Photo: Tobias Schult


Composition Commissions issued to Georg Friedrich Haas, Oscar Strasnoy and Georges Aperghis

Ensemble Resonanz, Hamburg, Germany


At the opening of the Elbphilharmonie concert hall when the attention of the international audience turns to Hamburg as a city of music, Ensemble Resonanz will inaugurate the small hall of the new concert hall in January 2017 as part of its role as Ensemble-in-Residence at the Elbphilharmonie. The ensemble wishes to bring high-level classical and contemporary music to a wide audience.  Composition commissions issued to outstanding contemporary composers are therefore to form a regular part of the programs. To this end, Ensemble Resonanz will be issuing three composition commissions with the support of the EvS Music Foundation.
The first sounds to emanate from the small hall of the Elbphilharmonie will come care of Georg Friedrich Haas. From an installative beginning a concert situation gradually ensues by means of location and instrument changes. The opening thereby dispenses with ribbon cutting, drum rolls and fanfares and focuses more on an imperceptible reinterpretation of the situation through the music.
For “Atlantik”, with an eponymous focal theme to be held in the following April, Oscar Strasnoy will be writing a violin concert that focalizes the cultural blurring, appropriations and disconnects in the history of North American violin performance. A new work by Georges Aperghis will then be presented to the audience in the following season.
This focus on premieres also makes it possible for the Elbphilharmonie to send out a clear signal in support of contemporary music in its programs.


January 12, 15, 2017, April 13/14, 2017 and February 27/28, 2018
Small Hall, Elbphilharmonie, Hamburg


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