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Staud receives the Coup de Coeur des Jeunes Mélomanes

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 11 October 2016

Johannes Maria Staud (c) Priska Ketterer

Congratulations to Johannes Maria Staud, who was awarded the Coup de Coeur des Jeunes Mélomanes for his work Oskar (Towards a Brighter Hue II) on 4 October by the Fondation Prince Pierre de Monaco.

The work is dedicated to Midori, and was premièred by the renowned violinist and the Lucerne Symphony Orchestra in 2014 at Lucerne Festival.

Midori will perform the work’s Japanese première on 19 October at the Suntory Hall in Tokyo, Sylvain Cambreling conducts the Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra. The Austrian-Korean Philharmonic (Soyoung Yoon, vln; cond. Chungki Min) will soon tour Oskar (Towards a Brighter Hue II), for more information visit our performance calendar.

View the full score of Oskar (Towards a Brighter Hue II) 

Johannes Maria Staud on Ö1

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 09 October 2015

Johannes Maria Staud (c) Universal Edition, Jonathan Irons

For the 48th issue of the ORF musikprotokoll at steirischer herbst, Ö1 will broadcast an interview with Johannes Maria Staud and Sabine Franz on 10 October at 10:05. Albert Hosp will be hosting the live interview at the Murinsel in Graz.

Find out more and listen live on Ö1

Happy Birthday Johannes Maria Staud!

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 17 August 2015

Johannes Maria Staud (c) Lisi SpechtHappy Birthday Johannes Maria Staud!

September will see three world premières by the composer: Auf die Stimme der weißen Kreide premières on 19 September in Strasbourg, Wasserzeichen on 20 September in Cologne.

Last but not least, Ensemble Modern premières the installation-based concert performance Specter of the Gardenia oder Der Tag wird kommen – an artistic venture by Staud and poet Josef Winkler – at the steirischer herbst opening on 25 September in Graz – we are excited!

Messages et Esquisses – Hommage à Pierre Boulez

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 20 March 2015

Johannes Maria Staud’s Donum will be premièred by cellist Marc Coppey on 22 March at the Amphithéâtre Paris. Altogether, Coppey will play 10 commissions by the Philharmonie de Paris, and, together with 6 cellists, he will also perform Boulez’ Messagesquisse.

The full programme is available on the website of the Philharmonie de Paris.

Marc Coppey (c) Adrien Hippolyte

Midori and Staud in Lucerne

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 28 August 2014

Johannes Maria Staud, Midori (c) Universal Edition, Wolfgang SchauflerComposer-in-residence Johannes Maria Staud and “artiste étoile” Midori at the world première of Oskar (Towards a Brighter Hue II) on 27 August at the Lucerne Festival.

For those who couldn’t attend the concert: SRF 2 Kultur broadcasts a recording of the world première on 1 September at 20:00.

Listen live.

Midori plays Staud at the Lucerne Festival

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 27 August 2014

Midori (c) Timothy Greenfield SandersTonight, “artiste étoile” Midori will introduce the new violin concerto Oskar (Towards a Brighter Hue II) by composer-in-residence Johannes Maria Staud at the Lucerne Festival.

For more information on Johannes Maria Staud at this year’s Lucerne Festival go here.

Johannes Maria Staud: Oskar (Towards a Brighter Hue II)
for violin solo, string orchestra and percussion | 18'
world prem. 27.08.2014, KKL Luzern; Midori, vln; Luzerner SO, cond. James Gaffigan

View the full study score:

 

Happy Birthday Johannes Maria Staud!

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 17 August 2014

Happy 40th birthday Johannes Maria Staud!

Johannes Maria Staud (c) Universal Edition, Jonathan Irons

Johannes Maria Staud is this year’s composer-in-residence at the Lucerne Festival, which runs from 15 August until 14 September. Among the works performed by the composer will be the world premières of his new violin concerto Oskar (Towards a Brighter Hue II) (performed by “Artiste étoile” Midori and the Luzerner SO) and his opera Die Antilope (libretto: Durs Grünbein).

We wish you all the best!

View the full score of Oskar (Towards a Brighter Hue II):

 

love songs without words, dedicated to the ensemble recherche

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 06 June 2014

ensemble recherce (c) Maurice Korbel

During preparations for their 25th anniversary in 2010, the ensemble recherche came to the conclusion that “There are no love songs anymore!”. So they request such pieces for the celebration from various composer friends; more than 30 love songs were written in the process and more are in progress: one could almost speak of a new “trend”. (Kornelia Bittmann)

WERGO has recently released a two-and-a-half-hour double-CD set that features 30 love songs that are dedicated to the ensemble recherche – an ensemble that, since its founding in 1985, has premièred more than 500 works and released about 50 CDs, many of which have been awarded international prizes including the annual German Critics’ Award and the Diapason d’Or.

Their latest CD, which features works by Georg Friedrich Haas, Johannes Maria Staud and Hans Zender, has been highly praised by critics and public alike (“ensemble recherche’s amorous collection reclaims the love song from the embrace of pop music”, Andrew Clements for The Guardian) and already makes us hope for a follow-up CD.

ensemble recherche: liebeslieder; WERGO

Staud’s Par ici! on france musique

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 19 May 2014

France musiqueTonight at 20:00pm France musique broadcasts a recording of the French première of Johannes Maria Staud’s Par ici! from 8. April at the Lycée Turgot. Pascal Gallois conducted Prague Modern.

View the full study score.

Listen live.

Johannes Maria Staud: On Comparative Meteorology

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 03 March 2014

Johannes Maria Staud (c) Mateo TaibonThe New York Times has reviewed last week’s performance of Johannes Maria Staud’s On Comparative Meteorology, describing it as a “colorful and highly engaging work [that] conjures moments of Surrealism, impish humor and foreboding — sometimes all at once.” The concert was performed by the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra (cond. Franz Welser-Möst) at Carnegie Hall.

Read the full review here.

You can listen to a recording of the concert at WQXR.

Sold out! Franz Welser-Möst and the Vienna Philharmonic

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 11 February 2014

Johannes Maria Staud: On Comparative Meteorology, MusikvereinSold out! Franz Welser-Möst and the Vienna Philharmonic at the Wiener Musikverein on 20 February.

Welser-Möst will also conduct the Vienna Philharmonic on 26 February at the Carnegie Hall, New York. This concert will be the first performance in the USA of Johannes Maria Staud’s On Comparative Meteorology.

Johannes Maria Staud: On Comparative Meteorology
new version 2010
for orchestra | 18'
prem. 26.02.2014, Carnegie Hall, New York; Vienna Philharmonic, cond. Franz Welser-Möst

Ground Breakers with Staud and Berio at the Stuttgart Ballet

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 14 November 2013

Heather MacIsaac und Pablo von Sternenfels in workwithinwork (Choreographie: William Forsythe), Foto: Stuttgarter BallettToday, 14 November, is the third chance to see the Stuttgart Ballet’s current production FORT//SCHRITT//MACHER [Ground Breakers], featuring three abstract ballets by three pioneering choreographers.

Marijn Rademaker und Magdalena Dziegielewska in On Velvet (Choreographie: Marco Goecke), Foto: Stuttgarter BallettOn the programme: workwithinwork by William Forsythe (music: Luciano Berio: Duetti per due Violini), Marco Goecke’s on velvet, with music from Edward Elgar and Johannes Maria Staud’s Segue, and the Frank Bridge Variations by Hans van Manen (music: Benjamin Britten: Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge).

Further performances will take place on 1, 7, 8, 10, 15 and 18 December.

An teaser for the performance is available on the homepage of the Stuttgart Ballet.

Staud on Segue:

“When you tell people you’re working at the moment on a piece for cello often you find yourself being asked: ‘Ah, so you mean a cello concerto?’ No, I always answer – not a cello concerto! A music for cello and orchestra.

Perhaps, in the beginning, I coined this expression just as an aid for myself. Naturally I might also have called the work Piece for Cello and Orchestra – or quite simply Cello and Orchestra, as for example Morton Feldman did. Or I could have decided on retro-modern titles like Confrontation, Constellation, …(con)cert(are), or even chosen the totally post-modern Symphonic Sketches for Violoncello and Orchestra.

Read more and listen to an excerpt.

Belgian première of K’in

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 08 November 2013

Hugo Wolf Quartet (c) Annamaria Kowalsky, 2013
Pascal Gallois and the Hugo Wolf Quartet will perform the Belgian première of Johannes Maria Staud’s K’in on 10 November at the Concertgebouw in Bruges. The composer has dedicated he piece for bassoon and string quartet to Gallois and the quartet. Afterwards, Gallois will perform Celluloid for bassoon.

Staud on K’in:

In the Mayan language, K’in means “sun.” It is also the smallest unit in the Mayan calendar, corresponding to one day.

Pascal Gallois (c) Pascal GalloisOn 21 December 2012, when I was in the middle of working on this piece, the world was supposed to end – at least according to some apocalyptic prophets who based their predictions on the Long Count of the Mayan calendar, but who, in truth, had probably read too much H.P. Lovecraft. […]

Read more.

View the full score of K’in.

Johannes Maria Staud: K’in
for bassoon and string quartet | 12'
prem. 10.11.2013, Concertgebouw, Bruges; Pascal Gallois, bsn; Hugo Wolf Quartet

Ö1: Schwartz and Staud at the Salzburg Festival

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 28 October 2013

Johannes Maria Staud, Jay Schwartz (c) Universal Edition; Salzburg Festival (c) Salzburg Festival

Zeit-Ton broadcasts the second part of the Salzburg Festival’s Beyond Recall project today, for which twelve composers were commissioned to write compositions for twelve works of art that were created in the frame of the Salzburg Art Project. These compositions were premièred on 24 August by the Scharoun Ensemble.

Today’s broadcast starts at 23:03 CET/CEST and will include recordings of Johannes Maria Staud’s Caldera (für Tony Cragg) and Jay Schwartz’ M.

Ö1Listen live to Zeit-Ton on Ö1.

Ö1 broadcasts Beyond Recall

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 27 August 2013

Beyond Recall (c) Universal Edition, Sarah Laila StandkeTonight, 27/8/2013, 23:03 (CET/CEST), Ö1 broadcasts a Zeit-Ton special on the Salzburg Festival’s Beyond Recall, for which twelve composers were commissioned to write compositions for twelve works of art that were created in the frame of the Salzburg Art Project.

 

Among them were Vykintas Baltakas with Eselsbrücke, Johannes Maria Staud with Caldera (für Tony Cragg) and Jay Schwartz with M.

Listen live.

You can find a (German) review of the evening on the Salzburger Nachrichten.