The Swiss violinist and Israeli conductor announced their new commissioning organization, the I&I Foundation.
Their aim is to make the commissioning process more efficient, by speeding up the time it takes for new music to be performed, while also offering composers fair and timely payment.
The 5 chosen composers for for 2020 include: Lawrence Dunn (UK), Marina Khorkova (Russia), Yair Klartag (Israel), Yu Kuwabara (Japan) and Sky Macklay (US).
Starting in 2021, the foundation expects to commission around 20 new works a year. These pieces will be from a wide range of composers who will help to diversify the classical music scene.
"Without composers we wouldn’t have any music – they are the creators," Ilya Gringolts said. "We want people to understand what the composers are doing and thinking, and how fascinating it is. We hope to bring them closer to audiences. Any performer can come to us and say, ‘I’m dying to play something new and I have this composer in mind,’ or ‘I don’t know much about new music, but I want to find out.’ We will oversee the whole process, from finding and selecting the right composer, to bringing the partners together, to commissioning the composer, to finding dates for the premiere and concerts. That is our ultimate goal."
"With the foundation I look forward to starting a long and positive process of working with composers – helping them develop their careers, having their music heard, recorded and better known," Ilan Volkov said. "It’s about recognizing talent but also making sure that these composers are heard by people who need to hear them."