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