Composition Commission issued to Toshio Hosokawa
Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Berlin
The Mahler Chamber Orchestra (MCO), with its unusual structure, internationality and outstanding quality, is an ensemble unique to the present time. Its unconventional organization and method of operation make it a model for the future of the European orchestral landscape. Composed of around 40 musicians from 20 different na¬tions, and independent of external sponsorship, the MCO plays operas and concerts all over the world, in cities as well as at exclusive festivals from the North Pole to the Red Sea. The orchestra was founded in 1997 by the musicians themselves and Claudio Abbado, and the two have been reaching milestones of European musical life together ever since. With the support of the Ernst von Siemens Music Foundation the MCO issued a composition commission to Japanese composer Toshio Hosokawa. His new work "Schöpfung" (Creation) will be performed for the first time in October in Baden-Baden under the baton of Kent Nagano together with the WDR Choir.
October 2nd 2010