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Time of Music Festival and Summer Academy 2023 will take place on 4-10 of July 2023. Time of Music Summer Academy offers unique opportunities to study contemporary music with the world’s first and foremost composers, pedagogues and musicians in an inspiring environment with colleagues from all around the world. Application to the courses is now open. Young professionals and advanced students are welcome to apply for the courses. 

Summer Academy teachers and ensembles participating in the Composition course are artists-in-residence during the festival. Summer Academy 2023 offers three courses: Composition Course by Liza Lim, Contemporary Piano by Marilyn Nonken, and John Cage: Song Books course by Joan La Barbara. 

In 2023 it’s 40 years after John Cage visited the Time of Music festival in Viitasaari. It is time to remember the  composer’ legendary visit and legacy both in the festival program and course dedicated to Cage’s music. Joan La Barbara, an iconic singer,  sound artist and composer who collaborated with Cage, will prepare students for the performance of  Song Books at the end of the course. 

A distinguished pianist combining a successful performance career and scholarly research, Marylin Nonken will teach in Finland for the first time. Professor of music and music education in NYU Steinhardt, Nonken is a praised interpreter of contemporary piano repertoire, who is known for collaboration with spectral music composers  (Tristan Murail, Hugues Dufourt, Jonathan Harvey). She has also extensive experience in performing New York School composers’ music (Morton Feldman, Alvin Lucier, John Cage), as well as in and premiering numerous pieces by composers of the younger generation. 

Australian composer Liza Lim will teach the Composition Course, where young composers have an option of a premiere performance of the piece composed during the course. The ensembles available to perform the premieres are Quartuor Bozzini from Canada, Norrbotten Neo from Sweden and Riot Ensemble from Britain.  

All three courses’ mentors teach rarely in Europe, so Time of Music Summer Academy is a unique opportunity. The application period to the Composition course is open until February 28. Admission for John Cage: Song Books and Contemporary Piano is until March 17.

More information from Time of Music website or from Artistic director Johan Tallgren johan.tallgren@musiikinaika.org.