Georges Lentz : Represented Artist
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Artist website: http://www.georgeslentz.com
Through high profile international performances and CD releases, Georges Lentz has established himself in recent years as one of Australia's leading composers - this despite the fact that he is far from being a prolific writer. Being given to self-doubt, he rarely publishes new compositions, rarely accepts commissions, and tends to work on each of his pieces over a number of years, often working on several at the same time.
Born in Luxembourg in 1965, Georges Lentz studied music at the Luxembourg Conservatoire, the Paris Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique and the Hannover Musikhochschule. Since 1989, he has been working on a cycle of works called Caeli enarrant... ('The Heavens are telling...' - Psalm XIX). His music is concerned with astronomy, a love of the Australian landscape and Aboriginal art, and reflects the composer's spiritual beliefs, questions and doubts. He has been living in Australia since 1990.
Lentz's compositions have been widely played in Europe, the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Japan and China. Many renowned ensembles have performed his works, among them: Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Gürzenich-Orchester Köln (Cologne Philharmonic), Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Hallé Orchestra Manchester, Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg, Orchestra of the Sibelius Academy Helsinki, Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra, Nieuw Sinfonietta Amsterdam, Australian Chamber Orchestra, Ensemble Continuum New York, Ensemble Oriol Berlin, Ensemble 24 Sydney, Australian String Quartet, Vilnius String Quartet, Indiana University New Music Ensemble, and the Cleveland New Music Ensemble. His music has been played at important international festivals and in many of the world's great concert halls, including the Philharmonie Berlin, Konzerthaus Vienna, Wigmore Hall London, Carnegie Hall New York, Suntory Hall Tokyo, and the Sydney Opera House.
Lentz was awarded a special commendation as one of the top entries at the 1991 International Composers' Competition in Vienna, and in 1997 he won the Paul Lowin Prize for orchestral composition, the most prestigious composition prize in Australia. His orchestral work Guyuhmgan was the top recommended work at the 2002 UNESCO International Rostrum of Composers in Paris. His latest composition is Monh, a viola concerto written for German soloist Tabea Zimmermann and premiered by her to great acclaim in July 2005. Further performances of Monh are scheduled with several international orchestras. He is currently working on a large-scale work called Ingwe, whose exact instrumentation is yet to be finalised.
Lentz's works are published by Universal Edition in Vienna.
Biography provided by the composer — current to May 2006
Awards & Prizes
|Art Music Awards: Work of the Year: Orchestral
|Jerusalem (after Blake)
|Classical Music Awards - Best Composition by an Australian Composer
|Paul Lowin Orchestral Prize
|International Rostrum of Composers
|Paul Lowin Orchestral Prize
|Caeli enarrant I