IFCP started its eleventh year with three concerts at Mannes College, The New School for Music. The Festival included a world premiere of Wayne Peterson’s Brief Encounters (2014), performed by violinist Curtis Macomber. There were also two New York premieres, Benjamin Broening’s Gathering Light (2011), for violin and electronic sound, with the composer operating live electronics, and Dominick Di Orio’s Thine Eyes are Fire, Temarion. Other works included Flex Time (2006) by Eric Moe, Soliloquy by Bruce Adolphe and Lachen Verlernt (2002) by Esa-Pekka Salonen. Several works by Elliott Carter were performed. Marc Ponthus performed Klavierstuck X (1961) for piano by Karlheinz Stockhausen and conducted the IFCP Ensemble Derive 1 (1984) by Pierre Boulez. Despite financial challenges, IFCP continues to provide free tuition to its participants.

2013 was the tenth year of IFCP at Mannes College, the New School for Music. Featured were two works by Mario Davidovsky with violinist Rolf Schulte playing Synchronisms No. 9 with electronics and Allen Blustine (clarinet), Susan Palma Nidel (flute) and Schulte performing the Trio, and Caroline Chin playing magnificat 3: lament for violin and interactive animation by Linda Dusman. Both composers were present in the audience. Artistic Director Marc Ponthus performed a solo piano piece by Iannis Xenakis in addition to his own work 9b and conducted the Triple Duo by Elliott Carter. IFCP continues to provide free tuition to its participants.

IFCP started off its ninth year with a recital at Mannes College by violinist Rolf Schulte playing solo and cellist Eric Bartlett accompanied by pianist Margaret Kampmeier . Works included pieces by Hugo Weisgall, Elliott Carter, Donald Martino, Paul Suits and one commissioned by Peter Susser who was present. The festival accepted a variety of instrumentalists: piano, violin, viola, flute, cello, harp, clarinet, percussion. The IFCP Ensemble conducted by Marc Ponthus performed works by Pierre Boulez and Davidovsky. Marc Ponthus performed Incises by Boulez followed by David Fulmer conducting his own composition. Two concerts of the participants presented both solo and chamber works of Berio, Carter, Cowell, Hindemith, Kanasevich (an IFCP clarinetist who performed his own composition), Karchin, Kurtag, Lutoslawski, Takemitsu, Shapey, Webern, Xenakis and more. Susan Palma (flute), Allen Blustine (clarinet), Matthew Gold (percussion) and others conducted the many workshops for the participants. In keeping with the Institute’s philosophy of integrating contemporary performance with the world at large, seminars were held on the influence and future of electronics. IFCP continues to provide free tuition to its participants.


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