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New commissions for Oğuz Büyükberber & Ned McGowan

We are proud to share that Fonds Podiumkunsten has honored two applications for composition commissions from Orkest De Ereprijs! New works by Oğuz Büyükberber and Ned McGowan will premiere in the autumn of 2021.

Clarinetist Oğuz Büyükberber combines contemporary composition, jazz and influences from his Turkish background in his style. Improvising in a hypermodern avant-garde setting is where he feels most at home. Whether acoustic, electronic, or something in between. Büyükberber has performed at major festivals and venues around the world and has collaborated with top-level ensembles, soloists, artists, theater and dance companies. He studied bass clarinet with Harry Sparnaay at the Conservatory of Amsterdam and took composition lessons with Theo Loevendie. As an orchestra for topical composed music, we like to work together with a composer who has such a musically diverse background and the open mentality to explore new music across borders. Büyükberber is an excellent (bass) clarinet player and will perform his new piece together with us.

Ned McGowan is a composer, teacher, flutist, improviser, curator and researcher. Known for rhythmical vitality and technical virtuosity, his music has won awards and been performed at Carnegie Hall, the Concertgebouw and other halls and festivals around the world by many orchestras, ensembles and soloists. Ned’s compositions are informed by his experiences as a flutist in European contemporary, improvisational and non-western musical circles and his main artistic goal is to create self-contained musical worlds through a process of cross-genre translation. By utilizing the possibilities of notation and a variety of performance practice approaches, he seeks to create practical methods to universal, cultural and personal expressions.

Orkest De Ereprijs De Ereprijs has been manifesting itself for years as a living instrument for composers to develop their talent and realize vision. Thanks to the support of Fonds Podiumkunsten, we can continue to do this.

Photo left: Oğuz Büyükberber⁠
Photo right: Ned McGowan / by Michel Marang