Vienna hosts contemporary music programme


Paris, June 3, 2011-
 From June 7 to 10, the International Music Council organises, in cooperation with Austrian Radio, the 58th International Rostrum of Composers. The event will take place at the ORF Funkhaus. 

The 2011 Rostrum will gather representatives from 29 national radio networks from four continents, which present some 60 works composed within the five years preceding the Rostrum. Finnish Radio Executive Producer Heikki Valsta will chair the sessions. After the listening sessions, the assembly of delegates will select and recommend the most important works in two categories: general and "young composers". These and other works will be presented in concerts and broadcast after the Rostrum by the participating and other interested radio stations. The results will be announced on June 10 at 16:30 at a press conference to held at the ORF.

The International Rostrum of Composers is an international forum of representatives from broadcasting organisations who come together for the purpose of exchanging and broadcasting contemporary music. The Rostrum was founded in 1954 as a flagship project of the International Music Council.

The International Rostrum of Composers is one of the most important projects in promoting contemporary music, with its central purpose to provide contemporary musical creations the largest possible number of broadcasts worldwide. In its almost 60-year history, the IRC has revealed the emergence of many of the world’s most gifted composers whilst they are still young. Famous composers such as Luciano Berio, Witold Lutoslawski, Thomas Adès and Louis Andriessen had their first international successes when they were presented at the Rostrum. Pursuing its aim to respond to delegates’ professional interests and needs, the Rostrum’s listening sessions will this year again be complemented by a workshop, which will be an exceptional opportunity for knowledge sharing and capacity building.

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