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WildKat PR gladly welcomes American pianist and composer Tristan Eckerson!
We are happy to be working together with Tristan on the promotion of his upcoming tour through Western Europe, which will take place from 16th September until 30th September. Tristan’s journey to Europe this autumn draws interesting parallels with his personal and musical life. Ever since he left his childhood home in Ohio, he has lived in several cities in the U.S. as well as Europe – an exciting and restless journey full of experiences, which now feeds his endless inspiration! Tristan’s accomplishments include an extensive variety of music projects including recording with members of the Ray Charles Orchestra, and performing at the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco. He has a degree in Music Production and Sound Design from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, but his true love has always been performing on stage – first with a band and later as a soloist.
Tristan’s second solo album Disarm is a reminiscence about his time in Spain so one can expect Andalusian and flamenco-esque influences, all the while maintaining Tristan’s minimal approach. For this recording, Tristan played on a special piano that was prepared by David Klavins and commissioned by Nils Frahm. Check out ‘Ether’, the first excerpt of Disarm!
Disarm will be released by 1631 Records on 15th September – just in time for the Western European tour. The first concert will take Tristan to Vác in Hungary, which will be broadcast live from David Klavin’s new piano factory. His following tour dates are:

Sept 16th – Klavins Piano Manufaktúra – Vác, Hungary

Sept 17th – Freilich Open Arts – Vienna, Austria

Sept 18th – La Loca – Prague, Czech Republic

Sept 19th – Noch Besser Leben – Leipzig, Germany

Sept 20th – Sofar Sounds – Berlin, Germany

Sept 23rd – Feinkost Lampe – Hannover, Germany

Sept 24th – Salon de Jazz – Cologne, Germany

Sept 26th – Home of Art – Amsterdam, Netherlands

Sept 27th – De Gekke Geit – The Hague, Netherlands

Sept 29th – Porto d’Artes – Porto, Portugal

Sept 30th – Fábrica Braço de Prata – Lisbon, Portugal

It is with great pleasure that we are supporting Tristan with his tour, and we look forward to accompanying him on this journey. Stay tuned for more information!

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(Written on July 24, 2017 )

The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra has announced further details of their August/September 2017 tour taking place on mainland Europe and the UK.

The orchestra is embarking on an extensive summer programme, following on from a successful tour in Hong Kong and China earlier in 2017. The CSO most recently toured Europe in 2008, before Maestro Louis Langrée took up the position as conductor and Music Director in the 2013/14 season.

In addition to the BBC Proms performance on Sunday 27th August, the orchestra will be performing at the following venues:

25th August: Edinburgh International Festival, Edinburgh
29th August: Palacio de Congreso del Kursaal, San Sebastian
30th August: Palacio de Congreso del Kursaal, San Sebastian
31st August: Palacio de Festivales de Cantabria, Santander
3rd September: Muziekgebouw, Eindhoven
4th September: Tivoli Vredenburg, Utrecht
5th September: Queen Elisabeth Hall, Antwerp
8th September: Seine Musicale, Paris
9th September: Seine Musicale, Paris

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(Written on May 15, 2017 )

We are delighted to announce that the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra will be performing at the Royal Albert Hall on Sunday 27th August as part of the 2017 BBC Proms programme.

Led by Musical Director Louis Langrée, the programme for the evening will be in keeping with the CSO’s history of championing American music, with a performance of Leonard Bernstein’s ‘Symphonic Suite’ from On the Waterfront, a highly descriptive symphonic portrait of New York City. In 1942, at the height of World War Two, the CSO premiered Aaron Copland’s ‘Lincoln Portrait’ written as a musical tribute to the former president, and will perform it again with a special guest speaker to be announced soon. Tchaikovsky’s majestic Symphony No. 5 will conclude the second half of the concert.

Founded in 1895, the CSO is the sixth oldest orchestra in the United States, and the first to be broadcast to a national radio audience in 1921. This concert coincides with an extensive European tour in which the CSO will visit countries including Scotland, Spain, and others to be announced soon.

Details of all concerts and events in the 2017 Proms season were announced today. Tickets are now available to purchase from the Royal Albert Hall website.

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(Written on April 20, 2017 )

“We are delighted to welcome back the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra for their European tour in the summer of 2017, having executed a successful creative PR campaign for the release of ‘Concertos for Orchestra’. The CSO is an incredibly versatile and forward-thinking ensemble, and we look forward to developing and sharing their stories with European audiences.” – Olivia Brown, Head of Creative Strategy & Marketing

The orchestra will visit several cities in countries around Europe this summer, with dates at the Edinburgh International Festival and San Sebastian already confirmed and more to be announced shortly. In March 2017 it was announced that Louis Langrée was to remain Music Director of the CSO for the 2019-2020 season.

Founded in 1895, the CSO is the sixth oldest orchestra in the United States and the first to be broadcast to a national radio audience in 1921. With a rich history of music making directly linked to the community in the state of Ohio, the CSO ordinarily reside in the Venetian gothic ‘Music Hall’ building, which recently underwent extensive renovation and restoration. The 2017 tour will bring American musical excellence to audiences across Europe, delighting fans new and old with their ‘richness, precision and intensity’ of performance.

CSO previously released live recorded album ‘Concertos for Orchestra’ in November 2016 on the orchestra’s own label ‘Fanfare’, featuring world premieres of seven pieces by contemporary composers. Works from this album will feature among a varied concert programme performed on the European tour.

Stay tuned for more news and announcements from the CSO by checking the WildKat blog. Follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram too.

(Written on April 11, 2017 )

Classical News

In today’s classical news, new plans for a new arts centre in the heart of Edinburgh have been announced. The 5th London Contemporary Music Festival will take place on 15th, 17th and 18th of December. Royal Albert Hall presents new spring music festival Love Classical 2017. Also, Nigel Kennedy talks about hate crime and Brexit, as he prepares to release a new album of his compositions.

Classical Music Magazine

New concert hall proposed for Edinburgh

The Scottish Chamber Orchestra and the charitable trust Impact Scotland have announced plans for a new arts centre in the heart of Edinburgh.

LCMF announces Julius Eastman focus

The fifth London Contemporary Music Festival will offer the world’s first major overview of American composer and performer Julius Eastman.

Royal Albert Hall presents Love Classical 2017

Nigel Kennedy, Lang Lang and Alison Balsom will headline Love Classical 2017.

Manchester International Festival announces new initiative

Manchester International Festival’s new artistic director John McGrath has announced My Festival: MIF’s Creative Community.

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ICMA Published Nomination List 2017

The ICMA nomination list for 2017 is available. For the 2017 awards the Jury of the International Classical Music Awards (ICMA) has nominated 321 audio and video productions (down from 364 in 2016) from 119 labels (up from 115 in 2016).

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Der Carl Bechstein Wettbewerb gab seine Gewinner für 2016 bekannt.

ITV News

Nigel Kennedy: Maverick violinist on his career, talent shows and Brexit

Nigel Kennedy has spoken out about the hate crime that has followed June’s Brexit vote, as he prepares to release a new album of his compositions.

Broadway World

Young Jean Lee, Peggy Shaw and More Among United States Artists 2016 Fellows

United States Artists (USA) has announced the 2016 USA Fellowship Awards. This year, 46 artists across nine creative disciplines will receive unrestricted $50,000 cash awards.

Choir and Organ Magazine

Oxford choral foundations to host Frideswide Voices

Oxford’s Frideswide Voices has announced that Christ Church, Magdalen and New College will host termly residences for its rehearsals and services this year.

Slipped Disc

Swiss opera goes bankrupt

The company blames its demise on poor attendance at Rigoletto, directed by Giancarlo del Monaco.

San Fransisco Classical News

Taiwan Embraces San Francisco Symphony on Tour

After the orchestra’s first visit to Korea last week (part of their eighth tour of Asia), San Francisco Symphony musicians took a charter flight to Tainan — the first-ever direct flight from Seoul — to perform a concert that was the highlight of the southern Taiwanese city’s Rainbow Festival (Chai Hong).

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

Bob Dylan hat was anderes vor

Spätestens als er wochenlang nicht ans Telefon ging, um sich die Entscheidung des Nobelpreiskomitees anzuhören, hätte man das ahnen können: Bob Dylan schwänzt die Verleihung.

Deutschlandradio Kultur

Existenzbedrohend für die Musikverlage

Die Verwertungsgesellschaft Gema darf nicht länger Musikverlage pauschal an den Einnahmen aus Musik-Nutzungsrechten beteiligen. Viele Verlage stünden dadurch vor dem Aus oder würden jede Risikofreude verlieren, kommentiert Musikkritiker Uwe Friedrich. Besonders für die Klassikszene sei das fatal.

Musik Heute

Volkswagen-Stiftung fördert Wagner-Forschung mit 400.000 Euro

Die Volkswagen-Stiftung unterstützt die wissenschaftliche Erschließung der Richard-Wagner-Sammlung in Eisenach mit 400.000 Euro.

France Musique

Séisme en Nouvelle-Zélande : l’orgue de la cathédrale de Wellington sérieusement endommagé

Le séisme d’une magnitude de 7,8 qui a touché la Nouvelle-Zélande lundi 14 novembre a causé la mort de deux personnes ainsi que d’importants dégâts. L’orgue de la cathédrale de Wellington a particulièrement souffert.

Twitter

The Economist @TheEconomist Does classical music still matter? A bustling crowd reduced to silence by a busker playing Bach suggests so http://econ.st/2fSNONW

Classical Music News @ClassicalMusic Just in: Bob Dylan won’t attend Nobel ceremony http://dlvr.it/MgvQVB #ClassicalMusic

The Violin Channel @violinchannel http://ow.ly/xjfM306eO6I SAD NEWS | Veteran Boston Symphony Principal Cellist Jules Eskin Has Died @BostonSymphony

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Photo: Rhinegold/ Nigel Kennedy

(Written on November 17, 2016 )

Sven Helbig is one of the biggest talents in the pool of composers of the new generation. He is known for his residence at Deutsches Nationaltheater in Weimar but also for his creative collaborations with artists of other genres such as hard rock band Rammstein or the Pet Shop Boys. He just released the video trailer for his newest piece: the album I Eat The Sun And Drink The Rain introduces bewitching, delicate choral voices and a fascinating sound.

The album features the Baroque-specialists Vocalconsort Berlin, one of the most renowned German choirs, conducted by cosmopolite conductor Kristjan Järvi whose concerts have been proclaimed a “life-enhancing experience” (The Herald, Scotland).

I Eat The Sun And Drink The Rain will be released on 9th September 2016 on Berlin-based record label Neue Meister (Berlin Classics / Edel Germany). The album will be premiered live at the Reeperbahn Festival in Hamburg, Germany on 23rd September 2016 and will then go on tour. You can pre-order the album here.

Keep up to date with Neue Meister’s releases via their website, Facebook and Twitter.

 

(Written on August 8, 2016 )

Scottish tenor Nicky Spence has enlisted some of the brightest stars from the world of opera to cycle the length of the UK, from Glasgow all the way to London. Nine opera singers will cycle over 500 miles in eight days. The team includes Ailish Tynan, Nicky Spence, Mary Bevan, Louise Alder, and many other artists from The Royal Opera House, English National Opera, The Metropolitan Opera New York and La Scala.

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Kicking off at the Scottish Opera Headquarters in Glasgow on 24th July, the tour will be celebrated with performances from some of the cyclists alongside the young people of The Scottish Opera Connect Company. Throughout the journey the cyclists will take part in a series of special events, visiting some unique musical landmarks and communities both from major cities and from further afield. The goal is to raise £25,000 in aid of Help Musicians UK, a charity that supports musicians in need.

The challenging journey will take the artists along the following routes:

24 July – Glasgow to Biggar

25 July – Biggar to Hawick

26 July – Hawick to Newcastle

27 July – Newcastle to York

28 July – York to Manchester

29 July – Manchester to Birmingham

30 July – Birmingham to Oxford

31 July – Oxford to London

(Written on June 28, 2016 )

Capital Sounds is a major pan-European initiative marking the 40th anniversary of the EUYO.  The project will include concerts in every capital city of the European Union over the coming few years.  The idea behind the project is to champion unity through diversity – celebrating individual national cultures within a pan-European orchestral tradition.  The events will include keynote speeches by national leading cultural figures and joint performances with local youth ensembles, reflecting the local musical traditions of that country.

Capital Sounds will begin on the 7th August 2016 in Bratislava, for a joint celebration of Slovakia assuming the EU Presidency on the 1st July, and of EUYO’s 40th anniversary. The orchestra will then continue on to Slovenia, Poland, Germany and the Netherlands. Chief Conductor Vasily Petrenko and EUYO Conductor Laureate Bernard Haitink will lead the orchestra, with repertoire to include Mozart, Haydn, Mahler and Bruckner.

One of the European Union’s great cultural institutions, the EUYO was founded as the European Community Youth Orchestra in 1976 by Joy and Lionel Bryer.  Since then it has been the leading orchestra for young musicians in the EU, providing an exceptional bridge between music colleges and the professional music world. Auditioning the best young musicians from every EU Member State is a rigorous process, taking several months every year to complete, but it means the EUYO can claim to be the only entity in Europe that represents and presents young cultural performers at a high level of excellence from all 28 EU countries.

You can find the EUYO on TwitterFacebook & YouTube 

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(Written on April 12, 2016 )

Classical news

In today’s news,  Southbank centre unveils classical season and Concertgebouw Orchestra to tour all 28 EU member states. Also, Ivor Bolten and Kasper Holten announce a collaboration on Wagner and Patrick Dunachie to join the King’s Singers in September 2016

The Guardian

Life, the universe and virtual reality: Southbank unveils classical season

Highlights of the centre’s 2016-17 season include a digital trip into an orchestra, a year-long festival examining music and belief, plus Radio 3 celebrates its 70th by moving in for a fortnight

Classical Music Magazine

Concertgebouw to tour all 28 EU member states

The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra will visit all 28 member states of the European Union over two and a half seasons as part of its RCO meets Europe tour

International Arts Manager

Ivor Bolton and Kasper Holten collaborate on Wagner

Teatro Real and Royal Opera House Covent Garden (ROH) have announced a new co-production of Wagner’s Das Liebesverbot

Classical Music Magazine

New King’s Singer announced

Patrick Dunachie is to replace David Hurley as countertenor with the King’s Singers in September 2016

Süddeutsche

Per Nørgård geehrt

Er ist einer der profiliertesten lebenden Komponisten: Per Nørgård, 1932 in Dänemark geboren. Jetzt hat er den Ernst-von-Siemens-Musikpreis erhalten

Pizzicato

Berliner Staatsbibliothek erwarb Mendelssohn-Autograph

Die Berliner Staatsbibliothek hat ein Autograph von Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy erworben, das der Wissenschaft bislang unbekannt war

NMZ

Teure Eintagsfliegen? Neue Opern etablieren sich kaum

Nur wenige neue Opern können sich durchsetzen, die meisten verschwinden schnell wieder in der Versenkung

France Musique

Mort de Jean-Louis Martinoty, grande figure du monde de l’opéra

Le metteur en scène, ancien administrateur de l’Opéra national de Paris de 1986 à 1989, mais aussi auteur d’ouvrages sur la musique, Jean-Louis Martinoty est mort mercredi 27 janvier

Twitter

MonteverdiChoir&Orch@mco_london  Fancy more Mozart? Ivan Fischer and Budapest Festival Orchestra perform The Magic Flute @southbankcentre 10 May. http://www.southbankcentre.co.uk/whatson/the-magic-flute-budapest-fes-89613

Music Education UK @MusicEdUK  International  Music and Cultural Studies Conference 2016  http://www.musiceducationuk.com/events-and-courses/2016/5/13/international-music-and-cultural-studies-conference-2016

JJ Jazz Academy @JJJAJazz  Happy birthday to the great Ronnie Scott who would have turned 89 yesterday. @officialronnies #Bestofbritishjazz

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(Written on January 29, 2016 )

Brooklyn Rider, the dynamic New York quartet, will be showcasing their own brand of creative programming in their upcoming European tour, which kicks off in Copenhagen on Tuesday. The group’s combination of limitless innovation and passion for new music has transformed the 300-year-old form of the string quartet into a signature 21st century ensemble. Their love of new music also inspired the Brooklyn Rider Almanac, which began in 2012, and continues its on-going commissioning project. So far they’ve commissioned 15 new works from a diverse list of musicians in the worlds of jazz, rock, pop, and folk. Brooklyn Rider recently launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise the funds for an ambitious complementary body of work directly related to the commissioned music. This will include videos, animation, choreography, photo essays, articles, interviews, remixes, and much more. So far Brooklyn Rider have raised over $22,000 of their $40,000 goal.

The 8-date European tour will include a blend of classic quartet repertoire and new works that challenge genre boundaries. Clubs and concert halls across Denmark, Sweden, Germany and the UK can expect to hear works from the group’s 2013 Mercury Classics release A Walking Fire, including Bartók’s String Quartet No. 2, Lev “Ljova” Zhurbin’s Culai, and Three Miniatures by Brooklyn Rider’s Colin Jacobsen, with the addition of music by Philip Glass, Franz Schubert and the premiere of String Quartet No.1 by Swedish composer Tobias Broström on 23rd and 24th April. Brooklyn Rider will also perform at Yellow Lounge in Stockholm on 26th April collaborating with DJs and VJs at Fotografiska. The tour culminates in a late night performance at London’s Wigmore Hall on 2nd May.

Check out a video of Colin Jacobsen’s A Walking Fire here:

(Written on April 17, 2014 )