(Lack of) Freedom

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Ensemble Variances

Thierry Pécou

Thierry Pécou (1965) initially studied piano at the Conservatoire National de Région de Paris before he went to the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique (CNSM) to study orchestration and composition. He was granted a scholarship to study at the Casa de Velázquez in Madrid. He was invited for several residencies at the Banff Centre for the Arts in Canada between 1989 and 1997, and was in residence at the Casa de Velázquez in Madrid from 1997 until 1999.

Very early in his career, he discovered that he needed to realize his dream ‘of making the whole world resonate’. First step was to start visiting cultures whose traditions are as remote from the aesthetic history of the Western world as possible. His goal: to restore music to its dimension as ritual, from the conviction that he would be able to captivate the listener with his open vision to the world.

When listening closely to Thierry’s work, one can actually follow his never-ending travels in time and around the globe. His major works, like Symphonie du Jaguar, Passeurs d’eau, Outre- Mémoire, LOiseau innumerable and Orquoy, show his interest in tribal cultures and cults, but also that he finds inspiration in ancient Chinese and Tibetan culture, or Greek mythology.

He was awarded several prizes such as Grand Prix de la musique symphonique SACEM 2016, the Prix Villa-Médicis Hors les Murs, Academy award from l’Académie des Beaux-Arts, the prize for best new music premiere 2010 from the Syndicat de la Critique Théâtre, Musique et Danse (French Critics’ Circle).

David Philip Hefti

David Philip Hefti was born in Switzerland in 1975. He studied composition, conducting, clarinet and chamber music at the music academies of Zurich and Karlsruhe, where his teachers included Cristóbal Halffter, Rudolf Kelterborn, Wolfgang Meyer, Wolfgang Rihm and Elmar Schmid. He works today as a composer and conductor, and is resident in Mannheim and Zurich.

Hefti’s oeuvre encompasses some 60 works, including orchestral, vocal and chamber music. He has composed large-scale orchestral works, solo concertos, works for chamber orchestra, string quartets, solo pieces, song cycles and an opera. He is currently completing his symphony Beziehungsweisen (“Interplays of relationships”), of which three movements have already been performed.

Hefti has enjoyed a working relationship of several years’ standing with artists such as Viviane Hagner, Christian Poltéra, Hartmut Rohde, Baiba Skride, Jan Vogler and Antje Weithaas, who all regularly perform his music. Hefti has worked with numerous orchestras and ensembles including the Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra, the Bavarian State Orchestra, the Symphony Orchestra of Bavarian Radio, the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, the Tokyo Sinfonietta, the Ensemble Modern, the Amaryllis Quartet and the Leipzig String Quartet. His orchestral works have been performed by conductors such as Peter Eötvös, Cornelius Meister, Kent Nagano, Jonathan Nott, Michael Sanderling, Mario Venzago and David Zinman. He has been invited to music festivals such as Wien Modern, Beijing Modern, Ultraschall Berlin, the Lucerne Festival, the Gstaad Menuhin Festival, the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, Heidelberger Frühling, the Pablo Casals Festival in Prades, the Dvorak Festival in Prague and the Suntory Festival in Tokyo.

In 2013, Hefti was awarded the Composer Prize of the Ernst von Siemens Music Foundation and in 2015 the Hindemith Prize of the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival. He has also won the International Composition Competition of the Pablo Casals Festival in Prades, the George Enescu International Competition for Composition in Bucharest and the International Gustav Mahler Composition Prize. Hefti’s works are published by Edition Kunzelmann and Edition C. F. Peters and have been recorded for CD by various labels. When his CD Changements was released, the Neue Zürcher Zeitung praised his “excellent mastery of the orchestral apparatus, both as composer and as conductor”.

In May 2017, Hefti’s first opera, Annas Maske, was given its world première at the St. Gallen Theatre. It is based on the true story of the Swiss singer Anna Sutter, whose life tragically mirrored the fate of her own star role, that of Carmen: her former lover, the conductor Aloys Obrist, murdered her in 1910 in Stuttgart. David Philip Hefti’s musical language, which is characterised by transparency, a chamber-music intensity and a concentrated sense of dramaturgy, is also manifested in this, his first opera. The Neue Zürcher Zeitung wrote as follows: Anna’s Mask: Luminous ecstasy – and this is the point of it – is no betrayal of Hefti’s aesthetic stance, which otherwise tends to fragile, pointillist drops of sound solidifying into chordal structures.

José Maria Sanchez-Verdú

Born in 1968 in Andalucia, Spain, José M. Sanchez-Verdú lives in Berlin and Madrid.
 He studied composition, musicology, and orchestral conducting at Real Conservatorio Superior de Msica Madrid (RCSM) and at the Musikhochschule Frankfurt.

His music has been performed by ensembles and orchestras and at festivals such as Bayerischer Rundfunk, Orquestre de la Suisse Romande, Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, Luzerner Sinfonieorchester, Ensemble Modern, Musica Viva Munich, MärzMusik Berlin, Münchener Biennale, Salzburg Biennale, Wien Modern, conducted by e.g. Mehta, Frühbeck, López Cobos, Zagrosek, Cambreling, Rundel und Kalitzke. His music theater projects with light and space were performed until now in Berlin, Hamburg, Munich, Stuttgart, Venice, Lucerne, Salzburg, Madrid, Buenos Aires and Kairo.

He received international awards such as the Förderpeis by the Ernst-von-Siemens-Musikstiftung (Munich 2000). He was Composer in residence at the Carinthischer Sommer Festival 2005 among others.

As conductor, he worked with different ensembles and orchestras in Germany, Spain, Switzerland, Austria, Belgium, Poland, Argentina, Peru, Uruguay, Egypt, etc. He is teacher for composition at the Robert-Schumann-Hochschule Dusseldorf, the C. M. von Weber Musikhochschule in Dresde and the Conservatorio Superior de Música de Aragon (Saragossa). His works are published by Breitkopf & Härtel.

Miroslav Srnka

Miroslav Srnka, born in Prague in 1975, studied music and composition in Prague, Berlin, at the  Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique in Paris as well as under Ivan Fedele, Philippe Manoury and at the IRCAM in Paris.

Since 1997, he has composed numerous chamber and orchestra works, commissioned by groups and institutions including the Arditti Quartet, the Ensemble L’Itinéraire, the Ostrava Center for New Music as well as the Kassel Music Festival and the Bayerische Staatsoper for the XX/XXI series. In 2005, his short opera Wall based on a work by Jonathan Safran Foer was first performed at the Staatsoper Unter den Linden in Berlin. 2008 saw the premiere of My Life Without Me, for soprano and ensemble, a work he composed for the Ensemble Intercontemporain, based on material by Isabel Coixet. Srnka’s works have been played by a range of ensembles and in a variety of contexts, including the Ensemble Modern, the Berlin Symphony Orchestra, Klangforum Vienna, Quatuor Diotima, the BBC Philharmonic, the Berlin UltraSchall Festival, the Prague Spring Festival, Musica Strasbourg and Summer Sounds in Porvoo. After winning several awards in his home country, he received his most notable award to date, the Ernst von Siemens Music Foundation prize, in 2009. Srnka’s first full-length opera was commissioned by the Bayerische Staatsoper. Make No Noise, a chamber opera about the tentative attempt at communication between two people, was first performed during the Munich Opera Festival in Pavilion 21. Composition of the opera South Pole (world premiere in January 2016 at the Bayerische Staatsoper).

String Quartet Festival | Workshop Miroslav Srnka

€ 18 half-day ticket (2.30 pm to 6.00 pm) incl. the events at 2.30 pm and 5.00 pm

Scriptura Antiqua: Portrait Sánchez-Verdú with SCHOLA HEIDELBERG

20.15 Uhr talk with the composer José Maria Sánchez-Verdú at Peterskirche

In cooperation with SWR Schwetzinger Festspielen and the experimental studio of SWR
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Freundeskreis Heidelberger Frühling