Wien Modern 32


Following the record-breaking edition of Wien Modern in 2018, this may be the right time for the festival to explore growth. But the reason why growth is the theme of the new 32nd edition of Wien Modern in November is a very simple one: as an art of the immediate present, music taps into the heartbeat of our time in its own very special way. Wherever you look, the motto of our world seems to be »faster, higher, stronger«; but there are other possibilities for our ears: time lapses, developments, balance, duration, intensity and dosage are all almost tangible in music – endless lengths and minuscule moments, dramatic climaxes, abstract plains, constant changes and fades into nothing.

Amid a constant pursuit of progress, crumbling growth forecasts and multi-channel overload, the art world of music provides a space for very long and intense aural experiences, as well as tiny, delicate, ephemeral and almost disappearing forms. A number of artists demonstrate during Wien Modern 2019 that it isn’t that difficult to untangle the concept of growth from the one-sided interpretation that has been thrust upon it by its one-dimensional uses in economy, urban planning and politics. From extreme reduction to excessive abundance and back again – the eternal search for just the right measure, somewhere between too much and too little, has seldom been so tangible in music than it is today.

In November 2019, you’ll be able to explore maximalism and minimalism in various forms at venues all across Vienna: a description of a volcanic eruption in the opening concert by the RSO Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra under the direction of its new chief conductor Marin Alsop. The end of an ensemble and the beginning of something new. A work of unprecedented length, intensity and expressiveness you can visit between the end of one night and the beginning of the next, whenever you like. Major, world-encompassing works such as Dieter Schnebel’s Sinfonie X. Tiny miniatures you might encounter in a museum. The Ring tram as an endless locked groove. And (for young people, too) the opportunity to hear grass grow. We look forward to many different encounters with you at Wien Modern 32!


Review 2018  

Waith more than 80 world and first performances in 124 concerts at 29 different venues in 10 districts of Vienna, the programme of Wien Modern 2018, under the motto »Security«, could not have been more varied and attracted record audience numbers. In all, the 31st edition of the 34-day festival drew 31,491 visitors, meaning that interest in Wien Modern has nearly tripled over the past three years.

Around 80 world and first performances of works by Louis Aguirre, Oskar Aichinger, Séverine Ballon, Jürgen Berlakovich, Marius S. Binder, Christine Burke, Angélica Castelló, Aureliano Cattaneo, Friedrich Cerha, James Clarke, Alix Eynaudi, Brian Ferneyhough, Michael Fischer, Luca Francesconi, Beat Furrer, Malte Giesen, Vinko Globokar, Georg Graewe, Georg Friedrich Haas, Boris Hegenbart / David Moss, Hans-Joachim Hespos, Nicolaus A. Huber, IFTAF, Bryan Jacobs, Aaron Jay Kernis, Katharina Klement, Helmut Lachenmann, Herbert Lacina, Bernhard Lang, Seorim Lee, Florijan Lörnitzo, Claudia Märzendorfer, Zahra Mani, Michael Moser / Nik Hummer, Simone Movio, Bertl Mütter, Sarah Nemtsov, Olga Neuwirth, Akira Nishimura, Georg Nussbaumer, Julie Pfleiderer / Oxana Omelchuk / Caroline Daish, Jörg Piringer, Enno Poppe, Julia Purgina, Peter Ruzicka, François Sarhan, James Saunders, Elisabeth Schimana, Iris ter Schiphorst, Wolfram Schurig, Ehsan E. Shanjani, Giovanni Sollima, Timur Stahlie-Sijaric, Johannes Maria Staud, Marco Stroppa, Tugba Uçar, Gergely Vajda, The Vegetable Orchestra, László Vidovszky, Antonius Widmann, Christian Wolff, Zdzislaw Wysocki, Mia Zabelka, Agata Zubel and more.

More than 30 orchestras, choirs and ensembles Airborne Extended, Arditti String Quartet, art ensemble Berlin, Camerata Salzburg, Company of Music, duo-mono-lith, ensemble]h[iatus, ensemble mosaik, ensemble recherche, Ensemble Modern, ensemble sirene, Il Giardino Armonico, Ictus, IFTAF, Klangforum Wien, Koehne Quartet, London Jazz Composers Orchestra, mdw scratch orchestra, Minguet Quartett, möström, Münchner Knabenchor, MUKpercUssion, One.Night.Band, ORF Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra, PHACE, students of Vienna Music School, of the J. S. Bach Music School Vienna and the VS Herderplatz, Studio Dan, Trio Accanto, The Vegetable Orchestra, Webern Ensemble Wien, Wien Diesel, Vienna Philharmonic, Vienna Symphony Orchestra and others.

Many soloists and conductors Oskar Aichinger, Pierre-Laurent Aimard, Giovanni Antonini, Irvine Arditti, Séverine Ballon, Wolfgang Bankl, Jürgen Berlakovich, Sebastian Berweck, Beyond Trio, Szabolcs Brickner, Markus Butter, Dario Calderone, Sylvain Cambreling, Audrey Chen, Georgette Dee, Harald Demmer, Christian Dierstein, Ilse Eerens, Susanne Elmark, Jury Everhartz, Agustí Fernández, Marino Formenti, Julius Gabriel, Annelie Gahl, Susanna Gartmayer, Georg Graewe, HK Gruber, Daniel Gutmann, Barry Guy, Hans-Jürgen Hauptmann, Nicolas Hodges, Philip Jeck, Netia Jones, Johannes Kalitzke, Salome Kammer, Steve Karier, Otto Katzameier, Martin Kiener, Sophie Kim, Patricia Kopatchinskaja, Michael Laurenz, Thomas Lehn, Johan Leysen, Han-Gyeol Lie, Brad Lubman, Barbara Lüneburg, Jean-Bernard Matter, Matthias Meinharter, Wolfgang Mitterer, Lars Mlekusch, Michael Moser, Bertl Mütter, Lucas Niggli, Jerôme Noetinger, Nacho de Paz, Jan Petryka, Jörg Piringer, Tilmann Rönnebeck, Peter Ruzicka, Sarah Maria Sun, François Sarhan, Matthäus Schmidlechner, Gunter Schneider, Nurit Stark, Ulrich Troyer, Tamás Varga, Mark Vernon, Marcus Weiss, Tim Schomacker, Ilan Volkov, Anke Vondung, Duncan Ward, Andrew Watts, Martin Winkler, Marta Zapparoli, Agata Zubel, Manuel Zurria and many more.

You can find all past projects of Wien Modern in the archive; you can find photos from recent festivals in the galleries.

We would like to say thank your for the very many extraordinary festival moments, for your interest and we look forward to seeing you again in the autumn of 2019!

Outlook 2019

Between October 28 and November 30 there will be a lot of world premieres on growth as the theme of the festival: by Peter Ablinger, Lera Auerbach, Pierluigi Billone, Francis Burt, Jérôme Combier, Reinhard Fuchs, Beat Furrer, Clemens Gadenstätter, András Gelléri, Elisabeth Harnik, Michael Hersch, Katrin Hornek / Judith Unterpertinger, Mirela Ivičević, Michael Jarrell, Elias Jurgschat, Hannes Kerschbaumer, Katharina Klement, Herbert Lacina, Bernhard Lang, Klaus Lang, Liquid Penguin, Misato Mochizuki, Marco Momi, Sarah Nemtsov, Sergej Newski, Zeena Parkins, Gérard Pesson, Simeon Pironkoff, Gerald Resch, Jorge Sánchez-Chiong, Rebecca Saunders, Ingrid Schmoliner, Martin Schüttler, Charlotte Seither, Alexander Stankovski, Johannes Maria Staud, Wolfgang Suppan, German Tóro-Pérez, Joanna Wozny, Jaime Wolfson, Mia Zabelka and many more.

You can find preliminary details of the programme of the 2019/20 season from selected festival partners such as Wiener Konzerthaus, ORF Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra, Vienna Symphony Orchestra, Klangforum Wien, PHACE, Neue Oper Wien, Dschungel Wien, TanzQuartier Wien and others. The complete programme will be published before tickets go on sale online on September 9, 2019. Click here if you want to receive a copy of the programme and the newsletter.


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