Workshop with Michel van der Aa / ONASSIS CULTURAL CENTRE

Workshop with Michel van der Aa

Michel van der Aa / Ergon Ensemble

16 DEC 2017

The workshop will be held in English.
For musicians and composers
Michel van der Aa will give a lecture regarding his music theater works and elaborate on his method and his relation towards technique.
Participation cost: Free
Michel van der Aa, winner of the 2015 Johannes Vermeer Award and 2013 Grawemeyer Award, is one of today’s most sought-after composers and stage directors. A pioneer in the realms of new music and technology, his staged works—incorporating film and sampled soundtrack—are a seamless hybrid of musical theater and   multimedia.

Van der Aa’s imaginative music theatre works Sunken Garden (2011–12), The Book of Disquiet (2008), After Life (2005–06) and One (2002) have received critical and public acclaim internationally. His repertoire also includes concert works and chamber music for small ensemble, soloists, and soundtrack. He collaborated with Sol Gabetta on the cross-media cello concerto Up-close (2010), which has been performed in 15 countries. His 3D film opera, Sunken Garden (2013), an ‘occult-mystery film-opera,’ was created in partnership with the English novelist David Mitchell, the author of Cloud Atlas.

Van der Aa’s music has been featured at many leading international festivals and is performed regularly by orchestras and ensembles worldwide. Central to Van der Aa’s practice is collaboration and interdisciplinarity. He has worked with classical performers such as Sol Gabetta, Barbara Hannigan, Janine Jansen, Christianne Stotijn and  Roderick Williams, as well as the Portuguese fado singer Ana Moura, pop acts Kate Miller-Heidke and These New Puritans, and well-known European actors like Klaus Maria Brandauer, Samuel West and João Reis.

Since 2011 Van der Aa has been a ‘house composer’ with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. This position led to the creation of several major works including a new violin concerto written for Janine Jansen. At 2017 he was composer-in-residence at the Lucerne Summer Festival and Musica nova Helsinki Festival.

Michel van der Aa’s music is published by Boosey &  Hawkes.

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Saturday, 16 December


Participation cost:

Addressed to:
Musicians and composers

Reservation and more info:
T: 213 017 8002

15 - 16 Dec 2017

20:30 Main Stage
Full price: 7, 15 €
Reduced, Friend & Groups 5-9 people: 12 €
Groups 10+ people: 11 €
Νeighbourhood residents: 7 €
People with disabilities & Unemployed: 5 € | Companions: 10 €

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