Summer 2016 Highlights

Saariaho concert unter the brilliant Robert Spano and the expanded Aspen Chmaber Orchestra (also pictured, left, flutist Mark Sparks). Followed by hiking in the Rockies!

CH with Sparks&Spano


CH at notch










Before that:

Peter Sellars' OJAI! Offering Saariaho's SOMBRE with old and new friends:

Ojai shell







Sombre line-up CH & Peter Sellars







and Båstad, Sweden, with music from Schulhoff to Staern…

CH&Staern&co Schulhoff trio







And before that, Schwetzingen, Germany — more Saariaho, in three concerts:

Schwetzingen Schwetzingen Trio


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Update 2015

2015 began with concerts and readings in Paris and Berlin to launch Vol. 5 of the journal Music & Literature, followed by concerts at the Delank Gallery in Berlin and in a wonderful concert hall in Kuopio, Finland. In between I heard some amazing ensembles while on the jury for the "Landeswettbewerb" of "Jugend Musiziert" (like the State level of Solo- and Ensemble Contest), and taught master classes and lead flute ensembles both at the Flute Day in Hagen, Germany and at the Finnish Flute Festival in Kuopio.

Next up was the Swiss premiere of Kaija Saariaho's SOMBRE for Bass Flute, Voice, Percussion, Harp and Double Bass (and yes, this is the order preinted on the score…) in a concert featuring Kaija's music at the Sacher Foundation in Basel.




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Lyon, March 29, 2014

Distant Mirrors, Garden of Dreams
Camilla Hoitenga plays in an extraordinary performance – live from Lyon and simultaneously happening in New York!

Le Jardin des Songes is an interactive visual and musical installation to be presented by Le Musées Gadagne at Lyon in the context of the Biennale Musiques en Scène 2014. The installation features people in two different places, Lyon and New York, simultaneously communicating their dreams via internet and mobile phone.
Camilla Hoitenga is participating in an extension of this installation, a musical project called "Miroirs distants", a multimedia installation and concert conceived and composed by Jean-Baptiste Barrière and presented by La journée Cumulus.
Two flutists – Camilla Hoitenga in Lyon and Margaret Lancaster in New York – will play pre-prepared musical material, improvising by exploiting the environment offered by the Le Jardin des Songes while communicating musically and visually in real time via a large screen.
For Camilla, this is one more exciting experience in working with Jean-Baptiste Barrière.

Lyon (France), Musées Gadagne, March 29, 2014, 5 and 6 p.m.

Multimedia installation and concert, concept and composition, Jean-Baptiste Barriere
Flute: Camilla Hoitenga, Margaret Lancaster

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Clermont-Ferrand, February 14, 2014

Camilla Hoitenga plays two French Premieres of works by Kaija Saariaho

La Comédie, Clermont-Ferrand's national theatre, dedicates a concert of its music seasaon to Kaija
Saariaho. Under the title
Music for the Rothko Chapel, the program presents works by Ravel, Debussy, and, of course: Saariaho.
For Camilla Hoitenga this concert is once more a continuation of her intense and long lasting work with the Finnish composer.
Camilla will open the concert with Dolce Tormento, a work for piccolo solo Saariaho wrote for her in 2004. Her next appearance will be with another work by Saariaho, the French Premiere of the new version of Saariaho's Tocar for flute and harp, together with Heloïse Dautry (harp). Again together with Heloïse Dautry, Camilla will present extracts from Debussy's Six épigraphes antiques for flute and harp.
In the final piece of the concert, Camilla will play the solo bass flute in the French Premiere of Saariaho's Sombre for bass flute, baritone, harp, percussion and contrabass. This piece was inspired by the Rothko Chapel in Houston, Texas, and by three of Ezra Pound’s late Cantos. Camilla already performed the part of the bass flute, written for her, in the World Premiere on February 23 and 24, 2013 at the Rothko Chapel.

February 14, 2014 – Clermont-Ferrand (France), Opéra-théâtre, 8:30 p.m.


Music for the Rothko ChapelDetailed program

Saariaho: Dolce Tormento (2004) for piccolo solo
Ravel: Deux mélodies hébraïques, for baritone and harp
Saariaho: Tocar (1982) for flute and harp – French Premiere of the new version
Debussy: from Six épigraphes antiques for flute and harp
De La Presle: Le Jardin mouillé (1913) for harp solo
Kaija Saariaho, Sombre (2012) for bass flute, baritone, harp, percussion and contrabass – French Premiere

Camilla Hoitenga (flute) – Heloïse Dautry (harp) – Sombre Ensemble (Lionel Peintre, baritone, Norbert
Kraemer, percussion, Heloïse Dautry, harp, and Charlotte Testu, contrabass)

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August in Stockholm

European premiere of Sombre by Kaija Saariaho on August 23 in the Berwaldhallen
with Danny Belcher, Markus Leoson, Lisa Viguier, Ulla Ryman

Rehearsal photos:

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July in Finland….

Next up:
Concerts and teaching in Savonlinna

and in Kuhmo for the Chamber Music Festival! (See the photos on Kuhmo’s website!)

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Estonian Composers Festival in Tartu, Estonia

Flutists Camilla Hoitenga and Monika Mathiesen premiered Galina Grigorjeva‘s Antiphon for two flutes on a program with flute music by Kaija Saariaho and Helena Tulve, and music with chorus sung by Vox Clamantis.

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Beijing Modern Music Festival

May 18, 2013 in the spectacular Performing Arts Center in Beijing.

The concert was the Chinese premiere of Kaija Saariaho‘s flute concerto Aile du Songe with the Shenzen Symphony Orchestra.

Rehearsals were in Shenzen, partners for the concert were Robert Beaser and Bang-on-a-Can members, with whom good times were had!

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Concert update….

The highlight in March was presenting American classics at the German flute convention in Freiburg. With Cordula Hacke on piano, we played Copland’s Duo, Roy HarrisLyric Study, a movement from Charles Wuorinen‘s Sonata, and one from Eldin Burton‘s Sonatina. And in between I played Wuorinen’s Flute Variations II for solo flute.

Now it’s back to various premieres (Swiss* or World**) at the Gare Du Nord in Basel on April 8. This is the program, with Norbert Krämer on percussion, Xenia Narati on harp, and yours truly on all 4 flutes:

Michèle Rusconi – On A Whim (fl solo)*
Heinz Holliger – Sequenzen über Johannes I, 32 (hp solo)
Moritz Eggert – XeroX (fl/hp)**
Rène Leibowitz – Trois Caprices (perc solo)
Yoshihiro Kanno – Deep Sea Maze (fl/perc)*
Jovanka Trbojevic – The Wounded Angel (fl/perc)*
Pèter Koeszeghy – Utopie XIII “Eisblüten” (picc solo)*
Michèle Rusconi – dead men are heavier than broken hearts (fl/hp/perc)**

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February 2013

Premiere of Kaija Saariaho’s SOMBRE for bass flute, baritone, harp, percussion and contrabass
February 23 and 24 at the Rothko Chapel in Houston, Texas
This amazing piece was inspired by the chapel itself and by three of Ezra Pound’s late Cantos, for example this from CXX:

I have tried to write Paradise

Let the Gods forgive what I
have made
Let those I try to forgive
what I have made

(Before this, a flute master class and a composers class at UNM in Albuquerque, NM on the 15th and 19th, and a flute master class at Rice University in Houston on the 20th. )

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