I am happy and honored to announce that my portrait CD A Failed Entertainment has been chosen by the German Record Critics’ Prize for the Bestenliste 2/2016 in the contemporary music category. It has been a long, amazing journey and I would like to thank once again the DAAD Berliner Künstlerprogramm and Julia Gerlach, RZ edition, Tim Rutherford-Johnson, and all the fantastic musicians who made this project possible.
You can find the CD here, or here, or on Amazon, and you can even listen to some excerpts on this website.
You can now listen to the live recording of the première of Troglodyte Angels Clank By, performed by the Ensemble 2e2m, conducted by Pierre Roullier, on February 10 at the Maison de la Radio, as part of the Festival Présences (Radio France).
In a few days I will be heading to Los Angeles to work with the musicians of LAPhil on the American première of Intent On Resurrection — Spring Or Some Such Thing, that will be performed on March 1st at the Walt Disney Concert Hall.
During the same week, I will be involved in two other events: on February 26th, I will give a lecture on my music at the University of Southern California, and on February 27th, the incredibly talented Adrianne Pope and Linnea Powell will play Limun at the Artist Corner Library (6585 Santa Monica Blvd).
I am very excited to go to Los Angeles for the first time in my life. I will be spending time running on the beach (because Rome’s Half Marathon is almost there), reading, going to museums, eating good food and listening to music. I could not ask for more.
If you are in LA, come and say hi!
My first portrait CD is finally out! It includes some live and studio recordings of my works from 2009 to 2014 played by Ensemble Intercontemporain conducted by Matthias Pintscher, Ensemble Recherche with Melise Mellinger and Barbara Maurer, Talea Ensemble conducted by Eduardo Leandro, Orchestre des Élèves du Conservatoire National Supérieur de Paris conducted by Tito Ceccherini, Quatuor Diotima, Ensemble Garage with Richard Haynes, and Trio Catch.
The beautiful booklet has been written by Tim Rutherford-Johnson.
A huge thanks to Julia Gerlach, the DAAD Berliner Künstlerprogramm, and Robert Zank Edition for making this possible.
You can find it here, or here, or on Amazon, and you can even listen to some excerpts on this website.
I hope you enjoy it!
This crazy hot summer is almost finished, and in a couple of days I will be leaving Berlin for a few months, heading to Boston, to attend my second year as a PhD student at Harvard University.
This past year has been quite difficult for me. I stopped composing for several months, because I felt I needed to understand the direction that my music was taking. I am now back on my feet and ready for all the amazing projects that 2016 offers me!
Since I had a break, I postponed some concerts, which means in 2016 I’ll have four world premières — a new ensemble piece commissioned by Radio France (for 2e2m), my first choir piece (for Accentus), as well as my first piano concerto (for Wilhem Latchoumia and the Ensemble Orchestral Contemporain), and a string orchestra work commissioned by Musica Femina München e.V (for Münchener Kammerorchester).
Besides this, my ensemble piece Intent on Resurrection — Spring or Some Such Thing, written last year for the Ensemble Intercontemporain and co-commissioned by the Festival d’Automne, will be played again by LA Phil, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and the Klangforum Wien.
It is going to be a great, busy year, and I really hope to see some friendly faces at these concerts!
The CD of the Wittener Tage für neue Kammermusik 2014 is finally out, and it includes a recording of my piece The people here go mad. They blame the wind. performed sublimely by the Trio Catch.
Click here if you want to purchase the CD.
You can now listen to the recording of the première of Intent on Resurrection – Spring or Some Such Thing, performed by the Ensemble Intercontemporain, conducted by Matthias Pintscher, on October 17, at the Cité de la Musique, as part of the Festival d’Automne à Paris.
Also on the programme was Helmut Lachenmann’s Concertini. During the rehearsals, I had the chance to talk to him – we spoke about compositional crises (I told him I think it is quite important to have a crisis, everybody should have at least one, and he replied, ‘It depends what comes afterwards!’).
On October 17, the Ensemble Intercontemporain will give the first performance of Intent on Resurrection — Spring or Some Such Thing, at La Cité de la musique (Paris), as part of the 43rd edition of the Festival d’Automne. The concert will also include Concertini by Lachenmann and Omaggio a György Kurtág by Nono.
I spent the last six months writing this piece in the best conditions a composer could wish for! For this reason, I want to thank Joséphine Markovits and Hervé Boutry, who made this project possible, as well as the Institut Culturel Italien of Paris, for allowing me to stay one month in Paris and work closely with the musicians.
I hope to see many friendly faces at the concert!