We are delighted to present Beat Furrer as next guest of the Barenboim-Said Akademie's "Composers' Club" on Tuesday, January 15th, 2019, at 5:00 pm. Among the issues discussed in this seminar will be Furrer’s latest opera, Violetter Schnee, which will be premiered only two days before, on January 13th, 2019, under the baton of Matthias Pintscher at Staatsoper Berlin. The “Composers’ Club” regularly invites eminent composers to present their music and subsequently answer questions of the audience.
Beat Furrer studied conducting with Otmar Suitner and composition with Roman Haubenstock Ramati after having moved to Vienna in 1975. Ten years later, in 1985, he founded Klangforum, the most influential Austrian ensemble for contemporary music with which he is still associated as a conductor. Furrer has composed a wide range of works, from solo and ensemble music to orchestral and choral works and opera. Since 1991, he is a full professor of composition at the Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst in Graz. Furrer has received a variety of awards such as the Golden Lion at the Venice Biennale in 2006 for his work FAMA, the Great Austrian State Prize in 2016 and, in 2018, the Ernst-von-Siemens music prize in recognition of his lifetime's compositional output.
The "Composers' Club" is an initiative of Prof. Stephan Winkler, professor of Music Theory and Composition at the Barenboim-Said Akademie. Everybody is welcome to attend— those who are not students or faculty members of the Akademie are asked to register by sending a short email with name and interest to: stephan.winkler (AT) barenboimsaid.de. Venue of the event is the Mozart-Auditorium of the Akademie.