14.08.2016

Presse release 14 August 2016

KRANICHSTEINER MUSIC PRIZE 2016Closing concert of the International Summer Course for New Music Darmstadt

 

The 26-year-old composer Celeste Oram and the 23-year-old trombonist Weston Olencki are the recipients of the 2016 Kranichstein Music Prize. The prize, founded in 1952, is awarded to one current composition and one current performance (ensemble or solo) within the Darmstadt International Summer Course and has a monetary value of 3.000 Euros.


The New Zealand composer Celeste Oram was a participant in this year’s workshop “Music in the Expanded Field” and joined the composition classes by Chaya Czernowin and Simon Steen-Andersen. She convinced the jury with her ability to create original formats for her work, which was evident in both a live radio play and a carefully choreographed performance. The works were strangely entertaining, informative, and engaged with history in a striking manner. The jury considers her work utterly relevant.

 

The trombonist and performer Weston Olencki lives in New York City and is a fellow of this year’s Summer Course. In his performances as an active participant at the Brass Academy and the workshop “Music in the Expanded Field” he showed a unique ability to work with sound and add his very own dimensions to the music performed. His understanding of the role of the musician in the current artistic environment is implicit in everything he does – from solo performances to his work with fellow musicians and composers.

 

At the awards ceremony on August 14 at Centralstation, the independent jury, comprising the composer Joanna Bailie, the accordionist Eva Zöllner and the curator Thorbjørn Tønder Hansen, also awarded six fellowships for participation at the 2018 Darmstadt Summer Course to the following musicians and composers: Quartetto Maurice (string quartet / Italy) Ine Vanoeveren (flute / Belgium), Nina Guo (voice / USA), Bethany Younge (composition / Ensemble Mocrep / USA), Reiko Yamada (composition / Japan), Mikołaj Laskowski (composition / Poland).

 

After 17 days of events at 19 venues in Darmstadt and Frankfurt, Thomas Schäfer, Artistic Director of the International Summer Course for New Music, reached a favorable assessment: “The program this anniversary year of 2016 was one of the most extensive and diverse, and surely most ambitious in the 70-year history of the Darmstadt Summer Course. I am overwhelmed by the incredibly positive response from our many artists, musicians and guests, and especially the degree of interest from the Darmstadt audience. History and the present are two sides of the same coin if – as we do – one always keeps looking ahead to the future. The many artistic events and experiences will be an important source of inspiration for us in planning the 2018 Summer Course.”

 

Over 50 sold-out concerts, including 40 world premieres with nine commissions from the Science City of Darmstadt, testify to the importance of the Darmstadt Summer Course as an international festival of contemporary music. A total of 500 composers, performers, sound artists and academics from almost 50 countries traveled to Darmstadt to spend two weeks participating in daily composition and performance lessons, workshops, lectures and writing courses. Thanks to them, the Darmstadt Summer Course remains to this day a unique platform for the dialogue between musical practice and theory, between detailed analysis and artistic visions for the future.

 

At the finale of the 48th Darmstadt International Summer Course this Sunday, festival visitors attending the sold-out concert at the Böllenfalltorhalle witnessed the premiere of UN/RUHE. In a joint effort, six dancers from the company Sasha Waltz & Guests and the Junge Deutsche Philharmonie, the conductor Sylvain Cambreling and the violinist Carolin Widmann crafted a choreographic concert with works by Rebecca Saunders, Alban Berg and Richard Wagner. With this last event, the Darmstadt Summer Course bids farewell until the summer of 2018.

 

Supported by Kulturstiftung des Bundes, Kulturfonds Frankfurt RheinMain, Jubilee Foundation of the Darmstadt Sparkasse, Ernst von Siemens Musikstiftung, Allianz Kulturstiftung, Merck'sche Gesellschaft für Kunst und Wissenschaft as well as many other supporters and sponsors
The IMD is a culture institute of the Science City Darmstadt.

Kranichstein Music Prize 2016 (c) Photografer Daniel Pufe
14.08.2016

KRANICHSTEINER MUSIC PRIZE 2016Closing concert of the International Summer Course for New Music Darmstadt

 

The 26-year-old composer Celeste Oram and the 23-year-old trombonist Weston Olencki are the recipients of the 2016 Kranichstein Music Prize. The prize, founded in 1952, is awarded to one current composition and one current performance (ensemble or solo) within the Darmstadt International Summer Course and has a monetary value of 3.000 Euros.

Kranichstein Music Prize 2016 (c) Photografer Daniel Pufe