updated 19 June 2019
© Rut Sigurdardóttir

Sarah Nemtsov

German composer born 28 May 1980 in Oldenburg.

Sarah Nemtsov played flute from age 9 to 13 in concerts and recordings with Reil Trio (two flutes and harpsichord). At the age of 14, she took up the oboe. She went on to study composition in Hannover with Nigel Osborne and Johannes Schöllhorn, and, starting in 2005, in Berlin with Walter Zimmermann. An oboist and occasional performer of her own works, she has focused exclusively on composition since 2007.

In 2014-2015, she was composer-in-residence with the Erfurt Philharmonic Orchestra, during which her orchestral works were performed in three concerts. In 2014, she taught composition and theatrical music at the Cologne Musikhochschule, and in 2018, was a guest professor of composition at the University of Haifa in Israel.

Her works have been performed by ensembles and orchestras such as Hr-Sinfonieorchester, Deutsches Sinfonieorchester, Ensemble Modern, Mosaik, Adapter, Neue Vocalsolisten Stuttgart, Ensemble Recherche, Ictus, and Klangforum Wien, and in festivals including Donaueschinger Musiktage, Darmstadt Summer Courses, Wien Modern, ECLAT, Ultraschall, Holland Festival, Musica (Strasbourg), Bregenzer Festspiele, and the Munich Biennale.

Recently, she has become particularly interested in musical stratification and “constructive chaos” as a means of expressing reality, as well as in interactions between acoustic instruments and electronics. Literature is a prime source of inspiration for many of her works. The poetry of Emily Dickinson inspired several pieces: leer - empty (2011), startled grass (2010), Moon at noon (2009), How slow (2008), and Not knowing (2007). L’Absence (2008) is based on Edmond Jabès’ The Book of Questions, and Träne (2016) is a setting of a poem by Paul Celan.

In 2015, Sarah Nemtsov, along with her husband, pianist Jascha Nemtsov, founded the Raum für Kunst und Diskurs, a gallery/performance space in Berlin. She also initiated and served as composer/artistic director for the “Mekomot” project, comprising a series of performances of contemporary music and ancient Jewish liturgical chants in abandoned synagogues in Germany and Poland.

Several of her works are published by Peer Music Classical (Hamburg), and, since 2016, by Ricordi. The Wergo label has released two CDs dedicated to her music: A LONG WAY AWAY (2012) and amplified imagination (2018).

Awards and Prizes

  • Oldenburg Composition Prize for Contemporary Music, 2018
  • International RicordiLAB Composition Competition, 2016
  • Busoni Composition Prize, Berlin Academy of the Arts, 2013
  • Deutsche Musikautorenpreis GEMA, 2012

© Ircam-Centre Pompidou, 2019

Sources

Site de l’artiste ; Ricordi.

  • Solo (excluding voice)
  • Chamber music
    • …ins Unland… five pieces for oboe, violin, cello, piano and reciter ad libitum (2001-2002), 25 mn
    • deconstructions two pieces for violin and piano (2003), 9 mn about , Nova Vita Berlin
    • deconstructions II for english horn and piano (2003), 13 mn
    • Streichquartett in fünf Veränderungen for string quartet (2003), 17 mn
    • Smena karaula trio for percussionists (2004), 13 mn
    • exercice for two flutes (2005), 5 mn, Nova Vita Berlin
    • Ver-Suche for flute, cello, vibraphone and harp (2006), 10 mn, Nova Vita Berlin
    • elec 3+x collective composition for tenor saxophone, double bass, piano and percussion (2007), 12 mn
    • Im Andenken for string quartet (2007), 14 mn
    • Kreise for two pianos and percussion (2007), 11 mn
    • Ver–Suche II for alto flute, cello and accordion (2007), 12 mn, Nova Vita Berlin
    • Le chiffre 4 for string trio, clarinet and accordion (2008), 12 mn
    • dismissed thoughts for wood quintet (2009), 7 mn
    • Erinnerungen – Splitter for string trio (2009), 13 mn
    • + Drei Zeichen for cello and prepared piano (2010), 4 mn
    • Sechs Zeichen for cello and prepared piano (2010), 10 mn
    • Central Park / Manhattan or Landzunge / New Jersey for piano and melodica, piccolo flute, viola (with mute) and percussion (2011), 6 mn, Peer Music
    • Unscheinbare Pforten / Paris for violin, harpsichord and percussion (2011), 4 mn, Peer Music
    • Briefe – Heloisa for solo shawm and solo accordion (2012), 15 mn
    • Briefe – Puppen ohne Koepfe for electric guitar and percussion (2012), 12 mn
    • Gegenüberanrufung for piano and double bass (2012), 7 mn, Peer Music
    • WOLVES for oboe and prepared piano (2012), 25 mn
    • elec running. out of tune. for two harpsichords and electronics (transducer and tape) (2013), 14 mn
    • elec Tunes.Suite for two viola da gamba with mp3 players (2013), 15 mn
    • elec Brief.Kasten for viola, trombone and electronics (2014), between 10 mn and 17 mn
    • Briefe.Puppen for electric guitar and percussion (2012-2014), 14 mn
    • elec Journal for amplified ensemble: baritone saxophone, trombone, cello (with distortion pedal), accordion and keyboard sampler (2015), 10 mn, Ricordi
    • White eyes erased for keyboard and drums (2014-2015), 13 mn
    • elec Briefe. Briefe for two amplified accordions, with electronics (2012-2016), 11 mn
    • elec Fanfaaare for two trumpets, two fans and amplification (2017), 4 mn about
    • elec HAUS for bass flute, bass clarinet, prepared harp, percussion, amplification and live video (2017), 21 mn about
    • elec Fenster. Shloshim for flute, clarinet, prepared harp, amplified percussion and projection ad libitum (2018), 20 mn about
    • elec Orbits cycle (asteroid and four satellites) for four electric guitars and electric bass, with effects and objects (2018), 18 mn about
    • elec Seven Colours for cello, electric bass, piano prepared with keyboard sampler , drums and electronics (2018), 15 mn about
    • elec weggeschliffen for string quartet with amplification and ad libitum effects (2018), 17 mn about
    • [as] for bass flute, bass clarinet, bassoon, violin, cello and prepared piano (2018), 6 mn about
    • [love] for piano trio (2018), 8 mn about
    • elec pulsation for three performers, with bass drum, kalimbas and electronics (2019), 6 mn about
    • Schwelle for zither (or harp) and clarinet, after Bach's Komm, O Tod (2019), 5 mn about
    • elec Wolke for flute, clarinet, harp, percussion with amplification and lights (2019), 10 mn about
  • Instrumental ensemble music
  • Concert music
    • Kaleidoskop for solo oboe, string orchestra (or string quintet) and harpsichord, version for chamber orchestra (2004, 2014), 12 mn
    • elec Interludien for ensemble with oboe and electronics (2006), 15 mn
    • Laterna magica / Combray for prepared harp alone, piano, percussion and spinning tops (2011), 10 mn, Peer Music
    • elec Luftmacumba / Rio for solo percussion, bass flute, violas, cello, double bass, prepared piano harp and two assistants ( ad libitum ) (2011), 11 mn, Peer Music
    • Nachtstück, Porzellan [night piece, china] for pipa, sheng and ensemble (2012), 16 mn
    • elec beyond its simple space for harpsichord and orchestra / baroque ensemble with electronics and objects (2018), 21 mn about
  • Vocal music and instrument(s)
    • Johanna Sebus for soprano and piano (2002), 6 mn
    • Herzland chamber opera in five acts for two voices and four instruments (2005, 2005-2009), 30 mn, Ricordi
    • De Yukel à Sarah for voice and ensemble (2006), 11 mn
    • For a Frontier two songs for mezzo-soprano (alto) and piano (2007), 11 mn, Nova Vita Berlin
    • Not knowing three songs for mezzo-soprano, guitar, cello, percussion and dancer (2007), 16 mn
    • cherchée-cherchais for baritone and prepared piano (2008), 11 mn
    • How slow two songs and epilogue for soprano, harp, double bass, percussion and dancer (2008), 12 mn
    • stage L'Absence opera in five acts (with prologue and epilogue) for twelve singers, reciter, a dancer and orchestra (2006-2008), 1 h 40 mn, Peer Music
    • Moon at Noon for soprano and ensemble (2009), 21 mn
    • …pour qu’il advienne for mezzo-soprano and prepared piano (2009), 10 mn
    • startled grass for soprano and piano (2010), 4 mn
    • TOV for soprano, soprano saxophone, prepared piano and percussion (2010), 7 mn
    • ECHOS for five soloists, string quartet and soprano (2011), 27 mn
    • Hoqueti for six solo voices accompanied by instruments (2011), 20 mn
    • Brief – Vokalise for solo soprano with ukulele (2012), 5 mn
    • Flüchtiger Schnee for soprano and prepared piano (2013), 7 mn
    • Green song for soprano (with music boxes), cello, piano (with melodica) (2011-2013), 6 mn
    • Siebenfacher Trost cycle of songs for soprano, baritone, cornet, lute, cello, accordion, piano, percussion and choir ad libitum (2013), 55 mn
    • Orpheus falling for eight musicians and voices ad libitum (2014), 5 mn
    • elec PROSPEKT for baritone (with two recorders and Casio mini-synthesizer) and ten instruments (2014), 15 mn
    • elec stage ALT chamber opera for countertenor, actor and amplified ensemble with electronics (2015), 27 mn
    • elec ASHREI for baritone (hazzan), shofar, oboe, trumpet, amplified harp with effects, electric guitar and percussion (2015), 15 mn
    • D’une femme, of a woman for mezzo-soprano and prepared piano (with toypiano) (2015), 9 mn
    • elec Or. Towards for six voices, six instrumentalists, objects and light (2016), 18 mn
    • elec stage Sacrifice opera in four acts for five singers, three actors, ensemble, orchestra, electronics, tape, video and silent choir (2016), 2 h about , Ricordi
    • Träne for (mezzo) soprano with four gongs (2016), 5 mn
    • elec dream of a cab for (mezzo-)soprano, soprano saxophone, accordion, amplification and tape (2017), 12 mn about
    • En face for percussion, a narrator / actor and full orchestra (2018), 33 mn, Ricordi
    • Osse for choir and orchestra (2018), 8 mn about
  • A cappella vocal music
  • Electronic music / fixed media / mechanical musical instruments
  • Unspecified instrumentation
    • 4 ROOMS arrangements of Mealli, Ligeti, Biber, Muffat, Barrière and Bach (2015)
    • elec to the beyond for four performers, with objects and amplification (2018), 10 mn about
    • elec void-imaginings for four performers, with objects and eight microphones (2018), 15 mn about
  • 2019
    • elec NUN for ten musicians and electronics, 22 mn about , Ricordi
    • elec RED for cello and music video, 8 mn about
    • Schwelle for zither (or harp) and clarinet, after Bach's Komm, O Tod , 5 mn about
    • elec Wolfsgesänge for cello and electronics, 16 mn about
    • elec Wolke for flute, clarinet, harp, percussion with amplification and lights, 10 mn about
    • elec pulsation for three performers, with bass drum, kalimbas and electronics, 6 mn about
  • 2018
    • En face for percussion, a narrator / actor and full orchestra, 33 mn, Ricordi
    • elec Fenster. Shloshim for flute, clarinet, prepared harp, amplified percussion and projection ad libitum, 20 mn about
    • elec Orbits cycle (asteroid and four satellites) for four electric guitars and electric bass, with effects and objects, 18 mn about
    • Osse for choir and orchestra, 8 mn about
    • elec Seven Colours for cello, electric bass, piano prepared with keyboard sampler , drums and electronics, 15 mn about
    • elec Seven Thoughts – her kind for solo keyboard (with amplified voice), 9 mn about
    • [as] for bass flute, bass clarinet, bassoon, violin, cello and prepared piano, 6 mn about
    • [love(2)] for five a capella voices, 6 mn about
    • [love] for piano trio, 8 mn about
    • [you] for prepared piano, 3 mn about
    • elec beyond its simple space for harpsichord and orchestra / baroque ensemble with electronics and objects, 21 mn about
    • elec to the beyond for four performers, with objects and amplification, 10 mn about
    • elec void-imaginings for four performers, with objects and eight microphones, 15 mn about
    • elec weggeschliffen for string quartet with amplification and ad libitum effects, 17 mn about
  • 2017
    • elec FAN for double horn trumpet with three fans, amplification and effects pedals, 10 mn about
    • elec Fanfaaare for two trumpets, two fans and amplification, 4 mn about
    • elec HAUS for bass flute, bass clarinet, prepared harp, percussion, amplification and live video, 21 mn about
    • elec Shadow Drums for percussion (with voice, electronics, tape, objects and light), 13 mn about
    • elec dream of a cab for (mezzo-)soprano, soprano saxophone, accordion, amplification and tape, 12 mn about
    • elec dropped.drowned for large orchestra, 17 mn, Ricordi
  • 2016
    • elec Briefe – Heloisa / Solo for accordion and electronics, 15 mn
    • elec Briefe. Briefe for two amplified accordions, with electronics, 11 mn
    • elec Or. Towards for six voices, six instrumentalists, objects and light, 18 mn
    • elec SKOP for amplified accordion with mouth organ and mirrors ad libitum , 13 mn about
    • elec stage Sacrifice opera in four acts for five singers, three actors, ensemble, orchestra, electronics, tape, video and silent choir, 2 h about , Ricordi
    • Träne for (mezzo) soprano with four gongs, 5 mn
  • 2015
    • 4 ROOMS arrangements of Mealli, Ligeti, Biber, Muffat, Barrière and Bach
    • elec stage ALT chamber opera for countertenor, actor and amplified ensemble with electronics, 27 mn
    • elec ASHREI for baritone (hazzan), shofar, oboe, trumpet, amplified harp with effects, electric guitar and percussion, 15 mn
    • Briefe für A.G. for eleven strings and harpsichord, in four groups, 11 mn
    • D’une femme, of a woman for mezzo-soprano and prepared piano (with toypiano), 9 mn
    • elec Journal for amplified ensemble: baritone saxophone, trombone, cello (with distortion pedal), accordion and keyboard sampler , 10 mn, Ricordi
    • Passacaglia for prepared piano, 9 mn
    • Scattered ways for large orchestra, 14 mn, Ricordi
    • White eyes erased for keyboard and drums, 13 mn
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2011
  • 2010
  • 2009
  • 2008
    • How slow two songs and epilogue for soprano, harp, double bass, percussion and dancer, 12 mn
    • stage L'Absence opera in five acts (with prologue and epilogue) for twelve singers, reciter, a dancer and orchestra, 1 h 40 mn, Peer Music
    • Le chiffre 4 for string trio, clarinet and accordion, 12 mn
    • Treppen im Meer for orchestra, 30 mn, Peer Music
    • cherchée-cherchais for baritone and prepared piano, 11 mn
  • 2007
    • elec 3+x collective composition for tenor saxophone, double bass, piano and percussion, 12 mn
    • For a Frontier two songs for mezzo-soprano (alto) and piano, 11 mn, Nova Vita Berlin
    • Im Andenken for string quartet, 14 mn
    • elec Interludium for oboe and electronics, 10 mn
    • Kreise for two pianos and percussion, 11 mn
    • Not knowing three songs for mezzo-soprano, guitar, cello, percussion and dancer, 16 mn
    • Soutine : Paysage de Céret for cello (with occasional ad libitum accordion), 10 mn
    • Ver–Suche II for alto flute, cello and accordion, 12 mn, Nova Vita Berlin
  • 2006
  • 2005
  • 2004
  • 2003
  • 2002
  • 1999
    • Nigun for oboe, 6 mn, Nova Vita Berlin

Liens Internet

(liens vérifiés en juin 2019).

Discographie

  • Sarah NEMTSOV, White Eyes Erased ; Amplified Imagination ; Drummed Variation; Implicated Amplification ; Zimmer I-III ; Teil I ; Teil II ; Teil III ; Teil IV, dans « Amplified Imagination », 1 CD WERGO, 2018, WER 7366 2.
  • Sarah NEMTOV, A Long Way Away. Passagen ; Hoqueti, dans « A LONG WAY AWAY. Passagen / HOQUETI », 1 CD WERGO, 2012, WER 65852.