Wednesday 21.06.2023 19:00 — 21:00
ArtLab Max Planck Institute for Empirical Aesthetics

Piano Concert "Articulations"

Piano Concert "Articulations"

We cordially invite you to the second concert in our "Ligeti 100" series.

In 2023, the Max Planck Institute for Empirical Aesthetics will join the music world in celebrating the 100th anniversary of György Ligeti’s birth, with a series of four lecture-concerts during the year. The events will present several of Ligeti’s most important works, including his complete piano music, performed by the Institute’s Director Fredrik Ullén, who made the world première recording of Ligeti’s second book of piano etudes.

Part 02: Articulations

Wednesday, June 21, 7 p.m., ArtLab concert hall / Livestream on YouTube


  1. György Ligeti: Artikulation (1958)
    Electronic Music
    Sound Direction: Holger Stenschke
  2. Lecture by Prof. Dr. Rudolf Frisius:
    György Ligeti and the Musical Avant-garde: Unanswered Questions
    (production of the musical examples: Jia Liu,
  3. György Ligeti: Études for Piano, Book 1 (1985)
    Piano: Fredrik Ullén

No. 1: Désordre

No. 2: Cordes à vide

No. 3: Touches bloquées

No. 4: Fanfares

No. 5: Arc-en-ciel

No. 6: Automne à Varsovie


The event will be held in English. After the concert the on-site audience is cordially invited to a small reception with drinks and snacks. The concert will take about one hour. Admission is free. Due to the limited number of seats, we kindly ask you to register in advance at

The concert will be streamed in parallel on the MPIEA's YouTube channel.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us via e-mail or by phone at 069 8300479-652.

About the perfomer:

Fredrik Ullén is an internationally active concert pianist since the 90s, with solo recitals e.g. at the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival (Hamburg), Dinard International Music Festival (Dinard, France), Risör Chamber Music Festival (Risör, Norway), Georg Enescu Festival (Bucarest), Rarities of Piano Music Festival (Husum, Germany), Taubman Piano Festival (Williamstown, USA), Istanbul Recitals (Istanbul),  Båstad Chamber Music Festival (Båstad, Sweden), Nordlyd Music Festival (Trondheim, Norway), Tallinn International Piano Festival (Tallinn), Numus Festival (Århus, Denmark), PerPiano Festival (Marche, Italy), Leipzig Gewandhaus, Berlin Konzerthaus, New York, Chicago, Paris, Budapest, Helsinki, Dublin, Malmö, Gothenburg, Stockholm New Music Festival, Stockholm Electron Music Festival; two national Swedish tours arranged by Concerts Sweden. His discography currently includes 25 titles, including a recording of the complete piano works of György Ligeti and a recent complete recording of Sorabji’s "Transcendental Studies", one of the largest cycles written for solo piano.

In April 2021, Fredrik Ullén has been appointed Director of the Department of "Cognitive Neuropsychology" at the Max Planck Institute for Empirical Aesthetics, Frankfurt am Main, Germany.

About Rudolf Frisius:

Rudolf Frisius is a musicologist with a focus on Musicology (especially music theory, music of the 20th and 21st centuries, music and radio play, electroacoustic music) and Music Education (especially new approaches to music theory in schools, universities, and instrumental pedagogy). Publications on Stockhausen (e.g.

three-volume monograph, article MGG), Xenakis (e.g. in MusikTexte and MusikKonzepte), Henry, Kagel, Riedl, Rihm, Schaeffer, Electroacoustic Music (e.g. Handbuch Musik im 20. Jahrhundert). Participation in the selection committee of the German Music Council for the CD project "Music in Germany 1950-2000" (incl. publication of CD anthologies on studio technology and contemporary historical references of electroacoustic music). 1999-2005 Chairman of the Institute for New Music and Music Education Darmstadt. Author of numerous radio broadcasts e.g. on contemporary composers, musique concrète, Electronic Music, radio drama.


The next two dates of this four part series are:

  •     Part 03: Magical Machines – Wednesday, October 11, 7 p.m.
  •     Part 04: Roots and Relations – Wednesday, December 13, 7 p.m.

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