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Composers for 2021

We would like to thank all composers again, who have handed in their works, materials and concepts for the impuls Composition Competition in 2018. In February 2019 a jury consisting both of composers and musicians (Pierluigi Billone, Bernhard Gander, Vera Fischer, Dmitri Kourliandski, Mikael Rudolfsson) selected the following composers out of numerous applications sent in from various nations and four continents for impuls commissions:


Ole Hübner (*1993, Germany)

Alexander Kaiser (*1985, Italy)

Emre Sihan Kaleli (*1987, Turkey)

Sonja Mutić (*1984, Serbia/Croatia)

Yiqing Zhu (*1989, China/Germany)


These composers will take part in the upcoming impuls Composition Workshop in Vienna and Graz with Klangforum Wien coming along with commissions to write new pieces for ensemble, that will be premiered in Graz at the impuls Festival in February 2021.





Photo Ole Huebner 1 credit Jakob Boeckh
Photo by Jakob Boeckh

Ole Hübner

Ole Hübner, born in 1993, studied composition in Hanover (with Benjamin Lang and Joachim Heintz, 2007-2010) and Cologne (with Johannes Schöllhorn and Michael Beil, 2011-2015). Following this, he attended the master program at the Institute of Applied Theatre Studies in Giessen, Germany (with Heiner Goebbels and others, 2015-2018). At Ensemble Nikel’s invita­tion, he participated in their composition summer course Tzlil Meudcan with Chaya Czernowin and José María Sánchez-Verdú in Tel Aviv in 2016. Since 2017, he has been charged with lectureships of composition and Max/MSP coding at Justus Liebig University Giessen.

Ole Hübner often acts in the fields of music theatre, music for theatre, and audio theatre. Topics such as the conception and manipulation of realities; strategies of the imparting and experiencing of “authenticity”; remembrance, reproduction, and repetition as artistic methods and incen­tives; narration and narrativity; the situational; the absent; the detection and elaboration of both theatrical aspects in music and musical aspects in theatre … are examined critically, and dealt with, in both his theatrological and artistic work. At this, the enrichment and reassess­ment of techniques and knowledge of contemporary music through theatrological perspec­tives plays an important role. Working in collective and collaborative settings with artists of other disci­plines such as acting, mise-en-scène, dance, literature, dramaturgy and scenography has occupied a natural place in his work, and resulted in music theatre productions at The­ater Aachen (“sweetieorpheus_27”, 2013), Deutsche Oper Berlin (“Die Irrfahrten des Odysseus / The Travels of Ulysses”, 2015/16), Münchener Bi­ennale in coproduction with Konzert Theater Bern (“The Navidson Records”, 2016), La Biennale di Venezia (“Orpheus Moments”, 2017), and Gallus Theater Frankfurt (“Revolutions Per Minute”, 2019).

However, Ole Hübner feels committed to concert music as well: and so his composition have been performed at renowned music festivals and in many countries (in Europe, Asia, North America), and broadcast on the radio. At this, he has collaborated with ensembles such as Ensemble Modern, Klangforum Wien, Ensemble Garage, Decoder Ensemble, NAMES, LUX:NM, and with numerous soloists. He has been awarded several prizes and scholarships: 63rd Composition Prize of the State Capital of Stuttgart in 2018, residency at Villa Aurora Los Angeles in 2019, residency provided by the federal state of Hesse at La Cité Internationale des Arts Paris in 2019/20.




Photo  A. Kaiser  credits Benno Feichter 01
Photo by Benno Feichter

Alexander Kaiser

Alexander Kaiser is a composer from Italy (born 1985), currently living in Vienna. He studied composition with Christian Minkowitch at the University of Music and Arts in Vienna and with Beat Furrer at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Graz.
He took part in several master classes and received lessons from Georg Friedrich Hass, Peter Ablinger, Jörg Widmann, Dieter Ammann, Isabel Mundry, Clemens Gadenstätter, Jorge Sánchez-Chiong, Enno Poppe, Dimitri Kourlianski and Lucia Ronchetti. His music has been premiered, presented and commissioned by festivals, institutions and ensembles such as Klangforum Wien, Interface Ensemble, Studio for New Music Ensemble, Schallfeld Ensemble, Platypus Ensemble,
The Black Page Orchestra, Ensemble Noen, Reconsil Ensemble, Konzerthaus Wien, Musikverein Wien, Radiokulturhaus Wien, Vienna International Saxfest, Wien Modern, Klangspuren Schwaz, Transart Festival, MATA Festival, Austrian Cultural Forum New York and Gustav Mahler Musikwochen. He attended the impuls Akademie and the Donaueschinger Musiktage several times, received the State Scholarship for Composition of the Republic of Austria in 2019 and was a three-time finalist of the Ö1 Talentebörse Composition Prize.


Alexander Kaiser on Soundcloud




Photo Emre Sihan Kaleli  002
Photo by Thanasis Deligiannis

Emre Sihan Kaleli

Emre Sihan Kaleli is a Turkish composer currently based in Vienna. He studied and acquired professional experience in four countries: Turkey, Uzbekistan, the Netherlands, and Austria. Close artistic collaborations with certain soloists and collectives, namely Matthias Arter (oboe, Switzerland), Aleksandra Bajde (voice & performance, Slovenia), the Omnibus Ensemble (Uzbekistan), the pre-art soloists (Switzerland), the Nieuw Ensemble (the Netherlands), and the Ensemble Modelo62 (the Netherlands), played a significant role in his artistic development. His studies under Richard Ayres, extra-curricular mentorship of Joël Bons, and the master-classes with Dmitri Kourliandski have been other important influences on him.

Most of Kaleli's compositions strongly differ from one another, displaying a plurality of aesthetic directions and accompanying technical tools. Nonetheless, it can be observed that his music strongly tends to be expressive – it is impulsive with frequent and abrupt changes, and rich in the sense of diversity of musical scenes and situations that it presents.




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Photo by Maja Medic

Sonja Mutic

Sonja Mutić, composer (1984) finished postgraduate studies at Kunstuniversität Graz with Clemens Gadenstätter, and graduated from the composition department at Faculty of Music in Belgrade, and is currently a PhD candidate at Harvard University, studying with Chaya Czernowin and Hans Tutschku.

She has attended various masterclasses in composition, improvisation, electronic and film music with Wolfgang Rihm, Chaya Czernowin, Beat Furrer, Mark Andre, Rebecca Saunders, Enno Poppe, Richard Ayres, Martijn Padding, Louis Andriessen and Richard Barrett, among others, cooperating with the ensembles such as Lucerne Festival Alumni, Schallfeld, Orkest de Ereprijs, via nova, NJO Bernstein, LENsemble, Fractales, pre-art, KotorArt Festival String Orchestra, Ensemble Metamorphosis, Trio Timbre etc. Her music was performed at festivals such as Lucerne Festival, Gaudeamus Muziekweek, International Rostrum of Composers, impuls Minuten Konzerte, mise-en festival, Summer of Sounds, Culturescapes, KotorArt, Weimarer Frühjahrstage für zeitgenössische Musik, NJO Muziekzomer, International review of Composers Belgrade etc.

Prizes and awards: Judith Lang Zaimont Prize by The International Alliance for Women in Music (USA, 2017), International Festival and Competition Sigismund Toduţă, 3. prize (Romania, 2017), 17. Weimarer Frühjahrstage für zeitgenössische Musik, 1. prize and audience prize (Weimar, 2016), 20. Young Composers Meeting, 2. prize (Apeldoorn, 2014), 7. pre–art competition, 2. prize and аrtist-in-residence prize by Künstlerhaus Boswil (Switzerland, 2013), Josip Slavenski award (Belgrade, 2011).

Residencies: Styria-Artist-in-Residence Graz (2018) and Künstlerhaus Boswil (2014-15).


Sonja Mutić on Soundcloud





Yiqing Zhu - photo2 - by Minzuo  Lu
Photo by Minzuo Lu

Yiqing Zhu

Born in Dec.1989, Shanghai, Yiqing Zhu is a Chinese composer, pianist and accordionist. Since his early age, he started to play accordion, piano, bayan accordion, violin, Chinese Pipa and classical guitar. He began composing in 2008 at Shanghai Conservatory of Music under the guidance of Prof. Huang Lv and Prof. Guohui Ye; after one year of Erasmus with Prof. Niels Rosing-Schow at The Royal Danish Academy of Music, he became Konzertexamen Student at Staatliche Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Stuttgart under the guidance of Prof. Marco Stroppa from Oct.2016 onwards.

His works were played in various Music Festivals and Concerts, such as Manifeste 2017, il Suono contemporary Music Week 2017, Lucerne Festival 2018, Shanghai New Music Week 2018, Festival Archipel 2019, Dyce project competition 2019 etc. Apart from contemporary music, he also works in the fields of Eastern traditional music (winning the third prize of Singapore Chinese Orchestra competition in 2011 f.e.), electronic music (Max programming) as well as popular music (composing a large amount of music for movies, singers and soloists).

His music was commissioned or performed by numerous soloists and, amongst others, Ensemble Intercomtemporain, Ensemble Musikfabrik, Ensemble of Lucerne Festival Alumni, Klangforum Wien, Neue Vocalsolisten Stuttgart, Mivos Quartet, Quatuor Diotima, Divertimento Ensemble, ensemble xx. jahrhundert, Ensemble Soundstreams, Ensemble Suono Giallo, Han String Quartet, Copenhagen Piano Quartet, Ensemble Echtzeit, Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, Shanghai Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra, Singapore Chinese Orchestra, etc.


Yiqing Zhu on Soundcloud