Category Archives: women composers

Kate Moore’s Space Junk opens Minimal Music Festival 2019

This year’s Minimal Music Festival in Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ Amsterdam opens with Space Junk that Kate Moore composed for Asko|Schönberg. Key concepts in the work of the Australian-Dutch composer are movement, pulse, direction and commitment to our physical and … Continue reading

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Mathilde Wantenaar: Lush harmonies in new piece for Dutch Radio Choir

This season NTRZaterdagMatinee makes up for decades of neglecting female composers, featuring well-known names such as Kaija Saariaho and Unsuk Chin next to lesser-known composers such as Calliope Tsoupaki and Kate Whitley. On Saturday 23 March the Dutch Radio Choir … Continue reading

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Lotta Wennäkoski on her Flute Concerto Soie: ‘You can hear the silkworms swarming’

The Finnish Lotta Wennäkoski needs images to compose. Her Flute Concerto Soie is inspired by the tactile qualities of cotton, linen and silk. The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and flutist Kersten McCall present the Dutch premiere in March 2019. There is … Continue reading

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Composer Kate Moore presents soulmates in Muziekgebouw

Kate Moore’s career is soaring. In 2017 she was the first woman ever to be awarded the prestigious Matthijs Vermeulenprijs, in 2018 she was composer in residence at November Music, for which she composed the grand requiem Lux Aeterna. In the … Continue reading

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Early work of Galina Ustvolskaya in Concertgebouw: no ‘lady with the hammer’

On Saturday 12 January Vasily Petrenko conducts the Dutch Radio Philharnonic Orchestra in three works by Brahms, Shostakovich and Ustvolskaya as part of the NTRZaterdagMatinee series in Concertgebouw Amsterdam. Despite their very different backgrounds, there are some similarities. The two … Continue reading

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Rozalie Hirs: ‘A song is no longer poetry, it is music’

Just out: Een os op het dak: moderne muziek na 1900 in vogelvlucht: Rozalie Hirs (1965) is multi-talented. She has made a name for herself as a poet and as a composer. For Dreams of Airs she wrote the poems … Continue reading

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Petra Stump-Linshalm advocates contrabass clarinet on ‘Fantasy Studies’

Just out: Een os op het dak: moderne muziek na 1900 in vogelvlucht: The bass clarinet is no longer the odd one out as a solo instrument. The Dutch pioneer Harry Sparnaay convinced many a composer of its versatility, immense … Continue reading

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Composer Nana Forte: ‘The human voice has an immense ability to express emotions’

Just out: Een os op het dak: moderne muziek na 1900 in vogelvlucht The Netherlands Radio Choir will première a new piece by the Slovenian composer Nana Forte (1981) on 30 November in Jacobikerk Utrecht. Te Deum laudamus was commissioned … Continue reading

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Meriç Artaç addresses feelings of suspicion and fear in her opera Madam Koo

Zojuist verschenen: Een os op het dak: moderne muziek na 1900 in vogelvlucht The Turkish-Dutch composer Meriç Artaç (Istanbul, 1990) often writes music for theatre projects and opera. In 2016 she addressed the topical theme of asylum seekers in Zonderland, … Continue reading

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Hilda Paredes immortalises Afro-American freedom fighter in her opera ‘Harriet’.

Zojuist verschenen: Een os op het dak: moderne muziek na 1900 in vogelvlucht On Friday 9 November Harriet by Hilda Paredes will be performed in November Music, in a production by Muziektheater Transparant. The opera is dedicated to the legendary … Continue reading

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