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impuls . 11th International Ensemble and Composers Academy for Contemporary Music


Graz, February 10th - 22nd, 2019



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Dierstein byThomasHammelmann 17
Photo: Thomas Hammelmann


Special Program with

Christian Dierstein

and Michael Maierhof


Extended Percussion Composition



Special Program with

Christian Dierstein


On Percussion



Christian Dierstein, percussion

" ... one can hear a lot before the ears start to fall off."

(P. Langstrumpf)


Besides individual lessons, work on solo-pieces of the participant´s own choice and literature for percussion ensemble as well as mixed ensembles with percussion, Christian Dierstein´s class will put a special emphasis on new techniques as well as specialities of music-theatrical forms and offer various practical hints for percussionists (from set-up to organisation in general). In addition to that Christian Dierstein will give a Masterclass for Composers dealing with special new techniques on percussion-instruments as well as striking techniques and tools.



Christian Dierstein has established himself among the most interesting performers in the contemporary music of our time. He studied under Bernhard Wulff at the Freiburg Musikhochschule and under Gaston Sylvestre in Paris. He is the winner of numerous competitions and received scholarships from the Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes and the Akademie Schloß Solitude, Stuttgart. He is the percussionist of the ensemble recherche since 1988.
Together with Marcus Weiss and Nic Hodges he forms the Trio Accanto. In addition to his performances of new music, he has focussed on non-European music and free improvisation.
He has given solo concerts throughout Europe. In the season 2010/11 he was one of the "Rising Stars" from the European Concert Hall Organisation. Important appearances include: Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Athens, Berliner Festspiele, Brussel Festival, Donaueschinger Musiktage, Huddersfield Festival, Lucerne Festival, Monday evening concerts Los Angeles, Rachmaninov Hall Moskau, Festival d`Autome Paris, Ircam Paris, Rome, Salzburg Festival, Schleswig Holstein Festival, Suntory Hall Tokyo, Wien Modern, Wittener Tage für neue Kammermusik, Zürich Festival für neue Musik and others. He has recorded for several labels including Kairos, col legno, Stradivarius, Winter & Winter, neon and his recordings have been the recipients of numerous awards.
Christian Dierstein works together regularly with several of the greatest living composers such as Hans Abrahamsen, Beat Furrer, Hugues Dufourt, Helmut Lachenmann, Rebecca Saunders and Salvatore Sciarrino. He is a  jury member of several international percussion competitions. Since 2001 he is Professor for percussion and new chamber music at the Hochschule für Musik in Basel, Switzerland. He gave masterclasses in Buenos Aires, Berlin, Chicago, Los Angeles, Genf, Madrid, Moskau, New York, Oslo, Peking, Valencia, Tiflis and others. Since 2008 he is one of the percussion tutor of the Darmstädter summer courses, 2017 tutor in the Luzern academy and since 2011 he teaches percussion at the impuls Academy in Graz.