impuls@HALLE FÜR KUNST Steiermark

HALLE FÜR KUNST Steiermark, Burgring 2, 8010 Graz

With the impuls MinuteConcerts, impuls has been a regular guest at Halle für Kunst Steiermark for many years. Also, aside from this format, Halle für Kunst Steiermark opens its doors for the presentation of contemporary music in interaction with the visual arts from time to time, hereby expanding its fruitful cooperation with impuls.

4.4.2024, 18.00

within the exhibition:
Katherine Bradford: American Odyssey



Szilárd Benes clarinets


Szilárd Benes Improvisation

Kaija Saariaho Duft (2012)
Daniel Serrano ...whispers in the wind... (2024, world premiere)*

Petra Stump-Linshalm POSTCARDS (2024, world premiere)*
Szilárd Benes Improvisation

* The pieces were selected as part of the Call for Scores organized by Szilárd Benes and the IGNM section Austria.


Szilárd Benes is constantly in search of new sounds with his instrument and pushes music to its limits. Collaborations with composers are an important part of his work. His concerts have been recorded numerous times and broadcasted on Ö1. He has also collaborated and recorded with CD labels such as Austrian Gramophone, Kairos and Inexhaustible Editions. In 2023 he played the solo clarinet part in La Chute d'Icare by Brian Ferneyhough at the opening concert of the impuls Festival.

Benes is the solo clarinetist of the Schallfeld Ensemble in Graz and bass clarinetist of the ensemble XXI. jahrhundert in Vienna. As a soloist and chamber musician with his own ensembles as well as with other renowned ensembles such as Klangforum Wien and Ensemble PHACE, Benes has been invited to international festivals and venues such as the Salzburg Festival, Beethovenfest Bonn, Steirischer Herbst, IMD Darmstadt, Klangspuren Schwaz, Bregenzer Festspiele, Time of Music (Finland), Visiones Sonoras Festival (Mexico), Wien Modern, Warschauer Herbst, ManiFeste (France), Wiener Festwochen, Gaudeamus Muziekweek (Netherlands), Jeunesse Wien, impuls Festival, Wiener Konzerthaus and Carnegie Hall. Benes has worked with composers such as Beat Furrer, Brian Ferneyhough, György Kurtág and Pierluigi Billone.

Together with Christof Ressi, he was selected for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs' "New Austrian Sound of Music 2020/21" program.



Katherine Bradford: American Odyssey

Exhibition period 16.3. – 19.5.2024
Opening hours Tue – Sun, 10.00 – 6.00 | open on holidays