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2015_Music Centre Slovakia 


Annual Report

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  • Please describe your organization’s activities over the past year, including concerts, commissions, collaborations, publications: 

    Music Centre Slovakia is a centre of documentation, promotion and publishing with nationwide activity, whose mission is to promote Slovak music by organizing concerts with the music of Slovak composers, to publish scores and books on music, to document musical life in Slovakia, and to promote Slovak musical culture at home and abroad.

    New publications:
    - sheet music: “Complete works of Ján Levoslav Bella”: Mass B-flat Minor
    - books: Musical Events in Slovakia, Jozef Demjan – Boris Lenko – Marta Urdová – Ihor Vlakh: Accordion School
    - CDs: Ľuboš Šrámek & His E. E. Artsemble featuring Peter Erskine: White Dream, Jazz. Made in Slovakia 2013 – 2014, World Music. Made in Slovakia 2011 – 2015

    Main Projects and Activities of Local Relevance:
    - Sunday Matinées in the City Gallery of Bratislava, Mirbach Palace – 39 chamber concerts, including performances of works by many Slovak composers
    - Concerts for schools (280 concerts)
    - Young Talents’ Forum (11 concerts, 16 supported artists)) – educational project for young artists, contribution of their participation on international competitions or master classes;
    - Concerts at the Slovak Institutes in Europe (11)
    - Jazz concerts (57) –presentation of Slovak jazz musician, especially abroad
    - Night of Music – event inspired by the Fête de la musique
    - other concerts and artistic performances in Slovakia and abroad – many of them in cooperation with Slovak institutes in the various countries, or as part of music festivals (99 concerts)

    Main Projects and Activities of International or European Relevance:

    Allegretto Žilina – Central European Music Festival
    - international festival of young musicians, 25th edition, 7 concerts – a “showcase” for young performers and ensembles-winners of important international competitions, such as Queen Elisabeth in Brussels, ARD Munich, Prague Spring, Montreal, Guebwiller, Indianapolis, Salzburg, Melbourne, Vienna.
    - the participants came from Bulgary, Czech Republic, France, Latvia, Hungary, Germany, Poland, Slovakia, Spain, Ukraine
    - the Latvian composer Pēteris Vasks present at the festival
    - Prize of the Festival Allegretto: Josef Špaček, violin (Czech republic)
    - Prize of the Audience: Karol Daniš, violin (Slovakia)
    - Prize of the Prague Spring International Music Festival - concert performance at the festival: Mucha Quartet (Slovakia)
    - Prize of the Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra: Rossen Gergov, conductor (Bulgaria)
    - Prize of the festival Czech Dreams: Mucha Quartet (Slovakia)
    - Prize of the Janáček Philharmonic Ostrava: Yordan Kamdzhalov (Bulgaria)
    - Prize of the Mayor of the City of Žilina: Karol Daniš, violin (Slovakia)

    Melos-Ethos Festival
    - international Festival of Contemporary Music, held every other year in November, main organiser is the Music Centre of Slovakia, delegated by the Ministry of Culture of the Slovak Republic, and the programme is drawn up by the festival committee, cooperation with foreign cultural institutions and other local or international organizations
    - the aim of the festival was to present classic works of the 20th and 21st century avant-garde scene, thus filling the gap created by the former regime, and also to present works by Slovak and Czech modernist composers, spanning from the late 1950s to the present day - works which were marginalised and kept under the lid
    - platform for the meeting of Slovak music and current trends in contemporary music worldwide, both in the field of composition and performance
    - 2015 – main focus on music after 2010 and presentation of ensembles
    - 7 festival commissions
    - artists and ensembles: Serge de Laubier & Electronic Joystick Orchestra, Mucha Quartet, Sinfonietta Bratislava, Ensemble TIMF, Melos Ethos Ensemble, Quasars Ensemble, Het Collectief, Ensemble Spectrum, Solamente naturali, Teodoro Anzellotti, Konstantin Dobroykov, Milan Paľa, Kristaps Bergs, Cédric Thiollet, Zsolt Nagy, Mark Takeshi Mc Gregor and others.
    - composers present at the festival: Vykintas Baltakas, Bram Van Camp, Péter Eötvös, Serge de Laubier, Junghae Lee, Nicole Lizée, Johannes Maria Staud, Slavomír Hořínka, Helena Tulve, Pēteris Vasks
    - 15 world premieres, 24 Slovak premieres

    European Union Youth Orchestra (EUYO)
    - orchestra of young, talented musicians from the member countries of the European Union, working together under internationally renowned professors and conductors to achieve the highest possible standard of orchestral performance and performing each year in major cities both in the European Union and throughout the world
    - Music Centre Slovakia organizes annually auditions to the EUYO
    - invitation to represent Slovakia within the EUYO got Šimon Truszka (viola);
    - participation in the international European project T2020: participation of young musicians in the European Music Campus in Grafenegg; international conference “Young Orchestral Musician”

    Criss Cross Europe
    - project in collaboration with European musical organisations from Belgium, France, Netherlands, Luxembourg, Germany, Austria, Slovakia
    - seven musicians participated and performed at 9 concerts (2 in Slovakia – Bratislava, Košice), guitarist Michal Bugala represented Slovakia

    MINSTREL - Music Network Supporting Trans-national exchange and dissemination of music Resources at European Level
    The main goal of this multiannual project is the creation of the necessary conditions for the circulation of European music of any kind, as well as the transnational mobility of musicians (composers, performers, professionals) through the cooperation of important European Music Information Centres. The overall objective is the promotion of music diversity at European level in the frame of the related UNESCO convention.

    Participation at the international music fairs
    - MIDEM, Classical:NEXT, WOMEX

    Music Centre Slovakia is a member of the following international non-government organizations:
    - IAMIC (The International Association of Music Information Centres)
    - ISCM (International Society for Contemporary Music)
    - IAML (The International Association of Music Libraries)
    - ECPNM (European Conference of Promoters of New Music) – Melos-Ethos



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