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Music of our time
Aspekte Salzburg was founded in 1977 to offer an interesting concert program focusing on contemporary music in a superb quality of interpretation. In the thirty years since its inception a number of works by Austrian musicians and by internationally acclaimed 20th century composers were premiered in Salzburg. Special highlights include appearances by John Cage (1991), Mauricio Kagel (1989 and 1998), Iannis Xenakis (1982), Alexander Knaifel (1983), Brian Ferneyhough (1996) and Giya Kancheli (2000). The composer Ludwig Nussbichler has been the festival's artistic director since 2006.
Taking turns with the new Biennale Salzburg, the Aspekte Festival is held at the Mozarteum every other year. The concert program includes New Music by young, international composers or groups, important, beautiful and interesting classical music from the 20th century that is rarely or never performed (Wolpe, Scelsi, Webern, Partch, etc.), crossover music (Piazzola , border folklore, etc.) and non-European classical music (from Japan, China, Korea, Thailand, Vietnam, Africa, the Arabian countries, etc.).
The Austrian ensemble for New Music
The "OENM" (Austrian Ensemble for New Music) was founded in 1975 by the composers Klaus Ager and Ferenc Tornai. Since 1997 the ensemble has established an outstanding international reputation for its performance of New Music under the directorship of violinist Frank Stadler and cellist Peter Sigl. The ensemble works with young composers with the goal of introducing the latest trends in international music to the public and to provide a platform for the region's creative compositional talents, premiering nearly 300 works.
Collaboration with the Salzburg Festival and the Mozarteum's International Summer Academy began in the summer of 2002. The OENM regularly performs at the Salzburg Festival, the International Mozarteum Foundation's Dialogs Festival and at the Aspekte Festival.