2015 VIPA Festival Prize Winner, Rodrigo Bussad


We’re thrilled to share the premiere recording of Vermilion by Rodrigo Bussad, our 2015 VIPA Festival Prize Winner. Commissioned by VIPA for the Ithaca College Contemporary Ensemble, Jorge Grossmann, conductor. Recorded at Ithaca College in November 15th, 2016.

Applications for the 2017 VIPA Festival are now open!

More information on Rodrigo’s work at: http://www.rodrigobussad.com/home


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If you have not yet done so, please complete the application form here: http://www.vipafestival.org/en/summer-academy/composition/2017-composition-application/

Members of the composition faculty will review your work and credentials. Applicants will be notified of their acceptance by February 25, 2017. Should you be admitted for an existing work, you must be prepared to submit parts electronically within *14 days* of the notification of acceptance.

Proposals selected for new works will be notified as soon as possible, with scores and parts due by **June 1, 2017**.

The composition program will accept a limited number of participants and auditors. All conditions of participation will be specified at the time of notification of acceptance, including the piece selected for performance.

Questions may be directed to: vipa.applications@gmail.com

2017 Ensemble-in-Residence: Ensemble Interface


Ensemble Interface, an international collective of musicians founded in 2009 in Frankfurt am Main, is committed to contemporary music through performance, educational activities and research.

As a ‘Pierrot-plus’ sextet, we have taken on the challenge of a wide-ranging repertoire, all the while offering new perspectives for this classical set-up. We believe that risk-taking and experimentation are crucial to the artistic process, and we interface this framework with everything we are dedicated to: new and existing works, as well as with our interactions with artistic partners and audiences.

The ensemble began performing together as members of the 2008/09 International Ensemble Modern Academy (IEMA) in Frankfurt/Main.
Interface has worked with some of the world’s foremost composers, conductors, and musicians including Georges Aperghis, Peter Eötvös, Brian Ferneyhough, Beat Furrer, Pierluigi Billone, Helmut Oehring, Donatienne Michel-Dansac, Franck Ollu, Enno Poppe, Rebecca Saunders and Lucas Vis. The ensemble has also developed a strong focus on staged performances and music theatre. Interface has appeared in venues all over Europe and in the USA, Eastern Asia and Australia, including the Internationale Ferienkurse für Neue Musik Darmstadt, Ultraschall Berlin, Wien Modern, FGNM Frankfurt, Rheinsberger Pfingstwerkstatt, Impuls Festival Graz, Gare du Nord Basel, Dampfzentrale Bern, Cité des Arts Paris, YSTCM Singapore, Teatro Dal Verme Milan, American Academy Rome, and June in Buffalo NY (USA), among others.

Passionate about sharing their commitment to new music, the members of Interface engage in a wide number of educational activities, ranging from projects for school children to workshops for composers and performers in international academic institutions such as Hochschule, Frankfurt; Rheinsberg Akademie; Yong Siew Toh Conservatory, Singapore; Sydney Conservatorium; Queensland University; Kentucky Center Governor’s School for the Arts; Bilkent University, Ankara.

Interface has been featured in CD productions with Johannes Boris Borowski and Jagoda Szmytka (WERGO) and in broadcasts on Deutschlandradio Kultur.

Our Ensembles-in-Residence include the Mivos Quartet, Smash Ensemble, Brouwer Trio, and flute soloist Erik Drescher.

More information here.