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HK Gruber

Composer, Chansonnier, Conductor

HK Gruber's Geschichten Aus dem Wienerwald performed at Theater Hagen

10 June 2017

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HK Gruber’s Geschichten Aus dem Wienerwald (Tales from the Vienna Woods) is performed at Theater Hagen this June, running from 24 June to 15 July 2017 for six performances. Gruber’s opera is based on Horváth’s classic bitter-sweet drama of social turmoil in the late-1920s, and this production stars Jeannette Wernecke and Kenneth Mattice in the leading roles.


Geschichten Aus dem Wienerwald was commissioned by Bregenz Festival and received a critically-acclaimed German premiere at Komische Oper Berlin in May 2016:


"Gruber has created a musically multicoloured, shimmering opera, and enriched it with quotations echoing Viennese music, Alban Berg and Richard Strauss, songs and cabaret of the 1920s. The premiere at the Bregenz Festival was a huge success, and this was repeated at the Komische Oper Berlin."
Opernnetz


"Gruber has created a score from the best that new music can offer… The work is a portrait of how people, although they put up a superhuman fight, can break down forlorn. It is thanks to this most original of Austrian composers, that an opera has been created out of the play, and one of such impressiveness that it deserves to be performed on every operatic stage from New York to Tokyo…"
Neues Deutschland

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HK Gruber: European premiere of Piano Concerto with Emmanuel Ax & the Berliner Philharmoniker

02 March 2017

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HK Gruber’s Piano Concerto receives its European premiere on 16 March 2017 at the Berliner Philharmonie from the Berliner Philharmoniker and Emmanuel Ax, conducted by Sir Simon Rattle. There are repeat performances on 17 and 18 March, and the final performance will be broadcast live on the Digital Concert Hall. Gruber’s Piano Concerto received its world premiere from the Ax and the New York Philharmonic in January this year to widespread critical acclaim:


".. his is an intricate and provocative score, a 24-minute single-movement concerto that unfolds with inexorable sweep and rhythmic persistence... The piano continues to twist and turn, with dreamy harmonies segueing into frenetic, toccata-like eruptions. The orchestra sometimes swells with startling Expressionist angst."
New York Times


"It toys knowingly with jazz, swing, pop, serialism and even a touch of old-fashioned romanticism...dispatched with benign dedication, also enduring and endearing strength, by Emanuel Ax."
Financial Times


Gruber’s Piano Concerto is co-commissioned by the New York Philharmonic, Berliner Philharmoniker, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic and Tonhalle Zürich.

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HK Gruber performs Frankenstein!! with Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne & Joshua Weilerstein

20 February 2017

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HK Gruber travel to Switzerland this month to join the Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne as chansonnier in Frankenstein!! under the baton of Joshua Weilerstein on 6 and 7 March 2017. Frankenstein!!, a “pan-demonium" for chansonnier and orchestra, is one of Gruber’s most popular and enduring works and has been performed over 600 times since its premiere in 1978.


Gruber then joins his regular collaborators Ensemble Modern to conduct a programme of Weill and Gershwin at Marienkirche Dessau on 12 March. Gruber conducts Weill Suite Marie Galante and Symphony No.2 and Gershwin Rhapsody in Blue, joined by Ueli Wiget as soloist.


Weilerstein, the Artistic Director of the OCL, then travels to North America for concerts with the Indianapolis Symphony and Vancouver Symphony Orchestras.

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Triumphant world premiere for HK Gruber's Piano Concerto with New York Philharmonic

15 January 2017

HK Gruber’s Piano Concerto received an outstanding premiere by Emanuel Ax and the New York Philharmonic, conducted by Alan Gilbert. Gruber’s Piano Concerto, co-commissioned by the New York Philharmonic, Berliner Philharmoniker, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic and Tonhalle Zürich, was unveiled at the Lincoln Centre on 5 January to acclaim from the press and public alike. The concerto was lauded as “intricate and provocative” and was met with multiple ovations.


The concerto is the latest in a sequence of concertos from Gruber and was composed for Emanuel Ax, who travels on to Berlin for the European premiere with the Berliner Philharmoniker, conducted by Sir Simon Rattle, on 16 March 2017.


"Emanuel Ax, for whom Mr. Gruber wrote this episodic, hurtling work, was the commanding soloist... This is an intricate and provocative score, a 24-minute single-movement concerto that unfolds with inexorable sweep and rhythmic persistence... The piano continues to twist and turn, with dreamy harmonies segueing into frenetic, toccata-like eruptions. The orchestra sometimes swells with startling Expressionist angst. Yet for all the gnashing harmonies and splintered phrases, the music is run through with hints of Kurt Weill cabaret. There is almost always some jaunty, rhythmic riff bustling in the orchestra. "
New York Times, January 2017


"It toys knowingly with jazz, swing, pop, serialism and even a touch of old-fashioned romanticism. The demanding piece, which spans only 20 hectic minutes, was ambitiously commissioned by New York in conjunction with Stockholm, Berlin (the Philharmonic) and Zurich. It was dispatched with benign dedication, also enduring and endearing strength, by Emanuel Ax… the crescendo of approval was well deserved.”
Financial Times, January 2017


"Gruber’s lively, attractive piece spoke directly to the audience in accents jazzy one moment and Romantic the next... glittering, Gershwin-like piano syncopations and lush orchestral sonorities à la Rachmaninoff."
New York Classical Review, January 2017

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HK Gruber's Piano Concerto receives world premiere at Lincoln Center from Emanuel Ax & the New York Philharmonic

22 December 2016

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Emanuel Ax gives the world premiere performance of HK Gruber’s Piano Concerto at Lincoln Center on 5 January 2017 with The New York Philharmonic, conducted by Alan Gilbert. The piece is repeated on 6 and 7 January This commission continues Gruber’s longstanding relationship with New York Philharmonic, who have also performed Frankenstein!!, Aerial and his chamber opera Gloria von Jaxtberg in recent years.


Describing composing the Piano Concerto Gruber has said:


“I've never been interested in virtuosity for its own sake, though the work is written specifically for the hands and musical gifts of Manny Ax. In all my concertos I've viewed the soloist as at the tip of a symphonic iceberg. The orchestra provides an echo chamber for the material of the pianist, whose 'factual' discourse is resonated through tuned percussion and harp. The work, progressing through a chain of developing variations, is closest in form to a Sinfonietta with piano solo.”


The European premiere follows on 16 March 2017 with the Berliner Philharmoniker, conducted by Simon Rattle, at the Philharmonie. Gruber’s Piano Concerto is co-commissioned by the New York Philharmonic, Berliner Philharmoniker, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic and Tonhalle Zürich.

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HK Gruber returns to Bamberger Symphoniker to conduct New Year’s Silvester concert

17 December 2016

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HK Gruber conducts the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra in a New Year’s Silvester concerts at Konzerthalle Bamberg on 31 December 2016. Gruber also performs as chansonnier in a programme typical of his much-celebrated New Year’s concerts, comprising of several pieces by Weill and Gershwin, as well as works by Stravinsky, Antheil and Bernstein. Gruber and the orchestra are also joined for the concert by soprano Tora Augestad.


Gruber then travels to New York for the world premiere of his Piano Concerto with Emanuel Ax and the New York Philharmonic on 5 January 2017.

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HK Gruber conducts Colin Currie in US premiere of into the open... with New World Symphony Orchestra

19 November 2016

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Colin Currie joins HK Gruber and the New World Symphony Orchestra on 3 December 2016 to give the US premiere of Gruber's into the open… at the New World Centre, Florida. A single movement concerto, into the open… is scored for a vast panoply of solo percussion, including Thai gongs, Caribbean cencerros and African balaphone, and orchestra.


Gruber conducts the full programme, which also includes Bernd Richard Deutsch Mad Dog and Kurt Schwertsik Nachtmusiken.


Currie gave the world premiere of into the open… at the BBC Proms in July 2015 to critical acclaim:


“Soloist Colin Currie, wonderful and heroic, darted among his 24 instruments... Vibraphone and marimba shimmered, cowbells tinkled, congas popped — all radiating distinct pitches often shared with the equally colourful orchestra.”
Times, July 2015

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HK Gruber conducts the Mozarteum Orchestra in Salzburg

23 October 2016

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HK Gruber makes a return to the Mozarteum Orchestra on 6 November 2016 to conduct them in concert at Großes Festspielhaus, Salzburg. He conducts a programme of Stravinsky, Schwertsik, Lindberg Clarinet Concert, joined by Mark Simpson as soloist, and his own Dancing in the Dark.


Gruber then travels to the US at the end of the month, where he conducts the New World Symphony and Colin Currie in the US premiere of into the open…

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HK Gruber conducts Mahler Chamber Orchestra at inaugural Malmö Chamber Music Festival

10 September 2016

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Malmö Chamber Music Festival

HK Gruber travels to Malmö this month to perform at the first Malmö Chamber Music Festival from 24 September 2016. Gruber performs as chansonnier and conductor in two concerts, and his music features across the full five days of the festival. Gruber performs in Klubb Krinolin on 24 September and at Malmö Koncerthus on 25 September in the Grande Finale Concert where he conducts the Mahler Chamber Orchestra in his 3 MOB Pieces.


The festival is under the artistic directorship of Håkan Hardenberger, a long-time colleague and collaborator of Gruber. Gruber and Hardenberger recently performed at Chamber Prom Number 4 of the BBC Proms to wide critical acclaim:


".. a curtainraiser of a typically quirky kind... relaxed spirits and virtuoso musicianship saw the performers through... People who have not tried out one of these niche lunchtime events at Cadogan Hall do not know what they have missed."
Financial Times, August 2016


"Superior light music with a sting, done at the highest level.. Gruber wields his gravel with a Lieder-singer's art, and gave us immaculate comic timing..."
Arts Desk, August 2016

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Intermusica at the Grafenegg Festival 2016

26 August 2016

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Renaud Capuçon
Brett Dean
Martyn Brabbins

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Grafenegg Festival

George Li, Valentina Naforniţa and Renaud Capuçon all perform at Grafenegg Festival this summer, while composers Brett Dean and HK Gruber join the jury of the festival’s composer workshop concert, and Martyn Brabbins supports the workshop participants.


On 4 September, George Li joins the Mariinsky Orchestra and Valery Gergiev as soloist in Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No.1. Later that day, Renaud Capuçon appears with Orchestre National de France and Christoph Eschenbach to perform Saint-Saëns Violin Concerto No.3.


Valentina Naforniţa sings Mozart concert arias with the Cologne Radio Orchestra and Jukka-Pekka Saraste on 8 September.


Brett Dean and HK Gruber return to the Festival to sit on the jury of its Ink Still Wet Composer-Conductor Workshop. With the support of the Tonkunstler Orchestra and Martyn Brabbins, contemporary composers will have their work showcased in the workshop’s closing concert on 5 September. Both Dean and Gruber have held the post of Composer-in-Residence at the festival in previous years.

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HK Gruber performs at BBC Proms and Salzburg Festival

25 July 2016

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BBC Proms (8 August)
BBC Proms (10 August)

HK Gruber returns to the BBC Proms on 8 August 2016, joining Håkan Hardenberger and the Academy of St Martin in the Fields in a Chamber Prom at Cadogan Hall. Gruber, widely acknowledged as one of today's leading interpreters of Kurt Weill, will join the ensemble to perform as chansonnier in a selection of Weill songs, and will conduct his own 3 MOB Pieces. Elsewhere at the Proms Gruber’s Busking will be performed by the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Hardenberger on 10 August.


Gruber then travels to Salzburg where he conducts the Österreichisches Ensemble für Neue Musik at Salzburg Festival in a programme of Cerha Keintate and Quellen, Gruber Zeitflüren and Schwertsik Adieu Satie on 13 August.

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HK Gruber joins Ensemble Modern for special portrait concert at Oper Frankfurt

31 May 2016

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Oper Frankfurt

HK Gruber joins long-time collaborators Ensemble Modern at Oper Frankfurt on 13 June 2016 for ‘Happy New Ears’, a special portrait concert focussing on his work. Gruber conducts the ensemble in his MOB Pieces and also performs as chansonnier in Frankenstein!!.


Following the concert with Ensemble Modern, Gruber travels to London to perform alongside Håkan Hardenberger and the Academy of St Martin in the Fields at the BBC Proms. 

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HK Gruber: Tales from the Vienna Woods receives German premiere at Komische Oper Berlin

08 May 2016

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HK Gruber’s opera Geschichten aus dem Wiener Wald (Tales from the Vienna Woods) receives its German premiere at Komische Oper Berlin on 22 May 2016. The opera received its world premiere at Bregenz Festival in July 2014 and was most recently performed at Theater an der Wien in March 2015, conducted by Gruber himself.


Gruber’s score “blends echoes of Berg and Weill with the composer’s unique sense of irony and dark humour”. This production is directed by Michał Zadara and features Cornelia Zink and Tom Erik Lie in lead roles.


Gruber also appears in a chamber concert at the Komische Oper on 30 May performing Frankenstein!! alongside members of the Komische Oper orchestra. Tales from the Vienna Wood runs until 7 July.

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HK Gruber returns to the BBC Philharmonic with Mark Simpson

03 February 2016

HK Gruber returns to conduct the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra in a studio concert on 17 February 2016 in a programme of Sir James MacMillan Stomp, Stravinsky Four Norwegian Impressions and Magnus Lindberg Clarinet Concerto, with soloist Mark Simpson. Gruber has worked extensively with the BBC Philharmonic since his appointment as Composer/Conductor in 2009, with recent highlights including the world premiere of Gruber’s into the open… percussion concerto with Colin Currie at the 2015 BBC Proms.


Gruber then travels to Germany where he joins his regular collaborators Ensemble Modern for several performances of Weill The Threepenny Opera.

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Colin Currie gives Austrian premiere of HK Gruber's Into the open... with the Wiener Symphoniker

01 November 2015

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Colin Currie gives the Austrian premiere performance of HK Gruber’s Into The Open… for percussion and orchestra with the Vienna Symphony conducted by Erik Nielsen on 15 November 2015, as part of Wien Modern. Into The Open… is scored for a huge number of different instruments and requires the soloist to change instruments frequently, often in a very short space of time.


The world premiere of Into The Open… took place at the BBC Proms on 20 July, receiving outstanding reviews in the press:


“The orchestral writing is arduous and virtuosic, the form unfolding in a continuous development, not unlike a Birtwistle score.”
Sunday Times, July 2015


“Soloist Colin Currie, wonderful and heroic, darted among his 24 instruments... Vibraphone and marimba shimmered, cowbells tinkled, congas popped — all radiating distinct pitches often shared with the equally colourful orchestra.” Times, July 2015


“The work starts off tautly, with the soloist’s notes captured and sustained by the orchestra, leaving a kind of aura; unlike Gruber’s previous percussion concerto, this one is dominated by tuned instruments... Currie has been a champion of Gruber’s first percussion concerto and was a compelling performer here, dashing across the stage between clusters of instruments – including a cajon, a rattly, box-shaped drum that one taps and thumps while sitting on it.”
Guardian, July 2015

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HK Gruber performs Frankenstein!! at Leipzig Gewandhaus with MDR Leipzig

08 October 2015

HK Gruber travels to Leipzig for a performance of the orchestral version of his famous Frankenstein!! at the Leipzig Gewandhaus on 22 October 2015. Gruber performs as chansonnier alongside the MDR Leipzig Radio Symphony Orchestra and conductor Kristjan Jarvi.


Frankenstein!!, described as “a postmodern classic” by Musical America, is one of Gruber’s most popular and enduring works, and has been the basis for his reputation as a chansonnier. He performs Frankenstein!! at Komische Oper Berlin later in the season.

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HK Gruber and Ensemble Modern perform at Friedrich Cerha Day at Wigmore Hall

26 September 2015

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HK Gruber joins his regular collaborators Ensemble Modern for Wigmore Hall’s Friedrich Cerha Day on 10 October 2015. Together they perform Cerha’s Keintate, with Gruber as Chansonnier. Keintate is inspired by Cerha’s days spent playing in Viennese folk bands, and features the verse of Ernst Kein.


HK Gruber and Ensemble Modern will perform Keintate again in November with a second concert at Hessian State Theatre in Wiesbaden, Germany.

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HK Gruber conducts Threepenny Opera with Ensemble Modern at Salzburg Festival

01 August 2015

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Following his recent appearance conducting the Salzburg Festival's opening concert with the Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra, HK Gruber returns to the festival on 15 August 2015 for a concert performance of Weill's The Threepenny Opera with Ensemble Modern. Gruber, widely acknowledged as one of today's leading interpreters of Kurt Weill, conducts a cast including Max Raabe, Hanna Schwarz and Ute Gfrerer, all of whom performed on his acclaimed 1999 recording for BMG. Gruber also speaks in the Festival's symposium on Bertolt Brecht earlier the same day.


Gruber frequently collaborates with Ensemble Modern having recently conducted the ensemble in a performance of The Threepenny Opera in Dessau last February.‎ 

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Colin Currie gives HK Gruber world premiere at BBC Proms

06 July 2015

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On 20 July 2015, Colin Currie gives the world premiere performance of HK Gruber’s into the open… for percussion and orchestra with the BBC Philhamonic Orchestra at the BBC Proms. John Storgårds conducts the concert at the Royal Albert Hall. into the open… is scored for a wide array of solo percussion including instruments such as Thai gongs, Caribbean cencerros and African balaphone.


Currie and Gruber have enjoyed working together many times in the past, with Currie performing Gruber’s earlier percussion concerto Rough Music around the world, most recently with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra in Manchester in 2013.


Currie gives the Austrian premiere of into the open at Wien Modern Festival in November 2015, conducted by Erik Nielsen.

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HK Gruber & Colin Currie: Kurt Schwertsik 80th birthday concert at Wiener Konzerthaus

01 June 2015

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HK Gruber conducts ensemble “die reihe” at the Vienna Konzerthaus on 15 June 2015, in celebration of Kurt Schwertsik’s 80th birthday, and inlcuding a performance of Schwertsik’s marimba concerto Now you hear me, now you don’t with soloist Colin Currie. The composer will be in attendance for this special concert. The full programme is:


Kurt Schwertsik: Compagnie Masquerade, Op.93
Kurt Schwertsik: Equi Libri Stique, Op.87
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Kurt Schwertsik: Die Wahrheit ist, man hat mir nichts getan, Op.103
Kurt Schwertsik: Now you hear me, now you don't, Op.102


Gruber and Schwertsik’s long-standing friendship has led Gruber to conduct Schwertsik’s music elsewhere this season in celebration of the composer’s 80th birthday, most recently in April 2015 with Schwertsik’s Baumgesänge, performed by the BBC Philharmonic at Bridgewater Hall.


Currie and Gruber have also worked together many times with great success, and Currie regularly performs Gruber’s percussion concerto, Rough Music. This July, Currie gives the world premiere performance of Gruber’s into the open for percussion and orchestra and returns to Vienna in November to give the Austrian premiere at the Konzerthaus as part of Wien Modern festival.

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HK Gruber's Aerial performed by Berliner Philharmoniker

15 April 2015

In April 2015, the Berliner Philharmoniker perform HK Gruber’s trumpet concerto Aerial, with Hakan Hardenberger as soloist and the composer in attendance.


Andris Nelsons conducts three performances on 23, 24 and 25 April at the Berliner Philharmonie, with Mahler’s Symphony No. 5 in the second half of the programme.


Aerial was written for Hardenberger, who has since performed it nearly 70 times since he gave the world premiere performance at the BBC Proms in 1999. Earlier this season in February 2015, Hardenberger performed Aerial with the Philharmonia Orchestra, again conducted by Nelsons.


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HK Gruber conducts Tales from the Vienna Woods at Theater an der Wien

28 February 2015

HK Gruber’s new opera Geschichten aus dem Wiener Wald (Tales from the Vienna Woods) opens at Theater an der Wien on 14 March, for a run of performances conducted by Gruber himself. This is the first revival after its outstanding premiere at the Bregenz Festival in July 2014.


Based on the bitter-sweet, bitingly satirical play of the same name by Ödön von Horváth, with a libretto by Michael Sturminger (also director in this production), Gruber’s score blends echoes of Berg and Weill with the composer’s unique sense of irony and dark humour.


The cast includes many from the Bregenz world premiere including Ilse Eerens in the central role of the young girl Marianne, and Angelika Kirchschlager as Valerie.


Read some of the reviews from the opera's world premiere in Bregenz:


"A magnificent new opera is born... While Horváth’s language may look harsh on the printed page, Gruber and Sturminger have found the absurd humor in his words..."
Musical America


"The piece goes straight to the heart… superb craftsmanship.... Out of the ‘Beautiful Blue Danube’ Gruber fashions a dance on the edge of the abyss, full of lust and greed, with the help of an out-of-tune tinkly piano and exquisitely stretched out string figurations… Gruber loves his Marianne. He writes ariosi for her and music of the deepest despair…"
Süddeutsche Zeitung


"A superb cast gave meticulous polish to Gruber’s vocal lines, which closely followed the rhythms of Horváth’s words, sat well, and hovered between tonality and fragmentation…"
Financial Times


"HK Gruber’s score displays his immense skills, with an enormous breadth of tonal colours and instrumental effects, and at the same time a transparency and airiness so the voices are never obscured… The skilful, extremely melodious, tonal mixture of elements from Bernstein, Weill, Eisler and Schreker, the night club scene with a jazz combo, and the aria Your tiny hand is frozen from Puccini’s La Bohème sung live through a gramophone funnel, lend Gruber’s new work the aura of a Zeitoper."
Neue Musikzeitung


"Gruber could not resist weaving deconstructed snatches of the famous Strauss waltz into his fascinating, often beguiling orchestral fabric... this new, very well made opera deserves to travel as much as Horváth's play."
Opera 

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HK Gruber conducts Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra in New Year’s Silvester concerts

17 December 2014

HK Gruber travels to Dresden to conduct the Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra in three sold-out New Year’s Silvester concerts at the Albertinum on 31 December and 1 January.


Gruber conducts a programme typical of his much -elebrated New Year’s concerts, comprising several pieces by Weill and Strauss as well as works by Hindemith, Antheil and Bernstein.


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Triumphant premiere for new HK Gruber opera at Bregenz Festival

01 September 2014

Tales from the Vienna Woods, the new opera by HK Gruber, enjoyed an outstanding premiere at the Bregenz Festival in July, and travels on to the Theater an der Wien in March 2015.


HK Gruber’s new opera, Tales from the Vienna Woods, based on Horváth’s bitter-sweet play set in the social turmoil of the late-1920s, was unveiled at the Bregenz Festival in July to acclaim from press and audiences alike. Blending echoes of Berg and Weill with Gruber’s unique sense of irony, the opera was lauded as a summatory work in the composer’s output. Conducted by Gruber in Bregenz, the production by Michael Sturminger, who is also the librettist, travels on to the Theater an der Wien in March 2015 again with the composer conducting.


Gruber conducted an impressive cast, including Ilse Eerens in the central role of the young girl Marianne, attempting to escape the oppressive social conventions and deprivation after the collapse of the Habsburg Empire; Angelika Kirchschlager as the seductive tobacconist Valerie; and a cameo from Anja Silja as the murderous grandmother of Marianne’s feckless lover. The Bregenz premiere was the final highlight of David Pountney’s tenure as Artistic Director of the festival, which also featured a staging of Gruber’s pigtale Gloria by Mahogany Opera Group and a selection of the composer's orchestral works.


"A magnificent new opera is born... While Horváth’s language may look harsh on the printed page, Gruber and Sturminger have found the absurd humor in his words..."
Musical America


"The piece goes straight to the heart… superb craftsmanship.... Out of the ‘Beautiful Blue Danube’ Gruber fashions a dance on the edge of the abyss, full of lust and greed, with the help of an out-of-tune tinkly piano and exquisitely stretched out string figurations… Gruber loves his Marianne. He writes ariosi for her and music of the deepest despair…"
Süddeutsche Zeitung


"A superb cast gave meticulous polish to Gruber’s vocal lines, which closely followed the rhythms of Horváth’s words, sat well, and hovered between tonality and fragmentation…"
Financial Times


"HK Gruber’s score displays his immense skills, with an enormous breadth of tonal colours and instrumental effects, and at the same time a transparency and airiness so the voices are never obscured… The skilful, extremely melodious, tonal mixture of elements from Bernstein, Weill, Eisler and Schreker, the night club scene with a jazz combo, and the aria 'Your tiny hand' is frozen from Puccini’s La Bohème sung live through a gramophone funnel, lend Gruber’s new work the aura of a Zeitoper."
Neue Musikzeitung


"Gruber could not resist weaving deconstructed snatches of the famous Strauss waltz into his fascinating, often beguiling orchestral fabric... this new, very well made opera deserves to travel as much as Horváth's play."
Opera


"The opera Tales from the Vienna Woods is a handcrafted masterpiece."
Stuttgarter Nachrichten

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HK Gruber conducts Orchestra Philharmonique de Radio France with Anne Sofie von Otter

01 November 2013

On 15 November, HK Gruber returns to Paris to conduct the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France in a concert of Kurt Weill with Anne Sofie von Otter. The programme features Seven Deadly Sins, Kleine Dreigroschenmusik, Surabaya Jonny, I Am A Stranger Here Myself, Speak Low and Saga of Jenny (from Lady in the Dark).


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Gruber recently opened his fifth season as Composer/Conductor of the BBC Philharmonic with a concert at Manchester’s Bridgewater Hall on 18 October. Other highlights of the 2013/14 season include conducting Dresden Philharmonic and BBC Philharmonic, and Chansonnier performances with Strasbourg Philharmonic and Vienna Symphony. Gruber will also conduct the world premiere of his new opera at the Bregenz Festival.

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HK Gruber returns to the Seattle Symphony Orchestra

08 April 2013

This month, HK Gruber returns to the US to conduct two concerts with the Seattle Symphony Orchestra. On 18 April, the concert opens with Antheil’s Jazz Symphony, and is followed by Gruber’s percussion concerto Rough Music, with Seattle Symphony percussionist Michael Werner as soloist. The second half comprises the Symphonic Suite from Bernstein’s On The Waterfront and the concert closes with Stravinsky’s Firebird Suite.


Gruber reprises sections of the programme when he conducts an additional concert on 20 May: the Seattle Symphony’s Kids’ Concert, aimed at children aged between 5 and 12 years old.

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HK Gruber and BBC Philharmonic tour to Wiener Konzerthaus

07 March 2013

Intermusica is pleased to be touring HK Gruber and the BBC Philharmonic to Austria for two concerts at the Wiener Konzerthaus this month.


Celebrating Gruber’s 70th birthday and the 100th anniversary of the Konzerthaus, the BBC Philharmonic’s residency there marks the special relationship that has established between composer, orchestra and concert hall.


Gruber is currently Composer and Conductor in residence with the BBC Philharmonic, conducting several concerts every season since his appointment in 2009. The concerts in Vienna on this tour will also feature two of Gruber’s own compositions.


The first concert on 18 March features music by Gruber, Schwertsik and Stravinsky. Opening with Gruber’s Northwind Pictures and Schwertsik’s Nachtmusiken, the concert’s second half features a special performance of Stravinsky’s Oedipus Rex with a stellar cast featuring Ian Bostridge as Oedipus and Angelika Kirchslager as Jocasta as well as Intermusica bass Matthew Best as Tiresias.


The second concert on 19 March also features Ian Bostridge, who will be joined on stage by horn player Stefan Dohr for a performance of Britten’s Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings. The concert also features Gruber’s Dancing in the Dark, James MacMillan’s The Sacrifice: Three Interludes, and the Overture and Suite: Three Dance Episodes from Bernstein’s On the Town. Bernstein’s Overture to On the Town was only recently discovered in archives and this performance of the piece will mark its Austrian premiere.


Gruber and the BBC Philharmonic will also be performing together the previous week on 13 March at the Bridgewater Hall in Manchester. In preparation for the two concerts in Vienna, the concert will also feature the MacMillan, the Britten and the Stravinsky with the same cast that will be travelling to Austria.


Click here for further information about the concerts at the Wiener Konzerthaus.


Watch HK Gruber conduct the BBC Philharmonic and soloists Ian Bostridge, Angelika Kirchslager and Matthew Best in a performance of Stravinsky's Oedipus Rex: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S8VrXuVH_X0 

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HK Gruber and BBC Philharmonic tour to Wiener Konzerthaus

07 March 2013

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Intermusica is pleased to be touring HK Gruber and the BBC Philharmonic to Austria for two concerts at the Wiener Konzerthaus this month.


Celebrating Gruber’s 70th birthday and the 100th anniversary of the Konzerthaus, the BBC Philharmonic’s residency there marks the special relationship that has established between composer, orchestra and concert hall.


Gruber is currently Composer and Conductor in residence with the BBC Philharmonic, conducting several concerts every season since his appointment in 2009. The concerts in Vienna on this tour will also feature two of Gruber’s own compositions.


The first concert on 18 March features music by Gruber, Schwertsik and Stravinsky. Opening with Gruber’s Northwind Pictures and Schwertsik’s Nachtmusiken, the concert’s second half features a special performance of Stravinsky’s Oedipus Rex with a stellar cast featuring Ian Bostridge as Oedipus and Angelika Kirchslager as Jocasta as well as Intermusica bass Matthew Best as Tiresias.


The second concert on 19 March also features Ian Bostridge, who will be joined on stage by horn player Stefan Dohr for a performance of Britten’s Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings. The concert also features Gruber’s Dancing in the Dark, James MacMillan’s The Sacrifice: Three Interludes, and the Overture and Suite: Three Dance Episodes from Bernstein’s On the Town. Bernstein’s Overture to On the Town was only recently discovered in archives and this performance of the piece will mark its Austrian premiere.


Gruber and the BBC Philharmonic will also be performing together the previous week on 13 March at the Bridgewater Hall in Manchester. In preparation for the two concerts in Vienna, the concert will also feature the MacMillan, the Britten and the Stravinsky with the same cast that will be travelling to Austria.

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