Presented in partnership with the Arts Council of Ireland, the National Concert Hall and RTÉ, New Music Dublin 2019 returns to full strength next year and will feature Irish premieres of major works by Kaija Saariaho’s Graal théâtre (with Ensemble Intercontemporain’s Hae Sun Kang on violin) and Louis Andriessen’s Vermeer Pictures both performed by the RTÉ Concert Orchestra.

Musikfabrik will perform their extraordinary Frank Zappa programme alongside Michael Wertmüller’s wild “antagonisme contrôlé” with the legendary saxophonist Peter Brötzmann, and members of Ensemble Intercontemporain will bring their immense precision to a late-night programme of chamber music with live electronics.

Central to the New Music Dublin 2019 programme will be more than 15 new works by Irish composers including the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra’s performance of David Fennessy’s Conquest of the Useless which was deferred from the cancelled 2018 festival, Jennifer Walshe’s The Site of the Investigation, along with new works by Elaine Agnew for the combined young voices of RTÉ Cór na nÓg and RTÉ Cór Linn with the RTÉ Contempo Quartet. Crash Ensemble’s Free State programme will premiere six new commissions selected by Grainne Mulvey and other new works will be premiered within the festival.

Returning to the festival will be favourites from the 2018 Defrosted festival including another outing for Brian Irvine’s Totally Made Up Orchestra who will be providing the opening fanfare and the inspiring Composers in the Classroom series with Chamber Choir Ireland.

After their hugely successful early morning mystery tours around Dublin 8, we are delighted to welcome Ergodos back to thrill us all again next year. The programme will also feature a performance by a combined ensemble of advanced performance students from the Royal Irish Academy of Music and the Paris Conservatoire. Pianist Hugh Tinney will perform Raymond Deane’s Noctuary in a very special lunchtime concert.

New Music Dublin 2019 will stage a complete takeover of the National Concert Hall with installations of Karen Power, Jurgen Simpson, and Danny McCarthy and screenings of Crash Ensemble’s Ghost films to be seen throughout the building.

In keeping with New Music Dublin’s status as Ireland’s foremost contemporary music festival, NMD will partner with CMC to produce the international delegate programme NMDX, which aims to ensure maximum international exposure for Irish contemporary music. CMC and New Music Dublin 2019 will also host On the radar’ A full and frank discussion about how composers can get ‘On the radar’ of commissioners, festivals, the airwaves, print media and others.

Festival Director John Harris said: “I am absolutely delighted to be able to announce the highlights of the New Music Dublin 2019 festival. What I am particularly thrilled about – within a rich, diverse and stimulating programme – is the number of new commissions we will be premiering – of all shapes, sizes and scales – and the growing role that New Music Dublin has in the development of Irish new music-making and in presenting it to Dublin, to Ireland, and to the world.”

New Music Dublin is presented in partnership with The Arts Council of Ireland, the National Concert Hall and RTE.

The festival will take place in the National Concert Hall and other locations to be announced soon.