SONEMUS Fest 2023
October 31 I 10:30
Academy of Music – University of Sarajevo
The Current Phenomena of New Music Life:
A Conversation/Exchange of Ideas with Christine Fischer
CHRISTINE FISCHER is the artistic director of Musik der Jahrhunderte Stuttgart, manager of the Neue Vocalsolisten, and artistic director of the New Music Festival ECLAT.
In 1985, she took over the management of Musik der Jahrhunderte while still a music student and has since played a significant role in the institution’s development. Important milestones were the merger with the »Tage für Neue Musik« (now ECLAT) in 1989, the establishment of Musik der Jahrhunderte as an institution for new music, the move to the Theaterhaus am Pragsattel in 2003 with new working and performance venues, and the profiling of the Neue Vocalsolisten as the world’s leading special ensemble for vocal chamber music. As their manager, she maintains contacts with numerous event organizers and partner ensembles in Europe and worldwide. The resulting cooperations and co-productions shape the concert series as well as the two festivals of Musik der Jahrhunderte, ECLAT and »Der Sommer in Stuttgart«.
In 2006, Christine Fischer was artistic director and chief organizer of the ISCM World New Music Festival, which Musik der Jahrhunderte organized for the International Society for New Music in Stuttgart.
Together with musicians and event organizers from the Stuttgart region, she founded Netzwerk Süd in 2007 as part of Netzwerk Neue Musik, a German Federal Cultural Foundation project that provided extensive funding for new music education projects in Germany until 2011. Within Netzwerk Süd, she was responsible for numerous projects in over 30 cities in the Stuttgart metropolitan region, culminating in the »Zukunftsmusik« festival, of which she was artistic director.
In 2012, Christine Fischer and her colleagues initiated the »Netzwerk Neue Musik Baden-Württemberg e.V.« (New Music Network Baden-Württemberg), which links new music players with cultural institutions and educational institutions throughout the state in the spirit of mediation, and of which she is the deputy chairwoman.
She has been the artistic director of the ECLAT festival since 2014.
Christine Fischer’s cultural policy activities include consulting and lecturing on cultural management as well as serving on various advisory boards and juries, including the Artistic Advisory Board of the Beethoven Jubiläums GmbH BTHVN2020 and the Commissione consultiva of the Conservatorio della Svizzera Italiana in Lugano.
For her contributions to art and culture in France and Germany, Christine Fischer was awarded the »Chevalier dans l’ordre des Arts et des Lettres« by the French Minister of Culture in July 2011.