Alexandra 

Karastoyanova-Hermentin / Shlikerman

                                                                 Composer / Pianist


 

 

Alexandra Karastoyanova-Hermentin´s

orchestra work 

ist nominated for 

 RYCHENBERG COMPETITION 

2018-2020

 In June 2018 the Musikkollegium Winterthur launched an international composition contest in collaboration with the Fotomuseum Winterthur. A total of 191 composers from over 30 countries applied for the competition. The jury, chaired by the Swiss composer Alfred Zimmerlin, nominated 10 works.The Rychenberg Competition will award prizes worth  a total of CHF 100,000.     

© Stefanie Luger                                          

T A R S I S   für Orchester

Musikkollegium Winterthur

Dir. Pierre-Alain Monot

RYCHENBERG COMPETITION

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outstanding artist award – Musik: 2013                                                  Alexandra Karastoyanova-Hermentin

Alexandra Karastoyanova-Hermentin receives for her work  the Austrian State Prize "Outstanding Artist Award - Musik 2013" of the Austrian Federal Chancellery, as a reward of her excellent compositions work, given to one musician nationwide and awarded by the Federal Minister Dr. Claudia Schmied.

   "Mit “Elimo“ hat Alexandra Karastoyanova-Hermentin Musik geschaffen, für die zutrifft, was die Dichterin Ingeborg Bachmann für die Poesie eingefordert hat: "Scharf von Erkenntnis und bitter von Sehnsucht"  

                                                              -  (Gerhard Gensch, Donau Universität Krems)  

 

CD Bird as Prophet       New Focus Recordings 2019, New York        

"kastena  &   "Mari MAMO

for violin and cello                                 for violin, flute and percussion         

 

                                                   

 David Bowlin   &  Katinka Klejn, Ayano Kataoka,                                                                                                       Conor Nelson 

Works by Mario Davidovsky, Alexandra Karastoyanova-Hermentin, Martin Bresnick,  George Walker, Du Yun 

                                                               New Focus Recordings 2019, New York                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

 "...The refined and enigmatic music of Alexandra Karastoyanova-Hermentin

figures heavily in Bird as Prophet, comprising almost half of the record’s

entire length and adding an important dimension to Bowlin’s explorations of

tradition versus the new and uncharted..."

-Daniel Schreiner, 11.27.19, I Care If You Listen

 The haunting work begins with a cello drone over which Bowlin plays a dramatic cadenza that is full of heart-wrenching imagery. The ensemble between players is astonishing, especially in the extended unison passages that move apart ever so slightly and then reunite.

           -Mike Telin, 12.13.19, Cleveland Classical

 

Kastena (2003) features a drone in the cello part, played by Katinka Kleijn, but this is an activated drone. Bending slightly in pitch, sliding into sul ponticello, and even coming to a temporary halt with pizzicati, the cello does not simply resound underneath the violin’s decorative melody, but instead echoes its expressive contour, not unlike the fixed electronics in Davidovsky’s Synchronisms. The cello drone finally breaks under the building pressure and rises to interact with the violin in a breathless, virtuosic, and highly syncopated duet, contrasting greatly with the piece’s mysterious sotto voce ending.

                                                                         -Daniel Schreiner, 11.27.19, I Care If You Listen

 

Bowlin has previously interpreted the music of Alexandra Karasyoanova-Hermentin, a Moscow-born composer/pianist of Russo-Bulgarian background currently living in Austria; he premiered her violin concerto Mahagoni, which she had written for him, in 2007. Here she contributes two pieces for small chamber ensembles. Kastena (2003) for violin and cello, the latter played by ICE’s Katinka Kleijn, is a tension-filled work that floats an energetic violin part over a cello performance that alternates between drones and abrupt, percussive interventions. 

                                                   -Daniel Barbiero, 10.10.19, Avant Music News

Karastoyanova-Hermentin’s Mari Mamo (2009) roughly translates to “Hey, Mother” in Bulgarian, and is “used as a heightened way to greet a woman, or a mother in particular,” in the composer’s words. Joined by flutist Conor Nelson and percussionist Ayano Kataoka, the nearly 17-minute work reads like a through-composed epic, its main melody passing between instruments in a variety of contexts and sound environments. The piece’s first half propels itself forward, rising steadily towards a plateau of highly charged marimba outbursts; a sudden caesura then initiates a long, balancing release of energy across the piece’s second half, beginning with a quiet ethereal section of breathless flute whistling, glockenspiel tinkling, and high violin pizzicati. As Bird as Prophet’s possibly most ambitious statement, Mari Mamo carries a poignant reverence for the Bulgarian singing tradition, yet squarely within Karastoyanova-Hermentin’s unique musical world.

                                    -Daniel Schreiner, 11.27.19, I Care If You Listen

A founding member of the International Contemporary Ensemble, Bowlin is joined by ICE cellist Katinka Kleijn in Alexandra Karastoyanova-Hermentin’s Kastena for violin and cello (2003). The haunting work begins with a cello drone over which Bowlin plays a dramatic cadenza that is full of heart-wrenching imagery. The ensemble between players is astonishing, especially in the extended unison passages that move apart ever so slightly and then reunite.

                                             -Mike Telin, 12.13.19, Cleveland Classical

 

Mari Mamo (2009), a trio work for violin, flute (Conor Nelson) and percussion (Ayano Kataoka), constructs melodies out of discontinuous tone colors and plays fruitfully on the contrast between staccato flute and tuned percussion on the one side, and long, floating violin tones on the other.

                                        -Daniel Barbiero, 10.10.19, Avant Music News

 



 «PHACE | Le Marteau sans maître: Ensemble»

                                                                                                                        13. June 2017

   World premiere of "LETREI" for ensemble

          commissioned by  Wiener Konzerthaus and ensemble                                                                             PHACE   

Simeon Pironkoff - conductor

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 Festival ULTRASCHALL Berlin |  17.01.2020 | HEIMATHAFEN NEUKÖLN

Peter Sigl (Vc) & Nora Skuta (Klavier)

So steht in diesem Konzert klassisch besetzte Kammermusik wie Polynj von Aleksandra Karastoyanova-Hermentin für Violoncello und Klavier neben den Etüden in der ungewöhnlichen Kombination Harfe, Kontrabass und Schlagzeug von Sofia Gubaidulina, das Werk der Komponistin aus dem Jahr 1965, das am Beginn ihres eigenen musikalischen Weges der Vertiefung und Verinnerlichung steht.

Werke von: Manuela Kerer, Olga Neuwirth, Clara Iannotta, Aleksandra Karastoyanova-Hermetin, Margareta Ferek-Petric, Vasilikí Krimitzá, Sofia Gubaidulina, Elena Mendoza

Stiftung Mozarteum|1. Dezember 2018 | Großer Saal Mozarteum,

 Festival "DIALOGE"Salzburg

for violin & violoncello

ensemble oenm Salzburg

Peter Sigl (vc), Per Rundberg (pno) 

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  Festival "SOUND WAYS" 22. November 2018 | St. Petersburg

World premiere of  "l ö r r" for ensemble (2018)

commissioned by the festival "Sound ways" 

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"ANNÄHERUNG" für Orchester

Auftrag der Salzburger Landesregierung

UA. MOZARTEUM ORCHESTER SALZBURG

Dir. Johannes  KALITZKE

 

Acht renommierte Komponistinnen und Komponisten mit Salzburg-Bezug haben diese Suite als Auftragswerk für die große Ausstellung „Viva! MOZART“ sponsored by Reber gemeinsam geschaffen. Die Uraufführung wird auf Tonträger (in            Die acht Komponisten der Viva! MOZART-Suite (v.l.n.r.) Alexander Müllenbach,       Kooperation mit der Firma Sony mit dem Label „Oehms Classic“) aufgezeichnet      Ludwig Nussbichler, Wolfgang Danzmayr, Stefan David Hummel, Klemens Vereno;   und  als  akustischer Beitrag der ganzjährigen Ausstellung „Viva!MOZART“ in der    Alexandra Karastoyanova-Hermentin, Anders Koppel und Andreas Aigmüller        Neuen Residenz für jeden Besucher zu hören sein.

| "Scarlatti Aria" for piano

performed by Alexandra Karastoyanova-Hermentin


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 © by Alexandra Karastoyanova-Hermentin 2020