September Updates: Festival appearances in France/New York, concerts in Hamburg, and some teaching on the side.

My most recent piece, “Memory Fragments: Trying to sing,” will be performed and premiered by the Hamburg based Trio Catch during their 2016/17 residency at Hamburg Hochschule für Musik und Theater. I’ve gotten to know this Trio through a series of masterclasses they put on at the Hamburg HfMT, and really understand their local “legend” reputation.

I have been unbelievably lucky to work with violinist, James McFadden-Talbot on my solo violin piece, “partitaTROPE”, which he commissioned me to write early last season. I could not be more happy with the outcome of this collaboration. Throughout the past couple of months he’s performed the piece all around Hamburg… even at his own inaugural “Festival de la Pelicàn” in France. A highlight of my move to Germany has been his performance of my work at the Laieszhalle, realizing a dream that I’ve had for years. James is planning on starting a commissioning project so keep on the lookout for him! Here is a link the performance: http://tristanxkoester.com/listening/partitatrope

I’m also extremely happy to announce that “partitaTROPE” has also been chosen to be performed by the Aeon Music Ensemble in New York City (NYU Steinhardt hall) on September 4th, 2016, as part of their inaugural NoiseGate Festival “Music for a sustainable planet” series.

After using chamber music as a “break” from composition, I’m glad to say that I’ve been performing and playing a lot more cello the past couple months. Thanks to my friends in the Silta Ensemble for really pushing me out of my comfort zone! I’ve received a teaching position at the Musik Atelier Ottensen and will be maintaining a studio of about 10 students in cello and music theory.

Upcoming Pieces:

I am also working on a large-scale symphonic work (estimated performance May 2017) and a small cello piece for a recording project with Greek cellist Michael Heupel(march 2017)! More details will be shared with the collaborating ensembles once contracts are finalized.