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Nemtsov, Sarah

Sarah Nemtsov was born in 1980 in Oldenburg. She studied composition in Hannover and Berlin with Nigel Osborne, Johannes Schöllhorn, and Walter Zimmermann. She is the recipient of numerous grants and awards, including the Busoni Composition Prize given by the Akademie der Künste Berlin, the German Music Authors' Prize of the German collective rights association (GEMA), the international Ricordilab composition competition and the Oldenburg Composition Prize. Sarah works closely with numerous prestigious ensembles and orchestras (HR Sinfonieorchester, Deutsches Sinfonieorchester, ensemble modern, ensemble mosaik, Ensemble Adapter, Neue Vocalsolisten Stuttgart, ensemble recherche, Ictus, Klangforum Wien etc.), and her music is regularly performed at renowned international festivals such as the Donaueschinger Musiktage, Darmstädter Ferienkursen für Neue Musik, Wien modern,  ECLAT, Ultraschall, Holland Festival, Musica, Bregenzer Festspiele, Münchener Biennale, and many more. Nemtsov’s music operates through carefully set-up, sensitive arrangements and through complex and energetic textures. In recent years, she has been particularly interested in musical layering and “constructive chaos” as an expression of reality, as well as the interplay between acoustic and electronic instruments. Her catalogue of works includes over 100 compositions with a large variety of instrumentation; many of her works are published by Ricordi. Her most recent opera Sacrifice (2016) premiered in Halle, Germany in March 2017, resonating with audiences and receiving critical acclaim: “sound becomes space becomes time becomes reality,” wrote DIE ZEIT. In the summer semester of 2018 Sarah Nemtsov taught composition at the University of Haifa through a DAAD lectureship.