1. FORUM WALLIS COMPOSER'S ACADEMY 2019


Das Festival für Neue Musik Forum Wallis schreibt für 2019 eine Akademie für Komponisten aus. Im Rahmen der Akademie werden mindestens 5 Werke für kleine und mittlere kammermusikalische Besetzungen exemplarisch und praxisorientiert in Bezug auf ihre Herausforderungen, Problematiken und Potentiale besprochen, einstudiert und aufgeführt. Als Kursleiter sind international ausgewiesene Komponisten, Dirigenten und Musiker vor Ort. Das Repertoire der Forum Wallis Composer's Academy kontextualisiert das Neue Musik-Ensemble anhand von spezifischen Auftragswerken und Improvisations-konzepten neu. An den Konzerten der Akademie beteiligen sich Manuel Mengis, Hanspeter Pfammatter, UMS 'n JIP sowie das deutsche Ensemble für Neue Musik Zafraan aus Berlin unter der Leitung von Erik Oña.



LEITUNG


Erik Oña. Geboren 1961 in Córdoba, Argentinien. Musikstudium an der Staatlichen Universität in La Plata, Argentinien und an der State University of New York in Buffalo, USA. Er erhielt zahlreiche Preise, Stipendien und Aufträge, u.a. 1991 Forum '91 mit dem Nouvel Ensemble Moderne, De Ijsbreker, Nieuw Ensemble, Stuttgarter Oper, Hannoveraner Tage für Neue Musik, Europäischer Musikmonat (Basel 2001), Ensemble Intercontemporain. 1998 Stipendium des IRCAM in Paris. 1998/2000/2001 Stipendium des ZKM. 1995/96 Stipendium der Akademie Schloss Solitude. Als Dirigent erarbeitete er zunächst traditionelles Repertoire mit verschiedenen argentinischen Orchestern. Später konzentrierte er sich auf Neue Musik. 1990-93 war er Dirigent am CEOB (Zentrum für experimentelle Oper und Ballett), Teatro Colón, Buenos Aires. Zusätzlich dirigierte er verschiedene Neue Musik Ensembles wie zum Beispiel Sinfonieta Omega und Chamber Ensemble of the Goethe Institut. Ab 1993 dirigierte er auch in den Vereinigten Staaten und in Europa, unter anderem: June in Buffalo chamber ensemble, JIB Brass Ensemble, The Instrumental Factor, New York New Music Ensemble, Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, Kammer Ensemble Neue Musik Berlin, Champ D'action (Belgien), Ensemble Resonanz, Darmstadt Ferienkurse für Neue Musik und Warschau Herbst. Bis jetzt hat er über 150 Werke uraufgeführt, von Kammerensemble Stücken bis zu Opern. 1994-96 war er Dirigent des Ensembles für zeitgenössische Musik an der State University of New York at Buffalo. Seit 1996 ist er ständiger Dirigent des Thürmchen Ensembles. Er ist Gründer und Direktor des Zentrums für weiterführende Studien der zeitgenössischen Musik in Buenos Aires. Von 1989 bis 1993 war er Professor für Komposition und Orchestrierung an der Staatlichen Universität in La Plata. 1995 Gastprofessor für Komposition und Computermusik am Kunitachi College of Music in Tokyo. 1995-2001 unterrichtete er Komposition an der Universität in Buffalo/USA. Bis 2003 unterrichtete er Komposition und dirigierte das Ensemble für zeitgenössische Musik an der Birmingham University, UK. Zur Zeit unterrichtet er Komposition und ist Leiter des Elektronischen Studios der Hochschule für Musik an der Musik-Akademie der Stadt Basel, Schweiz.




MITWIRKENDE MUSIKER

 





 

v.o.n.u. Zafraan Ensemble Berlin, Hans-Peter Pfammatter, UMS 'n JIP, Manuel Mengis






AKADEMIE

Dauer:
2.-10. JUNI 2019 (Anreise 2.6.19 abends, Abreise 10.6.19 16h)

Kursinhalt:

Werke für kleine und mittlere kammermusikalische Besetzungen werden exemplarisch und praxisorientiert in Bezug auf ihre Herausforderungen, Problematiken und Potentiale von international ausgewiesenen Spezialisten besprochen, einstudiert und aufgeführt. Details siehe Ausschreibung.

Zielgruppe:

KomponistInnen und KompositionsstudentInnen, vorzugsweise 1. und 2. Jahr BA

Konversationssprache:
Englisch

Maximale Teilnehmerzahl:
10

Bewerbung:
Informationen zum Kursinhalt, die Teilnahmebedingungen und die Bewerbungsmodalitäten (deutsch/englisch) können unter folgendem Link runtergeladen werden





KONZERTE

08 JUNI 2019, 7pm - Schloss Leuk, Forum Wallis Composer's Academy, Part I
09 JUNI 2019, 6pm - Schloss Leuk, Forum Wallis Composer's Academy, Part II
10 JUNI 2019, 2pm - Schloss Leuk, Forum Wallis Composer's Academy, Part III

 


 

PROGRAMM

Werke von Furrer, Villanueva, Oña, Gervasoni, Mayer-Spohn, Hagen, Kokoras, Walter, Vassena, Schiess. Das genaue Repertoire der Forum Wallis Composer's Academy wird zu einem späteren Zeitpunkt bekanntgegeben.







KOMPONISTEN


Maria Cecilia Villanueva

María Cecilia Villanueva (* 4. September 1964 in La Plata) ist eine argentinische Komponistin und Pianistin. Villanueva nahm in ihrer Heimatstadt bei Leticia Corral und von 1977 bis 1985 in Buenos Aires bei Elisabeth Westerkamp  Klavierunterricht und gab in Argentinien zahlreiche Konzerte als Klaviersolistin. Von 1983 bis 1989 studierte sie an der  Universidad Nacional de La Plata Komposition bei Mariano Etkin. 1989 und 1990 nahm sie am Sommerworkshop Camping Musical de Bariloche unter Leitung von Gerardo Gandini teil, 1993 an dem vom Goethe-Institut von Montevideo veranstalteten Kompositionsworkshop von Nicolaus A. Huber. Es folgten Aufenthalte in der Akademie Schloss Solitude in Stuttgart (1994–95), auf dem Künstlerhof Schreyahn (1996) und im Künstlerdorf Schöppingen (2003). Seit 1994 unterrichtet sie Komposition an der Universidad Nacional de La Plata, 1998 und 1999 gab sie Kompositionsseminare an der Universidad de la República in Montevideo. Villanuevas Kompositionen wurden bei zahlreichen Festivals und Konzertreihen für Neue Musik in Europa und Südamerika aufgeführt. Kompositionsaufträge erhielt sie u. a. für die Donaueschinger Musiktage(1996) und die Musik Biennale Berlin (1997), vom Freiburger Schlagzeug Ensemble und der Hannoverschen Gesellschaft für Neue Musik (2001) sowie das Rümlingen Festival 1997 und 1999 in der Schweiz.

https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar%C3%ADa_Cecilia_Villanueva





Erik Oña

Geboren 1961 in Córdoba, Argentinien. Musikstudium an der Staatlichen Universität in La Plata, Argentinien und an der State University of New York in Buffalo, USA. Er erhielt zahlreiche Preise, Stipendien und Aufträge, u.a. 1991 Forum '91 mit dem Nouvel Ensemble Moderne, De Ijsbreker, Nieuw Ensemble, Stuttgarter Oper, Hannoveraner Tage für Neue Musik, Europäischer Musikmonat (Basel 2001), Ensemble Intercontemporain. 1998 Stipendium des IRCAM in Paris. 1998/2000/2001 Stipendium des ZKM. 1995/96 Stipendium der Akademie Schloss Solitude. Als Dirigent erarbeitete er zunächst traditionelles Repertoire mit verschiedenen argentinischen Orchestern. Später konzentrierte er sich auf Neue Musik. 1990-93 war er Dirigent am CEOB (Zentrum für experimentelle Oper und Ballett), Teatro Colón, Buenos Aires. Zusätzlich dirigierte er verschiedene Neue Musik Ensembles wie zum Beispiel Sinfonieta Omega und Chamber Ensemble of the Goethe Institut. Ab 1993 dirigierte er auch in den Vereinigten Staaten und in Europa, unter anderem: June in Buffalo chamber ensemble, JIB Brass Ensemble, The Instrumental Factor, New York New Music Ensemble, Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, Kammer Ensemble Neue Musik Berlin, Champ D'action (Belgien), Ensemble Resonanz, Darmstadt Ferienkurse für Neue Musik und Warschau Herbst. Bis jetzt hat er über 150 Werke uraufgeführt, von Kammerensemble Stücken bis zu Opern. 1994-96 war er Dirigent des Ensembles für zeitgenössische Musik an der State University of New York at Buffalo. Seit 1996 ist er ständiger Dirigent des Thürmchen Ensembles. Er ist Gründer und Direktor des Zentrums für weiterführende Studien der zeitgenössischen Musik in Buenos Aires. Von 1989 bis 1993 war er Professor für Komposition und Orchestrierung an der Staatlichen Universität in La Plata. 1995 Gastprofessor für Komposition und Computermusik am Kunitachi College of Music in Tokyo. 1995-2001 unterrichtete er Komposition an der Universität in Buffalo/USA. Bis 2003 unterrichtete er Komposition und dirigierte das Ensemble für zeitgenössische Musik an der Birmingham University, UK. Zur Zeit unterrichtet er Komposition und ist Leiter des Elektronischen Studios der Hochschule für Musik an der Musik-Akademie der Stadt Basel, Schweiz.

http://www.esbasel.ch/Informationen/erikLebenslauf


Stefano Gervasoni

Born in Bergamo in 1962, Stefano Gervasoni began studying composition in 1980 on the advice of Luigi Nono: this encounter, as well as others with Brian Ferneyhough, Peter Eötvös and Helmut Lachenmann, turned out to be decisive for his career. After attending the Conservatorio Giuseppe Verdi in Milan, Stefano Gervasoni studied with  György Ligeti in Hungary in 1990, and then, in 1992, he attended the IRCAM Course in Composition and in Computer Music in Paris. The first three years in France launched Gervasoni's international career that eventually led him to be artist-in-residence at Villa Medici in Rome for the biennium1995-1996. With commissions from prestigious institutions such the WDR, the SWR, the Orchestra Nazionale della RAI, the Münchner Kammerorchester, the Festival d'Automne in Paris, Radio France, IRCAM, the Casa da Musica in Porto, the Festival Archipel in Geneva, the Divertimento Ensemble in Milan, the Ensemble Intercontemporain, the Ensemble Modern, the Ensemble Contrechamps in Geneva, the Maerzmusik festival in Berlin, the Ars Musica Bruxelles, the Festival Musica in Strasbourg, the French Ministry of Culture, Milan Teatro alla Scala and Suntory Hall in Tokyo, Stefano Gervasoni has established himself as one of the most important Italian composers of his generation. His catalogue – which includes chamber and vocal music, concertos, works for orchestra, for ensemble and an opera (Limbus-Limbo), commissioned for the 50th anniversary of the Percussions de Strasbourg (2012) – was first published by Ricordi, from 1987, and then, from 2000, by Suvini Zerboni. A monographic CD entitled Antiterra, which features the pieces An, Animato, Antiterra, Least Bee, Godspell, and Epicadenza, released in 2008 by Aeon, bears witness to «a sonic world of great wealth, subtlety, refinement, expressive but also organic, that immediately captures one’s attention» (Philippe Albèra). Other monographic recording collections include the Harmonia Mundi CD in the series Musique Française d'Aujourd'hui (Ensemble Contrechamps), the Stradivarius CD by Divertimento Ensemble and the CD Dir-in dir released in 2014 by Winter & Winter (Académie Charles Cros price and Diapason d'or in France). A recent CD by Winter & WInter, released in 2016, entitled Le pré includes the three books of a piano cycle. Winner of numerous prizes, including the recent Premio della Critica Musicale "Franco Abbiati" (2010), his work has allowed him to be a grant-holder at the Fondation des Treilles in Paris (1994) and at the DAAD in Berlin (2006) and composer-in-residence at the Domaine de Kerguéhennec during the period 2008-2010. He has also been invited to teach at the Darmstadt Ferienkurse, on the courses organised by the Fondation Royaumont (Paris), at Toho University in Tokyo, at the Festival International di Campos do Jordão in Brazil, at the Conservatory in Shanghai, at Columbia University (New York), at Harvard University (Boston) and at Takefu International Music Festival. He has been composer-in-residence at Lausanne Conservatoire (2005) and at Yellow Barn Summer Academy (Vermont, 2016). Moreover, he has been visiting professor at ESMUC in Barcelona for the 2012-13 academic year.
Since 2006 Stefano Gervasoni has held a regular teaching post as professor of composition at the prestigious Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse in Paris. The musicologist Philippe Albèra wrote a substantial book on Stefano Gervasoni's work, Stefano Gervasoni. Le parti pris des sons, published in 2015 by Editions Contrechamps (Geneva).

https://www.stefanogervasoni.net/


Caspar Johannes Walter

He was born in Frankfurt/Main in 1964, and studied composition with V. D. Kirchner (Wiesbaden) as well as with J. Fritsch and C. Barlow (Cologne Conservatory of Music, 1985-90). In 1985 he was cofounder of the Cologne-based Thürmchen Verlag (Publishing House). He has received several major composition awards including the first prize in the Stuttgart Composition Competition (1991), the 13th Irino Prize for Orchestra (Japan, 1992), in 1995 the first prize in the competition »Vienna modern«, the Hindemith Award of the Schleswig-Holstein Festival and from the state of North Rhine-Westphalia the award for most promising in the category music. In 1988, he was awarded the same by the City of Cologne. He received a scholarship in 1995/96 at the Künstlerhof Schreyahn (Artists' Colony), Lower Saxony, and in 1998 he has been granted a fellowship to carry out his work at the Villa Massimo in Rome. He has represented the young generation of Cologne musicians in exchange projects sponsored by the Goethe Institute in New York (1989) and Atlanta (1993). His pieces were selected for the World Music Days in Stockholm in 1994 and in Copenhagen in 1996. A CD with chamber music works by Caspar Johannes Walter released by the German Council of Music on the Label Wergo has been awarded the »Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik« in 1998. His interests as an interpreter - he is cellist in the Thürmchen Ensemble, which he also co-founded in 1991 - are focused primarily on young composers from the areas of experimental music and musical theatre. Caspar Johannes Walter's works are performed regularly, not only in Europe but also very successfully in the USA and Japan, for example 1993 World Premieres in Atlanta and Tokyo. In 2002/2003 Caspar Johannes Walter was teacher of composition and composer in Residence at the University of Birmingham/UK, since 2006 he was professor for composition and director of the studio contemporary music in Stuttgart/Germany and since since 2013 he is professor for composition at the Musikakademie Basel/Switzerland. In 2014 he was elected into the „Akademie der Künste, Berlin“.

https://www.casparjohanneswalter.de/



Panayiotis Kokoras

(Greece, 1974) studied composition with I. Ioannidi, K. Varotsi, A. Kergomard and classical guitar with E. Asimakopoulo in Athens, Greece. In 1999 he moved to England, for postgraduate studies where he completed his MA and PhD in composition with T. Myatt at the University of York with funds from Arts and Humanities Research Board (AHRB) and Aleksandra Trianti Music Scholarships (Society Friends of Music) among others. His works have been commissioned by institutes and festivals such as FROMM (Harvard University) IRCAM (France), MATA (New York), Spring Festival (The University of York), Gaudeamus (Netherlands), ZKM (Germany), IMEB (France), and regularly performed in over 400 concerts in 70 cities around the world. His compositions have received 40 distinctions and prizes in international competitions among others Prix Ars Electronica 2011 (Austria), Métamorphoses 2010 & 2000 (Belgium), Giga-Hertz Music Award 2009 (Germany), ECPNM 2009 (Sweden), Bourges 2009, 2008 and 2004 (France), Gianni Bergamo 2007 (Switzerland), Pierre Schaeffer 2005 (Italy), Musica Viva 2005 and 2002 (Portugal), Look and Listen Prize 2004 (New York), Gaudeamus 2004 and 2003 (Holland), Jurgenson Competition 2003 (Russia), Seoul international competition 2003 (Korea), Takemitsu Composition Award 2002 (Japan), Noroit Prize 2002 (France), CIMESP 2002 (Brazil). Moreover, they have been selected by juries at more than 100 international call for score opportunities. Panayiotis Kokoras sound compositions develop functional classification and matching sound systems written on what he calls Holophonic Musical Texture. His works include significant influences of the electroacoustic studio upon acoustic instrumental compositions and vice versa. Panayiotis Kokoras' creative output consists of 50 works ranging from acoustic works to mixed media, improvisation and tape. He is founding member and currently Vice President of the Hellenic Electroacoustic Music Composers Association (HELMCA). He has taught at the HigherTechnological and Educational Institute of Crete and the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. Since August 2012 he is Assistant Professor at the University of North Texas. His music is published in 30 CD compilations by Spectrum Press, NOR, Miso Musica, SAN / CEC, Independent Opposition Records, ICMC2004 and distributed in limited editions by LOSS, Host Artists Group, Musica Nova, Computer Music Journal (MIT Press), Dissonance Records and others. 

http://www.panayiotiskokoras.com



Christophe Schiess

Christophe Schiess lives in Biel/Bienne, Switzerland, at the foot of the Jura mountains. He studied musical pedagogy and choral conducting at the Hochschule für Musik Basel. He also studied music theory and composition with Roland Moser and Georg Friedrich Haas. Christophe Schiess composes for various ensembles (e.g. Ensemble Phoenix, UMS 'N JIP, Camerata variabile). His music is characterized by structural links which are either precise or free associations with extra-musical phenomena that are often foreign to "high culture" (e.g. an action on a football pitch consisting of 26 passes that led to an Argentinian goal in the 2006 World Cup / people falling down stairs in the 21st volume of The Adventures of Tintin / the extreme slowing down of a marmot's vital organs in winter / the way a game of cards progresses / etc.). Sometimes the initial impetus stems from listening to an existing piece of music - from the emotional shock and the thoughts that derive from it. Christophe Schiess is a teacher at the Gymnase français in Biel/Bienne and at the Hochschule für Musik Basel. He also conducts the Jubilate choir (Biel/Bienne).

https://www.christopheschiess.ch



Nadir Vassena

1970 in Balerna (Schweiz) geboren, studierte er Komposition in Milano bei Bruno Zanolim und bei Alessandro Solbiati und in Freiburg bei Johannes Schöllhorn. Er unterrichtet Theorie und Gehörbildung am Conservatorio della Svizzera Italiana (Musikschule).1992 erhielt er eine Auszeichnung beim Wettbewerb des Westdeutschen Rundfunks in Köln.1993 beteiligte er sich an den von Brian Ferneyhough geleiteten Kompositionskursen in Royaumont.1994 gewann er den ersten Preis ex aequo der Hochschule der Künste, Institut für Neue Musik, Berlin.1996 wurde sein Werk Mysterium Lunae für gemischten ausgewählt für die Gaudeamus Music Week 1996 in Amsterdam. Zudem wurde sein Werk Formulae für Flöte und Cembalo beim Kompositionswettbewerb für Kammermusik Winterthur 1995/96 prämiert.1997 gewann er den zweiten Preis beim Mozartwettbewerb Salzburg (Mozarteum).Sein Werk Totem für Orchester wurde für die Gaudeamus Music Week 1997 ausgewählt.Er beteiligte sich am Atelier de Blonay mit Roland Moser und Michael Jarrel (Ensemble Contrechamps en résidence).1998 wurde er augewählt für das Internationales Komponistlnnenseminar (Klangforum Wien) unter der Leitung von Sylvain Cambreling, sowie erneut für die Gaudeamus Music Week 1998, und erhielt die "1ière mention" des Concours International de Composition musicale pour orchestre de Besançon.1999 wurde er erneut für die Gaudeamus Music Week 1999 augewählt und erhielt den hochdotierten Preis der Christoph Delz-Stiftung.

http://nadirvassena.ch



Javier Hagen

Composer and singer born 1971 in Barcelona, Javier Hagen raised between 6 languages in Wallis and the Mediterranean. Composition under the tutelage of Heiner Goebbels and Wolfgang Rihm, classical singing under Roland Hermann, Alain Billard, Nicolai Gedda, Hartmut Höll, Irwin Gage and Ernst Haefliger. Both tenor and countertenor, Javier Hagen has premiered more than 200 oeuvres at prestigious contemporary music festivals collaborating with some of the most distinguished 20th century composers such as Aribert Reimann, Mauricio Kagel, Peter Eötvös and leading concrete poetry and constructive art artists such as Eugen Gomringer, Mauricio Rosenmann, Rolf Schroeter, Günther Uecker. Guest at festivals for new music in Donaueschingen, New York, Hong Kong, Strasbourg, Karlsruhe, Zurich, Lucerne, Geneva, Prague, Adelaide, Shanghai, Riga, Moscow, St. Petersburg, Ulan Bator, Bologna, Milan, Amsterdam, Paris and Berlin. Numerous recordings for international radio and TV stations. Prize winner of international new music and composition competitions in 2001/4/8 in Basel, Lausanne and Düsseldorf. Hagen's compositional oeuvre includes the instrumental, scenical and vocal genres as well as electroacoustic and installative works. His works are performed by Ensemble Phoenix, dissonArt Ensemble, Basler Madrigalisten, Amar Quartett, Basler Vokalsolisten, Singfrauen Winterthur, Schweizer Jugendchor, Titus Engel, Michael Gohl, Eliana Burki, Grayson Masefield and many others at festivals all around Europe (Europa Cantat Mainz, Klagenfurt and Basel 2004/06/08, Centre Culturel Suisse Paris) as well as in Central America (America Cantat), Canada, China, Corea, Lithuania, Latvia, Israel and the USA. 2003 publication of his distorted folk songs "s´sch mr alles 1 Ding" by "musiques suisses" on CD. Together with Ulrike Mayer-Spohn, Hagen forms the duo UMS ´n JIP, which is dedicated to new musical settings for recorder, voice and electronics, being one of the activest contemporary music ensembles worldwide. Jury member of national and international contemporary music and composition contests. Javier Hagen lives in Brig (Valais/Switzerland) and is the director of Swiss contemporary music festival Forum Wallis. He presides ISCM Switzerland, IGNM-VS and is board member of swissfestivals association. Lectures and masterclasses at the universities of Moscow, Tokyo, Seoul, Shanghai, Hongkong, Istanbul, Thessaloniki, Basel. Calls for expertises for the Hochschule der Künste HdK Berne, for Valais Government and for UNESCO (ICH). In 2007 Hagen was nominated "Valaisan of the Year". In 2013 he is awarded the Prix Culturel du Canton du Valais.

http://www.javierhagen.ch



Ulrike Mayer-Spohn

Extraordinary diversity describes the composer and multi-instrumentalist Ulrike Mayer-Spohn who plays the recorder (with focus on contemporary music), as well as historical string instruments (fiddle and baroque violin). She studied composition and audio design with Erik Oña at the Studio of Electronic Music, Academy of Music, Basel, beginning to compose in 2007, and receiving commissions from the Shanghai New Music Days, Arte Quartet, Ensemble Aventure, UmeDuo, Inverspace, ensemble proton a.o. Her work has been performed by the Stuttgart Vocal soloists, Ensemble Phoenix Basel, Vertigo, DissonArt, L'Arsenale, cool a cappella (1st Prize world choir games 2008) and her own ensemble Ums' n Jip in Switzerland, France, Greece, Italy, Russia, Australia, the USA and China, premiered under the baton of Beat Furrer, Mark Foster, Tsung Yeh, Jürg Henneberger and Filippo Perocco and broadcast by the Swiss radio. She was awarded the 1st Prize at London Ear 2017, the 1st Prize at the Primavera Sacra in Savona 2017, the 1st Prize at Weimarer Frühjahrstage für Neue Musik 2016, the 2nd Prize in the composition competition Culturescapes 2010, 2nd Prize in the composition competition at the Bern music festival 2011, the Scholarship Award for 2011 at the Music Village Mount Pelion in Greece and the Call for Scores Award L'Arsenale Treviso, Italy 2011. With the ensemble Ums' n Jip she has undertaken research in the field of musical theater (chamber operas One, Two, Three, Four, Five), live electronic music and sound spacialization. She studied recorder with Ulrike Mauerhofer at the Musikhochschule Karlsruhe, with Conrad Steinmann and Corina Marti at the Schola Cantorum Basel before specializing in contemporary music and studying with Dorothea Winter at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague. From 2009-11 she received a specialized master in contemporary performance at the HSM in Basel supervised by Jürg Henneberger, Marcus Weiss and Mike Svoboda and has taken masterclasses with Marion Verbruggen, Peter van Heyghen, Sebastien Marq and Gerd Lünenbürger. She studied baroque violin and viola with Martina Graulich and David Plantier and fiddle with Randal Cook in Basel. Ulrike Mayer-Spohn works with internationally leading composers and annually plays more than 20 world premieres dedicated to her, which she has recorded for the radio as well as VDE Gallo on CD. Together with the Swiss composer and singer Javier Hagen, she established the experimental new music duo Ums `n Jip for voice, recorder and electronics, which, alongside Ensemble Modern, Intercontemporain and Kronos is one of the most active ensembles worldwide and in 2011 won the prestigious MusiquePro scholarship. Since 1999, Ulrike Mayer-Spohn has also performed as a recorder player, violinist, violist and fiddle player in specialized early music ensembles such as the Amsterdam Barok Compagnie, Freitagsakademie, Collegium Musicum Stuttgart, La Chapelle Ancienne, Musica Poetica, Muscadin and La Morra and has performed in Germany, China, the Netherlands, France, Spain, Italy and Switzerland.

http://www.ulrikems.info



Beat Furrer

was born in Schaffhausen (Switzerland) in 1954 and received his first musical training on piano at the Music School there. 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", a International Ensemble and Composers Academy for Contemporary Music. In 2004 he was awarded the Music Prize of the City of Vienna, and in 2005 became a member of the Academy of Arts in Berlin. He was awarded the Golden Lion at the Venice Biennale in 2006 for his work FAMA. In 2010 his music theatre Wüstenbuch was premiered in Basel. In 2014 he was awarded with Great Austrian State Prize. His latest opera La Bianca Notte based on texts by Dino Campana, was premiered in Hamburg in spring 2015. He is currently working on his new opera Violetter Schnee (Violet Snow) based on a Libretto by Vladimir Sorokin. Since the 1980s Beat Furrer has composed a wide range of works, from solo and ensemble music to orchestral and choral works and opera. He is well know for his nuanced exploration of the human voice and its relationship to instrumental sound.

http://www.beatfurrer.com/