Applications are now open for a piano academy Pierre-Laurent Aimard will be leading alongside Tamara Stefanovich devoted to the piano music of Karlheinz Stockhausen. Taking place at Munich’s Hochschule für Musik und Theater München and the Bavarian Radio October 16 through 20, the curriculum will revolve around the composer's Klavierstücke I-XI. The academy is an initiative of musica viva des Bayerischen Rundfunks in cooperation with Hochschule für Musik und Theater München, and is being held in advance of the music viva Stockhausen Festival, in which Aimard and Stefanovich will also participate.
“The Klavierstücke are my drawings,” Karlheinz Stockhausen once said of his piano works. Written between 1952 and 1961, his Klavierstücke I-XI are now widely regarded as milestones in the history of modern and avant-garde piano music, encapsulating all the possibilities of the medium from the miniature to large-scale form. Stockhausen’s Klavierstücke are a composer’s paradigmatic statement on how to play chamber music and works for solo piano: “Anyone who writes piano music today, in other words, anyone who explores and expands the possibilities of a single instrument and of a single player with his or her ten fingers and two feet consciously chooses the virtues of discipline, concentration, simplicity and subtlety.”
The academy is aimed at pianists with a particular interest not only in Stockhausen’s piano music but also in repertoire of the modern and avant-garde periods in general. It is designed to appeal to pianists with proven abilities in the Classical and Romantic traditions as well. The program is provided free of charge to accepted applicants, but participants will be required to cover the costs of travel and accommodation. Interested pianists are invited to apply here before April 7 and can direct questions via email to email@example.com.