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Summer Academy

International Masterclass for young composers

Every two years since 2003, the public foundation and residency program Akademie Schloss Solitude (Stuttgart, Germany) hosts a summer master class for young composers. The sixth Summer Academy will take place from August 1 to 18, 2013. Sixteen composers at various stages in their work will be chosen to participate. During the Summer Academy, participants will meet with faculty for individual lessons, meet each other one-on-one to discuss their work, and partake in the evening presentations, where each composer introduces and discusses his or her work with the entire group.

The Freiburg-based Ensemble SurPlus will be in residence during the second half of the Summer Academy to prepare and perform two public concerts of the participants’ compositions held at the end of the course. There will also be sessions of musical analysis with the faculty, workshops on notation and performance practice with SurPlus members, as well as guest presentations. The participants can enjoy the beautiful natural surroundings of the Akademie Schloss Solitude while benefiting from interactions with other artists present in this multidisciplinary environment. The permanent faculty of the Academy is Chaya Czernowin and Steven Kazuo Takasugi. In 2013 they will be joined by Dániel Péter Biró.

The participants of the Summer Academy 2013 are: Eliza Brown (USA), Violeta Cruz (Columbia), Núria Giménez Comas (Spain), Andrew Greenwald (USA), Marielle Groven (Canada/Belgium), Matías Hancke de la Fuente (Germany/Argentina), Robert Hansler (USA), Juan Camilo Hernández Sánchez (Columbia), Uday Krishnakumar (India), Joan Magrané Figuera (Spain), Hugo Morales Marguía (Mexico), Justin Murphy-Mancini (USA), Max Murray (Canada), Reinhold Schinwald (Austria), Charlie Sdraulig (Australia/Italy) und Adi Snir (Israel).

Supported by funds from the Harvard University (Department of Music) and the Ministry of Science, Research, the Arts of the State of Baden-Württemberg.

Instructors: Chaya Czernowin, Steven Kazuo Takasugi, Dániel Péter Biró

Chaya Czernowin and Steven Kazuo Takasugi are permanent faculty for the Summer Academy master class to give consistency in methodology and content. An additional instructor—different for every master class—will join the two for a diversified exchange between teachers and students. For the master class 2013 they will be joined by Dániel Péter Biró.

Short biographies of the instructors:

Chaya Czernowin (*1957 in Israel) studied at the Rubin Academy in Tel Aviv, in Berlin, and at the University of California in San Diego, CA/USA. Invitations to Japan (1993–1995) , and to the Akademie Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart/Germany (1996) followed.

In addition to her chamber music and orchestral works, Czernowin wrote two operas: Pnima…ins Innere for the Munich Biennale (2000), and Adama, a counterpoint work on Mozart’s Zaide for the Salzburger Festival. Pnima was named Best Premiere by the critic's survey of Opernwelt (2000) and won the Bayerischer Theaterpreis. Zaide/Adama was broadcast on ARD and recorded by Deutsche Grammophon. Both operas have had multiple productions.

Czernowin was an artist in residence at the Salzburger Festival (2005/2006) and will be artist in residence at Lucerne Festival (2013). She taught composition at JML Institute in Tokyo/Japan and at the Darmstadt Summer Courses (1994–2010), was professor of music at the University of California in San Diego (1997–2005) and at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna/Austria (2006–2009). Since 2009, she has been the Walter Bigelow Rosen Professor of Music at Harvard University, Harvard, MA/USA.
She has been teaching at the Summer Academy at Akademie Schloss Solitude since 2003.

Among other prizes, Czernowin was awarded with America Israel Felllowships (1979–1982); she represented Israel at the Uncesco composer's Rostrum (1981); DAAD scholarship (1983–1985); UCSD Fellowships (1987–1993); Stipendiumpreis (1988) and Kranichsteiner Musikpreis (1992), Darmstadt Summer Courses; Asahi Shimbun and American NEA Fellowships (1994/1995); Akademie Schloss Solitude Fellowship (1996); IRCAM reading panel commission (1998); scholarships of the SWR Experimentalstudio Freiburg (1998/2000/2001); ISCM World Music Days (1995/2001); the composer’s prize of the Ernst von Siemens Music Foundation (2003); the Rockefeller Foundation (2004); a nomination as a fellow to the Wissenschaftkolleg Berlin (2008); Fromm Foundation Award (2009); Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship (2011). Chaya Czernowin is published by Schott. Her music is recorded on Mode records, Wergo, Col Legno Deutsche Gramophone, Neos , Ethos, and Einstein Records.

Steven Kazuo Takasugi (*1960 in Los Angeles, CA/USA) studied composition with Noah Creshevsky, Bunita Marcus, Morton Feldman, Brian Ferneyhough, Joji Yuasa, and Roger Reynolds (PhD chair), as well as computer music with Charles Dodge, F. Richard Moore, and Harold Cohen. He began his undergraduate work at the University of California in Los Angeles and completed his bachelor’s degree at the Brooklyn College Conservatory of Music, City University of New York, NY/USA. He received his master’s and doctoral degrees in composition from the University of California in San Diego, CA/USA. His study fields were algorithmic composition, aesthetics (both Eastern and Western), and variation forms. He has held artists and guest residencies in Japan, Germany, France, Israel, and the United States.

Takasugi is the recipient of numerous awards including a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship, a Japan Foundation Artist Fellowship and Residency, a DAAD Hochschulsommerkursstipendium, a grant by the Heinrich-Strobel-Foundation Experimentalstudio, an Ernst von Siemens Music Foundation commission, a Morton Gould ASCAP Award, a MacDowell Colony Fellowship, a University of California Regents Scholarship, the Maxwell and Muriel Gluck Endowed Fellowship for Music Composition, a UCLA Pierre Boulez Residency, and a special scholarship from the Mayor of Darmstadt. He teaches composition as an Associate in the Music Department in Harvard University's doctoral student composition program and is Managing Director of the Harvard Summer Institute for Music Composition, Harvard, MA/USA. Furthermore, he is on the board of directors of the Talea Ensemble, New York, NY/USA, and the advisory board of the Eiler Foundation, San Diego. He has taught at the University of California in San Diego, the California Institute of the Arts, the Kunitachi College of Music, Tokyo/Japan, and HaTeiva in Jaffa/Israel. Takasugi is a permanent faculty member at the Summer Academy of the Akademie Schloss Solitude in Stuttgart/Germany, and the Tzlil Meudcan Summer Course for Contemporary Performance and Composition in Israel.

He has lectured extensively, is author of many articles on New Music and aesthetics, and is one of the founding editors of the Search Journal for New Music and Culture, a peer reviewed journal with an emphasis on New Music composition. His work has been presented worldwide including: Musik und Gegenwart, Leipzig/Germany; Spark Festival, Minnesota/USA; Julliard School of Music, New York; Acousmain, Frankfurt am Main/Germany; E-Werk, Freiburg/Germany; Transit Festival, Leuven/ Belgium; Ultraschall and MaerzMusik, Berlin/Germany; HaTeiva, Jaffa; Symphony Space, New York; Stockholm New Music, Sweden; Theater Freiburg, Germany; Bludenz Festival for Contemporary Music, Austria, ISCM Geneva/Switzerland; ICMC Thessaloniki/Greece; IRCAM, Paris/France; Asia Music Week, Yokohama/Japan; Tempus Novum, Tokyo; The Central Conservatory of Music, Beijing/China; Darmstadt Summer Courses, Germany.

Dániel Péter Biró (*1969) is associate professor of composition and music theory at the University of Victoria, BC/Canada. He began his studies at the Bartók Conservatory in Hungary, studying composition and musik theory with Miklos Kocsár and Iván Madarász. He studied guitar at the Hochschule der Künste Bern in Switzerland with Stefan Schmidt and at the Hochschule für Musik in Würzburg/Germany with Jürgen Ruck. He studied composition at the Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst in Frankfurt am Main/Germany with Hans Zender as well as score reading and chamber music with Bernhard Kontarsky. From 1995 to 1996 he studied with Michael Jarrell at the Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst in Vienna/Austria. He completed his PhD in composition at Princeton University, NJ/USA in 2004. His dissertation was a comparative study of early notational practices in examples of Jewish Torah trope, tenth century plainchant from St. Gallen and Hungarian laments. His dissertation advisors were Kofi Agawu, Scott Burnham and Paul Lansky. In Princeton he studied plainchant with Peter Jeffrey and attended lectures on Jewish merkebah mysticism and the Talmud by Peter Schäfer and James Diamond. He researched Hungarian folk music at the Academy of Science in Budapest and Jewish and Islamic chant in Israel and the Netherlands. 

Awarded the Hungarian government's Kodály Award for Hungarian composers, his compositions have been commissioned by the Frankfurt Radio Symphony, the city of Darmstadt, the Stuttgart opera, Südwestrundfunk, Vancouver New Music, the ISCM, the Imatronic festival and have been performed around the world. In 2003 he was invited to the summer academy of the Akademie Schloss Solitude where he studied with Chaya Czernowin, Steven Kazuo Takasugi. His composition Mishpatim (Laws) was performed by the ensemble Surplus. In 2006 he was a featured composer and lecturer at the Darmstadt International Summer Courses for New Music and in 2008 at the International Messiaen Music Week. In 2010 he was awarded the Giga-Hertz-Produktionspreis for electronic music by the Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie in Karlsruhe/Germany. In the fall of 2011 he was visiting professor at Utrecht University in Utrecht/Netherlands, studying Dutch, Jewish and Islamic chant traditions. From 2010–2013 he has been a faculty member at the matrix-Akademie for Electronic Music of the Experimentalstudio in Freiburg/Germany, at the Tedarim Academy in Israel and the First International Symposium of New Music and Computer Music in Curitiba/Brazil. His composition Kivrot Hata’avah (Graves of Craving) will be representing Canada and Hungary in the World Music Days in Vienna/Austria. 

Dániel Péter Biró is co-editor (with Harald Krebs) of Béla Bartók’s String Quartets; Tradition and Legacy in Analytical Perspective (Oxford University Press) and (with Franklin Cox, Alexander Sigman and Steven Kazuo Takasugi) Search – Journal for New Music and Culture (Online Music Journal). He is co-founder of the ensemble Tsilumos and initiator of the SALT New Music Festival and Symposium in Victoria, BC. He is currently working on a commissioned composition for the Neue Vocalsolisten to be premiered at the 2014 Eclat Festival in Stuttgart, Germany.


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