Composer in residence
Marko Nikodijević

Marko Nikodijevic © Aleksandar Stanojevic

“Since working with Vladimir Jurowski for the first time in 2014 in Brussels and London, I really wanted to write a piece for him, and have it premiered with him. This composition has now matured for a long time and I am very happy that we can realise the project with the RSB, which I have already heard in several concerts and really appreciate.”(Marko Nikodijević)

For the 2019/2020 season, Vladimir Jurowski and the RSB have invited Marko Nikodijević as composer in residence. Born in Serbia, he studied composition in Belgrade between 1995 and 2003, before moving to Stuttgart in 2003, where he still lives today. From 2012 to 2013, he held a scholarship at the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris. In 2013, Marko Nikodijević received one of the three composer awards from the Ernst von Siemens Musikstiftung, and in 2014 he was awarded the German Music Authors’ Award in the young talent promotion category.

Deeply and sustainably influenced by Techno, he lets geometrical structures and digital technologies play a major role in his music. He likes to make use of works by other composers such as Gesualdo, Vivier or Liszt, sometimes only of the smallest nuclei of the music or computer-generated fragments, compressions, stretching and/or layering of the original works. Using computer algorithms, borrowing from electronic dance music and folk music, using live electronics and opulent orchestral lustre, he creates worlds of new sounds in which technical finesse meets sentimentality that touches and stirs.

Two of his compositions will be premiered by the RSB during the season, one conducted by Vladimir Jurowski and the other as part of “Ultraschall Berlin”. In another concert programme commemorating the end of the WWII 75 years ago, Vladimir Jurowski will conduct the orchestral work “cvetić, kućica … / la lugubre gondola” (2009), a funeral music for a 5-year-old girl who was murdered in the Kosovo war, based on the famous piano piece by Franz Liszt.

“Nikodijević’s obvious and less obvious connections to the technoid musical culture are, in addition to structural aspects, a much more fundamental phenomenon, which ultimately has something in common with Richard Wagner, Claude Vivier and the Berghain: that of unboundedness. A hypnotic withdrawal in transcendent spheres of hearing is also inherent in Nikodijević’s compositions; … “(Dirk Wieschollek, nmz 6/14).

Immerse yourself in the boundless sound worlds of Marko Nikodijević spanning over centuries!