10TH INTERNATIONAL PHAROS CONTEMPORARY MUSIC FESTIVAL
FRIDAY 12 OCTOBER 2018
Shoe Factory, Nicosia / 8:30pm
Concert: KLANGFORUM WIEN
The 10th International Pharos Contemporary Music Festival welcomes
for the first time in Cyprus the celebrated Klangforum Wien. Universally
regarded as one of the most exciting advocates of contemporary music in the
world, Klangforum will present a unique concert, drawing on Cyprus’
significant heritage and location to endorse new music as a non-verbal
vehicle between performers, composers and audience, who are all ‘deriving’
from diverse cultural backgrounds. The concert, which will take place on
Friday 12 October 2018, at The Shoe Factory, 8:30pm, will include the Cyprus
premiere of masterpieces by Pierre Boulez, Claude Vivier, Helmut Lachenmann,
Beat Furrer and Franco Donatoni, as well as the world premiere of three
works commissioned by the Festival from Evis Sammoutis, Thomas Simaku and
Ever since its first concert, under the baton of its founder Beat Furrer at
the Palais Liechtenstein, Klangforum Wien has written musical history.
Founded in 1985, the ensemble has premiered roughly 500 new pieces by
leading composers from all over the world, giving a voice to the notes for
the first time. It could – if given to introspection – look back on a
discography of over 70 CDs, a series of honours and prizes and around 2000
appearances in the most important concert venues and opera houses in Europe,
the Americas and Japan, renowned festivals as well as innovative initiatives
for the youth.
Over the years, Klangforum Wien has developed strong artistic links with
outstanding composers, conductors, soloists and directors. These have been
influential in forming Klangforum’s profile, just as the ensemble has played
an important part in forming and supporting the shape of their endeavours.
During the last few years, individual members and the ensemble as a whole
have made increasing efforts to pass on special techniques and forms of
musical expression to a new generation of instrumentalists and composers.
Since 2009, owing to a teaching assignment at the University of Performing
Arts Graz, Klangforum Wien as a whole could style itself “professor”.
The focus of all Klangforum’s musicians lies in the constantly redefined
artistic will of a collective for which music, finally, is an expression of
their ethos and the awareness of their own share of responsibility for the
present and future. And just as in their art, Klangforum Wien itself is
nothing but a force, barely disguised by its metier, to improve the world.
The moment they step onto the podium, the musicians know that only one thing
counts: everything. Eros and the absoluteness of this conviction are at the
root of the inimitable quality of their concerts.
*** The concert is commissioned by the European University Cyprus
through the generous support of the European Union’s Creative Europe
Programme as part of the “Interfaces” project.
INFORMATION & TICKETS:
Information: Pharos Arts Foundation Tel. (+357) 22-663871 /
Tickets: €15 / €10 Concessions &
members of the Pharos Arts Foundation
Box Office: Directly from the Foundation’s website
www.pharosartsfoundation.org or Tel. (+357)