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 Johannes Schöllhorn.
Fee: 800 Euro (includes room and meals).
Some scholarships, partial scholarships, and need-based scholarships are available.
Supported by funds from the Harvard University (Department of Music) and the Ministry of Science, Research, the Arts of the State of Baden-Württemberg.
The application deadline ended on October 1, 2012 (postmark).
The results of the selection process and the names of the participants will be announced soon here (at the latest end of February 2013).
Instructors: Chaya Czernowin, Steven Kazuo Takasugi, Johannes Schöllhorn
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 Johannes Schöllhorn.
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.
Johannes Schöllhorn (*1962 in Murnau/Germany) studied in Freiburg/Germany composition under Klaus Huber, Emanuel Nunes, and Mathias Spahlinger, music theory under Peter Förtig and visited conduction classes under Peter Eötvös. He works with numerous internationals soloists, ensembles, and orchestras, amongst others with the Ensemble Modern, Ensemble intercontemporain, Ensemble l’instant donné, Klangforum Wien, Ensemble musikFabrik, ensemble recherche, Neue Vocalsolisten, ensemble ascolta, Neues Ensemble, Symphonieorchester of the WDR and SWR Stuttgart, Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, and Philharmonia Orchestra London; he was awarded with several international composition prizes.
In 1997, Schöllhorn was awarded by the Comité de Lecture of the Ensemble intercontemporain; in 2009, he won the Praetorius Musikpreis of Lower Saxony. His chamber opera les petites filles modèles was staged several times in Paris and other places around France after its premiere at the Opéra de Bastille in 1997. In 2008, a project in the framework of the into-project lead him to Hongkong.
His music combines many genres from chamber to vocal music and from works for orchestras to music theaters. Additionally, he works with music adaptions in various ways; amongst others, he created a version of ...explosante-fixe... by Pierre Boulez.
Johannes Schöllhorn was the head of the Ensemble für Neue Musik at the University of Music Freiburg until 2004 and was a lecturer at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Zürich-Winterthur from 1995 until 2000. From 2001 until 2009, he was professor for composition at the Hanover University of Music, Drama and Media and the head of the Institut für Neue Musik at the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz in Cologne/Germany. Schöllhorn lectured at the composition institute oft he Fondation Royaumont as well as at the Bartók Festival and gave composition courses at the Ictus-Seminar, the Conservatoire de Paris, the Conservatory of Music in Tianjin/China, the Central Conservatory in Beijing/China, in Hongkong, at the Takefu International Music Festival in Japan, the Tokyo Ondai University in Japan, the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra in South Korea and at the Centro San Fedel in Milan/Italy.
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