Leading International Composers

Phillips Music


In 2009, European embassies in Washington, DC, and The Phillips Collection joined forces to create an unprecedented concert series: Leading European Composers. Presenting some of the greatest living composers of our time, this series is unique in that the featured composer designs a program of their works with performers they select. In 2015/2016 season, Phillips Music broadened its scope to create Leading International Composers, infusing the series with comprehensive views on the state of new music beyond geographical borders. 

Hans Abrahamsen (Denmark)
Dušan Bavdek (Slovenia)
Avner Dorman (Israel)
José Luis Greco (Spain)
Anders Hillborg (Sweden)
Olli Kortekangas (Finland)
Tristan Murail (France)
Arvo Pärt (Estonia)
Matthias Pintscher (Germany)
Kaija Saariaho (Finland)
Fazıl Say (Turkey)
Miroslav Srnka (Czechoslovakia)
Anna Thorvaldsdottir (Iceland)
Erkki-Sven Tüür (Estonia)
Michel van der Aa (The Netherlands)
Pēteris Vasks (Latvia)
Zhou Long (People's Republic of China)

Concerts are held in The Phillips Collection’s 150-seat Music Room, followed by Coda Sessions, giving audience members a chance to ask questions and converse with these important voices in contemporary music.

Each composer spends time with students and faculty of the University of Maryland’s School of Music at The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center in College Park to give fresh insight into their work or hold master classes.

During the 2018/2019 season, The Phillips Collection presents Philippe Manoury of France: 

Philippe Manoury, France
 25, 2018

This season’s Leading International Composer features Philippe Manoury. Born in Tulle (Corrèze) in 1952, he is one of the most eminent contemporary French composers. After studies in Paris, he worked at universities in Brazil before returning to France in 1981 when he was invited to work at IRCAM, the forward-looking institute for electro-acoustic music founded by Pierre Boulez. A noted teacher, Manoury was in charge of the education work of the Ensemble Intercontemporain from 1983–87, and taught composition at the Lyon Conservatoire from 1987–97. He has served as Composer-in-Residence for the Orchestre de Paris and at the National Theatre in Orléans. From 2004–12, Manoury taught composition and electronic music at the University of California, San Diego. His catalogue ranges from compositions for solo instruments, works for instrumental and vocal ensemble, major orchestral works (Sound and Fury was written for Boulez’s 75th birthday and first performed by him with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra), and four operas including K…, based on Kafka’s The Trial, and commissioned by the Paris Opéra where it was first performed in 2001.

Performers for this concert include University of Maryland School of Music faculty and students. In partnership with the Embassy of France and the University of Maryland

Performances begin promptly at 6 pm unless otherwise noted. General admission seating is first-come, first-served beginning 45 minutes prior to concert start time. Tickets are $45, $25 for members, $20 for students with ID, and $5 for youths 8-18; museum admission for that day is included in the ticket price. Advance reservations are strongly recommended.