« November - 2020 »



THURSDAY, SEP 13 2012, 06:00 PM

The Austrian Cultural Forum and the German Consulate General in New York are pleased to present this concert by the New York-based MIVOS QUARTET as part of the Moving Sounds 2012 festival. This concert will feature works by two young composers, Reiko Fueting and Carl Christian Bettendorf. Both left their native Germany over a decade ago, and they  have found new homes within a few blocks from each other, at the  Manhattan School of Music (Fueting) and Columbia University (Bettendorf). After having received their doctorates from these institutions, they currently serve on the composition and theory faculties of their respective alma maters.


Reiko Fueting: ...und ich bin Dein Spiegel (2000)
tanz.tanz (2010)

Carl Christian Bettendorf: Il y a l'Océan (2005, rev. 2007)
Souvenir (2012, world premiere)


The Mivos Quartet (photo by Ralf Puder), an “accomplished, admirably broad-minded young string quartet” (The New York Times), is devoted to performing the works of contemporary composers, presenting new music to diverse audiences. Since the quartet's inception in 2008 they have performed and closely collaborated with an ever-expanding cadre of international composers who represent multiple aesthetics of contemporary classical composition. Commissioning and premiering new music for string quartet is essential to the quartet's mission; Mivos has performed works by emerging and established composers including Anna Clyne, Wolfgang Rihm, Alex Mincek, Samson Young, Luke DuBois, Philip Glass, Huang Ruo, Felipe Lara, Sam Pluta, Tristan Perich and Kirsten Broberg. They have appeared at venues including The Stone, Issue Project Room, Roulette and the Brecht forum, and have appeared on concert series including Concerti Aperitivo (Udine, Italy), HellHOT! New Music Festival (Hong Kong), and Edgefest (Ann Arbor, MI). Mivos was one of five groups selected for the Young Ensembles Fellowship at the 2012 Darmstadt Internationalen Ferienkurse für Neue Musik, and was invited to work with the Arditti Quartet and Helmut Lachenmann at the 2012 Aldeburgh Festival (UK).

In addition to their international performing activities, Mivos is active in education, and has conducted workshops at CUNY Graduate Center, Brooklyn College Conservatory of Music, Yong Siew Toh Conservatory (Singapore), the Hong Kong Art Center and MIAM University in Istanbul (Turkey).

Beyond expanding the string quartet repertoire, Mivos is committed to working with guest artists and exploring multi-media projects involving live video and electronics. Improvisation is also an integral part of their performances and has led to collaborations with artists such as Ned Rothenberg, Chris Speed, Timucin Sahin and Nate Wooley. Mivos’ performance of Ned Rothenberg’s Quintet for Clarinet and Strings, “played with spontaneity and dexterity” (The Strad Magazine), was released on John Zorn’s Tzadik label.

Violinists Olivia De Prato and Joshua Modney, violist Victor Lowrie, and cellist Mariel Roberts met while pursuing their Masters degrees at the Manhattan School of Music in the Contemporary Performance Program. They studied with members of leading contemporary music ensembles such as Curtis Macomber and Fred Sherry.

More information >> www.mivosquartet.com



Carl Christian Bettendorf is a New York-based composer and conductor. Born in Hamburg, Germany, he studied composition with Hans-Jürgen von Bose and Wolfgang Rihm in Munich and Karlsruhe before moving to New York, where he received his doctorate from Columbia University under Tristan Murail.

His compositions have been played at many prestigious venues and festivals in Europe, North America, Asia, and Australia.  He has received numerous awards, among them a six-month residency at the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris and a Fromm Foundation commission.

As a conductor, Mr. Bettendorf has worked closely with ensembles in Munich (piano possibile) and New York (Wet Ink, Talea Ensemble, counter)induction) and is currently director of the Manhattanville College Community Orchestra in Purchase, NY.  He has also served as assistant conductor of the Columbia University and American Composers orchestras, Miller Theatre, and the Munich Biennale. He has recorded for Albany, Carrier and Hat Hut Records, ArtVoice, Cybele, and Tzadik.


Reiko Fueting was born in 1970 in Königs Wusterhausen in the German Democratic Republic.  He studied composition and piano at the Dresden Conservatory (Germany), Rice University, Manhattan School of Music, and Seoul National University (South Korea).  Some of his most influential teachers have been Jörg Herchet and Nils Vigeland (composition), and Winfried Apel (piano).

Reiko Fueting has received numerous prizes, awards, scholarships, grants, and commissions.  In addition to being a composer, he is an avid performer who has appeared in Europe, Asia, and the United States.

Since 2000, Mr. Fueting has been teaching composition and theory at the Manhattan School of Music, where he serves as the chair of the theory department.  He has also taught vocal accompanying at the Conservatory of Music and Theater in Rostock, Germany, and appeared as guest faculty and lecturer at universities and conservatories in China, Colombia, Germany, Russia, South Korea, and the United States.

More information >> reiko-fueting.de



For the fourth consecutive year, the Austrian Cultural Forum New York has teamed up with the Argento New Music Project’s director, Michel Galante, to produce Moving Sounds, a festival dedicated to music, visual media and aesthetic dialogue that features emerging and pioneering artists who focus on electronically generated music, and those who are at the interface of classically instrumented and electronic music.

>> acfny.org/MSOUNDS

German Consulate General
871 United Nations Plaza,
New York, NY

Free Admission. RSVP required. Please e-mail: germanconsulatenyc@gmail.com

As a general rule, all events held at the German Consulate General are free and open to the public unless otherwise specified. However, due  to the high number of responses and limited space availability, we  kindly ask that you RSVP to the address provided and receive  confirmation before attending. Please arrive 15 minutes prior to the  start of the event. Doors close promptly at the start time. Please show photo ID at the door.

homeeventsthe buildingthe buildinghistoryarchitecturefactsthe booktourslibrarylibrarymembership programpresspress materialsaboutaboutvisit & contactmissionhistoryteampartnersthe austrian foreign ministryacf translation prize