Forum for young composers

HERMESensemble conducted by Benjamin Haemhouts

Young composers have a particular need for experimentation and collaboration with professional musicians in order to further develop their personal style and craftsmanship. Ultimately performance of a composition remains the most important necessity in the development of a young composer.

With the annual project THE TIMES THEY ARE A-CHANGIN’, HERMESensemble offers a unique opportunity to young composers (age 12-20 years) to send in their compositions, and to experiment with composing techniques, sounds and timbres during rehearsals. Furthermore, participants are coached intensively by professional composers (Hanne Deneire, Mathias Coppens and Bram Van Camp).

THE TIMES culminates in a final concert in the AMUZ concert hall in Antwerp. Professional video and audio recordings are made at this concert. Although there is ample room for musical experiment throughout the various sessions of the project, a finished and ‘performance-proof’ score is expected from the participants (possibly with tape or live-electronics), which is adjusted and developed in collaboration with the coaches during the rehearsal process.

Submitted compositions are selected by a professional jury. In addition to qualitative criteria, preference is given to scores which are also challenging for the ensemble. Nevertheless, THE TIMES is anything but a contest: it is an annual forum for young composers, where each participant has the opportunity to learn and evolve. Participants who were not selected, are encouraged to attend the rehearsals and receive personal feedback on their submission. In the past this often led to new insights, allowing participants to be selected in the next edition.

1. Laura Hoeben (°1999) – This is were I come from
Fluit, klarinet, viool, altviool, cello, contrabas, piano & vibrafoon

2. Stan Van Rompay (°1999) – Muda
Fluit, klarinet, viool, altviool, cello, contrabas, piano & percussie

3. Merel Hauman (°2003) – El Viaje de harfange
Klarinet, viool, altviool, cello, piano & percussie

4. Diedelinde Linskens Buffel (°2001) – H20
Mezzosopraan, viool, altviool, cello & piano

5. Fanny Libert (°2000) – Pièce pour clarinette et piano
Klarinet & piano

6. Aurélie Van Leuven (°2003) – Sensa vitae
Fluit, klarinet, viool, cello & vibrafoon

7. Eveline Vervliet (°1997) – ¿Spiegel?
Viool & cello

8. Adriël Cantamessi (°1999) – Requiem no.1 – Armageddon
Mezzosopraan, fluit, klarinet/basklarinet, viool, altviool, cello, contrabas, piano & percussie

9. David De Vocht (°1997) – Jouer avec du feu
Fluit, klarinet, viool, altviool, cello, contrabas, piano & percussie