Composition for Chinese Traditional Instruments – Second online session

Further steps on our “special Silk Road”: on 4th November, the second online session of the INTERMusic program (Composition Output) was held, through the three-point connection Copenhagen-Milan-Vilnius.

As previously written, during this session the pieces of the selected Composition students from “G. Verdi” Conservatory of Milan and LMTA in Vilnius started to take shape under the skilled hands of the musicians of the Confucius Institute at the RDAM in Copenhagen.

A three-hours full immersion took place, during which the nine pieces of the composers (now half completed) have been rehearsed, once again discussing problems and technical solutions, and imagining possible developments.

It was a challenging session for both the composers and the performers: for the former, who are called to deal with little-known instruments and performing technics; for the latter, called to enter in a different musical culture and to face sometimes very demanding passages.

We are now looking forward for the next step, when the pieces will be completed and two of them will be selected for the performance at the Pulsar Festival, on 10th March 2020, in Copenhagen.

“Stay hungry, stay fool”

Paolo Rimoldi


Composition with Chinese Instruments: first session

Such an inspiring event! On October 9th 2019 the first online session of the Composition with Chinese Instruments course took place, within the frame of the INTERMusic project.

Through a tri-point connection, students from Milan Conservatory and Vilnius Academy have met a group of traditional Chinese instruments players, from the Confucius Institute at the Royal Danish Academy of Music in Copenhagen: a great all-women team, with their teacher, Prof. Tuan Hao Tan.
During a two hours lesson, the performers have introduced the instruments (pipa, guzheng, yangqin, guqin, zhongruan, erhu), showing some technical possibilities; then they have given a first reading of the drafts uploaded by the composers on the INTERMusic platform, discussing with them regarding further developments, correcting the unavoidables mistakes, answering the questions,…
It was a very exciting experience!
We are looking forward to the second online session, when the ideas of the composers will start to take shape through the hands of those awesome players.
“Keep going, going on” (L. Berio, Sinfonia)
Paolo Rimoldi