Sofia Gubaidulina was previously Capell-Compositrice for the 2014 / 2015 season. This particularly close and successful collaboration sparked a desire on the part of the composer to write new works for the Staatskapelle. We are very happy to fulfil her wish, and now look forward to another highly productive partnership with one of today’s most important and frequently performed composers, who in October 2016 celebrates her 85th birthday. Alongside a large new oratorio entitled »Über Liebe und Hass« (On Love and Hate) she will present a new orchestral work specially written for the Staatskapelle and Christian Thielemann. Born in Chistopol in the Tatar Republic, Sofia Gubaidulina’s international career only took off in the 1980s. Thereafter, she enjoyed enormous success, receiving commissions from prestigious institutions such as the BBC, the Library of Congress and the New York Philharmonic. She has been showered with numerous accolades and prizes, such as the Premio Franco Abbiati, the Praemium Imperiale of the Japanese Emperor, the Großes Bundesverdienstkreuz
as well as the European Culture Award. »The greatest influences on my work have been Dmitri Shostakovich
and Anton Webern,« she admits. »And even though there appears to be no detectable trace of this influence in my music, nonetheless these two composers have taught me the most important thing of all: to be true to myself.« A typical feature of Sofia Gubaidulina’s work is that it reaches beyond strictly musical boundaries to incorporate mystical ideas and Christian symbolism, also taking inspiration from ancient Egyptian and Persian poets as well as 20th century poetry.