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Giya Kancheli's

Giya Kancheli's work "Noon Prayers" for 19 instruments, boy soprano and solo clarinet was given its world premiere on 15 September 2001 at the Museum of Modern Art in Frankfurt. The performers were the Mutare Ensemble under the direction of Gerhard Mller-Hornbach. The Mutare Ensemble was founded in 1982 with the idea of creating a sound body, many-sided in terms of expression, style and instrumentation, which would be capable of coming to terms with the repertoire ranging from solo pieces to chamber symphonies in intense musical and programmatic work.

Giya Kancheli has just completed work on a new composition commissioned by the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra. Don't Grieve for baritone and orchestra will receive its premiere performance on 15/ 16/ 17 May 2002 in San Francisco with the Russian baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky and the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra.

Maestro Yuri Temirkanov will include Kancheli's orchestral work Ergo on the programme of the St. Petersburg Philharmonic during its US tour. The work was already performed in St. Petersburg on 1 Februar 2002.

Sofia Gubaidulina's Violin Concerto and Giya Kancheli's Styx are both included on a new Deutsche Grammophon CD which is to be issued in March 2002 (DG 471 494-2).

Kancheli's liturgy for large orchestra and solo viola entitled Mourned in the Wind was performed in Grlitz and Kamenz on 1 and 3 March 2002 by the new Lausitz Philharmonic, with Felix Schwartz as soloist. The Nomos Quartet presented Night Prayers for string quartet and tape on 11 March 2002 in Ostbevern.

A portrait concert is being dedicated to Giya Kancheli on 29 April 2002 during the course of the Tashkent new music festival "Ilchom XX" Amongst other works, "Time...and again" for violin and piano will be performed.

A Kancheli Festival will take place from 31 May 2002 until 15 June 2002 during the course of the Australian Metropolis Festival organised by the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. Besides the world premiere of a new orchestral work (6-8 June 2002) the following works will be presented: Night Prayers in the version for soprano saxophone, strings and tape, Styx for solo viola, mixed choir and orchestra, Ergo and Sorrow-Tinged Land for orchestra.