American composer Elliott Carter turns 100 this year. His works often adopt a neoclassical aesthetic and those written after 1950 tend to be atonal.
Bashkirova is the founder of the Metropolis Ensemble in Berlin and Jerusalem International Festival of Chamber Music
Carter's "Intermittences" for piano, written in 2005, tactfully parallels silence with sound.
It was performed by Russian pianist Elena Bashkirova as part of the 2008 Beethovenfest in Bonn.