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Articles and interviews
Accessing the future with Kronos Quartet
“When I was starting out in high school, there was no such thing as African string quartet music”. We speak to David Harrington, founder of the intrepid Kronos Quartet, to discuss the group's Fifty for the Future project, which aims to build a new string quartet repertoire for the 21st century. Find out how the group is helping young string quartets to play Inuit throat music and Egyptian wedding rave.
Unsuk Chin © Priska KettererUnsuk Chin on literature, creativity and solitude
Talking to the idiosyncratic composer about the difficulty of being seen as an individual.
Julia Wolfe © Peter SerlingBang on a Can’s utopia in a crazy world
Looking back on 30+ years of new music-making with Julia Wolfe and Michael Gordon.
© Dilip BhatiaAn Indian classical maestro on his sarod concerto
We talk with renowned sarod master Amjad Ali Khan.
Patricia Kopatchinskaja © Julia WeselyPatricia Kopatchinskaja on new music and innovation
Patricia Kopatchinskaja enjoys challenging the limitations of traditional concert formats.
© George Grantham Bain Collection/Fred Palumbo/Dutch National ArchivesTen works that shaped contemporary music
These are the most influential works of the last century.
Charlemagne Palestine © Agnès GaniaCharlemagne Palestine’s Strumming Music
Charlemagne Palestine ushered in a unique piano style that is still striking today.
Arne Nordheim in 1968 © Wikimedia Commons | Municipal Archives of TrondheimAt Home Guide: Norwegian contemporary music
Norwegian composers make some of the most interesting music on the contemporary scene.
John Constable, London Sinfonietta
Talking to London Sinfonietta Emeritus Principal Piano.
Top 10 Lebender Komponistinnen
Talking about gender has become more important than ever. According to online showcase/podcast Listening to Ladies, during the 2015–2016 season, the top 89 symphony orchestras in the US dedicated only 2% of their programs to music composed by women. Here, we look at some of the most boundary-pushing female artists working today, from Yoko Ono to Annea Lockwood.
Contemporary festivals
Trojan Women © National Theatre of KoreaTechnology and spirituality at Holland Festival
Esoterica from Armenia, video game operas, algorithmic audiovisuals and more.
Music for 18 Musicians at Bergen International Festival © Paal Audestad/NMH/Bergen International FestivalContemporary music festivals for 2018
We run down some of the festivals that no self-respecting new music fan should miss out on.
John Harris © Wattie CheungNew Music Dublin: iconoclastic and eclectic
An introduction to the latest iteration of Dublin’s foremost contemporary music festival.
Festival Messiaen au pays de la Meije © Colin SamuelsA guide to contemporary music festivals
Contemporary music lovers often find it hard to quench their thirst for new music.
Introduction to contemporary music


Burrell, Davies, Toovey, Lee, Osborne
COMA London Ensemble; CoMA Singers

BrusselsJaws in concert

Williams: Film music from Jaws
Brussels Philharmonic; Dirk Brossé

AmsterdamWayne Marshall & Hannes Minnaar: Dutch premieres

© Marco Borggreve
Bernstein, Foulds, Verschiedene, MacMillan
Netherlands Radio Philharmonic; Wayne Marshall; Hannes Minnaar
Neue Kritikenmehr...

Ein stürmisches Konzert mit der Baltic Sea Philharmonic in München

Kristjan Järvi © Franck Ferville
Die Baltic Sea Philharmonic bringt mit ihrem Programm baltischer Komponisten den Puls des Nordens in den Münchner Herkulessaal.

Grotesk-Gruber und Klassiker vom Aurora Orchestra in Köln

Nicholas Collon © Jim Hinson
Die Musiker beeindrucken wieder einmal mit ihrer Lebendigkeit und Interaktion, auch wenn ihre Frankenstein-Version ein wenig zu sehr in Klamauk ausartet.

Lethargisch, komisch, ironisch: Eötvös' Tri Sestri in Frankfurt

David DQ Lee (Mascha), Dmitry Egorov (Olga), Mikołaj Trąbka (Andrei) und Ray Chenez (Irina) © Monika Rittershaus
Eötvös' drei Melancholie-Schwestern führen das Frankfurter Publikum durch die todtraurigen und absurden Existenzformen des postmodernen menschlichen Daseins.