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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 )

The 15th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition will be taking place at the Bass Performance Hall in Fort Worth, Texas, from 25th May to 10th June 2017.

We had the chance to catch up with Jacques Marquis, CEO of The Cliburn, to find out what makes The Cliburn so special, as well as how it aims to attract a wider global audience.

Have a look at the interview here!

Screening auditions are underway, having already visited London and Hannover. So far we’ve seen and heard many talented young pianists.

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Photo from London screening auditions

Besides the screening auditions, The Cliburn also held a launch event in London, with The Cliburn 2013’s semi-finalist Jayson Gillham showcasing his beautiful playing in Bach arr. Rachmaninoff and Chopin.

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Photo: Pianist Jayson Gillham rehearsing at The Cliburn 2017 launch event in London

 

In addition, The Cliburn’s new partnership with medici.tv, who will be live-streaming the competition this year, will help realise the competition’s goal of reaching new international audiences.

WildKat PR sends its best wishes to this year’s participants! We can’t wait to see the 30 pianists that will make it to the Preliminary Round in Fort Worth, Texas, later this year.

Remember to follow WildKat PR on Twitter, and The Cliburn on Twitter and Facebook, for the latest news on The 15th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition!

(Written on January 13, 2017 )

Classical News

In today’s classical news, The 2016 Violin Society of America International Instrument and Bow Making Competition, which was hold in Cleveland, USA, has announced this year’s prizes and winners. London-based Violin Maker, Gabor Draskoczy, received dual gold medals for both ‘Violin Tone’ and ‘Violin Workmanship’ categories. Funeral Song, an early work by Stravinsky has been rediscovered in 2015, and will receive its first performance in 107 years in St Petersburg on 2 December. Also, findings from a study are helping researchers understand why music lessons are beneficial to children with autism and ADHD.

The Violin Channel

Violin Maker Gabor Draskoczy Sweeps Rare Golden Double at Violin Society of America Awards

The competition prizes have been announced at the 2016 Violin Society of America International Instrument and Bow Making Competition, in Cleveland.

BBC Music Magazine

Lost work by Stravinsky restored

Stravinsky’s Funeral Song will receive its first performance in 107 years.

CMUSE

Study finds music lessons improve brain activity in children

Findings from a study are helping researchers understand why music lessons are beneficial to children with autism and ADHD.

Music Teacher Magazine

Musical theme announced for Shakespeare Week 2017

Shakespeare Week, a free scheme for primary school children and their families, will have a musical theme in 2017, with Birmingham Conservatoire principal Julian Lloyd Webber appointed as patron and the release of a new song for assemblies.

International Arts Manager

Singapore Chinese Orchestra announce digital concert

Singapore Chinese Orchestra (SCO) will become the first Chinese orchestra to broadcast an online digital concert when they perform at SCO Concert Hall on 26 November.

Koreaherald.com

Classical music, delivered to the home

Classical music has begun seeping into the household recently. New platforms are connecting classical performers and listeners directly, allowing consumers to customize the music they listen to. Mini-concerts are now being held inside homes, returning classical music to its salon origins.

Klassik.com

Fazil Say erhält Internationalen Beethovenpreis

Der türkische Pianist Fazil Say ist Träger des Internationalen Beethovenpreises für Men­schenrechte, Frieden, Freiheit, Armutsbekämpfung und Inklusion, der in diesem Jahr zum zweiten Mal vergeben wird. Die Auszeichnung ist mit 10.000 Euro dotiert.

Händel-Preis der Stadt Halle 2017 für Mezzosopranistin Vivica Genaux

Die Mezzosopranistin Vivica Genaux erhält den Händel-Preis der Stadt Halle 2017. Die Stiftung Händel-Haus, von der die undotierte Auszeichnung verliehen wird, bezeichnete die US-amerikanische Sängerin als eine der weltweit führenden Interpretinnen von Werken der Barockzeit bis hin zum Belcanto-Repertoire.

Musik Heute

Unesco-Lehrstuhl für Transnationale Musikforschung in Weimar und Jena

Der Lehrstuhl für Transkulturelle Musikforschung in Weimar und Jena ist von der Unesco aufgewertet worden – zum Unesco Chair on Transcultural Music Studies. Er sei damit der zwölfte Unesco-Lehrstuhl in Deutschland und Teil eines weltweiten Netzwerkes von mehr als 700 Lehrstühlen in 124 Ländern.

Neue Musikzeitung

Hildesheimer Forscher wollen Musikkultur Nigerias retten

Um die von islamistischem Terror gefährdete Musikkultur Nigerias zu retten, digitalisieren Hildesheimer Musikwissenschaftler seltene Tonaufnahmen aus dem afrikanischen Land. Die 2009 gestartete Zusammenarbeit werde mit dem Ziel fortgesetzt, die Musik über ein Internet-Portal auch den Menschen in Nigeria wieder per Smartphone zugänglich zu machen.

Twitter

Classical Music News @ClassicalMusic Why do rock bands need opera houses? http://dlvr.it/MjrmNZ #ClassicalMusic

Music History @today_classical #Today in 1913 Birth of English #composer and pianist Edward Benjamin #BRITTEN #MusicHistory #classicalmusic

Classical Music @ClassicalMusic8 MUSIC >Mozart’s lost work to be performed in Turkey – Hurriyet Daily News http://dlvr.it/MjmLMK

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Photo: BBC Music Magazine/ Stravinsky

(Written on November 22, 2016 )

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.

Pizzicato

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).

Carl Bechstein Wettbewerb kündigt Gewinner für 2016 an

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 )

Today, Bachtrack published its classical music statistics for 2015. Immediately striking, is the lack of women at the top of any of the lists. Most remarkably, the busiest composer category features it’s first female at number 72, with only five on the entire list. How many years will it be until a woman is one of the top 50 or the top ten in this category?

Kristiina Poska, busiest female conductor at no. 72 /nordicartistsmanagement.com

Kristiina Poska Busiest female conductor at no. 72
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Whilst Covent Garden is the busiest opera house, the top three busiest concert orchestras are in the USA; the only British Orchestra, the London Symphony is at number seven.

Classical composers, remain as ever at the top of the list. Accordingly, Romantic/ Classical music is the most performed throughout the countries surveyed. The exceptions are Sweden where 20th/ 21st century comes out top and the USA where 44% of individual works performed are baroque and 44% are Classical/ Romantic. Germany and Austria are the only countries where over 60% of music performed is Classical/ Romantic, presumably something to do with the fact that the top composers are Mozart, Beethoven, Bach and Brahms.

Anniversaries certainly affect the findings. September 2015 was Arvo Pärt’s 80th birthday; he is number one in the ‘top living composer by event’ category.

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Arvo Pärt, most performed contemporary concert composer
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Sibelius and Nielson turned 150 in 2015. Sibelius went up in the list of composers from number 26 to number 9 and Carl Nielson went up from 53rd to 37th. Although works by both men were more frequently performed in 2015 than in 2014, one might have imagined that they would be higher up on the list given the huge anniversaries and the fact that Arvo Pärt is at number one in the living composers list.

The use of composer anniversaries to inform concert programming, does seem a little uncreative but perhaps it could mean that the works of some less famous composers will be celebrated this year. Some of the most notable composers whose 50th and 100th birthdays fall in 2016 include:

William Sterndale Bennett (1816 – 1875)

Ferruccio Busoni (1866 – 1924)

Vladimir Rebikov (1866 – 1920)

Erik Satie (1866 – 1925

Vasily Kalinnikov (1866 – 1901)

Milton Babbitt (1916 – 2011)

Henri Dutilleux (1916 – 2013)

Alberto Ginastera (1916 – 1983)

 

Vasily Kalinnikov’s Symphony no. 1

How great an affect will these anniversaries have on 2016’s classical music statistics?

(Written on January 11, 2016 )

WildKat PR are pleased to be working with the young and talented violinist Asi Matathias. Asi did his first ever performance with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra at the age 14 under the baton of Zubin Mehta, who was so impressed by Matathias’ musical maturity at such a young age that he invited Asi back to play for the next season. Concert-goers can hear this sophistication beyond years at another debut of his this month: at the Berlin Philharmonic and Carnegie Hall’s Zankel Hall in New York.

His recital programme will take the audience through the history of the key repertoire for violin and piano: Brahms and Beethoven via Strauss and Takemitsu. We will hear all the experience he has accumulated over the past ten years, during which he has performed concerts throughout Europe, the USA and Asia and played in some of the most prestigious concert halls and with some of the best conductors of our time.

Also a keen chamber musician, Asi has collaborated with the likes of Yefim Bronfman and Kirill Gerstein at festivals such as Vienna’s FestWochen Festspiele, and the Jerusalem International Chamber Music Festival.

Having begun playing the violin when he was only 6 years old, he has studied with Chaim Taub, Aaron Rosand and David Nadien. He currently is a student of Pinchas Zukerman in New York. Prior to this, he was enrolled at Vienna’s Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst where he was the youngest student ever to have been accepted.

Asi’s debuts promise to be exciting milestones in his career which is already developing well and flourishing.

Book tickets to the concert here.

Pinchas Zukermans Protegé, Asi Matathias, debütiert in Berlin und New York

Das Team von WildKat PR freut sich über die Zusammenarbeit mit dem jungen und talentierten Geiger Asi Matathias. Seinen ersten Auftritt hatte der Künstler bereits im Alter von 14 Jahren mit dem Israel Philharmonic Orchestra unter der Leitung von Zubin Mehta, der so begeistert von der musikalischen Reife bei einem so jungen Alter war, dass er Asi bereits für die folgende Saison wieder einlud. Konzertbesucher können nun eine über Jahre gereifte Verfeinerung seines Violinenspiels bei einem weiteren Debüt in diesem Monat in der Berliner Philharmonie und der Zankel Hall der Carnegie Hall in New York erleben.

Sein Konzertprogramm führt das Publikum durch die Geschichte der berühmtesten Werke für Violine und Piano: Von Brahms und Beethoven über Strauss und Takemitsu. Das Publikum wird die Erfahrungen, die Matathias in den letzten Jahren bei Aufführungen in Europa, USA und Asien gesammelt hat, hören können. Er spielte in den besten Konzertsälen der Welt und mit den bedeutendsten Dirigenten unserer Zeit. Darüberhinaus hat Asi als begeisteter Kammermusiker bereits mit Größen wie Yefim Bronfman und Kirill Gerstein bei international bekannten Festivals wie den Wiener Festwochen und dem Jerusalem International Chamber Music Festival zusammengearbeitet.

Seit er mit sechs Jahren angefangen hat Geige zu spielen, wurde er von Chaim Taub, Aaaron Rosand und David Nadien auf seinem Weg begleitet. Aktuell studiert er bei Pinchas Zukerman in New York. Davor war er an der Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst in Wien immatrikuliert, wo er als jüngster Student seit der Gründung der Universität aufgenommen wurde.

Asis Debüts versprechen spannende Meilensteine in seiner bereits aufstrebenden Karriere zu werden.

Buchen Sie hier Tickets für das Konzert.

Asi

(Written on February 12, 2015 )

Classical News

The Guardian

Write a song for Shakespeare… if you dare

Go where Purcell, Finzi and Adès have dared to go and enter the RSC’s competition to compose a song to celebrate Shakespeare’s birthday

Greta Klingsberg, child opera star of the Nazi death camp

When she was 13, concentration camp prisoner Greta Klingsberg was thrilled to be cast as the lead in an opera – even though her audience were SS guards

The Strad

Belenus Quartet wins first prize at the ‘Franz Schubert and Modern Music’ Competition

The Swiss ensemble triumphed in the string quartet category; no first prize was awarded in the piano trio section

Gramophone

New Gramophone podcast: Sir James Galway

The star flautist talks about learning the flute and working with Karajan – download for free

International Arts Manager

London IMAX to stage rarely performed Steve Reich opera

A seldom-performed video opera Three Tales is to get a rare outing at the Science Museum (London) IMAX Theatre (22 – 24 April) as part of the Being Modern: Science and Culture in the Early Twentieth Century conference taking place in the UK this spring.

Die Welt

Absage an Katharina Wagner – aus Niveau-Gründen

Eigentlich sollte Katharina Wagner im Dezember “Parsifal” in Argentinien inszenieren. Der neu ernannte Theater-Intendant erteilte ihr nun eine Absage.

Der Tagesspiegel

Lars Eidinger, gleich zwei Mal

Oliver Hirschbiegel folgt Hitler-Attentätern, Harald Martenstein erzählt im Video von seiner “Fifty Shades of Grey”-Premiere, und Lars “Hamlet” Eidinger feiert direkt zwei Premieren. Der Berlinale-Tag im Blog.

concerti

Bis Franken kam er nicht …

… doch Bachs Musik hinterlässt bei der Bachwoche Ansbach ihre Spuren – nicht nur ob des Weihnachtsoratoriums im Sommer

pizzicato

Liebevoll gehegt und gepflegt – ‘Festival Next Generation’ in Bad Ragaz

Die Förderung junger Musiker wird erfolgreich von vielen verschiedenen Institutionen unternommen.

Georges Prêtre erlitt erneut Beinfraktur

Der 90-jährige Dirigent Georges Prêtre hat für die kommenden Wochen alle Konzerte abgesagt, darunter drei Programme an der Mailänder Scala.

Le Figaro

La Callas décroche un nouveau disque d’or

L’enregistrement remasterisé de la diva grecque, La Renaissance d’une voix, par la maison de disques Warner, a dépassé allègrement en trois mois les 50.000 ventes.

Twitter

Barbican Centre ‏@BarbicanCentre : Experience an emerging American arts scene as Bryce Dessner curates ‘Mountains & Waves’ in May http://ow.ly/IVunA 

Jessica Duchen @jessicaduchen: Good to see Rattle on BBC News telling it like it is: European conditions are “on the outer reaches of science fiction” for UK orchestras.

Classical Music ‏@ClassicalMusic: So #ENO has 2 yrs to get its act together, then @ACE_National could cut it adrift. ACE concerned it can’t survive for 3 years #artsfunding

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Sir James Galway. Photo: Gramophone

(Written on February 12, 2015 )

Composer Jorge Grundman will shortly be releasing his first CD on the Chandos record label, and WildKat PR is delighted to be offering PR services in both the UK and USA for this release. This is Jorge’s second CD and features the Brodsky Quartet performing his work “The Resurrection of Christ”.

Jorge explains in the CD notes that the work “was conceived for a concert programme to succeed Haydn’s so-called Musica instrumentale sopra le 7 ultime parole del nostro Redentore in croce, ossiano 7 sonate con un’introduzione ed al fine un terremoto (Instrumental Music on the Seven Last Words of Our Saviour from the Cross, or Seven Sonatas with an Introduction and, to Conclude, an Earthquake) during Easter Week in 2013.”

“I have always wondered why, during Holy Week, so many works are programmed about the Passion and Death of Jesus Christ and not of his Resurrection, particularly when St Paul saw it as the basis for the foundation of the Christian faith.”

Also appearing alongside the Brodksy Quartet for this release is soprano Susana Cordón.

Jorge Grundman Chandos CD

(Written on April 29, 2014 )

Benjamin Beilman, American virtuoso violinist and member of Lincoln Centre Chamber Music Society’s ‘CMS Two’ programme, featured on Classic FM this morning, ahead of his UK appearances in Wigmore Hall and the Royal Festival Hall.

Benjamin spoke of his performances with CMS in New York: “Playing with David Finckel is an absolute honour and learning experience every time. In addition to being a consummate musician, he has fantastic ears and eyes for the practical details that musicians often overlook. He’s so incredibly emotive onstage and makes everyone- performers and listeners- feel so at home. Working with David undoubtedly makes one wonder if they could start a string quartet, but I currently feel fulfilled in my chamber music experience through the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. I’m part of the CMS 2 program which offers young artists like myself the opportunity to rotate into groups with the greatest collaborators of our time.”

Benjamin is performing with CMS and artistic directors David Finckel and Wu Han at Wigmore Hall on April 14th, as part of a chamber music concert with a programme of Beethoven, Brahms, Zhou Long and Faure. For more information on the concert, please see the Wigmore Hall website, and to read the full chat click here.

Tristan Cook

Credit Tristan Cook

(Written on March 12, 2014 )