With her distinctive and intensely striking sonic language, Rebecca Saunders was commissioned in collaboration with Klangforum Wien and Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival. BCMG gave the UK premiere of Scar on 15 December 2019 at CBSO Centre.

In the composer's own words '[Scar] is quite a beast, long, virtuosic and quite dense and an hommage to the wonderful pianists who are the very backbone of an ensemble.'

Scar received a repeat performance by BCMG at Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival in 2020.

Rebecca Saunders

British-born Rebecca Saunders is one of the leading international composers of her generation. In her compositions, Saunders explores the sculptural and spatial properties of organised sound, which is often created in close collaborative dialogue with a variety of musicians and artists. Her music is performed by renowned ensembles, soloists, and orchestras, including Ensemble Musikfabrik, Klangforum Wien, Ensemble Modern, Diotima, Ensemble Resonanz, Ensemble Intercontemporain and numerous international orchestras.

Saunders has received numerous prizes, including the Ernst von Siemens Music Prize 2019, the Happy New Ears Prize 2015, the Hindemith Prize, the Mauricio Kagel Music Prize, as well as several Royal Philharmonic Society and BASCA British Composer Awards. Saunders teaches regularly at, amongst others, the Darmstadt Summer Courses. She is a member of the Berlin Academy of Arts and the Sachsen Academy of Arts in Dresden.


Composer Spotlight: Rebecca Saunders

Tom Service’s guide to Rebecca Saunders’ music on theguardian.com

Voids - Saunders' interview with VAN magazine