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Premieres / Particular Performances

Premiere of PRIMES for piano solo

Thomas Stumpf will premiere my new piano cycle PRIMES at Tufts University (in the Greater Boston area) in the 24/25 season. The cycle comprises five movements for the numbers 2, 3, 5, 7, and 11.

FLIGHT in Celebration Concert

Ensemble vocal directed by Cornelius Trantow performs FLIGHT in another concert celebrating their 30th anniversary on Sunday, 21 April, in Sinstorfer Kirche (Sinstorfer Kirchweg 21, Hamburg)

EVENT HORIZON / VENUS at VDKC-ChorKonzertTage

Ensemble vocal directed by Cornelius Trantow performs EVENT HORIZON and VENUS at VDKC-ChorKonzertTage in Bergedorf on 16 June 2024.

Premiere of DEEP SEA

Junges Consortium Berlin conducted by Vinzenz Weissenburger premieres "DEEP SEA" for chorus, strings, and playback, on 15 June 2024, 19:00, in Apostel-Paulus-Kirche, Akazienstraße Berlin as part of their "Middle Passage" program.

FLIGHT in Nordklang-Festival

Ensemble vocal directed by Cornelius Trantow performs FLIGHT in the Nordklang Festival (2. Hamburger Kammerchor-Festival), taking place from 29 May to 2 June 2024.

Requiem completion at Mozartfest Würzburg

My completion of Mozart's Requiem will be performed at Mozartfest Würzburg on Saturday, 15 June 2024, 19:00, Kiliansdom, Würzburg.

Requiem completion at Festival de Chambord (France)

My completion of Mozart's Requiem will be performed by soloists from the Opéra national de Paris Academy, jeune chœur de paris and Jeune Orchestre de l'Abbaye directed by Léo Warinsky at Festival de Chambord in July 2024.

 

Commissions / Invitations

chor.com, International Congress of the Choir World

I am invited to a) lead a composition workshop and b) to present my new edition of Frank Martin's Mass for Double Choir published by Bärenreiter at chor.com 2024. The chor.com takes place in Hannover from the 26th to the 29th of September 2024.

New Work

Canzonetta e.V. has commissioned a new 30 minute a cappella work to be premiered in the Zeiss-Großplanetarium Berlin by Kammerchor Canzoneo Berlin directed by Nils Jensen in fall 2024. Spatial aspects will play a role in the new piece. The choir will be arranged in different formations and will also move around the auditory.

Mariposa

"Mariposa" is a three-movement cycle for choir a cappella commissioned by Chamber Choir Consono directed by Harald Jers. The first movement ("A Una Mariposa Monarca", text by Homero Aridjis) was premiered in 2019. Due to the pandemic premieres of movements two and three were delayed. The second movement ("Viaje, vida", part of the texts particularly written for the piece by Julio Mendivil) will be premiered in 2023. The third movement will be premiered in a performance of the entire cycle in 2024 or 2025.

 

Publications

"Fact & Fiction–Mozart's Requiem" now out as an eBook

My study on Mozart's Requiem is available now as an ebook. Purchase it here.

TALL TREES GROVE, March 1st 2016

"Elements", a new program by Kölner Vokalsolisten is available now on CD and on streaming services, released by Genuin Records. I wrote "Tall Trees Grove, March 1st 2016" for vocal sextet specifically for this program.

New recording of my edition of Mozart's Requiem

A new recording of my completion of Mozart's Requiem is out. Since my edition offers choices: Conductor John Nelson opted for a performance variant without the Amen fugue and the alternate for the pair of movements Sanctus/Benedictus starting in D major and each movement closing with Hosanna in D major. Marie Lys (Soprano), Beth Tyler (Alto), Cyrille Dubois (Tenor), Hanno Müller-Brachmann (Bass), Ensemble Vocal de Lausanne, Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne, John Nelson (conductor), ICA Classics.

CD recording: Works for Piano

Spektral Records will be releasing a full program with piano works of mine on CD and streaming services in 2024. Christoph Schnackertz performs, recording sessions took place in September and October 2023. Stephan Hahn is recording engineer.

CD Recording

In late 2024, Rondeau Production releases a CD with my choral music, performed by Ensemble vocal and Kammerchor der Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hamburg conducted by Cornelius Trantow.

Sheet music: Edition of Mozart's Requiem

My completion of Mozart's unfinished Requiem fragment is available at Bärenreiter publishing house (Score, Urtext edition / Introductory Text/Analytical Study / Vocal score, Urtext edition)

 

Conducting

Collegium musicum at University of Cologne

See current event overview of Collegium musicum at University of Cologne for upcoming concerts I am conducting or involved in as Music Director at University of Cologne.

 

Chorus Master

Mahler's Symphony #2 ('Ressurection')

I will serve as chorus master preparing the Bürgerchor for performances of Mahler's 2nd Symphony with the Gürzenich Orchester Köln directed by Francois-Xavier Roth in early September.

 

Miscellaneous

Lichtstücke

This year, via-nova-chor München conducted by Kerstin Behnke realizes their new project Lichtstücke (light pieces). For this project, video artists will create videos based on and inspired by two new choral works, "Seewetter" by my esteemed colleague Oliver Korte and "Venus" from my pen. The videos will be presented in September 2024.

Netzwerk Universitätmusik in Deutschland

In February 2024, I was elected as the President of the "Netzwerk Universitätsmusik in Deutschland" (Network for Music at Universities in Germany), an association newly founded by music directors serving at German Universities, including myself.

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