Georg Friedrich Haas

Composer in Residence 2022

With his melodic and harmonic musical language, massive textures and microtonal complexity, Georg Friedrich Haas creates impressive sound events. Born in 1953 in Graz and raised in Vorarlberg, Haas is considered one of the most important composers of today, whose awards include the Grand Austrian State Prize.

His admiration for Romanticism and composers such as Schubert and Mendelssohn frequently resonates through his extensive œuvre - dream, fantasy and night are also themes found in the sound worlds he creates. Haas's richly nuanced works have been premiered by leading ensembles including the Cleveland Orchestra, the Munich Philharmonic, and the Berlin Philharmonic. His most frequently performed work is probably his ensemble piece «in vain» (2000), part of which is to be performed in complete darkness.

In addition to composing, an important aspect of Haas's professional life is teaching. As early as 1978 he began teaching at the Musikhochschule Graz. In 2005 he took over a composition course in Basel and since 2013 has been a professor at Columbia University in New York. His extensive teaching experience will benefit participants of the composer conductor-workshop INK STILL WET in Grafenegg, which Haas will lead in his role as Composer in Residence.

Haas's Second Violin Concerto will receive a performance in Grafenegg along with other of his own works. Finally, on the last Sunday of the festival, the Schlosspark will be brought to life in the matinee concert, when the audience becomes part of the performance as they accompany marching bands up and down the grounds.

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