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OLGA NEUWIRTH

Born 4.8.68 in Graz, Austria. Started trumpet lessons at the age of seven. 1987-93 Composition studies at the Vienna Academy for Music and Dramatic Art with Erich Urbanner. Course of studies at the Electroacoustic Institute.

1985-86 Studies at Conservatory of Music, San Francisco (composition and theory with Einor Armer) as well as at Art College, San Francisco (painting and film). Encounters with Adriana Hölsky, Tristan Murail and Luigi Nono.1993/94 Study with Tristan Murail in Paris; participant in Stage d’informatique musicale at Ircam, Paris.

1994 Jury member at Munich Biannual Festival for New Theatre music; member of the composition forum at Darmstadt Ferienkurse; Publicity Prize from austro mechana for a CD-production.

1996 Guest of DAAD in Berlin. In 1998 Olga Neuwirth was presented in the Salzburg Festival’s Next Generation series with two portrait concerts.

1999 Ernst von Siemens Music Support Prize; Hindemith Prize of the Schleswig-Holstein-Music-Festival.

1999-2000 different stagemusic and sound installations. Successful première of the first full-evening’s work for theatre music, Bählamms Fest, libretto by Elfriede Jelinek Nobel Prizewimmer 2004, at the Vienna Festival Week 1999; For this work Olga Neuwirth was awarded the Ernst Krenek Prize. Cliamen/Nodus written for Pierre Boulez and the London Symphony Orchestra toured the world after its London première in March 2000.

2000/2001 Composer in residence with Koninklijk Filharmonisch Orkest van Vlaanderen, Antwerp.

2002 Composer in residence at the Luzerner Festwochen.

In 2003 the world première of the opera Lost Highway based on the film by David Lynch (libretto: Elfriede Jelinek and Olga Neuwirth) was performed during the steirischer herbst 2003 in co-production with Graz 2003 - Cultural Capital of Europe and Theater Basel.

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ANDREW WATTS, Countertenor

Andrew Watts’ engagements include appearances with the Royal Opera, Covent Garden, English National Opera, Deutsche Staatsoper Berlin, Teatro La Fenice, Venice, De Vlaamse Opera, Antwerp, Graz Opera and at the Glyndebourne, Almeida, Salzburg, Lucerne and Batignano Festivals.His repertoire includes title roles in Orfeo ed Euridice and Orlando; Sorceress and Second Witch in Dido And Aeneas; Arsamenes in Xerxes; Semele in Athamas; Tamerlano in Andronico; the Fairy in The Fairy Queen; Oberon in A Midsummer Night’s Dream; Orlofsky in Die Fledermaus; Bishop Baldwin in Gawain And The Green Knight; James in The Last Supper; Giasone in the world première of Guarnieri’s Medea; Omar in Death Of Klinghoffer; Jeremy in the world première of Olga Neuwirth’s Bählamms Fest, La Vie...ulcerant, Five Daily Miniatures, Hommage À Klaus Nomi and the world première of Lost Objects.

Engagements in the 2004 include Mystery in Man Lost Highway in Basel; Lost Objects in New York; Carmina Burana for the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra; Obouhov’s Le Livre De Vie with the Radio Symphony Orchestra at the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam; Birtwistle in The Shadow Of Night with the Cleveland Orchestra at the Edinburgh Festival; Nomi Songs in Strasbourg, Vienna and London; The Second Mrs Kong with the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Nutrice; L’incoronazione Di Poppea for Opera National du Rhin.

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JOHANNES KALITZKE

Born in Cologne in 1959, Johannes Kalitzke studied church music from 1974 to 1976. After graduating from high-school he studied piano at the Cologne Music College with Aloys Kontarsky, conducting with Wolfgang von der Nahmer and composition with York Höller. Furthermore, Kalitzke studied under Vinko Globokar at IRCAM in Paris and Hans Ulrich Humpert (electronic music) in Cologne.

His first engagement as a conductor was in 1984 at the Gelsenkirchen Musiktheater im Revier where, from 1988 to 1990 he held the position of principal conductor. Thereafter he took over in 1986 as conductor of the Forum for New Music succeeding Carla Henius. In 1991 he became artistic director and conductor of Musikfabrik, the national ensemble of North Rhine, Westphalia.
Since then he has also been a regular guest conductor with ensembles (Klangforum Wien) and symphony orchestras.

He has been guest-conductor at, amongst others, the Salzburg Festival, the Wiener Festwochen, the Munich Biennale, and the Dresden Festival.
As a composer Johannes Kalitzke has received numerous awards and noted success with ensembles such as the London Sinfonietta, Ensemble Intercontemporain, Klangforum Wien and orchestras such as the Symphony Orchestra of the SWF. Since 1996 he has been a Lecturer at the Darmstädter Ferienkurse.

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KLANGFORUM WIEN

Founded in 1985 by Beat Furrer as an ensemble of soloists for contemporary music. A democratic forum with a core of 24 members. The right of say for the members in all important artistic decisions.

Central in the musicians‘ concept: equal rights in the cooperation between interprets, conductors and composers, 'working-together' which replaces the traditional hierarchical structures generally found in the everyday life of musical practice. Intensive confrontation with the varying aesthetical facets of contemporary works.A platform for authentic performances of contemporary compositions. Great stylistic variety: presentation of all central aspects of the music of our century, from the important works of the classical modern, especially of the Second Vienna School, to the works of upcoming young composers, experimental jazz and free improvisation.Regular composers workshops and musical didactic activities.

Worldwide concerts with more than 80 performances each season with focal points in the important European music centres as well as in the USA and Japan. Annual programmatically ambitious series of concerts at the Wiener Konzerthaus.

In addition, music theater, film and TV productions. CD-recordings on labels such as accord, cpo, durian, Grammont, Musikszene Schweiz, pan classics,
Wergo, Kairos. Since 1997, Sylvain Cambreling first guest conductor of Klangforum Wien.

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