AUGUST & SEPTEMBER 2019: CONCERTS & WORK IN JURY
More to the background of the composer's profession belongs the collaboration as jury member at competitions. Looking through stacks of scores and making serious decisions about people's lives is as strenuous as it is responsible! - These were four competitions in the summer of 2019: the Tyrolean Composer Prize, won by the Austrian artist Rita Goller; the "International Music Competition" in Harbin, China's northernmost metropolis, considered to be a musical centre of China. . Eight major orchestral works were performed by the Harbin Philharmonics and had to be judged by an international jury: Unsuk Chin (Korea), Xiaogang Ye (China), Robert Beaser (Julliard School New York), George Lewis (Columbia University New York) and Enjott Schneider (Germany). The 1st prize of 50,000 dollars went to Sam Wu (Australia). In Brussels/Italy there was the competition "Leonardo 4 Children" as an artistic examination of Leonardo da Vinci. In St. Peterburg (Russia) the competition "National Collection" offered a special colour: Here compositions were awarded which use "ethnological" or "local" instruments. A very important competition, because such music is usually labeled as "folklore"...although (as the more than 80 scores showed) it was a most serious line of contemporary music.
In addition to the more public "World Premieres", there were many concerts with repeat performances in summer 2019. For example, my opera MARCO POLO (composed in Chinese language) was performed in Quanzhou/China from 1 July, and in September2019 as a European premiere in the opera houses of Milan and Genoa (Italy). On 3 August 2019 the Singapore Chinese Orchestra played my "EARTH & FIRE" for sheng and orchestra (soloist: Wu Wei) in Singapore and then went on a European tour from Konzerthaus Berlin to Forli (Italy) and the Dodoni Festival 2019 in Greece - there spectacularly in the ancient theatre with its 18,000 seats (see photo). Besides my "EARTH & FIRE" the impressive "FIRE RITUAL" by the Chinese composer Tan Dun is played under the direction of Tsung Yeh.
The concert tour of the American organist Felix Hell (New York), who "celebrates" my Toccata SCHLAFES BRUDER with stupendous virtuosity and by heart, is to be emphasized, so in Paris (Oratoire du Louvre) on 6 July, Kaiserdom Königslutter on 14 July, on 20/21 July in the Heidelberg Audimax with orchestra, on 31 July in the Münchner Frauendom and on 22 August in the Passauer Dom. The Nuremberg Symphony Orchestra with the Saxophone Quartet Clair-Obscur will play BERLIN PUNK on a tour from Nuremberg to Munich.
New CD: KRASNOYARSK COUNTERPOINTSWith Label WERGO (Distribution: NAXOS) released in february 2020: two freshly composed Concertos, - the one with Reinhold Friedrich, who is playing extraordinary with three types of trumpets in the same composition, - the other with an usual combination of instruments in a double concerto. Artem Chirkov (Soloist of St. Peterburg Philharmony) plays his double bass from low to the highest violin-like ranges....And Mikhail Dzyudze, a multitalent beetween Folk, Rock & Classic, plays on his Contrabass-Balalaika... a gigantic and really unknown instrument.
Mai 2020: INSIDE THE WORLD - MUSIK NACH INNENJust for my 70th anniversary released at Label ambiente audio: INSIDE THE WORLD - MUSIK NACH INNEN with some Highlights from the CD-series "Enjott Schneider - Sacred Music"
COMPOSING AGAINST... AND DESPITE THE CORONA-VIRUSTwo "Corona works" were created around the virus, rehearsed via online rehearsals, and soon - finally - played live in the concert hall: For Beijing Symphony Orchestra in China the composition WUHAN 2020 SYMPHONIC POEM FOR ORCHESTRA, and for the Silesian Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra in Katovice/Poland a work "IN MEMORIAM PENDERECKI": MAZURKA TRISTE.
POLAND, INDIA, KOSOVO, HAMBURG & ROME: The Days "before" COVID19POLAND, INDIA, KOSOVO, HAMBURG & ROME: The Days "before" COVID. With world premieres, CD-productions and new compositions.
European premiere: OPER "MARCO POLO" in Milan and GenovaFrom September 22 to October 1, the European premiere of my opera "MARCO POLO", composed in Chinese and commissioned by the Chinese government, took place in Milano and Genova (Italy). After the three productions in China this European tour was now a successful test.