Born 1979 in Kortrijk/Belgium. After graduating as an engineer, Stefan Prins studied piano and composition at the Royal Flemish Conservatory in Antwerp, electronic music at the Royal Conservatory of Brussels and Sonology at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague. In 2017 he obtained a PhD in composition at Harvard University under the guidance of Chaya Czernowin. He received several important international awards, such as the Berliner Kunstpreis für Musik, the Kranichsteiner Musikpreis für Komposition and the ISCM Young Composers Award. His music is heavily inspired by contemporary technologies and interdisciplinarity. Stefan Prins is artistic co-director of the Nadar Ensemble and regularly performs (electronics) as an improvising musician, amongst others with Ministry of Bad Decisions.
What makes artistic collaboration work?
A good artistic collaboration is like a good love relationship: first of all there needs to be chemistry and a healthy portion of admiration. And you need to have matching perspectives on what’s important, while at the same time you challenge each other. You need to trust each other unconditionally (also each other’s feedback, thoughts and comments) and respect each other’s autonomy, but you also want to let the other influence you and learn from the other. And you need to be able to have fun together!
What would be important for you when curating a concert/festival?
That the result is more than the sum of its parts. That through unexpected connections between the different artworks, new dimensions and ideas are unlocked. That every element, action, gesture, sound and image is integrated into the overall dramaturgy of the event. That the event is both sensorially and conceptually rich.