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Annual report ISCM Netherlands Section

The board of the ISCM Netherlands Section consisted in 2005 of Han Reiziger, president, Maarten Altena, René Eckhardt and André Douw and Jan Rokus van Roosendael (till his sudden death on 17 february 2005).
Han Reiziger deceased on 6 May 2006 at the age of 72 after being ill already some time. Both were very important personalities for our society and we miss them very.

The secretariat is run by Gaudeamus which promotes contemporary music in the Netherlands and abroad, with priority for young composers and musicians. Gaudeamus has its own activities and is co producing with partners all over the world. Furthermore Gaudeamus acts as an information centre, secretariat for national and international organisations/venues/festivals and gives advice at all kinds of levels.
February 2005 we moved to our new address located at about a 15-minute walk from the Central Station at the border of the river IJ.
Gaudeamus new quarters are not only more beautiful and more practical; we can offer visitors of our documentation centre better accommodations such as study tables with listening, working facilities and a listening room equipped with a piano and advanced audio/video equipment.
The documentation centre offers sheet music for solo instruments, orchestras and ensembles of every imaginable instrumentation, which may also be consulted on Internet (www.gaudeamus.nl). Besides scores, Gaudeamus also has a collection of LPs, CDs, DVDs, a number of Dutch and foreign music periodicals, books, newspaper clippings and photo's.

The International Gaudeamus Interpreters Competition 2005, open to musicians up to 35 years of age, took place in Amsterdam (The Netherlands) from 17 to 24 April 2005. The jury of the 35th edition of this competition for the performance of contemporary music, partly by Dutch composers, consisted of Vera Beths (the Netherlands), Walter van Hauwe (the Netherlands), Helen Jahren (Sweden), Benjamin Kobler (Germany) and Lucas Vis (the Netherlands, chairman). In the First Round there were 80 participants, in the Second Round 13 were left. There were 5 finalists.
First Prize (4500 Euro): Ashley Hribar (Australia) - piano
Second Prize (2250 Euro): Amstel Saxophone Quartet (the Netherlands)
Third Prize (1125 Euro): Duo Vertigo: Claire Edwardes (Australia), Niels Meliefste (the Netherlands) - percussion duo and the Special Prize (2250 Euro, for ensemble and electronics): Elettro Voce (Poland): Agata Zubel - voice, Cezary Duchnowski - electronics. The other finalist was the Russian accordion player Alexander Matrosov, who came to a shared fourth position with Elettro Voce.
The next edition take place from 14th to 22nd April 2007.

At the end of the International Gaudeamus Music Week 2005, which took place in Amsterdam, The Netherlands from 4 to 11 September, the GAUDEAMUS PRIZE was awarded to Oscar Bianchi (Italy, 1975). He received the prize for Primordia Rerum, a composition performed on September 6 in the "Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ" by the Nieuw Ensemble, conducted by Lucas Vis. The Gaudeamus Prize is 4550 Euros, intended as a commission for a new work to be performed in the following edition of the Music Week in 2006.
There were two Honorable Mentions: Andrea Agostini (Italy, 1975) received an honorable mention for Funus for tape, played on September 4th; Dai Fujikura (Japan, 1977) for Fifth Station, performed by the Asko Ensemble on September 5th.

The 11th International Young Composers' Meeting, 6-11 February took place in the Gigant, Apeldoorn. Lead by Louis Andriessen, Martijn Padding, Alvin Curran, Calliope Tsoupaki, Richard Ayres en Gerda van Zelm, 12 young composers worked intensively on short works for ensemble De Ereprijs

Furthermore Gaudeamus coordinate exchange projects. which makes it possible for young composers to attend quite a number of interesting workshops and festivals.

There were organized 81 visits of Dutch composers to concerts or festivals abroad, where their work was performed and 55 co-productions where Dutch repertoire was performed by local or Dutch musicians and ensembles.
41 Decision makers in the international contemporary music life were invited in cooperation with MuziekGroep Nederland to attend festivals.

Dutch Music Abroad only an excerpt from many projects:
  • 17-20/2 Hungary, Trafo, Festival Making New Waves. Concert and workshops by ensemble De Ereprijs, performing pieces by Martijn Padding, David Dramm and Hungarian composers.
  • 3-20/3 - Belgium, Brussels, Ars Musica Festival. Works of Michel van der Aa and Robin de Raaff performed by the Asko-Schönberg Ensemble, the Arditti Quartet, the Ensemble Resonanz and Benjamin Kobler (piano).
  • 12/3 - Bulgaria, Rousse, March Music Days. Concert by the Bulgarian Orchestra, conducted by Jurjen Hempel, soloist: Tatiana Koleva (percussion), performing a new work by David Dramm (world premiere) and other Dutch works.
  • 21, 22/3 - Korea, Seoul, Tongyeong Festival. Concerts by the ensemble The Barton Workshop, performing new works of Jos Zwaanenburg and James Fulkerson.
  • 14-16/4 - USA, Miami, New Music Festival. Concert by Dante Oei (piano) performing works of Dutch composers.
  • 15-24/4 - Croatia, Zagreb, ISCM World New Music Days. Map of Marble for voice, percussion, specialized live electronics and computer-generated light by Marko Ciciliani, Furthermore works by Jacques Bank and Yannis Kyriakides.
  • 20, 23/4 - Canada, Calgary, Edmonton (Toronto t.b.c.). Concerts and master classes by Harry Sparnaay (bass clarinet) and Silvia Castillo (organ). The programme consists of works by Roderik de Man, Matthias Kadar and Meliha Doguyudal (premiere).
  • 1-14/6 - tour by Michel Marang (clarinet) and Reinier van Houdt (piano) through the Ukraine and Russia (Odessa, Moscow, Voronezh, St. Petersburg, Kazan).
  • 30/6-6/7 - South Africa, Grahamstown, New Music Indaba. Workshops, lectures, concerts by the POW Ensemble
  • 4-7/7 - Finland, Viitasaari. Ralph van Raat performing during the Time of Music Festival. The program includes pieces of Theo Loevendie, Louis Andriessen and Ton Bruynel
  • 22-27/7 - UK, London, City of London Festival. The Guidehall Art Gallery presents 'Stalagmites' by Hans van Koolwijk.
  • 1-4/9 - South Africa, Johannesburg. UNYAZI Electronic Music Symposium and Festival 2005 with performances and workshops by Luc Houtkamp and Yannis Kyriakides.
  • 26/9-2/10 - Portugal, Porto. The 1st Fernando Valente International Saxophone Quartet Contest by the Netherlands Saxophone Quartet.
  • 20 & 24/10 - Italy, Rome. Festival Nuovi Spazi Musicali. Performance of the Kaida Trio and Barbara Lüneburg - violin.
  • 9/10 - Italy, Venice. Biennale di Venezia. chamber opera ONE
  • 11-12/10 - Italy, Milano, Milano Oltre Festival chamber opera ONE
  • 21-22/10 - Estonia, Tallinn. NYYD festival. chamber opera ONE
  • 24-25/10 - Lithuania, Vilnius. GAIDA Festival. chamber opera ONE
  • 11-12/11 - Spain, Barcelona, Festival Opera de Butxaca I Noves Creacions chamber opera ONE by Michel van der Aa
  • 15-30 October India, Delhi. Lectures and workshops by Rokus de Groot
  • October 2005-April 2006 - World tour of Jorge Isaac (recorder and electronics) performing OMONIA through Russia, Germany, Venezuela.
Gaudeamus Foundation
Piet Heinkade 5
1019 BR Amsterdam
The Netherlands
Telephone: +31 (0)20 519 18 00
Fax: +31 (0)20 519 18 01
info@gaudeamus.nl
www.gaudeamus.nl

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