Beat Furrer was honoured with the Ernst von Siemens Music Prize

Beat Furrer was honoured today with the Ernst von Siemens Music Prize for “a life in service to music”. The Salzburg Festival congratulates him on winning this high distinction.

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Beat Furrer, photo David Furrer

As a Festival artist, the composer and conductor Beat Furrer has appeared repeatedly in Salzburg. In 2008 Markus Hinterhäuser, then the Festival’s Director of Concerts, engaged him to conduct the opera Luci mie traditrici by Salvatore Sciarrino at the Kollegienkirche. That same summer, his composition Fama (An Audio Play in Eight Scenes) was performed.

“Beat Furrer is considered an influential and formative artist personality. His compositions enable us to adopt a different perspective on the familiar, to discover new ways of narrating and listening. Beat Furrer’s entire oeuvre seems inspired by the attempt to stop time in its tracks,” says Artistic Director Markus Hinterhäuser.

In the summer of 2018, the Salzburg Festival devotes a concert series to the Austrian-Swiss composer.

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Beat Furrer in Ljubljana, photo Marijan Zlobec

Concert Series: Time with Furrer

Monday, 30 July, Kollegienkirche

Beat Furrer

Begehren. Musical theatre work based on texts by Cesare Pavese, Günter Eich, Ovid and Vergil (concert performance)

Featuring: Katrien Baerts, Christian Reiner, Cantando Admont, Cordula Bürgi, Klangforum Wien, Peter Böhm, Beat Furrer

Tuesday, 31 July, Kollegienkirche

Beat Furrer

invocation VI for soprano and bass flute

Tomás Luis de Victoria 

Missa pro defunctis (Requiem) for six-part choir a cappella

Beat Furrer

intorno al bianco for clarinet and string quartet

Featuring: The Tallis Scholars, Peter Phillips, Katrien Baerts, Eva Furrer, Bernhard Zachhuber, Klangforum Wien

Thursday, 2 August, Kollegienkirche

Klaus Huber

Des Dichters Pflug. String trio in memoriam Ossip Mandelstam

Beat Furrer

…cold and calm and moving for flute, harp, violin, viola and cello

Gaspra for ensemble

Klaus Huber

L’ombre de notre âge. Contrafact for chamber ensemble

Featuring: oenm. österreichisches ensemble für neue musik, Frank Ollu

Monday, 6 August, Stiftung Mozarteum – Main Auditorium

Beat Furrer

Ira – Arca for bass flute and double bass

Ingeborg Bachmann

Wüstenbuch-Fragmente from the Todesarten Project (reading)

Beat Furrer

Xenos-Szenen from the musical theatre work Wüstenbuch for eight voices and ensemble

Featuring Eva Furrer, Uli Fussenegger, Isabel Karajan, Neue Vocalsolisten Stuttgart, Klangforum Wien, Beat Furrer (After Press Materials)

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