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Three Chamber Music Works in Basel

>Deutsch | "From Abroad - At Home. Composers find a new home in Basel". This is the title of a concert taking place at the Museum Kleines Klingental Basel on 10 November 2021, presenting works by six composers who have settled here. Three pieces by Bettina SKrzypczak will be performed: "Reflex" (2017) for cello solo, "Aus der Ferne" (2011) for cello and piano and "Haiku" (2010) for female voice and cello. The performers are Aurea Marston (soprano), Gunta Abele (violoncello) and Cornelia Lenzin (piano).

"Initial" broadcast on Deutschlandfunk Cologne

>Deutsch | Deutschlandfunk Cologne will broadcast the orchestral piece "Initial" by Bettina Skrzypczak on 15 June (21:05, "Musikpanorama"). The recording is taken from the orchestra concert in Heidelberg on February 19, during which Bettina Skrzypczak was awarded the Heidelberg Women Artists' Prize 2020. The introduction by music journalist Egbert Hiller includes excerpts from a conversation he had with the prizewinner in Heidelberg.
Initial, a commission by the Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne, was premiered in 2007 at the festival "Les Amplitudes" in La Chaux-de-Fonds. Since then it has been performed internationally on several occasions, including the Warsaw Autumn Festival and the Venice Music Biennale.
The current recording features the Heidelberg Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Joseph Bastian.

Heidelberg Women Artist's Prize 2020 for Bettina Skrzypczak

Bettina Skrzypczak is awarded the Heidelberg Women Artists' Prize for the year 2020. (Short portrait on Radio SWR2). It will be presented on February 19, 2020 during a concert of the Heidelberg Philharmonic Orchestra. The renowned award was established in 1987 and is the only prize worldwide that is awarded exclusively to women composers.
The Heidelberg concert will be repeated on 20 February.

Panel discussion in Bern about Polish music

>Deutsch | On 30 November Bettina Skrzypczak participates in a panel discussion on music in Poland organised by ForumMusikDiversität at the Bern University of the Arts. Under the direction of Doris Lanz, the participants talk about their relationship to the Polish musical tradition, the differences between Polish and Swiss musical life, and the person and work of the composer Grażyna Bacewicz (1909-1969).

Lecture about her own orchestral works in Poznan

>Deutsch | Bettina Skrzypczak has been invited as a speaker to the 13th International Composers' Forum of the Music Academy Poznan to talk about her orchestral works. Her presentation is entitled "Dynamic Systems: Construction versus Sound Poetry". The event on the topic "Symphonic Perspectives. About Contemporary Music for Orchestra" takes place on 13th and 14th November.

Invitation to the series "Comporre oggi" in L'Aquila

>Deutsch | On 24 and 25 October 2019 Bettina Skrzypczak will be guest composer at "Comporre oggi" (Composing Today), a two-day event of the music conservatory "Alfredo Casella" in L'Aquila (Italy). A lecture on her own work and the participation in a roundtable will be complemented by the performance of two chamber music works: "Mouvement" for flute solo and "Scène" for violin and cello.

"Daphnes Lied" as a competition piece at the Busoni Piano Competition 2019

The composition "Daphne's Lied" (Daphne's Song) was one of twelve contemporary works for solo piano that were selected for the semi-final of the 62nd Ferruccio Busoni Piano Competition (28.8.-6.9.2019). The selection was made by the Concours International de Piano d'Orléans, which focuses on contemporary piano music and cooperates with the Busoni Competition.

"Vier Figuren" at the Festival Archipel in Geneva

The large ensemble piece "Vier Figuren" is again programmed by a festival, this time on March 30, 2019 by the Festival Archipel in Geneva. The 15 minutes work spreading the sound in space by three instrumental groups was a commission to the 80th birthday of Ernst Beyeler and premiered 2001 in his museum, the Fondation Beyeler, in Riehen near Basel.

Bettina Skrzypczak in Tokyo and at the Takefu Festival

Bettina Skrzypczak is invited composer at the 29th International Takefu Festival in Japan. She will give masterclasses and a lecture about her music, and also three of her chamber music works will be played: "Mouvement" for flute (Mario Caroli), "Daphnes Lied" for piano (Junko Yamamoto) and the trio "Riss" for sax, cello and piano (Masanori Oishi, Tomoki Tai and Saori Oya). The Takefu Festival is directed by Toshio Hosokawa and takes place from 9th to 16th September 2018.
Already on June 2, the Swiss Ensemble 1903 performed the the Duo "Scène" for violin and cello on his Japan tour at the "Sonorium" in Tokyo, Suginami-ku. The players were Momoko Kawamoto (violin) and Lisa Hofer (cello).

In the run-up to the Takefu Festival, the distinguished pianist Junko Yamamoto will play the piano piece "Daphnes Lied" in Tokyo (4.9.18, Dôjin Christ Church, Bunkyo-Ku).
Junko Yamamoto


Two lectures in Poland by Bettina Skrzypczak on her own works

"Harmony - Time - Form" is the title of a lecture given by Bettina Skrzypczak on her own works at the Bydgoszcz Academy of Music on 18 January 2018.
Already on 18 November 2017 she gave in Cracow a talk about her compositional practice under the title "W poszukiwaniu nowej harmoniki" (The quest for new harmonics - Remarks about my compositional language). It took place at the International Conference Wókoł tonalności - myśli otwarte (The Problem of Tonality - Open Thoughts) organized by the Cracow Academy of Music.


"Noema", a new composition for the Swiss Chamber Soloists

Five years after the sextett for winds and piano ... e subito parlando, members of the Swiss Chamber Soloists premiered again a work by Bettina Skrzypczak: Noema for flute, violin and cello. The soloists were Felix Renggli (flute), Ilya Gringolts (violin) and Daniel Haefliger (cello). The first performance took place on 7 May 2017 in Geneva, followed by two performances on 8 May in Basel and 9 May in Lugano.


Premiere of a new Trio at the Tage für Neue Musik Zürich 2016

One year after her successful job as a curator of the Tage für Neue Musik Zürich, Bettina Skrzypczak is again present at the festival, this time with a new composition. On November 18, in the Tonhalle Zürich will be premiered her trio Riss (Rift) for saxophone, cello and piano. The players are Marcus Weiss (sax), Martina Schucan (cello) and Christoph Keller (piano).


Bettina Skrzypczak is the Artistic Director of the Tage für Neue Musik Zürich

Bettina Skrzypczak is the person responsible for the Tage für Neue Musik Zürich 2015, taking place from 12 to 15 November. The motto of the festival, "Eureka", points to the origin of the artistic creativy: persistent research, joy of finding and innovation. Topical works, among them five world premieres, are confronted with significant pieces of the post-war avant-garde, and the children's concert Romp/ing Silent/ce) (TOBENDe STILLe) shows the enjoyment of the youngest generation in acquiring the practices of the former pioniers. An opening panel discussion with the title "Which culture do we want?" debates the cultural changes in the media dominated society of today.


Two Chamber Music Works at Bern and Takefu

On September 8, the Swiss viola player Anna Spina performs the solo piece Arcato within the frame of the Musikfestival Bern. The programme of the concert under the motto "Memorie infinite" contains works from the 17th century until today.
On September 11, the clarinet trio Illuminations is to be heard at the Takefu International Music Festival, directed byToshio Hosokawa. The players are Nozomi Ueda (clarinet), Tomoki Tai (cello) and Junko Yamamoto (piano).


"Scene 2" recorded

The string duo "Scene 2" is now available online as a video recorded at the first performance of the piece with Andreas Kunz and Moritz Müllenbach.


Oracula Sibyllina, for Mezzo-soprano and Chamber Orchestra - World Premiere

The new work "Oracula Sibyllina", premiered on May 21 in Winterthur, is written for mezzo-soprano and chamber orchestra (split in three groups). The soloist is Mareike Schellenberger, Pierre-Alain Monot conducts the Musikkollegium Winterthur. The text is from the antique Sibylline Oracles. The work was commissioned by the Musikkollegium Winterthur.
Recording: Radio SFR 2 Kultur, broadcast on June 28, 9 p.m.
work data


New String Duo – First Performance

On the 5th May in Basel, members of the Ensemble Lemniscate play the first performance of a new work by Bettina Skrzypczak : "Scene II" for violin and cello. The musicians are Andreas Kunz (violin) and Moritz Müllenbach (cello). Further performances: Bern, May, 7, and Zürich, May, 9.   →Agenda


"Aus der Ferne" at the Poznań Musical Spring

Beverley Ellis (cello) und Akiko Okabe (piano), members of the Freiburg based Ensemble Aventure, play the duo "Aus der Ferne" at the festival Poznań Musical Spring. The date of the concert is Monday, 23 March, 7 pm. at the Poznań Music Academy. "Aus der Ferne" was premiered 2011 in Stuttgart by Céline Papion and Junko Yamamoto (Ensemble


"...e subito parlando" at musica viva Munich

Four years after her last performances in Munich ("Daphne's Song" and the clarinet trio "Illuminations" at the Munich Pfingstsymposion) was performed another great chamber music piece by Bettina Skrzypczak in Munich: ...e subito parlando for wind quintet and piano. The work premiered 2012 in Basel was performed at the musica viva weekend, on February 19, 2015, as a German premiere. The performers were soloists from the Symphony Orchestra of the Bayerischer Rundfunk: Henrik Wiese (flute), Bettina Faiss (clarinet), Steffan Schilli (oboe), Susanne Sonntag (bassoon), Carsten Duffin (horn), Lukas-Maria Kuen (piano).
Review in Süddeutsche Zeitung


5 x 4 Solo Pieces in Geneva, Bern, Le Locle, Paris and Zurich

In January 2015, four solo pieces will be performed by four sophisticated musicians in five cities: "Flash" for percussion (played by Alexandre Babel), "Arcato" for viola (played by Anna Spina), "Mouvement" for flute (played by Paolo Vignaroli) and "Fantasie" (played by Béatrice Zawodnik). The concerts take place in Geneva (8.1.), Bern (9.1.), Le Locle (10.1.), Paris (11.1.) and Zurich (12.1.).


"... e subito parlando" in Geneva and London

The Ensemble Contrechamps plays twice the 2012 premiered composition "... e subito parlando" for piano and wind quintet: On 7th of December 2014 in Geneva and one week later, on 14th, on tour at London's Kingsplace. The performers are Stefan Wirth (piano), Nataša Marić (flute), Béatrice Zawodnik (oboe), Laurent Bruttin (clarinet), Alberto Guerra (bassoon) and Delphine Gauthier-Guiche (horn).


The Ensemble Lemniscate has recorded "Illuminations"

In the beginning of September 2014 the Basel based Ensemble Lemniscate toured with the clarinet trio "Illuminations". The thrilling interpretation can be heard here.


The "Nonet" on Tour in South America

The Nonet for winds and double bass is in the luggage of the Basel Chamber Orchestra conducted by Giovanni Antonini on its 2014 autumn tour to South America. The concerts will take place in Montevideo (5. October 5), Buenos Aires (Teatro Colón, 6. October) and São Paulo (11. October).
Listen (end of the piece, 1'30")


A Triplet of "Illuminations"

The young Ensemble Lemniscate plays in three concerts on September 8, 9, and 10 in Zurich, Basel and Bern the clarinet trio Illuminations. The performers are Francesco Negrini (clarinet), Ellen Fallowfield (Cello) and Gilles Grimaître (piano).


Tage für Neue Musik Zürich

Bettina Skrzypczak was appointed artistic director to the Tage für Neue Musik Zürich 2015. The festival founded in 1986 presents solo recitals, concerts by international ensembles and an orchestra concert by the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich. It will take place from 12th to 15th November 2015 at several venues in the city of Zurich.


"...e subito parlando": New Recording

grammont2012 The chamber music piece "...e subito parlando" has been included into the 2012 edition of best works by Swiss composers, issued by the label Musiques suisses.

Work details, including reviews.


As to Feeling

Here you can listen to the brillant first performance of Bettina Skrzypczak's miniature As to Feeling. The composition for 14 strings is performed by the Camerata Bern conducted by Antje Weithaas.


The Ensemble Boswil plays Works by Japanese Composers

The Ensemble Boswil with its artistic director Bettina Skrzypczak will be the ninth time on tour in October 2014. The programme is dedicated to Japan. It presents works by Toru Takemitsu, Joji Yuasa, Toshio Hosokawa and Misato Mochizuki and will be conducted by the young Seitaro Ishikawa. Concerts are scheduled a.o. in Boswil (premiere), Lugano and Basel.
The Ensemble Boswil was founded in 2005 by Bettina Skrzypczak, its members are students from Swiss Music Universities.