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We are very pleased to welcome two fantastic new clients, and welcome back another, as we begin the new year!

The Gstaad Menuhin Festival & Academy is now in its 61st iteration, and its outstanding programme will take place between 13th July and 1st September 2018. In 1957, Yehudi Menuhin moved with his young family to Gstaad, Switzerland, and was overwhelmed by the beauty and power of the bucolic Alpine village. After being asked by the then head of tourism for Gstaad, Paul Valentin, to support the summer tourist season with some concerts, Menuhin rang in the inaugural festival in the summer of  the following year. Two of the performers in those first concerts were Benjamin Britten and Peter Pears! The high-calibre bookings continue, and in 2018 the festival looks to welcome Jonas Kaufmann, Hélène Grimaud, Nigel Kennedy, Sol Gabetta and Juan Diego Flóres, among a stellar line-up of stars from the opera, choral and instrumental worlds. WildKat PR is delighted to be leading their press campaign again in 2018.

The eminent Italian pianist and composer Roberto Cacciapaglia has enjoyed a varied and successful career to date. He performs his own compositions in the most prestigious theatres and institutions all over the world, sharing his innovative and inspiring compositions. Roberto blends electronic experimental music with the classical tradition, and for many years has been researching the powers of sound. He founded the Educational Music Academy in 2013, giving a voice to young musical talents, composers, musicians and pianists by way of support and mentorship. Roberto recently released the 10th Anniversary edition of his QUARTO TEMPO album, which was mastered at London’s Abbey Road Studios.

© Roberto Cacciapaglia

Lithuanian composer Gediminas Gelgotas embodies a unique musical language built upon modern, multi-stylistic influences that with a dream that combines austere melodic beauty with a stunning rhythmic drive. Once praised by Terry Riley for his ‘unique and compositional voice’, he embarked on the journey to creating his own legacy with works showcased and premiered all across Europe, while establishing his own ensemble – the New Ideas Chamber Orchestra (NICO) – and working closely with Kristjan Järvi of the Baltic Youth Philharmonic along the way. Adopting a traditional work ethic, Gediminas proudly works with pen and paper across all his compositions. He grows, chases and explores an organic idea when it comes to mind and injects his own unique blend of pop and classical cultures. With many of his pieces already performed at a number of prestigious events, Gediminas’ work defies all genres and makes it accessible to a wide audience.

© Gediminas Gelgotas

“Having myself worked on the Gstaad Menuhin Festival press campaign in both 2015 and 2016, I am delighted to welcome the festival team to work with us again,” our London Director, Olivia Brown, comments. “They present an inspired programme, in a truly beautiful setting, year on year.

“I’m also very pleased to be expanding our roster of contemporary composers by welcoming Roberto and Gediminas. We look forward to introducing their music to UK and European audiences, reaching and expanding on the broadening new audience of contemporary classical music.”

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(Written on January 11, 2018 )

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.

Six Pianos

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:

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 )

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.


(Written on September 15, 2016 )

Classical News

In today’s news, The Royal Opera House has renewed its partnership with BP, stars prepare for David Bowie celebration at the BBC Proms & the leading Finnish composer Einojuhani Rautavaara has died at the age of 87. Also, Welsh National Opera are reaching out to new audiences with Kommilitonen!.

Classical Music Magazine

ROH renews partnership with BP

The Royal Opera House (ROH) has renewed its partnership with BP for a further five years. The relationship between the two companies, which began in 1989, will now continue until 2023.

Goldsmiths student creates AI version of In C

A computing student from Goldsmiths, University of London has created an artificially intelligent orchestra to play Terry Riley’s In C.

BBC News

Stars prepare for ‘celebratory’ David Bowie Prom

A little over 10 years ago, in May 2006, David Bowie gave his last ever UK performance at London’s Royal Albert Hall. He only graced the stage for 15 minutes, as the special guest of David Gilmour, singing the Pink Floyd classics Arnold Layne and Comfortably Numb.

BBC Music Magazine

Einojuhani Rautavaara (1928-2016)

The leading Finnish composer Einojuhani Rautavaara has died at the age of 87. One of the most frequently performed of all Finnish composers, Rautavaara was seen as the heir to Sibelius, who in 1955 recommended him for the Koussevitzky Scholarship to study in America.

Wales Online

This is how Welsh National Opera is enticing young people to try opera this summer

It’s not always easy convincing young people that opera is for them too but Welsh National Opera are currently reaching out to new audiences with Kommilitonen! WNO’s Youth Opera production for 2016 is a contemporary opera for young people about young people.

BR Klassik

“Dirigieren wird heute oft zur störenden Show”

Am 28. Juli wurde der italienische Dirigent Riccardo Muti 75 Jahre alt. 1981 gab er 40-jährig mit dem Verdi-Requiem sein Debüt beim Chor und Symphonieorchester des BR. Seither kehrt er regelmäßig nach München zurück – zuletzt am 17. und 18. Dezember 2015 mit Werken von Schubert und Cherubini.


Feierliche Eröffnung der 96. Salzburger Festspiele – Uraufführung eröffnet Opernprogramm

Mit einem großen Festakt sind die 96. Salzburger Festspiele gestartet. Österreichs Nationalratspräsidentin Doris Bures (SPÖ) eröffnete vor zahlreichen hochrangigen Vertretern aus Politik und Wirtschaft am Donnerstag das Festival in der Felsenreitschule offiziell.

Berlin-Rheinsberger-Kompositionspreis 2016 für Olga Rayeva

Der mit 10.000 Euro dotierte Berlin-Rheinsberger-Kompositionspreis geht in diesem Jahr an die in Berlin lebende Komponistin Olga Rayeva. Mit der Auszeichnung verbunden ist für die gebürtige Moskauerin auch die Aufführung eines neuen Werkes in Rheinsberg und Berlin sowie eine Edition des Werkes beim Hofmeister-Musikverlag.


Top Classical News @topcmnews Henrik Nanasi Leads a Beautifully Played Magic Flute

The Royal Opera @TheRoyalOpera There’s nothing quite like a good book Especially when it’s adapted into an opera: ^M

EnglishNationalOpera @E_N_O It’s the last day of the summer project today! Toi toi toi to you all for tonight’s performance!

BP Big Screen TOSCA live from the  Royal Opera House  Trafalgar Square, London, Great Britain  living streaming of Tosca  with additional live interviews both in Trafalgar Sq and at the Royal Opera House 18th July 2013 Photograph by Elliott Franks Tel 07802 537 220 2013©Elliott Franks

Photograph: Elliott Franks

(Written on July 29, 2016 )

Classical News


Terry Riley’s masterpiece – and minimalism, African style

It can be over in 15 minutes. It can last several hours. It can be done with a Wurlitzer – or 20 guitars. Now In C, the defining work of minimalist music, has been tackled by Damon Albarn and Africa Express. Its composer Terry Riley reveals how it all began

Classic FM

John Williams’ Jurassic Park theme gets haunting rework in new Jurassic World trailer

The trailer for Jurassic World features a haunting, stripped-down piano version of John Williams’ classic theme from the original Jurassic Park.

The Strad

French cellist Aurélien Pascal wins Grand Prix Emanuel Feuermann

The 19-year-old artist receives €15,000 and concert opportunities


Come and hear ‘Sir James Galway in Conversation’ at Foyles

The first ‘EFG Gramophone Conversation at Foyles’ will take place on Thursday, December 11 at 7pm


Chailly takes over at La Scala

Riccardo Chailly, now recognised as one of the greatest conductors in the world, takes over as principal conductor at La Scala, Milan, on 1 January 2015 and will become its music director in 2017.


Daniel Hope und die Waldpiraten – Spendenaktion für die Deutsche Kinderkrebsstiftung

Jährlich erkranken in Deutschland rund 2000 Kinder und Jugendliche an einer bösartigen Krankheit.

Das Orchester

Armin Köhler ist tot

Armin Köhler, langjähriger künstlerischer Leiter der Donaueschinger Musiktage und Leiter der SWR2 Redaktion “Neue Musik und Jazz”, ist am 15. November 2014 im Alter von 62 Jahren verstorben.

New York City Opera soll im Januar verkauft werden

Die New York City Opera, die im Oktober 2013 Konkurs anmelden musste, erhält über den 18. Dezember hinaus keine Fristverlängerung zur Vorlage eines Reorganisationsplan.

Le Figaro

Love Circus: histoires de passions aux Folies Bergère

La nouvelle comédie musicale de Stéphane Jarny alterne numéros de cirque et tableaux chantés. Imparable.


Australia Launches A Vast Singing Program

The Australian Government announced a vast singing pilot program which will see professional music educators mentor selected classroom teachers across Australia in order to implement singing in school classes.

Publisher Edition Peters Launches Own Record Label

The classical CD market is definitely not dying.


Classic FM @ClassicFM: A little…Violin Birthday Sandwich. Hilary Hahn @violincase [Respighi] Then @ViktoriaMullova Happy Birthdays. @TimLihoreau

BR_KlASS @BR_KLASS: BR-Symphonieorchester in Japan: Asiatische Euphorie nach Konzert in Tokyo  #br_klass #klassik @Klassikinfo: Wertschöpfung des Festspielhauses Baden-Baden für die Stadt liegt bei Jährlich 49 Millionen Euro

performers of the new musical 'Love Circus' photo: Cyrille George Jerusalmi

performers of the new musical ‘Love Circus’
photo: Cyrille George Jerusalmi

(Written on November 27, 2014 )

Classical News

The Guardian

New York’s Metropolitan Opera labour dispute: a symptom of a company in crisis

The largest performing arts organization in the US is threatening to lock out its musicians on Friday, the latest setback for a company – and an art form – at a dangerous junction.

Classic FM

The Sacconi Quartet on why Beethoven is life-changing

Lights, cameras, and Beethoven – the Sacconi Quartet explain why their Bristol Proms performance speaks to listeners on many levels.

Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular to come to the UK

The popular show is set to invade six UK cities in May.

Classic FM

Charles Hazelwood: Terry Riley is like ‘climbing in a lava lamp!’

After he inspired a generation of electronic music in the 1960s, what kind of person might turn up to a Terry Riley concert? Jane Jones and Charles Hazelwood explain…

Classic FM

Ji Liu performs John Cage’s 4’33” live at the Bristol Proms

Ji Liu made a stunning Bristol Proms debut by performing two completely opposing pieces – John Cage’s iconic ‘silent’ piece ‘4’33”, and the complete Goldberg variations by Bach.


Turandot on the Beach, Anyone? Buff Members of Teatro Lirico di Cagliari Perform Puccini for Seaside Crowd

Summer opera takes on a whole new meaning in a recent video of Puccini’s Turandot, presented on the beach and in the water by the well-toned members of Teatro Lirico di Cagliari.

San Francisco Classical Voice

Survival Economics: Small Opera Companies Drive Change

Some companies are reinventing themselves with complex business models. Others are sharing productions as a way to trim costs and increase production values. No matter what model these companies choose, however, they’re all chasing funds to sustain themselves.

Die Zeit

Klassik blüht im Sommer

Von Hitzacker bis Rheingau, Freden bis Nürtingen: Deutschland hat mehr als 300 Festivals für klassische und artverwandte Musik.

Wiener Staatsopernmuseum wird Opfer von Sparmaßnahmen

Das Wiener Staatsopernmuseum soll als Teil einer organisatorischen Umgestaltung der Bundestheater geschlossen werden.

Klassik heute

63. Internationaler Musikwettbewerb der ARD mit Anmeldungsrekord

Für den diesjährigen Internationalen Musikwettbewerb der ARD, der vom 1. bis 19. September stattfindet, bewarben sich 519 Musikerinnen und Musiker sowie Ensembles, das ist die bisher höchste Anmeldezahl in der Geschichte des traditionsreichen Wettbewerbs.

Il Messaggero 

E’ morto Giorgio Gaslini, compositore e pianista: aveva 85 anni

Giorgio Gaslini, morto a 84 anni all’ospedale di Borgotaro (Parma), dove era ricoverato da circa un mese dopo una caduta, è stato uno dei personaggi più conosciuti di quella generazione di musicisti che a partire dagli anni ’50 ha praticamente inventato il jazz moderno in Italia.


BBC Proms Team: @bbcproms Tonight at #bbcproms @BBCSingers @liverpoolphil @VasilyPetrenko perform Strauss & Elgar with soprano Inger Dam-Jensen 

Bristol Old Vic: @BristolOldVic Coming up @BristolProms today: @sinfoniacymru Towards A Staged Concert 6pm, Daniel @HopeViolin 7.30pm, #Unbuttoned 10pm

NPR Classical: ‏@nprclassical With #FiftyShadesTrailer out, it’s time to revisit the book’s boost of #classicalmusic sales (of all things):

MasterclassFoundat’n: ‏@MMFmasterclass find out why a physicist crowd-surfed during the Hallelujah chorus #classicalmusic @bristolproms @guardianmusic

Classical Music Agen: ‏@AClassicalMusic  Audiences should be free to listen to what they want  #classicalmusic


NY met

A rehearsal at the Metropolitan Opera in 2013

Photograph: Ken Howard/AP


(Written on July 31, 2014 )

BBC News

Orchestras ‘still hostile to women’

Although there are hundreds of female musicians, very few orchestras have female directors and conductors

Limelight Magazine

Classical Grammy Awards 2014

Australian Chamber Orchestra and Dawn Upshaw head the impressive list of this years winners


The Bolshoi Theatre has a new music director: Tugan Sokhiev

Sokhiev replaces Vassily Sinaisky at the Bolshoi

Classic FM Online

Boy with no arms learns to play trumpet with toes

Jahmir Wallace, a 10-year-old student from Phillipsberg, New Jersey, has learned to play the trumpet despite being born without arms

Classical Music Magazine

Southbank Centre looks to 21st century in 2014/15 season

The Southbank Centre itself has commissioned works from Steve Reich, Anna Clyne, Terry Riley, Unsuk Chin, Kaija Saariaho, Simon Holt and, with the Philharmonia Orchestra, James MacMillan

The Telegraph

Danielle de Niese: New generation of opera stars to combat ‘fat lady sings’ parody

Danielle de Niese, the opera singer, argues outdated stereotypes about the genre must go, and signals the end of ‘the fat lady sings’

The Independent

British orchestras are in danger of losing top billing despite rising ticket sales

Funding reductions mean our leading ensembles may have to cut back on the things that give them world status

The Telegraph

The Telegraph

(Written on January 27, 2014 )