Artistic Director & Professor
Ensemble in Residence
Asia Ahmetjanova (1992* Riga, Latvia) is Latvian composer and performer [acoustic piano, keyboards, voice, art performance], since 2012 based in Lucerne, Switzerland, working in such fields as interactive chamber music, music theater, performance, music sculptures, texts and electronics.
Internal and external energy movement, intimacy, honesty in arts, have become the concentration points in her work.
Junghae Lee was born in Tokyo in 1964 and is Korean. At the age of 6 she moved to Korea with her family. During her childhood and youth she was already closely connected with music. As a natural continuation of this, she chose music as her major, namely composition, which she then studied with ByungDong Paik at Seoul National University. In 1991 she went to Basel and studied composition with the main focus on electronic music in the electronic studio of the Basel Music Academy and harpsichord at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis. During her studies she also participated in master classes with Isang Yun and Toru Takemitsu.
A number of the electro-acoustic compositions, either acousmatic or live-electronic, reflect her search for strong and clear expressiveness, which has led to her own idiom. After a period of intensive engagement with electro-acoustic music, she turned her main attention back to instrumental composition. Specific sounds and high expressiveness characterize her work, whether with or without the use of electronics.
Junghae Lee received grants and composition commissions from various institutions such as the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia and the Swiss Association of Musicians. Her works have been performed at important festivals and concert series such as the ISCM World Music Days, the Gaudeamus Music Week, the Asian Composers League Seoul and the Tage für Neue Musik Zürich and by ensembles such as Ensemble Phoenix Basel, Ensemble 4 plus Seoul, Ensemble für Neue Musik Zürich. The Musikpodium Zürich and the IGNM Basel dedicated their portrait concerts (2004/2007). Various prizes and scholarships (Toji Culture Foundation, Wonju/Korea; Oshita Fellowship, CA/USA; International Competition of Electroacoustic Music and Sonic Art, Bourge) testify to the attention paid to her work.
Since 2010 she has been organizing intercultural music projects, where she brings her previous musical experience. In this way, she thematizes cultural diversity and the similarity of past and present.
Adam Maor’s music is inspired by the reality that surrounds him, both in Israel and in the Middle East, often using electronics as a device that connects his extra-musical ideas to the instrumental fabric. Born in Haifa (Israel) 1983, Maor has written pieces spending from the orchestra to solo pieces, with and without electronics, as well as vocal music and tape music pieces. His music was played by ensembles such as Interface, Contrechamps, United Instruments of Lucilin, Argonaut, Meitar, Links, by soloist such as Barbara Maurer (Ensemble recherche), Luca Leracitano (mdi ensemble) at festivals in Europe, Argentina, Australia and Israel. In 2016 he was awarded the Israeli Prime-Minister Prize of creation.
Maor began his musical journey studying classical guitar in the city’s conservatory and subsequently composition with Eitan Steinberg. After refusing to join the Israeli army for conscientious reasons, he was imprisoned for a period of almost two years, between the winter of 2002 and September 2004. After his liberation, Maor continued his political activities, for which he is was nominated to the Ypres prize for peace in 2005. He pursued his composition studies at the Geneva conservatory of Music in the class of Michael Jarrell and Louis Naon. He studied electronic music with Eric Daubresse and subsequently at IRCAM in Paris 2011-12. The same year he began studying the oud at the Paris Conservatory of Oriental Music with Michel Arkach.
Maor taught composition and electronic music at Musrara School of Art and assistant artistic director at Tzlil Meudcan Festival, Tel Aviv. He is founding member of the Vidya ensemble of contemporary music, Geneva.
Passionated of written language, Maor has composed many pieces inspired by the poesy of Itzhak Laor, both vocal and instrumental. His opera, The Sleeping Thousand, written in collaboration with play-wright Yonatan Levy, was premiered in the 2019 edition of the Aix-en-Provence opera festival.
Michael Wertmüller (*1966 in Thun, Switzerland) is a composer and drummer; he studied jazz and composition in Berne, Amsterdam and Berlin. In the 1990s, Wertmüller was the drummer of the avant-garde metal band Alboth; since 2006, he has been part of Brötzmann’s Full Blast ensemble with Marino Pliakas. As a composer, he is successful in the field of New Music: at the Lucerne Festival, Wertmüller premiered the opera Anschlag (Attack) with libretto by Lukas Bärfuss, as well as the piano concerto Zeitkugel (Time Ball). In 2015, Müller’s opera Weine nicht, singe (Don’t cry, sing) (libretto by Dea Lohner) premiered at the Hamburg State Opera.
Colombian musician, music theory university teacher assistant and composer.
Luis Miguel was born on Oct. 02, 1990. He first studied composition with the Colombian composer Blas Emilio Atehortúa, while finishing his studies in Universidad Industrial de Santander. In 2014 he started his studies at Centro Superior Katarina Gurska. He has taken classes with Alberto posadas, José Luis Torá, Aureliano Cattaneo, Beat Furrer, Pierluigi Billone, among others.
He has participated as composer in several events such as: “Festival Festiqartetos” for string quartets and composers (Bogotá, Colombia 2016); “Festival Distat Terra” for young composers (Argentina 2016); Festival “Mixtur” (Barcelona), Jornadas de música nueva (Asunción, Paraguay 2017.) VI St. Petersburg International New Music Festival (St. Petersburg, 2019). Moreover, his works have been programmed and commissioned in many places like Boston, Chicago, Barcelona, Belgrade, Madrid, Asunción, Bogotá, and Mexico city; by varied ensembles and artists such as: the Sigma-Project Saxophone Quartet, Ensemble Cepromusic (Mexico), Robin Meiksins, Lorelei Dowling , Boston Microtonal Society, Chirchan Larson, Quartetto Maurice, The Construction Site Contemporary Music Ensemble ( Serbia) among others.
In 2011 he won the 1st prize at the Beca Bicentenario (Santander 2011). In 2017 he was awarded by the Ministry of Culture of Colombia with an artistic residence with Cepromusic Ensemble in Mexico city. In 2019 he was awarded with an artistic residence with Copiuensemble for the Germina.Cciones, primaveras latinoamericanas program, supported by Ibermúsicas.
He currently resides in Bucaramanga, Colombia
Yifan Guo is a composer, conductor and multi-media artist whose works are inspired by Eastern/Western music, painting, architecture, literature and philosophy from the various eras. His work has been lauded by the Morning Sentinel as “(Guo’s music) like Whitman… a sound that continues onto another sound and they form poetry, in essence…” His works include solo, chamber, orchestral and electroacoustic music, music theater, incidental music for film, animation and dance, and sound installation.
As a composer, Yifan Guo’s music has been performed world-widely by notable ensembles and musicians such as the JACK Quartet, Arditti Quartet, Ensemble l’Itinéraire, PinkNoise Ensemble, Ensemble Paramaribo, soprano Tony Arnold, violin virtuoso Alexandra Greffin-Klein, AMF Orchestra, International Chamber Orchestra of America, Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra, Mannes Chorus, and many others. His music has graced the stages of David Geffen Hall of Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, National Sawdust, Jordan Hall, Château de Fontainebleau, Le Domaine Forget de Charlevoix, Guangzhou Xinghai Concert Hall, and the Guangzhou Opera House.
As a conductor, Yifan Guo has led numerous chamber ensembles and orchestras to perform in the United States, Europe and Asia, which include Mannes Orchestra, Mannes Chorus, String Orchestra of Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra, Alinéa Ensemble, and others. Besides conducting classic orchestral repertoire, he is also an interpreter and advocator of contemporary music, Guo has premiered and performed many new pieces by contemporary music composers.
As a multi-media artist, Mr. Guo has worked with visual artists, performance artists, architects, film directors, choreographers, and computer engineers for developing collaborative multi-media art projects and sound art installations.
Yifan Guo was born into an architecture family in Guangzhou, China in 1995. He started learning piano, guitar and painting when he was a child. He started professional musical training with studying composition at the Middle School Affiliated to Xinghai Conservatory and studying orchestral conducting with Mr. Daye Lin privately. Since then, Guo moved to the United States to further his education and earned a bachelor’s degree at the Mannes School of Music (graduate with honor), where he was offered a full scholarship for composition and orchestral conducting. He is currently pursuing a master’s degree at the New England Conservatory of Music. His composition mentors include Huang Ruo, Stratis Minakakis, Kaija Saariaho, Jean-Baptiste Barrière, François Paris, Allain Gaussin, and Chaya Czernowin; conducting mentors include Daye Lin and David Hayes. Additionally, Mr. Guo has given lectures in composition at South China Normal University, the Middle School Affiliated to Xinghai Conservatory and Guangzhou DaoHe Institute.
Aslıhan Keçebaşoğlu was born in Ankara, on December 16th, 1994. She began her formal musical studies in 2007 by entering the examinations held by the state conservatory of Antalya. She pursued her education in piano class with Yuriy Sayutkin until the end of high school, which she graduated with the first. In 2010, she came in third place in the national Chopin Competition held in Ankara. Keçebaşoğlu’s first participation in an international piano competition was in the Stockholm competition for Young musicians held in 2012, where she obtained an honorable mention.
After her high school graduation, Aslıhan Keçebaşoğlu chose to continue her music studies in the discipline of composition. Consequently, she attended the entrance examinations of Bilkent University Faculty of Music and Performance’s theory and composition department. Winning a full scholarship, she began her undergraduate studies under the guidence of Onur Türkmen. Her piece ’Moments for Six Distinct Manners’, which she wrote in 2014, was played in the 6th New Music Days of Bilgi University by the German ensemble ‘Garage’. This same piece led to the first international event in her composing career: she was invited to a series of concerts of young Turkish and German composers in Köln in February 2016, where her piece was once again interpreted by the ‘Garage’ ensemble. Two of her other pieces, the ‘Duet for viola and piano’ and her ‘Trio for Flute, Cello, Piano’ were played in the 8th and 9th ‘Sesin Yolculuğu’ composers festival at the Süreyya Opera house in Kadıköy, Istanbul. Her another piece ‘Encounters’ was played by Hezarfen Ensemble in the 10th of same festival. In January 2017, she attended Bilkent Composition Academy conducted by Mark Andre as an active participant. After an intense study with Mark Andre for a week, her ensemble piece ‘Encounters’ was played once more by Hezarfen Ensemble in closing concert of Bilkent Composition Academy at Bilkent Concert Hall. She was commisioned by Bilkent Symphony Orchestra for an orchestral music in 2017. Her first orchestral music ‘Introspection’ written for Bilkent Symphony Orchestra were performed by the orchestra, under the baton of Vladimir Ponkin, on 3rd February 2018. One of her pieces titled “Sonbahar” performed by NK Ensemble, recorded and published within the album titled Lahza. She has also commisioned for a solo piano music by New York based pianist Yael Weiss for the pianist’s distinctive commision organization called ’32 bright clouds’ in 2019.
The most recently, she attended XII. Creative Dialogue (online) workshop, where she studied with Kaija Saariaho and Magnus Linberg, and collaborated with the musicians all around the world.
Aslıhan Keçebaşoğlu graduated from the Faculty of Music and Performing Arts in Bilkent University with magna cum laude. Recently, she has been granted a study place in Sibelius Academy for master degree in composition. She continues her studies with composer Veli-Matti Puumala.
Liliia Iskhakova is a composer, performer and music journalist. She was born in Kazan in 1998 (Republic of Tatarstan, Russia). Currently she is a student of the Kazan state Conservatory named after N.G. Zhiganov, faculty of theory and composition. Liliia is a winner of Russian and international competitions as well as participant of educational programs, workshops and seminars. Liliia experiments with timbre sound of instruments, musical styles and genres, work with electro acoustic music. She is an author of vocal and choir music, instrumental pieces. Among the latest projects: International Festival of Contemporary Music “Europe-Asia “(Kazan, 2017), courses Composer’s readings sessions by Moscow Contemporary Music Ensemble (Moscow, 2018; Kazan, 2019; Moscow, 2019), 9th International Young Composers Academy in Tchaikovsky city (2019), Gnesin Contemporary Music Week (Moscow, 2019), Music Journalistic reading sessions (Moscow, 2019), Game of Two Cities (project of the Union of composers of Russia aimed at performing music by young composers, Moscow, Saint Petersburg 2020), Young Women Composers Camp (USA, 2020), 4th International Young Composers Academy Ticino Musica (Switzerland, 2020).
He studied Composition at the La Plata National University, being Mariano Etkin, María Cecilia Villanueva and Carlos Mastropietro his main teachers. He graduated with the highest average of his class, scoring a 10/10 in his Diploma Thesis. He is a professional violinist, currently Chief of Second Violins of the Argentinean Theater Permanent Orchestra.
In recent years he has developed an international career as a composer. Some of his pieces received premiere in international festivals, and he took individual lessons and/or assisted to masterclasses dictated by some of the most renewed composers of today, as, among others, Helmut Lachenmann, Beat Furrer, Simon Steen-Andersen, Oscar Strasnoy, Martín Matalon, Pierluigi Billone, Philippe Manoury, Dmitri Kourliandski.
He has been selected to participate in many festivals and received some prizes, among others: VII St. Petersburg International New Music Festival (2020); International Young Composers Academy 2020 (Lugano, Switzerland); Toru Takemitsu Composition Award 1st Prize (Tokyo, Japan, 2019); Escuela de Invierno – Nueva opera (Buenos Aires, Argentina, 2019); IMPULS Academy (Graz, Austria, 2019); Análisis y producción de obras para cuartetos de saxofones, seminar with the Roya Quartet (Slovenia) (La Plata, Argentina, 2019); TACEC Generation Festival (La Plata, Argentina, 2018); highSCORE Festival (Pavia, Italy, 2018); Bruno Maderna Composers Competition, finalist (Lviv, Ukraine, 2018); Workshop with Odile Auboin (Buenos Aires, Argentina, 2018), Juan Carlos Paz Composition Competition, first prize – Orchestral category (Buenos Aires, Argentina, 2017); Nordic Saxophone Festival in 2015, 2016 and 2017 (Aarhus, Denmark); Maurice Ravel Contest, finalist (Italy, 2015).
He is currently Assistant Professor of Contemporary Repertoire at the Faculty of Fine Arts of the La Plata National University. He is part of the Staff of Teachers of the Argentinean Theater Permanent Orchestra Academy.
His music has been played and/or workshoped by some of the most renewed ensembles and performers of today, like, among others, Quatuor Diotima, Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, Quartetto Indaco, Emanuel Torquati, Francesco Dillon, Duo Novum, Phoenix Ensemble, Joahannes Thorell, Franco Rapetti, Geneviève Strosser.
He has also established himself as one of the prominent violin players in the Buenos Aires contemporary music scene, participating in the Argentinean premiere of works such as “In Vain” (G.F. Haas), “Begehren” (Beat Furrer, with the composer conducting), “Written on Skin” (G. Benjamin), “De Materie” (L. Andrissen), “Le Grand Macabre” (G. Ligeti), “Un re in ascolto” (L. Berio) “Las Chanchas” (Fabià Santkovsky).
Since 2019, his music is published by Babel Scores.
Daiwei Lu started to compose at the age of 17. He acquired BM in Music in Boston Conservatory at Berklee in May 2019, studied with EunYoung Lee, Felipe Lara and Curtis Hughes.
In addition to classical genres such as solos, chamber music and orchestral works, he has also composed non-classical music like jazz and video game music.
His works have been performed in China, United States, Greece, Ukraine, Brazil, Israel etc, with ensembles such as Trio Arbos, Zone Experimentale, Hong Kong New Music Ensemble, Ensemble Court Circuit and more. He has also made appearance in several international music festivals and took lessons with Michael Finnissy and Helmut Lachenmann etc.
His music is characterized by a combination of East Asian traditional and subcultural thoughts with interests in timbres. Daiwei is currently studying Master of Composition under Toshio Hosokawa in Tokyo College of Music.
Jug was born in Belgrade where he graduated both at the Faculty of Philosophy and at the Faculty of Music Art. Besides his principal teachers Vlastimir Trajković and Zoran Erić, he has been tutored multiple times by the British composer Michael Finnissy. Marković was a composer in residence at Snape Maltings, UK (supported by ENOA and Aldeburgh Music) and as well as composer in a residence at Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation in Lisbon. His music was performed within relevant music festivals in Europe such as “Donaueschinger Musiktage” , “Festival d’Aix-en-Provence” , ISCM World Music Days and Time of Music in Finland. His piece Vokativ (for orchestra) was selected by the International Music Council as one of the “Recommended pieces” at the 65th International Rostrum for Composers. Marković won 2019 ISCM Young Composers Award with his choir piece Nirvana and is also the winner of the TENSO young composers award 2017. He attended Impuls Academy for Contemporary Music in Graz (2017), was also a participant of the 47th Darmstadt Summer Course, ManiFeste academy (Ircam 2017 and 2018), TENSO young composers workshop 2017 (The Professional Network of European Chamber Choirs), Britten Pears Young Artists Program (2017), IDEA International Divertimento Ensemble Academy (2018) and Music Academy Donaueschingen (2014). Ensemble Intercontemporain premiered Marković’s “Kammerkonzer” no.2 (for 12 instruments) during ManiFeste 2019 in Paris. Other collaborations with ensembles include Klangforum Wien, Divertimento Ensemble, Mivos Quartet, Latvian Radio Choir, Chamber Choir Ireland, Brussels Philharmonic and Gulbenkian Orchestra.
In September 2020 Jug will start Ircam Cursus.
Andrzej Ojczenasz: born August 25, 1992 in Cracow. Student of the first year of composition in class of professor dr hab. Marcel Chyrzyński at the Academy of Music in Krakow.
In 2019, he received an honorable mention at the 2nd Krzysztof Penderecki International Competition for Young Composers, he won the first place in the 5th Krzysztof Penderecki Composition Competition organized as part of the Sopot Classic 2019 festival Received an artistic scholarship under the COMPOSER.PL project organized by Agata Zubel and Michał Moc for artistic residency at West Fyords of Iceland .
In December 2019 he received honorable distinction at 2019 15th SUN RIVER PRIZE Students’ New Music Composition Competition CHENGDU-CHINA.
Daniil was born on October 1, 1994 in Novokuznetsk. He graduated from Novosibirsk College of Music named after the Murov (violin). He continued his studies in Moscow, at the State musical and pedagogical Institute named after M. M. Ippolitov-Ivanov in the class of professor V.I. Vorona. Then he began to study composition with professor I.E. Podgaits and in 2017 had been submitting to him in class.
He is winner of the international competitions and participant of the music academies and laboratories.
Creator and composer of the project «the Geometry of sound».
Member of the International Association of writers. A lot of his literary works translated into English and published in Canada. The second book of poems and prose published in 2016 in Moscow, in the publishing house Biblio-Globus.
Born in France in 1995, Jonas Regnier started learning the piano at 13 and was admitted in Toulouse Conservatory (France) in 2013 in the organ class of Stéphane Bois, after obtaining his scientific high school diploma. Passionate about musical research and composition processes, he decided to specialize into contemporary composition after joining the composition classes of Bertrand Dubedout and Guy-Olivier Ferla, with whom he studied for three years. The technical and creative approach learned in these courses inspired him to develop methods capable of bridging scientific and artistic disciplines within his compositions. His sources of inspiration may come from Physics, Psychology, Literature, Biology, etc. He graduated and obtained his Musicology Bachelor degree at the Sorbonne University (Paris), and started a Master of Music in Composition at McGill University (Montreal) in 2018, under the supervision of Philippe Leroux and Jean Lesage.
Jonas Regnier is exploring both Instrumental and Electroacoustic composition with equal interest. He has already composed numerous Electroacoustic (fixed media) and Live Electronics pieces that have been performed in Contemporary Festivals in France, Belgium, Canada and the US. But his portfolio also includes compositions for solo instruments, chamber music, 15 instruments ensemble and orchestra.
Daniel Serrano was born in Jaén (Spain) in 1991. First, he studied violin and chamber music under the guidance of Keiko Wataya and Karsten Dobbers in Musikene (Basque Country). Subsequently, he moved to Vienna in 2013, where completed his degree in composition with Michael Jarrell at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna. He attended the Impuls Academy in Graz, ARCO – Art, Research and Creation Opus 2019 in Marseille and the Luxembourg Composition Academy 2019, where he took part in masterclasses with Beat Furrer, Isabel Mundry, Alberto Posadas, Yann Robin, Johannes Maria Staud, Frédéric Durieux, Elena Mendonza and Philippe Leroux. He has been awarded the first prize at the „Fanny Hensel Kompositionswettbewerb“ (2015), the third prize at the „International Mauricio Kagel Kompositionswettbewerb“ (2016) and the first prize at the „Künstlerischer Wettbewerb (2017) of the association of German-speaking Music Theory (GMTH). He won the „Nikolaus Fheodoroff Kompositionspreis“ (2017) for his monodrama „Asterión“. His pieces have been played in important venues and festivals such as Carinthischer Sommer, Wiener Tage der zeitgenössischen Klaviermusik, Wien Modern, rainy days, ORF Radiokulturhaus, Wiener Konzerthaus, Alte Schmiede, Schloss Laxenburg and by ensembles like PHACE, Ensemble Webern Wien, Ensemble Prisma Wien, ensemble N, Ensemble Multilatérale Paris, United Instruments of Lucilin, Platypus and Company of Music. His works are published by Universal Edition and Pan Verlag.
Valentin Schaff (b. Halle/ S., Germany, 1991) composes music influenced by a variety of sources, ranging from techno to the sound of wind in the trees. Strong rhythmic layers and the direct experience of beauty in sound, noise and harmony are both equally necessary for the expression of time in music, while counterpoint is the way of interweaving them. Sonic Meditations are just as important in Valentin’s musical background and understanding as the unforgiving and relentless qualities of electronic dance music. His works have been performed all over Europe, by acclaimed ensembles and performers such as the Arditti Quartet, Neue Vocalsolisten Stuttgart, Mivos Quartet, Jan Gerdes Anette Behr-König , Nationaltheater Mannheim, Jungen Oper Mannheim and Sinfonieorchester TonArt Heidelberg and on various festivals like Randfestspiele (Berlin), Bilkent Composition Academy (Ankara, Turkey), Archipel Festival (Genf, Switzerland) OutHear New Music Week (Greece) Valencia International Performance Academy Festival (Spain), Spieltriebe Festival Osnabrück, neuköllner Originaltöne Berlin, Kirchheimer Liedersommer, Heidelberger Frühling and others. In 2019, he was a finalist of the Deutsche Musikwettbewerb.
Since 2015, Valentin Schaff is recieving the scholarship of the Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes.
Of Russian-Armenian origin, Mischa Tangian started his music career early on as a violinist playing in various orchestras (f.e. German National Youth Orchestra).
He studied composition with Manfred Trojahn in Düsseldorf, Germany where he graduated in 2012 with distinction and was awarded a study grant by DAAD to pursue a master at King’s College London with Sir George Benjamin.
Upon finishing his studies in the UK he moved to Berlin, Germany where he worked as a freelance composer for opera, theatre and concert music. In 2014 he received the 1st prize of the International Opera Composition Competition „Neue Szenen II“ at Deutsche Oper Berlin. The same year he was commissioned to write a chamber opera for Deutsche Oper which premiered in 2015 – in absentia. His children’s opera Moby Dick succesfully showed at State Opera Hannover in the 2015/16 season. Besides working in music theatre Mischa Tangian also collaborates with artists from various fields – f.e. choreographer Xenia Wiest (State Ballet Berlin) for her dance piece „Sanduhr“ which was created and presented at Stanislavski Theatre, Moscow or with breakdancer airdit, sound artists Lukas Truniger and Nicola Hein. In the past two years he also worked with minimal electro duo Grandbrothers arranging works for orchestra and performed with Kurdish-Persian singer Hani Mojtahedy throughout Germany and toured to Kurdistan, Iraq in 2018.
He was scholarshipholder of Academy Music Theatre Today (Deutsche Bank Foundation) in 2016-18 and created a new chamber opera for State Opera Hamburg with composers Diana Syrse, Huihui Cheng. He has been commissioned and performed by Opera Butxace i Nova Creació (Barcelona), Zafraan Ensemble (Berlin), Common Sound Festival (Deutsche Oper Berlin), ADEvantgarde Festival (Munich), Orchestre National d*île de France (Paris) and Russian Philharmony (Moscow) amongst others.
He is founder and artistic director of Babylon ORCHESTRA Berlin, an ensemble of international musicians from Middle Eastern and European countries performing new fusion world music. This oriental big band performs in Berlin and so far has received funding from the city of Berlin, the Arab Fund for Arts and Culture (AFAC, Lebanon) and by NRW Musikkulturen for 18/19 and commissioned more than a dozen works from young composers and writers of Arabic, Turkish and Persian origin for2018 alone. 2019 will see the recording and release of ist debut album including personal works, generously supported by Initiative Musik and the beginning of concert activities outside of Berlin.
Omer Barash (b. 1995, Israel) is a composer currently pursuing his master’s degree at McGill University with Philippe Leroux. His main compositional interests include the exploration of energetic and instrumental gestures and working with listeners’ real-time prediction of musical materials’ unfolding.
Artistic engagements include collaborations with, and commissions from the McGill Symphony Orchestra and the McGill Contemporary Music Ensemble, Paramirabo (Canada), Meitar (Israel), and Trio Arbós (Spain), among others. Collaborations with conductors such as Pascal Gallois, Christian Lindberg, and Guy Braunstein have taken place as well.
Omer is the recipient of several prizes and awards, including the Svoboda Memorial Prize from McGill University, the 1st prize of the Klon Award for emerging composers from the Israeli Composers League, and merit grants from the America-Israel Cultural Foundation.
Joseph Bohigian’s music is characterized by the obsessive pursuit of singular ideas and a gradual unfolding of sustained tension. A third generation Armenian-American, he often draws on his heritage and explores the pursuit of Armenian identity maintenance in diaspora. Joseph’s works have been heard around the world at the Oregon Bach Festival, June in Buffalo, Walt Disney Concert Hall, TENOR Conference, New Music on the Point Festival, Australian Percussion Gathering, Aram Khachaturian Museum Hall, and more. His music has been performed by the Mivos Quartet, Great Noise Ensemble, Argus Quartet, Decibel New Music, Fresno Summer Orchestra Academy, and members of Yarn/Wire and featured on NPR’s “Here and Now” and “The California Report.” Bohigian is currently a doctoral candidate at Stony Brook University and has studied at California State University Fresno and in Yerevan, Armenia with Artur Avanesov.
Nicolas Brochec is a composer and computer music designer studying at the Académie Supérieure de Musique de Strasbourg with composers Daniel D’Adamo and Tom Mays. His main current focus area is interactivity between sound analysis and real-time sound processings. He graduated a Master of Research in Musicology at Paris 8 University with Alain Bonardi as research director.
Nicolas Brochec has participated to many academies and learnt from Philippe Manoury, Luca Francesconi, Philippe Hurel, José Manuel Lopez Lopez, Martin Matalon, Joanna Baillie and Franck Bedrossian. He collaborated with the ensembles Sillages (FR), Ars Nova (FR), MG21 (FR), Neue Vocalsolisten (DE), United Instruments of Lucilin (LUX), Barcelona Modern Ensemble (ESP), Ensemble 2e2m (FR) and Ensemble for New Music Tallinn (EE). His music has been played in festivals like Musica (FR), Rainy Days (LUX), JIM (FR), Sample Series (ESP) and CrossRoads Festival (AUT). In November 2019, Nicolas Brochec has received the 2nd Prize of New Music Generation competition (KZ) for his vocal work Bruisé.
A Hong Kong-based composer, Kai-Young Chan focuses on the integration of nuance, relevance, and resonance in music that converses with societies and cultures, and he is particularly drawn to the musicality of Chinese literature expressed through the tonal Cantonese language. His music is performed in various continents by the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Albany Symphony, Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, Hong Kong Sinfonietta, PRISM Quartet, Daedalus Quartet, and Mivos Quartet, among other prominent performers. His selected works are released on Ablaze Records, PARMA Recordings, and Innova Recordings, and his scores are published by Edition Peters (London).
Kai-Young is part of the first artist delegation of the American Composers Forum to the Havana Festival for Contemporary Music in Cuba, a historic tour documented by the National Public Radio. His music is presented on international stages such as ISCM World Music Days, International Rostrum of Composers, June in Buffalo, soundSCAPE, VIPA Festival, and Internationalen Ferienkurse Darmstadt. He is a winner of the Keuris Composition Prize, the Emissary Quartet Composition Competition, Dolce Suono Ensemble Composition Competition, the Orchestra Seattle and Seattle Chamber Singers Competition, the Vocal Espoo Choral Composition Competition, among other honors.
After completing his Ph.D. in Music Composition with the Benjamin Franklin Fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania, where he studied with Jay Reise, James Primosch, and Anna Weesner, he joined the composition faculty at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, currently serving as Assistant Professor.
Eric Delgado is a performer-composer born in San Diego, California. His compositions have been performed and read by numerous professional ensembles such as the JACK Quartet, the Del Sol String Quartet, the Danish String Quartet, The Florida Orchestra, and members of the Cleveland Orchestra. Eric is an experienced flautist as well, performing in multiple orchestral and chamber settings including alongside members of the San Diego Symphony, UC Berkeley Symphony Orchestra, and the Philharmonia Orchestra. He received his B.A. degree from the University of California, Berkeley in 2015 and his M.M. degree at the University of Miami in 2019. He has studied under Ken Ueno, Cindy Cox, Franck Bedrossian, Charles Mason, Dorothy Hindman, and Lansing McLoskey. In August 2020, Eric will be a Graduate Fellow at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, working towards a D.M.A. degree under the guidance of Laura Schwendinger.
Kyle Puebla Dubin (b. 1994) writes music that features meticulous developments of transparent sonorities so as to highlight their timbral transformations over time. The form is a result of the microvariations of limited materials, magnifying in on the subtleties of technique, intonation, color, and the interrelations of tones.
Kyle’s music has been performed by Mariel Roberts, Gregor Schulenberg, Ausiàs Garrigós Morant, the Mivos Quartet, and members of Ensemble Paramirabo. He was also a winner of the Open Space Festival of New Music’s Call for Scores where his piece “words with an atavistic tail.” was performed by flutist Erin Lesser.
Kyle’s most recent work, Haven, is a collaborative multimedia piece that features words and projections by visual artist and poet Eli Rose. A commission from flutist Christian Paquette for flute/piccolo, soprano, and baritone, the piece was premiered at the Baltimore Museum of Art as part of the 2019-20 Shriver Hall Concert Series.
Kyle graduated with his Master’s in Music Composition from the Peabody Institute where he studied privately with Felipe Lara. He has also had lessons with Chaya Czernowin, Oscar Bettison, Du Yun, Kevin Puts, Stratis Minakakis, Stefano Gervasoni, and Jorge Villavicencio Grossmann, as well as participated in Masterclasses with Georg Friedrich Haas, Roger Reynolds, Hans Thomalla, Hilda Paredes, John Harbison, and Louis Karchin.
Canberk Duman was born in 1995, in Izmir – Turkey. As a self-taught musician – pianist, he began his composition studies in 2014 at Yaşar University, Izmir and completed his Bachelor’s studies under the mentorship of Dr. Füsun Köksal in 2018 with the highest distinction.
His music has so far been performed in Poland, Russia, Switzerland, Greece and Turkey. He attended various masterclasses and festivals, had the opportunity to work with composers such as Helmut Lachenmann, Beat Furrer, Oscar Bianchi, Matthias Pintscher, Francesco Filidei and collaborated with ensembles Neue Vocalsolisten Stuttgart, Ensemble Arc-en-Ciel, Collegium Novum Zürich and Hezarfen Ensemble.
At the moment he’s very much into the approach of treating sound sources as ingredients of a particular, bigger “mass” and giving shape to this mass by altering the type, size, colour, amount of these so called “ingredients”. He’s been building his latest pieces around this approach and is working to improve it. Based in Zürich, he currently continues his Master’s studies at Zürcher Hochschule der Künste ”ZHdK” under the mentorship of Prof. Isabel Mundry.
The artistic works by Tobias Fandel are confronting perception and sensuality, philosophy and psychology, both of urban and technological progress, which resolves into macroscopical ‘pixels’, yielding fragmented aesthetic experiences and thus demanding the listener to subjectively position oneself. Numerous international invitations and concerts confirm his cultural open artistic vision, first to mention Taipeh (Soochow University), Tel Aviv (CEME Festival, Ensemble Meitar), XII Sochi Winter Arts Festival (Yuri Bashmet), Russian States Philharmony Moscow (Moscow Soloists), Leipzig (ZfGM Festival: Ensemble Tempus Konnex), Mise-En Music Festival (New York, Ensemble Mise-En), Lugano (Ticino Musica: Ensemble Modern), Bangkok (TICF Festival, Hong Kong New Music Ensemble) and XV. Chengdu Sun River Composition Prize (China, 3rd prize). Tobias Fandel moreover has collaborated with artists from different disciplines, such as Bobbi Chen (acting, dance), Ma Haijiao (film) and Silvan Schmid (jazz trumpet) within the scope of Transcultural Collaboration and the Shanghai Biennale.
Nima Farahani was born in Teheran in 1992. He studied at Teheran Conservatory of Music, where he got lessons in Violin and Music Theory. After moving to Germany in 2011 Nima got lessons in Music Theory, Instrumentation and Composition from Manolis Vlitakis and lessons in Counterpoint and Music Theory from Behrang Nouipour. Since 2016, Nima is studying Composition at the University of Arts Berlin (UdK) for his bachelor’s degree with Prof. Elena Mendoza while he currently attended the Erasmus program to study with Beat Furrer at University of Art in Graz.
Nima has won scholarships from Ad Infinitum Foundation, Otto-Benecke-Foundation and DAAD as well as Agnes und Kurt-Schubert-Foundation. His music has been recognized at „crescendo festival Berlin“ (Germany), „ilSUONO Contemporary Music Week“ in Città di Castello (Italy), „Akademie für zeitgenössische Musik“ in Lucerne (Switzerland), KLANGZEITORT concert series „Zoom&Focus“. His work „Moralfloskel“ for big ensemble (15 instruments) and electronics was commissioned by Landesmusikrat Berlin e.V. and was premiered in April 2019 in Konzerthaus Berlin.
Nima was selected as a participant of the masterclass „Sound of Wander“ with Marco Momi and mdi-Ensemble in Milano in November 2019 and took part at masterclass „Rome NewMusic Week“ with mdi-Ensemble and Beat Furrer in May 2019. He also took part and wrote his piece „Wandeln in Illusion“ for Soprano and Saxophone for the International ilSUONO Contemporary Music Week in Italy in July 2019 in Cittá di Castello. This work was also be played at the Academy for contemporary Art in Luzern in February 2020 where I was chosen to take part at the masterclasses with Franck Bedrossian, Stefan Prins and Dieter Ammann. Nima will continue his studies with Prof. Beat Furrer at University of Art in Graz.
Ignacio Ferrando, composer and librettist, stands out for his extensive and eclectic training: composition, piano, singing, acting, computer science, electronics. A creative composer, creating opera and musical theater, avant-garde soundtracks and concert music, original soundtracks. His style is characterized by fusing tradition and modernity respecting the lyrical and melodic lines in the voice and incorporating the use of new technologies such as synthesizers and the computer. His artistic credo: freedom & creativity, avant-garde & tradition. He composes music for big orchestra, soloist, electronics, jazz, intimate and minimalist song, musical theater and opera.
Sophie-Florence Gréant (1980) is a Swiss composer. Formerly a writer and artist, she began studying composition after her desire to write poetry and paint failed. What felt a great loss became fast a freedom to express more deeply and fully through music. Her work is inspired by her world view. She aims to create beauty, structure and logic from the careful application of simple, well-chosen elements. Despite beginning her composition studies late, her maturity, dedication and love of classical music allowed her to progress quickly, learning the classical forms rapidly before progressing to more modern forms.
She currently studies composition with Lukas Langlotz as well as cello at the City of Basel Music Academy. Previously she studied composition with René Wohlhauser from 2016 to 2019 at the same Academy and piano with Michel Rembold. She holds degrees in Philosophy, German Literature and History, is fluent in Italian, German, English and French, and is deeply passionate about the environment, animals and, as a consquence, veganism.
Zhuosheng Jin With his music described as “powerful” and “haunting” (The New York Times), Zhuosheng Jin, born in 1991, Ningbo, China, is a composer, pianist, and writer. Jin’s music spans on a variety of instrumentations and mediums, including orchestra, chamber, solo, and electronic. Influenced by filmmakers such as Theo Angelopoulos and Andrei Tarkovsky, Jin’s composition emphasises relationships between literature, especially poetry, and sonic texture. In his music, the sound is always driven by its literary implication. There are particular topics setting his composition up that he insists on his music writings, to name a few, the destined loneliness of beings, identities, homesickness, politics, love, and so on.
He wins prizes of 2020 Matan Givol Composers Competition (1st prize, Israel), 2020 Salvatore Martirano Award (1st prize, US), 2019 Toru Takemitsu Composition Award (3rd prize, Japan), 2019 John Rea Award (exclusive winner, Canada), 2017-18 Société de concerts de Montréal Emerging Composers Competition (selected winner, Canada), and 2017 TURNmusic Collegiate Composition Prize (exclusive winner, US), and has received honourable mentionings in 2019 Lake George Composition Competition (US), 2018-19 Breaking Music Composition Contest (Italy), 2018 I/CREATION Composition Competition (US),and 2018 Giovannini Composition Competition (Italy). Besides, he is currently the holder of numerous McGill University scholarships.
Jin’s music has been programmed worldwide in Festival Archipel, Impuls Academy, Composit New Music Festival, Livorno Music Festival, Delian New Music Festival, outHear New Music Week, CEME Festival, ARCO Université, Echings New Music Festival, June in Buffalo New Music Festival, Atlantic New Music Festival, São Paulo Contemporary Composers Festival, VIPA Festival, Seoul Global Week, and Beijing Modern Music Festival, etc. He writes for Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, Beijing Symphony Orchestra, Zhejiang Symphony Orchestra, Klangforum Wien (soloists), Meitar Ensemble, Ensemble Itinéraire (soloists), Les Métaboles, Ensemble Multilatérale, Quatuor Béla, Ensemble Mdi, Syntax Ensemble, Mivos Quartet, JACK Quartet, Ensemble Miseen, TURNmusic Ensemble, McGill Contemporary Ensemble, Trío Arbós, Zone Expérimentale, Trio Roadrunner, MolOt Ensemble, Ensemble Novel (soloists), and Studio TimeArt, etc., and soloist Sylvain Devaux, Paola Iommi, Laura Cocks, Aaron Smith, An-Laurence Higgins, Daniel Murray, Wai Nok Hui, Cheng-Yu Wu, Dian Zheng, and Yiyang Zhao, et al. He works with conductors such as Pierre-André Valade, Jean-Philippe Wurtz, Guillaume Bourgogne, Kanako Abe, Pasquale Corrado, Anne Decker, Lewis Nelson, Yongyan Hu, Daye Lin, Yang Jiao and Brian Liao, et al. He has upcoming activities in China, Canada, France, Spain, Swiden, the US, and Israel with ensemble intercontemporain (soloists), Meitar Ensemble, Trio Émerillon, Slee Ensemble, Illinois Modern Ensemble, and McGill Wind Symphony, etc.
Began to study piano at the age of seven, and then composition at thirteen, Jin holds degrees from Oberlin College (BA ‘15) and Boston University (MM ‘17) and is currently a DMus. fellow at McGill University with Philippe Leroux. He also studies with, among others, Joshua Fineberg, Josh Levine, Alex Mincek, and Xiaogang Ye (composition), Shuxing Zheng, Robert Shannon, Webb Wiggins, and David Breitman (keyboard), Davide Ianni (electronic music), and Christoph Neidhöfer (music theory), among others. Jin also followed private lessons and master-classes with Helmut Lachenmann, Philippe Manoury, Franck Bedrossian, Yann Robin, Raphaël Cendo, Beat Furrer, Johannes Staud, Clemens Gadenstätter, Bernhard Gander, Pierluigi Billone, Stefano Gervasoni, Alberto Posadas, Michael Finnissy, Joanna Bailie, Michael Jarrell, Dimitri Papageorgiou, Stratis Minakakis, Dmitri Kourliandski, Oscar Bianchi, Eivind Buene, and Henrik Hellstenius, et al.
Jin has also worked as an author, director, and curator. Projects include “At the Last Day” (director, screenwriter, and leading actor; short drama, 2009 made in Beijing), “Funeral of Adam” (director, screenwriter, and leading actor; film, 2012 made in Xi’An), “Eyes and Mind” (curator and sound director; art exhibition, 2015 in Shenzhen Art Academy), and “HOME” (sound artist, installation, 2017 made in Boston), etc.
Besides of being a doctoral student, Jin also works as a lecturer at McGill University and has previously taught at McGill and Boston University as a teaching assistant. As a guest, he makes lectures and presentations in several universities and is warmly welcomed by the students.
He begins his composition education with Mehmet Can Özer at Yasar University in 2018. During this year, he took part in some workshops with Agata IGRAS (Flute), Hezarfen Ensemble members Ulrich MERTIN (Viola), Amy SALSGIVER (Percussion), Cem ONERTURK (Flute). He had private lessons (masterclass) with composer Helena TULVE within Yasar University Music Department V. International Music Week. In 2018, he took part in International Cappadocia Masterclasses “Composer Cauldron” as an active participant. In this masterclass, he had lessons with Mahir CETIZ, Onur TURKMEN. In 2019, he participate IMCNM Course Contrast Festival. He had lessons with Simon Vosecek, Slawomir Wojciechowski, Sergej Maingardt, Anna Korsun. He also had lessons with Marco Stroppa, Dimitris Andrikopoulos, Soren Nils Eichberg, Vassos Nicolaou within some other masterclasses. He also had the opportunity to work with Ensemble X, Diskant Ensemble, Ensemble Nostri Temporis. Now, he continuous his composition education with Füsun Köksal.
Angus Lee (b. 1992) is a performer-composer from Hong Kong. Since 2016, he has benefitted from taking lessons with some of the leading composers today, including Oscar Bianchi, Toshio Hosokawa, Dmitri Kourliandski, Philippe Manoury, and Yann Robin. His works have been featured at the likes of ACL Asian Music Festival (JP), CYCLE Music & Art Festival (IS), Festival Musica Strasbourg (FR), ilSUONO Contemporary Music Week (IT), PRISM Chamber Music Festival (HK), and Ticino Musica Festival (CH), by, among others, Ensemble Modern, Ensemble Multilatérale, EXORDIUM Collective, Hong Kong New Music Ensemble, and Trio Accanto.
As a flautist, Lee is well recognised as an interpreter of new music. In spring 2016, he was invited as soloist to perform Mémoriale (…explosante-fixe… originel) at Pierre Boulez’s memorial concert at Lucerne, alongside the Lucerne Festival Alumni Ensemble under Matthias Pintscher. As part of the Hong Kong New Music Ensemble, he has taken part in numerous prominent regional premieres, working closely with Unsuk Chin, Brett Dean, Du Yun, and Toshio Hosokawa; since 2020, Lee has also been promoted to the Ensemble’s Programme Manager.
Joshua Alvarez Mastel makes instrumental and electronic music which has been performed in North America, Europe, and Asia by members of the International Contemporary Ensemble, JACK Quartet, duo XAMP, and AIR Contemporary Music Collective.
Joshua holds a Bachelor’s degree in composition from the New England Conservatory of Music, and a Master’s from Montclair State University, where his primary mentors were Efstratios Minakakis and Marcos Balter. In addition to composing music, he has designed and programmed laptop instruments for improvisation in solo and ensemble contexts. Josh currently lives in New York City, where he is an active improviser and performer, and a DMA candidate at Columbia University. Upcoming engagements include a commission for Ensemble Mosaik at the 2020 Bludenzer Tage zeitgemäßer Musik.
Greek composer born in 1994 (Volos). She studied piano from early age and obtained degrees in piano, harmony, counterpoint and fugue. In 2017, she received her bachelor’s in Composition at the Department of Music Science and Art of the University of Macedonia in Greece. Recently she completed her MMus in Composition at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague. One of the main principles in her music is related to the musical polyphony and the conception of the sound as a fluid and flexible organism that shapes the musical structure. Gestural fluidity and counterpoint are one the main characteristics of her current works. As a composer she has written music for voice, solo instruments, ensembles, orchestra, and electronics, while her works have been performed by IlSuono Giallo (IT), Sonor Ensemble (SP), Stolz Quartet (NL), Synaesthesis Ensemble (LT), Nike Lada, Michele Bianchini, Eftychia Venioti, George Lygeridis, Alexandros Ioannou and others. She has also collaborated with film and theatre directors, actors, dancers and painters in multidisciplinary projects (original music for four short films, one theatre play and others).
Alex Papp studies, at the Royal Academy of Music with Gary Carpenter.
He previously studied with Brian Elias at the Purcell School of Music and privately with Emma-Ruth Richards.
Alex is a Composer alumnus of the National Youth Orchestra GB and in 2016/17 was an Associate Composer with the Britten Sinfonia Academy.
Papp won the RSNO “Notes from Scotland” Young Composer Prize in 2016 and the ERSO Emerging Composer Prize in 2020.
His work has been performed at Wigmore Hall, The Kings Lynn Festival, The Deal Festival, Liverpool Philharmonic Music Rooms, The RSNO New Auditorium, Glasgow, The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, West Rd Concert Hall, and in February his orchestral score ‘A Night of Dreams’ was performed by the Campanella Orchestra at St. James Church, Paddington. He has been commissioned to write orchestral works to be performed in 2021 at the Dora Stoutzker Hall, RWCMD, Cardiff, the Dukes Hall, Royal Academy of Music, London and the Marienkirche, Frankfurt.
Roman Parkhomenko is a composer from Russia. He composes ensemble, orchestral, electro-acoustic music, as well as music for the theater.
Roman is a student at the Kazan State Conservatory, the winner of several national and international composer competitions, a participant in workshops and residences in Russia, the USA, Italy, Cyprus, Lithuania and Israel.
His music was performed in the cities of Russia, Italy, Cyprus, Lithuania and Israel. He is a participant in international festivals such as CEME 2020 (Israel), VII St. Petersburg International New Music Festival reMusik.org (Russia, 2020), Europe-Asia (Russia, 2017), etc. Among the performers: Moscow Contemporary Music Ensemble (Russia), Meitar Ensemble (Israel), MotoContrario Ensemble (Italy), Socrates Leptos (Cyprus), Pro-Music Orchestra (Russia), etc.
Roman was an active participant in CEME 2020 (Israel), ReMusik.org (Russia, 2019 and 2020), Sound of Wander (Italy, 2019), Agora – Forum & Sounds (Italy, 2019), International Composers + Summer Academy (Lithuania, 2019) , “Composer Readings session” (Russia, 2019 and 2020), Contemporary Music Lab Composition Workshop (Cyprus, 2019), XIII Winter International Art Festival (Russia, 2020), Pro-music (Russia, 2019), “New Classics” (Russia , 2018), “Open Space” (Russia, 2020); forthcoming: Fusion Film Scoring (Greece, Aug. 2020), X International Young Composers Academy in Tchaikovsky-city (Russia, Sept. 2020).
Roman is also a invited resident of the Brush Creek Foundation For the Arts (USA) and Playa residency (USA).
He had lessons / master classes with Helmut Lachenmann, Philippe Leroux, Oscar Bianchi, Dmitri Kourliandski, Raphael Cendo, Vladimir Tarnopolsky, Alexander Khubeev, Marco Momi, Yuri Kasparov, Joanna Bailie, Raphael Staubli, Ruta Vitkauskaite, Cosimo Colazzo etc.
Elizabeth is a current member of NyMusikk composer community in Norway, a recipient of A.G. Francis Prize for Composition in 2019, awarded by Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University, where she studied under Dr. Erik Griswold. In 2020, Elizabeth had completed her diploma studies in composition and applied music theory at Norwegian Academy of Music in Oslo with Bente Leiknes Thorsen and Kjell Habbestad.
As an experienced artist, Elizabeth successfully transitioned to the world of academic music after many years of studying the disciplines of visual arts, composition and sculpture. She brought her aesthetic training to a different medium, bringing her skills to a new horizon and exploring the relationship of visual and musical.
Currently, Elizabeth is concentrating on writing chamber, choral, electroacoustic music amongst other genres, as well as expanding her expertise in multimedia and experimental art.
Her recent involvements include fellowships at IMPULSE New Music Festival (CA, US) with Jacqueline A. Rolle Memorial Scholarship; Composition Course reMusik.org; Art, Research and Creation Opus aka ARCO (FR); DARMSTÄDTER FERIENKURSE (DE); Impuls Academy in Graz, Nief Norf new music festival (TN/USA); Anemoi Wind Quintet (AU); Women of Noise (AU) participation and organisation under curation of multitalented Phoebe Bognar, and a variety of solo collaborations and projects with individual artists she meets on her journey.
Elizabeth aspires to explore the potential in the contemporary arts and strongly believes in power of collaboration, where each artist gets the opportunity to have their creative voice realised and communicated to the listener. She also hopes to bring storytelling and experimental concepts to a new level and broaden the horizons of contemporary music/art with her practice of these disciplines.
Lauren Siess is an NYC-based composer, violist, and improviser. A 2020 Hildegard Competition Finalist, Lauren researches decay, fragility, and shadows in her work. Drawing on her experience as a chamber musician/improviser, she researches how texture ferments inside the body, how one’s body digests classical forms, and how sounds melt or dissolve into one another. Instrument preparation, soundscapes investigating the duality of texture and pitch, and delicate line drawings for her scores are integral elements to her process. Passionate about developing creative concert programs, in 2019, Lauren presented middle voice, a concert of world premieres for “viola and,” with pieces incorporating movement, projections, and electronics. Lauren has worked with such artists (in composition and performance contexts), as Stratis Minakakis, JACK Quartet, ICE Ensemble, Caroline Shaw, and Jorg Widmann. Lauren graduated with a degree in Viola Performance from The Juilliard School, where she was a recipient of a Kovner Fellowship and member of the Gluck Community Service Fellowship Program.
Born in Singapore in 1997, Joey Tan recently completed her Bachelor’s degree with Highest Distinction at the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music, where she studied with Peter Ivan Edwards and Martin Jaggi. She is widely interested in many fields, and her current interests in composition include the creation of strange contexts through material and character, as well as sound – its shape, energy, and presence. Joey’s works have been performed in Singapore, Switzerland and South Korea, by ensembles such as Ensemble Phoenix Basel and Trio Khaldei. Besides composing, Joey dances ballet and contemporary, and trains pre-professionally with Singapore Dance Theatre in their Scholars Programme. In her free time, she enjoys reading. Joey is excited to start her Master’s degree at the Hochschule für Musik Freiburg this winter.
Ardavan Vossoughi learned his first Classic Guitar lessons as a teenager with Mr. Keyvan Mirhadi where he got acquainted with contemporary music. He continued his education as a Guitar player in Tehran Conservatory.
He then learned Music Composition with Alireza Mashayekhi. In 2016, 2017, 2018, he was accepted in the “Composition” professional course in Chigiana academy in Siena, Italy by Salvatore Sciarrino and in 2019 he received the “Merit Certificate” for this course. In November 2019 he was graduated from Conservatory “Cesare Pollini” in Italy, Padua and got his Master degree of Contemporary Music Composition.
He is now attending the course of” alta formazione di Composizione” in Accademia Santa Cecilia by Ivan Fedele in Rome Since October 2019.
Many of his compositions have been performed by different orchestras, ensembles and soloist in Iran and Italy such as Nilper Orchestra, Quartetto Prometeo, Renata Arlotti, Leonora Armellini from which some are also recorded.
In 2018 , Solo Piano Piece “Hu Ma Ya” won the first prize of composition in Premio Adriatic LNG dà il “la” ai Giovani Musicisti Veneti Competition, in Rovigo, Italy.
He was born in 1996 in Izmir. He started music education with guitar training at the age of 12. During his high school years, he performed guitar in various ensembles. In 2015, he was accepted toYaşar University Faculty of Art and Design Music Department with scholarship. Here, hehad been working Composition and Electroacoustic Music with Prof. Mehmet Can Özer and Composition and Orchestration with Dr. Füsun Köksal İncirlioğlu. Also he attended master classes and seminars of composers such as Georg Hajdu, Helena Tulve,Vassos Nicolaou, Ipke Starke, Diemo Schwartz and Dariusz Mazurowski.
With the works he wrote in 2017 and 2018, he joined the festival of young composers “Voyage of the Sound (Sesin Yolculuğu)”. As part of this festival, his works were performed by renowned performers such as Hezarfen Ensemble. He was accepted to WIAFS XII festival in Sochi, Russia in February 2019. The solo piano piece he wrote for this festival was performed on the stage of Sochi Organ and Chamber Music Hall, as a part of concert series. Furthermore, he had the opportunity to meet and work with names such as Oscar Bianchi, Valery Voronov and Alexander Tchaikovsky. In the last days of the same month, he was accepted to “Bilgi New Music Festival 10” organized by Istanbul Bilgi University. The piece he wrote was played by Ensemble Artefacts in the festival. In April, he joined the masterclass of Marco Stroppa within “Izmir New Music Days 1” and participated in workshops with KNM Ensemble members. He earned the right to attend the Delian Academy for New Music festival in Mykonos, Greece in June. As part of this academy, he had the opportunity to work with composers such as Beat Furrer, Dimitri Papageorgiou and Samir Odeh-Tamimi.
Anıl Berk Zamandar is graduated as a second highest ranked student from music department of University in 2020 and he still continues his musical studies in Izmir.
Tianyu was born in Guangzhou, China in 1996. Began his professional compositional studies at the Central Conservatory of Music (Beijing) from 2015 to present.