb Sir Georg Solti 2012 mit dem hr-Sinfonieorchester Frankfurt war er „…the stand-out audience favourite…“ (Slipped Disc). Im April 2013 gab Brown sein gefeiertes Europa-Debüt mit der Badischen Staatskapelle. Eine Kritikerin ( schrieb „…äußerst anspruchsvolles Programm…, das von dem jungen Dirigenten mit Bravour gemeistert wurde.“ In jüngster Zeit gab er seinen Einstand beim Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin (RSB), zu dem er umgehend wiedereingeladen wurde, bei der Staatskapelle Weimar, dem Detroit Symphony Orchestra, der Neuen Philharmonie Westfalen und beim Civic Orchestra of Chicago. Im Jahr 2018 debütiert er bei den Nürnberger Symphonikern.

In der großen Tradition seiner Mentoren Lorin Maazel, David Zinman und Kurt Masur kombiniert Brown solide Technik mit großer Tradition. Brown studierte in den Meisterkursen von David Zinman im Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich und beim Aspen Music Festival. Als der einzige US Stipendiat der Internationalen Mendelssohn-Akademie Leipzig hatte er im September 2014 die Möglichkeit, mit Kurt Masur und dem Leipziger Symphonieorchester zu arbeiten.

Brandon Keith Brown an der Masterclass von David Zinman , Tonhalle Zürich, 2012

Als versierter Operndirigent leitete Brown unter anderem Aufführungen von „Die Lustigen Weiber von Windsor“, Mozarts „Cosi Fan Tutte“ sowie Puccinis „Suor Angelica“. Er assistierte bei Brittens „Albert Herring“ und erarbeitete Puccinis „Il Trittico“ unter Lorin Maazel beim Castleton Festival.

Brown ist ein leidenschaftlicher Pädagoge, der eine Vielzahl von Erfahrungen als Universitätsprofessor und Jugendorchesterleiter gesammelt hat. So ist er Preisträger des Ansbacher Fellowships 2011 und dirigierte 2011 und 2012 Mitglieder der Wiener Philharmoniker bei den Operncamps für Kinder der Salzburger Festspiele. Er ist Absolvent des Oberlin Conservatory of Music, Northwestern University, des Peabody Institute of Music an der Johns Hopkins University, und der University of North Carolina School of the Arts.

Als Credo seines künstlerischen Schaffens, kann vielleicht am besten ein Zitat von ihm gelten:

„I capitulate my intents as necessary for the music.“

(Written on January 9, 2018 )

We are happy to welcome conductor Stefan Solyom to our client roster. Stefan is managed by Van Walsum and has recently become the general music director of Deutsches Nationaltheater and Staatskapelle Weimar.

Below is an interview which ran this morning in the Thüringische Landeszeitung, beware it is in German:

Interview Stefan Solyom TLZ 16.6.10

And here is the official press release:

Tchaikovsky marks the beginning of five-year directorship for Stefan Solyom

The new General Music Director and Principal Conductor of the German National Theatre and the Staatskapelle Weimer, Stefan Solyom, conducts the stunning Eugene Onegin.

Swedish conductor Stefan Solyom is the new General Music Director and Principal Conductor of the German National Theatre and the Staatskapelle Weimar.

He celebrates his tenure in Weimar with a spectacular new production of Eugene Onegin on June 19th, which will remain in repertoire until May 2011. In 2010/11 he will conduct the Staatskapelle Weimar in five subscription series concerts and will conduct three new operatic productions at the German National Theatre – Christian Jost’s Angst, Mozart’s Le Nozze de Figaro and Wagner’s Tristan and Isolde.

Born in Sweden, Stefan Solyom has established himself as one of the country’s most exciting orchestral and operatic conductors. A pupil of Leif Segerstam and Jorma Panula, his career has led him to conduct Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, Royal Swedish Opera, Munich Opera, and BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra amongst others. Since 2009 Stefan has been Principal Guest Conductor of Norrköping Symphony Orchestra.

Stefan’s complete confidence in a wide range of musical genres, from comic operetta to serious symphonic works, means his 2010/11 schedule is packed with variety. In addition to the trio of new operatic productions, with the German National Theatre and the Staatskapelle Weimar he will conduct Verdi’s Rigoletto, and orchestral works by Liszt, Schumann, Schostakovitch and Stravinsky. With Norrköping Symphony his repertoire includes works ranging from Tchaikovsky and Richard Strauss to Bernstein, Stenhammer and Pettersson. Guest appearances in 2010/11 include concerts with the Lahti and Gothenburg Symphony Orchestras, the National Symphony Orchestra Tapei, and the BBC Scottish Symphony.

(Written on June 16, 2010 )