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Catherine Kontz Joins Composers Edition

It is with great pleasure that we welcome London-based Luxembourger Catherine Kontz to the Composers Edition family. Inherently playful and theatrical, Kontz’s practice draws on an eclectic array of influences and incorporates a wide range of performance contexts from the concert hall to theatre and opera, video to geo-located audio works. She likes bright colours, bold clashes, a bit of dissonance and always looks to catch a few beautiful moments along the way. In regular demand, Kontz has written for orchestras including BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and Solistes Européens Luxembourg, and is frequently programmed at festivals including Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, Philharmonie Luxembourg’s Rainy Days, Spitalfields and Musiciennes à Ouessant. Her stage works include operas for Grand Théâtre de Luxembourg and Canadian theatre company Tick Tock and a whole range of music theatre pieces for everything from soprano with electronics to knitting needles.

Catherine says;

I am thrilled to join Composers Edition. It will be exciting to make my music more widely available and reach out to performers and audiences who may not be familiar with it. 2021 looks to be a busy year with a large-scale commission for Chorus and Orchestra, some new solo and ensemble pieces, more of 12 Hours – a marathon work for voice and electronics, music for a play (fingers crossed), some music for film, as well as another psycho-geographic sound-walk in the pipeline. I will also be an artist-in-residence at King’s College London. Lots to look forward to! 

A first batch of scores showcases a variety of her work – from solo piano to orchestral forces, from the traditionally notated to the more experimental and ludic – as for instance with Three Legs and a Wheel, a collaboration with her daughter. Over time, she will be adding more scores from my back catalogue, as well as publishing new works.

Infectiously energetic, Catherine is a natural collaborator and we look forward to working with her to help her works reach new audiences.

Küçük Ev – The Little House

for piano four hands

Duet based on (and including!) a children’s hand clapping game, commissioned by Arzu & Gamze Kirtil.


Tea Break for Juliet

for eight voices

Setting of a work originally composed for soprano and tape, commissioned by Juliet Fraser.


Three Legs and a Wheel

for grand piano and bicycle

Composed in collaboration with her daughter Emmylou Växby and first performed in a private concert at the residence of Tommy Kontz.


The Waves

for orchestra

Commissioned by Solistes Européens Luxembourg and exploring themes of societal positions of women, how they have and have not changed over the decades.


Voyage with Don Quixote

a suite for piano

Based on Thomas Mann’s diary of the same name. Commissioned by CID / Fraen an Gender, the premiere performance was interwoven with readings of excerpts from both Thomas Mann’s work and Cervantes’ Don Quixote, however the suite works just as well as a work for solo piano.


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