Composers to breakfast

Guest muscicians: Jörg Birkenkötter & ensemble courage

2023/24 Musik Gespräch Sonderformat
Photo: Till Knipper

To guest this time in the popular concert series of ensemble courage, as usual combined with a small Sunday breakfast, is Jörg Birkenkötter with a heterogeneous cycle of works in four parts. The three pieces, which have already existed for some time, each refer to a concrete musical model. The fourth piece is a commission from ensemble courage and is based on the instrumentation of “in nomine”, with the piano being replaced by an accordion. Both ensemble pieces form the contrasting framework around a piano solo as well as a duo for accordion and piano with Korean percussion instruments. The second part of the conversation concert, which will be rounded off as usual with breakfast, will feature a piano trio from 2017 with “fragrant music.” The pianist Clemens Hund-Göschel is a regular guest, the two string players of the New Piano Trio Dresden long-time members of ensemble courage.

Moderation: Jan Michael Horstmann

“in nomine” for flute, oboe, clarinet, percussion, piano, violin, viola, violoncello (1999)
“rethinking M.P.C.” for piano solo (2021)
“Invention on a Six-note by Younghi Pagh-Paan” for accordion and piano, with Korean additional instruments (2020/21)
“new piece” for flute, oboe, clarinet, percussion, accordion, violin, viola, violoncello (premiere)
“fragrant music” (bel Canto II) for violine, violoncello and piano (2017)

Duration: 2 h

Price includes breakfast.

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

Jörg Birkenkötter, born in Dortmund in 1963, first learned to play the piano before studying composition with Nicolaus A. Huber and piano with Detlef Kraus and Catherine Vickers at the Folkwang Hochschule Essen from 1982-89. In 1990-94 he continued his composition studies with Helmut Lachenmann in Stuttgart. After various teaching assignments, he held a substitute professorship for composition at the Musikhochschule Frankfurt/Main in 2002, a visiting professorship at Hansei University in 2005/06, and the direction of a composition master class at Yonsei University in Seoul, Korea. Since 2011, Jörg Birkenkötter has been professor of composition at the Hochschule für Künste Bremen. He received scholarships from the state of Lower Saxony for the Künstlerhof Schreyahn, the Heinrich Strobel Foundation of the SWF and in 1994/95 from the Villa Massimo in Rome. Winner of the Beethoven Prize of the City of Bonn, the Gaudeamus Composition Prize and the Schneider-Schott Music Prize, among others. Birkenkötter’s works are performed at important festivals and concert series in Germany and abroad, including Amsterdam, Berlin, Frankfurt, Hong Kong, Melbourne, Moscow, New York, Oslo, Paris, Warsaw, Witten and Zurich.

Co-production of ensemble courage and HELLERAU -European Center for the Arts, sponsored by the City of Dresden Office for Culture and Monument Protection and by the Cultural Foundation of the Free State of Saxony. This measure is co-financed by tax funds on the basis of the budget passed by the Saxon State Parliament.