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composer in residence

Catherine Kontz is a Luxembourgish composer whose works explore nonlinear form, visual/spatial elements, and musical theatricality. Orchestral works include The Waves (Solistes Européens Luxembourg) and Fruitmarket (BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra), as well as the forthcoming 53 minute Les Voix des Terres Rouges for choir and large orchestra, commissioned by the Orchestre national de Metz as part of the European capital of Culture program for Esch2022.

Her work is performed internationally by musicians such as ensemble recherche, Exaudi, United Instruments of Lucilin, Shoal, Arzu &amp, Gamze Kirtil, Monica Germino, Cathy Krier, Naomi Woo, Jenni Hogan and Rhodri Davies, to name a few. The new large-scale live promenade piece, Driwwer Drënner Drop, was recently performed around the bridges of Luxembourg’s old city centre by 130 young musicians as part of Rainy Days/Philharmonie Luxembourg 2021.

Catherine Kontz has extensively worked within the world of new opera: notable commissions and multimedia productions include Neige at Grand Théâtre de Luxembourg and The Philosophy Shop at RADA (London), which she composed and directed, plus regular appearances at the Tête-à-Tête opera festival.

Fleet Footing, a psycho-geographical sound-walk and collaboration with S.L. Grange, was shortlisted for the Quattropole Music Prize, as was 12 HOURS, an innovative marathon for voice and electronics, created for mezzo-soprano Rosie Middleton. A free new sound walk available in 8 languages, created in collaboration with S. L. Grange, Wou d’Uelzecht - Esch, has launched as part of Esch2022.

Catherine Kontz is professor of Composition at Royal College of Music in London.

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