Date / Place I

11 January 2020 Gare du Nord, Basel

Date / Place II

12 January 2020 Gare du Nord, Basel




Phœnix Satellite 2018/2019


Witold Lutosławski (1913–1994) “Dance Preludes” for chamber ensemble (1954/1959) – 7' “Chain 1” for chamber ensemble (1983) – 10' Victor Alexandru Coltea (*1986) “Block Chain” for ensemble (2018/19, WP, commission EPhB) – 15' Tobias Krebs (*1993) “treichle” for ensemble (2018/19, WP, commission EPhB) – 20' Hovik Sardaryan (*1993) “Višap” for ensemble (2018/19, WP, commission EPhB) – 20'


Jürg Henneberger
Christoph Bösch
flute, piccolo, alto flute, bass flute
Antje Thierbach
oboe, English horn
Toshiko Sakakibara
clarinet, clarinet in Eb, bass clarinet
Lucas Rößner
bassoon, contraforte
Aurélien Tschopp
Nenad Marković
Michael Büttler
Daniel Stalder
Ludovic Van Hellemont
piano, harpsichord
Friedemann Treiber
David Sonton
Petra Ackermann
Martin Jaggi
Aleksander Gabryś
double bass

Program description

In the season 2018/19 EPhB organized for the third time a biennial international composition workshop. In three preparatory modules (supported by the Swiss Arts Council “Pro Helvetia”) young composers get the opportunity to experiment with us as a professional ensemble of specialists over a period of 18 months at the beginning of their career. For the final fourth module – as an integral part of the concert series of EPhB – two selected graduates of the preparatory phase are commissioned to compose a new composition as a musical “commentary” on a central work of the 20th or 21st century. The new composition are to “orbit” this work as “satellites”, i.e. refer to or contrast with it. In 2020, the three satellites will revolve around Chain 1 by the Polish composer Witold Lutosławski, one of the key works of the 20th century that is far too little known in Central Europe.

In this third “Phoenix Satellite” competition, 1st prize goes to Hovik Sardaryan, 2nd prize ex aequo to Tobias Krebs and Victor Alexandru Coltea.