Spielplan
Mon 28 October 2019
18:00 h Fifty-Fifty in 2030. Gender equality in music, ten years from now: Lectures mdw Campus, Großer Seminarraum E0101 Generations + Diversity
Tue 29 October 2019
18:00 h Fifty-Fifty in 2030. Gender equality in music, ten years from now: Lectures mdw Campus, Großer Seminarraum E0101 Generations + Diversity
Wed 30 October 2019
19:00 h Noche de los Muertos I. Gimme more! echoraum Minimal + Reduction
High pressure + Low pressure
Thu 31 October 2019
18:30 h Maximal Minimal Wiener Konzerthaus, Wotruba-Salon
19:00 h Minimal Night Music – Prelude: pass.age Wiener Konzerthaus, Buffet Schubert-Saal Dance + Performance
Minimal + Reduction
Minimal Night Music
19:30 h Eröffnungskonzert Wien Modern Wiener Konzerthaus, Großer Saal Minimal + Reduction
Opus Magnum + High-altitude mountains
High pressure + Low pressure
Fri 01 November 2019
19:00 h Noche de los muertos II. Gimme more! echoraum Minimal + Reduction
High pressure + Low pressure
Sat 02 November 2019
12:00 h Modified Grounds Brigittenauer Brücke City + Growth
19:30 h Arditti Quartet Wiener Konzerthaus, Mozart-Saal Minimal + Reduction
Generations + Diversity
21:30 h Bar Modern Wiener Konzerthaus, Buffet Mozart-Saal
22:15 h Black Page Orchestra Wiener Konzerthaus, Mozart-Saal High pressure + Low pressure
Generations + Diversity
Sun 03 November 2019
14:30 h Ensemble die reihe. Ein Rückblick Wiener Konzerthaus, Wotruba-Salon
16:00 h Abschiedskonzert die reihe Wiener Konzerthaus, Mozart-Saal Generations + Diversity
18:00 h Bar Modern Wiener Konzerthaus, Buffet Mozart-Saal
19:30 h Schallfeld Wiener Konzerthaus, Mozart-Saal High pressure + Low pressure
Generations + Diversity
Mon 04 November 2019
18:00 h Porträt Bernhard Lang Österreichische Gesellschaft für Musik
19:30 h Jetzt / Blackout. Ascolta Wiener Konzerthaus, Berio-Saal High pressure + Low pressure
20:30 h Bar Modern Wiener Konzerthaus, Buffet Berio-Saal
Tue 05 November 2019
18:45 h Salon PHACE Wiener Konzerthaus, Schönberg-Saal
19:30 h Pierluigi Billone: FACE Dia.De Wiener Konzerthaus, Mozart-Saal Opus Magnum + High-altitude mountains
Wed 06 November 2019
19:30 h Alberto Posadas: Erinnerungsspuren Wiener Konzerthaus, Schubert-Saal Opus Magnum + High-altitude mountains
Thu 07 November 2019
19:30 h 50 Jahre Alban Berg Stiftung. Konzert mit Gespräch und Preisverleihung Wiener Konzerthaus, Schubert-Saal Generations + Diversity
Fri 08 November 2019
18:30 h Fremde Ohren oder: Wie Musiker das hören Wiener Konzerthaus, Großer Saal
19:30 h Alberto Posadas: Poética del espacio Wiener Konzerthaus, Großer Saal Opus Magnum + High-altitude mountains
22:00 h Minimal Night Music. Salon Souterrain: Growth I Gleis 21 City + Growth
Dance + Performance
Minimal + Reduction
Generations + Diversity
Minimal Night Music
Sat 09 November 2019
05:00 h Michael Hersch: sew me into a shroud of leaves Prunksaal der Österreichischen Nationalbibliothek Opus Magnum + High-altitude mountains
22:00 h Minimal Night Music. Salon Souterrain: Growth II Gleis 21 City + Growth
Dance + Performance
Minimal + Reduction
Generations + Diversity
Minimal Night Music
Sun 10 November 2019
11:00 h Josef Matthias Hauer Revisited. Alte Schmiede I Alte Schmiede Minimal + Reduction
Generations + Diversity
15:00 h Salon Souterrain Talk Musikverein, Steinerner Saal
16:00 h Salon Souterrain: Growth III Musikverein, Gläserner Saal Dance + Performance
Generations + Diversity
20:00 h Minimal Night Music. Der Sonnenton Ruprechtskirche Minimal + Reduction
Minimal Night Music
Mon 11 November 2019
18:00 h Junge Musik Reaktor Generations + Diversity
21:00 h Minimal Night Music. In Es-Dur: The Rest is Noise Bockkeller Minimal + Reduction
Minimal Night Music
Tue 12 November 2019
18:45 h Einführungsgespräch Neue Oper Wien MuseumsQuartier Wien, Halle E
19:30 h Bernhard Lang: Der Reigen MuseumsQuartier Wien, Halle E High pressure + Low pressure
Wed 13 November 2019
19:30 h Mirela Ivičević. Erste Bank Kompositionspreis Wiener Konzerthaus, Mozart-Saal Minimal + Reduction
High pressure + Low pressure
Thu 14 November 2019
17:00 h Circle Line Project Ringstraßenbahn City + Growth
18:00 h Miniaturen für Soloinstrumente Musik und Kunst Privatuniversität der Stadt Wien
20:00 h Miniaturen für Soloinstrumente Musik und Kunst Privatuniversität der Stadt Wien
Fri 15 November 2019
18:45 h Einführungsgespräch Neue Oper Wien MuseumsQuartier Wien, Halle E
19:00 h Dschungel Wien Modern: Gras wachsen hören Dschungel Wien Minimal + Reduction
Generations + Diversity
19:30 h Bernhard Lang: Der Reigen MuseumsQuartier Wien, Halle E High pressure + Low pressure
22:00 h Minimal Night Music. SFIEMA Cafe Korb Minimal + Reduction
Minimal Night Music
Sat 16 November 2019
15:00 h Architekturführung BG / BRG Seestadt
16:00 h Wachstum: Lautpoesie und Musik BG / BRG Seestadt City + Growth
Generations + Diversity
18:45 h Einführungsgespräch Neue Oper Wien MuseumsQuartier Wien, Halle E
19:00 h Dschungel Wien Modern: Gras wachsen hören Dschungel Wien Minimal + Reduction
Generations + Diversity
19:30 h Bernhard Lang: Der Reigen MuseumsQuartier Wien, Halle E High pressure + Low pressure
19:30 h Claudio Abbado Konzert. Dieter Schnebel: Sinfonie X Musikverein, Großer Saal Opus Magnum + High-altitude mountains
Sun 17 November 2019
11:00 h Platypus: Beleuchtung der Zeit Reaktor Minimal + Reduction
16:00 h Dschungel Wien Modern: Gras wachsen hören Dschungel Wien Minimal + Reduction
Generations + Diversity
16:00 h Lera Auerbach: Demons + Angels Minoritenkirche Opus Magnum + High-altitude mountains
20:00 h Minimal Night Music. Schtum + Emptyset Steinergasse 8 Minimal + Reduction
High pressure + Low pressure
Minimal Night Music
22:00 h Bar Modern Steinergasse 8
Mon 18 November 2019
10:30 h Dschungel Wien Modern: Gras wachsen hören Dschungel Wien Minimal + Reduction
Generations + Diversity
18:45 h Einführungsgespräch Neue Oper Wien MuseumsQuartier Wien, Halle E
19:30 h Saiten-Tasten Wiener Konzerthaus, Berio-Saal Minimal + Reduction
19:30 h Bernhard Lang: Der Reigen MuseumsQuartier Wien, Halle E High pressure + Low pressure
20:30 h Bar Modern Wiener Konzerthaus, Buffet Berio-Saal
Tue 19 November 2019
10:30 h Dschungel Wien Modern: Gras wachsen hören Dschungel Wien Minimal + Reduction
Generations + Diversity
19:00 h Dschungel Wien Modern: Gras wachsen hören Dschungel Wien Minimal + Reduction
Generations + Diversity
20:30 h Bar Modern Casino Baumgarten
Wed 20 November 2019
10:30 h Dschungel Wien Modern: Gras wachsen hören Dschungel Wien Minimal + Reduction
Generations + Diversity
21:00 h Minimal Night Music. Der blöde dritte Mittwoch Studio Molière Dance + Performance
Minimal + Reduction
Minimal Night Music
Thu 21 November 2019
10:30 h Dschungel Wien Modern: Gras wachsen hören Dschungel Wien Minimal + Reduction
Generations + Diversity
19:00 h Dschungel Wien Modern: Gras wachsen hören Dschungel Wien Minimal + Reduction
Generations + Diversity
19:30 h Danza Permanente. DD Dorvillier + Zeena Parkins Tanzquartier Wien, Halle G Dance + Performance
Fri 22 November 2019
Sat 23 November 2019
Sun 24 November 2019
11:00 h mumok Workshop mumok Generations + Diversity
12:00 h mumok Matinee petite mumok Generations + Diversity
16:00 h Dschungel Wien Modern: Gras wachsen hören Dschungel Wien Minimal + Reduction
Generations + Diversity
19:30 h Land of the Flats. Brigitte Wilfing + Sánchez-Chiong + andother stage Reaktor Dance + Performance
High pressure + Low pressure
Tue 26 November 2019
10:00 h Ingrid Schmoliner. Workshop + Gesprächskonzert Musik und Kunst Privatuniversität der Stadt Wien, Erkersaal
19:30 h Cyber String Species. Kollektiv Mycelium Studio Molière Dance + Performance
21:00 h Bar Modern Studio Molière
Wed 27 November 2019
19:30 h Collegium Novum Zürich Reaktor Minimal + Reduction
Fri 29 November 2019
18:00 h Freie Musikszene Wien. Podiumsdiskussion Wiener Konzerthaus, Wotruba-Salon
19:30 h The People United. Frederic Rzewski + Ingrid Schmoliner Wiener Konzerthaus, Großer Saal Opus Magnum + High-altitude mountains
Generations + Diversity
Sat 30 November 2019
19:30 h Abschlusskonzert Wien Modern Wiener Konzerthaus, Großer Saal Minimal + Reduction
Opus Magnum + High-altitude mountains
High pressure + Low pressure
21:30 h Wien Modern Finale Wiener Konzerthaus, Buffet Mozart-Saal

History Wien Modern

The festival owes its existence to the initiative of the Italian conductor Claudio Abbado. As music director of Vienna State Opera he convinced leading political and cultural representatives of the need to create an independent forum in Vienna for the music of the 20th century. The aim of the new festival, set up in 1988, was to re-vitalise Vienna’s traditional musical scene. In the dialectic between musical tradition and innovation, Wien Modern was conceived as an international platform for the latest musical trends, presenting major works of new music to Vienna’s public.

With this main idea in mind, Wien Modern focused between 1988 and 1995 on the presentation of leading composers of the 20th century. No less than 36 composers of different generations, cultural backgrounds and aesthetical concepts were invited to Vienna and showcased in portrait concerts, workshops and talks. The first years of Wien Modern have contributed to the festival's international reputation and have been decisive in establishing the musical avantgarde in Vienna’s music life.

Theme-related concerts marked the festival programme between 1996 and 1999. The titles of the festival »Foreign Worlds« (1996), »Voices.Words« (1997), »On the Fringe of Europe« (1998) and »Rites.Myths« (1999) highlighted different themes, which play a major role in the production of contemporary music. Wien Modern highlighted the influence of non-European music on the Western avantgarde, shed light on the treatment of the human voice in contemporary music and explored the existence of musical-aesthetical centres and peripheries in Europe.

The focus on theme-related questions has remained an essential aspect of Wien Modern’s artistic concept planning. For example, the production of electronic sound and its impact on New Music were highlighted in Wien Modern 2000. Since then, experimental electronic music has formed an essential part of the festival’s artistic profile. The integration of visual media in 2001 has opened the festival towards other arts: dance, performance, visual arts, film and video – as they interrelate with music have become a vital part of Wien Modern. Wien Modern sees itself today as a forum for the rich diversity of contemporary music and a network to other media.

Since the festival was set up, Lothar Knessl, Karsten Witt, Christoph Becher, Thomas Schäfer, Berno Odo Polzer and Matthias Lošek have all helped shape its artistic profile. Bernhard Günther has been the festival's head since 2016 and with thematic focuses such as »The remaining questions: Where do we come from? Where are we going? And where the hell are we anyway?« (2016), »Pictures in Your Head« (2017) and »Security« (2018), he has been able to treble audience numbers over the past three years. In 2018, Wien Modern broke a new record with 31,491 audience members attending 124 concerts. The motto for 2019 is »Growth« and there will be 80 world premieres and 29 Austrian premieres over 33 days in 100  concerts at 24 venues in 12 districts.