2017 Ensemble-in-Residence: Ensemble Interface

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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.

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2017 Piano Program

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VIPA-Piano 2017 is directed by prestigious pianist and pedagogue Juan Lago including faculty Enrico ElisiAndreas FrölichEduardus HalimKarst de JongHae Young KimPavel Nersessian and Josu de Solaun. VIPA 2017 Piano Program will be held between July 3 and 7 at the facilities of the “José Iturbi” Conservatory in Valencia, located at Avenida de Baleares, 36, in the breathtaking city of Valencia.

More information: http://www.vipafestival.org/en/summer-academy/piano-performance-program/

2017 Ensemble-in-Residence: Mivos Quartet

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“One of America’s most daring and ferocious new-music ensembles” (The Chicago Reader), is devoted to performing the works of contemporary composers, presenting new music to diverse audiences. Mivos is invested in commissioning and premiering new music for string quartet, particularly in a context of close collaboration with composers over extended time-periods.

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

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Ensemble-in-Residence: Alxarq Percussió

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Alxarq Percussió is a young and dynamic group, formed by three percussionists searching for a new language with which they can communicate with their audience. They excel in a wide array of styles and musical forms within the expressive range of their sonic medium, including music ranging from minimalism, through stochastic music, musical theater, and works of their own creation based on African rhythms.

Our Ensembles-in-Residence include the critically-acclaimed Eastman BROADBAND Ensemble, NOMOS Ensemble, NASduo, and Alxarq Percussion Trio.

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Ensemble-in-Residence: NASduo

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New Art Sound Duo (NASduo) is a bass clarinet/clarinet & percussion duo created in 2010, based in London and resident at Guildhall School of Music.  Their work is focused on contemporary music, innovation, and collaboration with other disciplines such as contemporary dance, audio and visual artists, and electronics.

Our Ensembles-in-Residence include the critically-acclaimed Eastman BROADBAND Ensemble, NOMOS Ensemble, NASduo, and Alxarq Percussion Trio.

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Ensemble-in-Residence: Nomos Group

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2015_nomos_dressNOMOS Group is the resident ensemble at the Conservatorio Superior “Salvador Seguí” of Castellón (Spain), led by VIPA’s Artistic Director, Carlos Amat. Its members are mostly teachers and alumni from the conservatory, having its members studied at schools like London’s Guildhall School, New York’s Manhattan School of Music and Baltimore’s Peabody Conservatory.

Our Ensembles-in-Residence include the critically-acclaimed MIVOS Quartet, the [Switch~ Ensemble], NOMOS Group, Brouwer Trio, and flute soloist Erik Drescher.

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Stefano Gervasoni, featured guest composer

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Stefano Gervasoni (Paris Conservatory)

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Born in Bergamo in 1962, Stefano Gervasoni began studying composition in 1980 on the advice of Luigi Nono: this encounter, as well as others with Brian Ferneyhough, Peter Eötvös and Helmut Lachenmann, turned out to be decisive for his career. After attending the Conservatorio Giuseppe Verdi in Milan, Stefano Gervasoni went on to study with  György Ligeti in Hungary in 1990, and then, in 1992, he attended the Course in Composition and in Computer Music organised by Ircam in Paris. His first three years in France laid the foundations for an international career that eventually led him to be “lodged” at Villa Medici in 1995-1996.
With commissions from such prestigious institutions as the WDR, the SWR, the Orchestra Nazionale della RAI, the Festival d’Automne in Paris, Radio France, IRCAM, the Casa da Musica in Porto, the Festival Archipel in Geneva, the Divertimento Ensemble in Milan, the Ensemble Intercontemporain, the Ensemble Modern, the Ensemble Contrechamps in Geneva, the Maerzmusik festival in Berlin, the Ars Musica Bruxelles, the Festival Musica in Strasbourg, the French Ministry of Culture, Milan Teatro alla Scala and Suntory Hall in Tokyo, Stefano Gervasoni has established himself as one of the most important Italian composers of his generation. His catalogue – which includes chamber and vocal music, concertos, works for orchestra, for ensemble and an opera (Limbus-Limbo), commissioned for the 50th anniversary of the Percussions de Strasbourg (2012) – was first published by Ricordi, from 1987, and then, from 2000, by Suvini Zerboni.
A monographic CD entitled Antiterra, which features the pieces An, Animato, AntiterraLeast Bee, Godspell, andEpicadenza, was recently released in France by Aeon and bears witness to «a sonic world of great wealth, subtlety, refinement, expressive but also organic, that immediately captures one’s attention» (Philippe Albèra). Other monographic recordings include the Harmonia Mundi CD in the series Musique Française d’Aujourd’hui (Ensemble Contrechamps), the Stradivarius CD by Divertimento Ensemble and the CD Dir-in dir released in Germany by Winter und Winter.
Winner of numerous prizes, including the recent Premio della Critica Musicale “Franco Abbiati” (2010), his work has allowed him to be a grant-holder at the Fondation des Treilles in Paris (1994) and at the DAAD in Berlin (2006) and composer in residence at the Domaine de Kerguéhennec during the period 2008-2010. He has also been invited to teach at the Darmstadt Ferienkurse, on the courses organised by the Fondazione Royaumont (Paris), at Toho University in Tokyo, at the Festival International di Campos do Jordão in Brazil, at the Conservatory in Shanghai, at Columbia University (New York) and at Harvard University (Boston). He has been composer in residence at Lausanne Conservatoire (2005); he was visiting professor at ESMUC in Barcelona for 2012-13 academic year.
Since 2006 Stefano Gervasoni has held a regular teaching post as professor of composition at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse in Paris.

http://www.stefanogervasoni.net

 

2016 Ensemble-in-Residence: the [Switch~ Ensemble]

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A new music ensemble for the 21st Century, the [Switch~ Ensemble] is an initiative dedicated to the performance of works for chamber ensemble and electronics, the most integral element of our mission is the creation of new repertoire featuring the synthesis of the ensemble with multimedia elements and real-time interactive computer processing. These projects often require technological integration that is atypical of the current structural and organizational paradigms of new music ensembles. This necessitates direct collaboration with composers throughout the creative process, optimized for needs that differ radically from the creation and rehearsal of acoustic music and allowing for perpetual experimentation and refinement.

Our Ensembles-in-Residence include the MIVOS Quartet, the [Switch~ Ensemble], NOMOS Group, Brouwer Trio, and flute soloist Erik Drescher.

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Valencia

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The Summer Academy programs will take place within the state-of-the-art facilities of the Conservatorio Superior de Música Joaquín Rodrigo in the beautiful city of Valencia, Spain. Boasting a breathtaking coastline, a vibrant cultural life and world-class cuisine, Valencia is one of the most sought-after summer destinations in Europe.