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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 )

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 news: Indian conductor Zubin Mehta performs with Berlin Philharmonic, Sebastian Manz’s recording of selected works by Carl Maria Weber, and hotelier Klaus Lauer hosts Badenweiler Musiktage. Cincinnati Opera announces premiere of “Another Brick in the Wall: The Opera,” and the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra (SDSO) and Maestro Delta David Gier announce its 2017-18 concert season. Katherine Parr was in fact a masterful PR who rallied England behind its King on the way to war, an academic has claimed, and Amazon is to further diversify its business by staking out a presence at music festivals in a bid to enhance the experience of US festival-goers.

The Times

As robots take our jobs the arts will matter more

The humanities are in crisis. There is an urgent skills gap for at least 3,000 graduates capable of explaining the events that led to the War of Jenkins’ Ear. In 2015 alone Britain drafted in 1,200 Filipinos to write essays on symbols of patriarchy in the comedies of Lope de Vega.

The Telegraph

King Henry VIII’s sixth wife collaborated with Thomas Tallis to write music to rally her husband for war

Katherine Parr was in fact a masterful PR who rallied England behind its King on the way to war, an academic has claimed, as he prepares for the first performance of her secret musical collaboration in 470 years.

The Atlantic

Inside the Heads of People Who Don’t Like Music

For those who experience “musical anhedonia,” listening to a song is halfway between boring and distracting—and their brain activity reflects that.

The Drum

Amazon gets physical with US music festival presence

Amazon is to further diversify its business by staking out a presence at music festivals in a bid to enhance the experience of US festival-goers.

Der Tagesspiegel

Alles unter Kontrolle

Der indische Stardirigent Zubin Mehta führt mit den Berliner Philharmonikern Stücke von Elgar und Tschaikowsky auf.

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Beinahe heroische Größe

Carl Maria von Weber schrieb hinreißende Werke für die Klarinette. Sebastian Manz wollte keine halben Sachen machen und nahm gleich alle auf. Richtige Entscheidung!

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Aus Liebe zur Musik

Hotelier Klaus Lauer ist das Herz der Badenweiler Musiktage. Bereits seit 1973 veranstaltete er im elterlichen Grandhotel Römerbad regelmäßig Musiktage, alles ganz auf eigenes finanzielles Risiko mit Schwerpunkt auf Neuer Musik

The New York Times

An Opera Inspired by Pink Floyd Will Get Its United States Premiere

The Cincinnati Opera has announced the United States premiere of “Another Brick in the Wall: The Opera,” capping its 98th season and its first after a $135 million restoration of the Cincinnati Music Hall.

broadwayworld.com

South Dakota Symphony Announces 2017-18 Season – Strauss Masterpieces, Video Games Live and More!

The South Dakota Symphony Orchestra (SDSO) and Maestro Delta David Gier announce its 2017-18 concert season.

Twitter

Music History @today_classical in 1861 FP of Richard ‘s opera Tannhäuser in Paris at the Théâtre Imperial de l’Opéra.

Classical Music News @ClassicalMusic Facing the music: James Laing

Sebastian Manz Credit: Marco Borggreve

(Written on March 13, 2017 )

In today’s news, the National Youth Orchestras of Scotland announces their 2017 season based on the americas, and music teachers worry that tuition fees can’t keep up with cost of living. At the last minute of Catherine Manoukian’s Washington debut, Lura Johnson steps in to save the day, and The Royal Scottish National Orchestra will depart on its first trip to the United States in more than 35 years. Viryl Technologies releases a new vinyl-pressing, robotic technology, and jazz singer Al Jarreau announces the end of his live performance career.

Rhinegold

Music tuition fees failing to keep up with the cost of living, ISM survey reveals

The Incorporated Society of Musicians’ annual survey of teaching and accompanying rates has revealed that music tuition fees are not increasing in line with the cost of living.

National Youth Orchestras of Scotland announce 2017 season

The theme for the National Youth Orchestras of Scotland’s 2017 season is The Americas, with each ensemble performing a selection of works directly linked to or inspired by the Americas.

Washington Post

Last-minute accompanist swap didn’t mar Catherine Manoukian’s D.C. debut

Armenian violinist Catherine Manoukian’s Washington debut was imperiled by the sudden indisposition of her accompanist, but Lura Johnson, a well-known Baltimore pianist, saved the day, filling in Wednesday at the National Museum of Women in the Arts. Lacking adequate rehearsal time, the new duo could offer only three standard war horses from the same era: sonatas by Brahms (Nos. 2 and 3) and Franck.

International Arts Manager

Sheku Kanneh-Mason booked for BAFTAs

Cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason has booked himself the ultimate album launch party, with the release of his new EP timed to coincide with his performance at the British Academy Film Awards (BAFTAs). The BBC Young Musician 2016 winner will be introduced by host Stephen Fry.

The Strad

Danish jazz violinist and composer Svend Asmussen has died, aged 100

Over a career spanning eight decades, Asmussen collaborated with such jazz luminaries as Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman and Stéphane Grappelli, and recorded several albums

Broadway World

Royal Scottish National Orchestra Florida Tour Begins 3/13

This March, the Royal Scottish National Orchestra will embark upon its first trip to the United States in more than 35 years. The RSNO, together with Music Director Peter Oundjian and violinist Nicola Benedetti will perform throughout the state of Florida

Artsjournal

The New Robots That Are Making Vinyl Records

“The first new record-pressing machines built in over 30 years are finally online. The brainchild of some Canadian R&D guys with a background designing fancy MRI machines, the Warm Tone record press is everything that its vintage counterpart is not

Pizzicato

800 Singers To Perform At Sing’n’Joy Princeton 2017

From February 16-20, the Westminster Choir College in Princeton (New Jersey) and choir events organizer Interkultur will host 20 choirs

Bayreuther Festspiele verkaufen wieder Eintrittskarten online

Für die Bayreuther Festspiele (25. Juli bis 28. August) beginnt am 12. Februar (14 Uhr) der Online-Verkauf von Eintrittskarten.

Frankfurter Allgemeine

Jazz-Sänger Al Jarreau beendet Live-Karriere

Im Juli hatte der Jazz-Sänger noch einmal nach Deutschland kommen wollen. Jetzt hat Al Jarreau mit 76 Jahren im Krankenhaus eine schwere Entscheidung getroffen: keine Live-Auftritte mehr.

KlassikAkzente

Ein Piano-Star kehrt heim – Lang Lang zurück bei Universal Music

Der chinesische Pianist Lang Lang begeisterte mit seinem Spiel schon Milliarden Menschen auf der ganzen Welt. Jetzt kehrt der umjubelte Künstler heim zur Universal Music Group.

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Dufter Currywurstsound

Was haben Currywurst, S-Bahn und die Musiker des Berliner Konzerthauses gemeinsam? Ganz einfach: sie machen Musik!

France musique

Musique contemporaine : vers une écoute moins intellectuelle ?

Pour cette 27e édition du festival de création musicale Présences, 79 compositions et un portrait musical de la compositrice finlandaise Kaija Saariaho sont proposés au public de la Maison de la Radio ainsi qu’aux auditeurs de France Musique.

Twitter

Classical Music News ‏ Winners of the 2017 Music Teacher Awards for Excellence announced

Music History  in 1882 FP of ‘s opera The Snow Maiden

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Image: Royal Scottish National Orchestra

 

(Written on February 10, 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 )

Classical News

In today’s classical news, Paul Lewis and Adam Gatehouse, joint Artistic Directors of Leeds International Piano Competition, talk about the reinvention of the competition. David Teie, an US composer and cellist, released Music For Cats after years of research. Also, Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra launched the “Classical Connections” program to study cognitive benefits of classical music.

The Guardian

Paul Lewis: how we’re transforming ‘the Leeds’ to nurture tomorrow’s pianists

The Leeds piano competition is being given a radical, creative reboot. Paul Lewis, one of its new directors – alongside Adam Gatehouse – explains the plan.

Today Online

Album for cats tops classical music charts

David Teie, an US composer and cellist, released Music For Cats after years of research.

Broadway World

Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra Launches Program to Study Cognitive Benefits of Classical Music

The Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra (SBCO) has launched “Classical Connections,” an innovative program to study the therapeutic benefits of classical music for individuals suffering cognitive or neurological impairment.

Classical Music Magazine

RSNO Composers’ Hub announces 2016/17 intake

The Royal Scottish National Orchestra has announced the second intake for its Composers’ Hub scheme.

Help Musicians UK announces latest career development grants

Help Musicians UK has announced the latest recipients of its career development bursaries.

Voice 2.0 – Peninsula Arts Contemporary Music Festival 2017

The three-day festival, which will take place 24-26 February 2017 at Plymouth University, will showcase new technologies and novel approaches to composition, performance and participation in music under the theme VOICE 2.0.

Washington Post

Russian city cancels ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ after protest

A theater in Omsk, one of Russia’s largest cities has cancelled a planned performance of the musical “Jesus Christ Superstar” following protests by an organization of conservative Orthodox Christians. Local group “Family, Love, and Fatherland” filed a complaint that the musical mocked religious faith.

24-Year-Old Conductor Makes History at Broadway

Madeline Smith made her Broadway debut October 14 conducting the Broadway production of Waitress. At age 24 she is believed to be the youngest woman to conduct in a Broadway pit.

Der Tagesspiegel

Iván Fischer verlässt das Konzerthaus nach 2018

Iván Fischer, Chefdirigent des Konzerthausorchesters Berlin, wird seinen Vertrag nicht über 2018 hinaus verlängern – zum Bedauern seiner Musiker. Mit neuen Formaten und spannenden Ideen konnte Iván Fischer das Konzerthausorchester profilieren.

Codex Flores

Heidelberger Frühling zeichnet einen Hotelier aus

Klaus Lauer, Gründer und Leiter der Römerbad Musiktage und Intendant der Badenweiler Musiktage, erhält den mit 10.000 Euro dotierten Musikpreis des Heidelberger Frühling 2017. Das Musikfestival vergibt die Auszeichnung jährlich an Persönlichkeiten, die sich «substanziell und nachhaltig für die Vermittlung von klassischer Musik einsetzen».

Musik Heute

Yuja Wang wird Musical Americas “Künstlerin des Jahres”

Die chinesische Pianistin Yuja Wang ist von “Musical America” zur Künstlerin des Jahres 2017 ernannt worden. Die Karriere der 29-Jährigen übersteige die jedes anderen Pianisten in der heutigen Öffentlichkeit.

Twitter

Classical Music @ClassicalMusic_ .@PRSFoundation announces New Music Biennial 2017 composer residencies & Minute of Listening

The Royal Opera @TheRoyalOpera How the musical tide turned against Shostakovich: http://www.roh.org.uk/news/knocked-b… #ROHnose

Classic FM @ClassicFM This clip of a Liverpool NHS Emergency Medical Technician casually belting out some opera is going viral: https://t.co/xVhfKz9ubX

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Photo: Leeds International Piano Competition

(Written on October 19, 2016 )

WildKat PR is very excited to announce that we are working with the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition.

Established in 1962, the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition is widely-recognised as “one of the world’s highest-visibility classical-music contests” and remains committed to its original ideals of supporting and launching the careers of young pianists and sharing the transformative powers of music with a wide global audience. The Cliburn aims to advance classical piano music throughout the world. Its international competitions, education programs, and concert series embody an enduring commitment to artistic excellence and the discovery of young artists.

In addition to the competition, the Cliburn established the International Piano Competition for Outstanding Amateurs in 1999, which The Boston Globe proclaimed “a celebration of music, and the people who have to make music, no matter what.” Then in January 2014, it announced the inaugural Cliburn International Junior Competition and Festival.

Since its inception in 1962, the Cliburn has remained committed not only to identifying young pianists who represent the highest in artistic achievement, but also to nurturing these artists and launching their careers. To this end, the Cliburn arranges for hundreds of recital, festival, and orchestra concert engagements across the United States for the winners in the three years following the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. Medalists are also available for solo, chamber, and orchestra concerts, as well as for master classes, outreach activities, and other education programs.

Vadym Kholodenko, age 26 Ukraine, performs in the first Preliminary Recital of the 14th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition at Bass Hall in Fort Worth, Texas, USA on Saturday May 25, 2013. (Photo Ralph Lauer/The Cliburn)

(Photo: Ralph Lauer/The Cliburn)

WildKat is looking forward to working with Cliburn on its launch event taking place in London in January 2017, as well as running press campaigns in the UK and Germany for the 15th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, which will run from 25th May to 10th June 2017.

See the Cliburn’s website, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, as well as WildKat PR Blog, for its latest news .

(Written on October 7, 2016 )