The process pieces by Karlheinz Stockhausen, such as Plus-Minus (1963), Prozession (1967), or Spiral, (1968) transfer to the performers an unusually large amount of responsibility regarding the sound material and its
Last summer was the time to sit down and write some sad music. My composition for mezzo-soprano and six instruments, Piangeró la sorte mia, like the aria of the same name for Cleopatra in Giulio Cesare in Egitto
In celebration of their 30-year ensemble anniversary, the Swedish brass quintet Stockholm Chamber Brass asked me to write a work for them. They gave me no limitations, no stipulations, and didn't seem to have any expectations
The "Techniques of Trombone Playing" published in 2017 in the Bärenreiter series was award the Best Edition Prize from the German Musikedition society.
Having grown up playing in concert bands, I am still thrilled by the massive sound this gathering of winds, brasses, and percussion offers. Having rewrite my Love Hurts a few years back and appreciated more rhythmic precision of
Marcus Weiss has been a colleague and friend for many years, one that I have upmost respect for his musical intergrety, intelligence and virtuosity. It was a challange to write a concerto for him, one that woudl showcase his
Mike Svoboda will be playing Mixed Feelings (2001) together with the Staatsorchester Stuttgart the German premiere of a concerto for trombone and orchestra, written by Kurt Schwertsik (*1934) at the New Years Concert of
On 16.10.2016 Mike Svoboda will premiere a concert for trombone by the composer Georg Friedrich Haas together with the SWR Sinfonieorchester, conducted by Alejo Pérez. This trombone concert was a collaborative mission of
With three concerts of Mike Svoboda compositions, the composer was featured at the Festival Zeitgenossen (contemporaries) in the city of Heidenheim, Germany from the 24th to 26th of June, 2015. Alongside a solo performance by Mike Svoboda, there was the German premiere of his Die Bücher der Zeiten, an hour long work for three female voices, trombone and percussion, performed by the Mike Svoboda Ensemble. The third concert was a portrait with the Ensemble AUDITE NOVA under the direction of Maddelena Ernst. Among other compositions it included the German premiere of the quintet Eunoia and 20 French Songs.
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!
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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).
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.
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.
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.
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"
Hohenlohe Brass has commissioned Mike Svoboda to write a work for solo trombone and large brass ensemble, featuring the trombonist Tobias Schiessler.
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 ...
Together with the pianist and festival director Catherine Vickers, Mike Svoboda has recently premiered two new works for trombone and piano.
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, ...
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 ...
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
Svoboda plays Nyman "Trombone Concerto" in Linz with Dennis Russel Davis and the Bruckner Orchester Linz
Mike Svoboda's "Music for Trombone and Orchestra" was premiered at the ECLAT Festival in Stuttgart, Germany l
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.