The month of April began with an exiting CD production in the auditorium of Grafenegg castle near Vienna: Xincao Li (China National Symphony Orchestra) conducted the 3rd symphony „Chinese Seasons“, as well as the Sheng-Concerto „Changes“ with Vesselina Kasarova (Mezzo) and WuWei (Sheng). Later on in May, three world premieres will follow: Georg Wendt (Halle) will perform my new organ composition „Monumentum 2014“ in the Berlin Cathedral. On the 25th of May, I will personally conduct my symphonic composition „CITY LIFE – Hommage an das Ruhrgebiet“ for an orchestra, 4 saxophones and 6 'industrial percussionists' in Essen (in the old Krupp factory). This is a project of the Arts Council North-Rhine Westphalia. On the 30th of May, the Regensburg Cathedral will host my multilingual composition „Pater Noster“ for a choir with six voices. This performance is part of the German Catholics Day (Deutscher Katholikentag) 2014, an event where three more of my compositions will be used for the open air closing church service.
In addition to all of that, there are also my other ongoing performances: The Staatsoper München in Munich is going to showcase my composition „Ali und der Zauberkrug“ several times, starting in May. There is also my composition „Sonnengesang“ for 8 voices. The Regensburg Domspatzen Choir is going to perform it on the occasion of the „Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern“, titled honorably 'VON PALESTRINA BIS ENJOTT SCHNEIDER'. Although it can be somewhat exhausting, considering my labor- and travel-intensive duties as chairman of the supervisory board of the GEMA and president of the German Composer Association, I will also be composing non-stop this time of the year. My agenda for the coming months includes, amongst other things, the violin concert „Augen der Erde“ for Ingolf Turban, the double concert „Isolde und Tristan“ for Beiru Xu (Erhu) and Wensinn Yang (Cello), to be conducted by Xincao Li in China, the organ composition „Jubilissimo“ on the occasion of the 10 year anniversary of the Essen Philharmonics, the sextet „Dunkelreise nach Fragmenten von Hans Rott“ for the Berlin Ensemble, the 14th organ symphony „Romanische“ and a lot of other fascinating projects … When it comes to writing music, I tend to be a bit old-fashioned as I write my music by hand (see photo of the score for CITY LIFE), - and that hand is beginning to hurt!
MARCO POLO – a monumental opera in Guangzhou & BeijingExciting News in may 2018: Sometimes silent as my election as official member of the „Bavarian Academy of Fine Arts“ or my nomination as „Honorary Artistic Advisor“ of Guangzhou Opera House. Sometimes with frenetic applause as the performances of my opera MARCO POLO (composed and sung in chinese language) in Guangzhou and Beijing. All over China it was a sensation in media and cultural life.
Latest CD „MAGIC OF IRREALITY“ WERGO/NaxosEnthusiastic reviews of the latest CD „MAGIC OF IRREALITY“ at Label WERGO distributed by NAXOS with two double concertos, recorded october 2017 with Siberian State Symphony Orchestra (Vladimir Lande, conductor) in Krasnoyarsk: Jiemin Yan (Erhu) and Wen-Sinn Yang (Cello) playing ISOLDE & TRISTAN, Otto Sauter (piccolo trumpet) and Sergei Nakariakov (flugelhorn) playing DREAMDANCERS.
Turbulent and wild..... but a creative summer 2017During my intense work with Chinese language, culture and history while composing the MARCO POLO opera, some very personal insights also happened. For example, the Chinese proverb: "If the roots are deep, the wind is not to be feared". In fact, even impossible things can be accomplished if everything is deeply rooted in one's own will and nature.
News Fall 2016 until Spring 2017"Creativity as a whirlwind, news from end 2016 to spring 2017". So many concerts and world premieres, encounters with people and (natural) musicians, composition of new works, projects, ideas.
...via music connected with friends all over the worldMAKING MUSIC IN THE 7x24 MODE... with all the consequences: composing, being in charge of editions (horrible job of "proofreading"), world premieres, repeated performances, travels and living at the airport ( Berlin, Paris, Madrid, Stockholm, Gdansk, Cologne, Taipei, Beijing), rehearsals and conducting, CD productions... luckily all of the above is combined with friendship and wonderfully inspiring encounters... being a musician could be a dream job, if there weren't the increasing exploitation of the data giants and the "all-for-free" mentality of the music users. Therefore, I'm putting so much time into cultural policy (Berlin-Brussels-current amendment of the legal systems) as President of the German Composers Association, in order to fight for a touch of a livable future for my colleagues...