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Michael Jarrell
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Switzerland
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With each newly created work, Michael Jarrell completes his musical self-portrait ; it reflects a constant quest for clarity and precision in his work as a composer.

Michael Jarrell studied composition with Eric Gaudibert in his native Geneva, attended various master classes at Tanglewood and completed his training with Klaus Huber in Freiburg. Between 1986 and 1988, he was a resident at the Cité des Arts in Paris and took part in the computer music course at IRCAM. He resided at the Villa Médicis in Rome during 1988/89 and then joined the Istituto Svizzero di Roma in 1989/90. Having also studied visual arts, the composer’s oeuvre is strongly influenced by both the music of Edgar Varese and the art of Alberto Giacometti. Also characteristic of his work is the connection between compositional creativity and visual thinking : his Assonances, which he has been working on since 1983, are presented like a sketchbook. In turn, his first major work for electronics, Congruences (1989), was inspired by spatial-geometric terms such as level, perspective, anamorphosis and figure, which he transferred into musical entities of time.

Some aspects of Jarrell’s oeuvre - such as the lucidity of elaborated sound textures, a certain purism in reprocessing material, the ingenuity of his harmonics - indicate a sound close to that of French composers. Recent compositions include La Chambre aux échos, which Michael Jarrell composed for the ensemble intercontemporain on the occasion of Pierre Boulez’ 85th Birthday in 2010, and ...Ombres... (2011) for orchestra. 2012 saw the premieres of his cello concerto Émergences (Nachlese VI) in Salt Lake City and Lyon, dedicated to Jean-Guihen Queyras, and the song cycle Nachlese Vb in Geneva and New York. In 2013, the world premiere of his monodrama Siegfried, nocturne (for male voice and ensemble) followed at the Wagner Geneva Festival and in January 2014, that of his piano concerto Reflets with Nicolas Hodges at the KlangZeit Festival in Münster.

Stage works have also become particularly important for Michael Jarrell : in 1994, he composed the monodrama Cassandre, in which he combines electronics with conventional timbres, and in 2006 the opera Galileo, based on the play by Bertolt Brecht. In 2010, his music theatre work Le père after Heiner Muller was first performed at the Schwetzingen Festival. At the start of the current season, the Arditti Quartet and Bamberger Symphoniker under Jonathan Nott gave the world premiere of his new concerto Spuren for string quartet and orchestra at the Festival Musica a Strasbourg. This work can also be heard in April 2015 in Vaduz, Liechtenstein, and in Lucerne with the Lucerne Symphony Orchestra. Michael Jarrell is currently working on a new viola concerto for Tabea Zimmermann.

Michael Jarrell has received numerous awards including the Prix Acanthes (1983), the Beethoven Prize of the city of Bonn (1986), the Prix Marescotti (1986) and the Siemens-Forderpreis (1990). In 2004 he was appointed Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres in Switzerland. He has been Professor of Composition at the University of Vienna since 1993 and at the Geneva Conservatory since 2004.
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COMPOSITION 2012Member of the jury
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COMPOSITION 2004Member of the jury
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Final 2015: William Ching-Yi Wei
Monday 25 May 2015 Centre for Fine Arts/Salle Henry Le Boeuf Michael Jarrell : ...aussi peu que les nuages... Dmitry Shostakovich : Concerto n. 1 in A minor op. 77 Nocturne | Scherzo | Passacaglia | Burlesque Soloist : William Ching-Yi Wei Orchestra : National Orchestra of Belgium Conductor : Marin Alsop
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Final 2015: Tobias Feldmann
Monday 25 May 2015 Centre for Fine Arts/Salle Henry Le Boeuf Michael Jarrell : ...aussi peu que les nuages... Béla Bartók : Concerto n. 2 Allegro non troppo | Andante tranquillo | Allegro molto Soloist : Tobias Feldmann Orchestra : National Orchestra of Belgium Conductor : Marin Alsop
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Final 2015: Thomas Reif
Tuesday 26 May 2015 Centre for Fine Arts/Salle Henry Le Boeuf Michael Jarrell : ...aussi peu que les nuages... Pyotr Tchaikovsky : Concerto in D major op. 35 Allegro moderato | Canzonetta | Allegro vivacissimo Soloist : Thomas Reif Orchestra : National Orchestra of Belgium Conductor : Marin Alsop
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Final 2015: Fumika Mohri
Tuesday 26 May 2015 Centre for Fine Arts/Salle Henry Le Boeuf Michael Jarrell : ...aussi peu que les nuages... Jean Sibelius : Concerto in D minor op. 47 Allegro moderato | Adagio di molto | Allegro ma non tanto Soloist : Fumika Mohri Orchestra : National Orchestra of Belgium Conductor : Marin Alsop
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Final 2015: Kenneth Renshaw
Wednesday 27 May 2015 Centre for Fine Arts/Salle Henry Le Boeuf Michael Jarrell : ...aussi peu que les nuages... Johannes Brahms : Concerto in D major op. 77 Allegro non troppo | Adagio | Allegro giocoso, ma non troppo vivace Soloist : Kenneth Renshaw Orchestra : National Orchestra of Belgium Conductor : Marin Alsop
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Final 2015: Bomsori Kim
Wednesday 27 May 2015 Centre for Fine Arts/Salle Henry Le Boeuf Michael Jarrell : ...aussi peu que les nuages... Johannes Brahms : Concerto in D major op. 77 Allegro non troppo | Adagio | Allegro giocoso, ma non troppo vivace Soloist : Bomsori Kim Orchestra : National Orchestra of Belgium Conductor : Marin Alsop
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Final 2015: Xiao Wang
Thursday 28 May 2015 Centre for Fine Arts/Salle Henry Le Boeuf Michael Jarrell : ...aussi peu que les nuages... Jean Sibelius : Concerto in D minor op. 47 Allegro moderato | Adagio di molto | Allegro ma non tanto Soloist : Xiao Wang Orchestra : National Orchestra of Belgium Conductor : Marin Alsop
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Final 2015: William Hagen
Thursday 28 May 2015 Centre for Fine Arts/Salle Henry Le Boeuf Michael Jarrell : ...aussi peu que les nuages... Pyotr Tchaikovsky : Concerto in D major op. 35 Allegro moderato | Canzonetta | Allegro vivacissimo Soloist : William Hagen Orchestra : National Orchestra of Belgium Conductor : Marin Alsop
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Final 2015: Ji Yoon Lee
Friday 29 May 2015 Centre for Fine Arts/Salle Henry Le Boeuf Michael Jarrell : ...aussi peu que les nuages... Johannes Brahms : Concerto in D major op. 77 Allegro non troppo | Adagio | Allegro giocoso, ma non troppo vivace Soloist : Ji Yoon Lee Orchestra : National Orchestra of Belgium Conductor : Marin Alsop
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Final 2015: Oleksii Semenenko
Friday 29 May 2015 Centre for Fine Arts/Salle Henry Le Boeuf Michael Jarrell : ...aussi peu que les nuages... Jean Sibelius : Concerto in D minor op. 47 Allegro moderato | Adagio di molto | Allegro ma non tanto Soloist : Oleksii Semenenko Orchestra : National Orchestra of Belgium Conductor : Marin Alsop
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Final 2015: Ji Young Lim
Saturday 30 May 2015 Centre for Fine Arts/Salle Henry Le Boeuf Michael Jarrell : ...aussi peu que les nuages... Johannes Brahms : Concerto in D major op. 77 Allegro non troppo | Adagio | Allegro giocoso, ma non troppo vivace Soloist : Ji Young Lim Orchestra : National Orchestra of Belgium Conductor : Marin Alsop
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Final 2015: Stephen Waarts
Saturday 30 May 2015 Centre for Fine Arts/Salle Henry Le Boeuf Michael Jarrell : ...aussi peu que les nuages... Béla Bartók : Concerto n. 2 Allegro non troppo | Andante tranquillo | Allegro molto Soloist : Stephen Waarts Orchestra : National Orchestra of Belgium Conductor : Marin Alsop
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Audio
Final 2015: Tobias Feldmann
Final 2015: William Ching-Yi Wei
Final 2015: Fumika Mohri
Final 2015: Thomas Reif
Final 2015: Bomsori Kim
Final 2015: Kenneth Renshaw
Final 2015: Xiao Wang
Final 2015: William Hagen
Final 2015: Ji Yoon Lee
Final 2015: Oleksii Semenenko
Final 2015: Ji Young Lim
Final 2015: Stephen Waarts
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