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World première of Frank Martin's Ballade No. 2

Marco Angius and the Orchestra Nazionale Sinfonica della RAI Torino present Frank Martin’s Ballade No. 2 on 19 Nov in Turin.

Wolfgang Rihm: World première of Lichtes Spiel

The world première of Wolfgang Rihm's new violin concerto Lichtes Spiel will take place on 18 Nov under Michael Francis at the Avery Fisher Hall.

Georg Friedrich Haas: SWR Symphony Orchestra Composition Prize 2010

Georg Friedrich Haas’ work limited approximations, a concerto for 6 pianos in twelve-tone intervals and orchestra, premiered to great acclaim on 17 Oct 2010 at the Donaueschinger Musiktagen 2010 under Sylvain Cambreling with the SWR Symphony Orchestra Baden-Baden and Freiburg. The piece received the SWR Symphony Orchestra Composition Prize for the “most remarkable orchestral work of the festival“, chosen by the musicians.

Johannes Maria Staud: Two world premières

Über trügerische Stadtpläne und die Versuchungen der Winternächte for string quartet and orchestra (Vienna, 05 Nov) and Contrebande for orchestra (Paris, 06 Nov).

World première of Arvo Pärt's Silhouette

Arvo Pärt's Silhouette, Hommage à Gustave Eiffel, will be given its world première on 04 Nov under Paavo Järvi and the Orchestre de Paris at the Salle Pleyel.

Cripta Colonia Güell: new work by Mauricio Sotelo

Mauricio Sotelo's Cripta Colonia Güell - música para la ESMUC for two flamenco singers, choir, ensemble and electronics is to receive its world première in Barcelona on 25 Oct.

Georg Friedrich Haas: Two world premières

Georg Friedrich Haas' limited approximations for 6 micro-tonally tuned pianos and orchestra in Donaueschingen (17 Oct) and Arthur F. Becker (od. Buhr?) in Heidelberg (22 Oct).

Friedrich Cerha: World première in Manchester

Friedrich Cerha's Viennese Kaleidoscope will be given its world première on 19 Oct at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester.

Wunderbare Leiden: World première of Victoria Borisova-Ollas' new work in Düsseldorf

Victoria Borisova-Ollas’ new work Wunderbare Leiden will be premièred in Düsseldorf on 8 Oct by Andrey Boreyko and the Düsseldorfer Symphoniker.

Vykintas Baltakas: World première of Scoria in Munich

Vykintas Baltakas’ new work Scoria, for orchestra in three groups, will be given its world première on 24 Sep at the musica viva Festival in Munich. Lucas Vis conducts the Munich Radio Symphony Orchestra.

Cristóbal Halffter: World première of Ritual in Grafenegg

On 5 Sep Cristóbal Halffter conducts the world première of his new orchestral work Ritual with the Tonkünstler Orchestra in Grafenegg.

World première of Wolfgang Rihm's opera fantasy Dionysos

Ingo Metzmacher presents the new opera Dionysos by Wolfgang Rihm on 27 Jul at the Salzburg Festival.
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Arvo Pärt receives prize for his life's work

As part of the 38th International Istanbul Music Festival, Estonian Arvo Pärt was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award.

Josquin rediscovered

The Kantorei Kassel under its musical director Eckhard Manz have asked Vykintas Baltakas to write a new work based on the Missa sexti toni by Josquin des Près.

Luke Bedford – walking with Mahler

As part of the Mahler in Manchester series at the Bridgewater Hall, renowned composers have been asked to write new works to accompany the performances of Mahler’s symphonies.

Three World Premières in Witten

The Wittener Tage für neue Kammermusik focuses this year on the music of Friedrich Cerha.