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Elvira Garifzyanova was born into a family of professional musicians.
She studied in Russia, Germany and Switzerland under such professors as Irina Dubinina - piano (a former pupil of Yakov Zak and Lev Oborin), composition under Alexander Rudenko, Gerhard Müller-Hornbach, Isabel Mundry, Michael Jarrell and electronic music under Gerald Bennett, Eric Daubresse and Luis Naon. In addition, in 2012 she completed a year training course in musical informatics at the renowned IRCAM - Institute for Research and Coordination in Acoustics/Music in Paris (France).
She attended master classes headed by Brian Ferneyhough, Helmut Lachenmann, Hanz Zender, André Richard (interpretation and performance practice with electronics), Mauro Lanza, Chaya Czernowin, Rebecca Saunders and Philippe Leroux.
She is the recipient of various prizes and scholarships from international competitions and artist residencies, among others Iannis Xenakis memorial fellowship 2017 from the Delian Academy for New Music curated under the auspices of Georges Aperghis and Grypario Cultural Center (Greece), Prize of the 29th Zagreb Biennale composers competition (Croatia), Giga-Hertz-Production's Prize 2016 for electronic music from the SWR Experimental Studio Freiburg and ZKM Karlsruhe (Germany) for piece "Arcane-II" for 4 recorders, 5 Paetzold recorders and live electronics controlled with sensors (gesture capturing, gesture recognition), Honorary mention for piece 'Aurora borealis' for flute and electronics at the international composers competition of electro-acoustic music 'Musica Nova' in Prague (Czech Republic), Finalist of the 'Paul Hindemith Prize' composition competition within the framework of the 'Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival' 2011 (Germany), First prize for piece „Wahrlich..." at the 'Concurso Internacional de Compositión para Órgano, Catedral del Buen Pastor de Donostia - San Sebastian' (Spain), Prize of the composers competition by Ensemble for New Music Zürich (CH); DAAD scholarship (Germany), Mozart Foundation scholarship, Paul Sacher scholarship (CH), 'Cité Internationale des Arts Paris', Scholarship from the international courses for new music Darmstadt (Germany), Scholarship from the 'Experimentalstudio Freiburg' and Matrix 13-Academy (Germany); 'Artist-in-Residence' at the Schleswig-Holsteinischen Künstlerhaus in Eckernförde (Germany), 'Artist-in-Residence' in Visby International Centre for Composers in Gotland (Sweden), 'Vienna-Artist-in Residence' from the 'KulturKontakt' Austria and the Austrian Federal Chancellery, 'Styrian Artist-in-Residence' from the Styrian Government (Austria), Work fellowship from the Austrian Federal Chancellery, 'Artist in Residence' at the ZKM Karlsruhe (Germany), 'Artist in Residence' at the 'Künstlerhof Schreyahn' (Germany), 'Artist-in-Residence' at the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts, Nebraska (USA), 'Artist in Residence' at the 'Künstlerhaus Schloss Wiepersdorf' (Germany).
She collaborated with Lyon contemporary dance of the 'département danse du Conservatoire national supérieur musique et danse' under the direction of Anne Martin (France), the South West German Radio Symphony Orchestra Stuttgart (Germany) under the direction of Manfred Trojahn, the 'Berner Symphonieorchestra' (CH), 'Musikkollegium' Winterthur (CH) under the direction of Arthur Fagen; with musicians of the 'Tonhalle-Orchester' Zürich (CH), ensemble 'Les Cornets Noirs', Basel (CH); with 'Hilliard-Ensemble' (UK), vocal ensemble 'Homme Armé' (Italy), with Antonio Politano (Paetzold recorders), ensemble 'Prime' (CH) under the direction of Antonio Politano, ensemble 'Vortex' (CH), 'Meitar' ensemble (Tel-Aviv,Israel), ensemble 'SurPlus' (Freiburg, Germany), 'Divertimento' ensemble (IT), 'Reconsil' ensemble (Vienna, AT), 'ensemble für neue Musik' Zürich (CH), ensemble 'DissonArt' (Greece), 'Switch~' ensemble (USA), ensemble 'Oerknal' (Netherlands); with Carin Levine (flute), Peter Veale (oboe), Pascall Gallois (bassoon) at the first 'Aeolian Academy Jeunesses Musicales' in Germany, with Mircea Ardeleanu (percussion), Carola Schlüter (soprano from ensemble 'Phorminx'), John-Noel Attard (piano); with the 'Zürcher Kantorei zu Predigern', 'Berner Kantorei' and the 'Kleine Kantorei' under the direction of Johannes Guenther.
Several of her activities have been recorded by Radio SWR (Germany) and Swiss Radio DRS-2.
Her compositions have been selected for performances at such international festivals as New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival (USA), 'Archipel' Festival Geneva (CH), Music Biennale Zagreb (Croatia), 'Giga Hertz Prize' Festival ZKM Karlsruhe (Germany), the 20th International New Music Festival 'Sound Ways' in St.-Petersburg (Russia), 'The Russian Culture Days' in Freiburg 2017 (Germany), EXPO Milano 2015 (Italy), 'Antifonia-40 Festival' in Cluj-Napoca (Romania), 'Agostino Di Scipio Emergenze Sonore Project Notes #05' in Venice (Italy), 'Next generation 4.0 Kommunikation Festival' in ZKM Karlsruhe (Germany), 'Festival der Künste' Zürich (CH), 'Mixtur-Festival' Barcelona (Spain), 'Inaudita Early Music Tuscan Festival' Pisa (Italy), 'CEME Festival' Tel-Aviv (Israel), 4-th Saarbrücker Days for electroacoustic and visual Music - 'EviMus' (Germany) as well as in Center for New Music San Francisco (USA), IRCAM Paris (France), 'Megaron' - the Athens Concert Hall (Creece), 'Tonhalle-Orchester' Zürich (CH), 'Kultur-Casino' Bern (CH), 'Elastic Arts' Chicago (USA), Concert Hall of Budapest Music Center (Hungary), 'Arnold Schönberg Center' Wien (Austria), BKA-Theater Berlin (Germany), Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart (Germany), Saal Batiment des Forces Motrice, Geneva (CH).
Languages: russian, german, french, english.
(Gesture cupturing, gesture recognition.)
PRIME Recorder Ensemble under the direction of Antonio Politano
Electronics - Simone Conforti and Elvira Garifzyanova.
27.05.2014, BKA-Theater Berlin, "Unerhörte Musik".
This piece received the Giga-Hertz Production's Prize for electronic music 2016 from the SWR Experimental Studio Freiburg and ZKM Karlsruhe (Germany).
Article about the project: https://dissonance.musinfo.ch/upload/pdf/132_10_hsm_sco_gu__s_prime.pdf
Performed by Rafal Zolkos (flute), Elvira Garifzyanova (electronics) and David Poissonnier (sound engineer).
From the concert on 03.05.2013 - Grande Salle-HEM, Geneva, Switzerland.
*) Honorary Mention at the International Electroacoustic Music Competition Musica Nova in Prague 2013 (Czech Republic): http://musicanova.seah.cz/vysl/2013.pdf
in the frame of the GESTÈME project.
Collaboration between the contemporary section of the "département danse du Conservatoire national supérieur musique et danse" Lyon (CNSMD), the orchestra of the HEM Geneva under the direction of Pierre Bleuse and CISA (Centre interfacultaire en sciences affectives) University Geneva.
Choreography by Anne Martin - soloist with the Pina Bausch Tanztheater for more than 10 years.
Premiere on 01.02.2014 - Saal Batiment des Forces Motrice, Geneva, Switzerland.
Lichtflecken-II for piano quartet
Isabel Neligan-Violine, David Greenlees-Viola, Christian Proske-Violoncello,Yoshiko Iwai-Piano.
Commissioned work by the 'Tonhalle-Orchester' Zürich and supported by 'Pro Helvetia' -
the Swiss Cultural Foundation.
13.03.2008 - Zürich.
First performance-spectacle on 01.02.2014 and 02.02.2014 in the frame of the Project GESTÈME, Saal Batiment des Forces Motrices, Geneva by the orchestra of the HEM Geneva under direction of Pierre Bleuse and the danceurs from the section of the contemporary dance of the CNSMD Lyon (France). Choreography by Anne Martin – soloist with the Pina Bausch Tanztheater for more than 10 years.
"Crossover lines" (2016) - short piano concerto. Performance at the 29th Zagreb Biennale 2017, (Croatia) by Filip Fak (piano) and festival chamber orchestra.
“Lichtflecken – III” (2011) - for 4 Paetzold recorders with amplification and symphony orchestra. Duration: 13'.
Commissioned work by 'Berner Hochschule der Künste'. First performance on 01.07.2011, Concert House 'Kultur-Casino' Bern (CH) by Cèline Herrero-recorders and Berner symphony orchestra under direction of Alexander Janos.
“Zeremoniell aus Sucession” (2006/07) - Miniatur for symphony orchestra. In the frame of the orchestra workshop 2007 with the South West German Radio Symphony Orchestra, Stuttgart (Germany) under direction of Manfred Trojahn.
Work for string orchestra and piano in three parts (2000/01). Duration: 27' 53''.
New orchestration of Modest Mussorgsky „Bilder einer Ausstellung“ ('Tuileries') (2007). Duration: 5'.
Performance on 02.11.2007 Stadthaus Winterthur by 'Musikkollegium' Winterthur under the direction of Arthur Fagen.
„Énigmes“ (2014) - for male vocal ensemble 'Homme Armé' (Italy). Duration: 11'. First performance on 04.09.2014 at the 'Inaudita Early Music Tuscan Festival', Basilica 'Di San Piero A Grado', Pisa (Italy).
“Im Zeichen des...” (2012) - cantate for 4 soloists, mixed choir and baroque orchestra. Duration: 21'.
Commissioned work by 'Zürcher Kantorei zu Predigern', 'Berner Kantorei', 'die kleine Kantorei'.
First performance 22.12.2012 'Berner Münster' and 23.12.2012 'Predigerkirche' Zürich by 'Zürcher Kantorei zu Predigern', 'Berner Kantorei', 'die kleine Kantorei' and Collegium Musicum (CH) under direction of Johannes Günther: http://www.kantorei.ch/fileadmin/user_upload/pdf/2012-12-weihnachtsmusik.pdf
“Suchet mein Angesicht” (2006/07) - for solo male quartet, mixed choir and instruments after the Psalm 130 "Aus der Tiefe rufe ich, Herr, zu Dir" and "Halleluja". Duration: 7'35''. Commissioned work for 'Hilliard-Ensemble' (UK) and 'Zürcher Kantorei zu Predigern', 'Berner Kantorei', 'die kleine Kantorei' (CH).
First performance on 02.09.2007 in 'Grossmünster' Zürich, 04.09.2007 in 'Berner Münster' by 'Hilliard-Ensemble' and 'Zürcher Kantorei zu Predigern', 'Berner Kantorei', 'die kleine Kantorei' and Ensemble 'Les Cornets Noirs' Basel under direction of Johannes Günther. Radio recording by Swiss Radio DRS-2.
"Five scenes of Johanna d'Arc's life" (2005) - for soprano and piano with special tools. Duration: 26'.
3) Johanna to Johanna
after the romantic tragedy 'The Maid of Orleans' by Friedrich Schiller.
Commissioned work by Frankfurt Association for Contemporary Music for Carola Schlüter (Soprano, member of the ensemble 'Phorminx') and John-Noel Attard (piano). Performances on 09.05.2005 'Literaturhaus Villa Clementine' Wiesbaden (Germany), 'Goethe Haus' Frankfurt am Main by Carola Schlüter and John-Noel Attard.
The work has been added to the book 'Friedrich Schillers musikalische Wirkungsgeschichte' written by musicologist and germanist Georg Günther.
CHAMBER MUSIC WITH/WITHOUT LIVE ELECTRONICS:
"Kyklades - Figurines" (2017) - a cycle for flute, bass clarinet, piano, violin, violoncello.
First performance of the 'Figurine I' in the frame of Delian Academy for New Music in Grypario Cultural Center Mykonos (Greece) by ensemble 'Oerknal' (Netherlands).
"Almost broken music box" (2016/17) - for flute picc. with a special extra finger instrument, bass clarinet, violin, viola, cello, double bass and piano. Duration: 11'. Commissioned work by 'Mixtur' festival (Spain).
Performances at the 'Mixtur' festival, Barcelona (Spain): https://www.auditori.cat/en/20746
15.03.2017 - 'The Kratiki Orchestra' Thessaloniki (Greece), 17.03.2017 - 'Megaron - The Athen Concert Hall' (Greece) by ensemble 'DissonArt': https://www.megaron.gr/en/event/russia-in-the-20th-and-21st-century/
"Parle-Parle pas II" (2015) - for bass clarinet, percussion, electro guitar, violin, violoncello, double bass and live electronics. Duration: 9'. First performance on 27.11.2015, Fonderie Kugler, Geneva (CH) by ensemble 'Vortex'.
"With out" (2015) - for flute, oboe, bass clarinet, percussion, piano, violin, viola, violoncello and double bass. Duration: 12' 50''. First performance on 20.08.2015 in Schloss Solitude Stuttgart, (Germany) by ensemble 'SurPlus'. Next performances on 29.09.2015 in the frame of the program "Next Generations" in E-Werk in Freiburg in Breisgau (Germany) and on 19.10.2017 in the frame of 'The Russian Cultur Days' Freiburg in Breisgau in 'Haus zur Lieben Hand' by ensemble 'SurPlus'.
“Herzschlag” (2014) - for piano with special tools, large ensemble and live electronics. Duration: 14'36''.
First performance by Elvira Garifzyanova (piano solo) and ensemble contemporaine of the HEM Geneva under the direction of Benoit Willman. Live Electronics by Elvira Garifzyanova, performed by Eric Daubresse, David Poissonnier and Takuya Imahori. 06.06.2014 Studio Ansermet, Radio Swiss, Geneva.
“Arcane-II” (2014) - for 4 recorders, 5 Paetzold recorders with live electronics controlled with sensors (gesture capturing, gesture recognition). Duration: 7'35''.
The work received the Giga-Hertzt Production's Prize for electronic music 2016 from the SWR Experimental Studio Freiburg and ZKM Karlsruhe (Germany).
First performance on 27.05.2014 in Berlin BKA-Theater ('Unerhörte Musik') by Ensemble 'PRIME' under direction of Antonio Politano. https://www.facebook.com/events/490534117741694/
“Act without words-III” (2014) - for ensemble. Performances at the Expo Milano 2015 (Italy) and on 09.11.2015 in the frame of the 'Eotvos Music Foundation's' edition of 'mustMEET' composers series in the Concert Hall of Budapest Music Center, by 'Divertimento' ensemble: http://eotvosmusicfoundation.org/news/504/mustmeet-composers-viii---feeding-music/
“Arcane-I” (2013) - for contrabass Paetzold recorder with live electronics. Duration: appr. 12'.
First performance on 07.12.2013 in Eglise de Villamont Lausanne (CH) by Antonio Politano (contrabass paetzold recorder), Elvira Garifzyanova (electronics) and Simone Conforti (sound engineer): http://flautodolce.ch/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/enigma-e-stupore.pdf
„Lichtflecken-II“ (2007/08) - for Violin, Viola, Violoncello and piano. Duration: 08'38''. First performance on 13.03.2008, 'Tonhalle' Zürich (CH). Commissioned work by the 'Tonhalle-Orchester' Zürich and supported by 'Pro Helvetia' - the Swiss Cultural Foundation. https://www.babelscores.com/ElviraGarifzyanova
„Lichtflecken“ („Patches of light“) (2007) - for trumpet-piccolo in B, alternated with trumpet in C and accordion. First performance by Kerry Lannan- trumpets and Eva Zöllner – accordion in 'Frequenzen XXXVII I' – concert series of Frankfurt Association for Contemporary Music. 2009 – version for the same trumpets and organ, performance of this version by K.Lannan and E.Garifzyanova, grand Hall ZHdK, Zürich (CH).
„Phoenix“ (2006) - for flute, clarinet in B and bassoon. Duration: 08'54''. Performances by Sakura Kindunis, Andre Cortesi, Rafal Zolkos - flutes, David Jarzynski - clarinet, Mihaly Fliegauf - bassoon in Zürich and by Ensemble „Ö!“ in Saison 2007/2008 in Theater Chur (CH). https://www.babelscores.com/ElviraGarifzyanova
„6 Freskos“ (2004/05) - for flute (piccolo), clarinet in B, in Es (or oboe and corno englese), and bassoon (or bass clarinet). Duration: 17'04''. Performance in the frame of the first Aeolian Academy with Carin Levine (flute), Peter Veale (Oboe) and Pascale Gallois (basson) in Schiesshaus Heilbron (Germany).
„In Infinitum“ (2003) - Trio for piano, violoncello and clarinet in B. Duration: 12'50''. Prize of the composers competition by Ensemble for New Music Zürich (CH). Performances on 07.12.2007 - Forum Sigfried, Zofingen (CH), 08.12.2007 in Kunsthaus Zürich and 11.12.2007 in Gare du Nord, Basel (CH) by 'Ensemble for new Musik' Zürich: https://www.garedunord.ch/programm/spielplan/2007/12
SOLO WITH/WITHOUT LIVE ELECTRONICS:
“Aurora borealis” (2012) - for flute and live electronics. Duration: 7'.
The piece received Honorary Mention at the International Electroacoustic Music Competition in Prague 2013 (Czech Republic): http://musicanova.seah.cz/vysl/2013.pdf
'La Salle de projection' IRCAM - Paris (France).
21.03.2013 - 'Archipel' festival, Théâtre Pitoëff, Geneva, (CH) by Marco Salvio (flute), Elvira Garifzyanova (electronics) and David Poissonnier (sound engineer).
03.05.2013 - grande salle of the HEM Geneva by Rafal Zolkos (flute), Elvira Garifzyanova (electronics) and David Poissonnier (sound engineer).
17.12.2013 - Madarsky Institut Praha (Czech Republic): https://musicanova.seah.cz/vysl/MusicaNova_2013_PLAKAT.jpg
28.03.2015 - Ammannstudio Wien, KulturKontakt Austria, Eric Lamb Rummel (flute), Elvira Garifzyanova (electronics): http://www.amannstudios.com/archives-news/live-konzert-elvira-garifzyanova-katharina-kementdaniel-lercherlive-konzert-elvira-garifzyanova-katharina-klementdaniel-lercher
14.05.2017 - 'Elastic Arts' Chicago (USA) by Zach Sheets (flute) and Jason Thorpe Buchanan (electronics): http://www.thevisualist.org/2017/05/switch-on-2/
13.12.2017 - Center for New Music San-Francisco (USA) by Zach Sheets (flute) and Jason Thorpe Buchanan (electronics).
02.04.2019 - 'Archipel' festival, grande salle of the 'Maison communale de Plainpalais' Geneva:
14.04.2019 - Campus Arc 1, Auditorium 1, Neuchâtel (CH): https://www.arcinfo.ch/sortir/festivals-musique-concerts-cinema/musique-classique-musique-de-chambre-opera/musique-de-notre-temps-nouvelles-technologies-827535
„Le chant de la lumière“ (2008) - for one multi percussionist and light. Duration: 20'08''. Performance on 21-29 November 2008 at the 20-th international new music Festival „Sound Ways“ St. Petersburg (Russia), on 27.06.2009 at the Festival „Antifonia 40“ Sala studio a Academiei de Musica „Gh. Dima“ Cluj-Napoca (Romania) by Mircea Ardeleanu.
„Wahrlich...“ („Verily...“) (2002/06) - for organ solo. Duration: 12'36''. “Primer premio del conkurso international de Composition para organo 'Catedral del Buen Pastor de Donostia-San Sebastian' 2007 (Spain). Performance in the Catedral del Buen Pastor by Juan de la Rubia: https://www.diariovasco.com/20070804/cultura/catedral-buen-pastor-celebro-20070804.html
"Loom" (2018) - multichannel electroacoustic composition with installation, light and 3D sound spatialization. Duration: 18'. First performance on 25.11.2018 in the frame of the Giga Hertz Festival, Saal Kubus, ZKM, Karlsruhe (Germany) by E.Garifzyanova.
"Japanese garden" (2015) - musique électroacoustique (sound installation). Duration: 16'. First performance on 28.03.2015 in Amann Studios Wien (Austria) by E.Garifzyanova: http://www.amannstudios.com/archives-news/live-konzert-elvira-garifzyanova-katharina-kementdaniel-lercherlive-konzert-elvira-garifzyanova-katharina-klementdaniel-lercher
„Screen“ (2010) - musique electroacoustique, stereo. Duration: 11'. First performance at the 'Festival der Künste' Zürich 2011 (CH), on 18.06.2011 at the 4-th Festival „Next_ generation 4.0 Kommunikation“, Saal Kubus, ZKM, Karlsruhe (Germany) by E. Garifzyanova: http://www.moz.ac.at/sem/archiv/perf/Kurzprogramm_next_g_Presse3.pdf
*) Journal «Dissonance» - Swiss Music Journal for Research and Creation:
«Prime Gesture Recognition: new paradigms for the interaction between Paetzold recorder players and machines in live electronic music» about the project 'Arcane-II' (Nr. 132, 12.2015, pages 10-15):
*) Der Bund 2007, Kultur, «Flügel der Morgenröte: das Hilliard Ensemble zu Gast bei der Evangelischen Singgemeinde im Berner Münster» bei Hanspeter Renggli.
*) Neue Züricher Zeitung, 04.September 2007. «Das Modell Schütz: Prediger-Kantorei mit Hilliard-Ensemble im Grossmünster» bei Thomas Schacher - Zürcher Kultur Nachrichten-NZZ.ch: http://www.nzz.ch/nachrichten/kultur/zuercher_kultur/das-modell-schuetz-1.550380
*) Article in the magazine of the «Diariovasco» Cultura (Spain) 2007:
*) Frankfurter Rundschau, 23.01.2006 «Das Sprechen der Seele. Abend mit Schiller-Vertonungen im Freien Deutschen Hochstift» by Franziska Richter.
*) Workshops/Seminars in electronic music and composition at the IEM and KUG Graz (Austria);
*) Organist and director of Schola at the church St. Katharina Zürich (Switzerland);
*) Teacher for music theory at the 'Zachar Bron School of Music' (Switzerland);
*) Workshop presentation 'electronic music - beyond the borders' ('Elektronische Musik – über die Grenzen') in the GEMA Berlin in the frame of the European Music Author Scholarship (EMAS) (Germany);
*) Workshops - music education for scholars at schools in Vienna (Austria);
*) Docent for piano at the State Pedagogic University (Russia);