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Festival: Stockholm International Composer Festival

Biography

November 2019: George Benjamin

Konserthuset’s huge annual Composer Festival was founded in 1986 and quickly became an essential element of both Swedish and international music scenes. The fundamental idea – to spend an intensive period featuring modern, established composers – has proven to be successful both artistically and among audiences.

Why is it that far too often, so many festivals only involve the inner circle of listeners? What could we do to attract more people to come and discover music? The answer was a week-long Composer Festival. The actual presence of the composer was one important concept. Another was that the concerts should be interspersed with lectures and other types of presentations. The third essential cornerstone was that the festivals should be included in Konserthuset’s ordinary programme offering and concert subscriptions. The major audience breakthrough came with the Alfred Schnittke festival in 1989.

For full information, visit the Stockholm Konserthuset site.

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