Wednesday, September 20, 2023

Events in the first week of September

The Center for 21st Century Music was pleased to sponsor some terrific events by guests who were in residence while preparing for the September 7th performance of Prof. Tiffany Skidmore’s The William Blake Cycle (Also co-sponsored by the Center). The guests included saxophonist, Kyle Hutchins, who gave a workshop on composing for his instruments, and composer Ted Moore, who offered a masterclass for our PhD students in composition, as well as a composer talk open to the public. Percussionist Annie Stevens, also in town for The William Blake Cycle, gave an excellent workshop for composers, as well.

Friday, September 15, 2023

Duo Gelland Residency at University at BUffalo - Workshop and Concert

Duo Gelland Violin Duo will be in residence at the University at Buffalo from Monday, September 18 through Tuesday, September 19 for a composition workshop and concert. Additionally, Duo Gelland and UB composers will meet with the students of Buffalo String Works for a new project! Duo Gelland was founded in 1994 by the violinists Cecilia and Martin Gelland who met in the Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra and started exploring the duo repertoire together. The eminent European ensemble turned an 18th century concept into the driving force of contemporary exploration. Their passionate, profound and playful interpretations earned them the Annual German Record Critics' Award 2008, Swedish Nutida Sound 2011, Fanfare Yearbook 2001. They revive forgotten gems with historically inspired insight, and in close collaboration with composers they bring new scores to life - so far nearly 200. Duo Gelland premiered and performed duos and double concerti in Berliner Philharmonie both halls, Konzertverein Wien, Grünewaldsalen Stockholm, Tonhalle Zürich.

Duo Gelland

... with scintillating virtuosity... the fantastic sound worlds of the remarkable Gelland Duo.
The Strad Magazine, May 2008

In a new project, they are going to collaborate with UB composers and Buffalo String Works for the premiere of a new double concerto for Duo Gelland and the Buffalo String Works student string orchestra. A special aspect of the double concerto score is that it uses graphic notation, rather than conventional staff notation. A second work will be created for the Buffalo String Works student orchestra alone. 

Duo Gelland will feature works by Arnold Schönberg, Tiffany M SkidmoreErika FörareMikael ForsmanBirgitte Alsted Zweigeigen, and  Hans-Joachim Hespos in the concert on September 19. Among them, German composer Hans-Joachim Hespos's aglaja - dem engel "katastroph" zum angedenken (2019) will be world premiere!

Workshop Information: 

🗓 Monday, September 18, 2023 

⏰ 11:00 AM - 01:00 PM

📍Baird Recital Hall (North Campus)


Concert Information: 

🗓 Tuesday, September 19, 2023 

⏰ 19:30 PM

📍Baird Recital Hall (North Campus)

💰$10 or free with UB card

Thursday, September 7, 2023

The William Blake Cycle: Unseen, Unbodièd, Unknown by Tiffany M. Skidmore

The Center for 21st Century Music is pleased to announce our season-opening performance of Tiffany Skidmore’s William Blake Cycle. Tiffany is a Visiting Associate Professor in the UB Music Department, and we are very excited to hear these intriguing works, which blend instruments, above all Kyle Hutchins’ saxophones, and electronic sounds in a multimedia theatrical vision.

Since 2015, composer Tiffany M. Skidmore and saxophonist Kyle Hutchins have been collaborating on a cycle of electroacoustic instrumental chamber pieces centered around the saxophone that considers text and characters created by William Blake. Each movement explores relationships between mythological characters in the Blake universe, nonbinary gender identity, sexual politics, and gender stereotypes.

(Kyle Hutchins Website)

The Book of Ahania acts as a refrain throughout the cycle. Ahania, the female emanation of Urizen, is his soul. Urizen becomes jealous and ashamed of his own feminine emanation–he sees her as “sinful” and hides her away until she becomes an unembodied shadow that wanders the earth, becoming “the mother of Pestilence.”

The focus of Blake’s characterization of the first female, Enitharmon, represents “female domination and sexual restraints that limit the artistic imagination.” The Night of Enitharmon’s Joy reinterprets Blake’s poem, conceiving of it as a commentary on sexual oppression/suppression using restrictive pitch/rhythmic materials. Musically, the foundational vocal melody can never develop. Live instrumental lines begin to sprout from above and below the foundation, always forced to loop back due to musical constraints. Electronic snippets of a romantic underlying melody and poetic text emerge periodically from the textures, while a prolonged electronic whisper eventually envelops all other musical elements.

In Vala/Luvah, Vala and Luvah are feminine and masculine emanations of a single entity. Vala/Luvah loves and hates him/her/themself with a fiery, apocalyptic intensity.

Tharmas the father/Enion the mother explores Tharmas’s masculine persona at multiple simultaneous “ages” — he is both a bearded old man and a young man with wings. At the same time, the ecstatic, wailing music of Enion, this being’s feminine persona, gradually fades away, disappearing over the course of the piece.

The Spectre of Urthona depicts the erotic encounter that gives birth to a world full of lush flowers and poisonous fruit.

​The Book of Urizen is focused on the character Urizen, who features prominently in Blake’s Europe: A Prophecy. In Blake’s universe, Urizen represents the first living entity. He is intensely destructive, yet simultaneously “the embodiment of conventional reason and law." This piece explores Urizen’s multifaceted character and story through a complex, wordless setting of passages from Blake’s poem.

​(The Book of Urizen)

Concert Information: 

🗓 Friday, September 07, 2023 

⏰ 07:30PM - 09:00PM

📍 Slee Hall - Lippes Concert Hall (North Campus)

💰 $10 or free with UB card

Soloist Kyle Hutchins, saxophone
Dalia Chin, flute
Rebeccah Parker Downs, cello
Sheldon Johnson, saxophone
Katherine Kennedy, soprano
Jeffrey Siegfried, saxophone
Derek Shapiro, conductor
Justin Anthony Spenner, baritone
Annie Stevens, percussion
Shannon Wettstein, piano
Tiffany M. Skidmore, video and electronics
Ted Moore, Technical Director
Amanda Nelson, Theatrical Director
Artem Bank, Documentation

The Book of Ahania for bass flute and baritone saxophone
The Night of Enitharmon's Joy for flute, tenor saxophone, and electronics
Vala/Luvah for saxophone trio (AAT) and electronics
Tharmas the father/Enion the mother for solo sopranino saxophone
The Spectre of Urthona for two soprano saxophones, cello, piano, percussion, and electronics
The Book of Ahania for bass flute and baritone saxophone
The Book of Urizen for alto saxophone and piano

Text and Images by William Blake
Adaptation by Tiffany M. Skidmore

Monday, May 29, 2023

June in Buffalo 2023: Arditti Quartet

Friday, June 9

Arditti Quartet
Irvine Arditti and Ashot Sarkissjan, violin
Ralf Ehlers, viola
Lucas Fels, cello
4pm, Baird Recital Hall (Room 250, Baird Hall)


This workshop program will feature works for string quartet by distinguished June in Buffalo student participants.


Saturday, June 10
Arditti Quartet
Irvine Arditti and Ashot Sarkissjan, violin
Ralf Ehlers, viola
Lucas Fels, cello
7:30pm, Lippes Concert Hall in Slee Hall

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June in Buffalo is delighted to welcome back the fabulous Arditti Quartet in 2023. On Friday, June 9th, at 4:00 p.m., the Arditti Quartet will present a workshop program in the Baird Recital Hall featuring works for string quartet by June in Buffalo participant composers. On Saturday, June 10th, at 7:30 p. m. in Lippes Concert Hall, the Quartet will performs music by senior composers, including Ann Cleare’s Moil and Robert H.P. Platz’s Strings (Echo VII). The evening also features Artistic Director emeritus David Felder’s Netivot for string quartet and electronics. The evening concludes with a performance of Wolfgang Rihm’s Epilog, for which the Ardittis will be joined by cellist and June in Buffalo Director Jonathan Golove.

Irvine Arditti and the Arditti Quartet have long been closely connected to UB, the Center for 21st Century Music and the June in Buffalo festival. The Center’s previous artistic director, SUNY Distinguished Professor David Felder, wrote all three of his string quartets for the group (the first one dates from 1987-88), who went on to play them at prominent new music festivals worldwide. His latest string quartet, Netivot, written for both the Arditti and JACK Quartets, was premiered by the Ardittis at June in Buffalo 2016. Thanks to the Center’s support, both Irvine Arditti and his quartet have been able to visit June in Buffalo with greatly increased frequency—the quartet was resident ensemble in 2007, 2010, 2016, 2022 and now in 2023, while Irvine Arditti was guest soloist in 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017, 2018, and 2019.

The Arditti Quartet enjoys a worldwide reputation for their spirited and technically refined interpretations of contemporary and earlier 20th century music. Many hundreds of string quartets and other chamber works have been written for the ensemble since its foundation by first violinist Irvine Arditti in 1974. Many of these works have left a permanent mark on 20th century repertoire and have given the Arditti Quartet a firm place in music history. World premieres of quartets by composers such as Abrahamsen, Ades, Andriessen, Aperghis, Birtwistle, Britten, Cage, Carter, Denisov, Dillon, Dufourt, Dusapin, Fedele, Ferneyhough, Francesconi, Gubaidulina, Guerrero, Harvey, Hosokawa, Kagel, Kurtag, Lachenmann, Ligeti, Maderna, Manoury, Nancarrow, Reynolds, Rihm, Scelsi, Sciarrino, Stockhausen and Xenakis and hundreds more show the wide range of music in the Arditti Quartet’s repertoire.

The ensemble believes that close collaboration with composers is vital to the process of interpreting modern music and therefore attempts to work with every composer it plays.The players’ commitment to educational work is indicated by their masterclasses and workshops for young performers and composers all over the world.

Over the past 30 years, the ensemble has received many prizes for its work. They have won the Deutsche Schallplatten Preis several times and the Gramophone Award for the best recording of contemporary music in 1999 (Elliott Carter) in 2002 (Harrison Birtwistle) and in 2018 (Pascal Dusapin). In 2004 they were awarded the ‘Coup de Coeur’ prize by the Academie Charles Cros in France for their exceptional contribution to the dissemination of contemporary music. The prestigious Ernst von Siemens Music Prize was awarded to them in 1999 for ‘lifetime achievement’ in music. They remain to this day, the only ensemble ever to receive it.
The complete archive of the Arditti quartet is housed in the Sacher Foundation in Basle, Switzerland.

David Felder: Netivot (2016)

June in Buffalo 2023: Talujon Percussion

 Thursday, June 8
Talujon Percussion
7:30pm, Lippes Concert Hall in Slee Hall

Talujon Percussion performs works by senior composers and June in Buffalo faculty composer.

  • Jonathan Golove: Here and There with Tiffany DuMouchelle, soprano
  • Mathew Rosenblum: We Lived Happily During the War with Jamie Jordan, soprano

Saturday, June 10

Talujon Percussion

4pm, Baird Recital Hall (Room 250, Baird Hall)

Program will include percussion works by June in Buffalo participant composers.

The June in Buffalo festival is looking forward to hosting repeat visitors of the Center for 21st Century Music, Talujon. On Thursday, June 8th, at 7:30 p.m., Talujon will present music for percussion and voice in Lippes Concert Hall. The program features Mathew Rosenblum’s We Lived Happily After The War with Jamie Jordan, soprano and Jonathan Golove’s Here and There with Tiffany Du Mouchelle, soprano. In addition, they will perform percussion works by June in Buffalo participant composers on Saturday, June 10th, at 4:00 p.m. in Baird Recital Hall.

 Described by the New York Times as possessing an "edgy, unflagging energy", Talujon has committed itself to the growth of contemporary percussion music through diverse performance, commissioning, educational, and outreach activities.

Highlights of Talujon’s recent engagements include appearances at the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Next Wave Festival, Bang on a Can Marathon, Carnegie Hall, ISSUE Project Room, Miller Theatre, and New York Historical Society. International performances include Taipei’s Lantern Festival and Italy’s Sound Res Festival. In addition to its diverse performance schedule, Talujon has conducted residencies, clinics, and master classes at institutions across the US. Collaborators include Dewa Alit, Nick Brooke, Chien Yin Chen, Alvin Lucier, Eric Moe, Steve Ricks, Ralph Shapey, Henry Threadgill, Ushio Torikai, and Julia Wolfe.

Talujon partners with New York City Public Schools and the Midori and Friends organization to produce educational programming across New York City’s five boroughs. The ensemble’s playing can be heard on the Cantaloupe, Tzadik, Unseen Worlds, New World, Bridge, Albany, and Capstone record labels.


Talujon performing Julia Wolfe's Dark Full Ride


Petr Kotik, The Plains at Gordium

Performed by Talujon



Sunday, May 28, 2023

June in Buffalo 2023: Slee Sinfonietta

 The Slee Sinfonietta is the professional chamber orchestra in residence at the University at Buffalo and the flagship ensemble of the Robert and Carol Morris Center for 21st Century Music. The Sinfonietta presents a series of concerts each year that feature performances of challenging new works by contemporary composers and lesser-known works from the chamber orchestra repertoire. Founded in 1997 by composer David Felder and comprised of a core group including UB faculty performance artists, visiting artists, national and regional professionals and advanced performance students, the group is conducted by leading conductors and composers. This ensemble has produced world-class performances of important repertoire for over 25 years, and its activities include touring, professionally produced recordings, and unique concert experiences for listeners of all levels of experience.

The Slee Sinfonietta is an ensemble of flexible size. For June in Buffalo 2023, the Slee Sinfonietta presents four programs mixing solo works, chamber music, and larger groupings, led by guest conductor Daniel Brottman.

Photo of Daniel Brottman

Tuesday, June 6

Soloists of the Slee Sinfonietta

4pm, Baird Recital Hall (Room 250 Baird Hall)


Music by June in Buffalo participant composers, as well as selected piano works by Péter Eötvös, György Kurtág, Béla Bartók and Tomasz Sikorski, with pianists Nicholas Emmanuel and Haeyeun Jeun.

Wednesday, June 7

Slee Sinfonietta, with members of the Arditti Quartet
Daniel Brottman, conductor

7:30pm, Lippes Concert Hall in Slee Hall


Larger ensemble works by several June in Buffalo participant composers, in an evening combining works by senior composers and featuring members of the Arditti Quartet. The program includes the world premiere of vl2 for violin duo by Robert HP Platz, as well as his Maro for solo violin, played by Irvine Arditti and Ashot Sarkissjan.

Thursday, June 8

Chamber musicians of Slee Sinfonietta
Daniel Brottman, conductor

4pm, Baird Recital Hall (Room 250, Baird Hall)

Chamber music by June in Buffalo participant composers.


Sunday, June 11
Closing Concert: Slee Sinfonietta

Daniel Brottman, conductor
Tiffany Du Mouchelle, soprano

2pm, Lippes Concert Hall in Slee Hall


Slee Sinfonietta performs works by June in Buffalo senior composers.


·         Jonathan Golove: Imaginary Songs

for soprano, alto flute and cello


·         Robert H.P. Platz: Wunderblock

for alto flute (solo), bass clarinet and percussion (duo), and violin, viola, cello (trio), performed individually and as a sextet


·         Melinda Wagner: Four Settings

for soprano, flute, clarinet, violin, cello and piano


June in Buffalo 2023: [Switch~ Ensemble

Friday, June 9

[Switch~ Ensemble] with special guest Jamie Jordan and Wooden Cities
7:30pm, Lippes Concert Hall in Slee Hall

Alexander “Sasha” Ishov, flutes
Madison Greenstone, clarinets
Dannel Espinoza, saxophones
Lilit Hartunian, violin
Cori Trenczer, cello
Amy Garapic, percussion
Andrew Zhou, piano
Jason Thorpe Buchanan, electronics
Jeff Means, conductor
with Jamie Jordan, soprano
and members of Wooden Cities

The June in Buffalo festival is thrilled to welcome back the [Switch~ Ensemble], who have been regular performers in the Festival and at the Center. They last visited the Center for 21st Century Music for a terrific residency from February 27 to March 2, 2023. For June in Buffalo 2023, they will be performing senior composer Melinda Wagner’s unsung cordata, Ann Cleare’s luna (the eye that opens the other eye), and 93 million miles away, and, with soprano Jamie Jordan, Mathew Rosenblum’s Falling. They will be joined by members of Wooden Cities in a tribute performance of Robert Phillips’ O Haupt Voller Blut und Wunden.

A new music ensemble for the 21st Century, the [Switch~ Ensemble] is dedicated to the creation of new works for chamber ensemble: they bring bold new acoustic, electroacoustic, and multimedia projects to life. At the core of each performance is their commitment to the total integration of technology and live musicians. They strive for compelling artistry achieved through the seamless creation, production, and execution of new music, and believe that working directly with composers—in a medium where the score is a point of departure rather than a finish line—allows for new and thrilling musical possibilities.

[Switch~] contributes to the future of the genre by strongly advocating for and commissioning the music of a new generation of emerging young composers. They have enjoyed fruitful collaborations with both emerging and established composers, with commissions and premieres of works by composers including Anna-Louise Walton, Alican Çamci, Igor Santos, Katherine Young, Stefano Gervasoni, Stefan Prins, Wojtek Blecharz, Anthony Vine, Rand Steiger, Philippe Leroux, Timothy McCormack, Tonia Ko, James Bean, Matt Sargent, Marianthi Papalexandri-Alexandri, Esaias Järnegard, Sivan Eldar, Julio Zúñiga, Zeynep Toraman, Alexander Schubert, Adrien Trybucki, Elvira Garifzyanova, Santiago Diez-Fischer, Lisa Streich, Anthony Pateras, and many others.

Founded in 2012 at the Eastman School of Music, the [Switch~ Ensemble] looks toward the future of contemporary music. They are dedicated to performing high-level chamber music integrated with cutting-edge technology and supporting emerging and early career composers. They are passionate about helping to build a diverse canon of 21st century works that leaves space for all voices—especially those that have historically been excluded from our field.”


[Switch~] plays Up Close (2019) by Katharina Rosenberger


Wooden Cities - Ribble Bobble Pimlico

Friday, May 26, 2023

June in Buffalo 2023: Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra

 Tuesday, June 6

Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra

7:30pm, UB Center for the Arts

Fernanda Lastra, conductor

June in Buffalo welcomes back the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, who will perform the first evening concert of the 2023 Festival with an exciting program of works by the JiB’s senior composers and its long-time Artistic Director, David Felder. The program includes Mathew Rosenblum’s Eliza Furnace and Melinda Wagner’s Proceed, Moon, along with David Felder’s Die Dämmerungen: movements 1-3. The BPO will be led by Maestra Fernanda Lastra. Ms. Lastra is the BPO’s Conductor Diversity Fellow, a post she assumed in September 2022.

Fernanda Lastra was born in Mar del Plata, Argentina. As a passionate and creative conductor, she is interested in a wide variety of repertoire, including symphonic, contemporary, and operatic works. In 2022, Fernanda is appointed Conductor Diversity Fellow at the Buffalo Philharmonic under the mentorship of JoAnn Falletta. In this role Fernanda serves as assistant conductor, cover conductor, and main conductor for the BPO Family Kids series and Music for Youth concerts. Fernanda also serves as a member of the BPO’s artistic team, the BPO's music education committee and the BPO’s Diversity Council, among other responsibilities.

As guest conductor Fernanda has led professional and youth orchestras in the United States, Argentina, and Brazil. Some of her previous engagements include conducting the National Orchestra of Argentine Music "Juan de Dios Filiberto" at the CCK National Auditorium in Buenos Aires, and the production of Missy Mazzoli's opera Song from the Uproar in collaboration with Demaskus Theatre and Kassia Ensemble in Pittsburgh.

Fernanda Lastra is a passionate advocate for Latin American composers, especially those from Argentina. In 2020, Fernanda created Compositores.AR, a cycle of interviews of Argentinian composers in collaboration with MúsicaClasicaBA in Buenos Aires.

From 2021-2022 Fernanda Lastra served as Director of Orchestras at Augustana College in Rock Island, IL, where she led the Symphony and Chamber orchestras. She also served as Assistant conductor for the University of Iowa Symphony Orchestra from 2018-2022.

More about the history of Buffalo’s remarkable and innovative BPO, including its various connections to the Music Department at the University at Buffalo.

 David Felder’s Die Dämmerungen was commissioned by the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and premiered by the Orchestra in 2019. Here is a sample

Thursday, May 25, 2023

June in Buffalo 2023 Senior Composer: Melinda Wagner

We are honored to that Melinda Wagner will join us at June in Buffalo this year as a senior composer, and we’re quite excited to hear the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra perform her magnificent Proceed, Moon: Fantasy for Orchestra on the first evening concert of the Festival.

Celebrated as an “...eloquent, poetic voice in contemporary music...” [American Record Guide], Melinda Wagner’s esteemed catalog of works embodies music of exceptional beauty, power, and intelligence. Wagner received widespread attention when her colorful Concerto for Flute, Strings and Percussion earned her the Pulitzer Prize in 1999. Since then, major works have included Concerto for Trombone, for Joseph Alessi and the New York Philharmonic, a piano concerto, Extremity of Sky, commissioned by the Chicago Symphony for Emanuel Ax, and Little Moonhead, composed for the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, as part of its popular “New Brandenburgs” project.

Noted for its “...prismatic colors and...lithe sense of mystery...” [Washington Post], Extremity of Sky has been performed by Emanuel Ax with the National Symphony (on tour), the Toronto and Kansas City Symphonies, and the Staatskapelle Berlin.

Championed early on by Daniel Barenboim, Wagner has received three commissions from the Chicago Symphony; the most recent of these, Proceed, Moon, was premiered under the baton of Susanna Mälkki in 2017. Other recent performances have come from the Philadelphia Orchestra, the American Composers Orchestra, the United States Marine Band, BMOP, the American Brass Quintet, the Empyrean Ensemble, and the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society.

Among honors Wagner has received is a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship, and awards from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and ASCAP. Wagner was given an honorary doctorate from Hamilton College, and a Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Pennsylvania in 2003. Melinda Wagner was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 2017.

A passionate and inspiring teacher, Melinda Wagner has given master classes at many fine institutions across the United States, including Harvard, Yale, Eastman, Juilliard, and UC Davis. She has held faculty positions at Brandeis University and Smith College and has served as a mentor at the Atlantic Center for the Arts, the Atlantic Music Festival, and Yellow Barn. Ms. Wagner currently serves on the faculty of the Juilliard School of Music.
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Four Settings: I. Last Poem by Melinda Wagner

Four Settings: II. The Wings by Melinda Wagner


The complete Four Settings will be performed by the Slee Sinfonietta and soprano Tiffany DuMouchelle on Sunday, June 11th 2:00 p.m. in Lippes Concert Hall.


Melinda Wagner’s work can be found here:

June in Buffalo 2023 Senior Composer: Robert HP Platz

This year marks the first “in person” visit by composer and conductor Robert HP Platz to June in Buffalo as a JiB senior composer. Robert was a virtual member of our faculty of senior composers in 2020, and it’s a great pleasure to be able to welcome him to campus and to Buffalo.

Born in Baden-Baden in 1951, Robert HP Platz studied music theory, piano, and conducting in Freiburg im Breisgau with Wolfgang Fortner, musicology with Elmar Budde, and for some time, parapsychology with Hans Bender. He then moved to Cologne to study with Karlheinz Stockhausen and completed training in conducting with Francis Travis in 1977 in Freiburg. He lives and works in Cologne.

Since 1989, Platz’s compositions have formed parts of a diary-like collection that consists of associative leaps in which individual works stand for themselves but are closely connected structurally and can be to some extent played simultaneously. For this “polyphony of forms,” performers are spread around the room in such a way as to allow the individual works to polyphonically percolate and overarch one another.

Robert HP Platz has received commissions from SWR, WDR, Saarländischer Rundfunk, the Sinfonieorchester Aachen, Staatstheater Cottbus, Klangforum Wien, the E-MEX-Ensemble, the Adritti Quartet, Ensemble Alternance, and many others as well as festivals including the Donaueschingen Festival, ECLAT, Wien Modern, the Beethovenfest Bonn, and ACHT BRÜCKEN.

In 1978 and 1979 he received a scholarship from Südwestfunk’s Heinrich-Strobel-Stiftung and lived for a long time afterwards in the USA and Paris, where he worked at IRCAM. Platz lived at the Künstlerhof Schreyahn in 1989-1990 and was composer in residence at Villa Serbelloni in 1990 on invitation from the Rockefeller Foundation. Two years later he had a long and formative stay in Japan.

From 1980-2001 Platz directed the Ensemble Köln, commissioning compositions from many renowned colleagues. Platz has worked with a number of ensembles and orchestras as a guest conductor, including Ensemble Modern, Klangforum Wien, Ensemble Musikfabrik, the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, the orchestras of SWR, SR, and NDR, Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg, the Bamberg Symphony, and Bayerische Staatsoper, as well as at international festivals in Salzburg, Helsinki, Donaueschingen, and Strasbourg. Platz’s conducting has been documented on numerous CDs. His portrait CD on Mauro Lanza with the Ensemble Alternance received an award from the Académie Charles Cros, and his first Hosokawa CD on NEOS received a Clef d’Or as the “CD of the Year 2009.”

Lecturing and teaching has brought Platz to many European countries, as well as the USA, Mexico, Israel, Indonesia, South Korea, and Japan; he has also been a lecturer at the Darmstadt Summer Course on a number of occasions. Between 2000 and 2007, Platz was artistic director of the Schreyahner Herbst festival. Pfau Verlag published the volumes “TOP: Skizzentagebuch” and “…weil die Welt und wir mit ihr so sind“ (Texte zur Musik 1972–2014). In 2013 Bärenreiter Verlag published “Technik des Violinspiels” (with Irvine Arditti). Another publication about Robert HP Platz is in the works for 2021 (Pfau Verlag, ed. Gordon Kampe). Since 2016, piano maker Steingraeber has been building the first ever MIDI grand with permanently installed transducers according to the composer’s specifications.

Platz has been a member of the Bureau du Directeur of the Henri Pousseur Electronic Studios, Liège, since 2005, and has been Professor of Composition and Ensemble Direction for New Music at the Musikhochschule Würzburg since 2018.

Platz was working on the ensemble cycle 6 Welten: Container, that premiered at the Kölner Philharmonie in 2022, as well as on the (chamber) musical theatre piece Anderswo, and a work for solo violin and chamber orchestra.
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Robert HP Platz - Anderswo: Wand für Kammerorchester

Broken Book Skizze (1999)
for flute, violin, viola and Violoncello by Robert HP Platz

June in Buffalo is pleased to present the world premiere of vl2 for violin duo performed by Irvine Arditti and Ashot Sarkissjan of the Arditti Quartet on the Wednesday, June 7th, 7:30 p.m. in Lippes Concert Hall. Also featured on this program Platz’s Maro for solo violin played by Irvine Arditti.

Robert HP Platz’s work can be found here: