For its 2019 festival commission the Dresden Music Festival had the intriguing idea of commissioning a concerto from not one but three composers, spanning three different continents: Nico Muhly (USA), Zhou Long (China) and Sven.
The premiere perfomance today, with Jan Vogler on solo cello has been enthusiastically recieved.
Jan Vogler made a terrific champion for the piece, acting as the focus for the entire work. Robert Hugill
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Sven has been awarded with the Golden Stage Cross of Lithuania.
The prestigious award by the Ministry of Culture of Lithuania is honoring exceptional contributions to the Lithuanian theater and is the highest cultural decoration of the country.
Sven composed the music for the contemporary dance piece My Peter Pan, produced by Seiko Dance Company, choreographed and directed by its founder Agnija Seiko.
World renowned solo cellist Jan Vogler comissioned a new cello concerto to three of his favorite composers. Nico Muhly (USA), Zhou Long (China) and Sven will write one movement each for this piece, spanning three continents. Jan Vogler will premier it with WDR Symphony Orchestra under Cristian Macelaru at Dresden Music Festival on May 18th 2019.
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Tres Momentos, Sven's new piece for string orchestra and electronics will be released digitally on August 10th followed by a 10" Vinyl in September.
The live recording of the concert with Deutsches Kammerorchester Berlin will appear on the Neue Meister label.
Colombian puppeteer Omayra Martinez Garzon produced the music video for El Tercer Momento.
With the cover artwork, Sven Helbig quotes the 3,000-year-old Chinese oracle of I Ching.
Cover artwork by Ulrike Heise
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