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Franghiz Ali-Zadeh: Composer in Residence in Krems
Guest composer at Danube University Krems from Azerbaijan
The Azerbaijani composer Franghiz Ali-Zadeh is the first Composer in Residence of Danube University Krems. In the autumn of 2005, she will not only compose and play concerts but also offer courses. Ali-Zadeh is a world-famous contemporary music composer.
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Franghiz Ali-Zadeh

Born in Baku, Azerbaijan, the composer studied piano and composition at the local conservatory, where she was a research assistant from 1973 to 1978 and obtained her PhD in 1989. Just one year later she was appointed professor of contemporary music. She is especially supportive of the works of the Second Viennese School. From 1993 to 1996, she was a music theory lecturer at the Mersin Conservatory in Turkey.

Since 2000, Ali-Zadeh has mostly lived in Berlin. The composer, who has a PhD in musicology, made a recent contributed to Yo Yo Ma’s “Silk Road Project” with her composition “Dervish”. The Kronos Quartet recently devoted an entire CD to a cross-section of her current work. The recording has received considerable attention.

”By inviting Franghiz Ali-Zadeh, Danube University Krems has once again demonstrated its efforts to promote intercultural dialogue throughout Europe and the whole world, while continuing to pursue the established priorities of Department of Cultural Studies”, says Prof. Dr. Gerhard Gensch, Curator of Campus Culture of the University of Continuing Education.

Austrian Premiere on November 29 in Krems

On November 29, the "ensemble des xx. jahrhunderts" (20th Century Ensemble) will premiere the orchestral work "Sabah" by Franghiz Ali-Zadeh in the University’s Audimax auditorium under the baton of Peter Burwik. The programme will also include works by E. Krenek, J. M. Staud, and the premiere performance of a work by Austrian composer Franz Koglmann.
Concert on November 29 in Krems