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In today’s news: The number of people watching live music has risen in the past year, OAE announces first Rising Stars cohort, and John Axelrod’s big plans for the Bernstein Centennial. Spotify denies it is playlisting fake artists, and at G-20 Beethoven sends a mixed message to Trump.

The Times

Festival, gig and concert crowds soar

The number of people watching live music has risen in the past year, according to research which found that audiences at concerts and festivals were up 12 per cent and brought in £4 billion to the economy.

Classical Music Magazine

OAE announces first Rising Stars cohort

Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment (OAE) has announced its first Rising Stars of the Enlightenment cohort: a group of up-and-coming singers the ensemble believes to be ‘the opera and vocal stars of the future’.

Pizzicato

John Axelrod’s big plans for the Bernstein Centennial

John Axelrod will turn Sevilla into the epicentre of European activities for the Bernstein at 100 worldwide events, the conductor told Pizzicato.

Music Business Worldwide

Spotify denies it’s playlisting fake artists. So why are all these fake artists on its playlists?

Last summer, MBW ran a widely-read story which blew the lid off the fact that Spotify’s platform was being deliberately clogged up with music by ‘fake’ artists.

neue musikzeitung

Kein Ausweis für den Hund – Barrie Kosky über seinen Bayreuther „Meistersinger“ im Gespräch mit Joachim Lange

Barrie Kosky bereitet auf dem Grünen Hügel in Bayreuth die „Meistersinger“ vor. Am 25. Juli werden damit die Richard-Wagner-Festspiele eröffnet.

concerti

„Die Musik geht einfach direkt ins Herz“

Die russische Sopranistin Julia Lezhneva über ihre Karriereanfänge, Gesangswettbewerbe und die Musik von Karl Heinrich Graue.

musik heute

Plácido Domingo hofft auf 4.000. Auftritt

Der spanische Opernsänger Plácido Domingo hofft, in seiner Karriere die Zahl von 4.000 Auftritten voll machen zu können.

El País

Max Richter, el músico que se propone dormirnos

El estreno español de ‘Sleep’, una nana de ocho horas para escuchar por la noche, genera una enorme expectación en Madrid.

The New York Times

At G-20, Beethoven Sends a Mixed Message to Trump

Littered streets were lined by police officers outside the Elbphilharmonie concert hall here on Friday evening after a concert put on for world leaders attending the Group of 20 summit meeting. Inside the security bubble: Beethoven.

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Classical Music Magazine: Rising Stars of the Enlightenment cohort

(Written on July 10, 2017 )

WildKat PR are delighted to announce the launch of an exciting and innovative new scheme heralded by our founder Kathleen Alder. The Noted Innovation Fellowship focuses on providing support to talented 22-35 year olds with original ideas in the area of arts administration which will shake up, progress and lead the classical music industry and culture sector into the future; it needs more than just artists.

Whilst there are many funding opportunities dedicated to discovering and supporting new performing talent, Kathleen has recognised a clear need in the industry for financial support to be awarded to young professionals keen to make their mark behind-the-scenes. Currently, aspiring arts prodigies are most likely to be supported by those who have had over 20 years’ experience and although their experience is vital and appreciated, Kathleen believes there is much more untapped potential to attract fresh new talent.

As well as offering £3,500 to help implement the recipient’s idea, the Fellowship will provide industry opportunities and mentorship by some of the most high profile names working for prestigious organisations such as Executive Producer of Opus Arte/Royal Opera House Ben Pateman; Grammy award winning music producer Christopher Alder; and Suzanne Davidson, the Executive Director of The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. The list continues to grow. Alongside the standard prize winnings, the Fellowship will be customized around the individual and their idea in order to maximize their full potential.  With this Fellowship, Kathleen aims to educate and inspire a new generation of diverse and creative cultural leaders.

WildKat PR are excited for the talent that will emerge from this venture.

For application details, click here. The deadline is midnight (GMT) on 15th February 2015.

Kat1-11-590x260 Kathleen Alder. Photo: International Arts Manager 

 

(Written on January 13, 2015 )

WildKat PR is delighted to welcome pianist Jean Muller to its client roster.

Jean Muller is an internationally established pianist with extraordinary artistic genuineness. Born in Luxembourg in 1979, he was only six when he took his first piano lessons with Marie- José Hengesch at the Conservatoire de Luxembourg. Jean Muller has been awarded twelve first prizes at international competitions, the most recent one in 2013 as ‘Export Artist of the Year 2013’ by Music:LX. He has also performed on several occasions during state visits of Their Royal Highnesses Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria-Teresa of Luxembourg. In 2007 the Grand Duke of Luxembourg made him Chevalier de l’Ordre de Mérite Civil et Militaire d’Adolphe de Nassau.

Jean has given over 300 concerts in Europe, Asia and the U.S.A. at major concert halls such as the Megaron in Athens, the NCPA in Beijing, the Konzerthaus Berlin, the Alte Oper Frankfurt, the Kings Place London, the Luxembourg Philharmonie, the Carnegie Hall in New York, the Salle Cortot in Paris and the Musikverein in Vienna. He has been featured on numerous radio stations including BBC Radio 3, DeutschlandRadio Kultur, Bayern 4, France Musique, Radio Canada, Musique 3 and others.

During 2013, Jean Muller presented his new CD “Chopin Recital” during a worldwide tour. WildKat PR will be working with Jean to launch the 2014 project ‘Transcendence’ with a global tour as well as the release of a CD. He is scheduled to perform in Luxembourg, Paris, Frankfurt, Berlin, New York and completing the tour in London. 

The ‘Transcendence’-album, which includes the complete set of Liszt’s Transcendental Etudes and the Mephisto Waltz No. 1 in the dazzling version of Vladimir Horowitz, will be released in March 2014. Besides his tour he will be playing in the opening concert at Classical:NEXT in Vienna in May, as well as performing for the 6th time during an official state visit of the Grand Duke of Luxembourg, this time in Poland.

 

(Written on February 6, 2014 )

On air this Saturday on BBC Radio 6 Music, will be Nils Frahm who has been described as ‘One of the finest pianists in the world’. The German musician and composer will be joining Mary Anne Hobbs for the show at 7:00am for some heartbreaking, beautiful piano and synth pieces from the Erased Tapes label.

Now based in Berlin, Frahm was taught in his childhood to play by Nahum Brodski, a student of the last scholar of Tchaikovsky. His unconventional approach to an age-old instrument, played contemplatively and intimately, has won him many fans around the world. For a musician this early in his career, Frahm displays an incredibly developed sense of control and restraint in his work, catching the ear of many fans.

Nils Frahm has also recently produced art and music book SHEETS, published by Manners McDade. The book features sheet music from ten of Nils Frahm’s piano pieces taken from his albums: Felt, The Bells and Wintermusik, now available in print for the first time in the form of a hardback art & music book.

The book includes specially commissioned photographs from London-based artist, Stuart Bailes, and Frahm has written a personal introduction to each piece with diagrams and instructions explaining how to convert your piano to achieve his signature Felt sound.

Tune into BBC Radio 6 Music with Mary Anne Hobbs on Saturday 11th January at 7:00am to listen live, and you can take a look at Frahm’s book SHEETS with Faber Music.

For more information visit:

www.nilsfrahm-sheets.com

www.mannersmcdade.co.uk

(Written on January 10, 2014 )

New York Times

A Page of Beethoven May Fetch More Than $200,000

A rare Beethoven manuscript — actually, a leaf from a late-period sketchbook that the composer apparently tore out and carried in his pocket while composing the “Missa Solemnis” — will be auctioned on Jan 15th at RR Auctions in Amherst

The Guardian

Guardian to raise cover price

Weekday and Saturday editions of newspaper to cost 20p more as the Times also increases price by same amount

Classic FM Online

Gergiev and San Francisco Symphony top busiest conductor and orchestra list

The annual stats for classical concerts across the world have been released by classical events finder website Bachtrack, with Valery Gergiev coming out on top as the world’s busiest conductor

Sir Thomas Allen to receive Queen’s Medal for Music

Operatic baritone and director Sir Thomas Allen CBE has been announced as the recipient of the 2013 Queen’s Medal for Music

‘H2Orchestra’ play charity concert

Performers from Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra gave up their instruments to perform in concert – using only glasses of water

South China Morning Post

Pros and cons: the Hong Kong Philharmonic turns 40

As the Hong Kong Philharmonic marks its 40th anniversary, Oliver Chou looks back at the trials and triumphs involved in creating an orchestra to be proud of

Die Welt

Tanzkrisen reflektieren das Klima des Landes

Ihr Name bedeutet “Sauerkirsche”, sie selbst strahlt zuckersüß und ist stahlhart: Die Russin Diana Vishnewa, eine der besten Ballerinen weltweit, über die Zustände am Mariinksy und Bolschoi Theater

The Guardian

The Guardian

(Written on January 7, 2014 )

Classic FM Online

Pharrell Williams to collaborate with Hans Zimmer for new Spiderman score

Movie composer Hans Zimmer will collaborate with Pharrell Williams for the soundtrack to the new Spiderman film, The Amazing Spider-Man 2

Slate

Want to Get Rid of Teenage Loiterers? Blast Some Beethoven

In the city of Anchorage, authorities are setting up speakers and blasting Bach and Beethoven at all hours of the day to keep difficult teenagers in check

Classical Music Magazine

Royal Philharmonic launches ‘RPO Rewards’ mobile ticketing

The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra has announced a new mobile app for Apple and Android smartphones which allows users to purchase tickets and earn points to contribute towards rewards when they buy tickets through the app

Forbes

Three Ways YouTube Plans to Dominate the Music Industry

YouTube is poised to become the most dominant force in music worldwide, wisely making strategic moves to expand its already massive footprint with the industry and audience

The Guardian

Girls allowed? The women on top in the music industry

After Sinead O’Connor’s open letter of concern to Miley Cyrus, sexism in the music business has never been more discussed. But what do the women behind the scenes, from video directors to artist managers, think?

PR Week

Hatch PR campaign puts charity twist on Halloween

Hatch PR is helping a charity to persuade people to carve hearts rather than scary faces into pumpkins for Halloween

Neue musikzeitung

Musik als Erinnerung an nie Erlebtes

Der junge Pianist und Komponist Alexander Maria Wagner geht seinen Weg

PR Week

PR Week

(Written on October 31, 2013 )