Composers to breakfast

Guest muscicians: Jörg Birkenkötter & ensemble courage

2023/24 Musik Gespräch Sonderformat
Photo: Till Knipper

In the popular concert series of ensemble courage, as usual combined with a small Sunday breakfast, this time Jörg Birkenkötter is guest with a diverse cycle of works in four parts. In addition to three pieces that have already existed for some time, each of which refers to concrete musical models, a fourth piece will be premiered in Hellerau as a commissioned composition by 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)

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.