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Milko Kelemen's Jubilee Year

In a conversation with Werner M. Grimmel, composer Milko Kelemen explained that his music should be "like a flight." In general, music must "always contain a tension."

Kelemen was born on 30 March 1924 in Podrawska Slatina, Croatia and has been living in Germany for over forty years. He studied with Olivier Messiaen in Paris and Wolfgang Fortner in Freiburg. His work at the "Siemens Electronic Studio" in Munich, as well as an invitation to Berlin as composer-in-residence were the first stations of his activities in Germany. Already in 1959 he founded the "Zagreb Biennale" and has been its president since the early 1960s.

Milko Kelemen, who today lives in Stuttgart, has been the recipient of many awards, including the Great Federal Distinguished Service Cross, the ISCM Prize, the Great Yugoslav State Prize and the French Order "Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres."

On the occasion of his 80th birthday, numerous work presentations, world and local premieres of Kelemen are on international concert programmes. On 28 September 2004, Joachim Schall (violin), Werner Taube (violoncello) and Gunhilde Cramer (piano) performed the premiere of Kelemen's chamber music work "Aural" at the Bad Urach Music Festival. The two works "Horn and Strings" and "Pas de deux," played by the Zagreb Soloists, received their Croatian premieres on 3 October 2004 at the festival devoted to Kelemen in Slatina. Kelemen's "Inferno di Dante - Canto III" for bass solo and percussion instruments was premiered in the same city on 4 October 2004 by Neven Belamaric. Alongside numerous other Kelemen works, his "Intonazioni poetiche" for chamber orchestra was performed for the first time in Croatia on 5 October by the Croatian Chamber Orchestra.

On 21 November 2004 Stephen Breith (violoncello) will perform the world premiere of the new work "Musica amorosa" for violoncello solo by Milko Kelemen in Wiesbaden.