In 2009, The Phillips Collection joined forces with embassies in Washington to create a unique concert series for which leading European composers introduce their works with performers they select. The series is co-sponsored by The Phillips Collection and the George Washington University. Now in its fifth season, this year the opening Leading European Composers concert features the music of Slovenian composer Dušan Bavdek, performed by musicians from the Academy of Music in Ljubljana.
String Quartet No. 1
In partnership with the Embassy of the Republic of Slovenia in Washington, D.C.
Dušan Bavdek (b. 1971)
Born in Kranj, Slovenia, Dušan Bavdek studied composition at the Academy of Music in Ljubljana. He completed postgraduate studies in composition at the same institution and studied masterclasses with János Vajda and Helmut Lachenmann.
His compositions have been performed by Slovenian orchestras and choirs, throughout Europe and internationally, including at the UNESCO International Composers‘ Tribune (Paris), the ISCM World New Music Days (Hong Kong 2007, Sydney 2010), Festival d‘Orgues (Brussels), Six Continents Project (The Netherlands), Ljubljana Summer Festival, and by the Warsaw Chamber Opera.
Bavdek has received commissions from various Slovenian and international institutions and has collaborated with the Slovenian Philharmonic, Slovenian RTV Symphony Orchestra, Luxembourg Simfonietta, Neues ensemble, Avalon String Quartet, and Royal String Quartet (Warsaw), among others. Bavdek regularly gives lectures and masterclasses, and has adjudicated at several international festivals and competitions.
Since 2002 he has taught harmony and solfeggio (a singing technique used to teach pitch) at the Ljubljana Academy of Music. He is currently a board member of the European Composers Forum and artistic leader of the International Activities and the International Concerts of the Society of Slovene Composers.
The Construction Site New Music Ensemble perform an Intermezzo by Dušan Bavdek.