Oscar Bianchi



Composition

Dates of the masterclass

19th - 28th July

Costs

Application fee
CHF 0.00
Participation fee
CHF 790.00 (for active participants)
CHF 300.00 (for listeners)
Lodging (if desired)
Starting at CHF 250.-
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Course description: Composition

  • world premieres of participants by the Ensemble Modern
  • one to one lessons with faculty composers
  • lectures, seminars by faculty and guest composers and participants showcase
  • masterclass with Ensemble Modern

As the International Young Composers Academy keeps exploring the engaging and diverse possibilities of music making, focus of the 2019 edition will be instrumental and chamber ensemble. Selected participants will be asked to write works to be premiered in Lugano during the festival. Each participant will benefit of dedicated and coached rehearsals and individual lessons. Faculty composers will hold lectures and each participants will have the chance to publicly present their work. A roster of five renown Swiss composers will contribute to the academy participating to the diverse dynamic of the workshop.

 

 

 


Biography

Born in Milan, holding dual Italian-Swiss citizenships, Oscar Bianchi completed degrees in composition, choir conducting and electronic music at the Giuseppe Verdi conservatory of Milan. He pursued studies in composition taking part in master programs such as at IRCAM – Centre Pompidou and with a doctoral degree at Columbia University in New York.

Vitality, pulsing rhythms, and virtuosity are the hallmarks of the music created by Bianchi, who reveals a sensible interest in new phrasings and new ornamentations, something to be expected from someone whose ears are finely attuned to the music from all corners of the globe. A vocal quality, even in his instrumental work, can strike us as a prominent feature of his music. Exuberant and intelligent, this vocal dimension plays with a refined art of accentuations in all its intermediate degrees. We know him now increasingly interested in cantata and opera: at its core, Bianchi’s music continues to be guided by the challenge of dramaturgical and formal issues. The unexpected contrasts between voluble virtuosity and contemplative stasis are the driving force of his flair for dramatic gesture. His music is joyfully violent in breath and in song but may suddenly come to rest in prayer, via a specific harmony, as though struck by the noonday light.

Commissioned by the Aix-en-Provence Festival and Théâtre & Musique, his first opera, Thanks to My Eyes, libretto and direction by Joël Pommerat, received critical acclaim by audiences and critics alike (A masterly portrait of Melancholy, Le Monde, July 7, 2011). His music has been performed by outstanding ensembles and orchestras such as Gewandhaus Leipzig, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Deutsche Symphonie Orchester, Ensemble Modern, Klangforum Wien, JACK quartet, Les Percussions de Strasbourg, Ictus, Quatuor Diotima, Ensemble Remix, Nieuw Ensemble, Ensemble l’Itineraire, Ensemble Contrechamps, International Contemporary Ensemble, Alarm Will Sound, David Grimal, Kammerensemble für neue Musik Berlin, Phoenix Ensemble, Collegium Novum Zürich, Drumming Grupo de Percussão from Porto, Ensemble Laboratorium, Osterreichiches Ensemble für neue Musik, Sound’arte.

Upcoming projects include new works for the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana, Ensemble Modern, Jack, Remix ensemble, London Symphonietta, Asko-Schoenberg and Collegium Novum Zürich. Oscar Bianchi was a guest of the DAAD Kunstlerprogramm Berlin, Pro-Helvetia in Warsaw and Johannesburg and the Atlantic Center for the Arts in Florida. He has been awarded numerous prizes, such as the Gaudeamus first Prize, the Grand Prix de la SACEM, the Dussurget Prize, the Asm-Stv Prize, the Aargauer Kuratorium fellowship and the Ictus fellowship. «Partendo», for countertenor and ensemble, has been awarded with the 2016 IMC International Rostrum of composer’s prize. His CD Portrait won in 2013 the German Record Critics’ Award.

The works of Oscar Bianchi have been performed throughout Europe, Asia and the Americas in prestigious venues such as Philarmonie Berlin, Alice Tully Hall (Lincoln Center, New York); Luzern Festival; Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, La Monnaie, Moscow Philharmonic, Muziekgebouw, Amsterdam; Herkules Saal Munich, Venice Biennale; Musica Festival Strasbourg; Autumn Festival Warsaw; Casa da Musica Porto, Cairo Opera, Ultrashall Berlin; Eclat Stuttgart; Gasteig Munich; Ars Musica, Bozar, Brussels; Archipel, Geneva; Tages für Neue Musik, Zürich; IRCAM Centre-Pompidou, Paris; Abbaye du Royaumont; DRS; RSR; RSI; RAI; France Culture; RFI; TFI; France Inter; RTBF; ORT; SWR; Deutschland Kultur, RBB, Tchaikovsky Conservatory, Moscow; the University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg; Kulturhuset, Stockholm; Sonora Festival, Cologne; OggiMusica, Lugano; Musica è Realtà, Milan; Nuove sincronie, Milan; Milan Conservatory; Teatro Comunale di Bologna, Nuova Consonanza, Rome; CEMAT, Rome.

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