Vito Žuraj’s work is characterized by powerful and meticulously crafted compositions, tailor-made for the performers and often incorporating scenic elements and spatial sound concepts. Born in Maribor in 1979, his works have quickly gained recognition at major concert halls and festivals, interpreted among others by the New York Philharmonic, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Ensemble Modern and the RIAS Kammerchor.
Vito Žuraj kicked off the 2020/21 season to great acclaim with Begehren – zersplittert, a con-certo for harp and strings for which the twelve highest strings of the concert harp are retuned microtonally. Its world premiere at the Kölner Philharmonie was performed by soloist Marion Ravot and the Münchener Kammerorchester. The work was subsequently heard under the title Désir – éclaté at the Festival Nouveaux horizons in Aix-en-Provence, where it was conducted by the composer himself. In March 2021, Jean-Guihen Queyras and the Konzerthausorchester Berlin under Juraj Valčuha will premiere a new cello concerto.