Seminar for Composers and Instrumentalists with Michael Jarrell

Seminar for Composers and Instrumentalists

Michael Jarrell

Target Groups: composer, musicians, listeners

Languages: French, German, English

Course location: Chesa da Cultura, Via Dimlej 44, CH-7500 St. Moritz

Seminar for Composers and Instrumentalists with Michael Jarrell
The seminar focuses on the comprehensive musical scope of Michael Jarrell’s music and his extensive pedagogical experience. It addresses composers who wish to present their works and performers who wish to get to know Michael Jarrell’s music and be introduced to the world of Contemporary Music. The works dealt with in the seminar will be performed in the final matinée concert on October 2nd, 2022 at 11 a.m. Michael Jarrell will be at Chesa da Cultura as Composer-in-Residence throughout the entire week. The seminar will open on September 25th 2022, at 6 p.m. with a joint dinner.

Michael Jarrell was born in Geneva in 1958. He studied at the Geneva Conservatoire de Musique with Eric Gaudibart and in several master classes in the U.S. (Tanglewood, 1979). Michael Jarrell completed his education with Klaus Huber at the Freiburg University of Music. Between 1986 and 1988, he was a scholarship student at the Cité des Arts in Paris and a participant in an informatics course at Ircam. 1988/89 he was a scholarship student at Villa Medici in Rome and, until 1990, a member of the Istituto Svizzero di Roma. Michael Jarrell is famous for his distinctive temporary style. Since 1982, his works have received numerous awards: Prix Acanthes (1983); Beethoven Prize of the City of Bonn (1986); Marescotti (1986); Gaudeamus and Henriette Renié (1988); and the Siemens Promotion Prize (1990); and 2001 Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres. Michael Jarrell has composed the following commissioned works: in 2001, a piano concert for Salzburg Festival; in 2007, Un temps de silence in Geneva for Emanuel Pahud and the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande with Heinz Holliger; in 2016, Aquateinte, Concerto for oboe and orchestra with François Leleux as soloist; Des nuages et des brouillards for violin and orchestra; Emergences-Résurgences for viola and orchestra with Tabea Zimmermann. In 2017, a concerto for flute Un temps de silence, a concerto for flute composed for Emmanuel Pahud and premiered with him. Jarrell’s new opera, Bérénice, adapted from Jean Racine was created in 2018 in Paris in co-operation with Barbara Hannigan. His chamber opera, Cassandre, first performed in Paris in 1994, is internationally played and has been translated into seven languages. Since 1993, Michael Jarell has been Professor of Composition at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna. Since 2004, he has been also teaching Composition at the Conservatoire de Musique in Geneva.

Cellist Martina Schucan and clarinetist Ernesto Molinari of the Collegium Novum Zurich will be joined by pianist Mathilde Hoursiangou of the Phase Ensemble Vienna to assist Michael Jarrell by teaching participants during the seminar and performing a selection of Jarrell’s works and works by the composers participants in the final concert.