New album curated and presented by Seda Röder

With twelve miniatures by leading Austrian composers that redefine the sound of piano today

A great dramaturgy of contrasts!

With music by: Karlheinz Essl, Alexandra Karastoyanova-Hermentin, Rupert Huber, Katharina Klement, Matthias Kranebitter, Bruno Strobl, Johanna Doderer, Bernd Richard Deutsch, Manuela Kerer, Klaus Ager, Herbert Grassl and Bernhard Gal.

  • groundbreaking piano music from Austria
  • 9 world premiere recordings
  • exploring a broad spectrum of sonic possibilities on modern piano

Breathtakingly beautiful!

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“With Black and White Statements, I would like to show as broad a spectrum as possible of how composers treat the piano today and how they define the sound of the piano for themselves”
— Seda Röder

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Karlheinz Essl

Karlheinz Essl, born in Vienna in 1960, lives and works in his native city. Since 2007, the composer and performer of electronic music has taught as professor of electro-acoustic composition at the University of Music and the Performing Arts. His oeuvre covers instrumental music, compositions with live electronics, improvisation concepts and sound installations.

Alexandra Karastoyanova-Hermentin

Alexandra Karastoyanova-Hermentin, born in Moscow in 1968, studied composition and Piano in Moscow, Sofia and at the Mozarteum in Salzburg. Her music has been performed in concert halls throughout the world including Carnegie Hall, Musikverein, Donecker Oper, Sejong Center – Seoul. She has received numerous composition commissions, including from the WDR, ORF and ‘Aspekte Salzburg’. Her oeuvre has been awarded many prizes, such as the Outstanding Artist Award for Music of the Federal Ministry of Education, Art and Culture in 2013, the Austrian State Scholarship, the Aaron Copland Fellowship and the Theodor Körner Prize.

Rupert Huber

Rupert Huber, born in Mödling in 1967, lives and works in Vienna, where he also studied composition at the University of Music and the Performing Arts. He has been successful with the pop group Tosca (in conjunction with Richard Dorfmeister) for many years. Huber has also written pieces for his instrument, the piano, and taken a keen interest in installations and the design of sounds in space. In addition, he is interested in interdisciplinary collaboration with visual artists.

Katharina Klement

Katharina Klement, born in Graz in 1963, lives and works as a composer, pianist and performer in Vienna, where she also has a teaching assignment at the University of Music and the Performing Arts. She moves between noted and improvised electronic and instrumental music. A focus of her oeuvre is on spatial concepts, and she has also produced multi-channel compositions and multi-media works. Katharina Klement’s special interest is also in the piano and the expansion of the performance techniques of this instrument.

Matthias Kranebitter

Matthias Kranebitter, born in Vienna in 1980, studied electro-acoustic composition, media com- position and piano at the University of Music in his native city. He completed his training with further studies in Amsterdam and Graz. Now he is again living and working in Vienna. ‘The dilettantish element I perceive as a crucial aesthetic category of recent years’ fascinates the composer particularly: ‘In the deliberate effort to integrate such elements in my works, the underlying idea is no longer to destroy tradition, which already took place in Modernism, but a disturbance or destruction whose content is exclusively itself and is hence perceivable and comprehensible even for the outsider.’

Bruno Strobl

Bruno Strobl, born in Klagenfurt in 1949, lives and works in Vienna and Klagenfurt. He also worked as a music teacher for many years. Amongst other things, for many years Strobl has been committed as chairperson of the Carinthian branch of the International Society for New Music (IGNM). Since 2008, he has been the Austrian President of the IGNM. His multifaceted oeuvre covers compositions for orchestra, chamber orchestra and ensembles, solo pieces, electro-acoustic music, computer music, operas, stage music, vocal works, sacred and secular choir music.

Johanna Doderer

Johanna Doderer, born in Bregenz in 1969, lives and works in Vienna. She studied composition in Graz and Vienna, where she also intensified her studies in the subject of film and media composition. Her oeuvre covers chamber music and orchestral pieces up to and including opera. Currently, she sees an important focus of her work in the field of music theatre.

Bernd Richard Deutsch

Bernd Richard Deutsch, born in Mödling in 1977, lives and works in Vienna, where he also studied composition and electro-acoustic composition at the University of Music and the Performing Arts. He has received numerous composition commissions. He has been awarded many prizes, most recently the Composition Prize of the Erste Bank (2013).

Manuela Kerer

Manuela Kerer, born in Brixen, South Tyrol, in 1980, lives and works in Innsbruck, where she completed several courses of study: violin and composition, law and psychology. However, in her approach from different perspectives she is primarily and always interested in music. She continued her compositional training in Milan. She has received many composition commissions and awards. The SKE Publicity Prize of Austro Mechana enabled her to spend a lengthy sojourn in New York in 2013.

Klaus Ager

Klaus Ager, born in Salzburg in 1948, lives and works in Vienna and his home town. He has taught at the Mozarteum where he also occupied the position of rector for many years. He has many different commitments in the field of contemporary music. Amongst other things, he co-founded the festival ‘Aspekte Salzburg’ as its artistic director in 1977. His compositional oeuvre comprises electro-acoustic and computer music as well as chamber music, orchestral pieces and vocal works.

Herbert Grassl

Herbert Grassl, born in Laas in Vinschgau, South Tyrol, in 1948, lives and works in Salzburg, where he teaches as a professor at the Mozarteum. He studied music education and choir direction there. He has many commitments in the field of contemporary music. He was the conductor and artistic director of ÖENM (Austrian Ensemble for New Music). He is a friend of the South Tyrolean painter Jörg Hofer, who makes paintings from marble dust and tempera paint with a structured surface – the inspiration for a composition with corresponding sound picture spaces: Berührungen.

Bernhard Gál

Bernhard Gál, born in Vienna in 1971, takes a keen interest in music and (sound) art. He lives in his home city as a composer and musicologist. The versatile artist prefers working in an interdisciplinary way in the fields of contemporary music, installations and media art. Gál integrates sound and light, objects and video projections in the design of his concepts. He composes both for acoustic instruments and electro-acoustic music. In addition, Gál has also appeared as a laptop musician.

Seda Röder

Seda Röder is an adventurous musician with an artistic vision of “walking through life with open ears to discover fascinating sounds”. Her passion for exploring uncharted musical grounds and creating refreshing aural experiences for her audience make Ms. Röder one of the most engaging pianists of her generation.

Her insightfully curated concert programs and startling interpretations bring her acclaim as an artist with a remarkably deep understanding of the newest sonic developments in the classical world. ‘You are a master of avant-garde pianism!’ the legendary Alfred Brendel once remarked, impressed with Ms. Röder’s artistry. ‘Your dialogues with silence captivated me.’

With numerous of world premieres and over ten new compositions dedicated to her each year, Ms. Röder is devoted to promoting the music of our time. But moreover she is devoted to looking beyond the surface to make a deeper experience of music possible for everyone who is eager to “walk through life with open ears”!

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