Saunders, Rebecca (Visiting Composer)

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.


Beside a wide range with works for solo instruments, amongst others Bite for bass flute and White for trumpet, the concert Void for percussion and orchestra and the concert Alba for trumpet and orchestra were most recently completed.


One of the leading and most original compositional voices of her generation her music has been recognised with numerous prestigious awards including the Förderpreis of the Ernst von Siemens Musikstiftung, the musicaviva compositionprize, the Paul Hindemith Prize, the Royal Philharmonic Society Composition Award for Chamber Music, and the GEMA Music Prize for Instrumental Music. She was awarded the British Composer Awards in 2014, the Happy-New-Ears-Prize of the  Hans und Gertrud Zender Stiftung 2015, and the prestigious Mauricio Kagel Musikpreis 2015.

 

She teaches at the Impulse Academy in Graz, at the Summer Academy Schloss Solitude and regularly at the Darmstadt summer courses, at last in 2012. Rebecca Saunders is a member of the Berlin Academy of Arts and the Sachsen Academy of Arts in Dresden. Since 2012 she is Professor for Composition at the Hochschule für Musik, Theater und Medien in Hannover.

Rebecca Saunders, Photo: Karin Schander
Rebecca Saunders @ Edition Peters

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.

Rebecca Saunders, Photo: Karin Schander
Rebecca Saunders @ Edition Peters