Klaus Lang (*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. Music is seen as a free and selfstanding acoustical object. In his work he is not using sound, sound is explored and given the opportunity to unfold its inherent rich beauties. Only when sound is just sound it is percievable as that what it really is: a temporal phenomenon – audible time. Klaus Lang sees time as the genuine material of a composer and at the same time also the fundamental content of music. In his view musical material is time perceived through sound, the object of music is the experience of time through listening. Music is time made audible.
Manuel Zurria was born in Catania in 1962. Since 1980 he has been living in Rome. He has worked with some of the most important Italian composers such as Francesco Pennisi, Sylvano Bussotti, Aldo Clementi, Adriano Guarnieri, Franco Donatoni, Fabio Vacchi and Luca Francesconi. Particularly significant his long term collaboration with Salvatore Sciarrino and Alvin Lucier.
Zurria recently had the chance to collaborate with Arvo Pärt, Philip Glass, Terry Riley, Gavin Bryars, Giya Kancheli, Kaija Saariaho, György Kurtág, Louis Andriessen, Sofia Gubajdulina, Peter Eötvös, and Frederic Rzewski. He inspired a whole generation of composers from all over the world to write new works for flute: Yan Maresz, Alvin Lucier, James Saunders, Bernhard Lang, Toshio Hosokawa, Laurence Crane, Ricardas Kabelis, Emanuele Casale, Noah Creshevsky, Giuliano D’Angiolini, Matthew Shlomowitz, PhilipCorner, Fausto Romitelli, Mary Jane Leach, Jacob TV, Luca Francesconi, Fabrizio De Rossi Re, Maurizio Pisati, Howard Skempton, Nicola Sani, Gabriele Manca, Lucia Ronchetti, Agostino Di Scipio, Alvin Curran, Claude Lenners, Yoshihisa Taira, Mario Pagliarani, Luigi Ceccarelli, James Dashow, Emiliano Turazzi, Rytis Mazulis, Mario Garuti, Juste Janulyte, Stefano Scodanibbio and Salvatore Sciarrino have written for him and/or dedicated their works.
Strongly attracted by minimalism, he conceived a unique project started in 2007 with REPEAT! (3 cd Die Schachtel), followed by Loops4ever (2 cd Mazagran - 2011), that will find its ending with Again&Again (ANTS Records 2 cd, scheduled for 2020). This triptych covers 50 years of history of minimal music with a myriad of pieces, original or arranged with the authors themselves.
Zurria performed concerts all around the world at International Festivals such as: Venice Music Biennale, Pacific Music Festival (Sapporo-Japan), Musica (Strasbourg), Beethovenhalle (Bonn), Settembre Musica (Torino), De Yjsbreker (Amsterdam), IRCAM - Festival Agorà (Paris), Rachmaninov Hall (Moscow), Temporada (Buenos Aires), Festival d'Automne (Paris), Rikskonserter (Stockholm), Illikhom Theatre (Tashkent-Uzbekistan), Takefu Festival (Japan), Akademie der Künste (Berlin), Maerz Musik (Berlin), The Warehouse (London), Festival Archipel (Geneve), NUMUS (Aarhus), Orpheus Foundation (Gent), Auditori (Barcelona), Musica Nova (Helsinki), ULTIMA (Oslo), Ensem (Valencia), Wien Modern, Jauna Muzika (Vilnius), MusikHaus (Wien), Berliner Philarmonie (Berlin), Teatro alla Scala/Musica per la Resistenza (Milano), Orestiadi di Gibellina, Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, Rassegna Nuova Musica (Macerata), New Directions (Lulea-Sweden), Bartòk Festival (Szombathely-Hungary), Philarmonie (Luxembourg), Centro Cultural São Paulo (Brazil), Ukho Music (Kiev), Tectonics Festival (Onassis Cultural Centre, Athens Greece), Auditorium Stelio Molo RSI (Lugano, Switzerland).
In 1990 he was one of the founders of Alter Ego, a leading group in Italy for contemporary music.
He released almost 40 CDs and vinyls with BMG Ariola, Ricordi, Capstone Records, EdiPan, Stradivarius, Die Schachtel, Mazagran, Mode Records, Megadisc, God Records, Atopos, Touch UK, Another Timbre UK, Modern Love.
Stephane Ginsburgh has been praised for his daring piano playing and appears regularly in recitals and chamber music worldwide. He has performed at numerous festivals such as Ars Musica, Quincena Musical, ZKM Imatronic, Agora, Bach Academie Brugge, Ultima Oslo, Darmstadt Ferienkurse, Gaida (Vilnius), Warsaw Autumn and Klara Festival. His next season performances will take him to Musica Strasbourg, Moscow forum festival and Festival musique action.
Stephane Ginsburgh recorded Feldman, Duchamp, Satie, Fafchamps for Sub Rosa. He recorded the world premiere of two pieces by David Toub for World Edition. His Prokofiev complete piano sonatas are released on Cypres Records. In 2018, Grand Piano/NAXOS published his recording of the world premiere of the "Bad-Tempered Electronic Keyboard", a series of 24 Preludes and Fugues by the composer and writer Anthony Burgess. His most recent release is "Piano Hero" and is included in an album dedicated to the music of Stefan Prins on Kairos.
He taught piano and chamber music at the Royal Conservatories in Brussels, Mons and Liège. He is a professor at the Dalcroze Institute in Brussels. Stephane Ginsburgh holds a BA in philosophy of science from the Free University of Brussels (U.L.B.) and a DMA (PhD in the Arts) from the Vrije Universiteit Brussel en Koninklijk Conservatorium Brussel.
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Honored Artist of the Republic of Azerbaijan.
Born in Baku in 1980. Master Diploma with distinction from the Azerbaijan National Conservatoire in 2005 followed by post gratuate studies at the same institution. Prizewinner of many national and international competitions.
As a soloist Sahib Pashazade performed in France, Italy, Great Britain, Sweden, Switzerland, Norway, Korea, USA, Canada, Japan, Brazil, Argentina, Marocco, China, Lithuania, Austria, Hungary, Romania, Greece a.o.
He took part in the first performance of Alexander Tchaikovsky's work dedicated to the tragedy of the city of Khojaly in Azerbaijan.
Since 2001 he has been a soloist of Azerbaijani State Philharmonic, since 2005 he has taught at the National Conservatoire of Azerbaijan.
In 2013 Sashazade became associate professor of the ANC. Awarded the honorary title of Honored Artist of the Republic of Azerbaijan in 2011, he has been recipient of many other prizes and honorary mentions, including the Presidential Prize of the Republic of Azerbaijan.
Alexey Smirnov graduated the Gnessin's College of Music and GITIS (workshop of Alexander Titel and Igor Yasulovich). Trained at Russia's Bolshoi Theatre on Robert Carson's production of Rigoletto (2014).
Participated in the laboratory Visual Theatre (curated by Dina Goder) as part of an educational programme of the Golden Mask festival in 2016. Assistant Stage Director for the Moscow Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko Musical Theatre's productions of Die Zauberflöte, Il matrimonio segreto, Khovanshchina and Beyond the Shadows.
Together with the Studio for New Music ensemble he works in experimental musical theatre genres. Has staged the promenade production Pictures at an Exhibition (2015) at the Udarnik cinema and the instrumental theatre productions The State of Things (2016) and Little Red Riding Hood (2017) at the Meyerhold Centre.
In 2016 he was the winner of the competition of young directors at the Mariinsky Theatre, and in 2017 he was a prize-winner at the International Competition of Opera Directors NANO-OPERA (3rd prize) and the Main prize from Media-juri.
At the Mariinsky Theatre he has staged the mono-opera Van Gogh's Letters by Grigory Frid (2016) and L'isola disabilita by Joseph Haydn (2018).
Also in 2018 he debuted at the NOVAT Opera Theatre (Novosibirsk) with The Misery Knight by Sergei Rachmaninov.
Russian soprano Nadya Meyer graduated from the Voronezh M.Rostropovich Musical College in 2011.
She continued her studies at the Russian University of Theatre Arts GITIS receiving her Master’s degree in 2015. In student productions she sang Ariane in Milhaud’s L’abandon D’Ariane and Valetto in Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea. At the Stanislavski and Nemirovich-Danchenko Music Theatre she performed Papagena/ Die Zauberflöte, Amore/ Orfeo ed Euridice and Elisetta/ Il matrimonio segreto. With the International Opera Studio in Gijon, Spain, she was Oscar/ Un ballo in maschera and at the Opera Festival in Villafranca she appeared as Susanna / Le nozze di Figaro in 2018.
Since 2017 she is a regular guest artist at the Children’s Theatre Teatrium na Serpukhovke in Moscow, performing various roles in musical theatre productions Sleeping Beauty, Beauty and the beast, 12 months, a.o.
Nadya Meyer became finalist at the Kammeroper Schloss Rheinsberg in 2018 and made her German debut as Ännchen/ Der Freischütz. With the ContempArt Opera Festival in Estonia she participated in the world premiere of Frank Matthus’ production A bad man’s life (with music by Floros-Diakov).
In 2019 she appeared as Prilepa/ Masha in The Queen of Spades with the National Opera Studio in Baku and played a leading role in the musical theatre production The Bear at the International Chekhov festival in Moscow.
As a part of a master class with Ildar Abdrazakov she performed at the Zaryadye Concert Hall in Moscow. In the autumn 2019 she is taking part in Frank Matthus’ production Effi in der Unterwelt at the Fontane Festspiele Neuruppin.
A composer and an improviser Vladimir Gorlinsky was born in 1984 in Moscow. He graduated from the Moscow Conservatory (prof. V.Tarnopolski). He attended the master-classes with Beat Furrer, Peter Ablinger, Brian Ferneyhough, Raphael Cendo, Philippe Leroux, Georges Aperghis, etc.
He is the author of several spatial compositions (games) such as: «Resonance #2. The Finger of God» (2011) created for 8 performers, situated outside of the concert hall; «Paramusic #2» (2012) and «She-wolf» (2013), performed within the space of the fort of Liefkenshoek, Kallo city; «The book of games» (2013), exhibition of fragments of music at the festival «Transit», Leuven city. He is also the author of the spatial performances made for the Moscow Manezh (2013), for the Winzavod (2014) and for the Not yet opened space (2015).
In years 2014-2015 he took part in creation of two theatre pieces «The moments» (the Meyerhold Center): in the first one as a composer, and in the second one in cooperation with the choreographer Olga Tsvetkova as a performer (motion, sound).
Member of the duet МЯУ [meow] (with Sasha Yelina), of the trio Takoye [Such a] (with Andrey Guryanov and Sasha), of the group Chthonic Gap (with Kirill Shirokov).
His works have been broadcasted and performed in Europe, Asia and Australia by ensembles and soloists such as Klangforum Wien (Austria), KNM (Germany), Nikel (Israel), Nadar (Belgium), Vertixe Sonora (Spain), KontraTrio (Switzerland), Insomnio, Ereprijs (The Netherlands), Seyanapёsahl (Finland), Nostri Temporis (Ukraine), eNsemble, NoName, MCME, Studio for New Music (Russia), trumpeter Marko Blaauw (The Netherlands), countertenor Javier Hagen (Switzerland), conductors Enno Poppe, Teodor Currentzis and also by Russian National Orchestra.
His music is heard at Witten Days for New Chamber Music, Darmstadt summer courses for new music, Acht brücken festival, pgnm festival, Kasseler Musiktage, SWR and WDR concerts (Germany), Venice biennale (Italy), d’Avignion (France) festival, Gaudeamus muziekweek (The Netherlands), Wien modern, Impuls (Austria), Fortissimo, Transit (Belgium), the concerts of Ums’n’Jip ensemble (Switzerland, Greece, Turkey), Rostrum (Ireland), ISCM (Hong Kong, Vienna), 2D2N, Gogol fest (Ukraine), Moscow autumn, Moscow forum, Pithian games, Other space, Sound trajectory (Russia)
Created in 2012 by Alexander Vert, the Ensemble Flashback includes performers, composers, visual artists and researchers into computer music, all with the common goal of supporting and promoting today’s music and new technologies (gesture following, sound-image-gesture interaction, augmented instruments…).
Fundamentally focused on diverse expressions aimed at a wide audience, the group carries out various activities such as creation, distribution, research and development. It also organises cultural mediation and training activities around the projects it undertakes, at local, national and international levels.
Team present at Moscow Forum Festival:
Diego Tosi - violinist/performer,
Alexander Vert - composer and director of the Ensemble Flashback,
José-Miguel Fernandez - composer and computer music programer,
Thomas Penanguer - digital visual artist
Honorary Artist of Russia
Igor Dronov was born in Moscow. In 1992 he graduated from the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory where he studied with prof. Boris Tevlin (Choral Conducting) and prof. Dmitri Kitayenko (Opera and Orchestral Conducting). He took part in master classes of Sir Georg Solti and Pierre Boulez.
Since 1991 he has conducted at the Bolshoi Theater, where his repertoire included such operas as Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin, Gounod’s Faust, Verdi’s Il Trovatore and La Traviata, Rachmaninov’s Aleko and The Covetous Knight, Puccini’s Madama Butterfly and Leonid Desyatnikov’s The Children of Rosenthal.
In 2004-2007 he became the musical director of several productions: the evening of one-act ballets Chamber N.6 to the music of Arvo Pärt, Magrittomania by Yuri Krasavin and Lea to the music of Leonard Bernstein (2004); J. Neumeier’s ballet A Midsummer Night’s Dream to the music of Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, Gyorgy Ligeti and traditional mechanical music (2005); G.Balanchine’s ballets Serenade to the music of P. Tchaikovsky, Ch. Wheeldon’s ballet Miserecordes on music of Simphony N.3 by Arvo Pärt (world premiere, 2006), F. Flindt’s ballet The Lesson to the music of Georges Delerue (2007).
He also performs together with the orchestra of the Bolshoi Theater with orchestral concert programs. He has frequently performed as a guest conductor with numerous well-known
music ensembles and orchestras, including the Russian National Orchestra, the Ensemble Modern (Germany) and numerous others.
Igor Dronov is the chief conductor of the Studio for New Music ensemble, with which he has performed over 500 compositions by 20th century composers, including dozens of world premiers.
Since the time of the founding of the Moscow Forum contemporary music festival Igor Dronov has been the chief conductor of the festival. Since 1994 he has been the chief conductor
and artistic director of the youth chamber ensemble Premiera.
Since 1992 he has taught at Moscow Conservatory at the Department of Opera and Orchestral Conducting (since 2002 he has been a professor).
He has recorded a series of compact discs of contemporary music of Russia and other countries. He frequently tours the countries of Europe, USA and Asia.
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Sergey Akimov (born: 1989) graduated the Moscow State Conservatory (class of Professor Igor Dronov). He has attended the master classes of Gennady Rozhdestvensky, Vladimir Yurovsky, Howard Griffiths, Mark Heron, Stefan Lissner, Vladimir Ponkin.
Author of numerous arrangements, multi-instrumentalist. The organizer, art director and chief conductor of the Affrettando Chamber Orchestra, the chief conductor of the Mixtum Compositum Ensemble of Contemporary Music, the Rockestralive Orchestra, the guest conductor of the Yakutsk Opera and Ballet Theatre, the conductor of the Theatre at the Nikitsky Gate and the Moscow Operetta Theatre.
The first performer of 18 works of contemporary composers, including two operas ("The Bridegroom" by Angelika Komissarenko, "Harmsphonia" by Denis Pisarevsky); the first performer in Russia of a number of works by Kurt Weil, George Gershwin, Clara Schumann, Louis Alter; he also conducted the first performance of the chamber version of "Le Sacre du printemps" by Igor Stravinsky. He collaborated with the orchestras of Brandenburg, Montpellier, Bucharest (the Enescu Philharmonic Orchestra), the Moscow Conservatory, the Rostov and Kostroma, the Yaroslavl Governor's Symphony Orchestra, the Luigi Cherubini Youth Orchestra, etc.
Since 2019 — assistant conductor of the Studio for New Music Moscow Ensemble.
The Studio for New Music (SNM) is the leading contemporary music group in Russia. The ensemble was founded by composer Vladimir Tarnopolski and conductor Igor Dronov in 1993. Their first concert was given in France with Mstislav Rostropovich as conductor. Every year the ensemble performs about 50 programs in Moscow and throughout the country. Studio is a frequent guest at many Western contemporary music festivals. SNM has performed at such major venues as Berlin Philharmonie, Konzerthaus Wien, Konzerthaus Berlin, Cité de la Musique Paris, Jacqueline du Pre Concert Hall Oxford, Paradiso Amsterdam, Deutschlandfunk Koeln, Schönberg Center Vienna, Festspielhaus Hellerau Dresden and many others. Ensemble has conducted a variety of workshops at the universities of Oxford, Harvard and Boston to name a few and has been the first and so far the only Russian group which was invited as ensemble-in-residence at the Darmstadt International Courses for New Music in 2010.
SNM has premiered about 900 compositions of russian and foreign composers. In collaboration with the Ensemble Modern the group also performed the russian premiere of Requiem by Hans Werner Henze and most recently of “…zwei Gefühle” by Helmut Lachenmann. In cooperation with many others with other ensembles Studio has first performed in Russia works by Andriessen, Boulez, Ferneyhough, Grisey, Hurel, Lachenmann, Ligeti, Murail, Rihm, Nono, Stockhausen, among others.
SNM has presented about 60 concert-portraits of the leading contemporary composers. Many of them such as Ivan Fedele, Nicolaus A. Huber, Enno Poppe, Gérard Zinsstag, Roger Redgate have written new works especially for the group. Particular attention has always been payed to all kinds of collaboration with young composers in competitions, workshops, and various other forms. During last years Studio for New Music focuses on the projects with live electronics, video and multimedia commissioning new works from Russian and European composers. Ensemble have produced in Moscow several contemporary stage works, such as Luci mie traditrici by Salvatore Sciarrino, Le petit chaperon rouge by George Aperghis, Jenseits der Schatten by Vladimir Tarnopolski and several others. Among vast repertoire of the group, special attention is also given to the Early Russian Avant-garde (Nicolai Roslavets, Alexander Mosolov, Ivan Vyshnegradsky, Gavriil Popov and many others). One of the most important events of this kind was the world premiere of the Chamber Symphony No. 2 by Nikolai Roslavets (composed in 1934), which was recently found in an archive.
SNM is the ensemble-in-residence at the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory. It is the core ensemble for the Moscow Forum Festival for contemporary music. In 2002, 2005 and 2012 Studio for New Music won the grants of the Ernst von Siemens Musikstiftung for several projects, including two-years anthological series of concerts with Russian and German music of 20th in Moscow and Russian regions. Studio for New Music won the grant of European Commission for the realization of the large-scale project “Europe through the eyes of Russians. Russia through the eyes of Europeans” with 18 new compositions by Russian and European composers commissioned.
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