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The premiere of Elis Vesik's work in Arnold Schönberg Centre

On August 25, the world premiere of To Become a Tree by young composer Elis Vesik will take place in the prestigious Arnold Schönberg Centre in Vienna. The work for piano, flute, clarinet, violin and cello is performed by Belgian contemporary music ensemble Fractales.

In 2014, Elis Vesik participated in ISA, International Summer Academy of the mdw (University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna) in Mürzzuschlag, a small town in Austria. Her work as well as that of fellow participant Sonja Mutić, Serbia, was selected the best of the class and was therefore performed at the closing concert of the ISA festival in Vienna. The course was conducted by renowned French composer Yann Robin.

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After the summer academy it appeared that Vesik's work also received an award that included a commission to write a chamber piece for the 2016 Summer Academy Festival of the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna. The work will be performed by Fractales, a prestigious contemporary music ensemble from Belgium, which consists of young musicians and has been directed by the top collectives of contemporary music – Ictus and Spectra, as well as Ensemble Recherche and Klangforum Wein.

The Arnold Schönberg Centre was opened in Vienna in 1998. It has become the most important keeper of Schönberg’s heritage and cultural centre open to the public.

Elis Vesik graduated from the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre, majoring in composition under Helena Tulve, in 2015. She has also studied music in the master's programme of Lyon Conservatory under professor Robert Pascal and, specialising in electronic music, under Michele Tadini. In 2015, Vesik also debuted at the festival Estonian Music Days, where her work Stiihia was performed by violinists Triin Ruubel and Juta Õunapuu-Mocanita with the Tallinn Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Atvars Lakstigala.

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