50 years of Ernst von Siemens
50 years of the Ernst von Siemens Music Foundation
To start the anniversary year, we are holding a discussion in Munich about the future needs of contemporary music. Composers of different generations, journalists and curators will speak about and discuss where the current musical scene could develop to, what it needs and what directions the composition of new music could take in the years to come. Both concert weekends in Berlin and Zurich will be dedicated to our prizewinners. Works from the Foundation’s rich history will be performed, including works by Benjamin Britten and Olivier Messiaen, Pierre Boulez and Per Nørgård and more recent prize winners such as Rebecca Saunders and Olga Neuwirth. These will be performed by world class artists such as the Arditti Quartet and Pierre-Laurent Aimard, who have also been awarded the Ernst von Siemens Music Prize. 2023 Composer Prize winners will also be represented in the performances. Additionally, the Ernst von Siemens Music Foundation has commissioned two anniversary works; Christian Mason and Lisa Streich will be working with the audible and the readable from our archives. The two räsonanz – Donor Concerts in Munich and Lucerne round off the concert activities with works by György Ligeti and Márton Illés, among others.