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Brno Contemporary Orchestra

Date of Event

Wednesday, 20. 5. 2020 from 20.00
Expected end of the concert 21.45

Event place



  • Olga Neuwirth: Un posto nell’acqua
  • Pascal Dusapin: Quad (in memoriam Gilles Deleuze)
  • Erkki-Sven Tüür: Oxymoron
  • Jan Ryant Dřízal: Wild at Heart (world premiere of a work commissioned by the Prague Spring)


  • Pavel Šnajdr
  • Milan Paľa - violin

The Brno Contemporary Orchestra (BCO) has been active in the Moravian scene for nine years and has already garnered a wealth of premieres and major performances. The ensemble prioritises highly demanding international and domestic works of contemporary music, collaborates with excellent soloists, and participates in the realisation of contemporary operas and various multimedia projects. This will be its debut at the Prague Spring. The programme of their concert offers a foray into international repertoire and one Czech premiere.

Pascal Dusapin is one of the most remarkable composers in France today – a pupil of Xenakis and an admirer of Varès. With his focus on the form of the melodic line, he blazes his own trail somewhat apart from the compositional mainstream of his country. Quad – In memoriam Gilles Deleuze is centred on a virtuoso violin part, which makes it a chamber violin concerto of sorts.

The Austrian composer Olga Neuwirth studied music together with fine art. Her compositional approach is influenced by her teacher Tristan Murail, by her work at IRCAM in Paris, and especially by Luigi Nono, whom she met and communicated with in person. She has also cooperated on several occasions with Elfriede Jelinek, who wrote the libretto to Lost Highway, her opera adaptation of David Lynch’s eponymous film. Un posto nell’acqua will offer insight into the softly introverted side of her music.

Erkki-Sven Tüür is the second most successful composer from Estonia. Besides music, he appreciates architecture and the exact sciences – his compositions are often conceived with a detailed architectonic plan. The BCO’s repertoire includes Oxymoron, one of the composer’s most performed works for a large instrumental ensemble.

A personal affinity for the works of Erkki-Sven Tüür is openly admitted by the Czech composer Jan Ryant Dřízal, who spent a part of his studies in Estonia. He has written a new work for the BCO, commissioned by the Prague Spring and titled Zběsilost v srdci (Wild at Heart). “The title of the composition occurred to me in the aftermath of a terribly lucid dream, in which I experienced sensations of animalistic possession, even rapture,” the author explains. “But the whole thing was suffused with positive energy, which gave me the primary impetus to complete the whole work. The ecstatic character of the composition and its conception as a magic ritual are the two central notions of my composition. I borrowed the name from the famous film by David Lynch, whose expression and tempo subconsciously resonates with my compositional strategy.”

The conductor Pavel Šnajdr regularly collaborates with the North Czech Philharmonic Teplice and the Hradec Králové Philharmonic Orchestra. He served as head of opera at the Moravian Theatre in Olomouc and opera conductor at the J. K. Tyl Theatre in Pilsen. He currently holds a post at the National Theatre in Brno and also conducts ballets at the State Opera in Prague. In 2011 he established the Brno Contemporary Orchestra, with which he mainly focuses on the interpretation of contemporary music.

The excellent Slovak violinist Milan Paľa regularly collaborates with the BCO. His speciality is mastering difficult parts in contemporary compositions. This makes him in high demand as a soloist – he has premiered works by Jean Guillou, Evgeny Irshai, František Gregor Emmert, Marian Lejava, Christophe Sirodeau, or Erkki-Sven Tüür. In many cases, he has helped shape the work during the compositional process itself.