2019

He was born in Jaén (Spain) in 1991. In 2009 he started Bachelor’s degree in Music Education at Universidad de Jaén, getting in 2011 a scholarship to study composition at Kean University (NJ, USA), graduating in 2012. The following year he joined to Conservatorio Superior de Música de Aragón (CSMA) in Zaragoza (Spain), where he studied Bachelor’s degree in composition with Jose María Sánchez-Verdú (2013) and Juan José Eslava (2015), obtaining his degree in 2017. During that same year he was accepted at the Hochschule für Musik und Theather “Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy” in Leipzig to follow his studies of Master’s degree in Composition with Fabien Lévy. In October 2018 he starts an Erasmus+ semester at Conservatorio di Musica “Giuseppe Verdi” di Milano, with Gabriele Manca. His works have been performed in many cities in Spain (as Madrid, Zaragoza, Pamplona), besides Germany, Italy and Switzerland, and he has also participated in festivals as After Cage (Pamplona, 2017), Ticino Musica (Lugano, 2018 & 2019) o ZfGM Festival (Leipzig, 2019), collaborating with ensembles such as Neue Vocalsolisten Stuttgart, Ensemble Modern or Divertimento Ensemble.

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Guitarist-composer Hakki Cengiz Eren’s music has been performed across the United States, Europe, Brazil and Turkey. Some of the ensembles he has worked with include Ensemble Schallfeld, Ensemble Móbile, Ensemble Suono Giallo, Ensemble Composit, Schwerpunkt Ensemble, Ecce, Argus Quartet, Meiter Ensemble and Ensemble Modern.

In 2017, he has been commissioned by the Royaumont foundation to write a new work for the Meitar Ensemble, an achievement that also gained him a residency at the Camargo foundation in 2018. Among several international awards he has been recognized with are the Hans J. Salter Music Memorial Award, 1st prize in MIGF composition competition, ERT Prize in Città di Udine Composition Competition 2020, Peter David Faith Memorial Award, BNMI Call for Scores, CEMI Circles Call for Scores, Kirkoskammer Composition Competition (special commendation), Donald Aird Earplay Competition (finalist), Mdi Ensemble Call for Scores (Finalist) and the prestigious American Prize for Composition (finalist).

Cengiz has participated in various international festivals, workshops and masterclasses, including the Royaumont Voix Nouvelles, Ticino Academy, CEME, Sound of Wander, Darmstadt Summer Course, Festival Mixtur, Impuls Academy, IlSuono Academy, Composit Festival, Musiikin aika, Etchings Festival, Soundscape Festival and the Los Angeles Micro-Fest. In such environments he has studied so far with internationally renowned names like Philippe Leroux, Clara Iannotta, Dimitri Kourlandski, Alex Mincek, Pierluigi Billone, Stefan Prins, Simon Steen-Andersen, Mauricio Sotelo, Klaus Lang, Francesco Filidei, Beat Furrer, Franck Bedrossian, Mark Andre, Onur Türkmen, Joël Bons, Brian Hulse and Michael Quell.

He has completed his Bachelor’s degree in guitar performance at the Peabody Institute. This was followed by a Master’s degree in composition at University of Michigan. He has recently obtained a DMA in composition from the USC Thornton School of Music, where his main teachers have been Stephen Hartke, Donald Crockett and Sean Friar.

Recently, teaching has been an important part of his current activities, and he is now a lecturer at Near East University, Department of Music.

Born in Kanagawa, Japan, she began studying piano at the age of seven. And she started studying composition at the age of twenty. She graduated from Aoyama Gakuin University in 2013. In 2014 she entered the Tokyo University of Arts (GEIDAI, composition). In 2018, she won the Acanthus Award and the Taito Mayor’s Award. From September 2018, as a master student, she continues her studies at the Geneva Music University(Haute école de musique de Genève). She is studying under Michael Jarrell, Luis Naon and Gilbert Nouno in Geneva. In Japan, she studied under Akio Yasuraoka, Rikuya Terashima. She is based in Geneva, receives the “Swiss Confederation Excellence Scholarship”, and also is granted the fellowship by the Program of Overseas Study for Upcoming Artists sponsored by the Agency for Cultural Affairs. Immediately after arriving in Europe, her works were presented worldwide, including Tokyo, Geneva, New York, Lugano, Vienna. She has participated in several festivals, with many ensembles and musicians including Ensemble Modern, Ensemble Reconcil, and mdi Ensemble.

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Polina Korobkova (*2001), is a Russian composer, artist and performer, born and raised in Moscow, residing in Zürich, Switzerland.

She is currently studying MA composition in Zurich University of Arts with Isabel Mundry and in Basel Music Academy with Caspar Johannes Walter.

She has also received instruction from Martin Shüttler, Wolfgang Rihm, Dmitri Kourliandski, Beat Furrer, Helmut Lachenmann, Bernard Cavanna, Bryn Harrison, Enno Poppe, Clara Ianotta, Oscar Bianchi, Kaija Saariaho, Sir George Benjamin, Martijn Padding, Jasna Velickovic, Katharina Rosenberger, Olaf Nicolai, Dieter Mersch, Nils Röller, Fredrick Gifford, Bernhard Gander and many others.

Polina participated in such festivals as 26th Young Composers’ Meeting in Apeldoorn (2020); 9th International Young Composers Academy in Tchaikovsky-city (2019); Lucerne Festival Academy (2019); International Young Composers Academy in Lugano (2019, 2018); Time of Music Summer Academy (Viitasaari, 2019); Roma Newmusicweek (Rome, 2019), Archipel Academy (Geneva, 2019) etc.

Polina is a holder of ZHdK excellence scholarship; winner of IGNM Zürich call for proposals 2020, the 26th Apeldoorn-comission prize (2020) and molOt ensemble’s competition (2019). She has also received special prize for the most promised young composer at the “Joseph Dorfman Memorial Composers Competition” (Ochsenhausen, 2017) and a special mention in mdi ensemble’s Call for Scores (2019).

Her works have been performed in Zürich, Basel, Lucerne, Lugano, Geneva, Moscow, St. Petersburg, Berlin, Apeldoorn and Oslo by such ensembles as Neue Vocalsolisten Stuttgart, orkest de ereprijs, MCME ensemble, Ensemble Modern, Jack quartet, Mivos quartet, mdi ensemble, DELIRIUM ensemble, molOt-ensemble, Reheard ensemble, FESTINO chamber choir and many acclaimed soloists.

Polina’s has a special interest in contemporary philosophy, especially in media theory, dark theories, speculative turn, acceleration and object-oriented ontology, as well as in contemporary art and experimental cinematography. She is open to collaboration with artists, film directors, dancers and scientists.

James Stone (b. 1993) is a composer and pianist. His music has been performed internationally by Ensemble Modern, Quatuor Tana, Quince Contemporary Vocal Ensemble, Ensemble Proton Bern, Sound Icon, members of Ensemble Dal Niente, Formalist Quartet, Mivos Quartet, the Eco Ensemble, and others. He is currently pursuing a PhD in Music Composition at the University of California, Berkeley, studying primarily with Franck Bedrossian, Myra Melford, Ken Ueno and Cindy Cox. Before that, he studied at the University of Chicago with Augusta Read Thomas and Anthony Cheung. Upcoming projects include a piece for Quince Contemporary Vocal Ensemble (with which they will tour in 2021); a reed quintet to be premiered by Splinter Reeds; and a sinfonietta for the Eco Ensemble.

2018

Helga Arias (Bilbao, 1984) started her composition studies at the RCSM Victoria Eugenia of Granada. She moved to Italy thanks to a scholarship to study composition with Mario Garuti and Javier Torres Maldonado at the Conservatorio G. Verdi of Milan and then went to Parma, to continue her studies in composition and computer music with Torres Maldonado.
Between 2014 and 2016 she continued her education in Austria thanks to a full scholarship of the SGAE (Spanish General Society for authors and publishers) with Beat Furrer (Kuntsuniversität Graz) and Karlheinz Essl (Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst Wien), obtaining both a Postgrad in Composition and in Computer Music.

Besides, she has received individual lessons from other composers such as Michael Jarrell, Kaija Saariaho, J.B. Barrière, Georg Friedrich Haas, Pierluigi Billone, Isabel Mundry, Mark André, Toshio Hosokawa or Alberto Posadas among others and participated in masterclasses with Helmuth Lachenmann, Wolfgang Rihm, Philippe Manoury, José María Sánchez Verdú, Trevor Wishart or Daniel Teruggi.

She has been awarded in the international contest “Città di Udine”, the RCSM Victoria Eugenia de Granada contest for Symphonic Orchestra, the shut up and listen! Electroacustic festival in Vienna, Wittener Tage für neue Kammermusik Competition 2014, the honorary prize of the Colegio de España en Paris – INAEM 2016, the 2nd prize at the ACC International Composer’s Competition (South Korea) or the 3rd prize at the Asia Pacific Saxophone Composition Competition.

Her music has been performed in several festivals and music halls around the world, such as the Fundacion BBVA, Donaueschinger Musiktage (Next Generation), Manifeste Paris, Wittener Tage für neue Kammermusik, EMUFEST Rome, Klangwerkstatt Berlin, Festival Mixtur in Barcelona, Foro Internacional de Musica Nueva (Mexico), Domaine Forget (Canada), Echoraum Vienna, Experimentalstudio Academy of the SWR Freiburg, 3rd Forum for Young Composers in Cascais (Portugal), SCM 2017 Helsinki, ICMC 2017 Shangai, ISCM World Music Days in Tongyeong (South Korea), ZKM Karlsruhe (Germany) by ensembles such as Sigma Project, Feedback, Espai Sonor, Ensemble d’arts, Neue Vocalsolisten Sttutgart, Ensemble Inercontemporain, Ensemble SurPlus, International Ensemble Modern Academy (IEMA), The Riot Ensemble, Vertixe Sonora, Nouvelle Ensemble Moderne, ECCE ensemble, Taller Sonoro, Ensemble Cepromusic and many others.

In 2020 she will be composer in residency by the ICE Ensemble (USA).
She is currently a PhD candidate at the Anton Bruckner Privatuniversität Linz (Austria).

Her music establishes relations between acoustic and electronic resonance and explores the microscopical variations of the sound phenomena. In her most recent pieces she also includes subtle theatrical aspects and collaborative processes. Her music is edited by Babel Scores.

She lives and teaches in Switzerland.

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Born in Rome, here he studied composition (Telli) and piano (Torchiani); then he perfected his studies with Solbiati (Tours, Milan) and Fedele (Accademia Nazionale Santa Cecilia).

In international masterclasses and academies he developed his aesthetic approach thanks to the tutelage of, amongst others, Haas, Gervasoni, Hosokawa, Filidei, Billone, Gander, Bianchi, Stroppa, Minakakis, Kyburz, Manca, Cendo, Murail, Bedrossian.

His compositions, selected and awarded in several international competitions, have been played in Europe, Russia, China and USA, in eminent expositions and festivals by orchestras and ensembles such as Klangforum Wien, Neue Vocalsolisten, Prometeo Ensemble, IEMA, Divertimento Ensemble, Musiques Nouvelles, ATMusica, Studio for New Music, Moscow Contemporary Music Ensemble, Avanti Chamber Orchestra, MDI ensemble, Parco della Musica Contemporanea Ensemble, Apostroph’, Ensemble Novecento, Brouwer Trio, Duo Essentia, Duo Raponi/Dinapoli, Orchestra of the Deutsche Radio Philharmonie, Orchestra Giovanile di Roma, Orchestra Teatro Comunale Bologna and by soloists such as Florentin Ginot, Samuele Telari, Gianni Trovalusci, Maria Grazia Bellocchio and conducted by Angius, Volkov, Corlay, Nawri, Dronov, Dessy, Corrado, Goldstein, Battista, Horváth, Baba, Gorli.

Through stipendium and residences, his work is supported (among others) by institutions such as Fondation Royaumont, Società Aquilana dei Concerti (B. Barattelli), SIAE, etc. His music has been broadcasted by SR 2 KulturRadio (DE), Radio Rai1 (IT), Radio Rai3 (IT), Radio Rock 106.6 (IT), and some of the arrangements he made has been broadcasted on Rai2 TV (IT). His works are published by Ed. Suvini Zerboni, the work Threshold is published by Universal Edition (2017); his music is released by EMA Vinci Records and Tactus Records.

He collaborated as korrepetitor and choir conductor to the research study Exploration of the effectiveness and transferability of an English model of health promotion based on participation in singing groups […], developed by Elisabetta Corvo through Stephen Clift, director of the “Sidney De Haan Research Centre for Arts and Health” – Canterbury Christ Church University – United Kingdom.
His paper Music and Architecture – Aesthetic and sociological implications has been published in the book Musica & Architettura, Nuova Cultura Ed. (2012).

He was born in Jaén (Spain) in 1991. In 2009 he started Bachelor’s degree in Music Education at Universidad de Jaén, getting in 2011 a scholarship to study composition at Kean University (NJ, USA), graduating in 2012. The following year he joined to Conservatorio Superior de Música de Aragón (CSMA) in Zaragoza (Spain), where he studied Bachelor’s degree in composition with Jose María Sánchez-Verdú (2013) and Juan José Eslava (2015), obtaining his degree in 2017. During that same year he was accepted at the Hochschule für Musik und Theather “Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy” in Leipzig to follow his studies of Master’s degree in Composition with Fabien Lévy. In October 2018 he starts an Erasmus+ semester at Conservatorio di Musica “Giuseppe Verdi” di Milano, with Gabriele Manca. His works have been performed in many cities in Spain (as Madrid, Zaragoza, Pamplona), besides Germany, Italy and Switzerland, and he has also participated in festivals as After Cage (Pamplona, 2017), Ticino Musica (Lugano, 2018 & 2019) o ZfGM Festival (Leipzig, 2019), collaborating with ensembles such as Neue Vocalsolisten Stuttgart, Ensemble Modern or Divertimento Ensemble.

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Polina Korobkova (*2001), is a Russian composer, artist and performer, born and raised in Moscow, residing in Zürich, Switzerland.

She is currently studying MA composition in Zurich University of Arts with Isabel Mundry and in Basel Music Academy with Caspar Johannes Walter.

She has also received instruction from Martin Shüttler, Wolfgang Rihm, Dmitri Kourliandski, Beat Furrer, Helmut Lachenmann, Bernard Cavanna, Bryn Harrison, Enno Poppe, Clara Ianotta, Oscar Bianchi, Kaija Saariaho, Sir George Benjamin, Martijn Padding, Jasna Velickovic, Katharina Rosenberger, Olaf Nicolai, Dieter Mersch, Nils Röller, Fredrick Gifford, Bernhard Gander and many others.

Polina participated in such festivals as 26th Young Composers’ Meeting in Apeldoorn (2020); 9th International Young Composers Academy in Tchaikovsky-city (2019); Lucerne Festival Academy (2019); International Young Composers Academy in Lugano (2019, 2018); Time of Music Summer Academy (Viitasaari, 2019); Roma Newmusicweek (Rome, 2019), Archipel Academy (Geneva, 2019) etc.

Polina is a holder of ZHdK excellence scholarship; winner of IGNM Zürich call for proposals 2020, the 26th Apeldoorn-comission prize (2020) and molOt ensemble’s competition (2019). She has also received special prize for the most promised young composer at the “Joseph Dorfman Memorial Composers Competition” (Ochsenhausen, 2017) and a special mention in mdi ensemble’s Call for Scores (2019).

Her works have been performed in Zürich, Basel, Lucerne, Lugano, Geneva, Moscow, St. Petersburg, Berlin, Apeldoorn and Oslo by such ensembles as Neue Vocalsolisten Stuttgart, orkest de ereprijs, MCME ensemble, Ensemble Modern, Jack quartet, Mivos quartet, mdi ensemble, DELIRIUM ensemble, molOt-ensemble, Reheard ensemble, FESTINO chamber choir and many acclaimed soloists.

Polina’s has a special interest in contemporary philosophy, especially in media theory, dark theories, speculative turn, acceleration and object-oriented ontology, as well as in contemporary art and experimental cinematography. She is open to collaboration with artists, film directors, dancers and scientists.

Claudio Panariello was born in Naples in 1989, he studied Composition, Electronic Music and Piano. He also graduated in Physics at University of Pisa.
He attended master classes and courses with a.o. F. Filidei, M. Lanza, R. Cendo, O. Bianchi, C. Czernowin, S. Steen-Andersen, Y. Maresz, S. Movio.

His music has been performed by Divertimento Ensemble, Ensemble SuonoGiallo, mdi ensemble, Neue Vocalsolisten Stuttgart, Ensemble Mise-En, Ensemble United Instruments of Lucilin, etc. and in festival such as “Mise-En Music Festival” in New York, “Rondo” and “Sound of Wander” in Milano, “Festival delle Nazioni” in Citta di Castello, “Casa del Quartetto – Fondazione I Teatri” in Reggio Emilia, “Risuonanze” in Udine, etc.

He has also worked in sound installations field with “Fewy”, exposed in the Sol LeWitt Hall of the Museo Madre (NA) during the project Electromadre, and “Studio in tre fasi”, a site specific sound installation, premiered at the Goethe Institut in Rome.

In 2017 he wins the Divertimento Ensemble’s “Concorso di Composizione AFAM” for young composers.

He is currently a PhD student in Sound and Music Computing at KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, focusing his research on musical adaptive systems.

Evija Skuķe (1992) is a dynamic and vibrant Latvian composer, whose effervescent talent for composing has been apparent since her early studies. Her oeuvre includes pieces for various chamber ensembles, choral music and symphonic opuses.

Skuķe has been composing since the age of 10, and is a graduate of the Riga Cathedral Choir School and the Music Theory programme at the Emīls Dārziņš Music School. Her first composition teachers were Pauls Dambis and Pēteris Vasks. Evija gained a bachelor’s degree from the Jāzeps Vītols Latvian Academy of Music under Selga Mence, while her master’s was obtained under Jānis Petraškevičs.

Skuķe’s music is intense and full of movement, always enriched with imaginative ideas. Her scores are full of an elemental energy, surprising with their cheeky jokes and expressive rhythmic vocabulary. Taut drama gives the composer’s pieces an intriguing and unpredictable musical flow.
Skuķe’s signature musical style can be recognised immediately; it possesses an archaic power and directness, a youthful rebelliousness and a prismatic vibrancy. The importance of a sound in itself, its process of exploration, precision and details are important to the composer. Her pieces often challenge the performer’s limits. She enjoys heavy metal (Rammstein, Slayer, Sleep) and is musically close to Carlo Gesualdo, György Ligeti, Gérard Grisey, Fausto Romitelli and Giacinto Scelsi, among others.

While still a student, Skuķe gained recognition with her untamed works, taking part in projects alongside established Latvian and international composers (two cycles of new works commissioned by Youth Choir Kamēr…, Amber Songs and The Moon Songs; the children’s opera Potato Opera). In 2014 she was awarded the Jāzeps Vītols Latvian Academy of Music and Swedbank Annual Award for Young Musicians . In the same year, Skuķe’s piece for string quartet, Trans(S), was recognised as the best of 392 pieces in the instrumental music category at the 10th Città di Udine international composition competition.

The composer sang for nine years with Youth Choir Kamēr…. Skuķe herself says that her time spent in the choir served as an upbringing for her, teaching her passion for the stage and cooperation with others to reach a higher goal. Thanks to Kamēr…, the choir has become Skuķe’s favourite instrument. In her choral compositions, she has a keen sense of the choral texture, using a wide range and large spectrum of colors to be drawn out of the choir’s voices with great skill. In her pieces, the composer has uniquely combined a folk singing style with a contemporary musical language—Mēness vokalīze (Moon Vocalise), Zvīdzi, zvīdzi (Neigh, Neigh), Naraudavu, Gods (Honour)—while also viewing the choir as an instrumental entity, bringing it close to an orchestral sound: Vēja vokalīze (Wind Vocalise), Viļņi (Waves). Skuķe achieved an impressive expansion of the choral and orchestral sounds in her choral symphony Ainulindalë, which uses motifs of the work of English writer J.R.R. Tolkien to portray the creation of the world. The piece was also performed at the international composers’ exhibition ROSTRUM 2015.

In her chamber music, Skuķe excites with her creation of apt images and colourful narratives: Mazās serenādes. Kukaiņu Meditācijas (Little Serenades. Insect Meditations), Piecas dziesmas ar Jāņa Baltvilka dzeju (Five Songs with the Poetry of Jānis Baltvilks). Meanwhile, in her symphonic music, Skuķe turns to conceptual ideas, exploring sounds and their ability to play with one another, resulting in pieces with an unusual timbral palette and tension: Tramvajs (Tram), …you send shivers down my spine.

Her pieces have been performed by ensembles such as the State Choir Latvija conducted by Māris Sirmais, the chamber orchestra Sinfonietta Rīga conducted by Normunds Šnē, youth choirs Kamēr… and Sōla conducted by Jānis Liepiņš and Kaspars Ādamsons, the professional wind orchestra RIGA, as well as well-known instrumentalists and singers. Skuķe also keenly participates in interdisciplinary projects: in 2015, in collaboration with composer Armands Aleksandravičus and librettist Dāvis Lācis, Skuķe was part of creating Barista, a chamber opera/happening, which was performed at one of Riga’s Coffee Inn cafes, gaining extensive audience interest.

Skuķe has had several successful collaborations with performance artist Anda Lāce. Their performance Atindēšana (Detoxification) was nominated for the highest honour in Latvian art: the 2017 Purvītis Prize.
Outside of Latvia, Evija’s music has been performed in Vienna’s Arnold Schönberg Center, the Netherlands, Italy, Russia and Japan.

Since 2015, Evija Skuķe has worked at the Emīls Dārziņš Music School as a composition, solfege, basic theory, polyphony and instrumentation teacher. The composer is a vibrant person with colourful hair, crazy ideas and a bubbly laugh. In her free time, she practices Bujinkan, the Japanese martial art, and experiments in the kitchen.

Alexandros Spyrou is a Greek composer, founder and director of the Delian Academy for New Music, founding member of meta-ξ, and curator of Ergon ensemble. In his compositional work, he questions the modernistic paradigm of dialectics and dualism and proposes a liquid identity of a-centered multiplicities which are in a continuous morphallaxis, in a constant state of becoming. He composes chamber and orchestral music, music for stage and electronic media, and often collaborates with artists, writers, and scientists. Alexandro’s music has been performed in Austria, Croatia, Germany, Greece, Italy, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States by such ensembles as Klangforum Wien, London Sinfonietta, JACK Quartet, Neue Vocalsolisten Stuttgart, MDI Ensemble Milano, Ensemble SurPlus, the Contemporary Directions Ensemble, Musica Nova Ensemble, Ensemble DissonArt, and many acclaimed soloists. After undergraduate studies in composition and music theory in Greece, Alexandros studied composition with Michael Finnissy in the United Kingdom, with Beat Furrer in Austria, and with David Gompper and Josh Levine in the United States. Further, he attended masterclasses with numerous composers. He has presented his music in several festivals and academies such as the Internationale Ferienkurse für Neue Musik Darmstadt, and the Schloss Solitude Akademie in Germany, the Composit Festival in Italy, the XVIII World Saxophone Congress in Croatia, the Ticino Musica Festival in Switzerland, the Midwest Composers Symposium and the Exchange of Midwestern Collegiate Composers in the United States, OutHear New Music Week and Off-Borders Festival in Greece. Between 2013-2017 he taught music theory and composition at the University of Iowa (USA), and served as president of the local chapter of the SCI, as student senator for the School of Music in the Graduate Student Senate, and as president of the local Fulbright Student Association. He is a member of BMI classical, the Society of Composers Inc. (USA), and the Royal Musical Association (UK). Alexandros has been a scholar of the Fulbright Foundation, the State Scholarship Foundation of Greece, the City Council of Ioannina, the University of Iowa, the Harry D. Triantafillu Foundation, the Stanley Foundation, the Austrian agency for international cooperation in education and research (OeAD), and has received prizes such as the Startstipendium for Music Composition (Austria), the Henry and Parker Pelzer Award for excellence in composition (USA), and the Ernst Mach Award (Austria). He holds diplomas in Harmony, Counterpoint and Fugue from the Conservatory of Ioannina (Greece), a Bachelor of Music from the University of Macedonia (Greece), a Master of Music from the University of Southampton (UK), a Master of Philosophy from the University of Bristol (UK), a Postgraduate Diploma in composition from the University of Music and Performing Arts in Graz (Austria), and a Ph.D in Music Composition and Theory from the University of Iowa (USA).

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Kilian Verburg was born in 1993 in Straubing/Germany. After his studies in composition pedagogics at the Hochschule Osnabrück he went to University of Jena studying art history, film and literature studies. At this point he started to integrate ideas of cinematographical constructions into his pieces. He currently lives in Leipzig where he made his Master of Music in Composition with Prof. Fabien Lévy and Prof. Claus-Steffen Mahnkopf. His work is inspired by theological and also humanistic thoughts and interdisciplinarity. Working together with dancers and choreographers made him write his master’s thesis about performance and musical composition. The human body and its network with its surroundings is always the starting point of his structural thinking. Ensembles and musicians from all around Europe premiered his compositions and in 2019 he won the Second Prize of Calmus Ensemble’s composition competition in Leipzig. Right now he works on a project about bunker and isolation.

2017

My compositional education began in the summer, 2015 at the Walden School Creative Musicians Retreat under the direction of Martin Bresnick with the assistance of Caroline Mallonee and was followed with a Fall semester course Composition for Percussion Ensemble with Elliot Cole at the New School in New York City. I began writing music in graph form as I had not learned standard notation.

I continued my composition studies in summer 2016, first with a composition master class led by Mathias Steinauer at Ticino Musica, then in tutorials with Roger Reynolds and Dror Feiler and discussions with Klaus Lang and other composers at the International Music Institute Darmstadt, and finally with a composition course taught by Christian Ofenbauer at the Mozarteum.

In the summer of 2017, I again attended the Walden School, participated in master classes with Oscar Bianchi and Simon Steen-Andersen at Ticino Musica, participated in a master class with Stefano Taglietti at Sacro Suono, Assisi, and was a resident at Ostrava Days where I worked with Mark Sabat and others.
In summer 2018 I attended masterclasses in Tallin, Estonia with Maert Matis Lill; Milna, in Croatia with Joel Hoffman; in San Marino with Nicholas Isherwood; in Ossiach with Jakob Gruchmann; and in Isolaccia, Italy with Giorgio Colombo Tacanni.

In Spring, 2019 I took a music theory class at the Lucy Moses School in New York City. In summer, 2019 I participated in masterclasses at the Mostly Modern Festival in Saratoga, NY with Ann LeBaron, at the Charlotte New Music Festival in Charlotte South Carolina with Marti Epstein and Paula Matthusen, at SoundScape in Cesena, Italy with George Lewis, at ISAM in Ochsenhausen, Germany with Jan Jirásek, and was a visitor at Ostrava Days in Czechoslovakia. In Fall, 2019 I began to write in standard notation and Ear Training with Joseph Mohan and Beginning Composition with Ray Lustig at Juilliard School in New York City.

In summer 2020, I participated in Cortona Sessions, the Summer Residency for new music at DePaul University, and the Tuckamore Festival.

The new composer Anna Ķirse is currently regarded as one of the brightest composers in Latvia. Her works flourish outside conventional concert halls and combine nature sounds, academic knowledge and an undisturbed influence of Latvian underground music in a quirk of magic. Anna enthusiastically crosses the boundaries of different genres, creating a synthesis of academic and electro-acoustic music within the center of her creative practice. Initially working as an independent musician, she joined Rolands Kronkals composition class at the Jāzeps Vītols Latvian Academy of Music in 2013. Anna has just finished her master’s degree in composition under the guidance of Dr. art. Jānis Petraškevičs.

An excerpt from the musicologist’s Armands Znotiņš review on Anna Ķirse’s composition “Radices” for eight voices and electronica, which is a fragment from her secound opera “Tree Opera. Windthrows” witch was premiered on August of 2019 in Finland: “First, every single microstructure, every musical turnover and emotional uprising here is worthy of a seperate attention, but, on the other hand, these chains of dramatic outbursts connect together very well on a macro-level, leaving an impression of a broader and more unified volume that can be perceived and analyzed as a phenomenon of both culture and nature.”

Already in her 1st year of studies Anna received the 2nd prize in the new composers’ contest organized by the composer Pēteris Vasks. In 2017, Anna, together with the visual artist Atis Jākobsons, got nominated for the most prestigious contemporary art prize in Latvia – the Purvītis Prize. In 2018, she received the Tālivaldis Ķēniņš prize for outstanding achievements in music, but in 2019 the LMT and JVLMA annual prize as the best young musician of the year. Anna Ķirse has attended workshops in Latvija, Berlin and Lugano together with such well-known composers as Oscar Bianchi, Simon Steen Andersen, Anton Safronov un Sandeep Bhagwati.