Decision in the Composing Final at “The Transparent Factory”:

Ockert, Redmann and Pascual convince with their top musical performances worthy of the international stage

Dresden/Wolfsburg, May 1, 2004 - the ultimate decision in the International Composing Competition for the “Transparent Factory” was made yesterday and the choice was clear-cut: German composer Matthias Ockert won the competition ahead of Bernd Redmann from Cologne and the young Spanish composer Cristina Pascual. They convinced the jury of experts with works of music composed especially for this venue.

At the final concert, moderated by Dr. Meret Forster (MDR), the winners received prize money totaling 16,000 euros.

The nine-strong jury of renowned experts was deeply impressed by the extraordinary musical performances of all six semi-finalists. But the opinion of the jury of experts was unanimous: Ockert’s “Diaphaneity” for seven ensembles and live electronics, “L’usine Imaginaire”, Redmann’s work in seven movements and the poetic “Stahlseele” by Cristina Pascual proved the undisputed winners in their inaugural performances on April 28 and 29. Matthias Ockert on his composition: “There are two central aspects to ‘Diaphaneity’: one is the way it recalls the unity of architecture and music that fell into neglect after the Renaissance, and the other is my spatial-musical exploration of the meaning of transparency in modern architecture.”

The performance of the young and charismatic conductor Jonathan Stockhammer was equally remarkable: He was given a period of eight weeks to study the extremely demanding scores, with just five days remaining for rehearsals with member of the Dresdener Sinfonika and the vocal modern Ensemble in the “Transparent Factory”. The organizers, Stefan Schulte, general manager for sales and marketing of the “Transparent Factory”, and Hans-Joachim Frey, International Forum for Culture and Industry and director of the Semperoper Dresden, both displayed their enthusiasm for the high quality of the performances and compositions: “These magnificent musical explorations in a highly unusual environment have put a new face on contemporary music”, the two directors of the competition agreed.

The international competition for the “Transparent Factory” is held in cooperation with the International Forum for Culture and Industry and Volkswagen’s “Transparent Factors”. The birthplace of the Volkswagen Phaeton serves as a place of inspiration and of musical encounters. Top-class experts, cultural promoters and concert organizers offer their skills as jurors; these include Sylvester Levay, Prof. Siegfried Matthus, Prof. Heinz Josef Herbort and Prof. Franz Müller-Heuser.

Matthias Ockert First Prize
Bernd Redmann Second Prize
Cristina Pascual Third Prize

Matthias Ockert

born in Tettnang in 1970.
From 1991 to 1998 he studied architecture at the Technical University of Berlin, writing a dissertation entitled “The Concept of Proportion in Architectural Theory.” At the same time he studied composition under Carlo Inderhees in Berlin. From 1995 to 2004 he received regular jazz guitar tuition from Attila Zoller and Bill Connors in New York. He performed in Berlin as a jazz guitarist from 1998 to 2001.
Since 2001 he has been studying composition at the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik Karlsruhe under Wolfgang Rihm, Sandeep Bhagwati and Thomas A. Troge. In 2003 he was awarded a postgraduate grant by the state of Baden-Württemberg. Selected performances: “Florida Electroacoustic Music Festival“ 2004, „Elektronische Nacht Stuttgart“ 2003, Munich International Film Festival 2003 „videoart and experimental film“, Center for Art and Media - ZKM Karlsruhe “Studiokonzert” 2003, Akademie der Künste Berlin “Junge Akademie” 2002.
Radio broadcasts: SWR2 “KlangraumJetztMusik” 2004, hr2 “Jazz Now” 2003.
Current CD: “Matthias Ockert - Survey” 2003.

Irina Emeliantseva

Irina Emeliantseva was born in Bryansk, Russia in 1973.
In 1998-92 she studied piano at the college of music in her home town, where she won a prize at the regional piano competition for the best interpretation of Prokofiev’s works, From 1992 to 1997 Irina Emeliantseva studied composition (under Slonimski) and piano (under Eismont) at the “Rimsky-Korsakov” State Conservatory in St. Petersburg. Irina Emeliantseva went on to assist at Prof. Slonimski’s composition class. In 1999 she then became a research assistant. From 1996 to 1999 she attended international master classes in Germany, Russia and the Ukraine. Irina Emeliantseva has performed numerous works for the first time, both internationally and in Russia, including compositions by Dittrich, Messiaen, Roslavetz, Lutoslawski, Humel, etc. and her own pieces.

In 1995 she was awarded the Gartow Foundation prize for young composers in Germany, in 1996 she received the composition prize at the “Sound Ways” festival in St. Petersburg.
A DAAD composition scholarship brought her to Germany in 1999 where she studied at the Hanns Eisler Hochschule für Musik under Prof. P.-H. Dittrich (diploma). In 2000 Irina Emeliantseva attended the Rheinsberg music academy on a grant from the Senate of Berlin. Her next composition studies were in 2002 - 2003, under Hanspeter Kyburz in Berlin, then under Ernst Helmuth Flammer in Dresden. In 2002/2003 Irina Emeliantseva studied at the University of Arts in Berlin on a NaFöG grant. In 2002 she was in residence at the Stiftung Kulturfonds’ Künstlerhaus Schloss Wiepersdorf.
Irina Emeliantseva has received composition commissions from the Berlin Senate Administration for Science, Research and Culture (“Farbtonvarianten” after Henri Matisse) and from the young.euro.classic festival at the European Music Summer festival in Berlin (“Lichtsplitte” for violin and piano). Irina Emeliantseva also gives concerts as a pianist and is dedicated to promoting contemporary piano music.

Bernd Redmann

Bernd Redman was born in Bamberg in 1965 and moved to Bodenmais/Bayrischer Wald in 1968.
After graduating from Niederaltaich Gymnasium, a school specializing in music, he studied composing, theory of music and school music at the Munich and Mannheim colleges of Music, and musicology in Munich and Salzburg. In 1996 he graduated in composition under Prof. Dieter Acker at the Munich College of Music with a master class diploma.
In 1997 he was awarded a doctorate at the University of Salzburg under Prof. Dr. Gernot Gruber for his thesis on the H. Schenkers’ theories. He has won various scholarships, including a grant from the Bavarian Ministry of Culture to study at the “Cité des Arts” in Paris in 1997. He has taught accompaniment and musical theory at the Munich College of Music since 1994, since 1998 he has also lectured at the University of Salzburg. He became a professor for improvisation and composition at the Cologne College of Music in 1999. His publications include works on the methodology of musical analysis, improvisation and instrumentation.

His compositional oeuvre spans many genres, from solo pieces (e.g. “Geblendete Schatten” for piano; “metro” for a solo viola), chamber music (e.g. “Goldrush-Moneyrush” for 2 pianos; “Verstrickung” for oboe, violin and prepared piano; “Fit” for a wind quintet), to solo concertos (e.g. trumpet concerto; “Secret doors” for 2 bassoons and an orchestra) and works for symphony orchestras (“Fiasko”, “3 Pictures”). This list includes the spatial composition “O” (Marstalltheater Munich), film music, a collection of piano music for children, and a music theater project that is nearing completion. “What is particularly important to me in my work is the everyday world, what is around me, chance impressions and meetings. The flow of inner sound images fed by my synaesthesia sometimes crystallizes in special moments that come to me as seeds of an idea or poetic manifestations of my own world of expression. I track down these moments, which are frequently vague and not yet “musical“ as such. In the process of composing which then gradually begins I try to translate them into a communicable musical language and develop them in a temporal organization.”

Filippo Perocco

Foto: Giancarlo Rado

Filippo Perocco was born in Treviso (Italy).
He studied under Riccardo Vaglini at the Venice Conservatory where he achieved the highest marks. He also studied organ at the same institution.
He attended the International Vacation Courses for Contemporary Music in Darmstadt 2002/2003 and various master classes, including with S. Sciarrino, T. Hosokawa, B. Furrer, O. Neuwirth, E. Nunes, M. Levinas, T. Murail, W. Rihm, S. Bussotti. He has also worked together with the Ensemble Resonanz.
Filippo Perocco’s compositions have already been performed at festivals, e.g. at the Gaudeamus Music Week Amsterdam 2002, “L’interaction home/machine dans la performance musicale et artistique” festival in Strasbourg in 2002, “Compositori a confronto 2002” by DiuNouvoMusica, The New London Wind 2003, The Brighton Festival-London 2003, and the Melbourne Contemporary Music Festival. He has also been commissioned to compose pieces for the Holland Symphonia, Trio Kaida (Amsterdam), IXION ensemble London, ASTRA Chamber Choir Melbourne. His works have been broadcast on NPS Holland and BBC Radio 3. Filippo Perocco’s compositions are published by ArsPublica.

Cristina Pascual

Cristina Pascual was born in Barcelona in 1971.
At the age of 8 she moved to Venezuela with her parents and received piano tuition at the “Conservatorio del Estrado Aragua”. She then went on to study architecture at the University of Caracas. She continued her piano studies in Maracay while working as an architect. She was awarded the “Reina Sofia“ scholarship and completed her studies in interior design and piano in Salamanca before taking up composition at the “Conservatorio professional de Salamanca”.
After moving to Madrid she worked on acoustic improvements in buildings. In 2001 Cristina Pascual began studying composition at the Madrid Conservatory under Anton Garcia Abril, Zulema de la Cruz, Manuel Seco de Arpe and Alfonso Romero. In 2003 she was invited to attend the Pierrot Lunaire workshop with Isabel Mundry, Daniel Barenboim and Peter Musbach.
She has been working in Madrid as an autocad expert for three years, studying composition alongside her work.
For four months each year Cristina Pascual works on IMPSA projects in Venezuela, such as the Caruachi power station on the Caroni River.

Frank Zabel

Frank Zabel was born on October 14 th 1968 in Meinerzhagen/Germany.
He finished school in 1988 with the German Abitur. He was taught piano (Robert v. d. Beck) and violin/viola (Lieselotte Doecke, Karin Schmidt) at the Music School Volmetal. As adolescent he received various national youth prizes in composition and took lessions in composition with Prof. Theo Brandmüller and Prof. Martin Christoph Redel.
Since 1990 Frank Zabel studied at the Hochschule für Musik Köln with Prof. Pi-hsien Chen (piano), Prof. Friedrich Jaecker (musical theory) and Prof. Roland Löbner (musical theory) and made his diplomas in 1994/95.
He works as composer, pianist (chamber music and as soloist ) and as teacher for musical theory at the Hochschule für Musik Köln(1996-2001) and since 2001 as professor at the Robert-Schumann-Hochschule Düsseldorf.
His compositions have been played at various festivals in Europe, USA and Japan, e. g. WORLD MUSIC DAYS 2003 SLOVENIA, ULTIMA FESTIVAL OSLO 2004, 10th JAPAN CONTEMPORARY MUSIC FESTIVAL TOKYO 2004, ALEA III COMPETITION BOSTON 2003, FESTIVAL GRENZGÄNGE 2002, WESTFÄLISCHES MUSIKFEST 2001, WASBE CONFERENCE LUCERNE 2001, 10th Anniversary of German Reunion in Berlin 2000 or at the Re-opening of Reichstag building in Berlin 1999.
His compositions were commissioned by WDR (westgerman broadcasting service, Cologne), Deutscher Bundestag (German Parliament), Minguet String Quartett, Rascher Saxophone Orchestra and many others.
Recordings of Frank Zabel’s works have been made by the following broadcasting services: WDR (Cologne), Bayrischer Rundfunk (BR), Saarländischer Rundfunk (SR). Three CDs (SA-CDs) have been released with his works.
In 2000 his 1. String Quartett "Danse macabre" received a top prize for the best chamber music piece in International Bucchi Competition for composers in Roma. In 2003 he won the 2nd prize in the 8th Tokyo International Competition for Chamber Music Composition with "Schatten/Risse" for Horn and Piano.
In 2001 he published an essay about Friedrich Nietzsche as artist and composer for the compendium „Man ist vielmehr Künstler als man weiß“, Bilder und Bildner: Werk- und Lebenskunst bei F. Nietzsche, DenkMal Verlag, Bonn (2001).
His compositions range from solo pieces (for piano or saxophone) and chamber/ensemble music up to works for huge orchestra.

The International Composing Competition: six young musicians nominated

World debut performance of "Raummusik" in April 2004

Dresden, 22 February 2004 - a jury of fifteen well-known experts chose the six best pieces on Sunday, from 47 scores, for the semi-finals of the International Composing Competition for the room of the Transparent Factory (“Die Gläserne Manufaktur”) . Achim Bornhöft (Germany), Irina Emeliantseva (Russia), Matthias Ockert (Germany), Cristina Pascual (Spain), Filippo Perocco (Italy) und Bernd Redmann (Germany) are the happy winners. The pieces will make their debut performance in Dresden at the end of April.

Under direction of the competition coordinators Stefan Schulte (Managing Director of ‘Die Gläserne Manufaktur -the The Transparent Factory) and Hans-Joachim Frey (Opera Director of the Semper Opera, Dresden and member of the Board of the International Forum for Culture and Economics), the body of experts met at the weekend in Dresden at the weekend to judge the submitted scores. The meeting went on until late in the night.

In the semi-finals on 28/29 April 2004, the six pieces will be premiered by the Dresden Symphony Orchestra and the modern vocal ensemble, conducted by Jonathan Stockhammer. This concert will be held in front of the expert jury at the Transparent Factory . Three pieces will then be nominated for the final concert the following evening. Three cash prizes with a total of 16 000 euros will be awarded at a gala event .

Last year more than 180 young musicians from all over the world entered this special competition. In August 2003, 63 composers were invited to a workshop in The Transparant Factorythe Transparent Ffactory and asked to begin their work. A total of 47 scores were submitted to the forum project management.

The "International Composing Competition for the room of the Transparent Factory" is a joint venture between the International Forum for Culture and Economics and The Transparant Factorythe Transparent Factory. The jury comprises renowned experts from arts, publishing, and the media and as well as concert organisers, including Sylvester Levay, Prof Siegfried Matthus, Ludgar Brümmer, Dr Elmar Weingarten, Anca-Monica Pandelea and Prof Franz Müller-Heuser. The aim is a musical contest with modern themes such as mobility and high tech, creativity and work, and technology and nature. The birthplace of the Volkswagen Phaeton thus serves as a place of inspiration and musical experience.

Further information under www.composition-forum-org or via the press office of the International Forum for Culture and Economics, Edith Diedrichsen, Tel. + 49 351/263 09 95.

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Semi-Finalist Disqualified After Technical Error

The Tübinger composer Achim Bornhöft, a semi-finalist of the composing competition for the room of “Die Gläserne Manufaktur”, unfortunately made a technical error. Incorrect settings in his music notation software shortened the playing time of his piece “TransParent” from 15 to 8 minutes. Since competition rules only allowed pieces lasting at least 15 minutes, his work was no longer eligible. Mr. Bornhöft himself reported the error, and the jury and the organizers responded by nominating the next-placed composer who met all the requirements. Achim Bornhöft harbors no resentment at his disqualification, and generously wished the remaining competitors luck and success. The jury quickly met again, and voted the piece “Glassonanzen” by the Lüdenscheid composer Frank Zabel into sixth place, which meant that the following pieces reached the semi-finals:

Semifinalists off the International Composing Competition

Matthias Ockert (Deutschland) Piece : Diaphaneity
Irina Emeliantseva (Rußland) Piece : INTEREA…
Prof. Dr. Bernd Redmann (Deutschland) Piece : L´usine imaginaire
Filippo Perocco (Italien) Piece : riflesso sottile
Cristina Pascual (Spanien) Piece : Stahlseele
Frank Zabel (Germany) Piece : Glassonanzen

26.08.2003 - Successful Workshop for the International Composing Competition in Dresden

Composers: The Transparent Factory Offers Almost Ideal Acoustics

Dresden, August 26, 2003 - A three-day workshop was held in the Transparent Factory (“Gläserne Manufaktur”) for sixty selected young composers last weekend under the direction of the contest coordinators Hans-Joachim Frey, Opera Director of the Saxony State Opera and Spokesperson of the Forum for Culture and Industry, and Stefan Schulte, Head of Sales and Marketing of Volkswagen’s Transparent Factory. The participants were enthused by the excellent acoustics inside the building and by the inspiration offered by its design.


Der Grundriss des Kundenforums (PDF)

Die gemessenen Nachhallzeiten (PDF)

Summary of the Acoustics Report for the event area of The Transparent Factory of Volkswagen in Dresden (DOC)

Geräusche der Manufaktur als sound-files (mp3)