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Franghiz Ali-Zadeh

Franghiz Ali-Zadeh has received a renewal of her residence permit in Germany for an additional two years. Thus she will be able to make use of a stipend this year from March until November for a working residence in the Knstlerhof (Artists' Colony) Schreyahn (Lower Saxony) whilst maintaining her residence in Berlin.

Last year her work "Dervish" received its world premiere during the course of the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival in the Reithalle (Riding Hall) Wotersen on 22 August; the work was commissioned by Yo-Yo Ma for his Silk Road Project.

The concert dates for the European tour of Yo-Yo Ma's Silk Road Project with Ali-Zadeh on the programmes are: 25 January 2002 in Amsterdam, Het Concertgebouw (Dervish), 29 January 2002 in Brussels, Palais des Beaux-Arts (Dervish), 31 January 2002 in Cologne, Philharmonie (Dervish), 1 February 2002 in Cologne, Philharmonie (Habil sajahy), 2 February 2002 in Cologne, Philharmonie (Family Concert) (Habil sajahy).

At the end of August last year, Ali-Zadeh was in San Francisco for one week, in order to record a CD of her piano quintet Apsheron with the Kronos Quartet.

The new year began with a completely new appearance on the part of the composer: as a speaker at the annual International Zermatt Symposium of the Organisation CREANDO (International Foundation for Creativity and Leadership in Economics, Arts and Science) in Switzerland, which took place between 12 and 16 January. Normally 5 (this year 8) "creative leaders" in the fields of film industry, economics, science, literature, music, etc. deliver lectures and discuss personal experiences on their creative paths with the audience. The overriding subject this year was "Autonomy in Creative Leadership." The speakers in earlier years have included several Nobel Prize winners (Gnter Blobel, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Arno Penzias, Myron Scholes, Wole Soyinka) as well as numerous personalities such as Maya Angelou, Jane Goodall, Guillermo Mordillo, Kent Nagano, and Liv Ullmann. This year, besides Ali-Zadeh and others, Leo Esaki (Japan/USA, Nobel Prize winner for physics) and Tomi Ungerer (Ireland/France, cartoonist and author) took part. During the course of the symposium Ali-Zadeh presented a chamber music concert together with the cellist Ivan Monighetti.

During the year 2002 the composer is working on four large and several smaller commissions: a Concerto for Violoncello and Orchestra has commissioned from the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation; the work will receive its premiere on 2 June 2002 in Lisbon with Ivan Monighetti (violoncello) and the Gulbenkian Orchestra under the direction of Muhai Tang.

Also on 2 June 2002, the world premiere of newly finished Concerto for Marimba and String Orchestra will take place in Stuttgart. It was commissioned by the Bartholdy Ensemble in Rheinfelden for the 3rd International Marimba Competition in Stuttgart. The soloist will be the winner of the competition.

Ali-Zadeh is writing an orchestral work on the subject of Scheherazade for the 2002 Lucerne Festival and the concert entitled "Scheherazade - Oriental Night".

The performance is planned for 17 August 2002; the Orchestre Philharmonique Suisse will perform under the direction of Susanna Mlkki.

On 5 October 2002 the 12 cellists of the Berlin Philharmonic will be celebrating their 30th anniversary with a grand cello festival at the Philharmonie in Berlin. Ali-Zadeh is composing a work for 12 violoncelli (partially electronically amplified) for this occasion. On 5 November 2002 a work for violoncello and accordion will also be premiered in the Chamber Music Hall of the Philharmonie in Berlin.

During the 2002/2003 season Ali-Zadeh will be serve as composer in residence with the Beethovenhalle Orchestra in Bonn; she will work with the musicians in Bonn during the time preceding the premiere of her commissioned work for soprano violoncello and orchestra on 10 January 2003.