On 19 June, Philippe Manoury turned 70, and his birthday is being celebrated musically all year round with numerous concerts. After the summer, a total of four world premieres are scheduled.

The Philharmonie de Paris and Radio France are dedicating a major retrospective to Philippe Manoury in 2022; in addition, there will be numerous other concerts in Lugano, at the Festival Berlioz, in Porto, Orléans, and Strasbourg, among others. A full list of dates can be found here.

A new piece for the United Instruments of Lucilin ensemble was heard in Luxembourg on September 17 and 18. Sul Ciacona for viola and chamber ensemble (soloist: Danielle Hennicot) was performed as part of the new two-day festival of new music "33,7" in the current European Capital of Culture Esch-sur-Alzette.

The performance will be followed by the world premiere of a work for piano at the Festival Now! Essen on 31 October, interpreted by Martin von der Heydt. A spatial orchestral work, Anticipations, is on
the programme in Porto on 19 November; the orchestra of the Casa da Música will perform the work under the direction of Baldur Brönnimann. Finally, on 9 December, the Ensemble intercontemporain under François-Xavier Roth will perform Grammaires du sonore and, with mezzo-soprano Christina Daletska, Four Songs from Kein Licht at the Philharmonie de Paris.

Two works from the 1990s were on the programme of the birthday concert at the Maison de la Radio et de la Musique. Musicians of the Orchestre National de France performed Last for bass clarinet and marimba and Neptune for 3 percussionists and electronics.

To kick off the birthday year, the Arditti Quartet (15 January and 18 January) and the Quatuor Diotima (17 January) performed works by the composer as part of the String Quartet Biennale in Paris. Read more in the magazine of the Philharmonie de Paris.

Philippe Manoury was this year's jury president of the Orléans International Piano Competition, which took place from 4 to 10 April. As competition pieces, two excerpts from Deuxième livre des études for piano, commissioned by the competition, were premiered. The finalists also performed his Passacaille pour Tokyo with Ensemble intercontemporain.

As part of the Xenakis Weekend at the Maison de la Radio in Paris, the work Silex was launched on May 7 by the twelve percussionists of the Paris Percussion Group under the direction of Julien Leroy. For the opening of the ManiFeste festival, the spatial sound work Ring was performed with the Orchestre de Paris conducted by Lin Liao on 8 and 9 June at the Philharmonie de Paris. Further highlights included the Dutch premiere of the "Thinkspiel" Kein Licht at the Holland Festival in Amsterdam from 24 to 26 June.

We are also celebrating Philippe Manoury and his work: under the Happy Birthday button we have compiled interviews and behind the scenes reports from the past years. And you can find all the performance dates around the birthday year on the pages of his publisher Durand Salabert Eschig.

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