Svitlana Azarova

Svitlana Azarova is a Ukrainian/Dutch composer of contemporary classical music. She was born on January 9, 1976, in the Ukrainian SSR of the Soviet Union and is currently living in The Hague. Svitlana Azarova took international summer master-classes held by composers as Marek Kopelent, Luis de Pablo, Paul Mefano, Jean-Yves Bossier and Zygmunt Krauze (Czech Republic).

Svitlana Azarova is a Ukrainian/Dutch composer of contemporary classical music. She was born on January 9, 1976, in the Ukrainian SSR of the Soviet Union and is currently living in The Hague.

Marek Kopelent, Luis de Pablo, Paul Mefano, Jean-Yves Bossier and Zygmunt Krauze (Czech Republic). After having graduated from Ismail Pedagogical Institute as music teacher in 1996, Svitlana entered Odessa State A.V. Nezhdanova Conservatoire where she studied composition, first under Prof. Olexander Krasotov and later under Prof. Karmella Tsepkolenko, until her graduation as composer in 2000. In that same year she took master-classes with Faraj Karaev and Krzystof Meyer in Azerbeidzjan. In 2003, Svitlana participated in the 6 month long Gaude Polonia – a scholarship program of the Ministry Culture of Republic Poland, at the Frédéric Chopin Academy of Music in Warsaw with professor Marcin Blazewicz.

With a grant of the society KulturKontakt Austria, Svitlana elected to participate in the 9th International Academy for New Composition and Audio-Art, Avantgarde Tirol in 2005 with Professor Boguslaw Schaeffer and Dr. Richard Boulanger. After this academy, she took up permanent residency of The Hague and began post-graduate studies in 2006 at conservatoire in Amsterdam under Theo Loevendie, where she graduated Master of Music in 2007.

Svitlana has participated in many international workshops, festivals and projects. Some recent examples are Foro de Música Nueva – INBA (Mexico, 2013), Chamber Music Day (Holland, 2009), Musica Viva (Germany, 2007), and International Festival of Modern Art Two Days and Two Nights of New Music (Ukraine, 2001-2003, 2005, 2006, 2009, 2011).

Svitlana Azarova has written compositions for various instruments and ensembles. Her works are performed in Armenia, Austria, Germany, Italy, Latvia, The Netherlands, Poland, Russia, Ukraine and the USA, by for example New European Ensemble, Orchestre National d’Île de France, conductor Enrique Mazzola (Salle Pleyel), Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra, conductor Toshi Shimada (USA), Nederlands Philharmonisch Orkest, conductor Marc Albrecht (Concertgebouw), etc.

Some recent titles are: ‘Hundred thirty one Angstrom’ for large orchestra (2014), ‘Concerto Grosso’ for violin, viola solo and string orchestra (2013), ‘Mover of the Earth, Stopper of the Sun’ for symphony orchestra commissioned by Orchestre National d’Ille de France (ONDIF, 2011), and performed by the Nederlands Philharmonisch Orkest (NedPho). ‘Pure thoughts transfixed’ for large orchestra (2010), ‘Beyond Context’ for chamber orchestra by the Polish Institute in Kiev (Ukraine, 2008), ‘Trojaborg’ or solo clarinet by Michel Marang (The Netherlands, 2007) and ‘On Tuesdays’ for ensemble by Nieuw Ensemble (2007). On commission by the Royal Danish Opera (big stage), she wrote the opera ‘Momo’ (2015).

Her music is represented on the Compact Discs ‘Candours of Mystery’ (2003) and ‘Red, White and Blues’ (2007).

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Louis Andriessen

Louis Andriessen was born in Utrecht on June 6, 1939.
After an early training in composition with his father, composer Hendrik Andriessen, he continued his studies with Kees van Baaren at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague. Receiving the major composition prize upon his graduation, Andriessen subsequently studied two years with Luciano Berio in Milan (1962-63) and Berlin (1964-65).

Louis Andriessen was born in Utrecht on June 6, 1939.

After an early training in composition with his father, composer Hendrik Andriessen, he continued his studies with Kees van Baaren at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague. Receiving the major composition prize upon his graduation, Andriessen subsequently studied two years with Luciano Berio in Milan (1962-63) and Berlin (1964-65).

Louis Andriessen had established himself as a leading musical figure through his compositions and as a performer of his own and others’ work. Since 1978 he has held a teaching appointment in composition at the Royal Conservatory. He also taught at the Californian Institute of Arts (Los Angeles), Princeton University and the Katholieke Universiteit Nijmegen. In 1987 he lectured on musical theory and composition in USA at Yale University. In 1991 began his first collaboration with Peter Greenaway in video film, M is for Man, Music, Mozart, commissioned by BBC TV for the composer’s bicentenary. In 1994 he was the artistic director of the Meltdown Festival at South Bank Centre in London. In 2004 he was appointed professor at the Art Faculty of the University of Leiden. His archives are filed by the Paul Sacher Stiftung (Switzerland) in 2007.

Besides his direct musical and related activities he is also, together with music critic and musicologist Elmer Schönberger, co author of the book on Igor Stravinsky, The Apollonian Clockwork (published by Oxford University Press 1989). A collection of his articles, lectures and interviews entitled The art of stealing time and edited by Mirjam Zegers, is published by Arc Publications (2002).

The best known compositions from Andriessen’s earlier period are: ‘Series‘ for 2 pianos (1964), ‘Nocturnen’ for soprano and chamber orchestra (1959), ‘Ittrospezione II‘ for orchestra (1963), ‘Registers‘ for piano (1963), ‘Souvenirs d’enfance’ for piano (1966), ‘Anachronie I’ for orchestra (1967), ‘Anachronie II‘ for oboe and chamber orchestra (1969), ‘Contra tempus‘ for 22 musicians (1968), ‘Spektakel‘ for ensemble with jazz musicians (1970). He was co author of the opera ‘Reconstructie‘ (1969).

During the 1970’s he wrote a number of political works that include ‘Volkslied‘ (National Hymn; 1971) and ‘Workers’ Union‘ (1975). With the composition, in 1972, of ‘De Volharding‘ (Perseverance), he founded and launched a wind ensemble by that name for which he wrote a second piece, On Jimmy Yancey (1972). In 1977, Hoketus similarly resulted in a like named permanent ensemble to which Andriessen was himself attached as a pianist. In the period 1973-1976 Louis Andriessen wrote De Staat (The Republic), a work for large ensemble. Other compositions for large ensemble were to follow: ‘Mausoleum’ (1979), ‘De Tijd’ (Time; 1981) and ‘De Snelheid’ (Velocity; 1983).

He has also composed electronic works and music for film; among his works for theatre are ‘Mattheus Passie’ (Matthew’s Passion; 1976), ‘Orpheus’ (1977), ‘George Sand‘ (1980) and ‘Doctor Nero’ (1984).

One of the large scale works is De Stijl, written for a combination of the ensembles ‘De Volharding‘ and Hoketus premiered in the 1985 Holland Festival. De Stijl is also the third part of a four movement opera called ‘De Materie’ (Matter), produced by De Nederlandse Opera as a main event in the 1989 Holland Festival. In 1994 his opera ‘Rosa’ (in cooperation with Peter Greenaway) was premiered in Amsterdam and in 1999 ‘Writing to Vermeer’ (also with Peter Greenaway) had its first performance. Andriessen completed in 2007 the film opera ‘La Commedia’ on words by Dante, and premiered in June 2008 during the Holland Festival. The second part ‘Racconto dall’Inferno’ was already premiered in October 2004 by Ensemble MusikFabrik in Cologne, and in November 2007 LA Master Chorale with soloists from the LA Philharmonic performed part one, ‘De Stad van Dis’, of: ‘Het Narrenschip’.

For his major work ‘De Staat’ (The Republic; 1976) he received the prestigious Matthijs Vermeulen Prize in 1977, as well as the first prize of the Rostrum of Composers. For the works composed in 1991: ‘M is for man, Facing death’ (written for the Kronos String Quartet), ‘Dances’ (for soprano and chamber orchestra), ‘Hout’ (for ensemble) and ‘Lacrimosa‘ (for two bassoons) he again received the Matthijs Vermeulen Prize in 1992. In 1993 he was awarded the 3M-prize. In 2001 he was awarded by the World Music Contest Kerkrade for his contributions to wind music. On January 28, 2008 he received the Johan Wagenaar Prijs. On the occasion of his 70th birthday he was awarded the silver medal of the city of Amsterdam.

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Compose4You is a new platform where composers present themselves to private commissioners. For important moments in life, one can find the right composer who can write a new work that can be performed by professional musicians. Nieuw Geneco is closely working together with Donemus on this new platform

A personal musical gift can mark special moments like a birth, marriage, business anniversary etc. Music can reach listeners where words fail and will keep the memories alive for long.

Compose4You is the matchmaker between commissioners and the best of Dutch composers. With the start of Compose4You 20 composer participate like Willem Jeths, Klas Torstensson, Joey Roukens, Anthony Fiumara etc.

(in Dutch only)

Met gepaste trots nodigt de Stichting Donemus Beheer u uit voor de lancering van Compose4You in de Haagse Toren op vrijdag 26 juni a.s. om 16.00 uur. Compose4You is een marktplaats waar opdrachtgevers en componisten elkaar kunnen treffen. Donemus en Nieuw Geneco zullen de komende tijd nauw samenwerken bij de inrichting en promotie van dit initiatief.

Platform tussen componist en opdrachtgever
Compose4You is een platform waar componisten zich met een kort portret en een paar samples, presenteren aan private opdrachtgevers. Voor de belangrijke momenten in het leven kan iedereen hier een componist vinden wiens stijl aansluit bij de eigen smaak. In opdracht kan de componist dan een compositie op maat maken. Deze kan, indien gewenst, tevens worden uitgegeven en uitgevoerd.

Reclame, film, gelegenheid, of muzikaal cadeau
Een persoonlijk muzikaal cadeau kan een bijzonder moment in het leven een vaak onvergetelijke toegevoegde waarde verschaffen. Bij een huwelijk, een geboorte, een bedrijfsjubileum of bij het afscheid van een geliefde, geeft muziek uitdrukking aan gevoelens waarbij woorden tekortschieten. Muziek kan een uniek moment markeren en blijft in de herinnering ook aan dat moment verbonden.

Matchmaker naar de top van het muziekleven
Compose4You werkt uitsluitend met topcomponisten met een internationale allure. Bij deze lancering participeren componisten met zeer verschillende achtergronden en stijlen. Compose4You is de matchmaker tussen de specifieke vraag van opdrachtgever en het aanbod van componisten. Medewerkers van Compose4You gaan graag met de klant in gesprek om de componist voor te stellen die optimaal past bij de interesse van de klant.

Componisten die betrokken zijn bij de pilot van Compose4You:
– Gerard Beljon
– Willem Boogman
– Anthony Fiumara
– Katarina Glowicka
– Willem Jeths (Componist des Vaderlands)
– Monique Krüs
– Hanna Kulenty
– Ned McGowan
– Chiel Meijering
– Aspasia Nasopoulou
– Martijn Padding
– Piet-Jan van Rossum
– Joey Roukens
– Leo Samama
– Maxim Shalygin
– Klas Torstensson
– Calliope Tsoupaki
– Eric Verbugt
– Lucas Wiegerink
– Aliona Yurtsevich
Bij de volgende fase zal Compose4You worden opengesteld voor een bredere groep componisten.

Om de drempel zo laag mogelijk te houden past Compose4You een eenvoudige prijsopbouw toe die bepaald wordt door het aantal instrumenten en de duur van de gewenste compositie. Via Compose4You kan er vervolgens rechtstreeks met de componist in contact worden getreden.

Graag nodigen wij u uit voor de lancering van Compose4You tijdens de Donemus-borrel op vrijdag 26 juni om 16.00 in de Haagse Toren, Rijswijkseplein 786 te Den Haag.

Cows, opera misha

Cows is not an ordinary opera, although the subject doesn’t seem very striking on the face of it: cows in the pasture, a farmer and his wife. But coming from the mind of professional confusion monger Misha Mengelberg such a thoroughly Dutch setting irrevocably acquires a surrealist touch. Truly extraordinary though is the genesis of the piece: Cows came very close to not existing at all. At the request of ICP manager Susanna von Canon, author and director Cherry Duyns and composer Guus Janssen have saved a unique, only half-finished chapter in Dutch musical history from oblivion.

Mengelberg, who turns eighty this year, is suffering from dementia and by now doesn’t compose anymore. Whether he never completed the work out of purely practical considerations will probably always remain a mystery. The fact is that out of Mengelberg’s lyrics and music, thanks to the efforts of Duyns, Janssen and the ICP Orchestra, a new genre has been created: the opera misha.

Cherry Duyns has compressed the multitude of ideas and fragments from the cow libretto into a comic as well as melancholy story. Browsing through Mengelberg’s rich musical oeuvre, Guus Janssen then found the notes to carry those lyrics. Thus, Cows became a unique collage from the legacy of an artist: the great opera that Misha Mengelberg never wrote.

Music and lyrics: Misha Mengelberg
Direction, scenery and assembly of the libretto: Cherry Duyns
Assembly of the composition: Guus Janssen
Movement consultant: Beppie Blankert
Costumes: Carin Eilers
Hair and make-up: Nienke Algra
Graphics: Han Bennink
Projection: Willem van den Berg
Light: Casper Leemhuis
Sound: Clare Gallagher

Co-production Stichting Enveloppe and Holland Festival
Premiere June 9 2015, Stadsschouwburg Amsterdam, Rabozaal. 8 pm.
Second performance: June 10 2015, Stadsschouwburg Amsterdam, Rabozaal. 8 pm.
Introduction June 9 and 10, 7.15 pm., by Koen Schouten.
On June 10 following the performance: Meet the Artist with Cherry Duyns and Guus Janssen.

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