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In today’s news, the Seattle Symphony has announced their concert, Music Beyond Borders, and the 2017 London Handel Festival celebrates the composer as a European in London. The ISM publishes a guide for musicians to fight performance anxiety, and Lang Lang signs with Universal. American Composers Orchestra will celebrate Steve Reich’s 80th birthday with a performance of his Tehillim during the season, while Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra announces the appointment of 23 year old Armenian-born cellist Gayane Khachatryan as their new Assistant Principal Cellist.

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ISM Trust publishes performance anxiety guide

The ISM Trust has published Performance Anxiety – a practical guide for music teachers, a publication designed to provide music teachers with a comprehensive guide to the identification and management of performance anxiety.

Music Business Worldwide

UNIVERSAL SIGNS CLASSICAL SUPERSTAR LANG LANG… AND IT’S VERY PLEASED ABOUT IT

You can generally tell how important a label considers an artist deal by the execs who pitch up to the signing photo. So Universal must be pleased as punch about inking an agreement with Chinese megastar Lang Lang, who will release his future classical albums through Deutsche Grammophon.

The Violin Channel

Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra Announce New Assistant Principal Cellist

The Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra has announced the appointment of 23 year old Armenian-born cellist Gayane Khachatryan as their new Assistant Principal Cellist.

Pizzicato

Seattle Symphony Plays In Protest Of Trump’s Travel Ban

The Seattle Symphony has announced their concert Music Beyond Borders: Voices From The Seven in protest of Trump’s travel ban. The orchestra says on its website: « The arts community across the country has been contributing in meaningful ways to the discussion around immigration following the recent executive order restricting travel and immigration from these countries.

Classical FM

This handmade xylophone plays Bach in the middle of a serene forest in Japan

A tranquil Japanese woodland and one of Bach’s most gorgeous melodies. This is going to make you feel good, thanks to Classic FM’s More Music Breakfast and Yakult.

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

Aberwitziger Virtuose

Der Komponist Michael Hirsch war ein Grenzgänger zwischen Bildender Kunst und Musik. Seine Kompositionen verwischten die Genregrenzen mit dadaistischer Phantasie und höchster Virtuosität. Jetzt ist er mit 58 Jahren gestorben.

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Welturaufführung mit Tucholsky-Oper bei Rheinsberger Festivalsommer

Die Oper «Tucholskys Spiegel» erlebt in diesem Jahr beim 27. Festivalsommer der Kammeroper Schloss Rheinsberg ihre Uraufführung. Librettist Christoph Klimke hat dafür Originaltexte des Schriftstellers (1890-1935) («Rheinsberg. Ein Bilderbuch für Verliebte») mit eigenen Texten verknüpft.

Klassik

Beethoven-Haus erhält originalen Zeitzeugenbericht des Beethovenfestes 1845

Das Beethoven-Haus Bonn hat ein bedeutsames historisches Dokument erhalten. Es handelt sich um einen Zeitzeugenbericht des ersten Bonner Beethovenfestes im Jahr 1845.

Aftenposten

Ble vraket, starter egen festival i samme sommeruke

Tidligere kunstnerisk leder for Risør Kammermusikkfest, Lars Anders Tomter, arrangerer sin egen musikkfest i Sandefjord i juni. Det er samme uke som Risør-festivalen går av stabelen.

Broadwayworld

ACO Announces 40th Anniversary Season Featuring Reich’s 80th Birthday Celebration, World Premieres by Paola Prestini, Trevor Weston, and David Hertzberg and More

American Composers Orchestra (ACO), under the leadership of Artistic Director Derek Bermel and Music Director George Manahan, continues its 40th Anniversary Season on Friday, March 24, 2017

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Classical Music News London Handel Festival 2017: A European in London

Video: Yakult

(Written on February 9, 2017 )

2016 – what a year it has been! 

It’s been a year full of political and cultural changes and we look forward what 2017 holds in store. 

We have also had to adapt WildKat’s set up and services towards the current climate. Artists and organisations, as well as independent projects, look for even more value for money, and for smarter, more effective approaches towards reaching audiences. 2016 is the year we truly went into number crunching, exploring what and how coverage converts into ticket sales, which platform drives different types of traffic, what will guarantee a sell-out and what is worth an investment for the future. 

We have brought in a new set of Account Managers and created new roles to cater to a renewed interest in broader press and online targets. 

I am optimistic about 2017. Change always means opportunity. It means we are in motion, and the arts are the first place we will see that. I look forward to new pieces being created, new companies being formed and new ideas coming to fruition.

Thank you to all our partners, clients, journalists and the wonderful staff across all our WildKat offices. We finish the year on a high with our annual skiing trip to Austria! Let’s slide merrily into the New Year.

Managing Director, Kat Alder

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In 2016, WildKat PR continued to expand our roster with lots of diverse projects and campaigns, from Ancient Academy of Music to Metal’s production of Steve Reich’s Different Trains with the London Contemporary Orchestra. We also worked with a wide range of fantastic organisations on unique projects, including projects with The European Union Youth Orchestra, Help Musicians UK and Live Music Now. Also, across the Atlantic Ocean in our New York office, we began campaigns with the world-renowned The Cliburn and Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra.

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Here are some highlights from our fantastic year:

In Spring 2016, Sacconi Quartet and Sacconi Chamber Music Festival returned to WildKat, and it was another very successful year for them, highlights include a 5-star review by The Guardian and also an awesome review by Financial Times. They also premiered Jonathan Dove’s ‘In Damascus’, a brand new work for Tenor and String Quartet.

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In Summer 2016, another year, another weird and wonderful set of Tête a Tête performances, including Toni Castells‘ ‘2045: The Year Man Becomes Immortal?‘, which featured in The Guardian‘s top classical picks, and on BBC Radio 3: In Tune, amongst other outlets. They also ran six productions, forming part of the Cubitt Sessions at the heart of King’s Cross this year. Looking ahead to 2017, lots are going to happen in January with Tête a Tête, so keep reading our blog to follow their latest news!

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In August, BitterSuite launched their crowd-funding campaign on Kickstarter, and successfully reached their target. They were featured in Vice, and they also debuted in New York at Brooklyn Academy of Music in December.

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In Autumn 2016, we worked with Metal Liverpool on Steve Reich’s Different Trains. We gained a huge range of alternative coverage, including The Sunday Times, live-streaming on Boiler Room, and BBC Radio 6 Music.

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In Winter 2016, Ailie Robertson‘s classical debut single ‘Haven’ was a big hit, reaching No.2 on iTunes Classical Chart. She also made appearances on BBC Radio Scotland and BBC Radio 3: In Tune.

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The Academy of Ancient Music received a very strong set of reviews for our first concert with them, recording 4 and 5 stars.  They also continue to receive excellent reviews for their disc of music by Dario Castello, which proves to be increasingly popular following the concert and broadcast and is encouraging in supporting their aim to bring neglected music to a wider audience.  We now very much look forward to the release of the second volume in 2017.

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Accentus Music also has had an incredible year with us, with over 50 pieces of coverage throughout the year, and several productions nominated in several categories for the International Classical Music Awards 2017, including a CD by the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra and Alban Berg’s opera ‘Wozzeck’ DVD performed by Opernhaus Zürich. We look forward to further collaborations with Accentus in the new year.

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Photo: Accentus Music/ Berg Wozzeck

We also had a great year with Dartington – this year’s festival saw musicians, writers and artists of all ages and abilities descend upon the beautiful medieval Dartington estate, to take part in courses, watch and participate in masterclasses, create new works, and attend concerts and performances, of which there were over eighty over the four week period!  We are excited to have the chance to work with them again for their International Summer School and Festival 2017, which promises to be just as, if not even more exciting.

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Besides our usual Press and Promotion service, we are also developing a wider range of services. We introduced our full Social Media packages and more Creative Campaigns.

We have recently worked with ECC100, a vinyl-only record label founded by Lush, on their release of ‘Set in Stone‘, music inspired by ancient stone circles in Dorset, UK. As well as a press campaign, we also organised a creative campaign, inviting journalists and bloggers to travel on a journey through their senses, with fragrances created by Gorilla Arthouse, which were inspired by the music from the album, live performance from Simon Richmond and John Metcalfe, and the screening of a film by Patrick Dunn.

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Photo: ECC100

Now that the year is almost over, we are very much looking forward to announcing new partnerships in January 2017! To follow our latest news and updates, keep reading WildKat PR Blog, or follow us on our Facebook page and Twitter.

Have a very Merry Christmas and a great start to 2017!

(Written on December 21, 2016 )

Have you ever wondered how a polyphonic piece would sound if you listened to some of the individual parts, or even just one?  A special new online tool—created for today’s release of an outstanding modern interpretation by six pianists—offers this possibility and allows you to get closer to Steve Reich’s famous Six Pianos.

Influenced by electronic club music, as well as their classical education, the six pianists Gregor Schwellenbach, Hauschka, Erol Sarp (Grandbrothers), Daniel Brandt, Paul Frick (of Brandt Brauer Frick) and John Kameel Farah, show their devotion to the influential composer of minimalist music though this modern approach to the idea behind Six Pianos.

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Each pianist performed his part on his own piano using typical studio equipment, before passing the recording over to the next pianist. With the help of the online tool you can listen to every single part individually, or up to all six parts together. This opens up new sound experiences as well as giving a special insight in both the piece and the work of the musicians.

Due to technical reasons the tool only works with Google Chrome. When opening the page, it can take up to 30 seconds until all tracks are completely loaded, but it’s definitely worth the wait! Here you can find the tool: www.film-recordings.com/sixpianos

This recording of Six Pianos, which also includes Keyboard Study #1 by Terry Riley, is now available on the FILM label as Vinyl, CD and as MP3.

(Written on November 18, 2016 )

Classical News

In today’s news round-up, British pianist Benjamin Grosvenor has been named as the recipient of the New York Philharmonic’s Ronnie and Lawrence Ackman Classical Piano Prize. Royal Northern College of Music announced a new professional partnership with Peking University Academy of Opera. Also, Bob Shennan has been promoted to Director Of Radio, and will take responsibility of all BBC Radios, as well as the BBC Performing Groups, the BBC Proms, BBC Music and radio production.

International Piano Magazine

Benjamin Grosvenor receives inaugural NY Phil piano prize

Benjamin Grosvenor has been named as the inaugural recipient of the New York Philharmonic’s Ronnie and Lawrence Ackman Classical Piano Prize.

Reuters UK

Former New Order musician, DJs mix classical and rave for new album

A classical orchestra playing club music alongside DJs may seem like an unlikely mix but former New Order bassist Peter Hook hopes to win over fans with a new album giving a somewhat different twist to rave tunes.

Early Music Today Magazine

OAE invites composers to write for the Night Shift

The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment is inviting composers to write for 18th century instruments to mark the tenth anniversary of its Night Shift series.

Music Teacher Magazine

RNCM announces partnership with Peking University Academy of Opera

The Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM) has announced a new professional partnership with Peking University Academy of Opera (PKU).

Choir & Organ Magazine

Sing for Pleasure announces 2016/17 young conducting scholars

Sing for Pleasure has announced its young conducting scholars for 2016/17.

Music Business Worldwide

Bob Shennan Takes Responsibility For All BBC Radio With New Promotion

Bob Shennan, currently Controller of Radio 2, Asian Network and 6 Music and Director of BBC Music, has been promoted to Director Of Radio at the Beeb.

Broadwayworld

Orpheus Chamber Orchestra to Reunite with Pianist & Composer Fazil Say at Carnegie

Orpheus Chamber Orchestra reunites with Turkish pianist and composer Fazil Say on Saturday, December 3 at 7:00 p.m. in Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage at Carnegie Hall, following a highly successful collaborative New York and European tour in 2015.

Klassik.com

Köln: Stadt will Straßenmusik verbieten

Straßenmusik und andere öffentliche Kleinkunst soll zukünftig rund um den Dom ganzjährig verboten sein. Das Verbot gilt zudem für den Einsatz von Lautsprechern und elektrischen Verstärkern bei Musikdarbietungen. Darüber hinaus sollen offensive Arten des Bettelns unterbunden werden.

Neue Musikzeitung

Insolventes Festspielhaus in Füssen beschäftigt Staatsanwaltschaft

Wie ein Sprecher der Behörde in Augsburg am Donnerstag mitteilte, ist dort ein Ermittlungsverfahren wegen des Verdachts auf Insolvenzverschleppung anhängig.

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Unbekanntes Kirchner-Bild entdeckt

Im Städel Museum Frankfurt ist ein bislang völlig unbekanntes Werk des Malers Ernst Ludwig Kirchner (1880-1938) aufgetaucht. Das expressionistische Gemälde zeigt eine Szene in einem Café und war auf denselben Rahmen gespannt wie das Bild “Schlittenfahrt im Schnee” – wurde von diesem aber verdeckt.

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Classical Music @ClassicalMusic_ Happy birthday to the @RoundhouseLDN! Find out more about its history as a performing arts centre here: https://t.co/FTeBeMxZx4

Royal Philharmonic @rpoonline In 1969 @ElvisPresley released his No.1 hit song Suspicious Minds, listen now to our version: https://youtu.be/mZpcvaky0-E

The Royal Ballet @TheRoyalBallet An introduction to the music of Steve Reich: http://www.roh.org.uk/news/watch-ins … #ROHmcgregor

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Photo: Decca/Sophie Wright

(Written on October 21, 2016 )

Classical News

In today’s classical news, Deutsche Phono-Akademie announced its 2016 ECHO Klassik awards. Pentatone, a Dutch music label, appoints new vice president, Renaud Loranger. Also, Marriott Classical Music Festival returns for its third year.

The Strad

Cellist Sol Gabetta and violinist Pinchas Zukerman win 2016 ECHO Klassik awards

The Deutsche Phono-Akademie (German record industry) has named the 57 winners of its 2016 ECHO Klassik awards, honouring ‘the most successful and outstanding achievements’ of German and international classical musicians over the last 12 months. Among the string players recognised by the industry are Sol Gabetta, who wins the Instrumentalist Cello title for her Vasks ‘Presence’ recording on Sony Classical, and Pinchas Zukerman, who takes home the Instrumentalist Violin prize for his recording of Vaughan Williams and Elgar on Decca.

Opera Now Magazine

4.48 Psychosis wins UK Theatre award

Philip Venables’ 4.48 Psychosis has won the UK Theatre award for achievement in opera.

Classical Music Magazine

Pentatone appoints new vice president

Renaud Loranger will join Pentatone as vice president for artists and repertoire on 1 November. He will be tasked with developing the label’s roster and expanding its activities internationally.

Cape Times

‘Marriott Classic Music Festival’ returns

The hills of Franschhoek will once again be alive with the sound of music as the Marriott Classic Music Festival returns to the scenic village for the 14th time from October 21 to 23 October with an inspiring programme of classical music from South Africa’s foremost musicians, plus acclaimed international artists.

Evening Standard

Orchestras should hold blind auditions to increase diversity

Orchestras should hold blind auditions to increase the number of ethnic minority players in major ensembles, according to a leading figure in the music world, Chi-chi Nwanoku.

Naperville Sun

Black Violin blends hip-hop, classical music

Black Violin is changing stereotypes about who plays the violin and what gets played on it. Black Violin consists of Wil Baptiste and Kev Marcus — two young, hip, black guys who are just as comfortable busting out some Bach or Vivaldi as they are playing Kanye West.

klassik.com

Hessischer Kulturpreis für Countertenor Andreas Scholl

Die Auszeichnung, die der Countertenor zusammen mit seiner Frau, der israelischen Pianistin Tamar Halperin, erhält, ist mit 45.000 Euro der höchstdotierte Kulturpreis in Deutschland. Beiden gelinge es, musikalische Brücken zu bauen.

Musikerbe-Stätten in Leipzig sollen Europäisches Kulturerbe werden

Die Bewerbung Leipzigs ist damit die einzige einer deutschen Stadt, die für den Bewerbungsdurchgang 2017 ausgewählt und an die Europäisch Kommission weitergeleitet wurde.

Musik heute

Elisabeth Brauß gewinnt Kissinger KlavierOlymp

Die 21-jährige hat den diesjährigen Kissinger KlavierOlymp gewonnen. Die Hannoveranerin setzte sich unter sechs Wettbewerbsteilnehmern im Alter zwischen 13 und 26 Jahren durch. Brauß habe die Jury “aufgrund ihres eigenständigen Zugriffs und ihrer Direktheit in der musikalischen Gestaltung” überzeugt.

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Classical Music @ClassicalMusic_ Reich at 80: we celebrate the master of minimalism in CM October! http://ow.ly/ts5r304EvG6 

Mental Health Fdn @mentalhealthnz Raising awareness of mental health issues through classical music #MHAWNZ https://t.co/1v7Vw0rLQl

Opera Magazine @operamagazine Opera’s November 2016 preview

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Cellist Sol Gabetta, who just won the Instrumentalist Cello title for her Vasks ‘Presence’ recording on Sony Classical. Photo taken by: Uwe Arens

(Written on October 11, 2016 )

WildKat PR wishes Steve Reich a very Happy Birthday today!

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WildKat PR recently worked with Steve and Metal Liverpool on their “Different Trains” project, which took place last week. The performance was given a five-star review by The Times, who described the performance as “an exuberant, sometimes dark blend of music and film — this was a superb performance of one of Steve Reich’s most poignant works.” “Different Trains” was performed as an open-air concert at Metal’s Liverpool home at Edge Hill station, the oldest active passenger railway station in the world, with a film accompaniment, which was  a newly commissioned work by artist and filmmaker Bill Morrison. Take a look at Steve’s interview with the London Contemporary Orchestra on Boiler Room, where he talked about the production.

Besides the Different Trains project, Steve also collaborated with The Royal Ballet’s Resident Choreographer, Wayne McGregor, to create a new one-act work, in celebration of Reich’s 80th birthday as well as Wayne McGregor’s ten years as Resident Choreographer at Royal Opera House. The world premiere performance will take place in November 2016. For more details about the performances, please refer to ROH’s website.

In addition, Steve Reich recently collaborated with Kristjan Järvi on his Sound Project and released a double CD “Steve Reich Duet,” in celebration of Reich’s 80th birthday.

Steve Reich will also be presenting his works with the Barbican. “Steve Reich’s music changed the way we hear our world,” as said by the Barbican. In his 80th birthday year, the Barbican begins a year-long celebration, with Britten Sinfonia launching the festivities with the European premiere of his work “Pulse”: just part of an evening of music and visuals that demonstrates his profound engagement with the events of our time: air travel, atomic testing, and genetic engineering. Visit the Barbican’s website for more details.

 

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Photo: WildKat PR. Steve speaks with Radcliffe and Maconie for their BBC 6Music show

 

“Without Steve Reich’s rhythms, pulses and phasing, contemporary culture would be a much poorer place,” says the Guardian. Reich has given the contemporary musical world a licence to groove. He created a model of a self-sustaining ensemble, Steve Reich and Musicians, to play, record and remain a living laboratory for his music, and he has inspired musicians from Michael Gordon to Nico Muhly, from Björk to DJ Spooky. And that means that we all live in a Reichian musical world.

WildKat is also very excited to work with Berlin-based label, FILM, on their release of Reich’s “Six Pianos,” with pianists Gregor Schwellenbach, Volker Bertelmann alias Hauschka, John Kameel Farah, Erol Sarp from Grandbrothers, as well as Daniel Brandt and Paul Frick from the techno ensemble Brandt Brauer Frick, read more about it here.

(Written on October 3, 2016 )

Classical News

Today’s classical news, Steve Reich talks about the state of classical music in 2016. YouTube hires a Music Executive. NSO starts its season with a new face in Shakespeare. Also, EU voted to prevent violent extremism by putting on classical music concerts for young people.

Classic FM

Steve Reich: ‘In my lifetime, classical music has never been so populated with talented people’

He’s one of classical music’s most important composers – and on the eve of his 80th birthday, we got to ask him what he thinks about the state of classical music in 2016.

The New York Times

YouTube Hires Music Executive as a Liaison to the Industry

For the last year, the music industry has been waging a bitter war against YouTube, accusing the popular video site of paying too little in royalties. The conflict has often seemed tribal, with record companies and stars on one side, and Silicon Valley on the other.

The Washington Post

NSO starts season with a new face in Shakespeare

Last weekend, the National Symphony Orchestra’s opening-night gala focused (partly) on African American culture. But on Thursday night, the start of the regular subscription season, the flavor was British.

Pizzicato

Transformation Works At Paris Opera Could Be Stopped

In the case opposing a number of opera lovers and the National Opera in Paris over the demolishment of the boxes at Palais Garnier, the old opera house, the plaintiffs mark a partial victory.

Donald Trump von Klavierfirma als Betrüger entlarvt

Dass die Unternehmen von Donald Trump es mit dem Bezahlen von Rechnungen nicht so genau nehmen, wurde schon öfter gesagt. Jetzt hat der ehemalige Besitzer einer Klavierfirma aus New Jersey ein schönes Beispiel dafür geliefert.

Kokomo Tribute

Ukrainian pianist puts fresh spin on classical music

Alina Kiryayeva, a world-renowned, award-winning pianist, said classical music and cartoons may seem worlds apart. But they actually go hand in hand. And she’ll prove it at 2:30 p.m. Sunday during a performance inside Kokomo High School’s auditorium.

Mail Online

Stop young turning to terror…with classical concerts! EU vote to spend €1m on events sparks ridicule from Eurosceptics

Brussels is seeking to prevent violent extremism by putting on classical music concerts for young people. MEPs have voted to spend one million euros (£860,000) on the ‘promotion of EU values through music’ despite calls to cut spending. Member states had been seeking to reduce the total budget for next year to 156.4billion euros (£135.4billion). But the European Parliament’s budget committee has reversed all planned cuts, pencilling in an extra £4.7billion in spending. Among the additional projects to get funding is a scheme aimed at ‘preventing radicalisation leading to violent extremism through music’.

Classical Music Magazine

Bloomsbury Festival 2016

The theme for this year’s Bloomsbury Festival (19-23 October) is language, from computer code to the language of food, music and dance.

KlassikAkzente

Ausgezeichnet für sein Lebenswerk – Alfred Brendel erhält den ECHO Klassik 2016

Wie die Deutsche Phono-Akademie jüngst verlauten ließ, wird Alfred Brendel mit dem ECHO Klassik für sein Lebenswerk geehrt.

Klassik.com

Gerichtsstreit zwischen Wagner-Erben und Wagner-Stiftung geht in die nächste Runde

Der Gerichtsstreit zwischen den Erben von Wieland Wagner und der Richard-Wagner-Stiftung bzw. der Bayreuther Festspiele GmbH wird fortgeführt.

Crescendo

Expertenjury nominiert 21 Bewerber für die Kulturmarken-Awards 2016

Die Shortlist der Kulturmarken-Awards 2016 steht. Unter dem Vorsitz von Prof. Dr. Oliver Scheytt, Präsident der Kulturpolitischen Gesellschaft e.V., wählte eine 36-köpfige Expertenjury aus Kultur, Wirtschaft und Medien am 27. September 21 Nominierte aus.

Le Parisien

Loges de l’opéra : la victoire des opposants

Hier, les défenseurs du patrimoine qui s’opposent aux travaux de transformation des loges de l’Opéra Garnier ont gagné une bataille.

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Classical Music @ClassicalMusic_ Among friends: @owenpiano & @katyaapekisheva introduce next week’s @LondonPianoFest http://ow.ly/cfVV304hrYt

The Royal Opera @TheRoyalOpera Cast change: Roberto Alagna to withdraw from #ROHtrovatore

http://www.roh.org.uk/news/cast-change-roberto-alagna-to-withdraw-from-il-trovatore …

Rhinegold LIVE @RhinegoldLive Looking forward to a wonderful recital with pianist Samson Tsoy at Conway Hall next Monday! See you there @owenpiano!

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Photo: Classic FM (Daniel Ross and Kyle Macdonald)

(Written on September 30, 2016 )

WildKat PR is excited to announce our new collaboration with the Berlin-based label FILM.

FILM presents a new studio recording from pianists Gregor SchwellenbachVolker Bertelmann alias Hauschka, John Kameel Farah, Erol Sarp from Grandbrothers, as well as Daniel Brandt and Paul Frick from the techno ensemble Brandt Brauer Frick. They will be releasing their interpretation of Steve Reich’s “Six Pianos” – a modern approach to his idea behind it.

With their electronic club music, as well as classical music background, the musicians formed “Six Pianos” in dignified modernity and topped it off with today’s sound aesthetics and advanced recording technologies of today. After the widely noticed performance at the Acht Brücken Festival 2016 at Cologne’s Philharmonic Hall, the ensemble played from six different grand pianos in six different locations throughout Germany for the recording. Each pianist performed his part on his own piano using his own typical studio equipment, before passing the recording over to the next pianist.

On the occasion of his 80th birthday, the six pianists declare their love to Steve Reich and his composition with this release. “Pianists are soloists and lone warriors by nature”, as Gregor Schwellenbach once said. But the initiator not only won over solo artists to the greatest possible extent but also their ensemble partners: Jan Brauer from Brandt Brauer Frick mixed “Six Pianos” in the studio while Lukas Vogel from Grandbrothers provided delays for the b-side, which includes “Keyboard Study #1” by Terry Riley.

WildKat PR is working with FILM to promote “Six Pianos”. Keep up to date with news through their Facebook and Twitter, as well as thorugh the WildKat PR blog.

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(Written on September 15, 2016 )

WildKat PR is delighted to announce our newest client, Estonian-born American conductor and pianist Kristjan Järvi.

Kristjan Järvi is known for his innovative music programming and remarkable visions for multi-genre collaborations. One of his most important projects is The Sound Experience, where he brings together ideas, people, emotions, cultures and nature through music in order to create a completely new concert experience. One of the orchestras he has initiated this concept with is the modern Baltic Sea Philharmonic. During their Baltic Sea Discovery Tour, taking part from 15th-24th September they will bring their ideas to a wide audience. Kristjan also realises his pioneering ideas as Music Director of the MDR Leipzig Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Gstaad Festival Orchestra, and as Founder-Conductor of his New York-based classical-hip-hop-jazz group Absolute Ensemble.

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Kristjan was born in Estonia and emigrated to the United States as a child. He grew up in New York City and graduated from Manhattan School of Music as a pianist followed by conducting studies at the University of Michigan. Since 2016 he is official member of the Estonian Olympic committee, being the first non-sport or government official taking this position.

WildKat PR is very much looking forward to working with Kristjan Järvi to promote the 2016 tour, as well as some concerts with Steve Reich and the Regular Crisis festival in October. In addition to that, we will assist in promoting his two upcoming CD releases “Wagner, The Ring” and “Steve Reich, Duet”.

Keep up to date with news from Kristjan Järvi through his websiteYouTube, Facebook, Twitter, and the WildKat PR blog.

(Written on September 7, 2016 )

Classical News

In today’s news, the BBC Proms swapped the Royal Albert Hall for a car park in Peckham to perform three of Steve Reich’s pieces, GCSE results show more flexibility is needed with arts subjects in schools & violinist Maxim Vengerov appointed visiting professor at London’s Royal College of Music. Also, Universal Music Group spent $38m on restructuring in the first six months of 2016.

RadioTimes

The day the Proms swapped the Royal Albert Hall for a Peckham car park

The Multi-Story Orchestra performed three pieces by American modernist Steve Reich – with added percussion from passing trains and planes

Classical Music Magazine

GCSE results show more flexibility is needed with arts subjects

A recent TES report has shown that the much-disputed English Baccalaureate (EBacc) is already having an impact on students’ academic careers, with this year’s GCSE results being used as an example of the declining focus on the arts in curricula.

The Strad

Violinist Maxim Vengerov appointed visiting professor at London’s Royal College of Music

London’s Royal College of Music has appointed Maxim Vengerov as Polonsky Visiting Professor of Violin. The virtuoso performer and conductor will visit the RCM at least three times a year in the newly created role.

Music Business Worldwide

Universal spent $38M on restructuring in the first half of 2016

Universal Music Group spent close to $40m on restructuring in the first six months of 2016, as it morphed into a US-led global hierarchy. During this period, the major completed the shuttering of Universal Music Group International (UMGi) – a symbol of a now-discarded bifurcated US/ex-US setup in which all territories outside the States reported into an ‘international’ department in London.

New York Times

Sorry about that: Wells Fargo to end ads suggesting science over arts

Wells Fargo, the financial services giant immortalized in lyrics to “The Music Man,” has apologized for advertisements that seemed to suggest that teenagers should set aside their artistic dreams and choose careers in science.

International Arts Manager

Back to Bach – Kyung Wha Chung

Kyung Wha Chung is a tough nut to crack: she’s intriguing, fascinating and just a little bit frightening as she alternates from being as wily as a puma or as playful as kitten. Chung’s as sharp, honest and brutal with herself as she is with everyone else.

The Sydney Morning Herald

Bollywood comes to the Sydney Opera House for Confluence Festival of India

Bollywood loves a grand location. So what better place than the Sydney Opera House forecourt to hold a flashmob of more than 1000 people dancing to the distinctive rhythms of Indian cinema?

Le Figaro

Alexandre Hammadi, le français de l’American Ballet Theatre

Soliste à l’American Ballet Theatre, il sera à partir du 6 septembre le prince de La Belle au Bois Dormant. Son parcours voyageur est à l’image de cette compagnie ouverte et diverse.

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Rheinland-Pfalz: Ministerpräsidentin Malu Dreyer will Musikstiftung Villa Musica weiter unterstützen

Ministerpräsidentin Malu Dreyer (SPD) hat der Landesstiftung Villa Musica zum 30-jährigen Bestehen die weitere Unterstützung von Rheinland-Pfalz zugesagt.

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Usedomer Musikpreis für Geiger Daniel Lozakovich

Der schwedische Geiger Daniel Lozakovich ist mit dem Usedomer Musikpreis der Oscar und Vera Ritter-Stiftung ausgezeichnet worden. Thomas Hummel, Intendant des Usedomer Musikfestivals überreichte dem erst 15-jährigen Instrumentalisten die Auszeichnung, die mit 5.000 Euro dotiert ist.

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GMD Michael Hofstetter verlänger seinen Vertrag am Stadttheater Gießen

Der Dirigent Michael Hofstetter hat seinen Vertrag als Generalmusikdirektor am Stadttheater Gießen um fünf Jahre bis 2022 verlängert. Hofstetter ist einer der meistgefragten Dirigenten seiner Generation und wurde vom Fachmagazin Opernwelt mehrfach als Dirigent des Jahres nominiert.

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Classic FM @ClassicFM The is underway – we’re celebrating with classical music for the event in the !

Royal Opera House @RoyalOperaHouse Booking is now open for Premium 2 Friends for Winter 2016/17 – let us know if you need any help! ^C

Barenreiter @BarenreiterUK Today in 1791 first performance of Mozart’s opera La Clemenza di Tito in Estates Theatre Prague

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Photograph: RadioTimes

(Written on September 6, 2016 )