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Sofia Gubaidulina: Premieres in China and South Korea

In late May 2014, various concerts and events will take place in China and South Korea at which attention will be focussed on the music of the Russian composer Sofia Gubaidulina. For these occasions, the composer will personally travel to Beijing, Tianjin and Seoul, and also meet with Chinese and Korean composers in those cities.

On 20 May 2014, Gubaidulina’s “Fachwerk” for bayan, percussion and string orchestra will be given its Chinese premiere in Tianjin, performed by the Norwegian bayan player Geir Draugsvoll with the Orchestra of the Music Conservatory of Tianjin directed by Rong He.
Two days later, on 22 May 2014, the orchestral work “Fairytale Poem” will be performed at the final gala concert of the Beijing Modern Music Festival. This, too, will be a Chinese premiere, performed by the Shenzhen Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Yongyan Hu.

The music of Sofia Gubaidulina will be the subject of particularly intensive focus in the South Korean capital of Seoul during the course of the Seoul International Music Festival. Alongside a workshop dedicated to her oeuvre on 23 May 2014 at the Music Academy of Seoul National University and a student concert on the afternoon of 26 May, there will be a major portrait concert on the evening of 26 May 2014 at the Large Concert Hall of the Seoul Centre in honour of Sofia Gubaidulina, at which the soloists Hie-Yon Choi (piano), Locky Chung (baritone) and das cellist couple Julius and Hyun-Jung Berger will present three works by the composer with the Korean Chamber Orchestra.
The concerto for piano and chamber orchestra “Introitus” and the cantata for baritone and chamber orchestra “Rubayat” will be given their South Korean premieres. In addition, the world premiere performance will be given of Gubaidulina’s concertante work “Two Paths” in an adaptation by the Munich composer Johannes X. Schachtner for two violoncelli and orchestra. This version was especially created for the Seoul International Music Festival 2014.

20 May 2014
Music Conservatory, 20 Uhr
Chinese premiere: Sofia Gubaidulina
“Fachwerk” for bayan, percussion and string orchestra
Geir Draugsvoll (bayan)
Orchestra of the Music Conservatory of Tianjin
Rong He (direction)

22 May 2014
Beijing Modern Music Festival (final concert)
Beijing Concert Hall, 7:30 PM
Chinese premiere: Sofia Gubaidulina
“Fairytale Poem” for symphony orchestra
Shenzhen Symphony Orchestra
Yongyan Hu (direction)

23 May 2014
Seoul International Music Festival
Music Academy of the National University Seoul, 1 PM
Workshop with an introductional lecture on Sofia Gubaidulina’s St. John Passion, Interview with the composer and performances of selected chamber music works by students (“Chaconne” for piano, Sonata for Piano, Sonata for Double Bass and Piano, String Quartet No. 2)

26 May 2014
Seoul International Music Festival
Chamber Music Hall of the Seoul Arts Center, 5 PM
Students Concert “Gubaidulina and her Contemporaries”:
Gubaidulina’s “Quasi Hoquetus” and works by Alfred Schnittke and Galina Ustvolskaya and others

26 May 2014
Seoul International Music Festival (Portrait Concert)
Seoul Arts Center, Great Concert Hall, 8 PM
Sofia Gubaidulina,
South Korean premiere: “Introitus”. Concerto for piano and chamber orchestra
South Korean premiere: “Rubayat”. Cantata for baritone and chamber orchestra
World premiere: Sofia Gubaidulina / Johannes X. Schachtner
“Two Paths” for two violoncelli and orchestra
Hie-Yon Choi (piano) / Locky Chung (baritone) / Julius and Hyun-Jung Berger (violoncelli)
Korean Chamber Orchestra
Peter Hirsch (direction)


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