Day dedicated to works of five composers


Kaija Saariaho, Michel van der Aa, George Benjamin, Thomas Adès and Bruno Mantovani – these are the five contemporary European composers whose works are highlighted at the 28th Music Biennale Zagreb. Entire day today will be dedicated to their music, from the morning concert at the KIC by the violinist Martin Draušnik, Kaja Farszky on marimba and cellist Mihovil Karuza, to the 11 pm recital at the small Lisinski hall when the pianist Daan Vandewalle will conclude the Biennale Thursday.

The compositions of these renowned, award-winning and widely performed composers are on the program of the afternoon concert of the Croatian String Quartet at the HGZ and are the main focus of one of the largest Biennale projects – tonight's concert of the Croatian Radio and Television Symphony Orchestra at the great Lisinski hall. Experienced Austrian conductor Johannes Kalitzke will take the orchestra and the soloists on an adventure of discovering different dimensions and new sounds in the works of these five composers. The concert opens with Benjamin's composition Sudden Time for orchestra, followed by D'om le vrai sens, concerto for clarinet and orchestra by Kaija Saariaho and Mantovani's Concerto for two pianos and orchestra. In the second part Michel van der Aa's composition Spaces of Blank for mezzo-soprano, orchestra and electronics will be presented, and the evening will be concluded by the performance of the demanding Asyla by Thomas Adès, a composition made famous by the world’s greatest orchestras but also attractive because of its unusual instruments.

The Biennale and the Croatian Radio and Television Symphony Orchestra proudly announce the appearance of prominent Croatian soloists at this concert – clarinetist Davorin Broziæ, mezzo-soprano Martina Gojèeta Siliæ and pianists Katarina Krpan and Danijel Detoni.