Meeting with Anja Lechner and Tigran Mansurian
moderator: Maria Majewska
Anja Lechner is a versatile cellist who performs both classical and contemporary repertoires. For many years, she has worked with the ECM label of Munich, for whom she has recorded extensively. She has played live concerts of works by composers like Tigran Mansurian, Valentin Silvestrov, Annette Focks, Alexandra Filonenko and Zad Moultaka. As a chamber musician, Anja Lechner has performed with Patricia Kopatchinskaja, Alexei Lubimov, Agnès Vesterman and Tatjana Masurenko. Her project with Greek pianist and composer Vassilis Tsabropulos, dedicated to George Gurdjieff, reached the top of US classical music charts.
Tigran Mansurian was born in 1939, in Beirut. On his return to his native Armenia, he soon established his position among other artists of his generation, including Sofia Gubaidulina, Giya Kancheli and Arvo Pärt. Hailing from various Soviet republics, they combined contemporary composition techniques with the musical traditions of their homelands. Tigran Mansurian is renowned as the most brilliant Armenian composer and a genuine ambassador of his country’s music. For many years, he taught at the National Conservatory in Yerevan. Apart from numerous orchestral and vocal works, Tigran Mansurian has also created a number of film scores, including the score for Parajanov’s The Colour of Pomegranates.
Maria Majewska is graduated from Music Academy in Poznan (faculty: the theory of music, specializing in management of cultural institutions). She co-creates a portal dedicated to contemporary music: meakultura.pl and Laboratorium Myśli Muzycznej (Laboratory of Music Thoughts. She writes for "Dwutygodnik". She used to collaborate in the organization of festivals: Probaltica (Torun) Poznań Festival of Science and Art, Interaction - Art Young (Poznań), Musica Polonica Nova (Wroclaw) and scientific conferences: Practica Musica, Musica theoretic (Poznań). Since 2009 she is employed as an assistant in the Department of Music Theory at the Academy of Music in Poznan, where she conducts teaching and research activities.