Mark Andre (FR/DE)


Mark Andre (b. 1964) studied at Paris Conservatory and Stuttgart University of Music. His teachers included Claude Ballif, Gérard Grisey and Helmut Lachenmann. Important works include a cycle “…auf…” for large orchestra, an opera “Wunderzaichen” and a music theater passion “…22, 13…”. Andre teaches composition at the Dresden University of Music, at the Strasbourg Conservatory and at Frankfurt University of music. He has also given masterclasses at the Darmstadt Summer Academy and European Academy of the “Festival d’Aix en Provence”. Andre has received numerous grants and prizes, including the Kranischstein Music Prize, Grant­in­Aid from Ernst von Siemens Foundation and Composition prize from the Gerhardt and Renate Baum Foundation.
Andre has written works commissioned by the Ensemble Modern, ensemble recherche, Trio Accanto, Klangforum Wien, KNM Berlin, Les Percussions de Strasbourg, Ensemble Alternance, EIC, and others. Mark Andre lives in Berlin.

“durch” for soprano saxophone, piano and percussion (2004­05) is a journey into sound and time types and families. It lets every element vanish as time goes by. It opens up and lets the listener observe traces and shadows of interstices. The titel (durch = through) refers to fragment of Matthew Gospel 7, 13: “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it.”

Konsertti 6, lauantai 5.9. klo 14.00, Alminsali, Kansallisooppera