Wednesday, 14 November 2012

Salzburg Biennale 2013 announced

Two festivals into its existence, the Biennale has become another compelling reason to visit Salzburg out of season. More Wien Modern than Steirischer Herbst – well, this is still Salzburg – the third edition features composer portraits of Rebecca Saunders and Vinko Globokar, a row of piano recitals (with the GrauSchumacher piano duo, Nicolas Hodges, Fredrik Ullén, Marino Formenti and Stephen Drury), and an assortment of intriguing music theatre and dance collaborations grouped under the tag Szenenwechsel. It was announced some months ago that Georg Friedrich Haas had won the 2013 Salzburg music prize – for something like the fourth time, if I recall correctly – so he gets a Preisträgerkonzert along with Aureliano Cattaneo, winner of the Förderpreis. New works have been commissioned from Saunders, Klaus Ager, Beat Furrer, Elena Mendoza, Wolfgang Mitterer and Gerhard E. Winkler; in total the festival boasts 30 concerts and 46 composers from 18 countries. The 2013 Biennale takes place from the 1st to the 17th March and, knocking a nought off the Salzburg norm, tickets for all events are a flat €20 with further discounts for students and a festival pass. The full programme can be found here (German only).

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