[archived news]

New concerto from Georg Friedrich Haas

Mike Svoboda will premiere a new work from the Austrian composer Georg Friedrich Haas at the Donaueschinger Musiktage 2016 in Donaueschingen, Germany. Further performances are planed for Vienna and Basel. The work is still to be composed, but the first step has been taken: a date, venue and commission for the premiere!

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New Duo from Beat Furrer

Together with the soprano Golda Schultz, Mike Svoboda premiered a new work by the Swiss composer Beat Furrer at the Festival Dialoge in Salzburg in November 2015. It was part of a recital that the singer Golda Schultz gave on the 28th of November at the Mozarteum in Salzburg.

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new composition: Triple Concerto

In December of 2013 Mike Svoboda was commissioned by the Sieghardt Rometsch Foundation to compose a work featuring the three winners of the 2013 Aeolus Competition, Tom Poulson, trumpet, Sebastiaan Kemner, trombone, and Rubén Durá de Lamo, tuba. This work, written in the summer of 2014 and called simply Triple Concerto, will be given its premiere performance on the 17th of April in Cottbus, Germany, with the mentioned soloist and the Philharmonisches Orchester Cottbus under the direction of their conductor Evan Christ, with a following performance on the 10th of April. http://www.staatstheater-cottbus.de/programm/konzerte/artikel_7-philharmonisches-konzert-2015.html

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New Publisher: Boosey & Hawkes

In January 2014, Mike Svoboda signed some 20 past works and all new works exclusively with publisher Boosey & Hawkes. Besides the orchestra works and works for the stage, some of the most recent compositions such as Luminous Flux (2014) for 8 voices and percussion, Eunoia (2014) for female voice, trombone, violoncello, piano, and percussion are now available for hire and sale. Music for Trombone, Piano and Percussion (2011) as well as Music for Trombone and Ensemble (2012) will be available at the end of April.

Mike Svoboda at Boosey & Hawkes: http://www.boosey.com/pages/cr/composer/composer_main.asp?site-lang=en&composerid=100116

Eunoia on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pi8EddpHgIU

Luminous Flux on SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/mikesvoboda/mike-svoboda-luminous-flux-for-8-voices-and-percussion

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Les Trombones du Bâle concerts in May

On May 29th in Mannheim, Germany and on the 30th in Basel, Switzerland, Mike Svoboda’s trombone ensemble les trombones de bâle was playing two concerts entitled „we are monkeys with money and guns“. With works for 1 to 8 trombones written by the American composers John Cage, Sidney Corbett, David Rosenboom, Tom Johnson, Aaron Cassidy, Mike Svoboda, and Robert Erickson, the program covered a range of music over the past 50 years. The ensemble consisted of present and former students of Mike Svoboda, as well as a few special guests. The 29th of May is in Mannheim, Germany and the 30th of May in Basel, Switzerland. Further Information: https://www.facebook.com/lestrombonesdubale

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Workshop/competition new music theater for young audiences

The Stuttgart organization IndieOper e.V. was offering an exciting workshop/competition for new works of music theater for young audiences. In two workshops in May and October 2015, young composers were coached by a team – Manfred Weiß, stage direction, Sarah Sun, voice, Mike Svoboda, composition, Johannes Fuchs, dramaturgy on writing for this special and important genre. A final presentation of three commissioned pieces from the workshop participants were presented in March 2016. More information and registration: http://www.indieoper.de/pitch.html

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Erwin, das Naturtalent – again in Vienna

In collaboration with the internationally renown Wiener Sängerknaben (Vienna Boys Choir) and the Volksoper Wien, Mike Svoboda's family opera "Erwin, das Naturtalent" saw another series of performances in Vienna, Austria in March, 2015. In this new production, the 6th since the premiere in Stuttgart in 2005, the main roles of Erwin and his friend Rosa will be sung for the first time by children, a boy mezzo (Erwin) and a young girl (Rosa). Further informaition: http://www.volksoper.at/Content.Node2/home/spielplan/spielplan_detail.php?event_id=962938848&produktion_id=960462106

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premiere in vienna : erwin, das naturtalent

In collaboration with the internationally renown Wiener Sängerknaben (Vienna Boys Choir) and the Volksoper Wien, Mike Svoboda's family opera "Erwin, das Naturtalent" will receive it's Austrian premiere on February, 2014. In this new production, the 6th since the premiere in Stuttgart in 2005, the main roles of Erwin and his friend Rosa will be sung for the first time by children, a boy mezzo (Erwin) and a young girl (Rosa).

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new composition at the lucerne festival 2013 : robin hood

For a commissioned work touching on the theme of revolution and Robin Hood, Mike Svoboda teamed up with Manfred Weiss once again (after "Erwin,das Naturtalent" and "Der unglaubliche Spotz") to write a new music theater for a young audience. Their new work called "Robin Hood - too good to be true" is scored for a singer and brass quintet and was premiered at the Lucerne Festival on 7th of September, 2013.

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Darmstadt course for new music : new brass academy in August 2014

Since the similarities between the brass instruments clearly outweigh the differences, the new brass academy has been established within the Darmstädter Ferienkurse für Neue Musik as a forum for all brass players wishing to intensify their interest in and expertise with New Music.

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New solo CD for WERGO

November 2011 Mike Svoboda recorded a new solo cd in Dolby Surround Sound 5.1. with four major works of the 20th century. The CD came out last summer on the WERGO label.

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Premiere of a new setting of "The Soldier's Tale" at Bern City Theater

Mike Svoboda has written 30 minutes of music for clarinet, violin, and piano to complement Stravinsky's five pieces out of his "Suite from The Soldier's Tale"

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Mike Svoboda commissioned to write for trombone and brass ensemble

Hohenlohe Brass has commissioned Mike Svoboda to write a work for solo trombone and large brass ensemble, featuring the trombonist Tobias Schiessler.

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Mike Svoboda premieres works by Hans Schoenthal (1896-1937)

The Hans-Schoenthal-Society presents works newly discovered works by an unusual Swiss composer and poet. The Kammerphilharmonie Graubünden plays under the direction of Sebastian Tewinkel with Andri Perl ...

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New works for trombone and piano premiered

Together with the pianist and festival director Catherine Vickers, Mike Svoboda has recently premiered two new works for trombone and piano.

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Cologne Philharmonic commissions Svoboda to compose a new organ project

No composer is so deeply connected to our concept of the organ as Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) is. For me it is clear, that if I am to set the organ of the Cologne Philharmonie in a new context, ...

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New solo cd with works by Cage, Nono, Scelsi, and Stockhausen

Mike Svoboda has recorded another CD for the label WERGO, his 6th for the company based in Mainz, Germany. As with the five recorded over the past 10 years ...

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Michael Nyman Trombone Concert broadcast

A live recording of the concert from the 13th of October with Mike Svoboda playing the Trombone Concerto from Michael Nyman can be heard at 7.30 pm on November 11th in Austrian Radio

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Svoboda plays Nyman "Trombone Concerto" in Linz

Svoboda plays Nyman "Trombone Concerto" in Linz with Dennis Russel Davis and the Bruckner Orchester Linz

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Music for Trombone and Orchestra premiered in Stuttgart

Mike Svoboda's "Music for Trombone and Orchestra" was premiered at the ECLAT Festival in Stuttgart, Germany l

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New Trio Weiss - Henneberger - Svoboda

On May 25th in Basel Switzerland the "Trio Weiss - Henneberger - Svoboda" played a concert with new works for saxophone, trombone and piano - all world premieres.

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Pression by Helmut Lachenmann in a version for solo trombone

Mike Svoboda premiered a version of Helmut Lachenmann's groundbreaking work for solo cello (1969) at the Witten Festival for new chamber music in May, 2011.

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New work for voice and harp

Anne-May Krüger (mezzo-soprano) and Beate Anton (harp) premiered Mike Svoboda's recent composition "Da steht geschrieben "(2011) on March 19th in Nürtingen, Germany.

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First generation "zone expérimentale" at the University of Music Basel graduated

The official title of the masters program for contemporary music at the University of Music Basel is "Masters of Arts in specialized performance of contemporary music".

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New Production of Erwin, das Naturtalent in Augsburg

The opera in Augsburg, Germany has staged a beuatiful new production of Mike Svoboda's "Erwin, das Naturtalent", now the 6th since the premiere of the work in Stuttgart in 2005.

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sex, drugs and new music on youtube

The live-recording of Mike Svoboda's 40 minute work for 8 musicians and a vocalist with video art from Dietrich Hahne can now also be seen on YouTube. Recorded on November 10th, 2007

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New solo for trombone by Heinz Holliger

Svoboda premiered a new work for solo trombone at the Wittener Festival last May 2011 by Swiss composer/oboist/conductor Heinz Holliger called "Deux Lectures de Korsovel".

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premiere of Music for Open Spaces

Mike Svoboda's new 45-minute work will open the Niedersächsische Musiktagen on September 4th in Braunschweig

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spotz on youtube

The Stuttgart production of Mike Svoboda chamber opera for kids "Der unglaubliche Spotz" can now be seen on YouTube

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