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Academy – Competition – Festival

impuls promotes and supports young composers not only within its Academy, but also through the impuls Composition Competition. impuls commissions up to 6 new works for ensemble every second year from young composers selected by a jury. Subsequently these composers are invited to take part in the impuls Composition Workshop in Vienna and Graz – where their new works are collectively rehearsed and discussed extensively with musicians of world-class ensembles such as Klangforum Wien – as well as to the premiere of their new pieces within the impuls Academy and Festival in Graz. impuls also intends to support the composers' works beyond that through recordings respectively broadcasting and additional concerts.

In the framework of to the impuls Academy and the impuls Festival, five new pieces are premierèd which have been commissioned as part of the impuls composers’ competition. Klangforum Wien, conducted by prestigious conductors as Enno Poppe, proves to be a high-carat partner in this venture; and in addition they offer reading sessions for young composers in the context of the impuls Academy.

Academy – Competition – Festival


16 February 2019
10.00 a.m.
Graz, KUG. MUMUTH, Rehearsal Room impuls Academy and Festival Reading-Sessions
Free entry

On top of premiering 5 new "impuls" commission, Klangforum Wien and Ilan Volkov offer a full day with reading-sessions for young composer participants of the impuls Academy, where, amongst others, questions on formal and esthetic aspects, notation and instrumentation are discussed.

Klangforum Wien
Ilan Volkov conductor, moderation
Bernhard Gander composition coach

15 February 2019
7.30 p.m.
Graz, Helmut List Halle impuls Academy and Festival Laureate Concert 5 UA

Nuno Costa — Lillar-D World premiere
Timothy McCormack — Sediment World premiere
Jungeun Park — Stained-echo World premiere
Chris Swithinbank — this line comes from the past World premiere
Hakan Ulus — TāHā World premiere

conductor: Ilan Volkov

Before the concert:
Composers´ Talk
with Nuno Costa, Timothy McCormack, Jung-Eun Park, Chris Swithinbank and Hakan Ulus, 6.30 p.m

The composers on their new works:
Nuno Costa — Lillar-D
Timothy McCormack — Sediment
Jungeun Park — Stained-echo
Chris Swithinbank — this line comes from the past
Hakan Ulus — Tā Hā

13 February 2019
6 p.m.
Vienna, Diehlgasse 51 impuls Academy and Festival Talk: Composition and Interpretation
Free entry

As part of "impuls" the Klangforum Wien opens its doors for a public rehearsal. Afterwards, the conductor Ilan Volkov, the musicians of the Klangforum Wien, and the composers Nuno Costa, Timothy McCormack, Jungeun Park, Chris Swithinbank and Hakan Ulus, entrusted with impuls composition commissions, discuss which synergies, but also which difficulties, are being exchanged between composers and performers. Moderated by Doris Weberberger.

The talk is being held in English!

Chris Swithinbank - this line comes from the past (public rehearsal)
Q & A session with the musicians
Discussion with Ilan Volkov, the composers and the musicians of Klangforum Wien

conductor: Ilan Volkov

An event by impuls in cooperation with mica - music austria and the Klangforum Wien.

10 February 2017
7.30 p.m.
Graz, Helmut List Halle Klangforum PLUS impuls Opening Concert UA UA UA UA UA

Opening concert of the impuls festival as well as the impuls academy 2017 with the first performance of five newly written compositions, commissioned by impuls in the framework of it's composer's competition.

Adam McCartney — A way after remains or reflections UA
Michail Paraskakis — kama UA
Diana Soh — iota UA
Lorenzo Troiani — We are destroyed UA
Carolyn Chen — We were dead and we could breathe. UA

conductor: Enno Poppe

Panel talk with the conductor and the composers at 6 p.m.

The composers about their new pieces:
Adam McCartney — A way after remains or reflections
Michail Paraskakis — kama
Diana Soh — iota
Lorenzo Troiani — We are destroyed
Carolyn Chen — We were dead and we could breathe. 

8 February 2017
Klangforum PLUS Composition and Interpretation

Open rehearsal and discussion with the winner of the impuls composition competition 2015, conductor Enno Poppe, and members of the Klangforum Wien. The first performance of the winner's compositions in concert will be on February 10th, 2017 in Graz, presented by the Klangforum Wien.

Lorenzo Troiani — We are destroyed

conductor: Enno Poppe

Philip Röggla — presentation

Adam McCartney — composer
Carolyn Chen — composer
Michalis Paraskakis — composer
Diana Soh — composer
Lorenzo Troiani — composer

impuls. academy| competition | festival in cooperation with mica – music austria and Klangforum Wien.

13 February 2015
7.30 p.m.
Graz, Helmut-List-Halle Klangforum PLUS impuls UA UA UA UA

Davor Branimir Vincze — Plagiat UA
Wojtek Blecharz — ocean is not enough UA
Ashley Fure — Feed Forward UA
Raffaele Grimaldi — Holon

conductor: Clement Power