The young Dutch composer Carlijn Metselaar is the winner of an international portfolio competition announced by the Wiener Symphoniker to mark the inauguration of their Designated Music Director, Andrés Orozco-Estrada. The world premiere of the new work commissioned from the competition winner will open Andrés Orozco-Estrada's inaugural concert on 10th October 2020 in the Vienna Konzerthaus.
The work is to be performed from various positions in the hall so that the music surrounds, envelopes and embraces the audience from all sides. With this musical greeting, an extraordinary, spatial musical experience heralds a new artistic era in the 120-year history of the Wiener Symphoniker.
Carlijn Metselaar was selected from among more than 250 international entries by a specialist jury comprised of Andrés Orozco-Estrada, members of the orchestra, the composers Julia Purgina and Judit Varga, and representatives of the Vienna Konzerthaus and the music publisher UE. As part of Andrés Orozco-Estrada's further initiatives to promote young talent and build new audiences, young composers at the beginning of their careers were also invited to participate.
'I'm very impressed by the tremendous response to our call for submissions', explained Andrés Orozco-Estrada regarding the decision. 'Out of the many fantastic submissions from all over the world, with our selection of Carlijn Metselaar we've chosen an exceptionally talented young composer who is bubbling over with ideas. I'm very much looking forward to the finished work, and am delighted to make the Great Hall of the Vienna Konzerthaus resound with this composition on the launch of my tenure.'
Carlijn Metselaar was born in Holland in 1989 and currently lives and works in Cardiff, Wales. She studied composition at the Utrecht Conservatory and with Lynne Plowman at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. She is especially interested in creative, interdisciplinary collaborations. Her opera Blackout was recently premiered by Welsh National Youth Opera, and her orchestral miniature Leap was premiered by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales.
'I am hugely honored to be writing a piece for the Wiener Symphoniker, especially for Andrés Orozco-Estrada’s first concert as Music Director of the orchestra, ,' said Metselaar. 'Having visited the orchestra in February and seen the Konzerthaus and its performance possibilities, I am very inspired to write a piece which celebrates this orchestra, this hall, and this festive moment.
Jan Nast, the orchestra's Intendant since September 2019, added: 'The Wiener Symphoniker has always been characterised by its innovative nature. So it's only logical that we should move forward under a new aegis with a world premiere and an exciting, young musical voice. I'm convinced that this will be an unforgettable, joyful occasion for our audience.'
Andrés Orozco-Estrada begins his tenure as Music Director of the Wiener Symphoniker from the 2020-21 season. As successor to Philippe Jordan, who is moving to the Vienna State Opera, Orozco-Estrada will become the 16th Music Director of this long-established Vienna orchestra. In addition to concerts in Vienna, Bregenz and on tour, Orozco-Estrada will lead the orchestra in opera performances and CD recordings.