News archive

Walter de Schepper (photo byAnna Dorota Władyczka)

Remembering Walter

[Ed. Note: It is with great sadness that we report on the death of Walter De Schepper, who served as ISCM’s Treasurer from 2016 to 2020, on 24 January 2021. Below are some personal reminiscences of Walter by Peter Swinnen, ISCM’s President from 2014 to 2019 as well as a friend and colleague at the…

Walter De Schepper in Beijing (2018) Photo by Anna Dorota Władyczka.

Walter De Schepper (1963-2021)

The ISCM is deeply saddened to learn of the sudden passing of Walter de Schepper. Walter was the ISCM’s Treasurer from 2016-2020, and assisted us greatly during a period of significant change. His personal enthusiastic style in meetings drew us into closer accord in relation to our financial planning, and we were also extremely grateful…

John Davis

John Davis is leaving the Australian Music Centre after 32 years

The ISCM has been alerted to the resignation of John Davis from his position of CEO of the Australian Music Centre (AMC).  Over 32 years working for the organization, the last 25 of which he held the position of CEO, John has actively facilitated transformation and fostered strength in the new music sectors across Australia…

Shanghai City skyline

ISCM World New Music Days 2021 Call for Scores Announced

We are pleased to announce the official Call for Works for the International Society for Contemporary Music (ISCM) World New Music Days 2021. Members are invited to submit scores/projects for the International Society for Contemporary Music (ISCM) World New Music Days 2021, taking place in Shanghai and Nanning from September 17 – 20, 2021 (Shanghai)…

ISCM Launches The Virtual Collaborative Series

Starting on November 23, 2020, the International Society for Contemporary Music (ISCM) has launched a new Virtual Collaborative Series. All ISCM Sections and Associate Member Organizations in good standing are invited to submit up to 6 works by composers in their region to be considered for inclusion in this venture. The goal of the ISCM,…

Octavian Nemescu sitting next to a piano.

In Memoriam Octavian Nemescu (1940-2020)

Octavian Nemescu, a name that made history in Romanian music, has left us. He was one of the most original Romanian composers, leaving behind him a benchmark, a unique and unmistakable musical creation. From spectral, archetypal or imaginary music, he burnt with passion for his ideas that he followed without divergence, without compromise. He believed…

Stephan Dunkelman standing outside and holding his jacket on his arm,

In Memoriam Stephan Dunkelman (1956-2020)

Stephan’s spirit possessed an uncommon lightness, suppleness and expansiveness because it was blessed by something larger than life. As a wonderful composer, his music is replete with these qualities. But, Stephan’s gifts were multifold. He was also a wonderful person, highly intelligent, extremely generous, kind, loving, honest and decent while still remaining true to his…

In Memoriam Sukhi Kang (1934-2020)

ISCM Honorary Member Sukhi Kang, a composer who is regarded as a master of contemporary Korean music, died of a chronic disease on 16 August 2020 at dawn, aged 86. Born in 1934, Kang was from Seoul and graduated from Seoul National University’s Department of Composition. In 1966, he released Korea’s first electronic music, Feast…

Zoom logo

ISCM Extraordinary General Assembly to be Scheduled Online Via Zoom on 27 June 2020 from 14:00 – 16:00 PM CEST

Due to the pandemic of COVID-19 and all related restrictions, our planned 2020 General Assembly in New Zealand had to be cancelled. The Executive Committee has been working hard to create an opportunity for us to meet virtually.

1st Hangzhou Contemporary Music Festival “Art Creation Awards” International Orchestral Composition Competition 2020

1st Hangzhou Contemporary Music Festival “Art Creation Awards” International Orchestral Composition Competition 2020 The 1st “Art Creation Awards” International Orchestral Composition Competition 2020 is one of the events of the Hangzhou Contemporary Music Festival 2020 to encourage young composers to create more original works. Rather than just a single-orientation competition, it is blended with concerts,…