Composer in Residence 2022/23: Helena Winkelman

Here you will find an overview of the activities within the project Composer in Residence 2022/23: Helena Winkelman.

«Ghost Songs» | Video Recording of the World Premiere

«Ghost Songs» | Lyrics and (German) Translations

The Festival Musikdorf Ernen promotes new music. Every year a composer receives a commission for a new work with the opportunity to spend 3 months working in Ernen. Helena Winkelman has been Composer in Residence 2022/23.

Helena Winkelman

Born into a family of musicians in Schaffhausen in 1974, the violinist and composer is considered one of the most interesting musical personalities in Switzerland. She combines new music approaches, jazz, rock, folk music and the tradition of the classical music history in one person and has received many awards, such as the Swiss Culture Prize 2017. An accomplished violinist and chamber musician, Helena has performed several times in the "Chamber Music Plus" series in Ernen.

For the Musikdorf Ernen, Helena Winkelman has written a large song cycle entitled Geisterlieder with settings of poems in numerous European languages. The work has been premiered on Saturday, 5 August 2023 by Christina Daletska (soprano), Christina Landshamer (mezzo-soprano), Rolf Romei (tenor) and Thomas Oliemans (baritone) as well as the ensemble of the Musikdorf Ernen.

The following works by Helena Winkelman have been performed in the summer of 2023 in Ernen:

Saturday, 29 October 2022
«Papa Haydn's Parrot. Hommage à Haydn» for String Quartet (2016)
Tami Pohjola, Larissa Cidlinsky, violins, Héloïse Houzé, viola and Léonardo Capezzali, violoncello

Tuesday, 1 August 2023
«Vis-à-vis Goya» 7 Miniatures for Cello and Piano (2019)
Francesco Dillon, violoncello and Alasdair Beatson, piano

Wednesday, 2 August 2023
«Aqua» from the Cycle «Aria, Ignis, Terra, Aqua» for Flute (2013)
Tomasz Sierant, Flöte

Saturday, 5 August 2023
«Geisterlieder» («Ghost Songs») | World Premiere – Commissioned by the Festivals Musikdorf Ernen
Christina Daletska, soprano, Christina Landshamer, mezzosoprano, Rolf Romei, tenor, und Thomas Oliemans, baritone, with the Ensemble of the Musikdorfs Ernen

Saturday, 9 September 2023
Nine Bagatelles from the «12 Visitations from the past» (2020)
Trio Zeitgeist: Tim Crawford, violin, Martin Egidi, violoncello, Martin Jollet, piano

Listen to the talk with Helena in the radio broadcast of 7 April

Read more about Helena Winkleman and her work in Ernen:

«Erforschen, was dahinter ist», November 2022, by Marianne Mühlemann

«Wenn ich nach Ernen komme, fühlt es sich wie ein Heimkommen an», October 2022, by Andreas Zurbriggen

The project "composer in residence 2022/23" was supported by the Loterie Romande, the Pro Helvetia – Schweizer Kulturstiftung and the SUISA Stiftung für Musik.