Modern Art Ensemble
To give each work its specific individuality is the aim of the modern art ensemble. Its members, outstanding instrumentalists, able to play as well classical music and experimental sound-explorations, complex notated partitions and improvisations, are dedicated to this common ambition and build up an ensemble, which makes every concert to an distinctive experience. The modern art ensemble was founded 1994 in the instrumentation string trio, flute, clarinet and piano. It has presentet its own concert series, in Konzerthaus Berlin since 2003. Appearance at international festivals and concert series (a.o. UltraSchall Berlin, Warschauer Herbst, Intersonanzen Potsdam, Weimarer Frühjahrstage, Tongyeong International Music Festival, Seoul Today, Poznan Spring, “Entdeckungen” SWR Baden-Baden, “Generations” Polish Composers Union Warschau). The modern art ensemble has presented in its concert a wide spectrum of the contemporary music, from arrangements of classical pieces to important compositions of the present. Collaboration with numerous composers mostly belonging to the Berlin music scene, more than 120 first performances. Presentations of spectral and actuel french music. Collaboration with many composers from East- and Southeast-Asia. It has performed at many music-theatre productions in Konzerthaus Berlin (a.o.pieces from Ernst Krenek, Dimitri Schostakowitsch, Bohuslav Martinu, Friedrich Goldmann, Marc Blitzstein and George Gerswhin), concertant performance from operas by Udo Zimmermann and Salvatore Sciarrino. Live-music-performances to the movies “Der Schatz” (G.W. Pabst), “The adventures of prince Achmed” (Lotte Reiniger) and “Rain” (Joris Ivens, music by Hanns Eisler)
Multimedial concertprojects with video, live-electronics and dance.
Daegu Symphony Orchestra
Daegu Symphony Orchestra with half century of history (founded in Nov. 1964) has been providing a wide range of music world by trying various repertories passing through ages and experimental stages as new projects. Recently, they are performing popular music that is considered as masterpieces among the classical music, and also talented member of Daegu Symphony Orchestra presents performances with promising and young accompanied performers.
Daegu Symphony Orchestra holds ‘Subscription Concerts’, various ‘Project Concerts’, and ‘Visiting Concerts’ annually to expand the base of classical music, and they relieve the cultural thirst of citizen. Also, they are leading in hunting and promoting the rising star of classical music by planning and holding the ‘Night of Youth Concerto’ and ‘Night of University Student Concerto.’ In March 2010, Daegu Symphony Orchestra successfully completed the first overseas concert held in Tokyo and Osaka, Japan for the promotion of ‘International Amateur Athletic Federation(IAAF) World Championships Daegu 2011’, and also they are invited to the national tour concert and ‘Symphony Festival’ held in Seoul Arts Center, etc. Daegu Symphony Orchestra is being considered as one of the best symphony orchestra in Korea. Moreover, in October 2011, they were officially invited to “Asia Orchestra Week 2011” held in Tokyo, Japan as a Korean representative, and received acclamations and applauses after giving an opening performance. Just like the masterful elders, Daegu Symphony Orchestra accepted Julian Kovatchev, a world class conductor, as a music director and conductor in April 2014 and raising themselves into the world class orchestra with his substantial and balanced performance and earnest study. With the beautiful harmony of talented members and conductor, they are planning to present high-class classical music to the audiences.
Soo-yeoul Choi, the young maestro deemed to possess exemplary qualities of a conductor that the 21st Century music field demands of ; led the ‘International Ensemble Medern Academy(IEMA)’ in Frankfurt after being the first ever Asian conductor for IEMA - run by Germany’s world - renowned contemporary music organization ‘Ensemble Modern.’
After studying under Chi-yong Chung at Korea National University of Arts, he moved to Germany and obtained performer’s diploma (konzertexamen program) with highest honors from the Hochschule für Musik Carl Maria von Weber Dresden as a recipient of the DAAD (German Academic Exchanged Service) scholarship in arts. Since 2013, he has been serving as the musical director and conductor for the ‘Matinee Concert Series’ at Seongnam Arts Center and was selected by Forbes Korea as one of “Forty 2030 Power Leaders,” building upon his previous feat of being hailed as one of “10 next Generation’s Leading Artists” by the monthly magazine Audience in 2012 for the first composer ever to be endowed the honor. He was appointed as assistant conductor of the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra starting from July 2014.
Hailed as having, “a gorgeous sound” by conductor Benjamin Zander, saxophonist Dr. Benjamin Sorrell has performed as a soloist, chamber musician, and in orchestras throughout Western Europe and across the United States. As performer he has earned a number of honors including winning the New England Conservatory (NEC) Concerto Competition performing Ingolf Dahl’s Concerto for Alto Saxophone and Wind Orchestra, winning the NEC Honors competition and a solo performance in Jordan Hall, Boston, MA with his saxophone quartet, and being
invited to perform William Bolcom’s Concerto Grosso with the University of Southern California Wind Ensemble. Benjamin is a sought after performer and interpreter of repertoire ranging from baroque to contemporary, and is a strong proponent of the music of our time. This has led to performances at The Players Theatre and John Zorn’s The Stone in New York City, Helmut List Halle, Graz, Austria, and to his invitation to the University of Colorado at Boulder’s Pendulum New Music Series to premiere a new work for saxophone and piano by Anthony Green. As an orchestral musician Benjamin has had the opportunity to work under the batons of Hugh Wolff, Donald Palma, Carl St. Clair, Benjamin Zander, JungHo Pak, Gunther Schuller, Lucas Vis, and Beat Furrer. Benjamin has participated in various music festivals including, International Music Institute Darmstadt (Germany), Habanera Academy (France), European Saxophone University (France), Impuls Ensemble Academy for Contemporary Music (Austria), Brevard Music Center (Brevard, NC), and the Summer Institute for Contemporary Performance Practice (Boston, MA). He is currently writing for publication a semiotic analysis of Berio Sequenza IX. Committed to community outreach, Benjamin visits schools performing and working with students throughout Los Angeles. In the past he was part of a New England Conservatory Community Outreach saxophone quartet for two years, and continued that outreach as an Honors Ensemble performing, talking about music, and working with students in schools, at afterschool programs, and for the elderly at retirement homes, and assisted living communities in underserved neighborhoods throughout Boston. Benjamin has been heard playing on National Public Radio’s Wait Wait... Don’t Tell Me! and plays Alto, Tenor, and Baritone saxophones on Ben Ranson’s debut CD, Eighteen Wheels of Pain. Benjamin received his Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Southern California, Thornton School of Music studying with Los Angeles Philharmonic saxophonist, James Rötter, and holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree, both with Honors, from New England Conservatory of Music where he studied with Kenneth Radnofsky. Dr. Sorrell was inducted into the Pi Kappa Lambda National Music Honor Society at both institutions. Additional studies and/or masterclasses with Claude Delangle, Marcus Weiss, Vincent David, Jean Denis Michat, Arno Bornkamp, JeanMichel Goury, Habanera Quartet, and Prism Quartet.
His 201415 concert season schedule includes performances with American Youth Symphony, Mt. Saint Mary’s College, and wasteland New Music Series, in addition to recording studio work and masterclasses. Currently, Benjamin maintains a studio of private saxophone students throughout Los Angeles County, and is the saxophone instructor at HYPERIUM conservatory in Rolling Hills, Palos Verdes. He has previously held teaching positions at the University of Southern California, Sinai Akiba Academy, and the Institute for Art, Music and Science.
Erik Drescher is a freelance flutist, performer and curator for contemporary music based in Berlin. In addition to a very active international career as a solo performer, he has performed in many ensembles for contemporary music like Ensemble Mosaik, Kammerensemble Neue Musik Berlin, Solistenensemble Kaleidoskop, Ensemble Modern or Klangforum Wien. He has premiered an enormous number of new pieces, the majority of which were also commissioned by him and dedicated to him. He has been working with composers like Peter Ablinger, Maryanne Amacher, Antoine Beuger, Axel Dörner, Sabine Ercklentz, Julio Estrada, Dror Feiler, Friedrich Goldmann, Hauke Harder, Hanna Hartman, Adriana Hölszky, Nicolaus A. Huber, Jamilja Jazylbekova, Sven-Åke Johansson, Christian Kesten, Artur Kroschel, Bernhard Lang, Klaus Lang, Alvin Lucier, Michael Maierhof, Maximilian Marcoll, Chico Mello, André O. Möller, Andrea Neumann, Chris Newman, Phill Niblock, Ivo Nilsson, Helmut Oehring, Christoph Ogiermann, Younghi Pagh-Paan, Marianthi Papalexandri-Alexandri, Gérard Pape, Uwe Rasch, Jaime Reis, Manuel Rocha Iturbide, Marc Sabat, Friedrich Schenker, Cornelius Schwehr, Martin Schüttler, Salvatore Sciarrino, Simon Steen-Andersen, Stefan Streich, Chiyoko Szlavnics, Mauricio Valdes, Jennifer Walshe, Jeremy Woodruff, Lidia Zieli ska. A special focus in recent years has been his work around the glissando flute, a normal C-flute with a variable-lenght headjoint replacing the standard mouthpiece. He is the editor of “The Glissando Flute Collection Erik Drescher” (Verlag Neue Musik), a collection of solo works composed for the new instrument. Radio recordings at DeutschlandRadio, HR, ORF, SWR, WDR, Radio Bremen. CD production at Edition Wandelweiser Records, Mode Records, WERGO, GOD Records, World Edition. Since 2012 Drescher is curator for music at the theatre Acker Stadt Palast in Berlin.
DCMF Ensemble is an active performing group for Daegu International Contemporary Music Festival, which is hosted by 'Young Artist's Meeting'. It was founded in 2009 for young regional musicians in their 20s and 30s to make the creative and unique sound. They will extend the repertoire from pure classical music to modern creative music with their own innovative musical sense and their passion in music. With Minkyung Yun(Pf. leader) as a key role, the members are Hyunji Kim(Fl.), Minji Kim(Cl.), Bora Kim(Vn.), Hyeryeong Kim(Vn.), Minjoung Choi(Va.), Soyoung Oh(Vc.), Hyosun Lee(D.B.).