Composer course, teacher Chaya Czernowin

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Dates: 3rd – 9th of July
Arrival date: 2nd of July
Departure date: 10th of July

Time of Music Festival hosts a masterclass for composers with composer Chaya Czernowin. Her music has been performed throughout the world, by some of the best orchestras and performers of new music. She has held a professorship at UCSD, and was the first woman to be appointed as a composition professor at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna, Austria (2006–2009), and at Harvard University, USA (2009 and on) where she has been the Walter Bigelow Rosen Professor of Music.

Her latest opera Infinite Now was chosen as the premier of the year 2017 in the critics survey of Opernwelt. Czernowin was appointed Artist in residence at the Salzburg Festival in 2005/6 and at the Lucerne Festival, Switzerland in 2013. Characteristic of her work are working with metaphor as a means of reaching a sound world which is unfamiliar; the use of noise and physical parameters as weight, textural surface (as in smoothness or roughness etc), problematization of time and unfolding and shifting of scale in order to create a vital, visceral and direct sonic experience. All this with the aim of reaching a music of the subconscious which goes beyond style conventions or rationality.

She has been awarded numerous awards, amongst them Kranichsteiner Musikpreis, the composer’s prize of Siemens Foundation, Guggenheim Foundation and Rockefeller Foundation to name a few. She was chosen as a member of the Akademie der Kuenste in Berlin in 2017. Her work is published by Schott.

The composer course consists of public lectures and student lessons. Opportunities to work with invited ensembles and musicians during the festival (workshops, reading sessions and premieres) will be announced as as they are confirmed on this page. Please check for updates accordingly.

Please note when submitting your application that you will be shortlisted (on basis of your portfolio) according to your preference
1.) to work on a new piece (musicians/ensemble to be confirmed) or
2.) participating in the course with private lessons.
Unfortunately we will not be able to give all admitted students a chance to work on a new piece during the course. (Update 15.1.2018)

Profile of Participants:

Advanced students or young professionals in composition
Age limit: Born after 1.1.1986
Course language: English
Documents to be submitted (all documents can be submitted or filled out online):

Application form (online 15.1.2018)
Two recent examples of your work (score and sound files)
Curriculum vitae in English or Finnish (maximum of two pages)

OBS! Applications received after 16th of February will not be considered.

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