17.08.2011 - 23.08.2011


Composition Workshop with Beat Furrer and dissonArt ensemble

17 August -24 August 2011

Artistic director: Beat Furrer
Project manager: Lenio Liatsou
Production: dissonArt ensemble

The workshop will take place during the 1st period of the international music courses of ‘Music Village’, under the domain of ‘Contemporary and Improvised Music’. It is open to approximately 20 composers while auditors are welcome. Six scholarships (covering tuition fees) to composition students or young composers will be offered. The recipients are expected to deliver a work for the instrumentation

fl (piccolo,alto fl), cl(bass cl), vl, vlc, pn, while each work will be rehearsed and performed in a concert by dissonArt ensemble directed by Beat Furrer towards the end of the workshop. The selection of the scholarship recipients will be made by Beat Furrer and dissonArt ensemble. On the 18th August there will be a concert dedicated to Furrer’s music performed by dissonArt.

The workshop consists of:
Group composition classes
Series of lectures by Beat Furrer entitled ‘The Music Theatre of Today’
Rehearsals of dissonArt ensemble directed by B.Furrer

Students and composers have to send their application along with:

A curriculum vitae (including address, name, surname, country, date of birth, place of residence and studies),
Two recent scores (one for any instrumentation, and the other for three or more players),
A recording of a selected piece or pieces of their work,

To the following address until the 15th March 2011.

Students and composers selected to participate in the workshop will be notified by the 1th of April, and selected scholars will have to hand in their works until the 25th of July.

The detailed programme concerning the various workshops and activities as well as information on registration and accomodation in Agios Lavrendios will be available after the 15th April 2011.

For further information please visit the website of Music Village (

Beat Furrer was born in Schaffhausen (Switzerland) in 1954 and received his first musical training on piano at the Music School there. After moving to Vienna in 1975, he studied conducting with Otmar Suitner and composition with Roman Haubenstock Ramati at the Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst. In 1985 he founded the Klangforum Wien, which he directed until 1992, and with which he is still associated as conductor. Commissioned by the Vienna State Opera, he composed his first opera “Die Blinden”. “Narcissus” was premiered in 1994 as part of the Festival “steirischer herbst” at the Graz Opera. In 1996 he was composer-in-residence at the Lucerne Festival. His music theatre work “BEGEHREN” was premiered in Graz in 2001, the opera “invocation” in Zürich in 2003 and the sound theatre piece "FAMA" in Donaueschingen in 2005. In autumn 1991 Furrer became a full professor of composition at the Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst in Graz. He has been guest professor in composition at the Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst in Frankfurt since 2006. In 2004 he was awarded the Music Prize of the City of Vienna, and in 2005 became a member of the Academy of Arts in Berlin. He was awarded the Golden Lion at the Venice Biennale in 2006 for his work FAMA.