Georg Friedrich Haas named as Composer in Residence at the 2016 Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival
- Three UK Premieres, including The Hyena for ensemble and narrator, Ninth String Quartet and Octet for Eight Trombones
- Festival runs from Friday, November 18 – Sunday, November 27, 2016
The Austrian composer Georg Friedrich Haas has been named as Composer in Residence at the 2016 Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival (hcmf//) which this year runs from Friday, November 18 – Sunday, November 27, 2016.
A daringly innovative composer of rich imaginative power, a homo politicus aware of his responsibilities as a citizen, Georg Friedrich Haas is one of Europe’s leading composers.
hcmf// has co-commissioned two new works from Haas with the Austrian contemporary music festival Wien Modern – The Hyena, a provocative new work for ensemble and narrator (the composer’s wife, Mollena Williams-Haas), and his Ninth String Quartet. The UK premieres of both these works will be presented during the Festival’s opening weekend (Saturday, November 19), performed in the same concert by Klangforum Wien and the Arditti Quartet respectively.
hcmf//will present a third UK premiere by Haas – his 2015 Octet for Eight Trombones – given by the Hannover Trombone Unit as part of its concert on Sunday, November 20.
Tickets for these concerts, together with other Festival highlights (tba), go on sale later this month.
Festival Director Graham McKenzie has programmed a range of other Haas works throughout this 39th festival, and the composer will be present to give public interviews and introductions to his work.