Studio Sessions: Composition as a Window to Human Creativity

Barry Conyngham: The Cycle of the Creative Process – A Personal View or How I do it?
University of Melbourne, Australia

Australian composer Barry Conyngham has combined a long career in music with one in universities. After studies with Peter Sculthorpe (1965–69) in Australia and with Toru Takemitsu (1970) in Japan, he established himself in the following decades as one of Australia’s international composers, with premieres and performances of his works in Japan, North and South America, Europe, and at home. Over his career he has published almost 100 works and released over 40 recordings and videos, including those by the London, Netherlands Radio, New Zealand, Sydney and Melbourne Symphony Orchestras, as well as ensembles and soloists from Japan, Europe, America, and Australia. He was the first musician to hold the Chair of Australian Studies at Harvard University (2000–2001). Recently he was appointed Redmond Barry Distinguished Professor of Music at the University of Melbourne (2016), where he is Dean of the Victorian College of the Arts and the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music (since 2011).

Gerd Kühr: Examining the Creative Process from Inspiration to the Transfer of Ideas
University of Music and Performing Arts Graz, Austria

Born in 1952 Gerd Kühr studied composition with Josef Friedrich Doppelbauer at the Salzburg “Mozarteum” and with Hans Werner Henze in Cologne, as well as conducting with Gerhard Wimberger (“Mozarteum”) and with Sergiu Celibidache. He worked as a coach at the Cologne Opera and at the Graz Opera. As orchestral and opera conductor he appears in Austria and abroad. 1992-1994 he was teaching composition as a guest professor at the Salzburg “Mozarteum”, 1994-1995 at the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz, where he is full professor of composition since 1995. As composer he has received many commissions, his works are played at the renowned international festivals and he has received numerous prizes.

Tania León: Essential Components of Creativity: Space, Rhythm, Movement, Humanity
Manhattan School of Music, New York, USA

Tania León is a highly regarded composer, conductor, educator, and advisor to arts organizations. Recent commissions feature Little Rock Nine, an opera with libretto by Thulani Davis and historical research by Henry Louis Gates Jr, and works for the Los Angeles Philharmonic and ICE. A founding member of the Dance Theatre of Harlem, she instituted the Brooklyn Philharmonic Community Concert Series, co-founded the American Composers Orchestra “Sonidos de las Americas Festivals”, was New Music Advisor to the New York Philharmonic, and is the founder/artistic director of Composers Now. Her honors include the New York Governor’s Lifetime Achievement and the American Academy of Arts and Letters. León has received Honorary Doctorate Degrees from Colgate University, Oberlin and SUNY Purchase Colleges. A Professor at Brooklyn College since 1985, she was named Distinguished Professor of the City University of New York in 2006. Most recently she was awarded a 2018 United States Artists Fellowship.

Vladimir Tarnopolski: Inside the Composer’s Brain. Creative Problem-Solving Strategies
Moscow Conservatory of Music, Russia

Vladimir Tarnopolski, Russian composer (1955). He studied composition at the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory with Edison Denisov and Nikolai Sidelnikov and is a frequent guest in many Western contemporary music festivals. He has written commissioned works for orchestras such as the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Münchner Philharmoniker, Ensemble Modern, and Klangforum Wien. Tarnopolski plays a significant role in the development of contemporary Russian musical life. In 1994, Tarnopolski founded the Moscow Forum, an annual International Festival of Contemporary Music, the main focus of which is the integration of contemporary Russian music with Western European contemporary music. His long-term projects, for example, "The Anthology of the Avant-garde", "Red Wheel. The Unknown Russian Music of the XX century,” have obtained recognition in Russia and abroad.




March 16, 2018

Workshop booking online

Workshop participation can now be booked! Please consult the schedule – now available for download – for details on date and time. Only a limited number of people can attend each workshop, so be sure and book early. ...

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January 31, 2018

Registration and symposium booking now open

Registration and symposium booking is now open. Further information is available at the menu entry "Registration". ...

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September 05, 2017

Call for Posters for Training for Creative Excellence

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August 28, 2017

Information Postcard Announcing the Symposium

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