Workshop

Composer’s Kitchen 2013 | hcmf// 2013

  • November 17 to November 20, 2013
Huddersfield, England, UK

Composer’s Kitchen 2013

This unique event revolving around the string quartet is a combination workshop, laboratory, playground, and master class. Over the course of a week, the Quatuor Bozzini and two experienced composers will observe the work of four up-and-coming composers. Their compositions will be read, played, assessed, analyzed, worked on, played again, and performed in the closing concert.

Invited Composers

Participants

  • Sean Clancy, UK
  • Marielle Groven, Canada
  • Simon Martin, Canada
  • Amber Priestley, UK

The Workshops

  • Montréal, Canada: April 21 - 27, 2013
  • Huddersfield, UK: November 17 - 20, 2013

The Quatuor Bozzini (Montréal) announces the ninth edition of the Composer’s Kitchen in its expanded format in collaboration with the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival (hcmf//), the UK’s largest international festival of new and experimental music.

The Exchange

The Composer’s Kitchen hosts an exchange with the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, providing the opportunity for two UK composers to attend the Canadian edition, and two Canadian composers to attend the UK edition of the Composer’s Kitchen. All four participants attend both phases:

  • the seven-day workshop in April 2013 in Montréal, ending with a public laboratory-concert, and
  • a three-day follow-up masterclass in Huddersfield, UK in November 2013, to refresh and bring to maturity the work which was developed in the springtime. This phase closes with a feature concert at hcmf//.

In the Press

  • Review in seanlclancy (UK)
    “This project had a huge impact on my aesthetic and working method and I am so incredibly privileged to have had the opportunity to work with such a class act as the Bozzini Quartet…”

Review

By Seán Clancy in seanlclancy (UK), December 17, 2013
This project had a huge impact on my aesthetic and working method and I am so incredibly privileged to have had the opportunity to work with such a class act as the Bozzini Quartet

Special mention must be given this year to my time spent with the Bozzini Quartet. On two separate occasions, the first in Montreal and the second at the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, I had the great privilege of working with this amazing quartet as part of their Composer’s Kitchen Project. Here I was a participant alongside fellow composers Marielle Groven, Simon Martin and Amber Priestley, as well as mentor composers Laurence Crane and Michael Oesterle. It was such a fantastic experience to get to know my peer composers Marielle, Simon and Amber and Mentors Laurence and Michael on these two separate occasions. A pleasure to hear their music, hear them talk about their music and experience all their little eccentricities and how these filtered into their music. Their music for me was an extension of their personality and it was so heart warming to hear this play out. It was incredibly beautiful to hear their work develop over the two separate weeks and how it was tweaked, refined, rendered and given birth to in high-definition. It was also an honour to work with a quartet so dedicated to our music and so interested in bringing it to life. This was trumped only by their friendliness, hospitality, generosity and genuine warmth. Moreover, it was extremely fruitful getting to see this project through over two separate legs; hearing the pieces grow and becoming more and more refined, developing a strong relationship with the performers and seeing an incredibly polished object at the end of the project at the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival. I don’t think I have ever witnessed a group working as hard over such an extended period of time as the Bozzini Quartet. They performed my piece Neue Kraft Fühlend superbly, with the energy and delicacy that it deserves, balancing light and darkness perfectly. I am immensely proud of this piece as I am with this collaboration. This project had a huge impact on my aesthetic and working method and I am so incredibly privileged to have had the opportunity to work with such a class act as the Bozzini Quartet and I hope our creative paths cross again in the very near future.