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Highlighted composer: Yannis Kyriakides

From May 12-21, Ein Schemen, by Yannis Kyriakides, will be performed by Remy van Kesteren (electric harp) and the Nederlands Kamerkoor, conducted by Peter Dijkstra. This piece is a result of a commission of the Nederlands Kamerkoor & Remy van Kesteren. Also, he has just released a much-lauded double CD and book, SUBVOICE, on UNSOUNDS… 

From May 12-21, Ein Schemen by Yannis Kyriakides will be performed by Remy van Kesteren (electric harp) and the Nederlands Kamerkoor, conducted by Peter Dijkstra. This piece is a result of a commission of the Nederlands Kamerkoor & Remy van Kesteren. There will be 6 performances at many of the main concert halls in The Netherlands, including the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Tivoli Vredenburg in Utrecht, and the Muziekgebouw Eindhoven, among others.

Ein Schemen is a reworking of Ein Deutsches Requiem by Johannes Brahms. The seven movements, which flow seamlessly from one another, are each based on the corresponding movement from the original Brahms’ Requiem. The music focuses on a small number of elements from the original material and stretches it out into a landscape. Time is suspended and the listener can navigate in the space, moving through traces of Brahms. The music of the harp which frames the choir parts, is an encoding of the original texts from the Requiem. It creates a perspective on the static flow of the choir and electronic parts which changes gradually through the piece. The title of this recomposition is a quote from a line in part III: ‘ Sie gehen daher wie ein Schemen.’ ‘Ein Schemen’ is an old German word for shadow or apparition, probably derived from the Latin word ‘Schema’. The composer finds it an apt word to use in this context because it reflects the nature of this piece. It is both about the connection of the living to the dead, and at the same time, it says something about the relation of this piece to the original work of Brahms. It is composed in its shadow and it is permeated by his notes as ghostly presences.

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Upcoming premieres and projects

June 1 – Breakneck: new video score for Ensemble MAZE – Bimhuis, Amsterdam

June 26 – The Musicians of Dourgouti: 6 instruments and media for Ensemble Artefact – Onassis Cultural Centre, Athens, Greece

September 7 – for Trombone & Barges: piece for trombone and electronics on 3 canal boats for BCMG – Birmingham, England

September 21-24 – Ode to Man: for 4 female voice and electronics – Part of Homo Instrumentalis, musictheatre by Silbersee – Ruhr Triennale, Germany

August 27-September 4 – visiting professorship at the International Young Composers Academy in Tchaikovsky City, Russia.

 

Recent CD releases

Yannis Kyriakides has just released a much-lauded double CD and book, SUBVOICE, on UNSOUNDS. SUBVOICE is a collection of nine recent works: Words and Song Without Words, Paramyth, Toponymy, Music for Viola, Circadian Surveillance, Der Komponist, Testudo, Politicus, and Oneiricon. These works represent an investigation into ideas of voice and language. The music is built on traces of voices and texts that seem to speak or sing in an intimate form of dialogue, either as text that is directly encoded into music, or in traces of voice that are embedded and dissolved into the musical fabric.

Donemus at Classical:NEXT

Donemus will be present this year at the international networking event Classical:NEXT in De Doelen, Rotterdam, from May 17-20. We will share a stand with Nieuw Geneco and VMN, among others, in the main hall of De Doelen, next to the Dutch Pavilion. Furthermore, after the successful premiere of ‘De Grens’ by Jan-Peter de Graaff last month, there will follow a second performance of the piece on May 18 during the Lunch with the Residents segment of the conference… 

Donemus will be present this year at the international networking event Classical:NEXT in De Doelen, Rotterdam, from May 17-20. Heather Pinkham, promoter of composers and repertoire, will hold a roundtable discussion in which she will mentor young composers who are seeking additional professional skills. In addition, Aleksandra Markovic, manager of new titles and rental/sales manager, will be on the panel of the conference, Developing Role of the Music Publisher in the 21st Century, where she and other members of the panel will talk about how publishers can stay relevant in the age of free exchange of digital content, among other topics. Also present will be managing director, Davo van Peursen, and promoter Valeria Gorokhovskaya.

Donemus will share a stand with Nieuw Geneco and VMN, among others, in the main hall of De Doelen, next to the Dutch Pavilion. Come by and say hello!

Furthermore, after the successful premiere of ‘De Grens‘ by Jan-Peter de Graaff last month, there will follow a second performance of the piece on May 18, during the Lunch with the Residents segment of the conference. For specific information about the location and time, click here.

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Luc Brewaeys – Credeva (in memoriam Franco Donatoni)

Credeva, by Luc Brewaeys, will be performed three times this month in the Concertgebouw (Bruges), De Singel (Antwerp), and BOZAR (Brussels) on May 11, May 14, and May 18, respectively… 

Credeva by Luc Brewaeys was written as a musical adieu by the composer to his teacher, Franco Donatoni. This monumental orchestral piece will be performed three times this month by the Symfonieorkest Vlaanderen under Jan Latham-Koenig’s direction in the Concertgebouw (Bruges), De Singel (Antwerp), and BOZAR (Brussels) on May 11, May 14, and May 18, respectively.

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Donemus around the world

This month, Donemus is proud to announce its concerts far and wide, including in Japan, Australia, Spain, Germany, and New York! Take a look at this impressive list of concerts taking place just on May 6… 

This month, Donemus is proud to announce its concerts far and wide, including in Japan, Australia, Spain, Germany, and New York! Take a look at this impressive list of concerts taking place just on May 6:

Olga VictorovaAngels Dance at the Tokyo International Forum

Willem Jeths – Recorder Concerto at the Melbourne Recital Centre

Mateo Soto – Habaneras in Ciclo de Habaneras at the Fundación Juan March

Louis AndriessenBallet ‘Faust II’ at the Opernhaus Dortmund

Hendrik Andriessen – Balletsuite at the Muziekgebouw Eindhoven

Zaid Jabri – A Garden Among the Flames at Carnegie Hall, New York

 

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Jacques Bank – composer portrait at the Orgelpark Amsterdam

The Orgelpark in Amsterdam honors Jacques Bank’s rich oeuvre of organ music with a composer portrait on May 28. Bank’s music will be performed by the Kamerkoor Ad Parnassum, the Matangi String Quartet, Berend Eijkhout, and Johan Luijmes, among others… 

The Orgelpark in Amsterdam honors Jacques Bank’s rich oeuvre of organ music with a composer portrait on May 28. Bank’s music will be performed by the Kamerkoor Ad Parnassum, the Matangi String Quartet, Berend Eijkhout, and Johan Luijmes, among others.

Programme:
Purcelliana
Een bevroren trompet in Helsinki
The End
Moya’s Song
Vier Lieder ohne Worte
Felix und Clara


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Jan-Peter de Graaff – World premiere of Rimpelingen

The world premiere of the cello concerto Rimpelingen, by the up-and-coming composer Jan-Peter de Graaff, will take place on May 18 at the Muziekgebouw Amsterdam… 

The world premiere of the cello concerto Rimpelingen, by the up-and-coming composer Jan-Peter de Graaff, will take place on May 18 at the Muziekgebouw Amsterdam. The piece is a result of a commission by ASKO|SCHÖNBERG, and was written for cellist Hans Woudenberg.

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Michael Fine

Education
Michael has a degree in English Literature from the State University of New York. Despite having no formal music education, he has an active international career in several aspects of the music business.

Career
Michael Fine is widely acknowledged as one of the top classical recording producers in the world.

In addition to recording production, Fine is active in artistic planning including the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France where he is currently serving as Interim Artistic Director and with the Seoul Philharmonic.

Formerly Vice President of Artists & Repertoire at Deutsche Grammophon, he was the first American to hold the post of Artistic Director of the hundred year old label. In this capacity, Fine produced the label’s top selling releases for 1997, 1998 and 1999, among them A Hymn for the World and Voices from Heaven with Cecilia Bartoli, Andrea Bocelli, Bryn Terfel & Myung-Whun Chung, and Anne-Sophie Mutter’s recording of Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons. Responsible for overseeing the recording activity of the prestigious label, Fine produced many recordings with Anne-Sophie Mutter, Sir John Eliot Gardiner and Myung-Whun Chung, among others.

Fine also has given lectures, talks, and seminars about the music and recording business – from the Juilliard School and Hamburg Hochschule fur Musik, to the keynote address at the International Organisation of Music Competitions.

He is also a sought-after panelist for music industry congresses, including most recently IAMA (International Association of Music Administrators) and ABO (Association of British Orchestras).

Prior to joining DGG in 1997, he was Vice President & General Manager of KOCH International Classics, a label he launched in 1990 with the critically acclaimed world premiere recording of Leonard Bernstein’s Arias and Barcarolles. The international best seller won a GRAMMY Award and appeared on BILLBOARD’s crossover chart. Under Fine’s direction the label quickly developed a reputation as one of the most innovative in the world: as Fanfare Magazine put it: “the most consistently interesting label.”

Despite his busy schedule in Rotterdam and Seoul , Fine continues to produce recordings, and was recently again a Grammy nominee for Classical Producer of the Year. Recordings he has produced appear on labels including Deutsche Grammophon, Decca, SONY, Virgin Classics, EMI, BMG Classics, and Naxos, and have won virtually every major award in the recording industry, including numerous Grammys, Edison Prize, Deutsche Schallplatten (now known as the ECHO award), Grammophone Award, Diapason d’Or, and Australian Music Award among others.

In the past few years, Fine has produced many recordings with renowned artists and ensembles Myung Whun Chung, Valery Gergiev, Daniel Harding, Eliahu Inbal, Yannick Nezet-Seguin, Emmanuel Pahud, Renaud Capucon, Gautier Capucon, Sumi Jo, Nicholas Angelich, the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, Czech Philharmonic, and the Quator Ebene among many others.

Compositions
Recently, Michael began composing as well. The inspirations from his musical memories, his surroundings, and from everyday life, led to his first composition – Quartet Moments.

Fine’s output in the short time he has been composing already includes several orchestra scores and chamber music for several instruments.

Awards
GRAMMY Award winning Classical Producer of the Year (1992)

Also, he has multiple Platinum and Gold records to his credit, and has additionally been awarded prizes for his work for the Advancement of Women in Music, and was named Best Recording Producer by Classical Insites Global Classical Music Poll.

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