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Dafydd Bullock was born in 1953 in Llanberis, Gwynedd, Cymru (Wales). A composer, conductor, arranger and teacher, he graduated in Music (University of Manchester and the Royal Northern College of Music, 1971 – 1976) where he studied with George Hadjinikos, and took a Master’s Degree in International Relations (University of Sussex, 1981 – 1983). In 1993 and 1994 he won first prizes at the National Eisteddfod of Wales, and in 1995 he was honoured in Wales by admission to the highest Order of the Gorsedd of Bards. He was made a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in 2005.
His compositions include 23 symphonies, a cycle of 18 symphonic poems, 2 operas, 2 Requiems, 2 Mass settings, a Missa Brevis, an oratorio, 21 string quartets, 9 Trios and other chamber music and many songs and pieces for piano. He has written scores for 2 films.
Works have been published in the British Isles by Cwmni Gwynn, Curiad and Bardic Edition, in Belgium by Alain Van Kerckhoven Editeur, in the USA and in Luxembourg by Music Enterprise and Double You. He has made 30 CDs to date, with SAIN (Wales), AVK (Belgium) and LakeSound. His music has been performed and broadcast in many countries, including Japan, China, Brazil and Colombia as well as widely within Europe.
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This is an important publication, as Laurent Menagers Fantasy for violin is published in the original version for violin and symphonic orchestra, for violin and piano, in the transcription by Fernand Mertens for clarinet and symphonic wind band, and finally for clarinet and piano.
Fernand Mertens was conductor of the Musique militaire grand-ducale from 1909 to 1937. His transcription for clarinet and symphonic wind band (1949) is still part of a widespread tradition of yesteryear to transcribe interesting works of the musical repertoire in order to make them more popular.
Piano reductions have been realised by Claude Kraus.
LMP is publishing 2 works by Luxembourgish composer Jeannot Sanavia: Stratigraphia, for wind band, premiered last year in Echternach by Musique Militaire Grand-Ducale, cond. Capitaine Jean-Claude Braun, and « As longs as there will be… » for violoncello solo which is going to be performed for the first time coming 15 April in Fünfbrunnen by Yvonne Timoianu cello
Two interesting new publications by Nik Bohnenberger and Roland Wiltgen: « impulsions et factures » for Flute, B Clarinet, Violin, Viola, Violoncello & Piano has been written following an open call for scores for the “Druskomanija Contemporary Music Festival” in Vilnius and created at the National Library Martynas-Mažvydas in Vilnius 18/5/2017.
Ceremonial for Wind Orchestra by Roland Wiltgen has been written for the European Union Youth Wind Orchestra session 1989 and was created at the Conservatoire de Musique Luxembourg by this orchestra, A. Reichling conducting
Despite our short cultural background, we have some musical traditions which almost go back to the independence of our country and which have existed ever since. One of them is music for wind orchestra. LMP is currently undertaking an inventory of the whole repertory in order to publish the most important and interesting works, original and transcriptions, for this instrumental category.
Our general catalogue is growing steadily, but in near future our main focus will be concentrated on pedagogical works in order to promote music from our times in school programms and, in extenso, to make contemporary music more accessible.
As for our Heritage section, thanks to the support of « Oeuvre Nationale de Secours Grande-Duchesse Charlotte » LMP has published recently works by Edmond Cigrang, Jeannot Heinen and Carlo Hommel. New publications will enrich this section and will show interesting works of Luxembourg past composers.
Luc Grethen was born on 1st December, 1964 in Luxembourg. There he studied composition, orchestration and conducting at the conservatory in Luxembourg city, as well as oboe and English horn at the Strasbourg (France) and Mons (Belgium) conservatories. He also studied musicology at the “Université des Sciences Humaines de Strasbourg” from 1983-1987, graduating with a master’s degree. Since 1990 he has been teaching history of music and music education at the conservatory of his hometown. He is very active as a composer and writes many works for chamber formations, as well as orchestral and choral pieces.
Carlo Hommel received first organ lessons from his father. At the age of 12 he became an organist in his home town of Bissen, with which he remained connected all his life. After graduating from high school, he studied at the Music Conservatory of Liège (Conservatoire de Liège) with Hubert Schoonbroodt. At the age of only 22 he became his assistant at the music colleges of Brussels and Liège. He was also a titular organist of the Parish Church of Ettelbrück (1975-1987) and a Cotitular Organist in the Benedictine Abbey of Clervaux (1979-1987). In 1987, he succeeded to Albert Leblanc as titular organist in the Luxembourg Cathedral. He held this position until his sudden death. Carlo Hommel was a founding member of the Amis de l’Orgue Luxembourg association, a member of the Grand-Ducal Institute and head of the Madrigal de Luxembourg choir and “Misericordias” and “Schola Willibrordiana”. More than 60 organs have been built or restored under his direction.
Carlo Hommel had a special predilection for the Gregorian chant, which he cultivated at both concerts and religious offices. He has participated in many radio and CD recordings.
On the evening of March 8, 2006, Carlo Hommel died unexpectedly at the age of only 52 years following an unrecognized meningitis.
Jeannot Heinen was born on December 25th 1937 in Luxembourg and died on March 6th 2009. His studies led him to the Conservatory in Luxembourg, at the Musikhochschule Saarbrücken and the Hochschule für Musik Karlsruhe.
In 1969 the “Brahms Society in Baden-Baden” granted him a nine-month stay in the then newly opened studio of Brahms House Baden-Baden.
His collaboration for Südwestfunk Baden-Baden began in 1970, one year later he became head of the music documentation service.
Jeannot Heinen has been the Initiator and from 1986-1992 the organizer of the Baden-Baden Brahms symposia and various composers workshops. In addition, he has been one of the founders of the association « KORRESPONDENZEN », a society for the promotion of contemporary music, which he chaired since 1989.
His extensive work ranges from impressionistic influenced early works to neo-baroque compositions and to works with atonal and experimental character. His compositions include orchestral works, works for solo instrument(s) and orchestra, for vocal soloists, for choir and orchestra, voice and orchestra, musical comedies, works for voice with various instruments (and songs), instrumental chamber music, works for piano, organ, choral works and works of other genres.
He also wrote lectures and musicological essays, including “Technical Sciences in the music,” “Johannes Brahms as a person and teacher,” “About the understanding of music”, “Brahms House Baden-Baden” and “Music in Baden-Baden ».
French-American musician, born in Paris, he musically grew up in Italy where he studied piano, composition and opera singing but also musicology improving his knowledge of musical paleography and musical philology at the Pavia university. He accomplished his studies of composition with Davide Anzaghi (Milan conservatory) and successively with Franco Donatoni. He also sang in opera choruses in some of the most important theaters in Italy making a direct experience of the opera repertoire and its vocal aspects.
He is the author of instrumental and orchestral music but is mostly interested in vocal music, taking a great interest in voice writing. Among others songs he wrote, one can find La signora dei baci on a poem by Vivian Lamarque, Chi sono? and La dame du métro based on poems by Aldo Palazzeschi, Sleep now and Nocturne (the later was broadcasted by France Musique and performed by his wife, the mezzo Luisa Partridge-Mauro) respectively on poems by James Joyce and Pierre Alin. He is also the author of choral sacred music such as Qui seminant, a motet for a cappella choir.
He moved to the grand duchy of Luxembourg in 2007 where he worked for the National Theater of Luxembourg and the City Theater of Luxembourg as an arranger and stage music composer. He also wrote the stage music of the poem called I am Viola da gamba of the singing building by American writer Dana Ruffolo, performed in the auditorium of the conservatory of Luxembourg City.
For the choir of the University of Luxembourg, he composed the music of Chorus 27 for mezzo, choir and string quartet on the occasion of the collaboration of the Henschel Quartett and the university of Luxembourg in 2012 and a Stabat Mater for mezzo, choir and instrumental ensemble in 2015, a CD recording of which was made in March 2016.
He is also the author of didactical works for children, he is now a music theory teacher at the conservatory of Luxembourg.
Edmond Cigrang was born in Diekirch, July 7, 1922. Although the family moved to Remich, a nice and small town of the Luxembourg Moselle, he went back to his native city for his High School studies. In 1938 he entered the *Ecole Normale » a training academy for future teachers and finished in 1942 with his teacher diploma.
His teaching career seemed committed, but he stopped and went to the Musikhochschule Zürich and studied composition with Paul Muller-Zurich and piano with Rudolf Mittelsbach. He obtained diplomas in 1952 as a piano teacher and music pedagogue.
At the same time as he was appointed lecturer at the Ecole Normale of Teachers, the Ministry of Education charged him with a fundamental reform of the musical education of future teachers in the primary school system. Later, in 1964, his collaboration to a “Study Plan” for Luxembourg primary schools was also going to be very important.
Meanwhile, on the recommendation of Henri Pensis, conductor and director of the Symphony Orchestra of Radio Luxembourg, he continued his studies at the Musikhochschule Cologne, with Philipp Jarnach, Rudolf Petzold for Hans Mersmann for composition and history of music.
Paris was the last stage of his studies. Henri Pensis, again, recommended him to André Jolivet (composition) and Max Deutsch (musical analysis) as a private student.
In 1954 Edmond Cigrang joined the faculty of the Conservatory of Luxembourg where he teached History of Music, Harmony and Musical Analysis. He held this position until 1987.
Edmond Cigrang was professor of Music Education at the Pedagogical Institute from1964 to1985,he was a member of the Arts and Humanities Section of the Grand-Ducal Institute since 1962 and joined the LGNM (“Gesellschaft fir Letzebuerger Nei Musik”) in 1984 as an active member.
Edmond Cigrang died unexpectedly in Aix-en-Provence, September 29, 1989.
From the beginning, Edmond Cigrang was considered as belonging to the avant-garde and his work proves to be profoundly innovatory even today. With the exception of a few pieces, his output revolves around chamber music, and shows a marked preference for the Lied and for small unconventional ensembles. This predilection reflects the growing importance in his compositions of sound colours and great variety in the musical dialogue.
Born in 1958 in Paris, Françoise Wiltgen-Béasse began studying piano at the age of 10 years.
Noticed and encouraged by the pianist Yuri Bukov at the Bach competition where she was a winner at the age of 11, she intensified learning the piano while pursuing classical studies.
After her degree in 1977, she entered the École Normale de Musique de Paris where she successfully completed courses in piano, sight-reading, chamber music, music history, music theory, musical aesthetics and pedagogy. Meanwhile she attended master classes with Bruno Rigutto and Serge Petitgirard while making her first experiences in education.
In 1982 she became teacher for piano and sight-reading at the Conservatory of Music of Esch-sur-Alzette. Since 1999 her sight-reading class has grown considerably and became, together with piano accompaniment, her main activitiy. She has written a lot of pieces for that purpose. Furthermore she has specialized in repertoire for two pianos or piano 4 hands.
Jérôme Kauffmann started to draw his musical path at the age of eight with cello studies at the Conservatory of Esch- sur-Alzette (Luxemburg). After having been trained by André Navau for several years, he finished with Jean Halsdorf and with a superior grade (Diplôme supérieur).
Besides his cello studies, he also took intense lessons of Music Theory, Analysis, Composition, Chamber Music, Conducting, Electro-acoustics and orchestration.
He participated several times in different orchestra projects, « Orchestre des jeunes de la grande région » and « Orchestre philharmonique de Luxembourg ».
In April 2013, Jérôme was given the opportunity to perform the solo part of Concerto N° 1 in E-flat Major by D. Shostakovitsch with the « Orchestre philharmonique de Luxembourg ».
Jérôme is prize-winner of the « prix de la musique » discerned by the Rotary Club of Esch-sur-Alzette in Luxemburg.
After taking cello studies with Jeroen Reuling at the Royal Conservatory of Brussels, he moved to Sarrebruck to study Music Theory and Composition with Thomas Krämer and Arnulf Herrmann at the « Hochschule für Musik Saar ». Furthermore, Jérôme took a one-year course in orchestration and composition at the « Schola cantorum » in Paris.
Jérôme started to write music at the age of sixteen.
As a composer, he has a deep passion for contemporary music, film scoring and electronic music. He writes as well for solo instrument as for symphonic orchestra and creates music for children . In November 2015, collaborating with « RTL Lëtzebuerg » (national TV of Luxemburg) and the « Editions Saint-Paul », he created a full soundtrack for the stories of Lalumi by Luc Marteling (texts) and Paulette Thinnes-Kauffmann (design). There are three books with eleven stories targeting children from three to seven.
In the field of electronic music and sound design, Jérôme is very interested in working with synthesizers and all kinds of virtual instruments. He loves exploring the nature of a sound for then creating atmospheric works. At this time, he designs an album titled ‘Synth Journey’ which will be entirely produced with an analog Moog synthesizer, virtual synths, virtual intruments and live acoustic cello.
As a trained cellist, he very often creates his own pieces. On 28 May 2015, he performed his own sonata for cello and piano called « À la russe » during a concert at the « Hochchule für Musik Saar ». The sonata is a tribute to D. Shostakovitsch.
During his studies in Germany, Jérôme was also a private teacher for cello and has been teaching at the « Ecole de musique de l’U.G.D.A.» in Luxemburg over the past three years.
Stuying, teaching and being a father never kept Jérôme away from his passion: Film Music.
Over the last years, he created a serious amount of original compositions. In April 2016, he sent out his application to one of the most prestigious film scoring courses in the world and was awarded a place in the Master’s program in Scoring for Film and Visual Media at Pulse College (Dublin).
Currently, Jérôme works with famous Hollywood Composers like Christopher Young (Hell Raiser, Spider-Man 3, Exorcism of Emily Rose…), Conrad Pope (Film Composer and main orchestrator of the great Harry Potter and Star Wars series by John Williams) and records his compositions in the acclaimed Windmill Lane Recording Studios in Dublin.
Living overseas doesn’t make it impossible for Jérôme to get his works performed and recorded. The famous french ‘Ensemble Stravinsky’ from Metz (France) recently performed Jérômes “Dialogues fantasques” as a World Premiere in the “Arsenal” Concert Hall in Metz (France). The composition was an order for their 15th anniversary celebration.
Claude Kraus was born in Luxembourg in 1988 and began his musical studies at the Conservatoire du Nord in Ettelbruck, where he took piano lessons with Stefano Evangelista. In 2009, he finished his studies in Luxembourg with a „diplôme supérieur“ in piano, now studying with Jean Muller. He then entered the piano class of Prof. Thomas Duis and Prof. Fedele Antonicelli at the University of Music Saar, where he finished his pedagogical piano studies with a Bachelor of Music’s degree in summer 2013. He then completed his studies in Saarbrücken with a Master’s degree in Contemporary Music in the class of Prof. Stefan Litwin. He has taken part in several masterclasses with pianists and musicians such as Jean Muller, Thomas Duis, Masahi Katayama, Tatevik Mokatsian, Eduard Brunner (clarinet), Ludek Sabaka, Stefan Litwin, Florian Hölscher, Yukiko Sugawara-Lachenmann and has also had the pleasure of working with Helmut Lachenmann.
Besides playing the piano, Claude Kraus took clarinet lessons with Alain Hecker, Sébastien Duguet and Matthias Höfer, chambre music lessons with Jean Halsdorf and Tatevik Mokatsian and studied composition with Marcel Reuter and Arnulf Herrmann. Among the interpreters of his compositions figure the United Instruments of Lucilin, Trio Inverso, Robert Schuman Choir, The Duke’s Singers and the Luxembourg Studio Orchestra. In 2015, Sébastien Duguet and the Orchestre de Chambre du Luxembourg (OCL) premiered his Clarinet Concerto in Ettelbruck.
Jeannot Sanavia (*1962) begins his musical studies at the Conservatoire in Esch/Alzette. He studies Double Bass with Jean Poppe and continues at the Conservatoire Royal of Brussels in the class of Robert Devillers. After graduating he returns with Jean Poppe. From 2002 until 2003 he studies with Carol Harte in Maastricht.
Actually he teaches double bass at the Conservatoire du Nord in Ettelbruck.
Besides his activity as teacher and performer, he composes scores for documentary and fiction movies. Moreover he composes also chamber music for different ensembles and pieces for larger orchestras.
In 2011 he performs his double bass concerto in Heilbronn/Germany.
Among the huge catalogue of music apps for download on iTune Store there is a very interesting app, kind of a composing utility, developed by a Luxembourg native musician who is living now in the United States.
Jeannot Welter was born in Differdange/Luxembourg. He began his musical studies at the Conservatoires of Esch/Alzette and Luxembourg, pursuing for 8 years at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Paris. He also completed by a master class for conductors at the Mozarteum in Salzburg under the auspices of Herbert von Karajan.
From 1974 through 1984 he taught theory, harmony, counterpoint, fugue, musical analyses and orchestration at both Conservatoires in the Grand Duchy.
In 1979 Pierre Cao, Melchior Wéry and the Orchestre Symphonique de Radio-Télé-Luxembourg premièred “Ricercare” a concerto for viola and orchestra. He conducted e.a. the Orchestre du Conservatoire de Paris, the Orchestre Symphonique de Radio-Télé-Luxembourg, the Sinfonietta-Luxembourg.
After emigrating to the United States in 1984, he became involved in digital audio, computer based music creation, virtual instrument programming, acoustic modeling influenced by the work of Pierre Boulez at the Centre Pompidou in Paris and composed many works using electronic means.
This was followed by a keen interest in and study of computer coding languages and the release in 2013 of “ChordWeaver”, a music composition application based on 5 part modern tonal harmony.
Marcel Reuter (Luxembourg *1973) is a composer and pianist who focuses on chamber music, a genre that reflects his idea of music as an intimate medium of communication.
His works have been performed at some major music festivals (Salzburger Festspiele, Wien modern, Aspekte Salzburg, Klangspuren Schwaz, Gaudeamus, Ars musica) as well as in Berlin (Konzerthaus, Deutsche Oper), Buenos Aires, Hongkong, London, Montreal, New York, Rome,Tokyo.
They have been commissioned by institutions such as Luxembourg Philharmonie, Vienna Konzerthaus, Netherlands Vocal Laboratorium, Lucilin, Quartet New Generation, KMVL.
Marcel Reuter has held teaching positions at the University of Music in Vienna (2002-2007) and the Conservatoire du Nord in Luxembourg (since 2007). He has lectured at Music Academy Sarajevo, Musikhochschule Freiburg among others.
Laurent Menager (1835–1902) was a Luxembourg composer, choirmaster, organist and conductor who is often referred to as Luxembourg’s national composer. He founded the national choral association “Sang a Klang” (1857) and composed many songs, orchestral music and operettas as well as music for brass bands and theatre.
The son of a baker, Menager was born on 10 January 1835 in the Pfaffenthal district of Luxembourg City. He attended the Luxembourg Athénée before continuing his studies with Professor Hiller at the Academy of Music in Cologne. Employed for no less than 46 years by the municipality of Luxembourg, he was a professor at the Luxembourg Music School. He also taught music and singing at the Athénée and at the teachers training school and directed several choral societies. He was a friend of the poets Dicks and Lentz, collaborating with them on several compositions. His compositions covered choral works, symphonies, operettas, chamber music and music for military bands. Of particular interest is his church music. His “Pie Jesu” and “Ihr lieben Vöglein” are among his most masterly compositions.
When Menager died on 7 February 1902, he had become so popular that he was mourned by the entire nation. Over 6,000 people, including representatives of 45 societies, attended his funeral.
Luxembourg National Library has published a complete edition of his works.
The string quartet op.1 by Laurent Menager ( 1835-1902 ) is symbolic in many ways: above all it seems to be the first ever piece of Luxembourgish chamber music; besides, Laurent Menager is the first Luxembourgish composer of consequence and the string quartet is his first catalogued work.
The hallmark of this composition is its delightful freshness and spontaneity combined with good formal balance.
Nik Bohnenberger was born in Bech/Luxembourg on the 19th January 1994. At the age of five, he began his musical education, one year later he started playing french horn and a few years later piano as well. In 2009 he went to the Conservatory of Luxembourg where, besides of horn and piano, he took classes in singing, chamber music, déchiffrage, harmonics, counter point and musical analysis. Since September 2013 he studied, with teaching degree, Music at the University of Arts and German Language and Litterature at the Humboldt University in Berlin.
Since his composing debut in 2006 a few pieces, ”Pursuit” (2010), ”Dream” (2012), ”Melusina” (2012), ”Consectatio” (2012), have been published by Bronsheim Music / Netherlands. Furthermore, works like ’’Sérénade” (2011-12) and ”El Venado Herido” (2013) have had very favorable reviews on their first performance.
Martin Folz studied at the Musikhochschule Saarbrücken (organ, vocal and choral conducting – diploma with Volker Hempfling). As a member of the Stuttgart Chamber Choir (Conductor: Frieder Bernius) he developed his affinity for choral singing. A master class with László Heltay in 1992 is groundbreaking for its profile as a choir director. Martin Folz worked for 10 years as a church musician before he chooses the path to independence in 1990 as a freelance conductor and composer. In 1998 he receives the price of best young conductor of the International Choir Competition in Riva del Garda and in the same year the choirmaster scholarship of the German Music Council. During his years as artistic director of the Trier – Friedrich Spee Choir (1993 – 2008) he closely collaborates with Leopold Hager and the Orchestre Philharmonique de Luxembourg, for their concert series and prepares numerous oratorios. In 1985 Martin Folz founds in Saarland the “ensemble 85 “, 16 members of a men’s chamber choir. Numerous prizes at national and international choir competitions document the 28 successful years of cooperation, which ends in the summer of 2013. In recent years his work in the field of children’s and youth choir is gaining greater professional importance. In 1998, together with partners from Lorraine, Luxembourg and Belgium, he founded the cross-border Youth Choir Robert Schumann.
As a freelance musician, choir director and choir pedagogue with teaching activities at the Conservatoire de Musique du Nord (since 2002) he is considered for his profound knowledge of the German choral scene. As a lecturer and experienced guest conductor, he often is invited by choirs, music schools and associations for groundbreaking impulses.
Martin Folz characterizes his compositions as “Music for people”. They often arise out of a particular situation or refer to a specific occasion. All his works document his artistic career since his youth as conductor of the local accordion orchestra, continuing in works for chamber orchestra, concert band, choir a cappella and later also for oratorio choir with orchestra. The phonetic implementation of word plays a central role for him.
As a first step of our goal to become a kind of hub for publications of leading luxembourgish composers and associations, our edition has started a partnership with the “Institut Européen de Chant Choral Luxembourg” and is publishing a set of choral arrangements, mostly of well known luxembourgish songs.
To see the whole section, please select → Composer → INECC
This is a section published in partnership with the Institut Européen de Chant Choral Luxembourg.
At this moment, most of the publications are choral arrangements of songs which belong now to Luxembourg folklore, due to their popularity.
Roland Wiltgen was born in Differdange/Luxembourg. He started his musical training at the Conservatoire de musique of Esch-sur–Alzette while at the same time pursuing his classical secondary school education. Next steps where the Metz Conservatoire de musique, the Paris Ecole Normale de Musique and finally the Paris Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique.
In 1983 he became a professor for harmony, counterpoint and musical analysis at the Esch-sur-Alzette Conservatoire de musique.
From 1981 he’s been continuously composing and so far he’s produced some 70 pieces many of which have been commissioned and performed by famous musicians.
Here are just some of his most recent pieces :
Having always played an active part in the consultative bodies of Sacem Luxembourg , he became a founding member and the first president of the Fédération Luxembourgeoise des Auteurs et Compositeurs( FLAC ) in 2014.
In many meetings where the Consultative Commission SACEM Luxembourg defended the interests of songwriters of Luxembourg it appeared that composers have a serious lack of organization at national and international level.
On many occasions one had to regret that, unlike other European countries, there is no federation of Luxembourg composers in any form whatsoever. Due to this situation, the Commission SACEM, although so far recognized by the Ministry of Culture as representing “de facto” composers, was unable to play his role as it should in all circumstances, as well on a national level as on an international, especially European one.
Some composers have been fighting for years to enforce the creative work in Luxembourg; in order to join in a union that defends the interests of authors, composers of music, all genres, a new non- profit organisation FLAC (Luxembourg Federation of Authors and Composers) has been created recently.
This federation does not intend to substitute or add to existing structures, but rather to gather all genres: classical / contemporary, jazz / rock / pop, movie / pub, etc …. It will be the voice of all composers wherever necessary.
par Marie-Laure Rolland
Luxemburger Wort 7/2/2014
19:05 – 19:30 Klassikmagazin
Interview Guy Engels
It is a fact that Luxembourg composers are largely under-represented in the music programs of our schools and conservatories. Our issue is trying to fill the gap.
But in general, the catalog of Music Publishers Luxembourg offers a very interesting repertoire to the curriculum. It significantly expands the repertoire of some instruments, and offers a large selection of works published for the first time. Thus, many works claim to be an almost ideal choice as “compulsory piece” for exams.
A native of Belarus, Tatsiana Zelianko studied solo piano and chamber music at the State Academy of Music in Minsk until 2005. She worked for the Philharmony of Brest/Belarus and performed in numerous concerts in a piano – cello duo and with Brest Chamber Orchestra.
After moving to Luxembourg in 2008, she took up contemporary composition with Alex Mullenbach at the Conservatory of Luxembourg. At the same time, she studied musical analysis and counterpoint with Claude Lenners, another Luxembourg composer and founder of Noise Watchers Unlimited association. In 2013, she received an advanced degree in the composition class of Claude Lenners.
Nearly all her compositions were premiered at the Philharmonie or the Conservatory of Luxembourg. Most are devoted to chamber music, like “Paraphrase and Pavane” (2011) for soprano and accordion, sponsored by the Ministry of Culture of Luxembourg for the “Tribute to Franz Liszt”, or “Air of Confluence” ( 2013) composed for the new Rainy Days Music Festival.
In 2014, she attended the workshops of contemporary composition at the Academy Manifesto-2014 in Paris.
Recently, a new piece for tenor and piano on poetic words by Luxembourg poet Marcel Noppeney “garde ton coeur encore”, commissioned by the Center for Information and Documentation of women “Thers Bodé” has been performed in Luxembourg in a concert dedicated to Lou Koster.
Her first orchestral piece entitled “In itinere”, commissioned by the Luxembourg Philharmonie, was premiered by the Luxembourg Philharmonic Orchestra in January 2015.
Since 2014, many of her compositions are published by Luxembourg Music Publishers.
Currently, along with her composers activities, Tatsiana Zelianko is dedicating herself to piano teaching, music theory and singing for children.
Albena Petrovic is a Luxembourgish composer of Bulgarian origin. Knight of The Order of Merit of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg (l’Ordre de Mérite du Grand-Duché de Luxembourg)
Born in Sofia in 1965, she got her Master in Composition and music writing and her final diploma as a concert pianist in Bulgaria, and since 1996 she lives in Luxembourg.
She has written more than 600 works in various music genres. Some of her works are published by SCHOTT MUSIC International, Luxembourg Music Publishers, and her pedagogical work is published by her own edition.
In 2001, she composed the music for the musical book “Wann de Piano rose gëtt” (The Angry Piano), published by CID Femmes and edition PHI. In 2007, her composition “Gladius” for electric guitar and instrumental ensemble was commissioned for the Cultural Year in Luxembourg and the Greater Region. At the same time, she was granted the “Cultural Award 2007” from the municipality of Hesperange. That same year, she was also a Jury member of the International Composition Competition “Valentino Bucchi” in Rome, Italy.
In 2008 and 2009, two works for brass ensembles – “My name is Taurus” and “El Bosque Encantado” were written and performed.
The premiere of her instrumental theatre piece “Le Retour des Papillons” (“The Return of Butterflies”), a multidisciplinary project with original music, pantomime, light effects and video elements, took place in 2010 in the Luxembourg Philharmonie.
The year 2011 was dedicated to a complex pedagogical project – the musical theatre for children “The Bunny in Love” and an illustrated musical book with a CD. The same year she composed “To meet a Bird” for violin and piano and “Magnifico”- concert piece for solo trombone and ensemble, performed in the Luxembourg Philharmonie in 2012.
Many of her instrumental pieces are performed also outside Luxembourg – in Germany, Italy, France, Belgium, Bulgaria, Slovakia, Serbia, Austria, Croatia, USA. She is currently working on a new instrumental opera “The Dark”.
Albena Petrovic is President/Founder of the International Composition Competition “Artistes en Herbe” (“Budding Artists”) under the auspices of the Ministry of Culture of Luxembourg. That Competition is unique in its kind in Western Europe – children of tenderest age may compete in the Junior category, and in Senior category adult composers are invited to compose music which will enrich the pedagogic repertoire for children.
Born 23.1. 1949 in Luxembourg. Studies a.o. at the “Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique” in Paris and at the Mozarteum in Salzburg (piano, chamber music, composition). Since 1978 more than 100 compositions for various combinations, among them 1 opera “The Bridge of Death”(created at Ruhrfestival, Gelsenkirchen; 13 performances); 13 orchestra pieces, chamber-, vocal- and solo music). Numerous performances at international festivals (Salzburg Festival, Internat.Mozart Week Salzburg, Festival International d’Echternach, Festival du MIDEM classique Cannes, Moscow Winter Festival, Warsaw Autumn, Musica Strasburg, Barbican Center Series
London…).His works get performed by prominent soloists and Ensembles (Boris Pergamenschikow, Marjana Lipovsek, Heinrich Schiff, Julius Beger, Irena Grafenauer, Eliot Fisk, Dora Schwarzberg, Lewis Kaplan, Hagen Quartet, Vienna String Sextet, Salzburg Camerata, Musica Viva Dresden, Vienna Chamber Orchestra, Berlin Philharmonic Soloists, Parnassus Ensemble London) and conductors (Ernest Bour, Stanislaw Skrowaczewski, Leopold Hager, David Shallon, Hubert Soudant, Antoni Wit, Emmanuel Krivine…)
Active as a pedagogue (Mozarteum Salzburg, Luxemburg Conservatory), masterclasses, broadcastings, publications. Jurymember in international competitions (b.ex.Queen Elizabeth Brussels, Vittorio Gui Florence, Pinerolo, Las Rozas, Osaka, Beijing). Numerous concerts throughout Europe, in Russia, Asia and in Canada as solo-and chamber-music pianist and as accompanist. Founder and chairman of the Luxembourg New Music Society LGNM (1983-94). From 2000 to 2007 President of the Luxembourg National Music Council. 2002-2013 Director of the International Summer Academy of Mozarteum Salzburg. 2007-2013 also Artistic Director of Echternach Festival. 2015 Doctor Honoris Causa from University of Music “Academie Gheorghe Dima” Cluj (Romania).
Born in 1957 in Luxembourg, Camille Kerger studied trombone, singing and composition at the conservatories of Luxembourg and Metz (France), and later at the universities of Mannheim and Dusseldorf, obtaining concert diploma in singing as final degree.
As a trombonist he was member of various orchestras. As a lyric tenor soloist he performed in numerous operas, oratorios and concerts at home and abroad.
Kerger wrote over 100 works for various ensembles, including symphonic works, operas, music-theater pieces and chamber music. His works have been performed by major orchestras, ensembles and soloists around the world.
As a co-founder Camille Kerger was until June 2006 musical director of the «Théâtre National du Luxembourg ». He currently heads the « Institut Européen de Chant Choral, Luxembourg ».
Camille Kerger is a member of the « Institut Grand-Ducal, Luxembourg, section Arts et Lettres ».
In 2016, he was awarded “Prix Lions”
Johny Fritz was born on 14th December 1944 in Aspelt (Luxembourg). He studied music at the conservatories of Luxembourg, Brussels and Nancy (clarinet, chamber music, history and analysis, composition and conducting)
Professor at the Conservatory of Luxembourg for clarinet, treble recorder and chamber music (until his retirement in 2005).
Founder and director of the Ensemble of Ancient Music “Tempus iocundum” (music of the Middle Ages and the Renaissance) in 1976.
Founding member of the Luxembourg Society for Contemporary Music.
From 1982, active and permanent correspondent to the “Erik Satie Foundation” in Paris.
Johny Fritz has been composing from 1967. His work is very diverse, it includes instrumental and symphonic music, chamber music and choral music.
Born in 1954 the Luxemburgish composer Walter Civitareale is a musician with a very distinct personality; this applies to the beliefs he holds and the direction he has given to his career. He started taking piano lessons in l963 with Louise Schmit, one of the last pupils of Maître Albert Leblanc. In 1962 he was admitted to the piano class of Jeannette Braun-Ciampellegrini at the Esch-Alzette School of Music. He then pursued his studies with Marcel Mercier at the School of Music in Metz. After that he perfected his piano at the CNSM in Paris with Pierre Sancan, while at the same time studying chamber music with Jacques Parrenin and musical analysis with Pierre Max Dubois.
In 1979 he continued his musical studies at the Tchaïkovsky Conservatory of Music in Moscow. His piano teachers there were Dimitri Bashkirov and Vladimir Kastelsky. George Salnikov, Roman Ledenev and Leonid Nikolaev taught him instrumentation, composition and conducting respectively. From 1981 his public performances became increasingly numerous, he appeared, for example, as a soloist with the Leningrad Philharmonic in Joseph Haydn’s Concerto for Piano and Orchestra in D Major.
In 1984 he was a guest performer at the Moscow International Festival for Contemporary Music interpreting his own Concerto for Piano with the Riga Philharmonic conducted by Vassily Sinaïsky.
In 1989 he entered the Schola Cantorum in Paris to hone his skills in counterpoint and fugue with Professor Pierre Doury.
Between 1989 and 1998 Walter Civitareale extensively toured Germany, Belgium, France, Portugal, Russia, Lithuania, Italy, Switzerland and Central Asia and played a.o. with cellist Danil Chafran. He has made numerous internationally recognized recordings for radio and television.
One has finally to point out that Walter Civitareale has all along been an inspired and highly prolific composer. Indeed he has written chamber music, symphonic music for orchestra or band, violin, cello and piano concertos, as well as vocal and sacred music.
Born in Luxembourg on the 25th of August, 1955.
Musical studies at the „Conservatoire de Musique“ in Luxembourg (piano and trombone) as well as at the „Conservatoire National de Région“ in Metz (trombone). Since 1976 employed at the „Musique Militaire Grand-Ducale“.
At over 30 years of age, further musical studies at the „Conservatoire Royal de Musique“ in Liège (music theory, analysis and history), followed by a study of musicology at the „Universität des Saarlandes“ which was completed in 2002 with a Magister Artium degree.
Since 2004 resumption of studies of composition in Luxembourg under Alexander Mullenbach. Works include a Piano Sonata, several Lieder, a chamber musical work, two string quartets, and a Concert for Tuba and Symphonic Wind Orchestra.
Born in Madrid, November 1983.
Spends his childhood in Valverde del Jucar, village of the central provincial of Cuenca in Spain.
In 1993 a small school of music is founded in this village with the purpose of creating a music band. It’s in then when he starts studying music, first with the clarinet and some months later with the piano in a private academy in the nearby city of Cuenca. In 1997 he enrolls in the music Conservatory of Cuenca in the piano and solfège classes.
One year later, in 1998, he moves to Luxembourg, country of his father. He enters in the Music Conservatory of Luxembourg where he studies: piano, piano accompaniment, clarinet, chamber music, orchestration, music history, harmony, pedagogy, methodology, orchestra conducting, analysis, composition, music informatics, organ & counterpoint (among others).
The positive Luxembourgish music environment has allowed him to work as free-lance composer since 1999 and as conductor since 2004. His catalogue of works contains more than 90 pieces of several music styles going from chamber music works, film music or symphonic pieces. His works have been performed in Spain, Germany, France, Belgium, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Slovenia, Greece and USA (in New York), among other countries. He also works as arranger/orchestrator, counting with many projects with the Luxembourg Philharmonic Orchestra, the Luxembourg Brass Ensemble, the Instrumental Ensemble of the University of Luxembourg and, recently, the National Orchestra of France.
In 2005 he continues his harmony & counterpoint studies in Paris in the 17th District Conservatory as well as in the “Conservatoire National de Région”. In 2006 he enrolls in the CNSMDP (Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et Danse de Paris) where he obtained prizes in Harmony, Fugue, Counterpoint, XXth Century Music Writing, Orchestration & Conducting. His studies in Paris have been rewarded with a final Master Diploma on Music Writing in June 2011.
He currently teaches in Luxembourg, at the Music Conservatory of Luxembourg. He is also musical director of the Harmonie Municipale de Rollingergrund, of the Chorale Ste. Cécile in Wormeldange and of the symphonic collective Luxembourg Studio Orchestra (Luxembourg) He combines these activities with other composition & conducting projects as a Freelancer.