Wojciech Blecharz’s Composer Workshop in Beijing
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Coming April, young Polish composer will work with renowned traditional Chinese music ensemble on artistic residency in Beijing...
Coming April, a broadly acclaimed young Polish composer, Wojciech Blecharz, will for the third time spend a week on an artistic residency at the China Conservatory of Music in Beijing, working with the renowned traditional Chinese music ensemble - the Forbidden City Chamber Orchestra (FCCO).
The project, launched in 2012, comprises a series of three one-week stays of the composer in China, devoted to working with Chinese musicians on new techniques of playing classical Chinese instruments. This will be the composer's third and last residency at the conservatory in Beijing. This time he will rehearse and record his new piece with the orchestra. The work will have its world premiere at the FCCO concert during the Warsaw Autumn Festival in 2014, and subsequently in China.
International Festival of Contemporary Music "Warsaw Autumn", organized by the Polish Composers' Union, is Poland's largest and one of the world's major festivals dedicated to contemporary music. For several years both the Festival and the PCU have been working with the Adam Mickiewicz Institute on developing cooperation with partners in China: Beijing Modern Music Festival and the Forbidden City Chamber Orchestra. Hence, it is no accident that the world premiere of the Polish composer's work performed by the FCCO will take place at the Warsaw Autumn.
Wojciech Blecharz is one of the most outstanding personalities among Polish composers of his generation. His first opera Transcryptum was staged in May 2013 at the Grand Theatre - Polish National Opera in Warsaw, while his piece K'an was awarded at 2013 International Courses for New Music in Darmstadt, which is a unique recommendation. Therefore, he was offered cooperation with the Forbidden City Chamber Orchestra. The FCCO, formed by distinguished musicians associated with the China Conservatory of Music in Beijing, has appeared on stages across the world, performing masterpieces of the classical Chinese repertoire as well as contemporary compositions. In 2011, the Orchestra performed two concerts in Poland, being the part of China Culture Days organized by the Adam Mickiewicz Institute. The FCCO carries out an extensive program of commissioning works from contemporary composers, who are willing to take advantage of traditional Chinese instruments and set new directions for their use. Entrusting Wojciech Blecharz with writing a new composition for the FCCO may result in innovative use of traditional Chinese instruments. The Orchestra has previously cooperated on similar basis with composers from New Zealand, while in May 2013 a group of four Polish composers - Tadeusz Wielecki, Jaroslaw Siwinski, Paul Hendrich and Peter Roemer stayed on a residency in Beijing, working with the FCCO. In turn, in Autumn 2013 another Polish composer, Lidia Zielinska, visited Beijing to work with Chinese musicians. All the above-mentioned projects of Polish composers' residencies in Beijing are carried by the Adam Mickiewicz Institute.
Date: 25th - 30th of April, 2014
Organizers: Forbidden City Chamber Orchestra, Adam Mickiewicz Institute
Partners: China Conservatory of Music, International Festival of Contemporary Music „Warsaw Autumn"