Sunday, 25 October 2015 | 20:30 | STUK

This year’s Transit festival ends in a certain sense the way it began: with a meeting of different generations of composers. Helmut Lachenmann is also celebrating an important birthday (he will be 80 this year), but even if he weren’t, this giant of new music has earned a place on the Transit programme. In the experienced hands of pianist Yukiko Sugawara and the American soprano Elizabeth Keusch, Lachenmann’s breathtakingly beautiful song cycle Got Lost is the perfect proof that the most exciting new music is not necessarily produced by a new generation of composers. With two impressive piano works, Mark André and Frederik Neyrinck (world premiere!) will provide a musical riposte to the great German master. This will be an intimate closing concert, throwing all the expressive facets of voice and piano into the ring.


Mark Andre: Iv 1 (2010)
Frederik Neyrinck: Kandinsky-Etüde 4 - 5 Observationen - 2 Improvisationen (world creation) COM Transit
Helmut Lachenmann: Got Lost (2007-2008)


Pauline Driesen, 19:45


Mark Andre

Born in Paris in 1964 Mark Andre studied composition, counterpoint, harmony, analysis and musical research at the Conservatoire National Supérieure de Musique de Paris (CNSMP), where his teachers included Claude Ballif, Gérard Grisey and Helmut Lachenmann.

He is a composer of stage, orchestral, chamber, vocal, and piano works that have been performed throughout Europe and in North America.

Helmut Lachenmann

Prof. Lachenmann studied composition and music theory with Johann Nepomuk David and piano with Jürgen Uhde at the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik und darstellende Kunst Stuttgart from 1955–58 and composition privately with Luigi Nono in Venice from 1958–60. He later studied at the Instituut voor Psychoacustica en Elektronische Muziek (IPEM) at the Universiteit Gent in 1965. He received an honorary doctorate from the Hochschule für Musik, Theater und Medien Hannover in 2001, an honorary doctorate from the Hochschule für Musik Carl Maria von Weber in Dresden in 2010 and an honorary doctorate from the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz in Cologne in 2012.

"It is all too easy to dismiss the work of Lachenmann as "musica negativa", in the deprecatory manner that the term was used by Hans Werner Henze in his attack on this composer. What is at play is the fact that Lachenmann's music forces the listener to confront and question their ingrained expectations from and responses to music, in an attempt to extend and further illuminate one's powers of perception. This is far from mere nihilism." (Ian Pace, Musical Times)

Frederik Neyrinck

Frederik Neyrinck worked with various orchestras and ensembles such as Asko|Schönberg, Nadar Ensemble, Klangforum Wien and Symfonieorkest Vlaanderen. From 2020 to 2024, he will be Artist in Residence at I SOLISTI. He is also very active in the field of (children's) musical theatre and opera. This manifests itself, among other things, in a residency at LOD muziektheater.

Website Frederik Neyrinck


Elizabeth Keusch

Young American soprano Elizabeth Keusch is rapidly emerging as an artist to watch. Already firmly established in the new music community, her musical and communication gifts have been acknowledged by the press in recent reviews of her Boston Symphony Orchestra debut in the American premiere of Golijov's La Pasión Según San Marcos, and her performance of the Boston premiere of Judith Weir's King Harald's Saga.

Performances of Academy-Award winning composer Tan Dun's Water Passion for St. Matthew have taken her to the Europaische Musikfest 2000 in Stuttgart (televised live) for the world premiere and to the Barbican Centre in London, to the Sautille Center in Tokyo, to both the BAM Next Wave Festival and the River to River Festival in New York, and to the Oregon Bach Festival for additional performances of the work. In the 2005/2006 season she travels with the Water Passion for several performances slated for The Netherlands and Belgium. (Text: LA Phil)

Yukiko Sugawara

Yukiko Sugawara was born in Sapporo, Japan and studied piano with Aiko Iguchi at the Toho School of Music in Tokyo. She continued her studies in Germany with Hans-Erich Riebensahm in Berlin and Aloys Kontarsky in Cologne. Sugawara received the Kranichstein Music Prize and is a regular guest at Europe’s most important New Music festivals. She has appeared as a soloist with conductors such as Pierre Boulez, Peter Eötvös, Michael Gielen, and Hans Zender. A devoted chamber musician, she has performed with ensemble recherché and as a duo with the violinist Asako Urushihara. Together with Christian Dierstein and Marcus Weiss, Sugawara founded the Trio Accanto in 1994. Among her numerous CD productions are recordings of works by Helmut Lachenmann and Mark Andre.

Text: Schott Music


Naamsestraat 96
3000 Leuven



H. Hartkliniek, Naamsestraat 102c


Lijnen 1 en 2
Halte H. Hartkliniek

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