The International Rostrum of Composers is an international forum of representatives from broadcasting organisations who come together for the purpose of exchanging and broadcasting contemporary music. The Rostrum was founded in 1954 as a flagship project of the International Music Council, the world's leading membership-based professional organisation dedicated to the promotion of the value of music in the lives of all peoples. This year's 59th edition of the Rostrum will be hosted for the first time in the project's history by Swedish Radio in Stockholm from May 22nd to 25th.
The conference was held in cooperation by the European Music Council (EMC) and Borusan Arts and Culture and was opened by UNESCO Director General Irina Bokova claiming the importance of musical diversity for societies in a globalised world.
The Forum provided a packed programme with panel discussions, workshops, project and paper presentations and wonderful concerts. Highly inspiring and interesting project and paper presentations showed the variety of musical projects in Europe and beyond – preparing the ground for new collaborations.
For more information please read the press release.
Alongside the 2nd European Forum on Music, taking place from 19 to 22 April in Istanbul, Turkey, the EMC Annual Meeting took place including elections for the EMC Board 2012–2014. The new board consists of
• Stef Coninx, Chairman (Belgium)
• Christian Höppner, Vice-Chair (Germany)
• Ian Smith Treasurer, (UK)
• Erling Aksdal (Norway)
• Claire Goddard (UK/Germany)
• Helena Maffli-Nissinen (Switzerland/Finland)
• Kaie Tanner (Estonia)
• Katharine Lane (UK) as a co-opted Working Group Youth member
For more information please read the press release on the 2nd European Forum on Music .
The celebration of the International Jazz Day is an important step to promote the values of jazz as an important historical art form which has contributed to promote intercultural dialogue, eradicate discrimination, promote respect for human rights and dignity, foster gender equality and reinforce the role of youth for social change. Proclaimed by UNESCO at its 36th General Conference in November 2011, the celebrations will take place worldwide on 30th April.
The MEGY project will culminate at the European Forum on Music in April in Istanbul which has the theme Transcending Boundaries – Building Bridges. Through workshops, plenary discussions and presentations, participants will explore the physical obstacles hindering musical exchange in Europe as well as discuss the role which music can play in overcoming borders – be it geographical, cultural or generational.
The Menuhin Competition is an international meeting point and festival celebrating exceptionally talented young musicians from across the globe. Currently it is taking place in the Central Conservatory of China in Beijing (for information in Chinese please see the following link: http://www.ccom.edu.cn/news). The first time in China it offers a unique meeting point for European and Chinese musicians and promote the dialogue between the two continents.
The Laureates of the 2011 New Talent Competition were announced after the two public chamber music concerts in Bratislava on Friday, 2 December 2011. These concerts were offered to EBU Members for live broadcast as part of the "pink offer" music exchanges. After the second round, the jury selected the following three finalists (in order of appearance during the final concert):
Kiril Stoyanov, percussion, Bulgaria
Karol Danis, violin, Slovakia
Ivett Gyöngyösi, piano, Hungary
After a successful launch of the project at the 4th IMC World Forum on Music with diverse youth-led events and the continuation with a workshop on cultural policy and work-shadowing in Paris, Bonn and Munich in December 2011, the next project activity is the Capacity-building workshop for young music professionals and Meeting of the IMC Youth Advisory Group (YAG).
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