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We are happy to announce, that the winner of the 2017/18 Noted Fellowship is Ben Corrigan with his extraordinary podcast “excuse the mess”!

“We chose Ben Corrigan as this year’s winner because his podcast has an innovative and cogent approach to the realities and difficulties of the classical music market today. It is entertaining, intellectually demanding and whets the appetite for classical and contemporary music. I am very pleased to work alongside his project in the coming year.”
(Carolin Denz – Director, Noted Fellowship)

 

 

Ben Corrigan’s podcast is unique in the classical music market. Not only does he invite composers to talk about their new works and discuss their opinions on the classical music industry, but he joins them in composing a completely new piece of music “off the cuff” at the end of each episode.

Corrigan does everything himself – from the conceptual design of the individual podcasts to the recording and technical implementation. His goal is to complete the first podcast series excuse the mess by the end of 2018 and to publish an album with the newly created compositions.

The podcast is currently in development and within the next year, with the support, help and input of selected mentors from Noted Fellowship, Corrigan will further develop his podcast and music album in terms of content and structure. Furthermore, he will receive a financial support from Noted of 5,000€.

Get more information here, or better yet – listen directly to his podcast here!

(Written on April 10, 2018 )

WildKat PR is delighted to introduce our latest client, Russian pianist Dmitry Masleev, winner of the XV International Tchaikovsky Competition 2015.

Dmitry Masleev won first price at the International Tchaikovsky Competition and became the centre of interest with rare unanimous support from the audience, the jury and the media. The Neue Musikzeitung reported:

“His musicality of metaphysical proportions transformed the hall. There was a feeling that we entered an alternative reality. This sensation continued into the final round with the Tchaikovsky B- minor and Prokofiev Third Piano concertos… The joy and relief on the faces of the jurors said it all: we have found the true winner.“

In addition to the gold medal, the distinguished jury of the Tchaikovsky Competition awarded him with a special prize for his interpretation of a Mozart concerto. Since the competition in 2015, Masleev has toured extensively, delighting his audiences in New York, London, Munich, Rotterdam, Stockholm, Beijing and all over Russia with what the Financial Times described as “virtuoso brilliance”.

Dmitry Masleev

Dmitry Masleev

He was honoured to accept Maestro Gergiev’s invitation to play Mozart D-minor and Prokofiev Concerto No. 3 with the Mariinsky Orchestra in St. Petersburg during the holiday season.

Next season he will perform with the National Philharmonic of Russia and Maestro Spivakov and make his solo recital debut on the main stage of Carnegie Hall.

In the coming months Dmitry has a full schedule with confirmed recitals all over Germany:

  1. Klavierfestival in Ruhr (27th May)
  2. Recitals in Essen, Mannhiem and Regensburg with Spivakov and the  National Philharmonic of Russia (16th till 25th November
  3. Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Festival (Summer 2017)
  4. His Berlin debut with the Rundfunk Sinfonieorchester Berlin (11th March 2017)

Other international confirmed recitals will take place in Rome, Tokyo, Sao Paolo and Moscow. He will also collaborate with the Orchestra of Teatro Comunale di Bologna and the Borodin Quartet.

Dmity Masleev was born and raised in Ulan-Ude, a Siberian town between Lake Baikal and the Mongolian border. He was educated at the Moscow Conservatory (class of professor Mikhail Petukhov) and the International Music Academy at Lake Como. During his student years he won a number of international competitions, which led to invitations to tour all over Germany, Italy, France, Romania and Russia.

We are very much looking forward to supporting Dmitry Masleev throughout the new season. Keep checking the WildKat PR blog for updates.

(Written on February 5, 2016 )

Yesterday in Madrid, eight pianos were placed in different spots about the city for everyone to play.

The initiative was taken in connection with a concert by Ukrainian pianist Stanislav Khristenko at the Auditorio Nacional de Música, Madrid, which took place yesterday evening. 

Stanislav Khristenko won the ‘Concurso de Música Maria Canals’, a competition held annually in the Palau de la Música Catalana, Barcelona.

The idea of placing these eight pianos about the city was to get the public into the spirit of the concert that evening.

In this video, members of the public play one of the pianos and discuss the project.

(Written on October 15, 2015 )

Russian violinist Sergei Dogadin was awarded first prize at the 2015 Joseph Joachim International Violin Competition Hannover.

The competition is named after the violinist and composer Joseph Joachim who was royal concertmaster in Hannover from 1852-1867. Joachim contributed greatly to musical life in the city, the organisation also supports the development of young artists and promotes music in Hannover.

Sergei studied at the St. Petersburg Conservatory, he has won prizes at nine international music competitions and performed at the world’s most illustrious concert venues following his debut at the Grand Hall of the Saint Petersburg Philharmonie under V.Petrenko and the St. Petersburg Philharmonic orchestra.

Watch him performing Eugene Ysaye’s ‘Sonata for solo violin No. 3 Op. 27’- in the first opening round of the competition. 

(Written on October 14, 2015 )

Classical News

In today’s news: Ed Conway discusses the power that the arts give Britain, Classical Music Magazine announces the winner of the 2015 Joachim Violin Competition & Gramophone reports that Antonio Pappano and Warner Classics have renewed their recording partnership

The Times

Why the arts put Britain on the world stage

Our creative industries may not generate the billions that banking does. But the ‘soft power’ they give us is immense

Classical Music Magazine

Maxwell Davies battles cancer once again

Sir Peter Maxwell Davies is undergoing chemotherapy once again after receiving the news that his leukaemia had returned

Classic FM

John Rutter launches hunt for lost carol composer with a little help from John Suchet

Choral composer launches search for woman who wrote prize-winning carol as a girl in 1975. Can you help find her?

Classical Music Magazine

Sergei Dogadin wins 2015 Joachim Violin Competition

The 27-year-old Russian violinist received a €50,000 (£37,077) cash prize, a CD recording with Naxos, and a number of international concert engagements following his performance of Shostakovich’s first violin concerto with Hendrick Vestmann and the NDR Radiophilharmonie

Gramophone

Pappano and Warner Classics renew recording

Antonio Pappano and Warner Classics are to continue their long-standing recording relationship

Der Tagesspiegel 

Die Kunst des Zuhörens

Aus einer Sparidee von Klaus Wowereit erwuchs ein utopisches Projekt: die Barenboim-Said-Akademie. Im Sommer 2016 soll sie fertig sein

KlassikAkzente

Hochdekoriert! Die Verleihung des ECHO Klassik im ZDF

Der ECHO Klassik ist einer der wichtigsten Musikpreise der Welt. Am 18. Oktober werden auch zahlreiche Deutsche Grammophon-Künstler mit der begehrten Trophäe ausgezeichnet. Das ZDF überträgt den festlichen Abend

Pizzicato

Nina Tichman wird neue künstlerische Leiterin der Andernacher Musiktage

Die Pianistin Nina Tichman, die als Solistin, erfolgreiche Kammermusikerin und auch als Lehrende an der Musikhochschule Köln tätig ist, übernimmt erstmalig die künstlerische Leitung des Festivals ‘Andernacher Musiktage’ 2016 auf Burg Namedy

La Vanguardia

Nace el ‘MUV!’ para impulsar la música en directo en Valencia

Además de actuaciones, habrá un debate sobre la importancia social y económica de la música y su papel en la construcción de ‘marca-ciudad’

San Francisco Classical Voice

MacKellan to Leave 42nd Street Moon

Few performing arts organizations are identified so closely with their founder/director as 42nd Street Moon is with Greg MacKellan, so it’s surprising news that he is leaving the positions/organization/town at the end of the 2015-2016 season

Twitter

Jazz UK: @JazzUK Which #4JazzFestival artists should we focus on this week? @JulArgTetra @ImagineerUK @mishamamusic @CTobinSinger… Tweet your favourites!

Barbican Centre @BarbicanCentre ‘Conducting is a gift of nature… how you feel the movement of the music’: Riccardo Chailly talks to @GuardianMusic http://bit.ly/1WWXbwa 

Aldeburgh Music ‏@aldeburghmusic .@BBCSuffolk big conversation this morning is: what’s the right age to start taking children to classical concerts? What do you think?

Sergei Dogadin Classical Music Magazine

Sergei Dogadin
Classical Music Magazine

 

(Written on October 13, 2015 )

In London on Wednesday 5th February at Nils Frahm‘s private launch Party for his book SHEETS, which is published by Manners McDade, one lucky winner of an exciting competition will have the opportunity to perform one of his pieces from the book live at the party.

The entry requirements are simply for candidates to be available to play in London on the evening of the Wednesday 5th of February 2014, and to answer the following questions:

How old you were you when you first started playing the piano?
Can you remember where you were when you first heard Nils’s music?
Which is your favourite track of his?

Answers must be sent to info@mannersmcdade.co.uk by Tuesday 14th January.

The winner get to perform at the party on a beautiful grand piano.

For any further information, contact Nils Frahm’s publisher via Twitter @mannersmcdade, and you can also follow Nils’s Facebook and Twitter page for updates.

Get entering and good luck!

(Written on January 10, 2014 )

JDCMB

British Composer Awards 2013 go to… 13 men and NO women

How is it possible in 2013 that 13 men get prizes and there is not one woman in the line up?

Gramophone

CBSO appoints first Conducting Fellow

New fellowship programme aims to help aspiring conductors

British Composer Award winners are revealed

Harrison Birtwistle collects his fifth award

The Guardian

Germany may arm police with ‘Nazi Shazam’ phone app

Software would allow authorities to act immediately if illegal far-right songs are played on radio, at clubs or in public

Rufus Wainwright to compose opera about Roman emperor Hadrian

Singer is working with playwright Daniel MacIvor to create his second opera, inspired by the 1951 novel Memoirs of Hadrian

Die Zeit

Dirigent Barenboim mit Dönhoff-Preis ausgezeichnet

Daniel Barenboim ist mit dem Dönhoff-Preis für internationale Verständigung geehrt worden. Der Dirigent und Pianist fördere den Dialog zwischen Juden und Arabern

The Guardian

The Guardian

 

(Written on December 4, 2013 )

As Aldeburgh Music reaches the climax of its year marking the centenary of its founder, the composer Benjamin Britten, it hosts the latest in its Faster Than Sound series of innovative, cross-genre and cross-artform events. The installation Nocturnal, which will turn part of Aldeburgh Music’s Hoffmann Building into a camera obscura, will be open from this Saturday until 24th November 2013, taking in Britten’s 100th birthday (22 November) and Aldeburgh Music’s Britten Centenary Weekend (21 – 24 November).

Nocturnal is a newly-commissioned video and sound installation created collaboratively by acclaimed Canadian film-maker and theatre director Atom Egoyan and Canadian-born, UK-based sound artist John Wynne, winner of the 2010 British Composer Award for his installation for 300 speakers, Pianola and vacuum cleaner at the Saatchi Gallery. Nocturnal is inspired by the performance of Britten’s piece Nocturnal after John Dowland (1963) by the brilliant guitarist Julian Bream, who is 80 this year. Egoyan and Wynne will use rare footage spanning nearly 40 years of Bream’s performances.

The piece arises from Egoyan’s long-held fascination with Bream’s performance of Nocturnal. To find out more about Nocturnal, take a look at the Faster Than Sound website or follow on Facebook and Twitter.

Faster Than Sound

Faster Than Sound

(Written on November 14, 2013 )

Gramophone

Leila Josefowicz puts her violin up for sale

The 1750 instrument by Michele Angelo Bergonzi will be auctioned through Ingles and Hayday

Classic FM Online

Jack Topping to enter race for Christmas No. 1

Jack’s hoping he’ll be ‘Topping’ the charts come Christmas Day, fending off competition from this year’s X factor winner

The Globe and Mail

Once banned, classical music finds an unlikely future in China

Having been banned during the time of Mao, classical music has had a boom since it was allowed back into China. Shi Shuai is the face of classical music’s most promising new frontier

New York Times

Columbia to House a Trove of Prokofiev’s Items

A foundation dedicated to Sergei Prokofiev will give a priceless trove of musical manuscripts, letters and other items belonging to the composer — including a suitcase — to the Rare Book & Manuscript Library at Columbia in an effort to make them more accessible to scholars

Muscle and Speed Win a Crowd’s Adulation

Mariinsky Orchestra Closes Carnegie Run With Rachmaninoff

Arts Professional

Festivals in the frame

Why do we need festivals? Do we simply enjoy coming together to celebrate culture − or is it more than that? Debate today at 5pm for discussing this topic

FONO FORUM

„Ehrliche Virtuosität macht Spaß“

Seit Jahren gehört Hélène Grimaud zu den erfolgreichsten und beliebtesten Pianistinnen der Klassik-Szene. Anders als viele ihrer französischen Klavierkollegen hat sie auch ein besonderes Faible für die Werke von Johannes Brahms. Nun hat sie beide Klavierkonzerte eingespielt

Classic FM Online

Classic FM Online

(Written on October 17, 2013 )