Rozalie Hirs

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2019/11/03

Zenit (2010), TAMA Music Festival, Tokyo – Asian premiere

On 11 January 2020 greenroom players perform two concerts at TAMA Music Festival, Tokyo, Japan, at 13:00 and 20:30. One of them includes the Asian premiere of Zenit (2010), the first string quartet by Rozalie Hirs (ロザリー ヒルス). The concert is preceded by an introduction to the work.

In addition, Cathy Cox interviews the composer. Music theorist Cox obtained her PhD from Columbia University, New York, in 2006. Since her graduation Cox has been a lecturer at Tamagawa University College of Arts/ Department of Media Design (玉川大学芸術学部メディア・デザイン学科) and since 2011 also at the Kunitachi College of Music Graduate School/ Sonology Department (国立音楽大学大学院, コンピュータ音楽研究室), both in Tokyo.


2018/07/14

Guest at Matinee Café, NTR

On 14 July 2018 from 16:25 until 17:30 Rozalie Hirs is a guest at Matinee Cafe, NTR Radio 4 (Dutch National Radio). Hans Haffmans interviews Hirs on her music and poetry. Haffmans and Hirs also speak about musical ideas, influences, inspirations, as well as the new work for Musikfabrik, a commission by Zaterdagmatinee, to be premiered on 18 May 2019. The editor of the program is Myrthe van Dijk. The full playlist of Hirs’ works is shown below.
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2018/04/15

Zenit (2010)

On 15 April 2018 at 20:15 CET DoelenKwartet plays Hirs’ first string quartet Zenit (2010) during the program Van buiten naar binnen. The concert is part of the Red Sofa Series at Juriaansezaal, De Doelen, Rotterdam. The concert also features works by Caroline Berkenbosch, Maxim Shalygin, and Willem Jeths. At 19:15 CET Hans Woudenberg, cellist of Doelenkwartet, interviews the four composers on the red sofa (photograph: Louis Haagman).

Download program booklet [PDF; Dutch]


2016/05/22

Review on portrait concert of Rozalie Hirs: “one of the most captivating poets at this moment”

Portrait concert of Rozalie Hirs  at Penhuis and Festival van Vlaanderen, Kortijk, Belgium (host: Alain Demotte)

A review by Paul Rigolle, published by the online literary magazine De Schaal van Digter on 27 April 2016, names Rozalie Hirs as “one of the most captivating poets at this moment”.

On 24 April 2016 the Festival van Vlaanderen and Penhuis, Kortrijk, Belgium, presented a portrait concert of Rozalie Hirs, consisting of her poems, three music compositions, and an interview. The programme was curated by Gie Devos and Joost Fonteijne. Host was Alain Delmotte. The Bozzini Quartet performed Rozalie Hirs’ string quartets Zenit (2010) en Nadir (2014). Hirs performed her poems and the music and poetry hybrid Bridge of Babel (2009). Photographs: Gie Devos.

Bozzini Quartet performing 'Nadir' (2014) by Rozalie Hirs during her portrait concert at Penhuis and Festival van Vlaanderen, 24 April 2016

Rozalie Hirs after her portrait concert at Penhuis and Festival van Vlaanderen on 24 April 2016


2016/04/24

Portrait concert: Rozalie Hirs – poetry and music

On 24 April 2016 Penhuis Kortrijk and Festival van Vlaanderen Kortrijk present a portrait concert with poetry and music by Rozalie Hirs. Alain Delmotte is the host of the event, consisting of a performance by the Bozzini Quartet of Hirs’ string quartets Zenit (2010) and Nadir (2014), as well as a poetry performance by the composer-poet. The event is curated by Joost Fonteyne and Gie Devos. The location is Schouwburg, Kortrijk, Belgium.

Special thanks to Roel Das for the sound projection in the hall and to Casper Schipper for assistance with the sound synthesis for Nadir.

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2014/11/08

Nadir (2014) – Dutch premiere

Quatuor Bozzini (photograph: Michael Slobodian) at November Music with a new work by Rozalie Hirs

On 8 November 2014 at 19:00 Bozzini Quartet will present the Dutch premiere of Nadir for string quartet and electronic sounds (2014) by Rozalie Hirs at November Music, Den Bosch, The Netherlands. In 2011 and 2012 the exquisite Bozzini Quartet, based in Montréal, toured Hirs’s first string quartet Zenit (2010) in Canada, The Netherlands, and Switzerland. The new work is scored for two violins, viola, cello, and electronic sounds. The sounds are synthesized from sinetones through additive synthesis. The other pieces on the programme are a new work by Frederik Neyrinck and Euler Lattice Spirals Scenery by Marc Sabat. (photograph: Michael Slobodian)

With special thanks to Casper Schipper for assistance with the sound synthesis in SuperCollider and to Arne Bock for the sound projection in the hall.

Nadir (2014) was commissioned by Bozzini Quartet and November Music, with financial support from the Netherlands Performing Arts Fund.

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2014/10/28

Nadir (2014) – preview concert

Quatuor Bozzini (photograph: Michael Slobodian) at November Music with a new work by Rozalie Hirs

On 25 October 2014 at 20:30 Bozzini Quartet will present a preview concert of the Dutch premiere of Nadir for string quartet and electronic sounds (2014) by Rozalie Hirs at De Link, Tilburg, The Netherlands. In 2011 and 2012 the exquisite Bozzini Quartet, based in Montréal, toured Hirs’s first string quartet Zenit (2010) in Canada, The Netherlands, and Switzerland. The new work is scored for two violins, viola, cello, and electronic sounds. The sounds are synthesized from sinetones through additive synthesis. The other pieces on the programme are by Aldo Clementi and Jürg Frey. (photograph: Michael Slobodian)

With special thanks to Casper Schipper for assistance with the sound synthesis in SuperCollider and to Arne Bock for the sound projection in the hall.

Nadir (2014) was commissioned by Bozzini Quartet and November Music, with financial support from the Netherlands Performing Arts Fund.


2014/10/25

Nadir (2014) – world premiere

Quatuor Bozzini (photograph: Michael Slobodian) at November Music with a new work by Rozalie Hirs

On 25 October 2014 during the Transit Festival (Festival van Vlaanderen) Bozzini Quartet will present the world premiere of Nadir for string quartet and electronic sounds (2014) by Rozalie Hirs. In 2011 and 2012 the exquisite Bozzini Quartet, based in Montréal, toured Hirs’s first string quartet Zenit (2010) in Canada, The Netherlands, and Switzerland. The new work is scored for two violins, viola, cello, and electronic sounds. The sounds are synthesized from sinetones through additive synthesis. The other pieces on the programme are a new work by Frederik Neyrinck and Euler Lattice Spirals Scenery by Marc Sabat. (photograph: Michael Slobodian)

With special thanks to Casper Schipper for assistance with the sound synthesis in SuperCollider and to Arne Bock for the sound projection in the hall.

Nadir (2014) was commissioned by Bozzini Quartet and November Music, with financial support from the Netherlands Performing Arts Fund.

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2013/09/28

Zenit [west] (2010)

Amsterdam Sinfonietta Photo: Marco Borggreve

The composition Zenit was written for the Formalist Quartet in Los Angeles and premiered in 2010. The famous Amsterdam Sinfonietta, conducted by Candida Thompson, performs the final movement [west] of this composition as part of their 25th anniversary concert on September 28, 2013. Next season, Hirs will write a new work for Amsterdam Sinfonietta. On November 27, 2014, its first performance will take place.
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2012/09/16

Zenit (2010) – Swiss premiere

Quatuor Bozzini (Foto: Michael Slobodian)

On September 16, 2012, at 15:00, the Swiss premiere of the string quartet Zenit (2010) by Rozalie Hirs takes places as part of Moments musicaux III (curator: Jürg Frey). The composition is performed by Quatuor Bozzini.


2011/11/29

Zenit (2010) – Canadian premiere

Quator Bozzini's rehearsal of 'Zenit' (2010) by Rozalie Hirs, Montréal, Canada, November 2011

On November 29, 2011, at 20:00, the string quartet Zenit (2010) by Rozalie Hirs is performed by the Quatuor Bozzini at Chapelle Historique du Bon-Pasteur in Montréal, Canada.


2011/11/20

Zenit (2010) – UK premiere

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On November 20, 2011, Quatuor Bozzini performs the composition Zenith (2010) by Rozalie Hirs at the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival in Huddersfield, England.

James Weeks – String Quartet (to Alberto Caeiro)
Richard Glover – Seventh Inversions
Rozalie Hirs – Zenit

The Bozzini Quartet bring their uncompromising austerity and generous sensitivity to the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival for the fourth time with a programme that explores the outermost bounds of the practice we once called minimalism. Two UK premieres and one world premiere explore uncharted regions of a warmly human, ineffable space of unknown possibilities.


2011/10/18

Zenit (2010)

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On October 18, 2011, at 20:00, the string quartet Zenit (2010) by Rozalie Hirs is performed by the Quatuor Bozzini in collaboration with November Music. The venue is De Link, Tilburg, The Netherlands.


2010/09/24

Zenit [east] [west] (2010) – European premiere

Rozalie Hirs en Egmont Kwartet na de uitvoering van 'Zenit (2010) tijdens de AAA serie, Concertgebouw, 25 september 2010

On September 24, 2010, the Egmont Quartet, consisting of soloists from the Concertgebouw Orchestra, performs the string quartet Zenit [east] [west] (2010) by Rozalie Hirs as part of the Festival Klank en kleur (AAA-series) at the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam. In addition, music is performed by Josef Matthias Hauer and Arnold Schönberg.

Prior to the concert there is a round table discussion with Rudi Fuchs, Maarten Kloos and Rozalie Hirs.


2010/05/07

Lecture, CalArts, United States

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On May 7, 2010, from 16:10 to 18:00, Hirs gives a lecture at CalArts on her music and related spectral compositional technique as part of the seminar of Wolfgang von Schweinitz on microtonal composition at the Department of Music of the California Institute of the Arts. Among other works, Rozalie discusses her string quartet Zenit (2010), performed by the Formalist Quartet on May 1 at REDCAT, Los Angeles.


2010/05/01

Zenit (2010) – world premiere

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On May 1, 2010, as part of Les espaces acoustiques and beyond: new music after Gérard Grisey, the work Zenit (2010) by Rozalie Hirs is premiered, in a performance by The Formalist Quartet. The location is the REDCAT/ Roy and Edna Disney/ CalArts Theatre in Los Angeles, United States.

You can find critical praise for the piece by Marc Swed writing in the LA Times here.


2007/03/06

Zenit, uur nul (2007)

Zephyr Kwartet (Barbara Lüneburg, Jacob Plooij, Elisabeth Smalt, John Addison), 2007

On March 6, 2007, the composition Zenit, uur nul by Rozalie Hirs is performed by the Zephyr Kwartet at Logos in Ghent, Belgium.

The Soul Awakens
Claude Vivier – Quatuor à cordes (1968)
Rozalie Hirs – Zenit, uur nul (2007)
Giacinto Scelsi – Quartet no. 3 (1963)
Horatiu Radulescu – Quartet no. 6 practicing eternity (1993)


2007/02/28

Zenit, uur nul (2007)

Zephyr Kwartet (Barbara Lüneburg, Jacob Plooij, Elisabeth Smalt, John Addison), 2007

On February 28, 2007, the composition Zenit, uur nul (2007) by Rozalie Hirs is performed by the Zephyr Kwartet at Bethaniënklooster, Amsterdam. The concert program The Soul Awakens also features works by Scelsi, Radulesu, and Vivier.


2007/02/18

Zenit, uur nul (2007)

Zephyr Quartet (Barbara Lüneburg, Jacob Plooij, Elisabeth Smalt, John Addison), 2007

On Ferbuary 18, 2007, the composition Zenit, uur nul by Rozalie Hirs is performed by the Zephyr Kwartet at Galerie Marzee, Nijmegen. The program The Soul Awakens also features works by Scelsi, Radulescu, and Vivier.


2007/02/11

Zenit, uur nul (2007) – world premiere

Zephyr Kwartet (Barbara Lüneburg, Jacob Plooij, Elisabeth Smalt, John Addison), 2007

On February 11, 2007, as part of the concert program The Soul Awakens, the string quartet Zenit, uur nul by Rozalie Hirs is premiered. The concert by the Zephyr Quartet takes place at Museum De Pont, Tilburg. Works are performed by Scelsi, Radulescu, Vivier and Hirs.



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