Composer-in-Residence 2020: Yair Klartag

Yair Klartag

We are pleased to introduce the Composer-in-Residence of the 2020 WarszeMuzik festival: Yair Klartag.

Yair Klartag (1985) is an Israeli composer currently living in Tel Aviv and teaching composition at Tel Aviv University. He has studied composition with Ruben Seroussi and Georg Friedrich Haas at Tel-Aviv University, Basel Musikhochschule and Columbia University. Other important composition studies and masterclasses include George Lewis, Fred Lerdahl, Chaya Czernowin, Brian Ferneyhough and Rebecca Saunders.

His music has been performed by ensembles such as Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra, Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra, Munich Chamber Orchestra, Tokyo Sinfonietta, Wrocław Philharmonic Orchestra, ensemble Recherche, Ensemble Mosaik, Ensemble Linea, Meitar ensemble, JACK quartet and the MIVOS quartet and in festivals such as Ultraschall Berlin, La Biennale di Venezia, Schwetzinger SWR Festspielen, ECLAT Festival, Bludenzer Tage zeitgemäßer Musik, Tage für Neue Musik Zürich among others.

He received several awards and scholarships: 61. Kompositionspreis der Landeshauptstadt Stuttgart, 31st Irino Prize (Japan), "New Classics" Competition (Russia), Yvar Mikhashoff Prize (USA), 1st place at the "I International Composition Competition Ireneu Segarra" (Spain), 2nd place at "7ème Concours Dutilleux" and "Concours de Genève ", Audience Prize at "Isang Yun Composition Competition", Israeli Prime Minister Prize, "Klon" scholarship from Israel Compoers' League, AKUM prize, STV-KHS Studienpreis, the Schweizer Bundesstipendium as well as artist residencies in Herrenhaus Edenkoben and Berliner Künstlerprogramm des DAAD. His music is published by Ricordi.

We warmly invite you to three events with the composer in residence:
1. August, 6pm concert in Chłodna 41 str. 
(Half Poet, Half Tiger for violin solo)
27. August, 11am meeting with the Polish Association of Polish Composers in Rynek Starego Miasta 27
(presentation of Yair's music and worshop with young Polish composers)
29. August, 6pm concert in the Museum of the History of Polish Jews POLIN
(Voglio en non vorrei)*

*piece commissioned by Hashtag Ensemble, supported by Ministry of Culture and Institute for Music and Dance in frames of Composers' Commissions Program

Yair Klartag about his new piece: Growing up in a non-artistic family, the only ancestral connection I had to music was my grandfather's childhood memories as he was a prominent member of the children choir in the Nożyk Synagogue in Warsaw. Even though he stopped singing there around the age of 8, and was in his late nineties during my childhood, he still considered himself a musician and was still considering the great cantors of his childhood as his celebrity heroes. In the planned piece for WarszeMuzik, I would like to explore the phenomenon of having a strong musical experience that remains vivid over eighty years after it was experienced. What manipulations does memory do to the sounds? How is the memory reshaping the musical processes? What remains from a recollection of a choir singing that has gone through the horrors of the 20th century?

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