À propos de Christian Jost
I am permanently on the search for the magic moment and can only achieve this through a complex and differentiated ratio between structure, form and tone. (Christian Jost)
Christian Jost was born on 17 October 1963 in Trier. He studied composition, analysis and conducting in Cologne with Bojidar Dimov from 1983 to 1988 and with David Sheinfeld at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music from 1988 to 1989. Jost received scholarships from the foundation Kulturfond des Deutschen Volkes and the artistic and cultural foundation of the federal state of North Rhine-Westphalia. Jost first caused a sensation in 1992 with the performance of his orchestral work Magma, a commission by the State Theatre Darmstadt. Between 1996 and 1998, he made regular visits to the People’s Republic of China and undertook intensive cooperation with a variety of Chinese orchestras. In 1997, the piano concerto Der lange Weg des Drachen (rev. 2009) was premiered by the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra with Jost as the soloist. The orchestral work one small step (rev. 2002), a commission by the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen was composed in 1999 to commemorate Neil Armstrong landing on the moon in 1969 and also reflects Jost’s fascination for pioneering astronauts. The composer received further commissions from the Deutsche Symphonie Orchester Berlin, the Berlin Philharmonic, the Festival de la musique contemporaine Dijon and the Residentie Orkest Den Haag. The composer now also frequently makes appearances as a conductor, e.g. with the Bremer Philharmoniker, the Philharmonisches Staatsorchester Hamburg, the Essener Philharmoniker and the Oper Graz. Jost lives as a freelance composer and conductor in Berlin.
The solo concerto is a core genre in Jost’s oeuvre. A characteristic of his works is an orchestrally conceived atmospheric tonal density. Jost’s compositional impulse primarily consists of the wish to acquaint the listener with the unknown, individualism and psychological borderline experiences in a fascinating guise. His intentions can frequently be divined by the titles of his works: TiefenRausch for violin and orchestra (1997), Cosmodromion for percussion and orchestra (2002) and Heart of Darkness ("Odyssee" for clarinet and orchestra, 2007, commissioned by the Berliner Philharmoniker, conducted by Sir Simon Rattle). The tragic death of the jazz trumpeter Chet Baker is the subject of his concerto for trumpet and orchestra Pietà ("in memoriam Chet Baker", 2004). This work together with the compositions DiesIrae for trombone and orchestra (2002) and LuxAeterna for alto saxophone and orchestra (2003) form the Requiem-Trilogie – a cycle which was performed complete for the first time during the season 2004/05. In 2007, Sir Roger Norrington conducted the RSO Stuttgart presenting the world premiere of Konzert für Orchester; in 2009, the Konzerthausorchester Berlin premiered Jost’s work CodeNine under the direction of Lothar Zagrosek. This orchestral work is based on the slow movements of 9th symphonies by Beethoven, Bruckner and Mahler and Schubert’s Unfinished Symphony.
Two of Jost’s operas received their first performance in 2005: the first full-length opera Vipern ("A murderous desire in four acts") at the Deutsche Oper am Rhein in Düsseldorf in January and the first staged performance of the one-act work Death Knocks (2001) based on the satire of the same name by Woody Allen in the theatre in Erfurt in May. Jost’s large-scale "astronaut odyssey" Phoenix ressurexit had already received its first performance in 2001 with Klaus Maria Brandauer as narrator and the soprano Christiane Oelze at the festival Mittelrhein Musik Momente. At the beginning of 2006, Jost produced a completely original contribution to the genre music theatre with his choral opera Angst ("5 gateways of a journey into the interior of angst") for chorus, choral soloists, instrumental ensemble and film projections. The plot and a reflection on the dramatic events of a mountaineering accident are exclusively communicated by the chorus. Jost composed the musical drama Hamlet, after the Shakespeare, for the Komische Oper Berlin’s 2008/09 season. Here, through the division of the principal role across a mezzo-soprano role and chorus parts, Hamlet’s painful search for knowledge and truth is transformed into the more general underlying existential quest of human beings. Mikropolis, a children’s opera, was first performed at the Komische Oper Berlin in 2011. The world premiere of the opera Rumor, commissioned by the Vlaamse Opera Antwerpen, took place in 2012. It is based on the famous novel "Un dulce olor a muerte" (The Sweet Scent of Death) by Guillermo Arriaga. Rumor, along with The Arabian Night (2007) and Rote Laterne (2015), is part of a trilogy focused around young, modern women and their living environments. Commissioned by the Theater an der Wien, Jost composed Egmont based on Johann Wolfgang Goethe's drama of the same name. The piece was written for the celebrations marking Ludwig van Beethoven's 200th birthday in 2020. Although Jost does not quote Beethoven's incidental music, he sets his famous letter to the "Immortal Beloved" to music. The premiere of Reise der Hoffnung - Voyage vers l'espoir was originally planned for 2020 at the Geneva Opera House. The opera, based on the film by Xavier Koller, tells the story of a Kurdish family fleeing to Switzerland and had to be postponed to 2023 due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Jost wrote his first ballet composition, DnA - six images of love (2012), for Graz Opera. The subject in this piece, modelled after poems by E. E. Cummings and Nahum Tate, is given a baroque musical character, while the composer’s fascination for the Far Eastern culture grows more important in the following ballets. In order to co-operate with renowned orchestras and ensembles, Jost travelled frequently to China and Taiwan since the 1990s. In 2014, the "music-dance-theatre" Lover was premiered by the Berlin Radio Choir and the U-Theatre Taiwan at the Kraftwerk in Berlin. Here, the combination of old Chinese love songs and modern American poems creates a captivating cultural dialogue: Occidental vocal polyphony meets with the traditional sounds of Asian drums and gongs. In 2015, the Beijing Cao Xuequin Society commissioned the ballet music Rotkammertraum for the 300th birthday of the renowned Chinese writer Cao Xuequin.
For the Berlin Konzerthaus, Jost composed Dichterliebe (2017) based on the famous song cycle by Robert Schumann. He retained the melodies and texts of the original but expanded the piano part to include a small ensemble and added extensive interludes. Dichterliebe was quickly performed internationally as a concert work. The Staatstheater Braunschweig staged the world premiere in 2019. The Staatstheater Darmstadt also turned the piece into a film.
Jost received the Ernst von Siemens Foundation Encouragement Prize in 2003. His opera Hamlet has been elected 'World Premiere of the Year 2009' by an international jury of the magazine 'Opernwelt'. The composer received invitations to become Composer in Residence from the Orchestra of the Beethovenhalle in Bonn (1999/2000, The End of the Game for orchestra), the Staatskapelle Weimar (2003/04, CocoonSymphonie for orchestra) and in the season 2004/05 from both the Deutsche Oper am Rhein in Düsseldorf (Vipern) and the Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz (first performance of Requiem-Trilogie), as well as the Komische Oper Berlin and Theater Dortmund (2008/09 and 2010/11, Hamlet), the National Symphony Orchestra Taiwan and the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra (2012/13, Taipei Horizon), and the Grafenegg Festival (2016).
Scholarships of the Stiftung Kulturfonds des Deutschen Volkes and the Stiftung Kunst und Kultur des Landes Nordrhein-Westfalen (Foundation of Arts and Culture of North Rhine-Westphalia)
World premiere of "Paradox" for soprano, cor anglais, viola, violoncello and piano in Berlin
First concert performance of the one-act opera "Death Knocks" based on Woody Allen's play of the same named in Hannover
World premiere of "DiesIrae", concerto for trombone and orchestra in Saarbrücken and of "KOMA" for mezzosoprano and piano in Bern
World premiere of "LuxAeterna", concerto for saxophone and orchestra in Den Haag
"Composer in Residence" of the Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz: first performance of the complete Requiem trilogy ("Pietà", "DiesIrae", LuxAeterna")
First scenic performance of the one-act opera "Death Knocks" at the Erfurt Theatre
World premieres of the orchestral work "Suspense" in Bremen, of the opera "Hamlet" at the Berlin Komische Oper and of the orchestral work "CodeNine" at the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Festival
World premiere of the dance theatre play Lover in Berlin
World premieres of the opera Rote Laterne (Red Lantern) at the Zurich Opera House and of BerlinSymphonie in Berlin
Composer in Residence at the Grafenegg Festival: world premieres of the brass piece Fanfare and An die Hoffnung for voice and orchestra
World premiere of Dichterliebe in Berlin World premiere of Shanghai Odyssey - the Bund in Shanghai
World premiere of the orchestral piece The Woman in the Gardens of Suzhou in Suzhou (China)
World premiere of Nocturnal Movements in Berlin. Piano soloist: Michael Wollny
World premiere of the opera Egmont at Theater an der Wien World premiere of the violin concerto Concerto noir redux in Berlin
World premiere of the orchestral work Urbanica in Berlin
Composer in Residence at Theater Orchester Biel/Soloturn
World premiere of the violin concerto Concerto noir in Biel
World premiere of the revised and expanded version of Nocturnal Movements in Berlin
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