Once again it has been a full and busy year here at UE. Here are some of the highlights from a year which saw 57 new works premièred:
Wolfgang Rihm’s new opera Dionysos was premièred at the Salzburg Festival, to overwhelming acclaim.
A Long Night of Jay Schwartz took place in Salzburg this summer, including the world première of Music for Orchestra II.
Johannes Maria Staud was a featured composer at the Wien Modern festival, where his Über trügerische Stadtpläne and On Comparative Meteorology II were given their world premières.
Arvo Pärt’s new work for choir and string orchestra, Adam’s Lament, was performed at the International Istanbul Music Festival, where he was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award.
Limited Approximations, Georg Friedrich Haas’ new work for six microtonally-tuned pianos, was performed at the Donaueschingen festival, where it was awarded the SWR SO Composition Prize.
Cristóbal Halffter conducted the world première of his new work for orchestra, Ritual, in Grafenegg.
Martin Fröst gave the first performance of Victoria Borisova-Ollas’ new clarinet concerto, Golden Dances of the Pharaohs, in Stockholm.
Vykintas Baltakas’ new work for orchestra, Scoria, was given its world première in Munich by the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Lucas Vis.
A new CD of music by Georges Lentz was recorded by the Orchestre Philharmonique de Luxembourg, conducted by Emilio Pomàrico.
As part of the Mahler in Manchester festival, Friedrich Cerha’s Like a Tragicomedy was performed alongside Mahler’s 3rd Symphony by the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by HK Gruber.
In the same festival, the world première of Luke Bedford’s At Three and Two preceded Mahler’s 9th Symphony. Mark Elder conducted the Hallé Orchestra.
David Sawer’s highly acclaimed ballet Rumpelstiltskin continued its successful tour of the United Kingdom, finishing with two performances at the Spitalfields Festival in London by the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group.
Mauricio Sotelo’s Cripta Colonia Güell for voices, choir, ensemble and electronics, was given its world première in Barcelona.
Alban Berg’s Lulu was performed in Copenhagen with the world première of the new third act by Eberhard Kloke.