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Anna Thorvaldsdottir at ZeitGenuss in Karlsruhe

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Karlsruhe Festival of Music of our time
18 to 21 October 2018
Various venues
The sixth festival of contemporary music for our time revolves around the Icelandic composer Anna Thorvaldsdottir, who curated the entire program. She is very well-known in her homeland, in the Nordic countries of Europe and in the USA and works together with top orchestras and conductors.

ZeitGenuss 2018 is the first festival in Germany that provides close insights into the work of Thorvaldsdottir. With Aeriality an orchestral work will be heard in the symphony concert of the Badische Staatskapelle. At the College of Music, chamber music works are performed by the New York International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), the Karlsruhe Ensemble TEMA and students and teachers. In addition to Icelandic music, there are works by composers who influence her work: Tōru Takemitsu, György Ligeti, György Kurtág, Giacinto Scelsi and Esa-Pekka Salonen. In the final concert, the CoroPiccolo compositions for Thorvaldsdottir's Choir are juxtaposed with phrases by Johannes Brahms, Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy and the contemporary composers Jón Leifs, Christian-Markus Raiser and Leonard Bernstein.

For the first time at ZeitGenuss there are two concerts for pupils, pupils and children, which are meant to open the ears for the music of our time. A masterclass with students of the conservatory and a discussion on the state of New Music with Anna Thorvaldsdottir and composers from Karlsruhe enable musicians and audience to meet the composer personally.

City of Karlsruhe, Cultural Office

in collaboration with the
University of Music Karlsruhe

Festival Director
Dr. Susanne Ash | Professor Hartmut Höll

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Anna Thorvaldsdottir was born in Iceland in 1977; she studied composition in Reykjavík and San Diego / USA. For her debut album Rhízôma with the orchestral work Dreaming she received in 2012 the Music Prize of the Nordic Council. In 2015, she was awarded the New York Philharmonic's Kravis Emerging Composer Award. The commissioned work Metacosmos was premiered in April 2018 under the direction of Esa-Pekka Salonen. The European premiere will take place in January 2019 with the Berliner Philharmoniker under the direction of Alan Gilbert. Most recently, Anna Thorvaldsdottir was awarded the Lincoln Center's 2018 Emerging Artist Award and the Martin E. Segal Award. Her works are performed by major ensembles and orchestras: International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Philharmonia Orchestra London, Icelandic Symphony Orchestra, Ensemble Intercontemporain, NDR Elbphilharmonic Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Stockholm, ORF Radio Symphony Orchestra Vienna , BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, CAPUT New Music Ensemble and Philharmonic Orchestra Oslo.

Photo: Saga Sigurdardottir