Kaija Saariaho: an exciting 2013-14 season!
Rolf Wallin

Kaija Saariaho: an exciting 2013-14 season!

Kaija Saariaho has been awarded the international 2013 Polar Music Prize – Sweden’s most prestigious award for musicians –  the ceremony took place on 27 August. Esa-Pekka Salonen and the Baltic Sea Festival celebrated this honour with Saariaho’s Sombre European premiere to open the 2013 festival edition.

In this season, the Strasbourg Orchestra and Lyon Orchestra have invited Kaija Saariaho to be their composer in residence. Several performances with Saariaho’s closest artists - Susanna Mälkki, Anu Komsi, Solveig Kringelborn, Jukka-Pekka Saraste, Hannu Lintu and Kent Nagano – will take place and new collaborations will also arise with Olivier Latry, Marko Letonja, among others.

Kaija Saariaho will also be the guest composer of the Bratislava Melos-Ethos Festival. The Slovak Philharmonic, Camilla Hoitenga, Karen Vourc’h, Quasars ensemble and La Chambre aux echos will join her in an exciting programme.
The Dijon Opera has also programmed several concerts with her music inviting artists such as Lyon Orchestra (conducted by Susanna Mälkki), SWR Radio-Sinfonieorchester (conducted by François-Xavier Roth), Arditti String Quartet and Les Dissonances.

After the world premiere in Amsterdam and the Norway, USA and Sweden premieres, Circle Map will receive its French premiere – performed by Orchestre National de France – and UK premiere –performed by the Royal Scottish National Orchestra.
Emilie Suite, commissioned by Carnegie Hall, Cité de la Musique, Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg and Luzerner Sinfonieorchester, has been performed this season by the Strasbourg Orchestra. The next performance will be in Luzern by the Luzerner Sinfonieorchester in January 2014.
Kaija Saariaho creates a new and intimate version of La Passion de Simone inspired by the collaboration with La Chambre aux echos. The World Premiere of the ensemble version will take place in November at the Melos-Ethos Festival in Slovakia, other performances will follow in Poland, France and Mexico.
Maan Varjot, commissioned by Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal, Orchestre National de Lyon, Southbank Centre and Philharmonia Orchestra, will be premiered in May 2014 at Maison Symphonique de Montréal followed by the French premiere at Auditorium de Lyon and UK premiere at Southbank centre in June 2014.

The upcoming Ondine Kaija Saariaho’s cds releases are the second volume of her chamber works for strings by Meta4 and a recording of the Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg conducted by Marko Letonja.

Last 2 November, Kaija Saariaho received the Doctor of Music, Honoris Causa, degree of the McGill University. With a very special interest in developing the career of young artists, Kaija Saariaho will be the Mentor in Music in the 2014-15 cycle of the Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative.

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