Page: Media 2017

Media Accreditation until 23.1. Accreditation requests (with concert + media info): tiedotus(a) Contact: tiedotus(a) / + 358 44 5661903 The material below is free to use for journalistic purposes related to Musica nova Helsinki. Credits must be included. Press photos 1.2. Radion sinfoniaorkesteri / Radio Symphony Orchestra: TELEKINESIS 1.2. Avajaisklubi / Opening club 2.2. UMO & Kari Ikonen: Twelve Fn Kies 2.2.... Read more

News: Conductor André de Ridder named Artistic Director of Musica nova Helsinki

...Conductor André de Ridder has been named Artistic Director of Musica nova Helsinki.The next festival will take place in February 2017.De Ridder’s agreement will cover the 2017 and 2019 festival editions. Read the press release for more. Photo © Marco Borggreve... Read more

News: Greetings from the Artistic Director

”The world of contemporary music today is kaleidoscopic. Many different styles coexist, the old ‘schools’ of thought and creative process are unravelling or have been overcome, the concept of an ‘Avantgarde’ has become relative if not even redundant. This is an open, level playing field. On exactly that field, we aim to take Musica nova further forward, naturally, into the 21st century, hopefully reaching new audiences and offering new... Read more

News: Whole program published!

Contemporary art music meets modern electronic at Musica nova Helsinki. Alongside new classical music the festival, under the theme of Open Spaces, will also be focusing more strongly than before on electronic music and avant-garde pop. The chief guests are Grawemeyer Award-winning Michel van der Aa from the Netherlands, American composer, guitarist and multimedia artist Tyondai Braxton, the stargaze collective of the festival’s German Artistic... Read more

News: Musica nova 2017 opening concert released

The opening concert of Music nova 2017, conducted by new Artistic Director André de Ridder, features both world and Finnish premieres: two fresh voices of the next generation of Finnish composers as well as two internationally renowned composers, who represent groundbreaking developments of contemporary classical music in the 21st century. Radio Symphony Orchestra’s concert will feature a world premiere from an American composer Tyondai... Read more

News: Musica nova examines musical dialogues across the Atlantic

Finland’s largest contemporary music festival, Musica nova Helsinki, has published its upcoming programme. The festival will be held during 1–10 February 2019. ”This year’s festival explores many examples of cross-Atlantic musical and cultural dialogues – at a time when North America and Europe may be drifting apart politically. But on the contrary, a new generation of composers and performers form a community across those borders,... Read more

Events: Blank Out

A breathtaking combination of opera, 3D-media, poetry, eighties beats and techno. Blank Out pushes operatic boundaries taking the art form to a next level. Nova is proud to bring the opera to Finland so soon after its world premiere, already hailed as historic. As in his other works, composer Michel van der Aa continues to break with tradition, mixing disciplines and media to create uniquely structured works. ‘Blank Out’ is based upon the life... Read more

Events: Introduction to Blank Out with Michel van der Aa

...A pre talk of Blank Out is arranged on 4th February at 18.45-19.15 at the Almi Hall Foyer. The artistic director André de Ridder interviews composer Michel van der Aa. The talk is in English.... Read more

Page: Info

Information Musica nova Helsinki is Finland’s biggest festival of contemporary music and one of the leading events of its kind in Europe. Held every other year, it was launched in 1981 as the Helsinki Biennale. Musica nova presents Finnish listeners with the most interesting new music, comments on topical issues and seeks to build bridges between contemporary music and other genres of the arts. The next Musica nova Helsinki is held on February... Read more

Events: Le Noir de l’Étoile

A concert probing various cosmic and spiritual dimensions in the unique space of Temppeliaukio church – the music travels from the Eternal Light of Ligeti’s Lux Aeterna to the darkness of outer space explored in the Finnish premiere of Gérard Grisey’s masterpiece Le Noir de L’Étoile. Ligeti’s choral Lux Aeterna drawing on the Roman Catholic Requiem Mass became a classic in the 1960s when Stanley Kubrick used it in the soundtrack for his film... Read more


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