The above motto was taken from the book by Ctirad Kohoutek “Technique of Composition in the Music of the 20th Century”. The thoughts presented in the book, first published in 1962, definitely invite the curious reader.
Between July 16 – 24, 2016, Thailand’s Mahidol University and the Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra hosted one of the most important events for composers from all around the world - the 12th Thailand International Composition Festival. It featured the participation of distinguished faculty composers - John Corigliano, Aaron Jay Kernis and Mark Adamo. I received the invitation to attend the festival because of my composition 'Phoenix' for Clarinet and Piano – it was selected as the finalist of the festival's competition. 'Phoenix' was premiered by the musicians of Circulo Trio at one of the concerts during the festival week.
Samuel Barber (1910-1981), one of the most celebrated American composers of the 20th century, is known for an individual style that combined the classical ideas of form and textural and melodic clarity with contemporary techniques.