composing masterclass with stefano gervasoni and luis naón,
rehearsals and concert with ukho ensemble kyiv and luigi gaggero
ten selected participants will be asked to compose a concertante piece for 2 or 3 solo instruments and ensemble. after a round of consultations and individual lessons, and a week of rehearsing the pieces with ukho ensemble, five selected works will be performed at a concert. further on - one selected participant will be commissioned a piece by ukho ensemble to be performed in the season of 2018-2019.
stefano gervasoniborn in bergamo in 1962, stefano gervasoni began studying composition in 1980 on the advice of luigi nono: this encounter, as well as others with brian ferneyhough, peter eötvös and helmut lachenmann, turned out to be decisive for his career. after attending the conservatorio giuseppe verdi in milan, stefano gervasoni studied with györgy ligeti in hungary in 1990, and then, in 1992, he attended the ircam course in composition and in computer music in paris. the first three years in france launched gervasoni's international career that eventually led him to be artist-in-residence at villa medici in rome for the biennium1995-1996. with commissions from prestigious institutions such the wdr, the swr, the orchestra nazionale della rai, the münchner kammerorchester, the festival d'automne in paris, radio france, ircam, the casa da musica in porto, the festival archipel in geneva, the divertimento ensemble in milan, the ensemble intercontemporain, the ensemble modern, the ensemble contrechamps in geneva, the maerzmusik festival in berlin, the ars musica bruxelles, the festival musica in strasbourg, the french ministry of culture, milan teatro alla scala and suntory hall in tokyo, stefano gervasoni has established himself as one of the most important italian composers of his generation. his catalogue – which includes chamber and vocal music, concertos, works for orchestra, for ensemble and an opera (limbus-limbo), commissioned for the 50th anniversary of the percussions de strasbourg (2012) – was first published by ricordi, from 1987, and then, from 2000, by suvini zerboni. a monographic cd entitled antiterra, which features the pieces an, animato, antiterra, least bee, godspell, and epicadenza, released in 2008 by aeon, bears witness to «a sonic world of great wealth, subtlety, refinement, expressive but also organic, that immediately captures one’s attention» (philippe albèra). other monographic recording collections include the harmonia mundi cd in the series musique française d'aujourd'hui (ensemble contrechamps), the stradivarius cd by divertimento ensemble and the cd dir-in dir released in 2014 by winter and winter (académie charles cros price and diapason d'or in france). a recent cd by winter and winter, released in 2016, entitled le pré includes the three books of a piano cycle. winner of numerous prizes, including the recent premio della critica musicale "franco abbiati" (2010), his work has allowed him to be a grant-holder at the fondation des treilles in paris (1994) and at the daad in berlin (2006) and composer-in-residence at the domaine de kerguéhennec during the period 2008-2010. he has also been invited to teach at the darmstadt ferienkurse, on the courses organised by the fondation royaumont (paris), at toho university in tokyo, at the festival international di campos do jordão in brazil, at the conservatory in shanghai, at columbia university (new york), at harvard university (boston) and at takefu international music festival. he has been composer-in-residence at lausanne conservatoire (2005) and at yellow barn summer academy (vermont, 2016). moreover, he has been visiting professor at esmuc in barcelona for the 2012-13 academic year. since 2006 stefano gervasoni has held a regular teaching post as professor of composition at the prestigious conservatoire national supérieur de musique et de danse in paris. the musicologist philippe albèra wrote a substantial book on stefano gervasoni's work, stefano gervasoni. le parti pris des sons, published in 2015 by editions contrechamps (geneva).
luis naónborn in la plata, argentina, in 1961, luis naon studied music at the universidad nacional de la plata, universidad católica argentina in buenos aires and at cnsm in paris with guy reibel, laurent cuniot, daniel teruggi, sergio ortega and horacio vaggione. since 1991, for almost twenty six years, he has been teaching composition and new technologies at the paris conservatory. already since his first adult work, final del juego for seven instrument and tape, created at the studio 105 of radio france in 1983, he seeks to express the duality, originating from his studio music experience, and his bilateral cultural affiliation. he is hence noted for his cross-field work in various artistic disciplines that features a long-time collaboration with visual artist abel robino, choreographer odile azagury, theater director françois wastiaux and the valsez cassis company (their co-productions include hamlet, genet’s le bagne, requiem for a chinese bookmaker based on john cassavetes' film, pagès’s parapazzi etc) and others. however, best of all, perhaps, his duality comes through in his cross-genre work – acousmatic and instrumental – as evidenced by many of his mixed works for live electronics, synthesizers, traditional instruments and tape, fixed sounds, installations etc. his works have received many prizes and distinctions, inclusing those of international tribune of composers unesco (for tango del desamparo and speculorum memoria), fondo nacional de las artes (for reflections), trinac prize of the international council of music (for five characters in search of height), olympia composition prize (for shadow of the shadow). naon has closely collaborated with teatro colón (buenos aires), ina-grm, ircam, museum of history of montreuil, orchestre de paris, radio france philharmonic orchestra, orchestra of seine-saint-denis, ensembles tm +, ensemble diagonal, groupo encuentros (argentina), interface, oblique music, quatur tana and many others.
luigi gaggerohas been performing as cimbalom and percussion player for 20 years and, more recently, as a conductor of contemporary music ensembles at important concert halls and festivals all over europe, usa, and china (philharmonics in berlin, paris and kiev, milano musica, carnegie hall, salzburger festspiele, bbc proms in london, biennali in salzburg and venezia, klangspuren…). his original interpretations approach classical and contemporary pieces from the same point of view: in this way ancient music gets colored with the typical freedom of the contemporary music, which, in turn, despite of its complexity, abandons itself to the sweep of “classical” phrasing. gaggero is musical director of the ukho ensemble kyiv, which he co-founded in 2015; he premiered many works written especially for him and the ensemble, and worked together with well-known musicians like marino formenti, mario caroli and frank wörner. the first opera production of the ensemble (limbus-limbo by stefano gervasoni) staged by katya libkind sold out at the national opera of ukraine, receiving 5 stars on classic voice italy. further projects with the ensemble in the next future include cds consecrated to gervasoni (winter & winter), solbiati (ema vinci records), hosokawa (stradivarius) and andreyev (l’empreinte digitale). as a director of his vocal ensemble la dolce maniera (paris), gaggero recorded for stradivarius 2 cds with music by monteverdi and gesualdo: “these fresh interpretations, wrote vittorio ghielmi, far away from any ‘museality’, remind closely of caravaggio’s chiaroscuro and the baroque sculpture, letting this music powerfully come to life again before our eyes”. as a cimbalom player gaggero regularly plays with the best european formations: berliner philharmoniker, filarmonica della scala, sinfonieorchester des ndr hamburg, radio filharmonisch orkest holland, philharmonia orchestra london, orchestre de radio france, ensembles intercontemporain, musikfrabrik, modern, contrechamps. gaggero has played under the direction of abbado, barenboim, boulez, eötvös, hannigan, harnoncourt, holliger, ono, pappano and rattle. he has studied percussions and conducting with andrea pestalozza, cimbalom with márta fábián and, studying with e. guggeis and r. seegers, was the first percussionist to receive the soloist-diploma with honors at the hochschule für musik hanns eisler in berlin. gaggero is professor of cimbalom at the conservatoire and at the académie supérieure de musique in strasbourg, where he also conducts the contemporary music ensemble of the académie.