Klaus Ospald Tschappina-Variationen, Konzert für Ensemble und Violine
NEOS 10712 October 2007
The Collegium Novum Zürich was founded in 1993 with the goal of advancing the cause of today’s music while contrasting it with music from previous eras. An important part of its artistic work is its direct contact with composers and its exchanges with like-minded institutions such as Zurich University of the Arts and the EXPERIMENTALSTUDIO des SWR. Owing to its variable structure, its twenty-six members can flexibly adopt any combination of instruments, from unaccompanied solo to large ensemble, thereby allowing it to design its programs around specific themes. Its members also appear with the ensemble in a solo capacity and augment their work with the Collegium Novum Zürich by playing leading roles in Switzerland’s cultural life.
Subsidized by the city of Zurich, the Collegium Novum Zürich maintains its own concert series in Zurich in which it regularly carries out ensemble projects in the Tonhalle, Schiffbau, and other local venues. Other concert series specifically seek to achieve interdisciplinary overlaps between the arts or striking connections between the musical program and the concert venue. This has led to cooperative ventures with Zurich MuseumHaus Konstruktiv, Theater Rigiblick and Museum für Gestaltung.
The Collegium Novum Zürich has given countless world premieres of works inter alia by Beat Furrer, Georg Friedrich Haas, Lars Petter Hagen, Edu Haubensak, Hans Werner Henze, Klaus Huber, Michael Jarrell, Mischa Käser, Rudolf Kelterborn, Helmut Oehring, Klaus Ospald, Enno Poppe, Andrea Lorenzo Scartazzini, Annette Schmucki, Nadir Vassena, Stefan Wirth und Gérard Zinsstag. The ensemble has been led by renowned conductors such as Pierre Boulez, Sylvain Cambreling, Friedrich Cerha, Mark Foster, Beat Furrer, Pablo Heras-Casado, Peter Hirsch, Heinz Holliger, Mauricio Kagel, Johannes Kalitzke, Roland Kluttig, Susanna Mälkki, Enno Poppe, Peter Rundel, Jonathan Stockhammer, Michael Wendeberg, Jörg Widmann and Jürg Wyttenbach.
The Collegium Novum Zürich regularly plays in Switzerland as well as abroad and gives guest performances at renowned festivals and events such as Muziekgebouw Amsterdam, the Berlin Festival/MaerzMusik, Bregenz Festival, Lucerne Festival, Philharmonie Luxembourg, November Music, Kölner Philharmonie, WDR Cologne, Klangspuren Schwaz, Schwetzingen Festival, Vienna Konzerthaus, Witten New Chamber Music Festival, Warschau Autumn and the Zurich Contemporary Music Days.