Komponist:in zum Frühstück

Guest musician: Elnaz Seyedi

2023/24 Musik Konzert Gespräch Sonderformat

The Tehran-born composer Elnaz Seyedi studied composition in Tehran, Bremen and Basel, among other places, and was a fellow of the International Ensemble Modern Academy (IEMA) in 2018. In the portrait concert with the Dresden ensemble courage, the composer will give both musical insights and talk about her musical practice. 


“Fragmente einer Erinnerung” (2015) for flute, clarinet, violin, violoncello, piano and percussion
“Nach neuen Meeren” (2018) for clarinet and accordion
“Absolute Snow” (2021), for horn, clarinet and violoncello
“Nebenweg” (2022) for violin and electric guitar

Breakfast includes: 1 bread roll (optionally another bread roll or a sweet pastry), butter or margarine, jam as offered, 1 glass of fruit juice, filter coffee

Duration: ca. 2 h

Elnaz Seyedi was born in Tehran (Iran) in 1982. While studying computer science at the Islamic Azad University from 2000 to 2005, she took piano lessons with Ali Gorji and Farimah Ghawam-Sadri, and was taught music theory and composition by Alireza Mashayekhi. 2007-2018 she studied composition with Younghi Pagh-Paan, Jörg Birkenkötter, Günter Steinke, Caspar Johannes Walter and Michael Reudenbach at the Hochschule für Künste Bremen, the Folkwang University of the Arts Essen and the Hochschule für Musik Basel. From 2011-2017 she was a scholarship holder of the Friedrich Ebert Foundation, in 2016 she received a one-year scholarship from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) in the Department of Music, in 2017 she was a prizewinner of the Phoenix Trabant composition competition in Basel and the Bernd Alois Zimmermann Scholarship of the City of Cologne. In 2018/19 she was a scholarship holder of the International Ensemble Modern Academy (IEMA) in Frankfurt am Main. In 2020 she had a residency scholarship at the Atelier zum kleinen Markgräflerhof in Basel, in 2021 a residency scholarship at the Künstlerhof Schreyahn.

Her works have been and will be performed at the Donaueschinger Musiktage, the Wittener Tage für neue Kammermusik, the Gaudeamus Muziekweek in Utrecht, the Venice Biennale, the Ultraschall Berlin Festival, the Bludenzer Tage zeitgemäßer Musik, the Hussersfield Contemporary Music Festival, the Acht Brücken Festival in Cologne, the Leicht über Linz Festival and the Tehran Electroacoustic Music Festival, among others. 


Katrin Paulitz, flute
Georg Wettin, clarinet
Deepa Goonetilleke, horn
Uta-Maria Lempert, violin
Matthias Lorenz, violoncello
Alexy Potapov, electric guitar
Susanne Stock, accordion 
Michiko Saiki, piano
Ulrich Grafe, percussion

Jan Michael Horstmann, Moderation und Dirigat

“Komponist:in zum Frühstück” is a cooperation between ensemble courage and HELLERAU – European Center for the Arts. The concert is sponsored by the Office for Culture and Monument Protection of the City of Dresden and the Cultural Foundation of the Free State of Saxony. This measure is co-financed by tax funds on the basis of the budget approved by the Saxon State Parliament.