In the 2018/2019 academic year 900presente reached the milestone of its 20th season. 5 concerts plus one special project are planned from October 2018 to May 2019. The 900presente season is co-produced by RSI RETE DUE.
Since its inception, 900presente has presented over fifty concert, theatrical, and multimedia productions, recording for Radiotelevisione Svizzera di lingua italiana (RSI) and welcoming well-known musicians and composers such as Huber, Bräm, Jarrell, Kelterborn, Sciarrino, Gervasoni, Darbellay, Manzoni, Corghi, Aperghis, Schöllhorn, Birtwistle, Bussotti, Lachenmann, Subotnick and Jolas.
The number of first performances of works is steadily increasing, a sign of an original and constantly evolving programme. The most recent works specially commissioned by 900presente include the “Trio for oboe, bassoon and piano“ (2010) by Jean Luc Darbellay and Giacomo Manzoni's music for Samuel Beckett's radio play “Cascando“ (2011). In 2016 José María Sanchez-Verdú was commissioned to write the music for “Il giardino della vita“, based on the text by Gilberto Isella.
Some of the most notable regular collaborations of the season include that with the drama department of the RSI which has led to the production of various radio plays in concert form over the years, and the collaboration with the SUPSI Visual Communication degree course and the Accademia Teatro Dimitri for large-scale multimedia productions. Recent works include: “The Threepenny Opera” by Weill and Brecht, “Satyricon” by Maderna, “Kraanerg” by Xenakis, “The rape of Lucretia” by Britten, “The Story of the World at Play” by Honegger, “The Yellow Sound” by Kandinskij, “Vocal Gestures” with music by Berio and Schnebel, “Dadamusica” with music by Antheil and Satie.
Today, the concert season is artistically curated by conductor Arturo Tamayo, assisted by Francesco Bossaglia, and produced by Carlo Ciceri.
The Ensemble900 of the Conservatorio della Svizzera italiana was founded in 1999 by the late conductor Giorgio Bernasconi, as a resident ensemble for the concert season 900presente.
The project has the dual purpose of establishing itself as a benchmark for the the diffusion of a modern, contemporary repertoire in the Italian-speaking part of Switzerland and, at the same time, giving the students of the Conservatorio the opportunity to develop significant skills in a crucial field for the modern musician.
The ensemble is restructured every year, bringing together the best students of Bachelor's degrees, Master's and Advanced Studies in the University School of Music.