IEMA Composition Seminar 2019 – Step2

09/2019 Gaudeamus – NL

The Internationale Ensemble Modern Akademie offers in cooperation with the Gaudeamus Muziekweek a composition seminar.

The IEMA-Ensemble 2018/19 includes 14 artists: 12 musicians (flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, horn, percussion, 2 piano, violin, viola, cello, double bass), one composer and one conductor are part of this IEMA year.
Four young international composers in total (the IEMA composer, 2 pre-selected composers by the ULYSSES Network and 1 recommendation by Gaudeamus Muziekweek (see below)) get the opportunity to create world premieres in two steps.

Following the first period with “try-outs” in Frankfurt (DE) in spring, the young musicians and composers now reach the 2nd step of the project with final rehearsals in Frankfurt before the World Premieres that are presented during the Gaudeamus Muziekweek in Utrecht on 6th September 2019.


Some pictures from the rehearsals in Frankfurt:



Following the World Premieres in Utrecht, on 6th September at Tivoli Vredenburg in the framework of Gaudeamus Muziekweek, the program is performed once more on tour in Frankfurt (DE) at the Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Frankfurt am Main on 23rd September 2019 at 7.30pm, under the direction of Lucas Vis and Musashi Baba.


Pictures from the concerts in Utrecht and Frankfurt:

in Utrecht © Gaudeamus


in Frankfurt © Barbara Fahle


And for those who read German, an article published in the Frankfurter Rundschau can be read here – Eine musikalische Odysee.



World premieres by

Bianca Bongers (*1987, Netherlands) – Composer recommended by Gaudeamus to the ..light.. and the HEAVY!! (2019)

Leonardo Marino (*1992, Italy) – ULYSSES Journey Composer Sul far della notte – cinque quadri per oboe e ensemble (2018/19)

Michael Taplin (*1991, England) – ULYSSES Journey Composer Caught in the Breeze (2019)

Elnaz Seyedi (*1982, Iran) – Composer recommended by IEMA frames II for Ensemble (2019)

IEMA-Ensemble 2018/19
Conductors: Musashi Baba, Lucas Vis

organized in partnership with IEMA - DE

ULYSSES Journey for Performers

Conducting Course


Young ensemble in residency - Ensemble Schallfeld

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