Georg Friedrich Haas ‘Thinking in Music’ – International Study Meeting and Composition Masterclass
5 June 2023 - 10 June 2023
Full event programme
From 5 to 10 June, the international study meeting “Georg Friedrich Haas – Thinking in music”, organised by the Monteverdi Conservatory in Bolzano, will take place at the Kolpinghaus in Bolzano. The meeting will be attended by the Austro-American composer himself (Graz 1953), considered the greatest living composer of serious music. Haas, whose monumental composition 11000 Saiten for 50 pianos with scordatura and 25 instruments will have its world premiere on 1 August at FieraMesse in Bolzano as part of the Busoni Festival, will hold masterclasses at the Kolpinghaus for around fifty composition students from all over Italy and German-speaking countries. A lecture series on the life and works of Haas and two concerts complete the event, which is free of charge for all interested parties.
Coordination: Prof. Pierluca Lanzilotta
Georg Friedrich Haas
Georg Friedrich Haas was born in Graz in 1953 and has been teaching Composition since 2013 at the Columbia University in New York. He is considered “the most important living composer” according to a poll held in 2017 by the Italian journal Classic Voice, which also declared his composition in vain (2000) as the greatest work of art music since 2000. He is the leading exponent of spectral music, that is he uses acoustic properties of sound such as microintervals and the overtone series as a basis for composition. Thus he has disavowed the intellectualism of some strands of modernist music. He wrote that music is able „to articulate a human being’s emotions and states of the soul in such a way that other human beings can embrace these emotions and states of the soul as their own“.