Recent

CONCERT March 2019, K. Lang: toccata per I’elevatione, G. B. Pergolesi: Stabat Mater, St. Catherine, Saint-Petersburg (RU) (details to follow). Katarina Kulakovska (Soprano), Aleksandra Djatschkowa (Alto), Kai Johannes Polzhofer (conductor)

CONFERENCE PRESENTATION 8th March 2019, University of Leipzig (Institut für Geschichte der Philosophie) (DE). Arbeitstagung: Philosophie und Epochenbewusstsein, “Ontologie und Geschichtsphilosophie in Beethovens mittlerer Symphonik.”

CONCERT 28th February 2019, 7pm, A. Copland: Appalachian Spring, G. Scelsi: Pranam II, B. Bartok, Romanian Folk Dances. Petrikirche, Saint-Petersburg (RU), Beethoven Оркестр Петербургский, Kai Johannes Polzhofer (conductor)

TEXT PUBLICATION “Philosophische Anthropologie und Analogia Entis. Erich Przywaras Beitrag zur kritischen Anthropologie.” In: Philokles. Zeitschrift für Philosophie (DE), forthcoming


 

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 an extended interview with me on the piece

 

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 Testament for Tuba and electronics (2014)

 

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

 

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

CONCERT March 2019, K. Lang: toccata per I’elevatione, G. B. Pergolesi: Stabat Mater, St. Catherine, Saint-Petersburg (RU) (details to follow). Katarina Kulakovska (Soprano), Aleksandra Djatschkowa (Alto), Kai Johannes Polzhofer (conductor)

CONFERENCE PRESENTATION 8th March 2019, University of Leipzig (Institut für Geschichte der Philosophie) (DE). Arbeitstagung: Philosophie und Epochenbewusstsein, “Ontologie und Geschichtsphilosophie in Beethovens mittlerer Symphonik.”

CONCERT 28th February 2019, 7pm, A. Copland: Appalachian Spring, G. Scelsi: Pranam II, B. Bartok, Romanian Folk Dances. Petrikirche, Saint-Petersburg (RU), Beethoven Оркестр Петербургский, Kai Johannes Polzhofer (conductor)

TEXT PUBLICATION “Philosophische Anthropologie und Analogia Entis. Erich Przywaras Beitrag zur kritischen Anthropologie.” In: Philokles. Zeitschrift für Philosophie (DE), forthcoming


 

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 an extended interview with me on the piece

 

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 Testament for Tuba and electronics (2014)

 

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

 

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

PC: Alexander Wätzel

Munich-born German-Austrian composer and conductor Kai Johannes Polzhofer (*1989) received his first composition lessons during benedictine grammar school with Prof. Kay Westermann 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), received a Master of Arts, and earned a doctoral degree. 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. Currently he 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 group focused on social outreach and advocating for social and racial justice through classical music), as well 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). 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 studied conducting with Federico Cortese and Leonid Grin, and 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).

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