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Talent Development

Gaudeamus presents, organizes, stimulates and supports young music pioneers in their creation of new works. The organization scouts young talent and contributes to its professional development.

Artists in Residence
Gaudeamus strives to create a enduring relationship with music pioneers. By means of several residence programmes, young talent is attached to the organization for an extended period. Gaudeamus thus provides a location for research, a stage and a network. The Nieuwe Makers project organized by the Performing Arts Fund NL provides a two-year residence during which research and the development of an individual identity are paramount. Every year Gaudeamus also appoints a musician who shows innovative talent and ventures off the beaten track and who is living in Utrecht. From 2017 to 2019, Thanasis Deligiannis and Jerzy Bielski were artists in residence. Maya Fridman was musician in residence in the same period.

Current Residency
BUI (Utrecht Platform for Improvised Arts) is ensemble in residence during 2020/2021 at Gaudeamus. The six members of BUI explore the frontiers of improvisation by combining music, dance, visual arts and performance. During the Gaudeamus Music Week in 2020 they gave a magical Walking Concert in Amelisweerd, a nature reserve close to Utrecht. In a short documentary, made by Christie Bitar, you can see how this took place. In the course of 2021 BUI will also regularly present themselves to our audiences in various forms.

Gaudeamus Award Winner
The winner of the Gaudeamus Award receives more than a commission to compose new works. Winning the award also opens up new networks, and Gaudeamus actively puts the winner in contact with concert venues, ensembles, festivals and stakeholders within the music world, both nationally and internationally. The Gaudeamus Award was first presented in 1957. Hall of Fame

Every year Gaudeamus commissions many young music pioneers to compose new works. In this way the organization not only takes care of the creation of new music, but it is itself a customer, and attracts co-producers. Almost all the commissioned works are premiered during the Gaudeamus Muziekweek, and Gaudeamus subsequently does its utmost to promote repeat performances both at home and abroad.

A large part of the commissions are thanks to financial support of the Fonds Podiumkunsten. Gaudeamus also issues commissions in collaboration with international partners including the European Ulysses Network.

Maxim Shalygin – Lacrimosa (Performed by Shapeshift)

Commissions 2020

Calliope Tsoupaki – Summer 2020 for Asko|Schönberg
Genevieve Murphy – Subverse Pt. 2 for Diamanda Dramm
Amin Amel Ebrahimi – Rumi Cycle for Jabiz Hafizi en Arash Roozbehi
Karen Tanaka – Techno Etudes 2 voor Ralph van Raat

New works for Screen Dive
Daniel Ross (United Kingdom)
André Damião (Brazil)
Elizabeth Jigalin (Australia)
Cameron Dodds (United Kingdom)
Alan Ahued Naime & Quintes Glerum (Mexico/the Netherlands)
Amy Brandon (Canada)
Sam Taylor (United Kingdom)
Adriana Minu & Christine Cornwell (Romania/United Kingdom)
Teodora Stepancic & Assaf Gidron (USA)
Ruben Kotkamp (the Netherlands)
Molly Joyce (USA)
Dganit Elyakim (Israel)

New works for Senses Working Overtime
Alberto Granados Reguilón (Spain) – Earwash
Tak Cheung Hui (China) – Tangled Memory – this was work was eventually shown during Saturday Night Online 

Mixing the Archive – 75 Years Gaudeamus
Christian Smith received the commission to make a mix of tapings from the previous Gaudeamus Music Weeks; hij made no less than three different version of  Mixing the Archive – 75 Years Gaudeamus that aired on Stranded FM and can be listened to here.

Commissions 2019

Louis Andriessen / Malu Peeters – Alles is rond (multi-channel audiovisual installation Centraal Museum) with support of Fonds Podiumkunsten

John L Baker – From a Sparrow Song (Kugoni Trio)

Stefan Bele – How to deal with an audio system (Kugoni Trio)

Boris Bezemer – Bass Piece (James Oesi) i.c.w. Grachtenfestival / November Music with support of Fonds Podiumkunsten

Jerzy Bielski – Breaking the Codes: Zamenhof Project (The Futurists) i.c.w. The Futurists / Asko|Schönberg with support of Fonds Podiumkunsten

Jonas Bisquert – Nocturne In EUropean Waters (New European Ensemble & Randa Awad) i.c.w. Culture Unlimited with support of Fonds Podiumkunsten

Bianca Bongers – to the ..light.. and the HEAVY!! (International Ensemble Modern Academy Ulysses) with support of Fonds Podiumkunsten

Carlos Brito Dias – [a]void (Kugoni Trio)

Adrian Crespo Barba – For James Oesi (James Oesi) i.c.w. Grachtenfestival / November Music with support of Fonds Podiumkunsten

Eda Er – …I should have known a better romance… (Kugoni Trio)

Wim Henderickx – Sacred Places II (The Valley of the Gods) (Kugoni Trio) i.c.w. Kugoni Trio

Sebastian Hilli – Bird (Asko|Schönberg)

Nikos Kokolakis / Mariska de Groot – Klein Woestijn (Catchpenny Ensemble) with support of Fonds Podiumkunsten

Stefan Maier – Rare Earth (Vicky Chow & Stefan Maier)

Nicholas Morrish – Angel | Animal (Catchpenny Ensemble)

Genevieve Murphy – They Move Differently Here (Ensemble Offspring) with support of Charles Davidson and Fonds Podiumkunsten

Thomas Power – Talamh (James Oesi) i.s.m. Grachtenfestival / November Music with support of Fonds Podiumkunsten

Christiaan Richter – We Get Requests (Asko|Schönberg) with support of Fonds Podiumkunsten

Renata Sayakhova – Awareness (Kugoni Trio)

Kelley Sheehan – Eyes On (Nadar Ensemble)

Gerhard Stäbler – Vier Gravuren (Asko|Schönberg)

Jasper Stadhouders – PolyBand Chapter II (PolyBand) i.c.w. DOEK with support of Fonds Podiumkunsten

Aart Strootman – W.A.L.L (TEMKO, Slagwerk Den Haag, Pete Harden & Wiek Hijmans) i.c.w. Slagwerk Den Haag / November Music with support of Fonds Podiumkunsten

Thierry Tidrow – Something Like That (Merel Vercammen & Ketevan Roinishvili)

Kaveh Vares – Hanging Gardens (Trio SayeRoshan) i.c.w. Culture Unlimited with support of Fonds Podiumkunsten

Ivan Vukosavljević – The Burning (Ensemble Klang) with support of Fonds Podiumkunsten

Aya Yoshida – MUJI (James Oesi) i.c.w. Grachtenfestival / November Music with support of Fonds Podiumkunsten

Jacques Zafra – Einmal ist Einmal (Catchpenny Ensemble) i.c.w. Ulysses

Commissions 2018

Utku Asuroglu – Cutoff (Slagwerk Den Haag / Ulysses)

Bianca Bongers – Reiken (Kugoni Trio), with support of Fonds Podiumkunsten

Martijn Comes – Mother (Malgosia Fiebig), with support of Fonds Podiumkunsten

William Dougherty – as we come marching, marching (Slagwerk Den Haag)

Lawrence Dunn – Disappointment Rondeau (Slagwerk Den Haag)

Anthony Leigh Dunstan – ebb (Diamanda Dramm / Grachtenfestival), with support of Fonds Podiumkunsten

Moritz Eggert – The Collectors (Duo Simons|Napolov / November Music / Duo Simons|Napolov)

Maya Fridman – arrangement Alfred Schnittke’s Peer Gynt (Tomoko Mukaiyama & Maya Fridman / Korzo & Tomoko Mukaiyama Foundation), with support of Fonds Podiumkunsten

Jan-Peter de Graaff – The Bells of St. Clement’s (Duo Simons|Napolov), with support of Fonds Podiumkunsten

Sebastian Hilli – Psycho Wood (Slagwerk Den Haag)

Vitali Karagkezidis – Sonic Tenses (Diamanda Dramm / Grachtenfestival), with support of Fonds Podiumkunsten

Johannes Kreidler – Piece for harp and video (Miriam Overlach / Miriam Overlach)

Matthias Krüger – Dance of the Dream Men (Part I) (Slagwerk Den Haag)

William Kuo – The Hand Holds No Weapon (Ensemble Nikel)

Raphaël Languillat – (((LIMBO))) _ plexus (part i) (Slagwerk Den Haag)

Aurélie Lierman – (Non) Human & Animism (But What About), with support of Fonds Podiumkunsten

Solomiya Moroz – Arrows That Remain (Quatuor Bozzini / Quatuor Bozzini)

Lise Morrison – Cleared Air and Delicate Dust ( Quatuor Bozzini / Quatuor Bozzini )

Gagi Petrovic & Maya Fridman – Reminders (song), Depletions (song) (Gagi Petrovic & Maya Fridman), with support of Fonds Podiumkunsten

Petra Strahovnik – Amaranthine (Saskia Lankhoorn / Dag in de Branding), with support of Fonds Podiumkunsten

Alexey Retinsky – DUDA (Keuris Quartet / Keuris Quartet)

Carmen Vanderveken – Jeux (Fie Schouten, Eva van de Poll & Jeroen Kimman / Basklarinet Festijn), with support of Fonds Podiumkunsten

Dan VanHassel – Schizoid Devices (Keuris Quartet / Keuris Quartet)

Kaveh Vares & Rafael Fraga – arrangement Persian songs (Calefax, Matangi String Quartet & Mohammad Motamedi), with support of Fonds Podiumkunsten

Anthony Vine – The Innocence of Trees (Quatuor Bozzini, Dudok Kwartet, and BL!NDMAN Strings)

Ivan Vukosavljević – Still Life (orkest de ereprijs / orkest de ereprijs), with support of Fonds Podiumkunsten

Frej Wedlund – Crumblings (Keuris Quartet / Keuris Quartet)

Chris Williams – Growth is Form (Malgosia Fiebig)

Tsu-Yao Yang – Pour Nesat (Keuris Quartet / Keuris Quartet)

Commissions 2017

Boris Bezemer – nog geen titel (Nikel Ensemble)
Ethan Braun – Excess Frame (Kluster 5)
Zeno van den Broek – Panauditum (SPOR festival)
Thanasis Deligiannis – RE-FUSE (Greek National Opera (Alternative Stage))
Maya Fridman – arrangement Schnittke’s Peer Gynt (Maya Fridman & Tomoko Mukaiyama)
Jan-Peter de Graaff – Rimpelingen (Asko|Schönberg, tevens co-producent)
Alexander Khubeev – The Codex of Thoughtcrimes (Asko|Schönberg)
Yannis Kyriakides – Music for barges (Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, tevens co-producent)
Mikołaj Laskowski – nog geen titel (Nikel Ensemble)
Sky Macklay – Exponential (Kluster5)
Genevieve Murphy – Squeeze Machine (International Ensemble Modern Academy)
Manuel Sanchez Garcia & Georgi Sztojanov – VULNUS (Fors Seulement)
Maxim Shalygin – Lacrimosa (Shapeshift / November Music)
Igor C Silva – Plastic Air (Trash Panda Collective)
Aart Strootman – Shambling Emerge – after after party (Kluster5)
Chaz Underriner – Nocturne Series: 8 (Kluster5)
Bart de Vrees – For flute or piano or mandolin or percussion or bassoon or guitar or violin or harp or clarinet or………. (Insomnio)
Stef Veldhuis – ECHO (Stichting ECHO)
Ivan Vukosavljevic – Stone Skeleton (Kluster5)
Felipe Waller – Echo Chambers (Nadezda Filippova / Dutch Classical Talent)

International Commissions 2017

Utku Asuroglu – This and That (International Ensemble Modern Academy)
Simon Bertrand – l’Homme Invisible (Utrecht String Quartet / Thorwald Jorgenson)
Georgia Koumará – Intertwined Peculiarities (Kluster5)
Maya Verlaak – Song and Dance (International Ensemble Modern Academy)
Yukiko Watanabe – Nue (International Ensemble Modern Academy)

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