Rendezvous: Final 1, July 2
Born to a Yugoslavian father and German mother, Sascha Dragićević began the piano in his native city of Bonn where he discovered a passion for improvisation and composition at an early age. Upon discovery of Messiaen’s music during the composer’s residency in Bonn in 1985, Sascha decided to become a composer. At the time, he played the piano as much as he could, alone, with chamber music ensembles, and developed a devouring passion for jazz. In the beginning of the 90s, Sascha entered the conservatory in Cologne to study composition with a range of different composers such as York Höller, Krzysztof Meyer, and Hans Ulrich Humpert. He also followed master classes with Helmut Lachenmann, Karlheinz Stockhausen, György Ligeti, Mauricio Kagel, Klaus Huber, and Georg Katzer.
Among the multiple influences that he knows are important to him (Nono, Feldman, Steve Reich, Xenakis, Scelsi, Lutoslawski), Sascha Dragićević has singled out a certain number that are most important to him: Ligeti, Messiaen, Boulez. And then, there are those we call the “Cologne School”, notably Bernd Alois Zimmermann and Karlheinz Stockhausen—a concert of Kontakte at the age of 20 was a crucial experience in Sascha’s way of imagining electro-acoustic music. Later, he was attracted to the music of Gérard Grisey and Tristan Murail.
Sascha Dragićević’s music has been performed by the today’s top specialized ensembles in prestigious venues and festivals in Germany and throughout Europe.