Exhibitions, Festivals, and Prizes

Exhibitions, festivals, and prizes

Exhibitions

In collaboration with the Gaudeamus Foundation in Bilthoven and VARA-Radio Hilversum, Kayn helps to establish the Forum der neuen Musik series at the Goethe-Institut, and in collaboration with other museums and the Goethe-Institut creates the series film + experiment, which would run nationwide until 1989 in ten cities.
In the context of the exhibition Computer + Kunst in Amsterdam, Kayn, Max Bense, Jan Aler, and others participate in a symposium on the topic organized by the University’s Institute for Esthetics.
 
Kayn at the “Computer + Kunst” Symposium in Amsterdam, March 1971. From left to right, A. B. Frielink, Kayn, Max Bense, Jan Aler.
At the Kusthalle Bremen, the exhibition Roland Kayn – Graphical scores and documents complements daily performances of Kayn’s work Simultan.
The exhibition From music box to music computer takes place in all the rooms at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, in collaboration with the Van Gogh Museum, the Goethe Institute and the Stichting Contactorgaan Electronic Muziek u.a. Concerts, automatic music, listening stations, documentaries, films, and workshops all take place, including a performance of Simultan featuring a live analogue computer program. The events are very popular in the media, but they also provoke a sharp protest from some museum visitors.
 
Flyer for the exhibition “From music box to music computer” at the van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam, January 1976.
A reconstruction of the Düsseldorf exhibition Degenerate Music from 1938 is presented with an expanded Dutch part at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, in connection with the Goethe Institute, the Haags Gemeentemuseum, the Stichting Gaudeamus, and others.

Festivals

1970: Kayn is appointed to the jury of the Angelicum Edizioni-Suvini-Zerboni Competition in Milan.
1984: Kayn takes part in the Ars Electronica Festival in Linz with the première of Ready-Made I and II.
1965: Schwingungen receives first prize at the Biennale de Paris.

1967: Kayn receives an invitation to participate as a jury member at the Paris Biennale.

1962: Kayn wins second prize at the Concorso Internazionale di Composizione della SIMC in the chamber music category for his score of Vectors I.

1963: Schwingungen is awarded the second prize at the Concorso Internazionale di Composizione della SIMC.

2002: In Den Bosch, Kayn’s piece Kristallnacht from 1995 is premièred in concert at the Muziekcentrum for the Earational Festival.
The AXES Foundation in Eindhoven hosts Festival DE LANGE ADEM 2005, together with a ten and a half hour première of Kayn’s piece Scanning, along with video projections by young artists. Few visitors and a non-judgmental local press review are the result.
1975: Kayn participates in the Festival Internationale de la Musique Experimentale in Bourges with the French première of Simultan in the Maison de la Culture.
1962: Kayn is staying in Rome and Venice, and premières Phases – Obelisk für Auschwitz at the Festival Internazionale di Musica Contemporanea in Venice.

1969: Cybernetics III premières at the Festival Internazionale di Musica Contemporanea in Venice.

1974: Vectors II is performed by Andrzej Markowski with the Rundfunk Sinfonie-Orchester Frankfurt at the Festival Warschauer Herbst and achieves a sustained resonance.
1970: In collaboration with the Gaudeamus Foundation in Bilthoven and VARA-Radio Hilversum, Kayn helps to establish the Forum der neuen Musik series at the Goethe-Institut.
1972: Kayn participates in the International Congress of Musical Graphics organised by the Istituto Latino-americano in Rome.
1980: Kayn is awarded DM 2.47.- by GEMA for the performance of Simultan at the International Festival, Bourges, 1975.
1970: Kayn is appointed to the jury of the International Gaudeamus Composition Competition.
1958: Kayn’s Kammerkonzert receives the first prize for best work by a foreigner at the Karuizawa Festival in Japan.
 
Kayn at the Karuizawa Festival in Japan, 1958.
1961: Andrzej Markowski conducts the premiere of Vectors I at the Music Biennale in Venice.
1975: The New Music Days in Bonn are dedicated to Roland Kayn. Daily performances of Simultan take place over 32 channels, workshops, band demonstrations of instrumental music, and discussions are held non-stop in the studio and the foyers of the Beethoven-Halle.
2006: Within the scope of the Nieuwe Muzieknacht hosted by the Concertzender Hilversum on June 12, the composition Hommage a K. R. H. Sonderborg is played, along with Invisible Music on July 31.
2003: At the end of the year, the integral premiere of Makro (1977) took place at the Neues Museum Weserburg in Bremen, Germany, on December 26 as part of the event series REM (Reihe Elektronischer Musik).
1960: Kayn collaborates with the Gruppo Universitario Nuova Musica (GUNM) in Palermo and acts as co-organizor of the first Settimana Internazionale Nuova Musica, where the première of Spektren is given.
1963: Première of Schwingungen for five sound groups (which emerged in 1961-62 as commissioned by the city of Hamburg) at the Settimana di Nuova Musica in Palermo, Italy.
1969: Sequenzen premières at the NDR’s Tage für Neue Musik in Hanover.
1973: Vectors II for orchestra is premièred at the Venice Biennale by Andrzej Markowski and the NDR Symphony Orchestra, Hamburg.
1962: The first Polish performance of Vectors I takes place at the Warsaw Autumn Festival.

1966: Andrzej Markowski performs Allotropie with the Orchestra Sinfonica della RAI Torino for the first time at the Warsaw Autumn Festival.

1979: Performance of Makro II at the Warsaw Autumn Festival.

1980: Szabolcs Esztényi gives the Polish première of Quantum at the Warsaw Autumn Festival.

1981: The Studio Teatr in the Palace of Culture in Warsaw gives five performances of Cosmic Circus at the Warsaw Autumn Festival.

Prizes and awards

  • Hamburg Bach-Prize, 1957
  • Best work by a foreigner – first prize, Karuizawa Festival, Japan, 1958
  • Rome Prize, 1960
  • Second prize in chamber music, Concorso Internazionale di Composizione della SIMC for Vectors I, 1962
  • Second prize, Concorso Internazionale di Composizione della SIMC for Schwingungen, 1963
  • First prize, Biennale de Paris for Schwingungen, 1965
  • Prize of DM 2.47.- by GEMA for the 1975 performance of Simultan at the International Festival, Bourges, 1980