Music Biennale Zagreb

As a festival of contemporary music and related art forms, the Music Biennale Zagreb generates new ideas, embraces risks and experiments and unravels new ways of presenting, as well as new communication channels with the participants of the festival – both artists and audiences. The MBZ Masterclass workshop for composers emerges from this context and its aim is to enable participants to improve their creative understanding and hone their composing skills in individual sessions with prominent composers and in open rehearsals with the ensemble.

The MBZ masterclass for composers was first held at the MBZ Festival in April 2019 with Nina Šenk (Slovenia), Achim Bornhoeft (Austria) and João Pedro de Oliveira (Brazil/Portugal) as composers- mentors, together with the workshop’s resident ensemble Riot (UK). In 2021, the workshop was held online by Alexander Schubert (Germany), Martin Matalone (Argentina/France), Sasha Blondeau (France) and Raphaël Cendo (France) and was divided into three different segments: (1) one-on-one online sessions (in which each participant was assigned two mentors) in combination with online lectures and discussions; (2) open rehearsals with the resident ensemble – Ensemble Quasars (Slovakia) led by Ivan Buffa, and (3) harpsichord workshop with harpsichordist Franjo Bilić (Croatia).

The new edition of the MBZ Masterclass workshop for composers will be held from April 14-21, 2023 at the Music Academy Zagreb. Current composers-mentors are among the most productive and original composers of the 21st century: Chaya Czernowin, Olga Neuwirth, Franck Bedrossian and Clemens Gadenstätter.


Deadline 1 February 2022



February 1


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