Born in 1985 in Shiraz, Iran. Composer of acoustic and electro-acoustic music. She has studied music theory with Clemens Gadenstaetter and composition with Beat Furrer and Pierluigi Billone at the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz, Austria. She worked closely and attended various master classes with Georges Aperghis, Franck Bedrossian, Philippe Leroux, Francesco Filidei and Raphael Cendo. Her music has been featured in various countries, such as Austria, Netherlands, Germany, France, Finland, Hungary, Russia, Korea, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Greece, Spain, Switzerland and USA. Anahita is the winner of ASCAP young composers Award (2015), work-scholarship from Experimentalstudio des SWR in Freiburg (2014) and one of the founders of Ensemble and association Schallfeld (for Contemporary music and sound art) in Graz, Austria (since 2013). She is currently residing in San Diego and pursuing her PhD in Composition with Rand Steiger at the University of California San Diego.
Born 1964 in Paris, France. After his studies in France, including those at the Paris Conservatory with Claude Ballif and Gérard Grisey, Mark Andre found a new musical home in Germany. He describes the encounter with the music of Helmut Lachenmann, the score of whose piano concerto Ausklang he came upon rather accidentally, as having been a revelation. He subsequently went through extensive composition studies with Lachenmann at the Academy of Music in Stuttgart, and studied musical electronics with André Richard at the experimental studio of Southwest German Radio, in the meantime moving the focus of his life from France to Germany. Here he soon received grants and prizes, such as the Kranichsteiner Music Prize at the Darmstadt Summer Courses for New Music (1996), first prize at the Stuttgart International Composers Competition (1997), and the composition prize from Frankfurt Opera (2001). In 1998, he received his first invitation to teach at the Darmstadt Summer Courses. In 2002, he received the Advancement Award from the Ernst von Siemens Music Foundation.more
Antunes Pena, Luís
Born in 1973 in Lisbon. The composer of electroacoustic and instrumental music studied at Escola Superior de Música de Lisboa with António Pinho Vargas and at the Folkwang-Hochschule and ICEM Essen with Nikolaus A. Huber, Günter Steinke and Dirk Reith. His compositions result from the intensive work on computer generated structures based on the development of his own computer tools, reflecting his interest in new forms of sound and especially of rhythm. Penas music has been played all over Europa and the USA, e.g. at the ISCM Festivals in Miami, World Music Days Stuttgart and International Computer Music Conference. He had commissions from e.g. the Philharmonie Essen, DeutschlandRadio, ZKM Karlsruhe and the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He was Composer in Residence at the Kunst-Station Sankt Peter in Cologne, at the Villa Concordia Bamberg and worked in the studios of ZKM Karlsruhe and Visby Composers Centre, Sweden. Pena teaches Sound Interaction at the Musikhochschule Trossingen, Germany, and lives in Cologne.
Born 1945 in Athens, Greece. He lives and works in Paris since 1963. His pieces are notably characterized by a questioning about languages and the meaning. His compositions, wether instrumental, vocal or for stage, explore the borders of the intelligible, he likes to create twisted tracks which allow him to keep active the listener (stories emerge but are suddenly refuted). Aperghis' music is not strictly linked to any dominant musical aesthetics of the contemporary musical creation but follows on his century by a dialogue with other forms of art and an extreme open-mindedness to intellectual, scientific and social fields. This „otherness" is combined with innovation when he includes electronics, video, machines, automatons or robots to his performances.more
The Arditti Quartet enjoys a global reputation for their spirited and technically refined interpretations of contemporary and earlier 20th century music. Several hundred string quartets and other chamber works have been written for the ensemble since its foundation by first violinist Irvine Arditti in 1974. These works have left a permanent mark on 20th century repertoire and have given the Arditti Quartet a firm place in music history. Such composers as Adès, Aperghis, Birtwistle, Cage, Carter, Dufourt, Dusapin, Fedele, Ferneyhough, Francesconi, Gubaidulina, Harvey, Hosokawa, Kagel, Kurtág, Lachenmann, Ligeti, Nancarrow, Rihm, Scelsi, Sciarrino and Stockhausen have entrusted the world premieres of their music to them, and the quartet's repertoire comprises all of the string quartets of many of the above composers and others.
The ensemble believes that close collaboration with composers is vital to the process of interpreting modern music and therefore attempts to collaborate with every composer whose works it plays. Teaching for many years at the Darmstadt Summer Courses for New Music, the players have given numerous master classes and workshops for young performers and composers all over the world.
Born in 1953 in London. In addition to his legendary career as first violinist of the Arditti Quartet, Irvine Arditti has also given life to many solo works. He began his studies at the Royal Academy of Music at the age of 16. He joined the London Symphony Orchestra in 1976 and after two years, at the age of 25, became its Concert Master. He left the orchestra in 1980 in order to devote more time to the Arditti Quartet, which he had formed while still a student.
Irvine Arditti has given the world premières of a plethora of large scale works especially written for him. These include Xenakis' Dox Orkh and Hosokawa's Landscape III, both for violin and orchestra, as well as Ferneyhough's Terrain, Francesconi's Riti Neurali and Body Electric, Harvey's Scena, Reynolds Aspiration, and Sciarrino's Le Stagioni Artificiali all for violin and ensemble. He has appeared with many distinguished orchestras and ensembles including the BBC Symphony, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Munich Philharmonic, Orchestre National de Paris, Concertgebouw Orchestra, Asko Ensemble, Nieuw Ensemble, Schoenberg Ensemble, Oslo Sinfonietta, and Ensemble Modern. His performances of many concertos have won acclaim by their composers, in particular Ligeti and Dutilleux.
asamisimasa was founded in 2001 by musicians sharing a passion and interest in avant-garde music and its history. Since then, the ensemble has premiered numerous cross-media works especially written for them, often contextualized with classical repertoire and historical avant-garde work.
asamisimasa has collaborated with composers such as Helmut Lachenmann, Mathias Spahlinger, Nicolaus A. Huber, Aldo Clementi, Alvin Lucier, Brian Ferneyhough, Helmut Oehring, Clemens Gadenstätter, Klaus Lang, Johannes Kreidler, Joanna Bailie, and extensively with cross-media composers such as Simon Steen-Andersen, Øyvind Torvund, Martin Schüttler, Matthew Shlomowitz, and Trond Reinholdtsen.
Born 1975 outside Los Angeles. Grew up in Texas. His concerns as a composer include lost and secret texts; broken and dismembered systems; sorcery, divination and magic; and the effects, action and beauty of light. Bača's music has been played throughout the US, Europe and Japan by a.o. JACK Quartet, Distractfold and ensemble recherche, with recent performances in New York, Tokyo, Berlin and Barcelona. His music has been anthologized as part of Notations 21 (edited by Theresa Sauer) and Bača's scores have been exhibited as art at the Chelsea Gallery in New York City and at the Hutchins Gallery on Long Island. He has lectured at universities and conservatories in many countries.
James Baker is principal percussionist of the New York City Ballet Orchestra. He is music director and conductor of the Composers Conference at Wellesley College and director of the percussion ensemble at the Mannes College of Music. He was conductor of the New York New Music Ensemble and is conductor of the Talea Ensemble, and guest conductor of the Slee Sinfonietta at the Institute for 21st Century Music in Buffalo. He has led the Orchestra of the League of Composers, Speculum Musicae, Ensemble ACJW (Carnegie Hall), the Cygnus Ensemble, the ensemble Tactus at the Manhattan School of Music, Ensemble 21 and the DaCapo Chamber Players, among many others. As a percussionist he appears often with Orpheus, was a member of the American Composers Orchestra and the Eos Orchestra and has played with orchestras including the New York Philharmonic, the Paris Opéra, Royal Danish and Czech Philharmonic.
Born in 1959 in Swansea. He studied composition principally with Peter Wiegold, and currently teaches at the Institute of Sonology in The Hague and at the University of Leiden. Barrett is internationally active as both composer and improvising performer, while developing works and ideas which increasingly leave behind the distinctions between both areas. His long-term collaborations include the electronic duo FURT which he formed with Paul Obermayer in 1986 (and its more recent octet version fORCH), composing for and performing with the ELISION contemporary music group since 1990, and regular appearances with the Evan Parker Electro-Acoustic Ensemble since 2003. Recent and upcoming projects include an evening-length project close-up – a collaboration with Ensemble Studio6 of Belgrade, where he has been based since the end of 2013 –, a new work for the Radio-Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart and an evening-length work for MusikFabrik.
Since 1980 the Basel Sinfonietta has been presenting contemporary music, performing both well-known and less familiar works with unusual and experimental sounds. In addition to traditional symphony concerts, the Sinfonietta orchestra also performs cross-genre productions with jazz, dance and performance, various silent movies and multimedia projects. The Basel Sinfonietta is also proud of its success in working with young musicians. It promotes and encourages young Swiss musical talent, either welcoming them into the orchestra or working together with them as composers. Furthermore, the Sinfonietta also plays at some of the most important music festivals, such as the Lucerne Festival or the Salzburger Festspiele. It's the only orchestra of this dimension (138 members strong) that follows democratic guidelines entirely.
Born in 1981 in Norway. Signe Becker is a freelance scenographer and artist. She holds a bachelor's degree in scenography from the Norwegian Theatre Academy (NTA) in Fredrikstad (2006) and a master's degree in visual culture from Oslo National Academy of the Arts (2008). Her artistic projects include theatre- and dance productions as well as personal art projects, mainly textile works, sculptures, and video.
In recent years, she has worked on a number of productions and since 2006 Becker has been a permanent scenographer at Verk Produksjoner. Two out of five of their performances have been nominated for the Norwegian Hedda Award for performing arts, the performances Det eviga leendet (2011) and Stalker (2013) won the price of The Performance of the Year. Since 2011 Becker has made several collaborations with choreographer Ingri Fiksdal and artist Ingvild Langgård, projects that have been (and still are) touring several countries.
Becker represented Norway at the Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design and Space 2015.
Born in 1971 in Paris. After initial studies in orchestration and analysis at the Regional Conservatory of Paris, Franck Bedrossian studied composition closely with Allain Gaussin. He continued his studies at the Paris Conservatory with Gerard Grisey and Marco Stroppa. In 2002/03 he was in the IRCAM course for computer music and composition, taught by Philippe Leroux, Brian Ferneyhough, Tristan Murail and Philippe Manoury. His works have been played in Europe and the USA by ensembles such as l'Itineraire, 2e2m, Ictus and Ensemble Modern at festvials such as Agora, Resonances, Ars Musica, Darmstadt, Donaueschingen and Wien Modern. He is Associate Professor for composition at the University of California, Berkeley.
Born in 1971. With over 220 premieres to his name, Sebastian Berweck is one of the most sought-after interpreters of experimental contemporary music. He has appeared at the Salzburger Festspiele, the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, Ultraschall, Maerzmusik, Inventionen, Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, and has participated at several ISCM World New Music Days, the pgnm festival Bremen, the piano+ festival at the ZKM Karlsruhe, Klangwerkstatt Berlin and Klangwerktage Hamburg, Spring in Heidelberg, Nous Sons Festival Barcelona, the Darmstadt International Summer Course, and other major festivals for contemporary music. One focus of his work is the engagement with electronics.
Born 1975 in Milan, Italy. Holding dual Italian-Swiss citizenships, Oscar Bianchi completed degrees in composition, choir conducting and electronic music at the Giuseppe Verdi conservatory of Milan. He further pursued studies at IRCAM and at Columbia University in New York. "From a very refined harmonic ear, Bianchi has the very modern ability to dramatize musical forms through mastery of texture, in its thousand details." (Jean-Luc Plouvier, ICTUS). Throughout Europe, the Americas and Asia his music has been performed by ensembles and orchestras such as Gewandhaus Leipzig, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Ensemble Modern, Klangforum Wien, Ictus, JACK Quartet, Remix and more. Upcoming works include commissions for the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana, Ensemble Modern, JACK, Collegium Novum Zürich. His CD Portrait won the German Record Critics' Award and «Partendo» the 2016 Unesco International Rostrum of Composers.
Born in 1979 in Ottawa, Canada. She studied electronic music and jazz guitar at Concordia University, composition with Brian Cherney at McGill University in Montreal, with York Höller and Hans-Ulrich Humpert in Cologne and mathias spahlinger, Orm Finnendahl and Cornelius Schwehr in Freiburg. Her pieces have been performed internationally by ensembles such as the Hessian Radio Orchestra, ensemble mosaik and Ensemble Modern. Her works have been performed at festivals such as the Warsaw Autumn Festival, Donaueschinger Musiktage, Festival ULTIMA (Oslo) and the Darmstadt Summer Course. In 2013, a portrait CD was released by Deutscher Musikrat in their series Edition Zeitgenössische Musik. Annesley Black works as a sound engineer with institutions, ensembles and soloists and performs frequently as an improviser of electronic music in various constellations.more
Born in 1978 in Klosterneuburg, Austria. Florian Bogner studied electroacoustic music in Vienna and pursues his master studies at the Zürcher Hochschule der Künste since 2013. He works as a freelancer in sound direction, live electronics, sound design and computer music. Working alongside Peter Böhm, he is responsible for the electroacoustic conception and realization, as well as sound direction for Klangforum Wien. His projects have led him to the Wien Modern Festival, Teatro Real in Madrid, Paris Opéra, Kölner Oper and Salzburg Festspiele. He collaborates with the Austrian ensemble Phace and works for labels such as Kairos and col legno in recording, mixing and mastering. Florian Bogner creates compositions for theatrical productions, documentary and promotional films. He forms several live music duos, performs internationally, released several CDs and founded the label Experimentalstudio Brigittenau. Since 2014 he has also been a researcher for the Performance Practice of Electroacoustic Music project at the Institute for Computer Music and Sound Technology (ICST) in Zurich.
Born in 1982 in Ghent, Belgium. Broeckaert studied graphic design and philosophy in Brussels, where she wrote her thesis on the relationship between philosophy and New Music in 2005. Afterwards she studied piano at the Koninklijk Conservatorium Ghent with Daan Vandewalle, dedicating herself to contemporary music from the beginning. She complemented her studies with masterclasses in piano solo with Leon Fleischer, Daniel Rivera, Geoffrey Madge and Luk Vaes, and participated in ensemble masterclasses with Jean-Guihen Queyras, Tako Kooistra, Henk Guittart and Serge Verstockt. With Nadar Ensemble she played at diverse festivals. Broeckaert is co-founder of the multiple award-winning Belgian publishing house for experimental literature Het Balanseer and teaches piano in Ghent and Brussels.
Born 5 September 1912 in Los Angeles and died 12 August 1992 in New York City. He studied humanities at Pomona College. Among his composition teachers were Henry Cowell and Arnold Schoenberg.
Cage was elected to the American National Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters and received innumerable awards and honors both in the United States and in Europe. He was commissioned by a great many of the most important performing organizations throughout the world and maintained a very active schedule.
CAI, Chicago Arts Initiative, is a non-profit organization that supports and promotes the professional music education of Chicago youth. Through sponsoring tours, master classes with Chicago’s top musicians, student exchange trips, performances, and concert production, CAI believes in fostering music creation and performances of the highest calibre from an early age. CAI oversees three programs: a youth contemporary music ensemble (15 members), a weekly composition studio (24 members), and an intensive composition summer camp (24 members). All three of these programs have scholarships and sliding-scale payment plans available for students who may not be able to afford full tuition. Each year, CAI’s youth contemporary music ensemble takes at least one trip abroad to perform recent compositions by Chicago composers as well as by students in the CAI composition program. In 2015, CAI welcomed Studio Musikfabrik to Chicago and in 2016, CAI’s ensemble (8 students) will travel to Cologne and Darmstadt to perform pieces rehearsed together as well as e-collaborations (made over the internet).more
In September 2012 Sylvain Cambreling took up the position of General Music Director of Stuttgart Sate Opera. He is also Principal Conductor of the Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra in Tokyo.
French-born conductor Sylvain Cambreling [www.sylvaincambreling.com] is a musician with big ideas. A thought-provoking, colourful and dramatic artist, he has a flair for grabbing the attention of audiences, yet his originality is rooted in thorough knowledge of musicology. As the Chief Conductor of the SWR Sinfonieorchester Baden-Baden und Freiburg, and Principal Guest Conductor of Klangforum Wien, he has offered ample proof of his gifts for imaginative programme-planning and persuasive championship of contemporary music. Cambreling was Music Director at La Monnaie for ten years before becoming Music Director at Frankfurt Opera in the 1990s. Productions notable for the introduction of new and often revolutionary ideas include Pelléas et Mélisande and Les Troyens for the Salzburg Festival; Wozzeck, Fidelio and a Ring cycle in Frankfurt.
Born 1970 in Croatia. Ciciliani's main interest combines performative electronic music – often in combination with instruments, and audiovisually extended means of laser-design, light-design or live-video. It is characteristic of Ciciliani’s compositions that sound is not only understood as abstract material but as a culturally shaped idiom which offers connection points for visual elements. The exploration of a sound’s communicative potential is as much in the foreground of his work as its objective sonic quality. Ciciliani’s work is characterized by a conceptual approach in which aspects of classical composition, computer music and media-art play tightly together.more
Cohen Elias, Sivan
Born in 1976 in Jerusalem. Sivan Cohen Elias is a composer and performer who investigates the boundaries and possibilities of integrating different art forms into a unified medium. She continuously explores the fields of sculpting, choreography and engineering. Participatory research inspires her work as a composer enormously.
Cohen Elias' works have been performed and commissioned by ensembles in and around Europe, Israel and the United States, including Klangforum Wien, MusikFabrik, Mosaik, and Dal Niente, and appeared in festivals such as Darmstädter Ferienkurse, Wien Modern, Witten, Ultraschall, and Warsaw Autumn. In 2012 she spent eleven months as a fellow at Akademie Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart; and from 2007 to 2009 she completed a two-year post-graduate program at the Universität für Musik und Darstellende Kunst, Wien. She is currently a PhD candidate and a Teaching Fellow at Harvard University under the guidance of Prof. Chaya Czernowin and Prof. Hans Tutschku.
Born in 1988. Lives in Antwerp, where he obtained his master's degree at the Royal Conservatoire. Couck's repertoire varies from Baroque to contemporary music with a dedicated focus on present-day developments in music. In addition to concerts throughout Europe and the U.S., past events and festivals include the Darmstadt Summer Course, Transit Festival (Belgium) and Musica Sacra (Netherlands). He has collaborated with and premiered works by a.o. Clemens Gadenstaetter, Johannes Kreidler, Phill Niblock, Stefan Prins, Simon Steen-Andersen and Serge Verstockt. Besides his activities as a soloist, Nico Couck is a freelance musician in several ensembles, is assigned as guitarist in ensemble ChampdAction, and is affiliated with Nadar Ensemble. In 2014 he was awarded a Kranichsteiner Stipendium for interpretation. He is assistant professor of guitar and contemporary music and doctoral researcher at the Orpheus Institute in Ghent.
Born in 1976 in Cluj, Romania. Csaba studied conducting and composition with Uroš Lajovic, Peter Eötvös, Lucas Vis, Zsolt Nagy and Zoltán Pesko in Budapest at the Academy of Music and the Vienna University of Music. He was assistant conductor of the Hungarian National Philharmonic Orchestra and compositeur en residence at the Festspielhaus Dresden. Since 2006 he has served as the chief conductor of the Central European Chamber Orchestra (Vienna) and the Vienna Jeunesse Chor. In 2008 he conducted the studio concerts at the Darmstadt Summer Course, worked with the EuroMed Youth Orchestra Damaskus and assisted Peter Eötvös at the Salzburger Festspiele. Since 2010 he teaches at the University of Victoria in Canada, where he conducts the UVic Symphony. His works as a composer were played at Wien Modern, Budapest Autumn Festival, Festival for Contemporary Music Dresden, in Slovakia, Poland, China and Romania.
Born 1957 in Haifa, is a composer of operas, orchestral and chamber works which have been played worldwide. She was composer in residence in Salzburg festival, and Lucerne Festival. She is Walter Bigelow Rosen Professor of Music at Harvard University and was a Professor for Composition at the University for Music and Performing Arts Vienna Austria and the University of California San Diego.
Czernowin works imaginatively and analytically with metaphors as a means of reaching a sound world which is unfamiliar and is never taken for granted attempting to give a voice to what is internally hidden from one's view. Main pieces: the opera Pnima, the orchestral piece Maim, and HIDDEN for quartet and electronics.
Born 1980 in Paris. The composer, sound artist and researcher is living in Montreal, where she received in 2016 a Doctor of Music degree in composition from University of Montreal. She is investigating the interaction between instrumental, electroacoustic and computational thinking in composition. Her works have been performed in various international festivals such as: Sound in Space (USA), Multiphonies GRM (FR), L'Espace du Son (BE) and Sound Travels (CA); and they have been commissioned by Musiques et Recherches, Studio für elektroakustische Musik, Taller Sonoro, Densité 93, Musicalta and Distractfold. Dall'Ara-Majek collaborates with artists from different fields such as music, dance, choreography and film. She also published papers on electroacoustic analysis and is currently working with François Bayle on his next DVD/book.
De Keersmaeker, Anne Teresa
In 1980, after studying dance at Mudra School in Brussels and Tisch School of the Arts in New York, Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker (b. 1960) created Asch, her first choreographic work. Two years later came the premiere of Fase, Four Movements to the Music of Steve Reich. De Keersmaeker established the dance company Rosas in Brussels in 1983, while creating the work Rosas danst Rosas. Since these breakthrough pieces, her choreography has been grounded in a rigorous and prolific exploration of the relationship between dance and music. She has created with Rosas a wide-ranging body of work engaging the musical structures and scores of several periods, from early music to contemporary and popular idioms. Her choreographic practice also draws formal principles from geometry, numerical patterns, the natural world, and social structures to offer a unique perspective on the body’s articulation in space and time. In 1995 De Keersmaeker established the school P.A.R.T.S. (Performing Arts Research and Training Studios) in Brussels in association with De Munt/La Monnaie.
Vocalist Lucy Dhegrae is “everywhere new music is being sung” (New York Classical Review). She regularly premieres new vocal works and operas, and has worked closely with such composers as Unsuk Chin, Jason Eckardt, Susan Botti, Alexandra Vrebalov, and Shawn Jaeger. Dhegrae is a core member of Contemporaneous and has performed a.o. with the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), Talea Ensemble, the Albany Symphony at such venues as Miller Theatre, (le) poisson rouge, Roulette, and the Kennedy Center. Her festival appearances include Darmstadt (Germany), Klangspuren (Austria), Mostly Mozart, Bard Music Festival, Gesher Music Festival (St. Louis), and Aldeburgh Music Festival. Dhegrae directs the Resonant Bodies Festival, an international festival of new and experimental vocal music, which she founded in 2013. At Bard College, she leads the Graduate Vocal Arts Program’s Professional Development Workshop. She lives in New York City.
Natacha Diels' work combines ritual, improvisation, traditional instrumental practice, and cynical play to create worlds of curiosity and unease. In composition and performance, Diels' unique musical approach aligns with new American experimentalism. She holds degrees in flute performance and integrated digital media from NYU, and in music composition from Columbia University.
Diels founded the experimental music collective Ensemble Pamplemousse in 2003, and continues to be its artistic director and flautist. In 2009 she co-founded the performance duo On Structure with Jessie Marino. Pamplemousse performs globally and has commissioned over 100 compositions from musically and demographically under-represented composers. Inexorably uncompromising, the group has developed its name by presenting exquisitely challenging music at both internationally recognized festivals such as Borealis Festival (Norway) and lesser-known gems such as Louisville's Experimental Music Festival (Kentucky). On Structure is a sound-centric highly choreographed paradoxically improvisatory collaboration project, performing whenever travel paths collide. In 2016, On Structure was featured at SPOR Festival (Denmark) and Omaha Under the Radar (Nebraska).
Born in 1965. He studied with Bernhard Wulff in Freiburg, with Gaston Sylvestre in Paris and with Wassilios Papadopulus in Mannheim. Dierstein is the winner of numerous competitions and received scholarships from the Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes and the Akademie Schloss Solitude Stuttgart. He is the percussionist of the ensemble recherche since 1988. Together with Marcus Weiss and Nicolas Hodges he forms the trio accanto.
In addition to his performances of new music, he has focused on non-European music and free improvisation. He has given solo concerts throughout Europe. In the season 2010/11 he was one of the "Rising Stars" from the European Concert Hall Organisation. Since 2001 he is Professor for percussion and new chamber music at the Hochschule für Musik in Basel, Switzerland.
Since its debut in 2011, Distractfold has established itself as a fresh, strong and daring voice in the UK music community. The group specialises in instrumental, acousmatic and hybrid music of the 21st century written by composers of the new generation. They have established productive collaborative links with the Architectural Association in London (resulting in interdiscplinary projects and international concerts) and the International Anthony Burgess Foundation in Manchester where the ensemble holds a quarterly residence of self-produced concerts including guests such as the Mivos Quartet, the Noise Upstairs and Le Quan Ninh. They have given UK and world premieres of works from composers such as Pierluigi Billone, Santiago Diez-Fischer and Michelle Lou. In 2014 Distractfold was the first ever UK ensemble to be awarded the Kranichstein Prize for Interpretation.
Born in 1981 in Bonn, Germany. He studied theology and theatre studies in Cologne and music in Salzburg, Paris and Dresden, were he graduated with distinction. Interdisciplinary projects, numerous music theatre productions, close collaborations with composers, performing artists and scientists as well as his work as a university teacher leave his mind ever open for artistic examinations in versatile realms. He founded the ensemble El Perro Andaluz and the Youth Symphony Orchestra Chemnitz, teaches at the University of Music Dresden and runs the instrumental education at the Bern University of the Arts since 2013. Dohms appeared at opera houses in Frankfurt, Dresden and Oldenburg, and regularly works with the ensembles Phorminx, Courage, TEMA and Ensemble S.
Born in 1978 in Štip, Macedonia. Soprano singer Ana Durlovski studied at the Music Academy of the University St. Kyrill and Method in Skopje. There she made her debut at the National Opera as Lucia in Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor. Further performances followed in Belgrade, Sarajevo, Tirana, and Zagreb. Durlovski has been awarded with the Croatian Culture Prize Marijana Radev for her performance of the Queen of the Night at the Staatsoper Wien in 2006. Between 2006 and 2011 she was part of the ensemble of the Staatstheater Mainz.
Since 2011 Durlovski is part of the ensemble of the Oper Stuttgart. In 2012 she received the German theatre prize DER FAUST for her performance of Amina in Die Nachtwandlerin. Furthermore the readership of the magazine Opernwelt elected her Best Young Singer for the same role. In the season 2014/15 Durlovski gave her debut as Queen of the Night at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City. During the season 2015/16 she sang the same part at the Semperoper Dresden and Teatro Real Madrid. At the Oper Stuttgart Durlovski is currently singing the part of Olympia in the new staging of Hoffmanns Erzählungen.
Born in 1981 in Gelsenkirchen, Germany. Hanna Eimermacher studied composition with Beat Furrer, Pierluigi Billone, Mark Andre, Younghi Pagh-Paan and David Felder in Graz, Bremen, Frankfurt/Main and Buffalo, NY. In 2010/11 she was international research scholar at the University at Buffalo, NY. She received numerous prices, amongst them the Berlin-Rheinsberger prize for composition (2012), a scholarship at Villa Massimo (2014) and a scholarship at Villa Concordia in Bamberg, Bavaria (2016). Her works are played by Ensemble Modern, Ensemble Kollektiv Berlin, Uusinta Ensemble, Ensemble Contrechamps, Ictus Ensemble, Trio Onyx, Ensemble Moto Perpetuo, Ensemble Apparat and Christian Dierstein, at MaerzMusik, Südwestrundfunk (SWR), Donaueschinger Musiktage, Oper Frankfurt, IRCAM, June in Buffalo Festival and the Alte Oper Frankfurt/Main.
Ensemble Interface is an international collective of musicians founded in 2009 in Frankfurt am Main, committed to contemporary music through performance, educational activities and research. As a 'Pierrot-plus' sextet, we have taken on the challenge of a wide-ranging repertoire, all the while offering new perspectives on this classical set-up. We believe that risk-taking and experimentation are crucial to the artistic process, and we interface this framework with everything we devote to, with new and existing works as well as with our interactions with artistic partners and audiences. The ensemble began performing together as members of the 2008/09 International Ensemble Modern Academy (IEMA) in Frankfurt/Main.
Born in Frankfurt/Main. He studied architecture and urban planning at the Gesamthochschule Kassel. He has been active as a freelance stage and costume designer in opera and drama since 1998, collaborating with such directors as Thirza Bruncken, Michael von zur Mühlen, Katka Schroth, Marcus Lobbes and Markus Heinzelmann, working in venues like Theater Bonn, Nationaltheater Mannheim, Schauspiel Dortmund, Theater Freiburg, Theater Basel, Deutsches Theater in Göttingen, Deutsches Nationaltheater Weimar and Berlin Staatsoper. His work „Geschwister" by Klaus Mann was premiered in February 2015 at Staatstheater Darmstadt.
Born in 1926 in New York City and died there in 1987. Just like Cage, a close friend, Morton Feldman was an American composer, an American artist, an American in the true sense of the word. He identified himself by differentiating his views on composition from those of his colleagues in Europe. He was proud to be an American because he was convinced that it enabled him the freedom, unparalleled in Europe, to work unfettered by tradition.
Like any true artist, Feldman was endowed with sensitivity for impressions of a wide variety of sources, literature and painting in particular. His affinity to Samuel Beckett has enriched music literature by a unique music theatre piece, Neither, and two ensemble works. His friendship with abstract expressionist painters gave birth to a range of masterpieces, Rothko Chapel in particular.
Feldman visited the International Summer Course for New Music Darmstadt in 1984 and 1986.
Born in 1943 in Coventry, UK. His formal education took place at the Birmingham School of Music and the Royal Academy of Music, London, and then he studied with Ton de Leeuw in Amsterdam and with Klaus Huber at the Basel Conservatoire. In 2000 he joined the faculty at Stanford University and was named William H. Bonsall Professor in Music. In 2007 Ferneyhough's career achievements were recognized by an Ernst von Siemens Music Prize. The name Brian Ferneyhough is irrevocably connected with the term „new complexity." His compositions make the greatest technical demands on the player. Next to his outstanding reputation as a composer he also counts among the most important composition teachers of his generation. He taught composition at the Musikhochschule Freiburg, at the Civica Scuola di Musica in Milan, at the Royal Conservatory Den Haag, and the University of California, San Diego. Brian Ferneyhough has been teaching at the International Summer Course for New Music since 1976, his most recent appearance was in 2014.
Born in Pisa in 1973, Francesco Filidei graduated from the Conservatorio di Musica
Luigi Cherubini Firenze and the Conservatoire de Paris. As organist and composer, he has been invited to the most important festivals of contemporary music.
After obtaining a commission from the IRCAM Reading Committee in 2005, he was awarded the Musikpreis Salzburg (2006), the Takefu Prize (2007), the Kompositionsförderpreis der Ernst von Siemens Musikstiftung (2009), the UNESCO Picasso / Miró Medal of the Rostrum of Composers (2011), and the Abbiati Prize (2015). He was composer-in-residence at the Akademie Schloss Solitude in 2005, member of the Casa de Velázquez in 2006 and 2007 and resident at the Villa Medici in 2012/13. He is a fellow of the DAAD Berlin and composer-in-residence at 2e2m in 2015. He has taught composition at Royaumont ("Voix Nouvelles"), the University of Iowa, Takefu, the International Young Composers Academy in Tchaikovsky City, and at Barga inaudita. His works are published by Rai Trade.
Born in 1966. Alex Fostier studied animated cartoon at Ecole Supérieure des arts visuel de la Cambre in Brussels and sound engineering at Institut des arts de diffusion at Louvain la Neuve, Belgium. Since 1990, he has participated in many performances of renowned artists all over the world, created and engineered music for cinema, stage performances, installations and cd productions. Since 1994, Fostier started a close collaboration with the contemporary music ensemble "Ictus" in Brussels, becoming a member of the ensemble in 1999. During these years up until today, he has been involved in nearly all amplified concerts, CD publications and creations of Ictus with among others Georges Aperghis, Thierry De Mey, Philippe Manoury, Magnus Lindberg, Jonathan Harvey, Javier Alvarez, Steve Reich and Fausto Romitelli. In 1999, he started to work as a sound engineer for the Rosas dance company in Brussels and has been involved in nearly all creations and tours until now.
Born 1981 in the UK. Following studies with Frank Denyer at Dartington College of Arts and Denis Smalley at City University London, he gained a PhD in electroacoustic composition from the University of Manchester in 2013, which was supervised by David Berezan and funded by the AHRC. His recent work is characterised by its exploration of synthesised sound objects and auditory illusions, drawing from his interest in digital synthesis, psychoacoustics and acousmatic theory. In addition to his fixed media work, Lee regularly performs in a live context, both solo and in collaboration with other artists. His music has been presented in concerts, festivals and radio broadcasts internationally and has received numerous awards and acknowledgments, including the Luigi Russolo Grand Prize in 2013. A selection of his acousmatic compositions was published by Entr'acte in 2014.
Born in 1982 in Michigan, USA. The work of the American composer and sound artist explores the kinetic source of sound, bringing focus to the muscular act of music making and the chaotic behaviors of raw acoustic matter. She holds a PhD in Music Composition from Harvard University and further degrees from IRCAM, Oberlin Conservatory and the Interlochen Arts Academy. Fure is an Assistant Professor of Sonic Arts at Dartmouth College Department of Music.
Recent projects include Ply, an electroacoustic ballet commissioned by IRCAM for the Manifeste Festival; a portrait concert presented by Miller Theatre, New York, in February 2015; a sinfonietta commissioned for Klangforum Wien by the Impuls Festival; several works for ensemble/orchestra and electronics, a.o. for the New York Philharmonic Biennial, and the septet Something to Hunt for the Darmstadt Summer Course 2014.
Born in 1954 in Schaffhausen, Switzerland. There Beat Furrer received his first musical training on piano at the Music School. After moving to Vienna in 1975, he studied conducting with Otmar Suitner and composition with Roman Haubenstock-Ramati at the Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst. In 1985 he founded the Klangforum Wien, which he directed until 1992, and with which he is still associated as conductor.
Commissioned by the Vienna State Opera, he composed his first opera Die Blinden. His second opera Narcissus was premiered in 1994 as part of the Festival steirischer herbst at the Graz Opera. In 1996 he was composer-in-residence at the Lucerne Festival. His music theatre work Begehren was premiered in Graz in 2001, the opera invocation in Zürich in 2003 and the sound theatre piece FAMA in Donaueschingen in 2005.
In autumn 1991 Furrer became a full professor of composition at the Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst in Graz. He has been guest professor in composition at the Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst in Frankfurt (2006–2009). Together with violinist Ernst Kovacic he founded "impuls", an International Ensemble and Composers Academy for Contemporary Music.
Born 1966 in Feldkirch/Austria. He has played for over 20 years at the most important festivals on all continents, both as soloist and as ensemble player, and as a member of Klangforum Wien. Numerous works have been composed for him (including pieces by Georges Aperghis, Bernhard Lang, Beat Furrer, and Mauricio Sotelo) and were premiered by him. In addition, he concertizes in the realms of free improvisation and of electronics. He participated in diverse CD/DVD/TV productions as performer, composer, recording supervisor, and producer. Fussenegger is the dramaturg and project developer for Klangforum Wien. He is also the founder, producer, and distributor of the CD label Durian Records. He teaches at the Hochschule für Musik in Lucerne, at the Kunstuniversität in Graz, and at the Ensemble Academy „Impuls" in Graz.
Born in 1966 in Zell am See, Salzburg, Clemens Gadenstätter studied composition with Erich Urbanner at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna and Helmut Lachenmann at the University of Music and Performing Arts Stuttgart as well as flute at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna with Wolfgang Schulz. During his student years, he was active as a flautist in numerous ensembles and orchestras, including Klangforum Wien (1989-92). In 1990, he and Florian E. Müller co-founded the ensemble neue musik, which performs a wide variety of new works, including ones involving intermedia.
Gadestätter got commissions by the SWF Baden-Baden (Donaueschinger Musiktage 2001, 2005, 2012), Musikbiennale Berlin, Salzburg Festival, and Wien Modern. Ensembles that have played his works are Ensemble Modern, Klangforum Wien, Jack Quartet, asamisimasa, L'Instant donné, ensemble recherche, Ensemble Ascolta, Neue Vocalsolisten Stuttgart, and ensemble mosaik among others.
Born in 1969 in Lienz. He studied piano, music theory and conducting at the Tyrolean State Conservatory, composition with Beat Furrer in Graz and electroacoustic music at UPIC Paris and at Swiss Center for Computer Music, Zurich. Amongst his awards are the Vienna Composition Prize in 2004 and the Ernst Krenek Prize for his piece „melting pot" in 2012. Gander worked with a.o. Klangforum Wien, Ensemble Modern, Ensemble Intercontemporain, RSO Wien and the Stuttgart New Vocal Soloists. Performances of his music include Wiener Konzerthaus, Steirischer Herbst, Donaueschinger Musiktage and Wien Modern.
Born 1964 in Wuppertal. Lutz Garmsen is a filmmaker, media artist, cameraman, animator and tinkerer. He studied film at the University of Art and Design Offenbach with Helmut Herbst, Carlos Bustamante, Urs Breitenstein and Herbert Heckmann, and participated in workshops with Elfi Mikesch, Jan Schütte and Tevfik Baser. He's lecturing animation film, experimental film and media installation at several universities and institutes and is consulting and realizing artistic media projects. He is fascinated by the fact that human perception prefers logic to truth, as it's not the (unmoved) images in „moving images" but our brains that tells us a movement.
Marta Gentilucci studied Vocal Arts as a soprano at Conservatory of Perugia (Italy), where she obtained also her Master Degree in English and German Literature. She studied composition at the Conservatory of Florence, and completed her Master Degree in composition and in computer music at the University of Music Stuttgart. She was selected for the two years program in computer music at IRCAM in Paris and is finishing the PhD in composition at Harvard University. Gentilucci was in residence at the Experimentalstudio des SWR Freiburg and the electronic studio of the Akademie der Künste in Berlin.more
Born in 1969 in Brussels. Stephane Ginsburgh is a tireless surveyor of the repertoire but also exploring new combinations including voice, percussion, performance or electronics. He regularly plays with the Ictus Ensemble under George-Elie Octors. Ginsburgh collaborated with numerous composers as well as with choreographers and visual artists. In 1998 he co-founded SONAR, an active group of artists dedicated to different types of artistic expression and creation including music, dance and literature. Ginsburgh teaches piano at the Royal Music Conservatory and at the Dalcroze Institute, both in Brussels. He studied philosophy at the Free University of Brussels (U.L.B.) and is pursuing a PhD in music at the Vrije Universiteit and the Royal Conservatory Brussels.
Born on 17 June 1946 in Belfort, France. He studied at the Trossingen Conservatory in Germany from 1963 to 1965 before entering the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique in Paris. Here he won prizes for piano accompaniment, harmony, counterpoint, fugue and composition (Olivier Messiaen's class from 1968 to 1972). During this period, he also attended Henri Dutilleux's classes at the École Normale de Musique (1968), as well as summer schools at the Accademia Chigiana in Siena (1969), and in Darmstadt with Ligeti, Stockhausen and Xenakis in 1972. He was granted a scholarship by the Villa Medici in Rome from 1972 to 1974. In 1973 Grisey founded the group called L'Itinéraire (engl. The Way) together with Tristan Murail, Roger Tessier and Michael Levinas, later to be joined by Hugues Dufourt. Périodes and Partiels (from the cycle Les Espaces Acoustiques) were among the first pieces of so-called spectral music.more
As a pupil, Sebastian Gühne was member of the boys' choir Windsbach and played one of the three lads in „The Magic Flute". He studied German literature and philosophy in Stuttgart, Heidelberg and Rennes. After assisting Jossi Wieler and Sergio Morabito he started to work as an assistant director and stage manager at the German National Theatre Weimar. He assisted directors such as Eva-Maria Höckmayr, Elisabeth Stöppler and Karsten Wiegand. Gühne was influenced by assisting theatre directors such as Volker Lösch, Christian Weise and Enrico Stolzenburg. In his second year in Weimar he staged „Wüstenwind" by Selim Dogru and Sophie Kassies. In the season 2014/15 he led the scenic adoption of „Hansel and Gretel" (dir.: Karsten Wiegand) in Darmstadt and was engaged as an assistant and stage manager afterwards. There he will stage Stefan Hanke's „Oh wie schön ist Panama" and an adaptation of „Die Entführung aus dem Serail".
Gutiérrez Martínez, Andrés
Born in 1984 in Guanajuato, Mexico. Since 2006, the composer and sound artist lives in Austria. He studied composition with Gerd Kühr and Pierluigi Billone, as well as computer music with Marko Ciciliani at Kunstuniversität Graz. In 2012, he received the Musikförderungspreis der Stadt Graz, as well as an additional talents scholarhip in 2013. As a composer and performer he concentrates on instrumental, electro-acoustic and electronic music. He participated in numerous projects in the field of incidental music, especially linked with dance. His compositions were performed in Austria, Germany, France and Mexico. He is one of the founders of Ensemble and association Schallfeld (for Contemporary music and sound art) in Graz, Austria.
Haas, Georg Friedrich
Born in 1953, Georg Friedrich Haas grew up in a mountain village in the Vorarlberg region of western Austria and was already exposed to New Music as a student through his music teacher, the composer Gerold Amann. Since 2013 MacDowell Professor of Music at Columbia University in New York, he now moves geographically between two poles. He sees himself as being integrated in the traditions of the Viennese School through his teachers Gösta Neuwirth, Ivan Eröd and in particular Friedrich Cerha, and at the same time takes the aesthetic freedom of American composers such as Charles Ives, John Cage and James Tenney as an important point of reference for musical expression that goes beyond ideologies.more
Hagen, Lars Petter
Born 1975 in Ski outside Oslo/Norway. Studied composition at the Norwegian Academy of Music in Oslo. His music has been performed at festivals like Donaueschinger Musiktage, Maerzmusik, Eclat, and Gaudeamus Music Week by ensembles such as Ensemble Modern, SWR Sinfonieorchester Baden- Baden, Neue Vocalsolisten Stuttgart and Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra. In addition to vocal and instrumental music he works with sound installations and music for stage and film.more
Founded in 2011, the Cologne-based chamber music ensemble defends the values of sustainability and recycling throughout the music world. From the paper mountain of existing works, we salvage the finest materials for refining and reimagining. Using the Pierrot lineup, we not only pursue classically composed works for our own instruments, but add to our repertoire works for unconventional instruments, for example, common items (tables, balloons, etc.), voices, and electronic sound sources. hand werk focuses on unconducted chamber music, in order to not only present music to the public that is technically, but also musically enthralling. hand werk has been seen at festivals including the Wittener Tage, Acht Brücken Köln, the Zagreb Biennale, at a residency at Harvard University, on tour in Lebanon and as participants in various concert series in numerous European cities.
Born in 1969 in Rum, Tirol/Austria, Händl Klaus lives currently in Berlin and Port am Bielersee, Switzerland. After studying acting in Vienna, he played there at the Schauspielhaus. Furthermore he acted in numerous movies. His radio play Kleine Vogelkunde (ORF) has been awarded Radio Play of the Year in 1996. Händl Klaus’ volume of stories (Legenden) received the Rauriser Literaturpreis as well as the Robert-Walser-Preis. His film März has been awarded with the Leopard for best debut. Furthermore Händl Klaus got a scholarship from the Literarisches Colloquium Berlin and in 2004, the Dramatikerstipendium des Kulturkreises der deutschen Wirtschaft im DBI in cooperation with Münchner Kammerspiele. In 2004 he also was elected best emerging author by the magazine Theater heute and Best Playwright in 2006. In 2007 Händl Klaus received the Großer Literaturpreis (Tirol), the Schiller scholarship from the state Baden-Württemberg, Germany, and the Welti Playwright Prize from the City of Bern. He also has been awarded with the Kölner Kunstsalon Autorenpreis (2011) and the Gert-Jonke-Preis (2013).more
Born in 1963 in Hamburg, Germany. The composer, conductor and pianist studied at the Hochschule für Musik and Theater Hamburg. He worked at the Staatstheater Oldenburg, Schillertheater NRW Wuppertal/Gelsenkirchen and from 2001 to 2006 he was musical director at the Staatsoper Hannover. Harneit conducted a.o. at the Bayrische Staatsoper München, Bremer Theater and the radio symphony orchestras of NDR, WDR und SWR, the Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra Kopenhagen and is permanent associate conductor of the Cairo Symphony Orchestra. Since autumn 2003 he is principal conductor of Sinfonietta Leipzig, May 2006 saw his debut with Ensemble Modern and since 2006/07 he is principal conductor of the National Theater in Belgrade. Harneit was commissioned for various compositions. He works in the border zone of New Musical Theatre with directors such as Herbert Wernicke, Christoph Marthaler and Anna Viebrock.
Bryn Harrison grew up in the Lancashire town of Bolton. After studying for a degree at the City of Leeds College of Music, he turned his attention more seriously to experimental composition and went on to undertake a Master's degree with Gavin Bryars at De Montfort University, Leicester.
Throughout his twenties and early thirties Harrison produced a steady output of solo and ensemble works and in the process developed an individual approach to dealing with time as a circular and repeating entity. His work came to the attention of several international ensembles such as ensemble recherche, Klangforum Wien, London Sinfonietta, London Symphony Orchestra, and Apartment House, with notable performances and radio broadcasts at international festivals both in the UK and abroad. More recently, Harrison has developed a close working relationship with ensemble Plus-Minus, the Norwegian group asamisimasa, the internationally acclaimed ensemble ELISION, and the vocal ensemble EXAUDI. He has also worked closely with soloists such as Philip Thomas, Mark Knoop, and Aisha Orazbayeva.more
Born in 1953 in Basel, Switzerland, Fritz Hauser develops solo programs for drums and percussion, which he performs worldwide. He has written several compositions and concept pieces for percussion ensembles and soloists, sound installations (Therme Vals, Museum for Architecture Basel, Castel Burio, and Kunsthaus Zug among others), radio plays as well as soundtracks to films and readings. In the field of percussion music he has performed with and composed for soloists and groups such as: Kroumata, Steven Schick, Keiko Abe, Synergy Percussion, Michael Askill, Speak Percussion, Bob Becker, Nexus, and ensembleXII. He collaborates with improvising musicians around the world too, e.g. Urs Leimgruber, Joëlle Léandre, Marilyn Crispell, Hildegard Kleeb, Christy Doran, Pauline Oliveros, Lauren Newton, Patrick Demenga, and Fred Frith. Hauser is very interested in cross-media and has already worked together with architect Boa Baumann, lighting designer Brigitte Dubach, director Barbara Frey as well as with the choreographers Joachim Schloemer, Heddy Maalem, and Anna Huber.
Born 1973 in Berlin. Studied composition and philosophy in Amsterdam and in Freiburg/D; lives and works since 2002 in Brussels. He created various experimental works on stage, on page, online and in public space. His trajectory moves between representative and interactive works, pieces and interventions, between conceptual work and actions. A recurrent interest is the understanding of an audience as active individuals and the search for an opening up of experiences in an artistically restricted space. At this year's Darmstadt Summer Course he will be – together with Jennifer Walshe – responsible for the workshop „Composer – Performer".
As a composer and computer musician he explores the perceptual categories of sonic materials and the processes that guide them, navigating the space between organic and synthetic sounds in a search for uncanny or sublime hybrids. Besides his PhD dissertation recent projects include pieces for La Jolla Symphony and Chorus as well as for Ensemble Intercontemporain, and the collaboration with Irvine Arditti and Roger Reynolds. As a graduate student at UC San Diego, Hembree worked with Reynolds as a computer music research assistant and as a digitally-enhanced chamber musician on stage. Recently, Hembree, Reynolds, video artist Ross Karre and the renowned JACK Quartet are collaborating on a string quartet, digital audio and video work based on the history of powered flight.
Born in 1967 in Dresden, Germany. Carsten Hennig studied film composition at the Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg and composition with Adriana Hölszky at the Musikhochschule Rostock and at Mozarteum Salzburg. Committed to an empiric aesthetic, Hennig develops the formal principles of his works from specific problems, which then have an impact on the parameters of the musical composition. To him, music is an art form deeply rooted in the concerns of our present. His works were performed at festivals such as Gaudeamus (Amsterdam), Manca (Nizza), ArtGenda (Stockholm), Münchener Biennale, Darmstadt Summer Course and SUNTORY Festival Tokyo by ensembles such as Ensemble Modern, Nieuw Ensemble, Musikfabrik, Luxembourg Sinfonietta, Ear Unit Los Angeles, Tokyo Sinfonietta, Radio Symphony Orchestra Berlin, Ensemble Resonanz and Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks.
After a scientific Bachelor in 1996 and music degree in piano, Jérémie Henrot is graduated of SAE (School of Audio Engenineering) in September 1998, where he learnt studio recording technics and carried out a master work on Surround Sound applied in Theater. He entered IRCAM in 1999 as technical manager for the production team and evolved as sound engineer on concerts and disc recordings. Still IRCAM's permanant staff, he is now the IRCAM Head of Sound Engineering Team.
Hiekel, Jörn Peter
Jörn Peter Hiekel studied musicology, art history and double-bass performance in Cologne and Bonn. From 2002 to 2008 he was in charge of symposia and workshops at the Darmstadt summer courses. He has worked as an editor and an author for many German broadcasting stations as well as for the music publisher Breitkopf. He habilitated in 2007 at the TU Dresden and is today professor of musicology and head of the institute for Contemporary Music at the Dresden Conservatory as well as Professor of History and Aesthetics of Music at the University of the Arts Zurich.
Born in 1978 in London. He began studying music and German at the University of Bristol, then studied composition at the Frankfurt Academy of Music and Performing Arts with Isabel Mundry, Hans Zender and Gerhard Müller-Hornbach. He has won various German composition prizes. In his music, Wieland Hoban strives to create a multi-layered discourse and experience. He examines questions of context and re-contextualisation, of flow and stasis, and looks for ways to find differentiations between parameters and states in all aspects of the music.
In addition to his work as a composer he is also a freelance translator, primarily of writings in the fields of music and philosophy, including several books by Theodor W. Adorno and Peter Sloterdijk, as well as numerous essays for collections and journals; he has also published musical analyses and other theoretical texts. He has been a regular interpreter at the Darmstadt International Summer Course for New Music and the Donaueschingen Music Days.
Bärbl Hohmann studied architecture in Munich and London. Since 1999 she is working as stage and costume designer in theatres and operas, e.g. at Staatsoper Unter den Linden Berlin, Kunstfest Weimar, Deutsches Nationaltheater Weimar, Staatsoper Stuttgart, Landestheater Linz, Theater Aachen, and Theater Bremen.
During the season 2015/2016 Hohmann is responsible for the stage design of Verdi’s Rigoletto, Christian Jost’s choir opera Angst, and – together with Schwetzinger Festspiele – Koma by Georg Friedrich Haas.
Hohmann received a scholarship from the Richard-Wagner-Stipendienstiftung Bayreuth and Akademie der Künste Berlin. Goethe’s Faust I at the Deutsches Nationaltheater Weimar, for which she did the stage design, has been awarded with the Bayerischer Theaterpreis in 2001.
With a wide variety of concerts and CD releases, the symphony orchestra of the Hessischer Rundfunk (German Public Radio of Hesse) has celebrated worldwide success and is a prestigious guest on renowned international stages such as at the »Proms« in London, the »Concertgebouw« in Amsterdam, and in places like Vienna, Salzburg, Paris, Budapest and Prague, Japan and China. Following a line of succession of great conductors including Hans Rosbaud, Dean Dixon, Eliahu Inbal, Dmitri Kitaenko and Hugh Wolff, Estonian Paavo Järvi has been Music Director of the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra from 2006 to 2013, enriching it through his work with new and exciting aspects.more
Born in 1987 in Hamburg. Neele Hülcker is a composer performer whose work focuses on music as anthropological research in everyday life environments. Their compositions evolve as situations, performance-installations, actions and interventions and work with different kinds of public spaces. Neele Hülcker studied composition with Dieter Mack and Harald Muenz at Musikhochschule Lübeck and with Manos Tsangaris and Franz Martin Olbrisch at Hochschule für Musik Carl Maria von Weber Dresden. Hülcker founded the YouTube channel „feminist ASMR" (in collaboration with Stella Veloce and Katie Lee Dunbar), as well as the channel „ASMR studio berlin" (in collaboration with mam.manufaktur für aktuelle Musik). They perform as the ASMR artist Thousand Tingles and are a part of the agency „ASMR yourself" with whom they performed at HAU Berlin, PACT Zollverein, Akademie der Künste Berlin and Münchner Kammerspiele.
Their work has been performed by ensembles such as Ensemble ascolta, Ensemble Garage and decoder ensemble at festivals such as Witten, Wien Modern, London Contemporary Music Festival, soundacts festival Athens and Darmstadt Summer Course.
Ictus is a Brussels-based contemporary music ensemble. Sponsored by Belgium’s Flemish Community, it was formed while on the road with the Flemish choreographer Wim Vandekeybus. Since 1994 Ictus’ home has been the Rosas Dance Company’s premises, and the ensemble has accompanied numerous productions of Rosas with Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker. Ictus is a permanent group of 20 musicians. A sound engineer is a regular presence in their midst – a line-up which gives the ensemble the status of a mixed »electric orchestra«. The issue of formats has now been put in the mix: mini or maxi concerts, mystery programs (the »Blind Dates« in Ghent), concerts with comments, concerts-cum-festivals where the audience is at liberty to roam around the stages (the landmark »Liquid Room events«). Ictus has also formed a partnership with the Ghent School of Arts to launch a study program, an Advanced Master’s degree course, focused on interpreting contemporary music. The ensemble attended the Summer Course in Darmstadt several times, last with its »Liquid Room« project for the closing concert of the Summer Course in 2012.
International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE)
The International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) is dedicated to reshaping the way music is created and experienced. With a modular makeup of 35 leading instrumentalists, performing in forces ranging from solos to large ensembles, ICE functions as performer, presenter and educator. Since its founding in 2001, ICE has premiered over 500 compositions – the majority of these new works by emerging composers – in venues spanning from alternative spaces to concert halls around the world. Recent highlights include performances at the Lincoln Center Festival (New York), Aspekte (Austria), Acht Brücken (Cologne, Germany), Festival de Música de Morelia (Mexico) and Teatro Amazonas (Brazil). In 2011, ICE created the ICElab program to place teams of ICE musicians in close collaboration with emerging composers. In 2015, ICE launched its EntICE education initiative, which brings together leading composers with youth ensembles in new works to be performed side-by-side with ICE.
International Ensemble Modern Akademie (IEMA)
IEMA was founded in 2003 as a logical extension of the Ensemble Modern and offers a variety of training programmes: One of the core programmes is a one-year Master's programme in contemporary music, in cooperation with the University of Music and Performing Arts Frankfurt am Main, which was passed by more than 160 young instrumentalists, conducters, composers and sound directors since 2006. They worked with members of the Ensemble Modern on the diverse repertoire of modern music and collaborated with famous artists such as Peter Eötvös, Heinz Holliger and Wolfgang Rihm. The International Composition Seminar gives young composers the opportunity to perform their own works with the Ensemble Modern; since 2011 it takes place as part of the festival „cresc... Biennial for Modern Music Frankfurt Rhein Main". In addition, the IEMA regularly offers master classes for instrumentalists in Austria, Greece, Japan, Korea and China, as well as educational projects for children and teenagers.
Born 1969 in Caracas, Venezuela. He studied in Vienna with Francis Burt and Michael Jarrell. Sánchez-Chiong is a member of the NewTonEnsemble and co-founder of the composer group „Gegenklang". His works, which take the vitality and spontaneity of improvisation as their point of departure, often transcend the bounds of the concert hall and find their continuation in the realms of experimental theatre, video art, dance and electronics. An emphasis of his work is close collaboration with artists from different disciplines and stylistic directions, including Joke Lanz, Christian Weber and Michaela Grill. He has also appeared as turntablist in various formations in the free improvisation scene. His stylistic openness shows in his oeuvre, which includes solo, ensemble, and orchestra works, chamber music and electronic music, multimedia projects and improvisation guidelines – using everything from classical instrumentations to formations such as electric bass and turntable.
Junge Deutsche Philharmonie
In 1974, when they had just grown out of the German Federal Youth Orchestra, a group of young musicians founded a follow-on orchestra: the Federal Students’ Orchestra – Junge Deutsche Philharmonie. Today, former members of the Junge Deutsche Philharmonie play in the leading orchestras and hold chairs at music academies. Another lasting influence is exerted through the other ensembles, which grew out of the orchestra, for example the Ensemble Modern and Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, the Ensemble Resonanz or the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra.
The Junge Deutsche Philharmonie brings together excellent young musicians from German-language music academies, selected through auditions, and forms them into a musically demanding ensemble. In addition to the symphonic repertoire there are focuses on contemporary and on early music.more
Born in 1931 in Buenos Aires, Argentina, died in 2008 in Cologne, Germany. Mauricio Kagel was among the most distinctive of contemporary music composers. The genre on which he exerted perhaps the greatest influence, and with which he has always been most closely associated, is music theatre. Alongside radical innovations in this area, he developed a highly personal aesthetic in his absolute music.
Kagel's creative output encompasses not only stage, orchestral and chamber music in an extremely wide range of instrumental settings, but also film scores, radio plays and essays. His music, across its broad spectrum, reveals a breach with all, and any, forms of academicism, yet at the same time a close connection to tradition, particularly to the German tradition.
Imagination, originality and humour are the hallmarks of this multimedia artist. With an inexhaustible gift for invention, Kagel drew on the most varied modes of expression, which, although often seemingly caustic and provocative, are always used in the interests of musical intensity.
Kirchmayr, Susanne (Electric Indigo)
Electric Indigo works as musician, composer and DJ representing the intelligent interpretation of techno and electronic music. She started her DJ career in 1989 in Vienna and worked at the legendary Hard Wax record store in Berlin from 1993 to 1996. In 1998, she created female:pressure, an international database for female artists in the fields of electronic music and digital arts which got an Honorary Mention at Prix Ars Electronica 2009. In 2012, she received the 'oustanding artist award' in the category Computer Music and the national grant for composition 2013 from the Austrian Ministry for Arts and Culture. She makes music for concert spaces, clubs, sound installations and occasionally for stage plays and short films. In her compositions and live performances, she emphasizes the spatial-temporal placement of subtly elaborated sounds and structures, often generated from speech recordings. Electric Indigo shuttles between Vienna and Berlin.
Since their contribution in Helmut Lachenmanns music theatre piece "Das Mädchen mit den Schwefelhölzern" (1997), Tomoko Hemmi and Yukiko Sugawara collaborate as solists. Performances as a piano duo include Donaueschingen (ars nova), musica viva Munich, Festival d'Automne à Paris, Eclat Stuttgart, Ultraschall Berlin and Witten New Chamber Music Days. Numerous composers have written piano duets for Sugawara/Hemmi, a.o. Mark Andre, Noriko Miura, Gianluca Ulivelli, Stephan Storck, Hans Thomalla and Tomoko Fukui. They have released CDs on Wergo, ECM and Kairos.
Born in 1980 in Esslingen, Germany. From 2000 to 2006 he studied composition, electronic music and music theory at the Musikhochschule in Freiburg and at the Koninklijk Conservatorium The Hague, a.o. with Mathias Spahlinger and Orm Finnendahl. In 2008 he received broad attention for an art performance action in which he delivered 70,200 forms by truck to the GEMA head office (the German performance rights authority) in order to officially register his recent 33-second electronic piece comprised of 70,200 samples of other artists' work. In 2012, he was awarded the Kranichsteiner Musikpreis of the Darmstädter Ferienkurse für Neue Musik. His book "Musik mit Musik", a collection of essays, was released at Wolke Publishing House in the same year. Currently he is teaching composition and music theory at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hamburg.
Born in 1982 in Lower Austria. Uli Kühn is a sculptor, media artist, musician, teacher and lecturer. He is working on the border between music, media art, performance and experimental digital film production. Shows, performances, concerts and screenings brought him to Diagonale Graz, Ars Electronica, Filmfest Dresden, sound:frame, Lames, Ö1 Kunstradio, Triennale Linz Lentos, moozak.org and Urban Art Forms. Uli Kühn lives and works in Vienna.
Kysela, Mark Lorenz
Born in 1971 in Stuttgart, Germany. He studied Saxophone, chamber music and contemporary music in Frankfurt/Main and Bordeaux with Marie Bernadette Charrier and Jean Marie Londeix. Kysela's activities are broadly spread: He works as a saxophone player, mainly in contemporary contexts, free improvisation, electronic and computer music, as a soloist, in chamber music groups and orchestras, is saxophone player and electronician of the „oh ton-ensemble", pursues vivid collaborations with composers and has experienced numerous world premieres, recordings, radio and tv appearances. He played in Europe, Asia, Australia and North America. Kysela is part of „Strom, Ensemble der Autoren" and „taste" (laptop-duo together with Martin Schüttler) as well as the improvising trio „Arno". He has collaborated with dance and theatre companies, performance groups, visual artists and contemporary music ensembles.
L'Instant Donné is an instrumental ensemble based in Paris devoted to the interpretation of contemporary chamber music. Since its foundation in 2002, the ensemble has functioned as a collective, with a fixed line-up of nine musicians, and has built its reputation upon high quality chamber ensemble performances, by preference working without a conductor.
L'Instant Donné's repertoire encompasses music from the end of the nineteenth century to the present day. Portrait concerts of living composers form the back-bone of their œuvre, and they have developed particularly strong collaborative relationships with composers as Frédéric Pattar, Stefano Gervasoni, Gérard Pesson, Johannes Schöllhorn, and Clemens Gadenstätter among others. Their repertoire also features much of the established repertoire of the late twentieth century, from Webern to Lachenmann, Stravinsky to Feldman.
Born 1935 in Stuttgart/Germany. Studied piano with Jürgen Uhde and composition and theory with Johann Nepomuk David at Musikhochschule Stuttgart from 1955 to 1958 and was the first private student of Luigi Nono in Venice from 1958 to 1960. He also worked briefly at the electronic music studio at the University of Ghent in 1965, composing his only published tape piece „Szenario" during that period, but thereafter focused almost exclusively on purely instrumental music.
Lachenmann has regularly lectured at the Darmstadt Summer Course since 1978, the last time he visited Darmstadt was 2006. From 1976 to 1981 he taught composition at Musikhochschule Hannover, from 1981 to 1999 at Musikhochschule Stuttgart.
Born 1971 Graz/Austria, lives in Steirisch Lassnitz (Austria). He studied composition and theory of music (with H. M. Preßl, B. Furrer and Y. Pagh-Paan) and organ. Klaus Lang loves tea and dislikes lawnmowers and Richard Wagner. Klaus Lang's music is not a means to convey extramusical contents, such as emotions, philosophical or religious ideas, political propaganda, advertisement etc. His music is no language used to communicate non-musical content.more
Following his studies in guitar, composition, and improvised music, Carlo Laurenzi devoted himself to electro-acoustic music, obtaining his diploma in electro-acoustic composition from the Conservatory of L'Aquila, Italy. Since 2005 he has been working as computer music designer while pursuing his activities as composer and guitarist. He has worked closely with many composers in Italy and was an artistic assistant at the CRM (Centro Ricerche Musicali) in Rome where he worked on several research projects, concerts, and musical installations held in Italy and Europe. His electro-acoustic works have been performed in several contemporary music festivals. At IRCAM, Laurenzi works with a large number of composers (Stroppa, Czernowin, Hurel, Levinas, Monnet, Naón, and others) and researchers on mixed music projects, and ensured the electronics for works with electronics by Pierre Boulez during concerts in France and abroad.
Born in 1970. Came to Berlin in the early 90s as percussionist and improviser and founded together with other musicians the so called „EchtzeitMusikSzene" (Real Time Music Scene). He turned to Electronic Music in the late 90s and published several albums, 12" and remixes under the pseudonym Static and toured with that through Europe, Japan, North and South America. Together with Lars Rudolph he wrote the music for the dance performance and film "Allee der Kosmonauten" by Sasha Waltz & Guests, he composed the soundtrack for Christoph Schlingensief's unfinished film "African Twintowers" as well as several radio pieces under the direction of Leonard Koppelmann for WDR and NDR.
Lives and works in Vienna. Vocational training in Photography in Baden-Baden, studies of Philosophy at Ruprecht-Karls-University of Heidelberg and Media Engineering at the University of Applied Sciences St. Poelten. Worked as a photographic assistant in advertising and as a photographer at the University of Applied Sciences St. Poelten. Currently works in different fields of visual and dramaturgical production for theatre and video. Participations, exhibitions and perfomances in/at (selection): Donaufestival Krems, Ars Electronica Linz, Tanzquartier Vienna, Konzerthaus Vienna, Ensemble PHACE, Bregenz Festival.
Born in 1974. Grown up in Zurich, he studied percussion at the Conservatories of Zurich and Amsterdam and at the Conservatoire National de Région Rueil-Malmaison near Paris. He took part in master classes in music theatre. Martin Lorenz has realized solo and chamber music projects with partners such as Sebastian Berweck, Conrad Steinmann, Simone Keller and Teodora Stepancic, and premiered works by a.o. Annesley Black, Bernhard Lang and Alfred Zimmerlin. He began to use electronics to complement his arsenal of percussion instruments, and thus expanded his spectrum of expressive forms towards installation work and music on the fringes of club culture. As a composer, his oeuvre includes solo and ensemble pieces as well as collaborations with theatres. In 2014, he founded Trabant Echo Orchestra, together with Tobias von Glenck – a chamber music ensemble for contemporary music of the American avantgarde of the 70ies and 80ies.
Born in 1970 in Freiburg, Germany. She studied the saxophone in Bordeaux and Stuttgart and is renowned as a saxophonist for new and experimental music. Lutz has played with internationally well-known artists of the improvisation scene such as Sainkho Namtchylak and Peter Kowald and has premiered compositions by Makiko Nishikaze, Andrés Gonzáles, Malte Giesen, Maximilian Macoll, Remmy Canedo, Ying Wang and many others. She has inspired many composers to write compositions for saxophones. In 2001, Nikola Lutz and Andreas Krennerich founded the Stuttgart Saxophone Festival. Since 2006, Lutz is lecturer for classical saxophone at the State University of Music and the Performing Arts Stuttgart. In 2013, she started to play the Hungarian Instrument „Tárogató". She is also engaged in expanding instrumental sounds by electronic means.
Born in 1981. Simon Løffler studied composition with Bent Sørensen at The Royal Danish Academy of Music (2002-2007) and with Simon Steen-Andersen at The Royal Danish Academy of Music in Aarhus (2010-2012), where he made his debut with a solo concert, which fascinated both the audience and the reviewers. In 2011-12 he participated in a research program on a.pass (Advanced Performance Training) in Brussels.
Simon Løffler is known from the composer collective Dygong, which he helped start up with Regin Petersen, Nicolai Worsaae and Christian Winther Christensen. He describes his own artistic practice as winter bathing. Løffler lives in Copenhagen.
Born in 1954 in Speyer, Germany. After his first musical activities in the realm of experimental rock music and jazz, Dieter Mack studied composition with Klaus Huber and Brian Ferneyhough as well as piano and music theory at the Hochschule für Musik Freiburg.
Since 1980 he had various lectureships in music theory and Balinese music in Freiburg, Trossingen, and Basel. In 1986 he became professor for music theory in Freiburg, and since 2003 he is professor for composition at the Musikhochschule Lübeck. From 1977 until 1981 he was assistant at the Experimentalstudio of the Heinrich-Strobel-Stiftung of the SWR, and in 1980 he joined the Stuttgart-based ensemble ExVoCo. Since 1978 he conducted numerous field studies in India, Japan, but mainly in Indonesia. After a one-year research in Bali (1981/82) he founded his own gamelan group Anggur Jaya in Freiburg. The group once performed in Bali in 1998.
Born in 1962 in Mannheim, Germany. He studied composition, music theory, piano, musicology, philosophy and sociology with a.o. Brian Ferneyhough, Klaus Huber and Jürgen Habermas. Since 1984 he is gaining international prizes and awards, including the Gaudeamus Prize, Stuttgart Composition Prize, Ernst von Siemens Music Grant and a scholarship at Villa Massimo. Since 2005 Claus-Steffen Mahnkopf teaches Composition as a Professor at the Leipzig Academy of Music and Theater. He is editor of the journal „Musik & Ästhetik" and the book series „New Music and Aesthetics in the 21st Century", author of over 120 essays and numerous books (e.g. "Kritische Theorie der Musik"). His extensive œuvre in all genres has been performed by renowned groups (e.g. Ensemble Modern) and important commissions (e.g. Salzburger Festspiele).
Sergej Maingardt graduated from the University of Applied Sciences Düsseldorf with a B.Eng. in Media Technology and has a M.A. in Media and Cultural Analysis from Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf. In 2016, he finished his studies in electronic composition with professor Michael Beil at the Univeristy of Music and Dance Cologne. The tension between his activities as a composer and as a scientist is an important aspect in his music. His interests are influenced by modern technologies as well as the way they change human perception. In his works he explores the limits of aesthetic principles of contemporary music as well as those of aural cognition. In addition to his solo projects, he collaborates with video artists, choregraphers, and pop artists. His works have been played at festivals such as Donaueschingen, Darmstadt Summer Course, Gdansk Dance Festival and Acht Brücken Cologne.
Born in 1984. Jessie Marino is a composer, performer and media artist from New York. Her current work explores the virtuosity inside common activities, ritualistic absurdities, and the archaeology of personal technologies. Her pieces rigorously score out sound, video, physical movements, lighting and staging which are then placed within organized temporal structures and musical frameworks. Jessie Marino is the Co-Founder and Director of the experimental performance collective On Structure and is Co-Artistic Director, Composer, and Cellist for the New York based Ensemble Pamplemousse. She is a believer in the power of karaoke and fried chicken at all costs.
Born in 1973 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She is a composer, improviser, pianist, interdisciplinary artist, researcher and professor. Patricia Martinez studied composition at the National University Quilmes (Buenos Aires) and at Stanford University (including PhD), and completed the annual course in Computer Music at IRCAM. She composes for solo instruments and electronics as well as for huge ensembles and has been conducting experimental ensembles for about twenty years. Martinez has won several prizes for her works and received varied fellowships and commissions. Her works have emerged, in part, from an experimental process of 'stripping-down,' which involves a degree of risk-taking, in that the resulting piece is left somewhat vulnerable in terms of its expressive identity.
Ensembles such as Arditti and The Jack Quartet, Surplus, Seth Josel Trio, C2, ACME, SFSounds, Cepromusic or Compañía Oblicua perform her works in Europe, North, Central, Latin America and South Africa.
Began music studies (violin and piano) at the Conservatoire National de Région in Nantes at age seven. At age 11 she became a member of the children's chorus of the opera in Nantes. In 1985 she was taken into the voice class of the Paris Conservatoire. Thanks to her close collaboration with IRCAM (since 1993) she has premiered numerous works by such composers as Philippe Manoury, Pascal Dusapin, Luca Francesconi, Georges Aperghis, Fausto Romitelli and Philippe Leroux. Donatienne Michel-Dansac is also intensely involved with baroque repertoire. She appeared in director Philippe Beziat's film „musica da camera". Last but not least, she has become active on many occasions as a pedagogue for voice and for the musical treatment of text.
Born in 1984. Julia Mihály studied classical singing and electronic composition at Hanover University of Music, Drama and Media, and completed her studies with workshops at the ZKM Karlsruhe, STEIM Amsterdam and the Darmstadt Summer Course. She is an artist at the border of field of Contemporary Music, Performance Art, Electroacoustic Music and Electronica. She connects her voice with live-electronics using various kinds of controllers like game controllers, motion sensors and MIDI controllers to modulate her vocal sound. Furthermore field recordings and the use of analogue synthesizers mark substantial components in her electroacoustic compositions. She performs regularly at festivals and in concert series for contemporary music such as the Lab.30 Festival for Sound Art Experiments in Augsburg, Berghain Berlin, ArtScience Museum Singapore, CAMP 13 festival Cluj and Ruhr Triennale.
Born in 1964. Philip Miller is a South African composer and sound artist based in Cape Town. His work often develops out of collaborative projects in theatre, film, video and sound installations and reflects on his pre-occupation with using sound as a means of exploring memory and states of trauma. Miller studied music composition at the University of Cape Town College of Music. He completed his postgraduate studies in electro-acoustic music composition for film and television at Bournemouth University. Whilst doing so he studied with UK composer, Joseph Horovitz. One of Miller's most significant collaborators for 20 years is the internationally acclaimed artist, William Kentridge. His music to Kentridge's animated films, and multimedia installations, has been heard in some of the most prestigious museums, galleries and concert halls all over the world.
Founded in 2013, Mocrep is a Chicago-based ensemble dedicated to the performance of radical, 21st century music that engages with contemporary culture – aesthetically, socially, and politically. They specialize in works that not only synthesize music, theater and performance art, but productively embrace the differences between these mediums. In this way, they hope to expose and explore new possibilities in performance today. Mocrep holds a partnership with the Goethe-Institut Chicago and an ongoing collaboration with International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE). It has collaborated with Steven Takasugi, Jennifer Walshe and Martin Schüttler and frequently premieres the works of young composers.
Born 1956 in Lugano, Switzerland. He studied clarinet in Basel and bass clarinet in Amsterdam and is an accomplished soloist on each of the instruments in the clarinet family. Numerous compositions have been composed especially for him and his fearless approach to playing has inspired a new generation of clarinet players. From 1994 to 2005 he was clarinetist in the Viennese Soloist Ensemble Klangforum Wien. He has performed as a soloist and chamber musician in renowned music festivals (Salzburg, Paris, Lucerne, Berlin etc.) throughout Europe and around the world and is at home with classical music as well as contemporary music and jazz. Presently professor for clarinet at the HKB (College of Arts) in Bern, Switzerland, Ernesto Molinari has also been teaching at the International Music Institute in Darmstadt since 2000 as well at the Impuls Academy in Graz since 1999.
Ulrich Mosch was born in 1955 in Stuttgart. He studied music education and German philology at the Hannover University of Music, Drama and Media and musicology at the University of Technology Berlin (with Carl Dahlhaus and Helga de la Motte-Haber). 1990-2013 he was research associate at the Paul Sacher Stiftung in Basel where he curated the abatement of 24 composers and musicians. Since 2013 he is Professor of Musicology at the University of Geneva.
Born 1963 in Schlüchtern, Hesse, grew up in West Berlin. Between 1983 and 1991 Isabel Mundry studied composition at the Hochschule der Künste Berlin with Frank Michael Beyer and Gösta Neuwirth as well as at the Studio for Electronic Music of the Technische Universität Berlin. At the same time she studied musicology (with Carl Dahlhaus), art history, and philosophy. During her studies Mundry was lecturer for composition and analysis at the Berliner Kirchenmusikschule and at the Hochschule der Künste Berlin. Between 1991 and 1994 she studied composition with Hans Zender in Frankfurt am Main. From 1992 to 1994 Mundry took up residence in Paris, first as scholar at the Cité des Arts, later at the IRCAM. After living for two years in Vienna as freelance artist (1994-1996) she became professor for composition at the Musikhochschule Frankfurt am Main. In 1997 she was a teacher for composition at the Akiyoshidai Festival, Japan and between 1998 and 2002 at the Summer Course for New Music in Darmstadt. Since 2004 Mundry is professor for composition at the Musikhochschule Zurich, and since 2011 professor for composition at the Musikhochschule Munich.
Born in 1947 in Le Havre, France. He received degrees in Classical and North African Arabic from the École Nationale des Langues Orientales Vivantes, as well as a degree in economic science. In 1967, he became a student of Olivier Messiaen at the Paris Conservatory, and also studied at the Institut d'Études Politiques in Paris. In 1973 co-founded the Ensemble L'Itineraire with a group of young composers and instrumentalists, researching in the area of instrumental performance and live electronics. In the 1980s, Murail used computer technology to further his research in the analysis and synthesis of acoustic phenomena. He developed his own system of microcomputer-assisted composition, and then collaborated with IRCAM for several years, where he taught composition from 1991 to 1997. From 1997 to 2010 he was professor for composition at Columbia University in New York. Again in Europe, he continued giving master-classes and seminars and is currently guest professor at the Shanghai Conservatory.
N1L is sound artist Martins Rokis who has been working in electronic music mostly in the context of art installations and multi-channel audio/visual performances. As N1L he makes clouded alien "dance music" that marks out tumultuous terrain between floors both physical and mental, pursuing the abstract lines of earlier computer music releases and sound installations, exploring his perceptual predilections through sound design, immediacy, and sensation.
N1L's debut EP Wrong Headspace was released on Lee Gambles's UIQ records in 2015.
Born in 1972 in Moscow. Newski studied composition with Jörg Herchet at the Hochschule für Musik Dresden and with Friedrich Goldmann at the Berlin University of the Arts, where he also studied music theory and music pedagaogy with Hartmut Fladt. His music is played at festivals such as Donaueschingen, Wien Modern, Musica Viva and Warsaw autumn, by ensembles such as Ensemble Modern, Klangforum Wien, MusikFabrik and Moscow Contemporary Music Ensemble, as well as by performers such as Teodor Currentzis, Enno Poppe, Natalia Pschenitschnikowa and Daniel Gloger. Newskis opera „Franziskus" was premiered in September 2012 at Bolschoi Theatre Moscow under the direction of Philipp Chizhevsky. As a composer for theatre he worked for the Moscow Art Theatre, the Comédie de Genève and Garage X Vienna. In 2013 his portrait CD „Alles" was released by WERGO. Sergej Newski taught numerous master classes for composition as well as workshops for New Music Theatre. He lives in Berlin.
Koka Nikoladze is a Georgian artist, based in Norway; educated as a violinist, composer, and technology developer. He believes that the will of creating is one of the most dominant human instincts, composes music and invents things.
Nikoladze is often regarded as a post-composer and also a creative designer in music. This includes a broad range of things, such as composing operas, designing musical instruments and tools for making music, performance, installation art, etc.
Currently he conducts a PhD research project at the Norwegian Academy of Music with the main question: how to hack performers. He collaborates with a number of artists internationally and also holds lectures in composition and computer music worldwide.
Born in Venice in 1924 and died there in 1990, Luigi Nono had his first lessons of music theory with Gian Francesco Malipiero, who above all showed him the route to early music. After finishing his law studies at the University of Padua, in 1946 he resumed his musical studies, this time with someone who became a close friend: the composer and conductor Bruno Maderna. In 1948 both became disciples of Hermann Scherchen, who deeply influenced Nono not only musically, but also culturally and politically.
During the International Summer Course in Darmstadt in 1950 Scherchen directed the highly contested first performance of Nono’s first work, the Canonic Variations on the series of Schönberg’s op. 41. From that moment on – first as a student and then very rapidly as a teacher – Nono took part in the “Laboratorium der seriellen Musik” of Darmstadt until 1955 (until his Incontri for 24 instruments), though without strictly following the compositional techniques of integral serialism. Often the points of departure for his works were texts, as well as “musical objects”, melodies (folk), political songs, etc. – all things that directly influenced the very structure of his music.
Georges-Elie Octors studied percussion at the Royal Academy of Brussels. He performed as a soloist in the National Orchestra of Belgium, was a member of the ensemble Musique Nouvelle (Liège) from 1970 on, and was the conductor of this ensemble from 1976 until 1991. He conducted a lot of symphonic orchestras, chamber orchestras and contemporary music ensembles in Belgium and abroad and premiered a lot of works such as by Aperghis, Boesmans, Francesconi, Harvey, Hosokawa, Jarrell, Levinas, Pousseur, Romitelli, Saariaho, and Wood amongst others. Thanks to his experience in conducting modern operas, he was invited to the Academia Scala de Milano. He created a music course adapted to the young dansers of the Performing arts and Training Studios (P.A.R.T.S./Rosas) and teached at the Brussels Royal Conservatory. Until 2012, he was in charge for the Formation aux Langages Contemporains at the Liège Royal Conservatory, and for Chamber Music at the Escuela Superior de Musica de Catalunya (Barcelona). Since 1996 he is the music director of Ictus Ensemble (Brussels).
Born in 1980 in Rostock, Germany. Katharina Ortmann studied musicology, history and German language and literature in Berlin and Paris. After having worked as a dramaturge for musical theatre at the Staatsoper Hannover and as a dramaturge at the Oldenburgisches Staatstheater she is now a freelancing music dramaturge and project manager for concerts and musical theatre, with a particular focus on contemporary repertoire and project development. Besides her work for the International Music Theatre Competition Darmstadt she has developed the musical theatre „Sweat Of The Sun" (composition: David Fennessy, direction: Marco Štorman) for the Munich Biennale and the Theatre Osnabrück. Amongst her various projects is also the collaboration with the visual artist and stage designer Ivan Bazak and the composer Gordon Kampe, leading to the musical theatre research project „Plätze. Dächer. Leute. Wege", which was premiered in April 2015 at the Theatre Bielefeld.
Born in 1975 in Braunschweig, Germany. Isabel Ostermann studied opera directing at the Hochschule für Musik „Hanns Eisler" in Berlin. Since 2001 she has presented her own productions in Berlin, Dortmund, Erfurt, München and Regensburg, a.o. „Don Giovanni" (Mozart), „Otello" (Verdi) and „Jakob Lenz" (Rihm). Since 2006 she works for the Berlin State Opera „Unter den Linden", where she is a personal consultant for director Jürgen Flimm and artistic production manager of the „Werkstatt". There she directed scenic projects with the International Opera Studio, the children's opera „Puss In Boots" by César Cui and the double program „The diary of one who disappeared / La Voix Humaine" (Janáček/Poulenc). In 2012, Ostermann was director at the project „Die Musik ist los – 100 Jahre Cage" in line with the festival „INFEKTION!".
1927-2013. He studied mime at a school run by Jacques Lecoq and Étienne Decroux, where he engendered sensitivities to gesture and the plasticity of space. In 1959, Parmegiani joined the Groupe de Recherches Musicales (GRM) where, under the direction of Pierre Schaeffer, he undertook a two-year practicum in electroacoustic music. Parmegiani managed the music image sector of the GRM and composed music for a number of short and feature-length films. He developed an interest in videography, which he studied in the USA, and made three music videos. Parmegiani's interest in the intersection of jazz improvisation techniques and electroacoustic music has led him to work with various free jazz groups. Aside from the composition of title music (France-Culture, France-Musique, Antenne 2, Aéroport de Roissy etc.) and dramatic music for radio, tv, film and dance, he has composed some fifty works. Most of these are acousmatic, some are for instruments with tape, and still others various types of „actions musicales" involving performers, actors and musicians.
Born in 1969 in Dijon, France, where Frédéric Pattars musical education began (piano, chamber music, accompaniment, composition). He studied electroacoustic music in Châlon-sur-Saône from 1989 to 1992, and in 1995 continued his studies in Lyon under Gilbert Amy. In 1999 he studied at IRCAM in Paris.
Among his prizes and awards is the 2005 composition prize from Fondation André Boucourechliev. His works have been commissioned by the Festival d’Automne à Paris, the Musée du Louvre and others and performed by renowned ensembles including Ensemble Intercontemporain and L’Instant Donné.
Pattar’s compositions are for the most part chamber works, sometimes scored to include less conventional instruments such as Fender Rhodes or the zarb, a goblet-shaped Persian drum. The music is rhythmically flexible, at times quite lyrically melodic; at intensive dramatic highpoints, the lines coalesce into harmonic textures of unique brilliance and radiance.
Born in 1984 in Valladolid, Spain. He studied composition at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam with Fabio Nieder and Richard Ayres and at the Universität der Künste in Berlin with Walter Zimmermann. He is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Huddersfield. Additionally, Paúl has attended masterclasses by composers such as Brian Ferneyhough, Pierluigi Billone, Beat Furrer and others. Abel Paúl has received several awards. He was named composer in residence at the 4th forum for young composers of the Ensemble Aleph, served as a composer in residence at the 'Ligeti Academy' and at the 'Künstlerhaus Lauenburg' (Germany). His music has been played at festivals such as the ISCM World Music Days (Sweden), Nederlandse Muziekdagen, Gaudeamus Muziekweek, Holland Festival (The Netherlands), Münchener Biennale, Kunstforum Hellerau (Germany), Festival SON (Spain), Aspekte Salzburg and Klangspuren Schwaz (Austria), Time of Music (Finland), MANCA, Centre Acanthes (France) and Tzlil Meudcan (Israel).
Born 1976 in San José, Costa Rica. Mauricio Pauly writes music for mixed ensembles, often integrating amplification and performative electronics. Upcoming projects include a residency and commission for a new site-specific work at Villa Romana in Florence and a new piece for Phace to premiere at the Bludenzer Tage zeitgemäßer Musik 2016. Recordings have been released by JACK Quartet (New Focus), Fonema Consort (New Focus), Mabel Kwan (MilkFactory) and Karin Hellqvist (For Tune). Pauly is artistic co-director of Distractfold and one half of the improvising duo Inner Helmet. In 2014-15 he was a fellow at Harvard University's Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. In the summer of 2017 he will be in residence at Civitella Ranieri. He is a lecturer at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester and at the Architectural Association Interprofessional Studio in London.
Born 1978 in Rapperswil, Switzerland. Studies of piano, organ, composition and music theory in Lucerne, Basel, Stuttgart, Berlin and Karlsruhe, a.o. with Ivan Klánsky, Guy Bovet, Dieter Ammann, Detlev Müller-Siemens, Georg-Friedrich Haas and Wolfgang Rihm. Michael Pelzel works as a freelance composer and performer and serves as a parish organist of the protestant church of Stäfa at the lakeside of Zurich. He also teaches music theory at music universities and holds workshops in composition at the Universities of Johannesburg and Pretoria, South Africa. As an organist, he was invited to play in churches and cathedrals in a.o. San Francisco, Los Angeles, Sydney and Cape Town. His compositions are interpreted by ensembles such as ensemble recherche, Klangforum Wien, Arditti Quartet, quatuor diotima and ensemble intercontemporain and have been performed at festivals such as Darmstadt Summer Course, Donaueschingen and Wien Modern.
Born 1961 in Buffalo, New York. Michael Pisaro is a guitarist and composer, who has written works for a large variety of instrumental combinations. He is a member of Wandelweiser Composers Ensemble.
Since 2012 Pisaro's pieces have been played all arounf the world, e.g. in London, Paris, New York, Tel Aviv, St. Petersburg, Tokyo, Moscow, Bologna, Chicago, Munich, Huddersfield, Buenos Aires, Madrid, Brussels, Boston, Melbourne, Berlin, Trondheim, Amsterdam, Los Angeles, Nantes, Mexico City, and Seattle. Recordings of his work (solo and collaborative) have been released by Edition Wandelweiser Records, erstwhile records, New World Records, Cathnor, Senufo Editions, winds measure, HEM Berlin and on Pisaro's own imprint, Gravity Wave, among others.
Before joining the composition faculty at the California Institute of the Arts (where he is located presently), he taught music composition and theory at Northwestern University from 1986 to 2000. In 2005/06 he was awarded a grant from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts. He was Fromm Foundation Visiting Professor of Music Composition at the Department of Music at Harvard in the Fall Term of 2014.
After graduating as an engineer, Stefan Prins started to study piano and composition at the Royal Flemish Conservatory in Antwerp, Belgium, where he obtained his Masters degree in Composition. Concurrently, he studied “Technology in Music“ at the Royal Conservatory of Brussels and “Sonology“ at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague. Additionally he studied "Philosophy of Culture" and "Philosophy of Technology" at the University of Antwerp, attended masterclasses with a.o. Chaya Czernowin, Steven Tagasuki, Richard Barrett, Enno Poppe, Georges Aperghis and participated in live-electronics workshops with Gerhard Eckel at the IEM in Graz and with Orm Finnendahl at the Musikhochschule Freiburg. Since September 2011 he divides his time between Europe and the USA where he pursues a PhD in composition at Harvard University under the guidance of Chaya Czernowin. Stefan Prins is closely involved with the Nadar Ensemble, as a composer and codirector, and was one of the founders of the long-standing trio for improvised music “collectief reFLEXible”.
Born in Vienna. Eva Reiter studied recorder and viola da gamba at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna. Continuation of both studies at the Sweelinck-Conservatory in Amsterdam. Currently very active giving concerts as a soloist as well as performing with different baroque orchestras, with Unidas, Ensemble Mikado, Le Badinage, and with Ensembles for contemporary music (Ictus, Klangforum Wien, Elastic Band and others). She was awarded the "Publicity Preis" of the SKE and the Förderungspreis of the City of Vienna in 2008, the "Queen Marie José International Composition Prize" 2008, the "Staats" stipend of the Federal Chancellery for the Arts, a working stipend at the "Akademie Schloss Solitude" as well as other prizes. In 2009 her piece „Alle Verbindungen gelten nur jetzt" was one of the works selected for the Rostrum of Composers (IRC). Eva Reiter's compositions were performed at international festivals such as Transit (Leuven), Ars Musica (Brussels), ISCM World New Music Festival 2006 (Stuttgart), Musikprotokoll Graz, Generator and Wien Modern at the Wiener Konzerthaus. She regulary performs at renowned festivals for early and contemporary music.
Born 1934 in Detroit, USA. Composer, writer, producer and mentor. A pioneer in sound spatialization, intermedia and also algorithmic concepts. Critical commentary describes him as having an uncommonly broad and visionary profile, as a synthesizer of diverse capacities and perspectives. He is a noted writer on his own music and that of others, on compositional method and ideals, and has for decades been a guiding force in the evolution of UCSD's (University of California, San Diego) innovative graduate program in music. He has been an organizer of events such as ONCE (Ann Arbor), A Colloquium on Form and Time (IRCAM), CROSS TALK (Tokyo), Horizons '84 (New York), The Pacific Ring and Xenakis@UCSD festivals (San Diego).
Rieks, Franz Ferdinand August
Born in 1998, Franz Ferdinand August Rieks is currently enrolled in the Karlsruhe University of Music's "PreCollege" student preparatory programme, receiving tuition in composition (Wolfgang Rihm and Markus Hechtle), and in piano performance (Kaya Han). He also takes piano lessons with Yukiko Sugawara-Lachenmann.
Rieks is the pianist in Studio Musikfabrik, as well as in the Youth Contemporary Music Ensemble. He is also a member of the Ensemble der Länder (National Youth Contemporary Music Ensemble, Germany), and founded the Duo GEGENKLANG along with Arno Krokenberger.
Rieks has been the recipient of numerous prizes and awards, including the Berlin Philharmonic's "Opus One" composition competition 2014 and currently 2015, the International Steinway Piano Competition. He has twice won prizes at Germany's premier young musicians' competition Jugend Musiziert, and was invited to WESPE, the competition's showcase festival for especially promising performers, where he won the prize for "the best interpretation by a composer of his/her own work".
Born 13 March 1952 in Karlsruhe, where he lives to this day. Wolfgang Rihm is a composer, professor of composition at the Music Academy of Karlsruhe, and a remarkable writer on music with several books. He also sits on a number of influential committees in Germany and has a say in decisions affecting the working conditions of his fellow musicians.
Rihm's knowledge of music (the art and craft of composition as well as of music history from ancient times up to the present day) is vast. But he also seems to know everything worth knowing about literature, painting, architecture, philosophy and he freely draws on those as sources of inspiration. The world he has created with his compositions, which now outnumber 400 works, is a veritable universe. As such, it cannot be pigeonholed. To paraphrase the title of a well-known British film, he is , A composer for all seasons'. Examples for it are so different pieces as Jagden und Formen, the Chiffre-cycle or works especially dealing with music history: e.g. Deus Passus (Johann Sebastian Bach) and Fremde Szenen (Robert Schumann). Furthermore operas of different styles are performed worldwide: Die Eroberung von Mexiko, Die Hamletmaschine, Das Gehege, Dionysos.
Born in 1985 in Florence, Italy. Based in Graz, Austria. He studied composition at Conservatory Luigi Cherubini of Florence with Mauro Cardi as well as instrumental composition and computer music with Beat Furrer and Marko Ciciliani at Universität der Musik und Darstellenden Kunst Graz. Additionally he graduated in contemporary history at Università degli studi di Firenze in 2008. He attended master classes with a.o. Helmut Lachenmann, Stefano Gervasoni and Georg Friedrich Haas. His music has been performed in USA, France, Germany, Austria and Italy, and played by performers such as Neue Vocalsolisten, Ensemble Recherche, Donatienne Michel-Dansac, Pierre-Stéphane Meugé, Marco Fusi, Luca Sanzò and Freon Ensemble. So far he composed chamber music, a chamber opera, music for ballet, and orchestral music. He worked as well with live electronics and electronic music for video art. He is the founder member of Schallfeld Ensemble, new music group based in Graz, Austria.
Rosas is the company of the choreographer and dancer Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker and was founded in 1983. Since her debut, De Keersmaeker has been engaged in a rigorous exploration and articulation of movement, from its simplest forms to its most complex. Over the years, Rosas has explored choreography in partnership with other compositional forces, namely music, geometry, the visual arts, and language. The company has built a vital presence in the dance world, engaging theaters, repertoire companies, opera houses, festivals, exhibition spaces, and educational platforms. With support of the De Munt/La Monnaie opera house and Kaaitheater, Rosas fostered such projects as P.A.R.T.S., Bal Moderne and WorkSpaceBrussels, which developed into entirely independent organizations. The Rosas facilities in Brussels are a center of myriad artistic activities. The site is shared with contemporary dance school P.A.R.T.S. and Ictus Ensemble is one of the key places where established and emerging performing artists can meet and interact. In 2016 Rosas debuts at the Darmstadt Summer Course.
Born in 1985 in Diepholz, Germany. The software and hardware developer, sound artist and musician David Runge studied media informatics in Bremen. Currently he is engaged in his master's thesis in audio communication at the Technical University of Berlin, dealing with a wave field synthesis renderer for huge systems. His versatile musical interests led him on and behind festival an concert stages with groups such as „Das Bluul", „Mêlon Kallisti", „12\/1532", „Drafted To Haunt" or „Wasserturm". Runges multichannel sound projects and installations such as „The Sound Of People" have been presented at various spots in Germany, as well as in India. As a technician he worked at festivals such as mikromusik and Donaueschingen. For many years he is deeply involved in the development and packet assembling of free software, especially in the realm of multichannel playback in Linux.
Born in 1976 in Córdoba, Spain, Antonio Ruz pursued a career in dance, studying Flamenco, Spanish dance and ballet. Following his move to Madrid in 1992, he received a scholarship from the Escuela de Víctor Ullate. Within two years he began his professional career with the Víctor Ullate Ballet and became first dancer, interpreting and building a repertoire of classical and neoclassical pieces. He currently resides in Madrid where he directs his own dance company. During his work as dancer and choreographer Ruz brought to life the choreography of a number of artists, including George Balanchine, Micha van Hoecke, Nils Christie, Jerome Robins, Amanda Miller, John Neumeier, William Forsythe, Jiri Kylian, Gilles Jobin, Maguy Marin, and Sasha Waltz, among others.
Since 2007 he has often participated as guest for Sasha Waltz & Guests Berlin, as dancer and choreographer in the companies new creations and productions, including Dialoge 06, Roméo et Juliette (research project), and Jagden und Formen (Zustand 2008).
Ruz has been awarded with the First Prize El Ojo Crítico 2013 from RTVE (Radio y Televisión Española) in the category Dance.
Born in 1982. Resides in Manchester, where he completed a MUSM in Electroacoustic Music Composition in 2007 and a PhD in Composition in 2011 at the University of Manchester. Sam's work is focussed upon the sounds of urban environments: each of his pieces focuses upon a specific geographical location. His multiply awarded music aspires to illuminate and explore the hidden musicality and beauty of his geographical subjects, as well as his own relationship to his environment as both a source of inspiration and musical material. He was a resident at a.o. EMS Stockholm, STEIM Amsterdam and TU Berlin. Sam is co-director of the Distractfold Ensemble, and currently teaches at Canterbury Christ Church University.
Born in 1968 in Esslingen, in 1990 Jochen Sandig started his psychology and philosophy studies in Berlin. He got involved with the foundation of the Kunsthaus Tacheles and became its artistic director in 1990. In 1993, he founded with Sasha Waltz the Sasha Waltz & Guests dance company. In 1996, he co-founded the Sophiensæle Theatre in Berlin Mitte and was its artistic director until 1999. From 1999 to 2004, Jochen Sandig was a member of the artistic direction of the Schaubühne am Lehniner Platz Berlin and was also responsible for the dramaturgy of the dance section. Since September 2004, he is the artistic director of the company Sasha Waltz & Guests.
Sandig is also the founder of a new production and training centre for music, dance and the visual arts in Berlin called RADIALSYSTEM V, which opened in September 2006. In January 2010 he was awarded the French cultural fraternity Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres. In February 2012 he celebrated his first direction work with human requiem, a staging of Johannes Brahms' Ein Deutsches Requiem in cooperation with the Rundfunkchor in Berlin and Simon Halsey.
Born in 1972 in Rouen, France. Composer, writer and stage director. He studied with Brian Ferneyhough and Jonathan Harvey. His works have been presented at international festivals, including Musica, Donaueschinger Musiktage, Wittener Tage für neue Kammermusik, Ars Musica, Holland Festival, Maerzmusik, Eclat, Festival d'Art lyrique d'Aix en Provence and others. He is noted for creating his own music-theatre and multimedia works in which he often performs himself. He collaborated with South African artist William Kentridge on Telegrams from the Nose, which was presented more than 30 times. He has directed his own work since 2008, including video and texts. He recently opened his first exhibition in Paris, initiating a new aspect of his art, with videos, collages and artist books. Sarhan taught at IRCAM between 1998 and 2002, at the Marc Bloch University in Strasbourg from 1999 to 2004, and at the UdK Berlin since 2013. He wrote a History of Music (published in 2002 by Flammarion, Paris), and is the initiator of the artistic collective CRWTII, which has created and performed multimedia projects since 2000.
Sasha Waltz & Guests
The company was founded by Sasha Waltz and Jochen Sandig in Berlin in 1993. To date, more than 300 artists and ensembles – architects, visual artists, choreographers, filmmakers, designers, musicians, singers, and dancers – from 25 countries have collaborated as »Guests«.
In 2013 the company has been named European Cultural Ambassador 2013 by the European Union. This came as an acknowledgement of the company’s wide range of activities across Europe, reaching out to the rest of the world – new productions with European partners, guest performances and workshops, such as educational and transfer projects. Dance, in particular, as an art form, transcends language barriers; even geographical frontiers are starting to disappear.more
Born in 1972. James Saunders is a composer who makes open form compositions that explore group behaviours and decision making. He studied at the University of Huddersfield and latterly with Anthony Gilbert at the Royal Northern College of Music. His music has been played at festivals including Bludenzer Tage zeitgemäßer Musik, Brighton Festival, BMIC Cutting Edge, Darmstadt and Donaueschingen and has been broadcast in several countries. Saunders has worked with Arditti Quartet, asamisimasa, Ensemble Modern, Suono Mobile, London Sinfonietta and EXAUDI. As a performer he plays in the duo Parkinson Saunders, Apartment House and has also performed with Alvin Lucier, Christian Wolff and Phill Niblock. He is Head of Centre for Musical Research at Bath Spa University, where he runs the experimental music ensemble Material.
Born in London in 1967. She studied composition at Edinburgh University with Nigel Osborne and with Wolfgang Rihm in Germany. Rebecca Saunders lives in Berlin.
Sculptural properties of organised sound takes more and more center of her compositions. chroma (2003-2013) has explored 19 different versions of a collage of twenty-four chamber groups and sound sources in radically different achitectural spaces. insideout, a collage for a choreographed installation, was her first work for the stage and was created in collaboration with Sasha Waltz. Also the works Stirrings, Stirrings Still I and II, and murmurs, are quiet and fragile collage compositions. Her most recent spatial work, Stasis, comprises 23 modules for 16 soloists, and expanding her complex instrumental collage structures to an hour. The characteristics of each new architecture define the formal juxtapositions of the various chamber music groups, whereby each solo or group is like a protagonist in a form of instrumental theatre.
The Ensemble Schallfeld was founded in 2011 by former students of the Mastercourse Performance Practice in Contemporary Music, lead by the members of Klangforum Wien at the Music Academy of Graz, Austria. The young musicians come from five different nations. The group is not organized as a traditional ensemble, rather as a free group of solo players, which enables them to gather together in different forms as well as having a space for personal development. They collaborate with composers such as Franck Bedrossian, Pierluigi Billone and Francesco Filidei, run their own concert series in Graz and perform at renowned festivals and concert series in Austria and abroad. In the past three years, Schallfeld has premiered more than 20 pieces by young composers, which is a focus of their work, besides cultivating the repertoire and „rediscovering" lesser known works. They are also regularly working with electronics and performative elements.
Born in 1970. Michael Schiefel moved to Berlin in the early 1990s to study at the University of the Arts. Since then, he has dazzled his fans at home and abroad with an array of solo and band projects that have yielded a dozen albums over the past decade. In all of his solo projects, Schiefel experiments with his distinctive virtuoso voice by combining it with loop machines and other electronic devices. In 2001, Michael Schiefel joined the faculty of the Franz Liszt Conservatory in Weimar as a Professor of Vocal Jazz.
Born in 1983. Dirk Schmeding studied science of art, media studies and literature at the Hochschule der Bildenden Künste in Braunschweig. He works as a freelancer in musical theatre direction and is assistant director and stage director at the Oper Stuttgart. Schmeding assisted directors such as Karsten Wiegand, Roland Schwab, Calixto Bieito and Peter Konwitschny. He collaborates closely with Andrea Moses as well as Jossi Wieler and Sergio Morabito, in whose production of Halévys "La juive" he was involved at Semperoper Dresden in May 2013. His own works as a director include Händel's "Alcina" at Markgräfliches Opernhaus Bayreuth, Sophie Kassie's "Schaf" at Anhaltisches Theater Dessau and Verdi's "Il Trovatore" at Landestheater Detmold. There he also staged Janáčeks "Jenufa", which was nominated as best production for the Detmold theatre prize. He was assistant lecturer for drama at the Musikhochschule Trossingen and at the Lotte-Lehmann-Akademie Perleberg.
Born 1979 in Vancouver, Canada. Sabrina Schroeder writes music for acoustic ensembles, often using modified transducers and self-built mechanics to amplify intensities of resonance without the use of speakers or standard electronics. She's been an active member of composer-performer collectives presenting scored and improvised music, a back-up-band coordinator for teens in mental health housing, and has taught courses in Sound and Media Art at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY. Schroeder collaborated a.o. with Ensemble Contemporain de Montréal, ICE Ensemble, Distractfold Ensemble, Dal Niente, JACK quartet, MusikFabrik, hand werk, Stephane Ginsburgh and Séverine Ballon.
Robyn Schulkowsky arrived in Germany during a heyday of experimental and adventurous music. She began her studies there with Karlheinz Stockhausen, Iannis Xenakis, and Mauricio Kagel. Since then, as a soloist, she has premiered and recorded some of the most important percussion works of the 20th and 21st centuries.
Since 1998, as founder of Rhythm Lab, Schulkowsky has taken rhythm workshops to countless cities, incorporating indigenous drumming music from around the globe, and involving students, professionals and aficionados alike in workshops, study, and concerts. Schulkowsky has composed for theater, opera and film, and regularly creates performance projects with and for students and young people. She was recently part of the creative team for the Munich Biennale for New Music Theater.
Schulkowsky’s talents have been recognized by numerous music awards, and is the subject of a film by the artist Manon De Boer. Her works are documented with ECM and New World Records. The multi-faceted composer and performer is also sought-after internationally as a chamber music coach.
Born in 1983 in Bremen. He studied composition, cello and baroque cello in Leipzig, Vienna and Cologne. He is a founding member of hand werk and leise dröhnung, plays with the ensemble mosaik, ensemble chromoson and ensemble aisthesis. He plays regularly with the Klangforum Wien, musikFabrik, Ensemble ascolta, MAM., Thürmchen Ensemble, Stuttgart New Vocal Solists, hr broadcast symphony orchestra etc. In collaboration with Paul Hübner he works on a series of music videos, „Entertainment". As a composer he was active at Wien Modern, Lucerne Festival, Acht Brücken Cologne, Deutschlandfunk, WDR and Darmstadt Summer Course and performed by exaudi London, SurPlus, ensemble mosaik, Schlagquartett Köln, IEMA Frankfurt, musikFabrik etc.
Born in 1986 in St. Petersburg, Russia. Shmurak grew up in Kiev, Ukraine. Since 2007 he has been successfully working on several projects of contemporary music, e.g. the Ensemble Nostri Temporis, the experimental performers' duo Blook, the song project Hysterical Dog, the contemporary music festival Gulf Stream in Kiev, the lectures course Ethics of Music. Now he is focused on interdisciplinary collaborations with different artists, predominantly on base of literature – developing his song projects with different artists and on free improvisation. Shmurak's most important values are: content, story, readability of meaning, synesthesia. He isn't interested in creating a specific recognizable style or in keeping surrounded by stylistic borders.
Studio SIDF consists out of Nico de Rooij, Stuart Bailes, Djana Covic, Tim Vermuelen and Frederic de Rooij. They are creating scenic spaces, installations and performances, using set, light, sound and image. Theoretical and practical units in Theatre of the Word, Theatre of Motion, Embodiment of Character and Intermedia Design are introduced and developed alongside critical analysis of contemporary scenographic practice and the use of new technologies. The targeted membership/partnership of the SIDF includes cultural foundations, programmers, local cultural programs, stage designers, artists, producers, light designers, choreographers, video artists, theorists, architects, directors, technicians and venues.
Etienne Siebens studied conducting with Lucas Vis, Hiroyuki Iwaki and Jorma Panula. His repertoire ranges from music of the seventeenth century to contemporary work and encompasses all genres: symphonic, operatic and chamber. From 1992 to 2008 Etienne Siebens was the artistic leader and concert director of the Prometheus Ensemble which he himself had founded. In 2001 Siebens was appointed permanent guest conductor of the Flemish Radio Orchestra. From 2004 to 2010 he was chief conductor of the Flemish Symphony Orchestra. Siebens gave a series of concerts together with the Nederlands Blazersensemble, performing Andriessen's "De Staat" and is permanent guest conductor of Asko|Schönberg. He conducted a.o. The Rotterdam Philharmonic, MusikFabrik, Klangforum Wien and Amsterdam Sinfonietta and worked with soloists and composers such as Mauricio Kagel, György Kurtag, Peter Eötvös, Luca Francesconi and Jean-Yevs Thibaudet.
Born in 1972 in Saarbrücken, Germany. Martin Siewert plays guitars, amongst them lap and pedal steel, as well as electronics. He is active as an improviser and composer in acoustic, electronic and mixed realms. Works for theatre, film and dance count to his oeuvre as well as commissions for remixes and sound installations. He is part of projects such as Trapist, Efzeg and sssd. He collaborated a.o. with Oren Ambarchi, Dieb13, Wolfgang Mitterer, Karlheinz Essl, Klangforum Wien, Werner Dafeldecker, Christian Fennesz, Hanno Leichtmann, Patrick Pulsinger and Kammerflimmer Kollektief. Siewert contributed music to films and videos by a.o. Michaela Grill, Billy Roisz and Gustav Deutsch. He is touring worldwide and lives in Vienna.
Sollmann, Phillip (Efdemin)
Born 1974 in Kassel, Germany. Addresses in his works different levels of sound. Whether working as a composer, DJ and sound artist, he is especially interested in the nuances and the search for the unheard. He studied Electroacoustic Music in Vienna (ELAK) and lives in Berlin since 2005. Under his real name he works as an artist and composer, under the pseudonym Efdemin he has released on Dial Records three transboundary albums and performs as a techno DJ continuously clubs and festivals around the globe. In Berlin, he is a regular at Berghain, where the ballet „Mass" was premiered with his music. He taught at the École Média Art, Chalon-sur-Saône, and the HfG Offenbach and composed music for the State Theatre Stuttgart. Sollmann was a fellow at Villa Massimo, Villa Kamogawa and Music Board Berlin, and played his music among other venues at the Neue Nationalgalerie Berlin, Café Oto London or Kunstverein Braunschweig.
Born in 1944 in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. His father was a cellist. In 1951 his father taught him in fidel, viol, recorder and cello later. From 1952 he was given piano lessons. In 1959 he began to deal intensively with the jazz, took saxophone lessons and wanted to become a jazz musician. In 1962 he left school and in 1965 he was educated in typesetting. During this he took private composition lessons with Konrad Lechner. After finishing his apprenticeship he continued his studies with Lechner at the Academy of Music in Darmstadt (piano with Werner Hoppstock). In 1968 he became a teacher at the Stuttgart Music School for the piano, theory, music education and experimental music. From 1973-77 he studied composition with Erhard Karkoschka at the State Academy of Music and Performing Arts Stuttgart.more
The Staatstheater and the Staatsorchester Darmstadt share a 300 year-old tradition. The first opera performed there was Christoph Graupner’s Telemach in 1711. A new theatre with 2,000 seats was established in 1819. Today, the Staatsorchester is an A-orchestra with 85 musicians. The reputation of the orchestra has always been extraordinary, e.g. when looking at the conductors: the legendary conductor Erich Kleiber worked in Darmstadt between 1912 and 1918, and from 1927 until 1931 Karl Böhm was General Music Director of the Staatsorchester. Hans Drewanz, today’s Honorary Conductor of the orchestra, shaped the musical live in Darmstadt for over 30 years (1963-1994). One of his successors, Marc Albrecht, is nowadays Principal Conductor of the Opera in Amsterdam. Another, Stefan Blunier, conducts the Beethoven Orchester Bonn. Since 2014, Will Humburg – one of the most prolific conductors in Germany and abroad (especially in Italy) – is General Music Director of the Staatsorchester.
The Staatsorchester Darmstadt plays more than 150 opera performances a year. Beneath being part of the orchestra all musicians play chamber concerts in the 25 year-old series “Soli fan tutti”.
Already from a young age Vincent Stefan successfully attended several schools for composing (Friedrich Goldmann) and piano. In 2008, after several years working as a musician, director, dramatic advisor, performer and composer, he expanded his career to video design. Next to commissions as a composer (Studio Babelsberg, Kent Nagano/DSO Berlin, Staatsoper Berlin, Theatertreffen/Maxim Gorki) he was a guest at Volksbühne Berlin, Steirischer Herbst, Ruhrtriennale, HAU 1+2, Berghain, Neuköllner Oper and Kammerphilharmonie Graubünden. He worked with Peter Konwitschny, David Mouchtar-Samorai, Christoph Schlingensief, Sybille Berg and Heta Multanen. Stefan produced several music videos, amongst them the world's biggest lipdub of Opus' hit „Life is live". In 2016, he staged Trond Reinholdtsens „Music as Emotion" and will work in Darmstadt, Berlin, Halle and at the Nationaltheater Weimar.
Håkon Stene studierte in Oslo, Freiburg und San Diego bei u.a. Rob Waring, Kjell Samkopf, Bernhard Wulff, Pascal Pons und Steven Schick. Zwischen 2005 und 2008 wurde er von der norwegischen Nachwuchsinitiative für junge Solisten INTRO gefördert. Für seine Solo-Platte „Lush Laments for Lazy Mammal" erhielt er 2014 den Norwegischen Grammy (Spellemann) für zeitgenössische Musik.
Er spielte solo und mit Ensembles wie asamisimasa, Pantha du Prince & the Bell Laboratory, Ensemble Modern, Oslo Sinfonietta, London Sinfonietta, 2e2m, Klangforum Wien, Rolf Lislevand Ensemble und Nils Økland Ensemble an Orten und auf Festivals wie Barbican, Casa da Música Porto, Berlin Philharmonie, Donaueschingen, Ultima, Wien Modern, Primavera Sound, Venezia Biennale, Southbank Centre, Monday Evening Concerts LA und Melbourne Music Week.
Born in Bulgaria, where he started his musical education in Plovdiv. He continued his studies at the Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst, Graz, as well as in Denmark where he held a scholarship from the Royal Danish Academy of Music, graduating as accordion soloist. His musical development was strongly influenced by teachers like Mogens Ellegaard, James Crabb and Georg Schulz. Krassimir Sterev performs internationally as a soloist and member of chamber music formations, ensembles and orchestras and plays at many renowned festivals. His engagements include appearances in various theatre and dance theatre productions and projects specifically developed for children.more
Born in 1928 in Moedrath and died in 2007 in Kuerten, Karlheinz Stockhausen started composing in the early 1950s. In this context the International Summer Course for New Music Darmstadt had played a significant role. Already the first compositions of point music such as Kreuzspiel (Cross-Play) in 1951, Spiel (Play) for orchestra in 1952, and Kontra-Punkte (Counter-Points) in 1952/53, brought Stockhausen international fame. Fundamental achievements in music since 1950 are indelibly imprinted through his compositions: serial music, electronic music, variable music, space music, statistical music, aleatoric music, and live electronic music among others. He composed 376 individually performable works. From 1977 to 2003 he composed the cycle of operas Licht, The Seven Days of the Week, which comprises about 29 hours of music.
In addition to numerous guest professorships in Switzerland, the United States, Finland, Holland, and Denmark, Stockhausen was appointed Professor for Composition at the Hochschule für Musik in Cologne in 1971. In 1996 he was awarded an honorary doctorate from the Freie Unversität Berlin, and in 2004 received an honorary doctorate from the Queen's University in Belfast.more
In 2006 the State Music Council of North-Rhine Westphalia brought to life the State Youth Ensemble for New Music. In 2009, Ensemble musikFabrik took over the artistic direction of the group, under the new name of "Studio musikFabrik". The working position of the group side by side with a professional ensemble offers a plethora of opportunities in which they can grow: not only are they tutored in the interpretation of new music and its labyrinth of extended techniques, but they also receive insight into the day to day life of an ensemble professionally engaged in new music.
Studio musikFabrik sports a core of 15 musicians that can augment depending on the type of project at hand. This vibrant young group consists of talented musicians from 14 to 21 years of age that have been successful in the "Jugend musiziert" competition, or have been able to gather experience in chamber music and perform at a high level with other youth ensembles.more
Born 1960 in Los Angeles, USA. Studied composition with Noah Creshevsky, Bunita Marcus, Morton Feldman, Brian Ferneyhough, Joji Yuasa and Roger Reynolds (PhD chair), as well as computer music with Charles Dodge, F. Richard Moore and Harold Cohen. His undergraduate work began at the University of California, Los Angeles and completed at the Brooklyn College Conservatory of Music, City University of New York. He received his masters and doctoral degrees in composition from the University of California, San Diego and has held artist and guest residencies in Japan, Germany, France, Israel, Austria and the United States. Takasugi composes electro-acoustic music involving the collecting, archiving and processing of recorded, acoustic sound samples.
Talea Ensemble has been labeled "...a crucial part of the New York cultural ecosphere" by the New York Times. Recipient of the 2014 CMA/ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming, the ensemble has given many important world and US premieres of new works by composers including Pierre Boulez, Tristan Murail, Olga Neuwirth, John Zorn, Unsuk Chin, Rand Steiger, Beat Furrer, and Fausto Romitelli. Talea has performed at Lincoln Center Festival, International Summer Course for New Music Darmstadt, Warsaw Autumn, Wien Modern, Contempuls, Newport Jazz Festival, La Ciudad de las Ideas (Mexico), Art Summit Indonesia (Jakarta), and the International Contemporary Music Festival (Peru). Radio broadcasts of performances have been heard on ORF (Austria), hr (Germany), and WQXR's Q2. Talea is ensemble in residence at Columbia University, New York.more
The ensemble recherche makes music history: with over 500 first performances since its founding in 1985, the ensemble has played a major role in shaping the development of contemporary chamber and ensemble music. Stimuli have been created with concerts, music theatre, courses for composers and instrumentalists, sight-and-sound productions, sound projects for children and youths, Klangpost (“Sound Post”), and the Ensemble Academy Freiburg (organised jointly with the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra).
The nine-strong ensemble of soloists helps define the international music scene with its own dramaturgical line. Its repertoire includes classics of the late 19th century, Impressionists and Expressionists, composers of the Second Viennese and Darmstadt Schools, the Spectralists and the experimental avant-gardists of the contemporary arts.
The ensemble recherche has released about 50 CDs, many of which have been awarded international prizes including the annual German Critics’ Award (“Jahrespreis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik”) and the Diapason d’Or.
van der Poel, Truike
Truike van der Poel first studied classical philology in Leiden, then singing in Den Haag and choir conducting in Rotterdam, which she taught after her exams until 2001 in Hannover. Since then she concentrates on singing. Besides the baroque and classical oratorio she is especially engaged in the interpretation of contemporary music, and performed at Warsaw Autumn, Davos Festival, Musica Viva (Munich), at the Alte Oper in Frankfurt, at IRCAM in Paris and others. She was a permanent member of the Balthasar Neumann Choir (Thomas Hengelbrock) and the Schola Heidelberg (Walter Nussbaum) and worked as guest with the Ensemble L'itinéraire and the Ensemble Resonanz.
She was soloist in world premieres of vocal chamber music by Salvatore Sciarrino, Carola Bauckholt, René Leibowitz, Dora Cojocaru, Thomas Stiegler, Erik Oña, Caspar Johannes Walter and many others and she is the "voice" of the Thürmchen Ensemble in Cologne. Since 2007 Truike van der Poel is member of the Neue Vocalsolisten.
Born in 1973. Nicolás Varchausky is a composer, sound artist, and researcher. He works as a professor for Electroacoustic Music in Buenos Aires. His work explores the relations between sound, space, memory and spoken word within technological environments and includes electronic and instrumental music, sound art pieces, performance, interactive installations and site-specific projects in public spaces. For 30 years now, he's been developing the ongoing project Archivo PAIS, a collection of anonymous voices exploring the tensions between sound and meaning in spoken word as a musical material. Varchausky holds a PhD from the Centre for the Digital Arts and Experimental Media at the University of Washington, Seattle.
Born in 1883 in Paris, died in 1965 in New York City. Between the ages of 10 and 20 Edgard Varèse lived in Turin, where he began his musical studies. In 1903, however, he quarelled with his father and left for Paris, where he completed his studies with d'Indy, Roussel and Widor. Shortly after he began composing, and moved to Berlin, where his works were appreciated by Busoni and Debussy. In the same period he heard the first performance of Schönberg's Pierrot lunaire and Stravinsky's Sacre (in Berlin, 1912 and Paris, 1913). Then, in 1914 he moved to the United States, where he decided to destroy all the works composed up to that moment, and to set off in a radically new direction as a composer, researcher, and innovator.more
Born in Dunedin (New Zealand). Musical studies with Jiri Tancibudek at the University of Adelaide and with Heinz Holliger at the Musikhochschule in Freiburg. Prizes and scholarships include first prize in the ABC concerto competition in Australia in 1979 and an international scholarship as performing artist in residence at the Akademie Schloss Solitude in Stuttgart from 1992 to 1993. Founding member of Ensemble SurPlus. Member of the musikFabrik since 1996. Frequent tours as a soloist and in chamber music ensembles. Since 2006 instructor of oboe at the Hochschule für Musik und darstellende Kunst Frankfurt am Main. Author, with Claus-Steffen Mahnkopf, of The Technique of Oboe Playing (Bärenreiter).
Lucas Vis (1947) is considered a specialist for contemporary music. He has worked with important composers such as John Cage, Mauricio Kagel, Karlheinz Stockhausen, Theo Loevendie, Louis Andriessen and many others. Lucas Vis has conducted numerous premieres. Vis began his musical career as a cellist. After winning a prize in a conducting course at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, he developed increasingly as a multifaceted conductor. From 1976 to 1979 he was principal conductor of the 'Nederlands Ballet Orkest', where he conducted performances of both classical and modern ballet; as guest conductor he has led all Dutch orchestras, such as the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Residentie Orchestra, various radio orchestras and several ensembles covering a wide-ranging repertoire.more
Born in 1980 in Elisabethtown, USA. Conductor Scott Voyles is a leading interpreter of contemporary music. He has conducted significant world and regional premieres, working with many of the world's foremost composers and conductors such as Michel van der Aa, Pierre Boulez, Peter Eötvös, Beat Furrer, Sofia Gubaidulina, Enno Poppe and Hans Zender. From 2009-2013, he was conductor of the ensemble interface, and since 2011, he works regularly with the Ensemble Resonanz in Hamburg. He regularly appears with leading European groups such as the Nadar Ensemble (Belgium), Ensemble Adapter (Berlin) or Ensemble Laboratorium (Zurich), and with North American groups Ensemble Dal Niente (Chicago) and Talea Ensemble (NYC) at festivals and series such as the Darmstadt Summer Course, Tage für Neue Musik Zürich, Acht Brücken Köln, Ultraschall Berlin, Hamburger Lux aeterna, and Bang on a Can Marathon. A noted conductor of opera and musical theatre, he's conducted significant productions by Benjamin Britten, Morton Feldman, Conrad Susa and Viktor Ullmann, and was Music Director of the Ensemble Modern production of Kurt Weill's Die Dreigroschenoper at the Schauspiel Frankfurt.
Born 1987 in Krems, Austria. Lives and works in Vienna. Studies of Digital Media Technology at the University of Applied Sciences St. Pölten, Philosophy at the University Vienna, Transdiciplinary Art (TransArts) at the University of Applied Arts Vienna. Works as media artist, musician and theoretician in both installative and performative ways. Lecturer for Experimental Media at the University of Applied Sciences St. Pölten. Exhibitions/Performances/Participation at/in ZKM Karlsruhe, Ars Electronica Linz, Donaufestival Krems, MAK Wien, Festspielhaus St. Pölten, Darmstädter Ferienkurse, Ö1 Kunstradio, Mediaopera Wien, Schikaneder Wien, Medienkunstlabor Graz, Diagonale Graz, Sophiensäle Berlin, Stift Melk, Künstlerhaus Wien, Vienna Independent Shorts, Impulstanz Festival Wien, Wien Modern, Konzerthaus Wien, Tanzquartier Wien, CTM Berlin, Triennale Museum Milano, Festival de Vidéomusique de Montréal etc.
Born 1974 in Dublin, Ireland. She studied composition with John Maxwell Geddes at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, Kevin Volans in Dublin and graduated from Northwestern University, Chicago, with a doctoral degree in composition 2002 with Amnon Wolman and Michael Pisaro. Jennifer won the Kranichsteiner Musikpreis at the Internationale Ferienkurse für Neue Musik in Darmstadt. She was a fellow of Akademie Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart, was a guest of the DAAD Berliner Künstlerprogramm and of the Fondazione Claudio Buziol. She also was composer-in-residence in South Dublin County for In Context 3 . Besides, she was awarded from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts, New York and the Praetorius Music Prize for Composition by the Niedersächsisches Ministerium für Wissenschaft und Kultur. She is currently Reader in Music at Brunel University, London where she also lives.more
Born in 1963 in Karlsruhe, Germany. Sasha Waltz studied dance and choreography in Amsterdam and New York (1983-1987). In 1993 she co-founded her company, Sasha Waltz & Guests, with Jochen Sandig in Berlin. In 1996 she opened the critically acclaimed Sophiensæle, a theatre she co-founded with Sandig. In 2000, Waltz was named one of the artistic directors of Berlin's Schaubühne am Lehniner Platz where – amongst others – she created the pieces Körper, S, and noBody as well as the choreographic installation insideout.
By the end of 2004 Sasha Waltz & Guests once again became an independent company, with Jochen Sandig as artistic director. In January 2005 her first opera-choreography Dido & Aeneas had its world premiere at Staatsoper Unter den Linden, Berlin. In 2007 Sasha Waltz presented, among other works, two music-theatre choreographies: Medea with music by Pascal Dusapin and text by Heiner Müller had its World Premiere in Luxemburg in May as a feature of the European Culture Capital City 2007. The music-based choreographic project Jagden und Formen (Zustand 2008), music by Wolfgang Rihm, developed together with the Ensemble Modern was premiered in Frankfurt am Main in the spring of 2008.
Duncan Ward is Principal Conductor of Sinfonia Viva – one of the UK's most dynamic and versatile ensembles – and was recently appointed Associate Conductor of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain. From 2012-14 he was Conducting Scholar of the Berliner Philharmoniker Orchester-Akademie, to which he was appointed on the recommendation of Sir Simon Rattle. Recent highlights include the BBC Philharmonic, Residentie Orkest, Glyndebourne on Tour, RTE National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland, New Japan Philharmonic, Württembergisches Kammerochester Heilbronn and return visits to Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, Berliner Philharmoniker's Akademie and a special concert with Rolando Villazon and Südwestdeutsche Philharmonie.more
We Spoke (Serge Vuille, Olivier Membrez, Julien Annoni, Julien Mégroz, and Robert Torche) is a new-music company based in London and Lausanne and directed by the percussionist Serge Vuille. Inspired by the thoughtful, rigorous tradition of classical chamber music, they perform adventurous interpretations of new works, collaborative creations and repertoire from the new music canon. The name "We Spoke" merges "we speak" – their desire to communicate both the complexity and beauty of new music – with "bespoke", reflecting their wish to put it in context within the wider performing arts landscape.
Since 2009 We Spoke has developed a varied body of productions, as well as partnerships with composers, performers, artists, dancers, stage directors and designers including Fritz Hauser, Jacques Demierre, Christian Kesten, Matthew Shlomowitz, Juliet Fraser, Mark Knoop, Tancredo Tavares, Nefeli Skarmea, Martin Creed, and the biohacking laboratory Hackuarium.
Born in Munich, Carolin Widmann studied with Igor Ozim in Cologne, Michèle Auclair in Boston and David Takeno at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. A wonderfully versatile musician, Widmann's activities span the great classical concerti, new commissions specially written for her, solo recitals, a wide variety of chamber music and, increasingly, period instrument performances, including play/direction from the violin.
Widmann has played – among others – with Leipzig Gewandhaus, Orchestre National de France, Tonhalle Zurich, Czech Philharmonic, Vienna Radio Symphony, London Philharmonic, BBC Symphony, Bayerische Rundfunk, with distinguished conductors such as Sir Simon Rattle, Riccardo Chailly, Sir Roger Norrington, Vladimir Jurowski, Marek Janowski, and Pablo Heras-Casado.
Since 2006, she is professor of violin at Leipzig's University of Music and Theater Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy. Carolin Widmann plays a G.B. Guadagnini violin from 1782.
Born in 1972 in Munich. Karsten Wiegand studied German philology, political science, and business economics in Munich and Berlin. He began working in theatres in 1994, first as dramatic adviser at the Hans Otto Theater in Potsdam, and then as freelancing stage director. Between 2008 and 2013 Wiegand was director of the opera of Deutsches Nationaltheater Weimar.
His staging of Faust I at the Nationaltheater Weimar – together with Julia von Sell – won the Bayerischer Theaterpreis in 2001. He staged Dostoyevsky’s Crime and Punishment and Neil LaBute’s The Shape of Things at the Staatstheater Stuttgart among others. His staging of Schiller’s The Maid of Orleans at Theater Aachen in 2006 inaugurated the “Theatertreffen” in North Rhine-Westphalia.
Wiegand gave his debut as opera stage director in 2004, staging Gluck’s Orfeo et Euridice in Krakow. Further operas amongst others: Donizetti’s Maria Stuarda and Gounod’s Faust at Staatoper Unter den Linden in Berlin, Bruno Maderna’s Hyperion and Verdi’s Aida at Staatsoper Stuttgart, and Verdi’s Rigoletto at the Staatsoper Hannover. Wiegand also continued working in Weimar, staging Chaya Czernowin’s Pnima, Verdi’s La Traviata, and Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde.
Born in 1953, James Wood studied composition with Nadia Boulanger in Paris before going to Cambridge as an organ scholar and to the Royal Academy of Music in London to study conducting and percussion.
After four years as conductor of Schola Cantorum of Oxford (1977-81), he founded the New London Chamber Choir (1981), which was soon to become celebrated throughout Europe for its ground-breaking performances and recordings of contemporary music, and which he directed for 26 years until leaving England and settling in Germany in 2007. During this period he was also professor of percussion at Summer Course in Darmstadt (1982-1994), founder and director of the Centre for Microtonal Music in London and it's ensemble, Critical Band (1990-1994), whilst remaining prolific as a composer.
At Oberlin College and Conservatory, Katherine Young studied bassoon performance and comparative literature; she completed her masters in composition at Wesleyan University, working with Anthony Braxton, Ron Kuivila and Alvin Lucier. Young creates acoustic and electro-acoustic music that uses curious timbres, rhythmic pressure and kinetic structures to explore the dramatic physicality of sound, shifting interpersonal dynamics and tensions between the familiar and the strange. She has collaborated with violinists Amy Cimini and Erica Dicker, pianist Emily Manzo as well as with choreographer Daria Fain and the Prosodic Body. As an improviser, she amplifies her bassoon and employs a flexible electronics set-up. Her solo bassoon release garnered praise in The Wire, Downbeat and Mojo. Recently she released a duo recording with Anthony Braxton.
Born in 1979. Artist and composer Samson Young studied music, philosophy, and gender studies at the University of Sydney and holds a Ph.D. in Music Composition from Princeton University. Young's diverse practice draws from the avant-garde compositional traditions of aleatoric music, musique concrète, and graphical notation. Behind each project is an extensive process of research, involving a mapping of the process through a series of "sound sketches" and audio recordings. His drawing, radio broadcast, performance and composition touch upon the recurring topics of conflict, war, and political frontiers. Key to Young's interest in conflict is its interplay with identity. Young appropriates the components of music – beat, rhythm, notational signs and musical symbols – to flesh out global conflicts that have affected our past and present.more
Zwerm is a Belgian-Dutch electric guitar quartet founded in 2007. It has collaborated with many artists, including Fred Frith, Mauro Pawlowski, Eric Thielemans, Yannis Kyriakides, François Sarhan, Mark Vanrunxt, Sheila Anaraki, Etienne Guilloteau, Stefan Prins, and Serge Verstockt. Rooted neither in the grounded rock world nor in the spirited classical genres, Zwerm explores and exploits reaches of their own.
Their first CD called The World's Longest Melody was mentioned by The Wire Magazine as "an obvious contender for album of the year 2010". Zwerm is described in the press as "an exciting, sometimes alienating and always quirky musical discovery as you rarely get to hear".
Zwerm is Toon Callier, Bruno Nelissen, Kobe van Cauwenberghe, and Johannes Westendorp.