6th Roche Commission goes to Sofia Gubaidulina

This Saturday, Roche will be presenting its 6th Commission to a contemporary composer. Together with the Lucerne Festival, the Cleveland Orchestra and Carnegie Hall, Roche has decided to commission a sixth piece of music in the Roche Commission series to Sofia Gubaidulina.

Basel, 27. August, 2010

6th Roche Commission goes to Sofia Gubaidulina

World premiere of â??Woven Dreamsâ? by Toshio Hosokawa on August 28th at Lucerne Summer Festival

This Saturday, Roche will be presenting its 6th Commission to a contemporary composer. Together with the Lucerne Festival, the Cleveland Orchestra and Carnegie Hall, Roche has decided to commission a sixth piece of music in the Roche Commission series to Sofia Gubaidulina.

Sofia Gubaidulina was born in Chistopol in the Tatar Republic of the Soviet Union in 1931. In Moscow, she undertook studies at the Conservatory with Nikolay Peyko until 1959 and with Shebalin until 1963. Her music was deemed "irresponsible" during her studies in Soviet Russia, due to its exploration of alternative tunings. She was supported, however, by Dmitiri Shostakovich, who in evaluating her final examination encouraged her to continue. Since 1992, she has made her primary residence in Germany. Gubaidulina's compositional interests have been stimulated by the tactile exploration and improvisation with rare Russian, Caucasian, and Asian folk and ritual instruments collected by the "Astreia" ensemble, of which she was a co-founder, by the rapid absorption and personalization of contemporary Western musical techniques and by a deep-rooted belief in the mystical properties of music.

Franz B. Humer, Chairman of the Board, said: â??We are very pleased that Sofia Gubaidulina accepted our Commission and are looking forward to hear her music in two years from now. Roche Commissions is a seamless continuation of Rocheâ??s traditional commitment to culture. Curiosity and open minds are needed in both music and research and it was exciting to offer Sofia Gubaidulina a visit to our research labs. The lively discussions between the composer and our scientists were very rewardingâ?.

The fifth Roche Commissions award was granted two years ago to the Japanese composer Toshio Hosokawa. His Roche Commission work â??Woven Dreamsâ? for orchestra will be performed tomorrow evening as a world premiere at the Lucerne Festival in the cityâ??s Culture and Congress Center. It will be premiered in New York at Carnegie Hall on 4. February. 2011.

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