DUBLIN SOUND LAB announces the award of the IMRO / MUSIC CURRENT COMMISSION 2017 to Italian composer Silvia Rosani. Silvia will collaborate with Dublin Sound Lab and pianist Xenia Pestova to develop a new work for piano and electronics which will be premiered in Dublin next year at MUSIC CURRENT 2018.
The commission is offered annually as part of the MUSIC CURRENT Festival with the newly commissioned work being prepared for the following year’s festival. Last year, Irish composer Anna Murray was awarded the 2016 commission and her new work S:NPVPNP, for harpsichord and electronics, was premiered at Smock Alley Theatre, 29 April 2017, by Dublin Sound Lab – Michael Quinn (harpsichord) and Fergal Dowling (electronics).
The selection committee of Christopher Fox (Brunel University), Gráinne Mulvey (DIT), Anne Cleare (University of York), Michael Quinn (Dublin Sound Lab) and Fergal Dowling selected Silvia from the six participating composers: Des Clarke (UK), Edmund Hunt (UK), Elis Czerniak (Ireland), Francis Heery (Ireland), and Steven Whitely (USA). Festival Director, Fergal Dowling says, “We are delighted to be able to offer a commission as a central part of the Music Current festival. This series of on-going commissions helps us to establish invaluable relationships with a wide range of emerging and talented composers from all over the world. This year we excited to offer the commission to such an inventive and imaginative composer as Silvia Rosani, and we look forward to collaborating closely with her over the next twelve months.”
Silvia Rosani studied composition in Italy and Austria and has recently completed a PhD at Goldsmiths, University of London, where she currently works as Associate Lecturer. In 2010, her work La nube e Issione won first prize in the Vocal Arts composition competition and was performed at Salzburg Biennale, while her chamber opera, Versteinerte Flüge, was performed by the ÖENM at Taschenopern Festival 2011. During her residency at Akademie Schloss Solitude, Silvia collaborated with the Neue Vocalsolisten. Her work T-O premiered at the ECLAT Festival 2014 and further performed it at MATA Festival (NY), Venice Biennale, Teatro de la Zarzuela (Madrid) and other venues. Her project White Masks, a cycle for cello, live electronics and resonating masks, developed in collaboration with cellist Esther Saladin and visual artist Ines Rebelo, has received a Public Engagement Grant of the Institute of Musical Research, the Francis Chagrin Award and the Goldsmiths Annual Fund.