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Zemlinsky: A Florentine Tragedy in Lyon

The Opéra de Lyon is now performing the opera in a new production by Georges Lavaudant. Bernhard Kontarsky conducts. The première was on 29 Jan.

Hans Sommer/Clytus Gottwald: Drei Lieder

Clytus Gottwald's new arrangement of Hans Sommer's Drei Lieder for choir will be performed on 29 January. Georg Grün conducts the KammerChor Saarbrücken.

Friedrich Cerha receives the Ernst von Siemens Music Prize

Friedrich Cerha is the recipient of the 2012 international Ernst von Siemens Music Prize. We are especially delighted that a Composer’s Prize will be awarded to fellow UE-composer Luke Bedford.

Rihm@60 – The String Quartets in Paris

Wolfgang Rihm’s 60th birthday year gets off to a great start this January with the 5th String Quartet Biennale at the Cité de la Musique in Paris.

Mahagonny: New productions in Tel Aviv and Vienna

From 12 Jan on Kurt Weill's opera Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny can be seen at the Israeli Opera in Tel Aviv. Afterwards it will be performed for the first time at the Vienna State Opera (première: 24 Jan).

Liszt/Dupré: Ad nos, ad salutarem undam

This January Marcel Dupré's orchestral arrangement of Franz Liszt's chorale Ad nos, ad salutarem undam is performed in Luxemburg and Saarbrücken.

Asia & More

“No matter which genre of music Aleksey draws us into, he always manages to capture the essence of the musical language and does so in his uniquely clever and joyful way.”

Saxophone Trios from Around the World

This new collection by Florian Bramböck brings together various musical styles and genres from around the world.

Haas: New work for voices

Mlake / Laaken is the third part of Georg Friedrich Haas’ work SCHWEIGEN (Silence), written for the Escalier du Chant project. The première is on 18 December.

Schwartz: Music for Three Stringed Instruments

On 14 December Jay Schwartz' latest string composition Music for Three Stringed Instruments can be heard in Cologne.

Janáček’s From the House of the Dead in Vienna

Peter Konwitschny’s controversial production from the Zurich Opera comes to Vienna this December. Franz Welser-Möst conducts.

Rihm: Das Gehege in Amsterdam

Rihm’s “Nocturnal scene” receives its Dutch première at the ZaterdagMatinee in Amsterdam.

Musikblätter 2 - the new UE newsletter

Here is the second edition of our new newsletter, the Musikblätter, with special features and articles about Arvo Pärt, Wolfgang Rihm, and Cristóbal Halffter among others.

Sotelo: Two world premières in Spain

In December 2011 two world premières of works by Mauricio Sotelo will take place in Spain: Mapas Celestes... I (1 Dec) and Luz sobre lienzo (3 Dec).

David Fennessy joins Universal Edition

Following a first contract for his work This is How it Feels (Another Bolero), David Fennessy has now signed a major agreement for a list of works going back to 2004.

Rihm: Lichtes Spiel in Paris and London

The French première of Wolfgang Rihm’s Lichtes Spiel – a sommer piece for violin and small orchestra – takes place on 29 November at the Salle Pleyel in Paris.

Victoria Borisova-Ollas wins Christ Johnson Prize

On 28 November 2011, Victoria Borisova-Ollas received Sweden’s most important composition award, the Christ Johnson Prize.

Francis Burt: New work for ensemble

On 23 November Franis Burt's new work for ensemble Mohn and Gedächtnis will receive its world première during the Wien Modern festival. Emilio Pomàrico conducts Klangforum Wien.

Hans Zender celebrates his 75th birthday

Composer and conductor Hans Zender celebrates his 75th birthday on 22 November 2011.

Friedrich Cerha: Like a Tragicomedy

On 20 November Friedrich Cerha’s Like a Tragicomedy will receive its Austrian premiere during the Wien Modern Festival.