St Petersburg, Concert Hall

Opening of the V St Petersburg International New Music Festival «»

Artistic Director: Mehdi Hosseini

Ensemble Intercontemporain

Pierre Boulez
Improvisé (Russian premiere)

Michael Jarrell
Assonance Ib (Russian premiere)

Dmitri Kourliandski
3 bagatelles (World premiere)

Dieter Ammann
Gehörte Form – Hommages (Russian premiere)

Mehdi Hosseini
Sarukhani III (World premiere of new version)

Franck Bedrossian
We met as Sparks (Russian premiere)

The concert is supported by the Government of St. Petersburg, the French Institute and the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia.

About the Concert

The Festival serves as a kind of a cross point between different visions of contemporary composers. It is also a crossroads of different music genres which have been emerging in recent years. The festival presents a variety of music conceptions through which one can gradually learn a new and unique music language with its multitude of dialects created by the composers of the second half of the 20th and the 21st centuries.

About the performers

Ensemble intercontemporain is a French ensemble of soloists who excel in performing contemporary ‘academic’ music of the 20th and the 21st centuries. In 1976, composer and conductor Pierre Boulez founded the Ensemble intercontemporain in Paris with the support of Michel Guy (who was Minister of Culture at the time) and the collaboration of Nicholas Snowman.

Resident of the Philharmonie de Paris, the Ensemble performs and records in France and abroad, taking part in major festivals worldwide. Their concerts take place at major venues around the globe, including the Carnegie Hall (New York), Royal Festival Hall and Royal Albert Hall (London), the Berliner Philharmonie, the Wiener Konzerthaus (Vienna), Salle Pleyel and Opéra de Paris (Paris), La Scala (Milan), Concertgebouw (Amsterdam), Liceu (Barcelona).

Since its inception, the Ensemble intercontemporain has given the world premières of more than 200 contemporary works. Their extensive discography includes the recordings of the music by Béla Bartók, Alban Berg, Luciano Berio, Sir Harrison Birtwistle, Pierre Boulez, Edgard Varèse, Anton Webern, Elliott Carter, Iannis Xenakis, György Kurtág, György Ligeti, Olivier Messiaen, Luigi Nono, Emmanuel Nunes, Hèctor Parra, Alberto Posadas, Igor Stravinsky, Luca Francesconi, Unsuk Chin, Arnold Schoenberg and other composers of the 20th and the 21st centuries. With over 60 concerts presented each season in France and abroad, the Ensemble intercontemporain plays a major role in promoting contemporary music worldwide.

Age category 6+

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