Tímea Hvozdíková: Encore

May 25, 2022 / Music Centre Slovakia
(Photo of Tímea Hvozdíková by Agita Reke)

Tímea Hvozdíková (b. 1998) is a composer born in Košice, Slovakia. She gained her education in composition at Košice State Conservatory and Bratislava State Conservatory, later moving to the Academy of Performing Arts in Bratislava. Tímea is currently a student at the Universität Mozarteum Salzburg in the class of Johannes Maria Staud. Over the past few years, many of her pieces have been performed on numerous contemporary music festivals. In 2019 Tímea’s piece Nezábudka II for string orchestra and the choir was selected to be premiered by Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir and Tallinn Chamber Orchestra with conductor Kaspar Mänd at the ISCM World Music Days in Tallinn. She was also one of the laureates at the GENERACE international composition competition in 2018 and 2019 with her pieces Výkriky for violin duo and Nezábudka III for piano. In 2020 Tímea was awarded a grant from the Central European Foundation for outstanding achievements in her field. She has also been awarded a one-year stipend from Slovak Arts Council to continue her research on the effects of synaesthesia on the creative process and the subsequent perception of music in space, which will produce a cycle of twelve compositions demonstrating her findings as well as creating particular settings for the manifestation of her own synaesthetic perception.

Encore is a 2020 composition for flute, violoncello, and piano. According to the composer, the work is “a very fragile and personal experience, a diary entry of a single word outspoken that lingers in my mind. I can hear the ringing in my ears again and again… et encore.”

Tímea Hvozdíková: Encore (2020)
Performed by EnsembleSpectrum – Eva Hrušková (fl), Andrej Gál (vc), Ivana Chrapková (pno)
Recording: New Slovak Music Festival 2020