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PREMIERE July 2020, Syrinx, ensemble adapter, forma Leipzig festival, Leipzig, more more information to be announced soon.

CONFERENCE PRESENTATION March 2020, International Conference, Saint-Petersburg State Conservatory (RU), more information to be announced soon.

TEXT PUBLICATION Die Philosophie des Geistes ist eine ästhetische Philosophie — Beethovens Fünfte und Sechste als Beitrag zur Metaphysikdiskussion der deutschen Philosophie um 1800. In: M. Janson, F. König, Th. Wendt (ed.): Philosophie und Epochenbewusstsein. Untersuchungen zur Reichweite philosophischer Zeitdiagnostik, Würzburg (Königshausen & Neumann), upcoming. Abstract to be found here.

CONCERT 13th October 2019, K. Stockhausen: The Seven Days, J. Haydn: Symphony No. 44 (Canon Symphony), K. Lang: rindenmotette (proportional canon), Мастерская Аникушина, Saint-Petersburg, Kandinsky Orchestra Petersburg, Kai Johannes Polzhofer (conductor)

CONCERT 5th October 2019, Klaus Lang: rindenmotetteМастерская Аникушина, Saint-Petersburg, ( Festival/Фестиваль «Игры с классикой»), with Stanislaw Tatok, Anastasia Mosina (RU/AM ST eurythmy) and soloists of Kandinsky Orchestra Petersburg, Kai Johannes Polzhofer (conductor)

Laboratorio Spazio Musicale 9th-30th August 2019, G. Verdi: Rigoletto, Teatro Mancinello, Orvieto (IT), with Gabriella Ravazzi and Maestro Marco Guidarini


concert 30th June 2019, 5pm, S. Reich: Vermont Counterpoint for 16 flutes, Alexandrinski Theatre (New Stage)Saint-Petersburg (RU), with Maria Fedotova and Nikolai Mokhov (soloist of Mariinsky Theatre), Kai Johannes Polzhofer (conductor)

concert 28th April 2019, 5 and 7pm, S. Reich: Vermont Counterpoint for 16 flutes, Sheremetev PalacePetrikirche, Saint-Petersburg (RU), with Maria Fedotova (Mariinksy), Kai Johannes Polzhofer (conductor)

concert 20th April 2019, 7pm, M. Ravel: Introduction and Allegro, K. Stockhausen: Set Sail for the Sun (from The Seven Days), G. Scelsi: Pranam II, RimskyKorsakov Memorial Museum, Saint-Petersburg (RU), Austro-Hungarian Avantgarde Orchestra St. Petersburg, Kai Johannes Polzhofer (conductor)

concert 5th April 2019, 6pm, K. Stockhausen: Set Sail for the Sun (from The Seven Days), F. Schubert: Symphony No. 5, J. Cage: Five, A. Copland: Appalachian SpringNational Library of Russia, Saint-Petersburg (RU), Austro-Hungarian Avantgarde Orchestra St. Petersburg, Kai Johannes Polzhofer (conductor)

conference presentation 8th March 2019, University of Leipzig (Institut für Geschichte der Philosophie) (DE). Arbeitstagung: Philosophie und Epochenbewusstsein, “Die Philosophie des Geistes ist eine ästhetische Philosophie— Beethovens mittlere Symphonik im Ausgang des Ältesten Systemprogramms des deutschen Idealismus

concert 28th February 2019, 7pm, J. Cage: Five, A. Copland: Appalachian Spring, B. Bartok, Romanian Folk Dances. Petrikirche, Saint-Petersburg (RU), Austro-Hungarian Orchestra St. Petersburg (Австро-венгерский оркестр Петербург), Kai Johannes Polzhofer (conductor)

text publication “Philosophische Anthropologie und Analogia Entis. Erich Przywaras Beitrag zur kritischen Anthropologie.” In: Philokles. Zeitschrift für Philosophie (DE) 

conference paper “Natur und Abstraktion – Philosophische Überlegungen zum Mimesisbegriff bei Klaus Lang” was accepted to the 31. DVSM Symposium Musik und Ästhetik, held from November 8–10, 2018 at Humboldt University Berlin (DE). The abstract can be found here: Natur und Abstraktion

performance 27th October 2018, 8pm, “Endymion” for Bass Clarinet and String Trio, and works by Stefan Beyer, Jani Christou, Ermis Theodorakis, and Annahita Abbasi, Ariowitsch Haus, Leipzig (DE), Ensemble forma Leipzig

DVD release June 2018, Blue-Ray Release, Steven K. Takasugi “The Sideshow”, Kairos Music (AT), including extendeded interviews with about The Sideshow

performance 20th June 2018, Galerie Wechselstrom, Vienna (AT), “Keiner kennt seinen eigenen Namen, keiner kennt sein wirkliches Antlitz” (Léon Bloy), Four Improvisations after a Poem from “grenzland” by Anja Kampmann for Guitar and Electronics (2014/15), Seth Josel (Guitar)

premiere May 2018, Paine Hall, Harvard Music Building, Cambridge, MA (USA)“Eurydike” from “Totenfest” for String Octet (2017), Jack Quartet and Mivos Quartet

seminar March 19th-23rd 2018, “Von Kant zu Nono“, Blockseminar Philosophie und Musik, Institut für Philosophie, Universität Leipzig (DE)

concert 4th February 2018, 11am,J.S. Bach, “Ich habe genug” (BWV 82), Jesus-Christus-Kirche, Berlin-Dahlem (DE), Johannes Rudschies (Baritone), Bach-Ensemble an der Humboldt Universität,  Kai Johannes Polzhofer (conductor)

concert 7th January 2018, 11am,J.S. Bach, “Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen” (BWV 51), Jesus-Christus-Kirche, Berlin-Dahlem (DE), Sophia Schupelius (Soprano), Bach-Ensemble an der Humboldt Universität,  Kai Johannes Polzhofer (conductor)

premiere 16th December 2017, 8pm, Deutsches Literaturinstitut Leipzig, Leipzig (DE), “Keiner kennt seinen eigenen Namen, keiner kennt sein wirkliches Antlitz” (Léon Bloy), Four Improvisations after a Poem from “grenzland” by Anja Kampmann for Guitar and Electronics (2014-16), Seth Josel (Guitar)

concert 10th December 2017, 11am,J.S. Bach, “Vergnügte Ruh, beliebte Seelenlust” (BWV 170), Jesus-Christus-Kirche, Berlin-Dahlem (DE), Luzia Tieze (Alto), Bach-Ensemble an der Humboldt Universität,  Kai Johannes Polzhofer (conductor)

premiere 4th November 2017, 8pm, Paine Hall, Harvard Music Building, Cambridge, MA (USA)“Syrinx” from “Totenfest” for Ensemble (2017), Ensemble Adapter

opera performance 21th, 26th August 2017, 7.30pm, Great Hall, Dartington (UK), Benjamin Britten: “Peter Grimes”,  Assistant Conductor, Dartington Festival Orchestra

award “Bohemians” Prize (New York Musicians Club) for “Keiner kennt seinen eigenen Namen, keiner kennt sein wirkliches Antlitz” (Léon Bloy), Elf Orte after texts by Robert Musil and of the New Testamentfor Tuba and electronics (2014)

award Distinction in Teaching Award (Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning, Harvard University), 2017

premiere 20th May 2017, 8pm, Paine Hall, Harvard Music Building, Cambridge, MA (USA),“Die Tränen der Aphrodite” (“Aphrodite’s Tears”) for Ensemble (2016/17), Elision Ensemble

concert 29th April 2017, Harvard Arts First Festival, Sanders Theater, Harvard, Cambridge, MA (USA), Du Bois Orchestra at Harvard. Program: W. A. Mozart: Overture to The Magic Flute, Silvestre Revueltas: Oxo x radio, Kai Johannes Polzhofer (Conductor)

concert 7th April 2017, 8pm, Harvard University Lutheran Church, Cambridge, MA (USA), Du Bois Orchestra at Harvard. Program: C. M. v. Weber: Overture to Freischütz, Hans Krása: Overture for Small Orchestra (1943),L. v. Beethoven: Symphony No. 4, op. 60, Kai Johannes Polzhofer (Conductor)

presentation 22nd February 2017, Columbia University, Department of Music, New York City (USA), presentation and discussion of current compositions

interview 9th December 2016, Interview with the Harvard Office for the Arts Harvard Blog about the mission of the Du Bois Orchestra Harvard and social inclusivity through classical music.

concert 9th December 2016, 8pm, Harvard University Lutheran Church, Cambridge, MA (USA), Du Bois Orchestra at Harvard. Program: W.A. Mozart: Symphony No. 30 Eb-flat, Robert Schumann, Symphony No. 2, Fanny Hensel: Lobgesang (Cantata). Felicia Chen (Soprano), Kai Johannes Polzhofer (Conductor)

concert 30th October 2016, 5pm, Harvard University Lutheran Church, Cambridge, MA (USA), Du Bois Orchestra at Harvard. Program: S. Revueltas: Oxo, A. Copland: Appalachian Spring, L. v. Beethoven: Symphony No. 6 (“Pastorale”). Kai Johannes Polzhofer (Conductor)

book release October 2016, ”Perspectives for Contemporary Music in the 21st Century.” (Hofheim: Wolke Verlag)

text publication October 2016 “Ästhetische Autonomie als soziale Aufgabe”, in D. P. Bíro, K. J. Polzhofer (eds.), ”Perspectives for Contemporary Music in the 21st Century.” (Hofheim: Wolke Verlag)

premiere 22nd October 2016, 8pm, Paine Hall, Harvard Music Building, Cambridge, MA (USA),”Totenfest. III. Minotaurus” for two Trombones, RageThormbones (Matt Barbier and Weston Olencki)

conference presentation 15th October 2016, Leucorea, Martin-Luther-Universität Wittenberg-Halle (DE), “Philosophische Anthropologie und Analogia Entis – Erich Przywaras Beitrag in der Diskussion um die Möglichkeit einer positiven kritischen Anthropologie.”

radio broadcast 27th September 2016, 10:05 pm (CET),Bayern Klassik (BR Klassik): Horizonte: Stimmen zur Zukunft des Komponierens, Interview about the future of composing and excerpts from my string quartet “Totenfest. I. Echo”

published work July 2016, “Totenfest, I. Echo” (2015) for string quartet, “Totenfest, II. Endymion” for Bass Clarinet, Violin, Viola and Violoncello

text publication July 2016 “Karl Kraus in Coney Island. Zu Steven Kazuo Takasugis Sideshow“,in: Musik und Ästhetik 79, no. 3, Stuttgart (Klett-Cotta), 2016.

concert 9th July 2016, 7pm, Jaani Kirik, Tallinn (EE), J. Haydn: Cello Concerto No. 2, Violoncello: Theodor Sink, Järvi Akadeemia Sinfonietta, Kai Johannes Polzhofer (Conductor), listen for the live-stream here.

performance 21th May 2016, 8pm, Paine Hall, Harvard Music Building, Cambridge, MA (USA),“Tombeau” (2010), Ensemble Recherche

concert 30th April 2016, 8pm, Harvard University Lutheran Church, Cambridge, MA (USA),Du Bois Orchestra at Harvard. Program: L. v. Beethoven: Coriolan (Overture), J. Boulogne: Symphony op. 11. No. 1, G. Scelsi: Pranam II, F. Mendelssohn Bartholdy: Symphony No. 4 (“Italian”). Kai Johannes Polzhofer (Conductor).

parent panel discussion 30th April 2016, 4pm, Harvard University, Harvard Graduate School of Education (with Karen Cueva, Jasmine Chin), “How to find your way in education and music?”

Du Bois Orchestra at Harvard and Opportunity Music Project Du Bois Orchestra at Harvard hosts the young musicians from New York and the Opportunity Music Project Orchestra (New York City) at Harvard. Find here some impressions.

concert 30th April 2016, 1:30 pm, Sanders Theater, Harvard, Cambridge, MA (USA), Du Bois Orchestra at Harvard. Program: L. v. Beethoven: Coriolan (Overture), Joseph Boulogne: Symphony op. 11, 2 Kai Johannes Polzhofer (Conductor)

presentation and discussion 19th April 2016,  of “Echo” for String Quartet, Boston University, Kai Johannes Polzhofer in discussion with Beat Furrer

concert 16th April 2016, 8pm, Sanders Theater, Harvard, Cambridge, MA (USA), Harvard Radcliffe Orchestra: Alban Berg: Symphony Fragment (premiere, orch. Kai Johannes Polzhofer), Kai Johannes Polzhofer (conductor), Pre-concert talk on Alban Berg’s Symphony Fragment with Prof. Dr. Anne C. Shreffler

premiere 2nd April 2016, 8pm, Paine Hall, Harvard Music Building, Cambridge, MA (USA), “Endymion” for Bass Clarinet and String Trio, Ensemble Distractfold

performance 5th March 2016, 8pm, Paine Hall, Harvard Music Building, Cambridge, MA (USA),“Amen dico tibi: hodie mecum eris in paradiso” for string quartet, Parker Quartet

premiere 6th February 2016, 8pm, Paine Hall, Harvard Music Building, Cambridge, MA (USA),“Echo” from “Totenfest” for String Quartet (2015), Jack Quartet

concert 19th November 2015, 8pm, Sanders Theater, Harvard, Cambridge, MA (USA), Harvard Radcliffe Orchestra: Sergei Prokofiev: Ouverture “War and Peace”, op. 91, Kai Johannes Polzhofer (conductor)

concert 24st October 2015, 8pm, Sanders Theater, Harvard, Cambridge, MA (USA), Harvard Radcliffe Orchestra: Igor Stravinsky: “Feu d’artifice”, op. 4, Kai Johannes Polzhofer (conductor)

text publication September 2015,  “Die Autonomie des Hörens als gesellschaftliche Praxis. Understanding Music. Philosophy and Interpretation von Roger Scruton“, in: Musik und Ästhetik 76, no. 4, Stuttgart (Klett-Cotta), 2015.

prize May 2015, Blodgett Compositon Prize for “Amen dico tibi: hodie mecum eris in paradiso” for string quartet, Harvard University (USA)

premiere 16th May 2015, 8pm, Paine Hall, Harvard Music Building, Cambridge, MA (USA), “Keiner kennt seinen eigenen Namen, keiner kennt sein wirkliches Antlitz” (Léon Bloy), for Violin, Chamber Orchestra and Electronics (2014), Ensemble Dal Niente, conductor: Michael Lewanski

concert 3rd May 2015, 9pm, Sanders Theater, Harvard, Cambridge, MA (USA), Dudley Orchestra (Symphony Orchestra of the Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Science) and Dudley Choir, Spring Concert. Program: F. Schubert: Rosamunde, O. Messiaen: Les Offrandes Oubliées, A. Dvorák: Symphony No. 8. Kai Johannes Polzhofer (conductor)

performance 16th April 2015, University of California, San Diego (USA), “Keiner kennt seinen eigenen Namen, keiner kennt sein wirkliches Antlitz” (Léon Bloy), Four Improvisations after a Poem from “grenzland” by Anja Kampmann for Guitar and Electronics (2014/15), Nico Couck (Guitar)

performance 15th April 2015, Carlsbad Music Guild, Carlsbad (USA), “Keiner kennt seinen eigenen Namen, keiner kennt sein wirkliches Antlitz” (Léon Bloy), Four Improvisations after a Poem from “grenzland” by Anja Kampmann for Guitar and Electronics (2014/15), Nico Couck (Guitar)

performance 10th April 2015, University of California, Berkeley (USA), “Keiner kennt seinen eigenen Namen, keiner kennt sein wirkliches Antlitz” (Léon Bloy), Four Improvisations after a Poem from “grenzland” by Anja Kampmann for Guitar and Electronics (2014/15), Nico Couck (Guitar)

premiere 2nd April 2015, ChampdAction – deSingel, Antwerp (Belgium), “Keiner kennt seinen eigenen Namen, keiner kennt sein wirkliches Antlitz” (Léon Bloy), Four Improvisations after a Poem from “grenzland” by Anja Kampmann for Guitar and Electronics (2014/15), Nico Couck (Guitar) 

conference presentation 1st March 2015, Harvard University, Cambridge / Goethe Institut Boston (USA), “Music Without Content And Some Other Confusions

curator,moderator panel 4th August, 47. Darmstädter Ferienkurse für Neue Musik, Darmstadt (DE), “New Conceptualism: A Dead End or a Way Out?” (disputants: Dániel Péter Biró, Max Murray, Ashley Fure, Harry Lehmann and Martin Schüttler)

text publication July 2014,„Commemorative Composition. Analytical Remarks on “Trauermusik im Gedenken der Völkerschlacht 1813” (2012/13), In: F. Cox, W. Schurig, C.S. Mahnkopf: Substance and Content in Music Today, Hofheim (Wolke), 2014.

prize May 2014, FRANCIS BOOTT PRIZE for “Trauermusik im Gedenken der Völkerschlacht 1813”, Dyptichon für gemischten Chor, einen Knaben, Dirigenten, Kammerorchester und fünf Lautsprecher nach Texten von Fichte, Schelling, Hegel, Hölderlin und der Heiligen Schrift

radio broadcast 16th January 2014, 9:45 am (CET),Österreich 1 (OE1): Radiokolleg – Pause, Stille, Fermate (radio editor: Nikolaus Scholz). Interview about silence in music and excerpts from my string quartet “Amen dico tibi: hodie mecum eris in paradiso”, Karmusik für Streichquartett. 

text publication January 2014, “Die Vermittlung von Expressivität und Introversion. Zu Mark Andres iv 2 für Violoncello Solo“. In: Musik und Ästhetik 69, no. 1, Stuttgart (Klett-Cotta), 2014.

published work October 2013 “Tombeau”für Ensemble, Brühl/Köln (Edition Gravis), 2013.

journal article October 2013 (journal article by Kreuzer about my piece “Tombeau”), “Die Neuschreibung des Alten Testaments” In: Kreuzer, no. 10, Leipzig, 2013.

Recent


PREMIERE July 2020, Syrinx, ensemble adapter, forma Leipzig festival, Leipzig, more more information to be announced soon.

CONFERENCE PRESENTATION March 2020, International Conference, Saint-Petersburg State Conservatory (RU), more information to be announced soon.

TEXT PUBLICATION Die Philosophie des Geistes ist eine ästhetische Philosophie — Beethovens Fünfte und Sechste als Beitrag zur Metaphysikdiskussion der deutschen Philosophie um 1800. In: M. Janson, F. König, Th. Wendt (ed.): Philosophie und Epochenbewusstsein. Untersuchungen zur Reichweite philosophischer Zeitdiagnostik, Würzburg (Königshausen & Neumann), upcoming. Abstract to be found here.

CONCERT 13th October 2019, K. Stockhausen: The Seven Days, J. Haydn: Symphony No. 44 (Canon Symphony), K. Lang: rindenmotette (proportional canon), Мастерская Аникушина, Saint-Petersburg, Kandinsky Orchestra Petersburg, Kai Johannes Polzhofer (conductor)

CONCERT 5th October 2019, Klaus Lang: rindenmotetteМастерская Аникушина, Saint-Petersburg, ( Festival/Фестиваль «Игры с классикой»), with Stanislaw Tatok, Anastasia Mosina (RU/AM ST eurythmy) and soloists of Kandinsky Orchestra Petersburg, Kai Johannes Polzhofer (conductor)

Laboratorio Spazio Musicale 9th-30th August 2019, G. Verdi: Rigoletto, Teatro Mancinello, Orvieto (IT), with Gabriella Ravazzi and Maestro Marco Guidarini


concert 30th June 2019, 5pm, S. Reich: Vermont Counterpoint for 16 flutes, Alexandrinski Theatre (New Stage)Saint-Petersburg (RU), with Maria Fedotova and Nikolai Mokhov (soloist of Mariinsky Theatre), Kai Johannes Polzhofer (conductor)

concert 28th April 2019, 5 and 7pm, S. Reich: Vermont Counterpoint for 16 flutes, Sheremetev PalacePetrikirche, Saint-Petersburg (RU), with Maria Fedotova (Mariinksy), Kai Johannes Polzhofer (conductor)

concert 20th April 2019, 7pm, M. Ravel: Introduction and Allegro, K. Stockhausen: Set Sail for the Sun (from The Seven Days), G. Scelsi: Pranam II, RimskyKorsakov Memorial Museum, Saint-Petersburg (RU), Austro-Hungarian Avantgarde Orchestra St. Petersburg, Kai Johannes Polzhofer (conductor)

concert 5th April 2019, 6pm, K. Stockhausen: Set Sail for the Sun (from The Seven Days), F. Schubert: Symphony No. 5, J. Cage: Five, A. Copland: Appalachian SpringNational Library of Russia, Saint-Petersburg (RU), Austro-Hungarian Avantgarde Orchestra St. Petersburg, Kai Johannes Polzhofer (conductor)

conference presentation 8th March 2019, University of Leipzig (Institut für Geschichte der Philosophie) (DE). Arbeitstagung: Philosophie und Epochenbewusstsein, “Die Philosophie des Geistes ist eine ästhetische Philosophie— Beethovens mittlere Symphonik im Ausgang des Ältesten Systemprogramms des deutschen Idealismus

concert 28th February 2019, 7pm, J. Cage: Five, A. Copland: Appalachian Spring, B. Bartok, Romanian Folk Dances. Petrikirche, Saint-Petersburg (RU), Austro-Hungarian Orchestra St. Petersburg (Австро-венгерский оркестр Петербург), Kai Johannes Polzhofer (conductor)

text publication “Philosophische Anthropologie und Analogia Entis. Erich Przywaras Beitrag zur kritischen Anthropologie.” In: Philokles. Zeitschrift für Philosophie (DE) 

conference paper “Natur und Abstraktion – Philosophische Überlegungen zum Mimesisbegriff bei Klaus Lang” was accepted to the 31. DVSM Symposium Musik und Ästhetik, held from November 8–10, 2018 at Humboldt University Berlin (DE). The abstract can be found here: Natur und Abstraktion

performance 27th October 2018, 8pm, “Endymion” for Bass Clarinet and String Trio, and works by Stefan Beyer, Jani Christou, Ermis Theodorakis, and Annahita Abbasi, Ariowitsch Haus, Leipzig (DE), Ensemble forma Leipzig

DVD release June 2018, Blue-Ray Release, Steven K. Takasugi “The Sideshow”, Kairos Music (AT), including extendeded interviews with about The Sideshow

performance 20th June 2018, Galerie Wechselstrom, Vienna (AT), “Keiner kennt seinen eigenen Namen, keiner kennt sein wirkliches Antlitz” (Léon Bloy), Four Improvisations after a Poem from “grenzland” by Anja Kampmann for Guitar and Electronics (2014/15), Seth Josel (Guitar)

premiere May 2018, Paine Hall, Harvard Music Building, Cambridge, MA (USA)“Eurydike” from “Totenfest” for String Octet (2017), Jack Quartet and Mivos Quartet

seminar March 19th-23rd 2018, “Von Kant zu Nono“, Blockseminar Philosophie und Musik, Institut für Philosophie, Universität Leipzig (DE)

concert 4th February 2018, 11am,J.S. Bach, “Ich habe genug” (BWV 82), Jesus-Christus-Kirche, Berlin-Dahlem (DE), Johannes Rudschies (Baritone), Bach-Ensemble an der Humboldt Universität,  Kai Johannes Polzhofer (conductor)

concert 7th January 2018, 11am,J.S. Bach, “Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen” (BWV 51), Jesus-Christus-Kirche, Berlin-Dahlem (DE), Sophia Schupelius (Soprano), Bach-Ensemble an der Humboldt Universität,  Kai Johannes Polzhofer (conductor)

premiere 16th December 2017, 8pm, Deutsches Literaturinstitut Leipzig, Leipzig (DE), “Keiner kennt seinen eigenen Namen, keiner kennt sein wirkliches Antlitz” (Léon Bloy), Four Improvisations after a Poem from “grenzland” by Anja Kampmann for Guitar and Electronics (2014-16), Seth Josel (Guitar)

concert 10th December 2017, 11am,J.S. Bach, “Vergnügte Ruh, beliebte Seelenlust” (BWV 170), Jesus-Christus-Kirche, Berlin-Dahlem (DE), Luzia Tieze (Alto), Bach-Ensemble an der Humboldt Universität,  Kai Johannes Polzhofer (conductor)

premiere 4th November 2017, 8pm, Paine Hall, Harvard Music Building, Cambridge, MA (USA)“Syrinx” from “Totenfest” for Ensemble (2017), Ensemble Adapter

opera performance 21th, 26th August 2017, 7.30pm, Great Hall, Dartington (UK), Benjamin Britten: “Peter Grimes”,  Assistant Conductor, Dartington Festival Orchestra

award “Bohemians” Prize (New York Musicians Club) for “Keiner kennt seinen eigenen Namen, keiner kennt sein wirkliches Antlitz” (Léon Bloy), Elf Orte after texts by Robert Musil and of the New Testamentfor Tuba and electronics (2014)

award Distinction in Teaching Award (Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning, Harvard University), 2017

premiere 20th May 2017, 8pm, Paine Hall, Harvard Music Building, Cambridge, MA (USA),“Die Tränen der Aphrodite” (“Aphrodite’s Tears”) for Ensemble (2016/17), Elision Ensemble

concert 29th April 2017, Harvard Arts First Festival, Sanders Theater, Harvard, Cambridge, MA (USA), Du Bois Orchestra at Harvard. Program: W. A. Mozart: Overture to The Magic Flute, Silvestre Revueltas: Oxo x radio, Kai Johannes Polzhofer (Conductor)

concert 7th April 2017, 8pm, Harvard University Lutheran Church, Cambridge, MA (USA), Du Bois Orchestra at Harvard. Program: C. M. v. Weber: Overture to Freischütz, Hans Krása: Overture for Small Orchestra (1943),L. v. Beethoven: Symphony No. 4, op. 60, Kai Johannes Polzhofer (Conductor)

presentation 22nd February 2017, Columbia University, Department of Music, New York City (USA), presentation and discussion of current compositions

interview 9th December 2016, Interview with the Harvard Office for the Arts Harvard Blog about the mission of the Du Bois Orchestra Harvard and social inclusivity through classical music.

concert 9th December 2016, 8pm, Harvard University Lutheran Church, Cambridge, MA (USA), Du Bois Orchestra at Harvard. Program: W.A. Mozart: Symphony No. 30 Eb-flat, Robert Schumann, Symphony No. 2, Fanny Hensel: Lobgesang (Cantata). Felicia Chen (Soprano), Kai Johannes Polzhofer (Conductor)

concert 30th October 2016, 5pm, Harvard University Lutheran Church, Cambridge, MA (USA), Du Bois Orchestra at Harvard. Program: S. Revueltas: Oxo, A. Copland: Appalachian Spring, L. v. Beethoven: Symphony No. 6 (“Pastorale”). Kai Johannes Polzhofer (Conductor)

book release October 2016, ”Perspectives for Contemporary Music in the 21st Century.” (Hofheim: Wolke Verlag)

text publication October 2016 “Ästhetische Autonomie als soziale Aufgabe”, in D. P. Bíro, K. J. Polzhofer (eds.), ”Perspectives for Contemporary Music in the 21st Century.” (Hofheim: Wolke Verlag)

premiere 22nd October 2016, 8pm, Paine Hall, Harvard Music Building, Cambridge, MA (USA),”Totenfest. III. Minotaurus” for two Trombones, RageThormbones (Matt Barbier and Weston Olencki)

conference presentation 15th October 2016, Leucorea, Martin-Luther-Universität Wittenberg-Halle (DE), “Philosophische Anthropologie und Analogia Entis – Erich Przywaras Beitrag in der Diskussion um die Möglichkeit einer positiven kritischen Anthropologie.”

radio broadcast 27th September 2016, 10:05 pm (CET),Bayern Klassik (BR Klassik): Horizonte: Stimmen zur Zukunft des Komponierens, Interview about the future of composing and excerpts from my string quartet “Totenfest. I. Echo”

published work July 2016, “Totenfest, I. Echo” (2015) for string quartet, “Totenfest, II. Endymion” for Bass Clarinet, Violin, Viola and Violoncello

text publication July 2016 “Karl Kraus in Coney Island. Zu Steven Kazuo Takasugis Sideshow“,in: Musik und Ästhetik 79, no. 3, Stuttgart (Klett-Cotta), 2016.

concert 9th July 2016, 7pm, Jaani Kirik, Tallinn (EE), J. Haydn: Cello Concerto No. 2, Violoncello: Theodor Sink, Järvi Akadeemia Sinfonietta, Kai Johannes Polzhofer (Conductor), listen for the live-stream here.

performance 21th May 2016, 8pm, Paine Hall, Harvard Music Building, Cambridge, MA (USA),“Tombeau” (2010), Ensemble Recherche

concert 30th April 2016, 8pm, Harvard University Lutheran Church, Cambridge, MA (USA),Du Bois Orchestra at Harvard. Program: L. v. Beethoven: Coriolan (Overture), J. Boulogne: Symphony op. 11. No. 1, G. Scelsi: Pranam II, F. Mendelssohn Bartholdy: Symphony No. 4 (“Italian”). Kai Johannes Polzhofer (Conductor).

parent panel discussion 30th April 2016, 4pm, Harvard University, Harvard Graduate School of Education (with Karen Cueva, Jasmine Chin), “How to find your way in education and music?”

Du Bois Orchestra at Harvard and Opportunity Music Project Du Bois Orchestra at Harvard hosts the young musicians from New York and the Opportunity Music Project Orchestra (New York City) at Harvard. Find here some impressions.

concert 30th April 2016, 1:30 pm, Sanders Theater, Harvard, Cambridge, MA (USA), Du Bois Orchestra at Harvard. Program: L. v. Beethoven: Coriolan (Overture), Joseph Boulogne: Symphony op. 11, 2 Kai Johannes Polzhofer (Conductor)

presentation and discussion 19th April 2016,  of “Echo” for String Quartet, Boston University, Kai Johannes Polzhofer in discussion with Beat Furrer

concert 16th April 2016, 8pm, Sanders Theater, Harvard, Cambridge, MA (USA), Harvard Radcliffe Orchestra: Alban Berg: Symphony Fragment (premiere, orch. Kai Johannes Polzhofer), Kai Johannes Polzhofer (conductor), Pre-concert talk on Alban Berg’s Symphony Fragment with Prof. Dr. Anne C. Shreffler

premiere 2nd April 2016, 8pm, Paine Hall, Harvard Music Building, Cambridge, MA (USA), “Endymion” for Bass Clarinet and String Trio, Ensemble Distractfold

performance 5th March 2016, 8pm, Paine Hall, Harvard Music Building, Cambridge, MA (USA),“Amen dico tibi: hodie mecum eris in paradiso” for string quartet, Parker Quartet

premiere 6th February 2016, 8pm, Paine Hall, Harvard Music Building, Cambridge, MA (USA),“Echo” from “Totenfest” for String Quartet (2015), Jack Quartet

concert 19th November 2015, 8pm, Sanders Theater, Harvard, Cambridge, MA (USA), Harvard Radcliffe Orchestra: Sergei Prokofiev: Ouverture “War and Peace”, op. 91, Kai Johannes Polzhofer (conductor)

concert 24st October 2015, 8pm, Sanders Theater, Harvard, Cambridge, MA (USA), Harvard Radcliffe Orchestra: Igor Stravinsky: “Feu d’artifice”, op. 4, Kai Johannes Polzhofer (conductor)

text publication September 2015,  “Die Autonomie des Hörens als gesellschaftliche Praxis. Understanding Music. Philosophy and Interpretation von Roger Scruton“, in: Musik und Ästhetik 76, no. 4, Stuttgart (Klett-Cotta), 2015.

prize May 2015, Blodgett Compositon Prize for “Amen dico tibi: hodie mecum eris in paradiso” for string quartet, Harvard University (USA)

premiere 16th May 2015, 8pm, Paine Hall, Harvard Music Building, Cambridge, MA (USA), “Keiner kennt seinen eigenen Namen, keiner kennt sein wirkliches Antlitz” (Léon Bloy), for Violin, Chamber Orchestra and Electronics (2014), Ensemble Dal Niente, conductor: Michael Lewanski

concert 3rd May 2015, 9pm, Sanders Theater, Harvard, Cambridge, MA (USA), Dudley Orchestra (Symphony Orchestra of the Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Science) and Dudley Choir, Spring Concert. Program: F. Schubert: Rosamunde, O. Messiaen: Les Offrandes Oubliées, A. Dvorák: Symphony No. 8. Kai Johannes Polzhofer (conductor)

performance 16th April 2015, University of California, San Diego (USA), “Keiner kennt seinen eigenen Namen, keiner kennt sein wirkliches Antlitz” (Léon Bloy), Four Improvisations after a Poem from “grenzland” by Anja Kampmann for Guitar and Electronics (2014/15), Nico Couck (Guitar)

performance 15th April 2015, Carlsbad Music Guild, Carlsbad (USA), “Keiner kennt seinen eigenen Namen, keiner kennt sein wirkliches Antlitz” (Léon Bloy), Four Improvisations after a Poem from “grenzland” by Anja Kampmann for Guitar and Electronics (2014/15), Nico Couck (Guitar)

performance 10th April 2015, University of California, Berkeley (USA), “Keiner kennt seinen eigenen Namen, keiner kennt sein wirkliches Antlitz” (Léon Bloy), Four Improvisations after a Poem from “grenzland” by Anja Kampmann for Guitar and Electronics (2014/15), Nico Couck (Guitar)

premiere 2nd April 2015, ChampdAction – deSingel, Antwerp (Belgium), “Keiner kennt seinen eigenen Namen, keiner kennt sein wirkliches Antlitz” (Léon Bloy), Four Improvisations after a Poem from “grenzland” by Anja Kampmann for Guitar and Electronics (2014/15), Nico Couck (Guitar) 

conference presentation 1st March 2015, Harvard University, Cambridge / Goethe Institut Boston (USA), “Music Without Content And Some Other Confusions

curator,moderator panel 4th August, 47. Darmstädter Ferienkurse für Neue Musik, Darmstadt (DE), “New Conceptualism: A Dead End or a Way Out?” (disputants: Dániel Péter Biró, Max Murray, Ashley Fure, Harry Lehmann and Martin Schüttler)

text publication July 2014,„Commemorative Composition. Analytical Remarks on “Trauermusik im Gedenken der Völkerschlacht 1813” (2012/13), In: F. Cox, W. Schurig, C.S. Mahnkopf: Substance and Content in Music Today, Hofheim (Wolke), 2014.

prize May 2014, FRANCIS BOOTT PRIZE for “Trauermusik im Gedenken der Völkerschlacht 1813”, Dyptichon für gemischten Chor, einen Knaben, Dirigenten, Kammerorchester und fünf Lautsprecher nach Texten von Fichte, Schelling, Hegel, Hölderlin und der Heiligen Schrift

radio broadcast 16th January 2014, 9:45 am (CET),Österreich 1 (OE1): Radiokolleg – Pause, Stille, Fermate (radio editor: Nikolaus Scholz). Interview about silence in music and excerpts from my string quartet “Amen dico tibi: hodie mecum eris in paradiso”, Karmusik für Streichquartett. 

text publication January 2014, “Die Vermittlung von Expressivität und Introversion. Zu Mark Andres iv 2 für Violoncello Solo“. In: Musik und Ästhetik 69, no. 1, Stuttgart (Klett-Cotta), 2014.

published work October 2013 “Tombeau”für Ensemble, Brühl/Köln (Edition Gravis), 2013.

journal article October 2013 (journal article by Kreuzer about my piece “Tombeau”), “Die Neuschreibung des Alten Testaments” In: Kreuzer, no. 10, Leipzig, 2013.

About

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German-Austrian conductor and composer Kai Johannes Polzhofer has, before even starting his conducting training, already been selected as participant of internationally renowned masterclasses with Paavo and Neeme Järvi, Sian Edwards, and Daniele Gatti, as well he assisted Maestro Ilan Volkov.

At the moment he is transitioning from academia into conducting, and finishes his studies with former Hans Swarowsky student Alexander Alexeev at the prestigious Rimsky-Korsakov State Conservatory Saint Petersburg. Further he is mentored by Maestro Leonid Grin. He has received stipends from Harvard University to do his Doctorate, and graduated with honors in composition and philosophy both from universities and conservatories in Graz and Leipzig.

Polzhofer has been broadcast (Österreich 1, Bayerischer Rundfunk, Estonian National Radio), and already worked with internationally leading ensembles of the contemporary music scene (such like Grammy Award-winning Parker Quartet, JACK Quartet, Ensemble Recherche, Elision Ensemble, Ensemble Dal Niente). He received numerous awards, and publishes regularly about philosophy and music (i.a. in 2016 he released the book Perspectives for Contemporary Music in the 21st Century).

Active in understanding music as a key to support change in society, he is initiator and co-founder of the DuBois Orchestra at Harvard (fighting discrimination of race and gender through classical music), forma Leipzig (fostering dialogue between contemporary music and literature), and recently the Kandinsky Orchestra St. Petersburg (introducing underrepresented repertoire to Russia).

Polzhofer taught music theory (Harvard University) and lectured in philosophy (University Leipzig). Since 2013 his compositions are published by Edition Gravis (Berlin).


Der deutsch-österreichische Dirigent und Komponist Kai Johannes Polzhofer  studierte (jeweils mit Auszeichnung) Philosophie und Komposition in Cambridge/Harvard (Vollstipendium), Leipzig und Graz bei C. Czernowin, K. Lang, C.S. Mahnkopf und S. Takasugi. 2018 Promotion an der Harvard University. Dirigierstudien bei L. Grin  und am St. Petersburger Konservatorium bei A. Alexeev. Zahlreiche Veröffentlichungen zu musikalischen und philosophischen Themen. Lehraufträge in Musiktheorie und Philosophie (Harvard College, Universität Leipzig). Auszeichnungen und Preise als Komponist, Rundfunkpräsentationen seiner Arbeit (u.a. Österreich 1, Bayerischer Rundfunk), Arbeit mit international führenden Ensembles der Neuen Musik (u.a. JACK Quartet, Ensemble Recherche, Parker Quartet, Elision Ensemble). Dirigierassistenzen (I. Volkov, F. Cortese). Initiator, künstlerischer Leiter und (Mit)begründer der Künstlergruppe forma Leipzig, des DuBois Orchestra Harvard und des Kandinsky Orchester St. Petersburg. Seine Kompositionen erscheinen seit 2013 bei der Edition Gravis (Berlin).


Немецко-австрийский дирижер и композитор Кай Йоханнес Польцхофер (* 1989 в Мюнхене, Германия) с отличием окончил консерваторию в Лейпциге по классу композиции и философский факультет университета в Лейпциге, в 2018 году получил докторскую Гарвардском университете (США). Проходил обучение у маэстро Леонида Грина (Филадельфия, США). С 2018 года является студентом проф. Александра Васильевича Алексеева Санкт-Петербургской Государственной консерватории. Кай Польцхофер является обладателем многих наград, а также публикаций о философии и музыке, преподавал теорию музыки в Гарвардском университете и философию в университете Лейпцига. Помимо статей о музыке и философии, Кай пишет произведения и дирижирует. Его музыка транслировалась по радио Österreich1, Bayerischer Rundfunk. Он работал с ведущими ансамблями современной музыкальной сцены: JACK Quartet, Ensemble Recherche, Parker Quartet, Elision Ensemble и др. Был участником мастер-классов с Пааво Ярви, Неэме Ярви, Даниэлем Гатти и Сиан Эдвардс. Ассистент дирижера Илана Волкова и Федерико Кортезе). инициатор и соучредитель Forma Leipzig, Гарвардского оркестра DuBois и петербургского Кандинский оркестр. С 2013 года его произведения издаются издательством Gravis (Берлин).



Long Version

Munich-born German-Austrian composer and conductor Kai Johannes Polzhofer (*1989) received his first composition lessons during benedictine grammar school with Prof. Kay Westermann and studied piano with Prof. Martina Bauer at Hochschule für Musik und Theater München. At the same time he attended courses at the philosophy department of University Munich (LMU). He further studied philosophy and composition in Graz and Leipzig, and graduated with a diploma in composition (with high distinction) from Hochschule für Musik und Theater Leipzig Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy, and a Bachelor’s of Arts (with high distinction) in philosophy from the University of Leipzig. He continued his studies in philosophy and composition at Harvard University (Cambridge, Massachusetts), where her was awarded with full stipends to do his Master of Arts and a doctoral degree (PhD). His primary teachers in composition are Klaus Lang, Claus-Steffen Mahnkopf, Chaya Czernowin, and Steven Kazuo Takasugi. He also studied with Hans Tutschku, Wolfram Schurig, Friedrich Schenker, Gösta Neuwirth, Rick Burkhardt, and Michael Pisaro. He privately studied conducting with Leonid Grin and currently completes his studies in orchestral conducting with Prof. Alexander Vasilyevich Alexeev (a former student of Hans Swarowsky) at the Rimsky- Korsakov State Conservatory in St. Petersburg (Russia).

Polzhofer’s music has been performed both in Europe and North America by ensembles such as JACK Quartet, Ensemble Surplus, Ensemble Dal Niente, Parker Quartet, Elision Ensemble, Mivos Quartet, and Ensemble Recherche. Broadcast in Austria and Germany (e.g. Österreich 1, Bayern Klassik), he also won several prizes and fellowships including the Austromechana Composition Prize, the Academy Schloss Solitude Fellowship, Francis Boott Prize, the Blodgett Prize, and a national scholarship (Deutschlandstipendium). Polzhofer curated conferences and panels about contemporary composition among others at Harvard University, Musikhochschule Leipzig, and the Darmstädter Ferienkurse für Neue Musik. In addition, he authored numerous articles on musicology, composition and philosophy, and in 2016 he released the book Perspectives for Contemporary Music in the 21st Century (Wolke), an interdisciplinary and critical discussion of current trends in contemporary music.

As an advocate for music education and New Music in the public sphere Polzhofer is co-founder and former Music Director of the Du Bois Orchestra at Harvard (a diverse symphony orchestra focused on social outreach and advocating for social and racial justice through classical music), as well initiator and co-founder of forma Leipzig e.V. (a group focused on linking contemporary music and literature, for which he remains artistic advisor and music director), and founder and current music director of the Kandinsky Orchestra St. Petersburg (a chamber orchestra fostering the dialogue between avant-garde and canonic repertoire). As a conductor he has also served as Music Director of the Symphony Orchestra of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at Harvard, as well as Assistant Conductor of the Harvard Radcliffe Orchestra, America’s oldest symphony orchestra. Polzhofer was selected as active participant for masterclasses with conductors Jorma Panula, Sian Edwards, Daniele Gatti, Neeme Järvi, and Paavo Järvi. He served as assistant conductor to Federico Cortese and Ilan Volkov. Polzhofer currently volunteers as executive consultant for The Diakron Institute for Cross-Cultural Exploration and Interdisciplinary Studies. He taught music theory and composition at Harvard University. Besides his work in music he remains active exploring theoretical question at the intersection of arts and philosophy, and has lectured at the philosophy department of the University of Leipzig. Since 2013 his compositions are published by Edition Gravis (Berlin).

Contact

Dr. phil. Kai Johannes Polzhofer

E-Mail: kaipolzhofer [at] gmail.com


Publisher:

Edition Gravis

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13156 Berlin, Germany

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