30th Anniversary ‒ Bludenzer Festival for Contemporary Music 2018

Bludenzer Tage zeitgemäßer Musik, Austria


In November 2018 the contemporary music festival Bludenzer Tage zeitgemäßer Musik will be celebrating its 30th anniversary. To mark the occasion the festival’s former directors Georg Friedrich Haas, Wolfram Schurig, and Alexander Moosbrugger will be composing new works. In so doing they make their own contribution to the dynamic program put together by the current director and composer Clara Iannotta.

This year’s festival presents five concerts featuring nine world premieres. The line-up also celebrates some of the festival’s most important cooperations over the past 30 years including the one with Carola Bauckholt, tutor of the international Masterclass Competition in 2018 and 2019. The event is opened by the French string quartet Quatuor Diotima, that also opened the first edition of the festival under Clara Iannotta’s leadership in 2014. They will be delighting the audience with the likes of string quartets by Georg Friedrich Haas and György Ligeti as well as premieres of works by Georg Friedrich Haas, Wolfram Schurig and Malika Kashino. In the second concert Ensemble Proton Bern allows music to become „visible“, amongst other things in a new piece by Alessandro Perini. Clara Iannotta’s work The people here go mad. They blame the wind. will also be debuted here as will a premiere by Alexander Moosbrugger. The third evening of this year’s festival is devoted to the Korean composer and improvisor Okkyung Lee who will surround the audience with sounds, objects and movements allowing the cello to shine out in an all new light. The 2018 festival will close with two concerts: firstly, Carola Bauckholt, together with Eva Zöllner and Heather Roche’s accordion and clarinet duo, will present six new works by students from this year’s masterclass. Finally, the trombone duo „Rage Thormbones“ will perform new works by Liza Lim, Michelle Lou and Christopher Swithinbank.


November 15–18, 2018
Remise Bludenz, Austria


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