Composers’ Exchange and Residencies for New Music / Québec – Dresden (Hellerau) Piano and Voice Concert with two Works by Yukiko Watanabe Saturday, December 14, 2019

Saturday, December 14, 2019 at 6 :30 pm at the Goethe-Institut

Through the collaboration of the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, the Goethe-Institut Montreal, Le Vivier and HELLERAU – Europäisches Zentrum Der Künste Dresden, Cologne based composer Yukiko Watanabe has received a research and creation residency in new music in Montreal. To mark the end of this residency, the Goethe-Institut and Le Vivier present a concert with pianist Kimihiro Yasaka and the Joker Choir, who will perform two of her recent compositions as well as works by the following composers: Karlheinz Stockhausen, Juha T. Koskinen, Yoshinao Nakada, Natsuki Niwa, Suiha Yoshida, Yuna Kurachi, Philippe Leroux, Chris Paul Harman, Hideki Kozakura.

During her residency, Yukiko Watanabe worked among other things on a composition project entitled Heimat (Your Home Town), in which she collected sounds and invisible memories of home towns of people she met in Montreal. She also met several members of Le Vivier, presented her work at McGill University and at events of Vivier Interuniversitaire. She attended many concerts from the Montreal music creation scene and exchanged with Joane Hétu, Artistic Director of Production SuperMusique and the Joker Choir, that will be performing on December 14 with eight singers.

This residency program for new music between Quebec and Germany aims to establish lasting relationships and confrontation of points of view between Québec composers and their German counterparts, thereby contributing to their artistic growth and career development. The residency also aims to promote the dissemination of works by the selected composers in Québec and in Germany.

Yukiko Watanabe
Yukiko Watanabe has studied both composition and piano at Toho Gakuen School of Music Japan with Keiko Harada and Michio Mamiya. 2008 she moved to Austria and studied with Beat Furrer at Kunstuniversität Graz. From 2014 to 2016 she studied with Johannes Schöllhorn at the Hochschule für Musik Köln. She received awards and scholarships: Nomura Cultural Foundation, Rohm Music Foundation, Japanese Agency for Cultural Affairs, DAAD, Ö1 Talentebörse-Kompositionspreise, Akutagawa Award for Music Composition. Her music was performed in Germany, Austria, Netherlands, Spain, France, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, US, Mexico, Egypt, USA, Canada, Korea, Singapore and Japan.

When : Saturday, December 14, 2019 at 6 :30 pm
Where : Goethe-Institut, 1626 Boulevard Saint-Laurent
Tickets : Free admission – – –

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