The vocal ensemble Neue Vocalsolisten of Stuttgart will receive the Leone d'argento (Silver Lion) for the creative collaboration with some of the greatest living contemporary composers and for the development of an a cappella vocal repertoire in the field of contemporary writing.
The Leone d'argento award ceremony will take place on 20 September at 12 in the Sala delle Colonne at Ca' Giustinian. The award ceremony will be followed by a meeting with the Neue Vocalsolisten.
On Sunday 19th September, at 4:00 pm, in the Tesa III of the Arsenale, the Neue Vocalsolisten will present two world premieres: a work for voices and electronics by the American composer George Lewis, commissioned by the Biennale Musica, and "Die Einfachen", a work of vocal theatre in concert for six solo voices by the Russian composer Sergej Newski.
The Neue Vocalsolisten is the most important and representative vocal ensemble specialized in contemporary music. It consists of seven exceptional soloists, whose interpretations distinguished themselves for their theatricality and dramaturgical effectiveness, allowing the uniqueness of each voice and the strong personality of each group member to emerge.
Johanna Zimmer, soprano, Susanne Leitz-Lorey, lyric soprano, Truike van der Poel, mezzo-soprano, Daniel Gloger, countertenor, Martin Nagy, tenor, Guillermo Anzorena, baritone and Andrea Fisher, bass, form an ensemble that offers a laboratory in which the voice and vocal dramaturgy can be experimented, as well as an open group discussion on contemporary vocal techniques and the significance of ensemble singing in its historical perspective and future potential.
For great composers such as Salvatore Sciarrino and Georges Aperghis, the Neue Vocalsolisten represents a a forge for new voices and the broadest and most articulate vocal techniques, an extraordinary training ground preparing to opera writing.