Photo: Jérémie Mazenq
January 17, 2019, 7 p.m.
On the radio:
As part of their residency at the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin, which is made possible by the Schering Stiftung, the Quatuor Diotima, together with Beat Furrer, composer–in-residence, will rehearse Furrer’s 3rd Quartet for Strings. The work will be performed at Ultraschall Berlin – Festival für neue Musik on January 17, 2019. The concert will be broadcast by Deutschlandfunk on the same evening.
Beat Furrer, born in 1954 in Switzerland and a long-time resident of Austria, is one of the best and best-known representatives of contemporary European music. The many interconnected references that characterize his compositions range from ancient myths to contemporary literature, from the fine arts to poststructuralist philosophy, from Carlo Gesualdo and Claudio Monteverdi to Helmut Lachenmann and Salvatore Sciarrino. He has been invited by the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin as a fellow and composer in residence for the academic year 2018/19 (September 2018 until June 2019).
The Quatuor Diotima was established in 1996 in Paris and is today one of the world’s most in-demand string ensembles. Starting in 2018/19, the quartet will be artist-in-residence at Radio France for three seasons. While the quartet’s focus is on contemporary music, its concerts also combine contemporary and classical music pieces, recontextualizing them and making it thus possible to hear them differently. The Quatuor Diotima, too, is familiar with the Wissenschaftskolleg: The four musicians have repeatedly spent brief periods at the Kolleg, working on their project “Boulez / Schönberg / Beethoven” or rehearsing works by Mark Andre, Alberto Posadas, and Helmut Lachenmann.
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Austrian composer and conductor
Beat Furrer, composer in residence at the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin in the academic year 2018/2019, teaches composition at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Graz. Born in Switzerland, he studied composition with Roman Haubenstock-Ramati and conducting with Otmar Suitner. In 1985 Beat Furrer founded the Klangforum Wien, which he conducted until 1992 and to which he has been associated as a conductor ever since. Since the 1980s the composer has created a broad repertoire ranging from solo and chamber music to works for ensemble, choir, orchestra and opera. His best-known musical theatre works include Begehren (2001), the Hörtheater FAMA (2005), Wüstenbuch (2010) and la bianca notte/die helle nacht (2015). In 2018 Beat Furrer received the renowned Ernst von Siemens Music Prize. In January 2019 his opera Violetter Schnee was premiered at the Staatsoper Unter den Linden in Berlin; Händl Klaus wrote the libretto after a model by Vladimir Sorokin.Close
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