Sara Glojnarić (Zagreb, Croatia) is a composer whose artistic practice is dealing with pop culture, its aesthetics and socio-political consequences, nostalgia and collective memory, as well as the vast network of pop cultural data and their byproducts arising through their juxtaposition.
Her works, which include opera, orchestral, and chamber music pieces, as well as video works and multimedia and multi-sensory installations, have been performed by renowned ensembles such as Ensemble Musikfabrik, Trio Catch, Ensemble Recherche, Ensemble Mosaik, Ensemble Modern, Neue Vocalsolisten Stuttgart, Trio Catch, Sarah Maria Sun, Dirk Rothbrust, Ensemble Mimitabu, Rubiks Collective, Decoder Ensemble, The Black Page Orchestra, Croatian Radio Symphony Orchestra and many others, at festivals such as ECLAT Festival Stuttgart, Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, Ultraschall Festival Berlin, Wittener Tage für neue Kammermusik, Showroom of Contemporary Sound, Warsaw Autumn and Music Biennale Zagreb.
Sara studied composition at the Academy of Music in Zagreb, in the class of Dr. Davorin Kempf, and later earned her BA and MA degrees in composition from the State University of University of Music and Performing Arts Stuttgart in the class of Martin Schüttler.
She is the recipient of numerous international prizes, competitions and artistic residencies, most notably the Erste Bank Kompositionspreis Wien, the Kranichsteiner Musikpreis at the Darmstädter Ferienkurse 2018, the Ivo Vuljević Prize 2019 of the Jeunesse Musicales Croatie, the composition competition NEUE SZENEN V of the Deutsche Oper Berlin and the artistic residency Progetto Positano in collaboration with Ensemble Mosaik.
In the 2020/2021 concert season, her operas and ensemble pieces were premiered at the Deutsche Oper Berlin (chamber opera Kein Mythos based on a text by Dorian Brunz), Elbphilharmonie Hamburg (Trio Catch), Darmstätder Ferienkurse (Ensemble Adapter), Sophiensaele Berlin, ZeitGenuss Karlsruhe and at the Opera Halle, where her video opera “Im Stein”, staged by Michael von zür Mühlen, based on the novel Im Stein by the author Clemens Meyer was featured by the Opernwelt magazine in the category “Most Important Streams of the Year.”
In the upcoming 2021/2022 concert season, her works will be premiered by RSO Wien and Marin Alsop, Klangforum Wien, percussionist Leonie Klein, Ensemble Recherche, Ensemble Mosaik, Quatour Diotima and the Münchener Kammerorchester.
She has been a fellow of the Kunststiftung Baden-Württemberg since 2019. Her works are published by Edition Juliane Klein.
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»Artefacts« for 6 vocal soloists and video is being performed by Neue Vocalsolisten at their concert series Südseite Nachts in Theaterhaus Stuttgart!
Click here for more info about the concert.
performance of »ok, boomer« at Tanzhaus Düsseldorf, with Banafshe Hourmazdi and Golschan Ahmad Haschemi. More about the performance here!
»sugarcoating« for large ensemble at the opening concert of KLANG Festival in Copenhagen, played by Athelas Sinfonietta under the baton of Pierre-André Valade. Click here for more infos about the concert.
sugarcoating #3 – a new piece out of »sugarcoating« series for Ensemble Mosaik – Kulturbrauerei Berlin.
Kesselhaus in der Kulturbrauerei Berlin
More info here.
Two new pieces at Wien Modern – a new piece for RSO Wien under the baton of Marin Alsop, and a new piece for Klangforum Wien. More info soon!
New project with Pinquins titled Guides To Reality. To be performed in Norway in mid/late 2023!
performance of »ok, boomer« at Gessnerallee Zürich, with Banafshe Hourmazdi and Golschan Ahmad Haschemi. More about the performance here!
premiere of »Latitudes #2« for drums and tape at Hochschule für Musik Karlsruhe by the percussionist Leonie Klein. The concert will be recorded by SWR.
The New Recherche – a collaborative project with Hannes Seidl, Charles Kwong, Clemens Thomas and Ensemble Recherche. I will be showing my mockumentary titled »The Future Will Be Better Tomorrow« with Christian Dierstein and Melise Mellinger as the protagonists. Premiere on January 21st 2022 at in Heimathafen Neukölln, 21:00h at Ultraschall Festival Berlin. The show will be streamed live on Deutschlandfunk Kultur.
Talk at Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hamburg about my opera Im Stein. Thanks to Gordon Kampe for the invite!
Renewed performance of »WUNDERLAND«, together with apokalyptische tänzer*innen, in cooperation with Theater Rampe Stuttgart.
Talk at Bath Spa University (UK), about using re-contextualization techniques in my work. Thanks to Matthew Sergeant and James Saunders for the invite!
premiere of »Kein Mythos«, my new chamber opera in Tischlerei Deutsche Oper Berlin (libretto: Dorian Brunz)
sugarcoating 2 at the Elbphilharmonie!
Performed by Trio Catch.
Tuesday, 12.10.2021 at Kleiner Saal
Schwere Reiter, München
Sara Glojnarić: “sugarcoating” (version 3) (2017/20) für Ensemble
Leitung: Armando Merino
»sugarcoating« (2016-2020) for large ensemble at Bludenzer Tage Zeitgemäßer Musik, performed by Ensemble Mosaik, conducted by Enno Poppe.
musical coaching and performance – »ok, boomer« by Golschan Ahmad Haschemi and Banafshe Hourmazdi, performed at Sophiensaele Berlin
Premiere of »This champagne is burned«, a new video piece for Ensemble Adapter, Centralstation Darmstadt, Darmstädter Ferienkurse – concert of the Kranichsteiner Music Prize 2018 Winners
electronic music for the theatre performance »WUNDERLAND«, together with apokalyptische tänzer*innen, in cooperation with Theater Rampe and Theaterhaus Stuttgart
Premiere: July 30th 2021 / more performances on July 31st and August 1st.
Artefacts #2 played by Jessica Aszodi and Jonathan Shapiro from Decoder Ensemble @ Music Biennale Zagreb. Recording coming soon!
ALLES ENDET – Digital festival by Oper Halle
Live Stream & Public Viewing of my opera »Im Stein«, followed by a artist talk together with Clemens Meyer (Novel/Libretto), Michael von zur Mühlen (staging) and myself. The talk will be moderated by Anja Nioduschewski. You can find more info and detailed programme here
premiere of my opera »Im Stein« in Oper Halle. Author of the book and libretto is Clemens Meyer, staging by Michael v. zur Mühlen, conducted by Michael Wendeberg.
premiere of »Latitudes« for piano and video, performed and commissioned by Magdalena Cerezo Falces at Südseite Nachts, Theaterhaus Stuttgart
»Artefacts 2« with Sarah Maria Sun and Dirk Rothbrust on WDR 3
portrait concert in Elisabethkirche Berlin, ensemble mosaik, as a part of PROGETTO POSITANO residency sponsored by Ernst von Siemens Stiftung and Wilhelm Kempff Stiftung
residency at Casa Orfeo in Positano, Italy with ensemble mosaik
sugarcoating #2 at Ensemblehaus Freiburg, performed by ensemble recherche
new piece for E-MEX Ensemble and video, in Lutherkirche Köln and Kreuzeskirche Essen /// cancelled due COVID 19 – a film with all pieces will come out soon!
»Artefacts 3 (dubbese)« for AAA-AAA for two e-guitars and video, Kunststiftung Baden-Württemberg, 20h
PRAY. CHUCK. COME HITHER chamber opera at the Taschenoperfestival Salzburg, with Thierry Brühl and OENM Ensemble, conducted by Peter Rundel
sound for Following Mo – interactive walk through Stuttgart as seen by Mo, a 9 year-old boy. with Apokalyptische Tänzer*innen, Stuttgart
screening of #popfem at EMAF – European Media Art Festival in Osnabrück in Lagerhalle, starting at 14:00h
performances of a puppet theatre play Žabica Kraljica @ Music Biennale Zagreb
AHC 1 for 4 performers with glasses @ Don’t Try #nopera
premiere of Artefacts, for 6 vocal soloists, tape and video, Neue Vocalsolisten at Ultraschall Festival Berlin
»sugarcoating #2« with Festival Ensemble (Mia Elezović, Smiljan Mrčela, Bruno Philipp) at Glazbena tribina Opatija Festival in Opatija, Croatia
sugarcoating with Landesjugendensemble Ba-Wü and Christof M. Löser in Friedrichshafen (19h, Kiesel im k42, Karlstrasse 42, Friedrischshafen) and Mannheim (18h, Reiss-Engelhorn-Museen Mannheim, C 5, Museum Zeughaus)
workshops & sugarcoating for ensemble played by Landesjugendensemble, conducted by Christof M. Löser
Workshop “Discontinuity” w/ Michael Maierhof at Darmstadt Summer Course – Internationales Musikinstitut
»sugarcoating #2« performed by Mimitabu in Hagakyrkan
RAISE YOUR VOICE Project with Neue Vocalsolisten (Theaterhaus)
Oct 2017 – Feb 2018
»#popfem« screening @ Sinelinea Festival in Zagreb, Croatia
lectures, improvisation, concerts and screening of my video work #popfem @ Kyung-Hee University in Seoul, South Korea, alongside duo AAA—AAA, Perspektiven Box (Julian Siffert & Uikyung Lee), Philipp Krebs and Adrian Laugsch
screening of #popfem @ Acting In Concert Festival, Witten (Germany)
Sugarcoating, ensemble piece – performed by Ensemble Musikfabrik @ the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Stuttgart // conductor: Christof M Löser
opening of 29th Music Biennale Zagreb – »Puppet play Žabica kraljica (Frog the Queen)« // director: Rene Medvešek / Josip Konfic, percussion / Sanja Vrsalović, piano / Marija Lešaja, soprano / Gustav Barišin, double-bass