BIOGRAPHICAL NOTES ON THE COMPOSERS
Below are the biographies of the composers born after 1960
Andrea Agostini (Bologna – Italy, 1975)
He studied piano, composition and electronic music in Bologna; he later specialized with Brian Ferneyhough, Michael Jarrell, Ivan Fedele and others, and attended the two-year course in composition and computer music at Ircam in Paris. He has composed works of instrumental, electroacoustic and mixed music. He has been the winner or finalist in various international competitions, including Musica Viva, Prix Noroit, the 3rd Seoul Competition for Composers and Nuova Consonanza; he has received commissions from various ensembles and institutions, including the French Ministry of Culture and the Film Library of the Louvre Museum. His works are regularly performed in important festivals in Europe and North America, such as MiTo, Sincronie, REC, IMEB, MIA, Agora and Spark. His curiosity for the totality of contemporary musical languages has led him to work in various fields, such as rock and improvised music, and to study traditional non-western languages. He has composed music for the radio, film and theatre. At the same time, he is active in the field of computer music and, with composer Daniele Ghisi, he has developed a library of computer tools for computer-aided composition. He also collaborates with many artists in experimental projects involving new technologies and is currently a compositeur en recherche at Ircam.
Stefano Alessandretti (Assisi – Italy, 1980)
A computer music composer and musician, he studied percussions, electronic music and composition. He graduated in Music and New Technologies at the Conservatory in Florence and in Sound Direction
& Live Electronics at the Conservatory in Venice, where he studied with A. Vidolin and P. Zavagna. He has participated in seminars on composition and electronic music held by: Ircam, G. M. Koenig, A. Di Scipio, T. Wishart, S. Sciarrino, T. Coduys, G. Jacquemin, D. Zicarelli, Y. Maresz, M. Lanza. He performs regularly in concerts and participates in important music programmes and festivals, including: the World Venice Forum, Premio Nazionale delle Arti, Biennale della Musica di Venezia, EMU Fest, La Terra Fertile, the Laptop Meets Musicians Festival, Unerhòrte Musik, Sound & Music Computing. Since 2008 he has collaborated with the Fondazione Archivio Luigi Nono in the conservation of the Venetian composer’s sound materials. He is a member of the Arazzi Laptop Ensemble, a founding member of the SON Ensemble and coordinator of the summer workshops in composition and live electronics held by the Ischia Musica cultural association.
Franck Bedrossian (Paris – France, 1971)
After studying writing, orchestration and analysis at the CNR in Paris, he studied composition with
Alain Gaussin and entered the Conservatoire National Supérieur in Paris (he was in Gérard Grisey’s class, then Marco Stroppa’s) where he won the first prize in analysis and his Formation supérieure de composition diploma with a unanimous decision. In 2002/03, he attended the Course in composition and computer music at Ircam with Philippe Leroux and Philippe Manoury. He simultaneously completed his training with Helmut Lachenmann (Centre Acanthes 1999, Internationale Ensemble Modern Akademie 2004). His works have been performed in France and abroad by ensembles such as l'Itinéraire, 2e2m, Ictus, Court-Circuit, Cairn, Ensemble Modern, Alternance, Ensemble Intercontemporain, Orchestre National de Lyon, in festivals including Agora, Résonances, Manca, RTE Living, Music Festival, l'Itinéraire de nuit, Ars Musica. In 2001 he won a scholarship from the Fondation Meyer, from the Fondation Bleustein-Blanchet and, in 2004, the Hervé Dugardin prize from SACEM. L'Institut de France (Académie des Beaux Arts) awarded him the Pierre Cardin prize in Musical Composition in 2005. He was on scholarship at the Villa Medici in Rome from 2006 to 2008. Since September 2008 he has taught composition at the University of California at Berkeley .
Giovanni Bertelli (Verona – Italy, 1980)
He graduated in piano and composition in his native city of Verona, while earning a degree in philosophy at the same time. His encounter with Stefano Gervasoni was fundamental to his career: he studied with him at the Conservatoire National Supérieur in Paris, earning his diploma in 2010. He was later selected for the Cursus 1 and 2 at Ircam. During his stay in France, he came into contact with various personalities who would have a great influence on his aesthetics: in particular Francesco Filidei, Daniele Ghisi, Heinz Holliger, Mauro Lanza and Yan Maresz. He has received commissions from Radio France, the Biennale di Venezia, Musik der Jahrhunderte, Divertimento Ensemble, Ascolta. His music has been performed by ensembles such as the Quatuor Arditti, the Neue Vocalsolisten, Court-Circuit, Linea, Bit20.
Christophe Bertrand (Wissembourg - France, 1981 – Strasbourg - France, 2010)
After earning his diploma in piano and chamber music from the Conservatoire National de la Région de Strasbourg, he performed with the Ensemble Accroche Note and the Ensemble In Extremis, of which he was a co-founder. He collaborated with composers such as Pascal Dusapin, Michael Jarrell, Mark André, Wolfgang Rihm. In 2000 he earned his diploma in composition at the C.N.R. in Strasbourg. He participated in the Cursus annuel de composition et d'informatique musicale (2000-2001) at Ircam, where he met Philippe Hurel, Tristan Murail, Brian Ferneyhough and Jonathan Harvey. His compositions, directed among others by Pierre Boulez, Jonathan Nott, Hannu Lintu, Marc Albrecht, Pascal Rophé and Guillaume Bourgogne have been performed by prestigious ensembles and soloists: Ensemble Intercontemporain, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Quatuor Arditti, Accroche Note, Ensemble Court-Circuit, Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg, Ensemble Aleph, Lucerne Festival Academy Orchestra, Irvine Arditti. He received commissions from the Ensemble Intercontemporain, the Lucerne Festival, the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, the Orchestre National d'Île de France, the Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg, the Festival Musica, Les Percussions de Strasbourg, the Auditorium du Louvre, the Fondation André Boucourechliev, Les Musicales de Colmar, the Berlin Radio, the French government, the Ensemble Accroche Note and the Ensemble Musicatreize, and from various private patrons. In 2001 he was awarded the Music Prize of the Académie des Marches de l'Est, the Honourable Mention at the Festival Gaudeamus, and at Earplay 2002 the Donald Aird Memorial Composers Competition Award for his composition Treis. In June 2007 he won the Prix Hervé Dugardin from SACEM and the André Caplet Prize from the Académie des Beaux-Arts (Institut de France). He was composer-in-residence at Villa Medici in Rome in 2008-2009.
Oscar Bianchi (Milan – Italy, 1975)
Winner of the Gaudeamus Prize 2005, Oscar Bianchi’s music is featured in the repertory of famous ensembles such as Ictus, Les Percussions de Strasbourg, Nieuw Ensemble, Neue Vocalsolisten Stuttgart and the Ensemble l’Itinéraire, and has been performed in important institutions such as the Muziekgebouw, Ircam Centre-Pompidou, Abbaye du Royaumont, Ars Musica, World New Music Days, Tages Fur Neue Musik-Zurich, Merkin Hall in New York. His works have been broadcast on national radio networks in Switzerland, Belgium, France, Holland, Sweden, Italy and Greece. His latest works, some of which are still in the development phase, include: Teso ma non Nervoso commissioned by the Gaudeamus Foundation and premiered by the Nieuw Ensemble; a piece for percussions commissioned by Porto’s Drumming Grupo de Percussãofor the tribute to Frank Zappa; a cantata commissioned by the Ictus Ensemble (which will be performed by the Neue Vocalsolisten from Stuttgart). In 2005/2007 the Ictus Ensemble awarded him a scholarship and at the moment Bianchi is working at Columbia University in New York on his Ph.D in composition. During his studies in composition, choral music, conducting, and electronic music at the Conservatorio Verdi in Milan, his native city, he performed regularly as a pianist in ethnic jazz groups and composed music regularly for RAI Italian radio and television. He later moved to Paris to participate in an annual composition course at Ircam. He has participated in master classes in contemporary composition organized by the Abbaye du Royaumont, the Internationalen Ferienkurse für Neue Musik Darmstadt, Città di Castello, the Stockholm International Composition Course and the Atlantic Center for the Arts.
Raphaël Cendo (Nice - France, 1975)
He studied piano and composition at the École Normale de Musique in Paris, where he earned his diploma in 2000. He enrolled in the composition course at the Conservatoire National Supérieur in Paris in 2003 and later attended the annual course in composition and computer music at Ircam, which he completed in 2006. He followed the teachings of Alain Gaussin, Brian Ferneyhough, Fausto Romitelli and Philippe Manoury. He has written works for internationally-renowned ensembles, such as Itinéraire, Ensemble Intercontemporain, Orchestre Nationale de l’Ile-de-France, Ictus, Nouvel Ensemble Moderne, Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal. His music has been performed at important events such as Lille Capitale Européenne de la culture at the Opéra di Lille, the Centre Georges Pompidou, MiTo in Milan, Radio France in Montpellier, Ars Musica in Brussels, Voix Nouvelles Royaumont, Présences de Radio France and the Strasbourg Music Festival. Raphaël Cendo has won many prizes: in 2007 the Espoir prize, from the Francis and Mica Salabert Foundation, for the international composition competition of the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal; in 2009 the Prix Pierre Cardin from the Académie des Beaux Arts and in 2011 the Prix Hervé Dugardin from SACEM. He has taught composition at the Conservatory of Nanterre and in 2012 he will be a guest professor at the summer sessions in Darmstadt and at Voix nouvelles à Royaumont. Raphaël Cendo won a scholarship at the French Academy in Rome from 2009 to 2011.
Michele Del Prete (Novara – Italy, 1974),
Michele Del Prete studied philosophy in Turin, Utrecht and Leiden earning his Ph.D in 2005 from the Freie Universität in Berlin. He taught the Theory of Perception and the Psychology of Form at the Fine Arts Academies in Palermo and Turin. He earned his diploma in composition and new technologies at the Conservatory in Venice with Corrado Pasquotti and Alvise Vidolin; he then attended a graduate course in composition with Giacomo Manzoni (Scuola di Musica di Fiesole, 2009 and 2010). He pursued his studies in composition with Beat Furrer at the Kunstuniversität in Graz and in electronic music with Alvise Vidolin and Paolo Zavagna at the Conservatory in Venice. He later took master classes with Claudio Ambrosini, Agostino Di Scipio, Pierluigi Billone, Chaya Czernowin and Dániel Péter Biró (matrix11, SWR Experimentalstudio Freiburg), and with the Atelier Ircam (Music Biennale 2011). His music has been performed in Berlin (Unerhörte Musik BKA), Venice (Conservatory of Venice, Music Biennale, Ateneo Veneto), Graz (Open Cube IEM, Minoritensaal, Impuls 2011-Signale Graz), Rome (EMUFest), Fiesole (Estate Fiesolana), Helsinki (Theater Academy), Barcelona (Zeppelin Festival), Milan, Hanover, Karlsrühe.
Agostino Di Scipio (Naples – Italy, 1962)
He is a composer, sound artist and scholar. He was self-taught in his approach to music, then completed his training and earned his diploma at the Conservatory in L'Aquila in composition (G. Bizzi, M. Cardi) and in electronic music (M. Lupone). He explores unconventional techniques for instrumental performance and for electroacoustic computer-aided sound generation, with special attention to noise and turbulence. Some of his pieces were conceived as networks of recursive“man-machine-space” sound interactions, for example the pieces from the Ecosistemico Udibile project and various sound installations that exchange energy with the acoustics of the surrounding space. He has won various commissions from, among others, Milano Musica (2011), Galerie Mario Mazzoli Berlin (2011 and 2005), DAAD Berlin (2008 and 2005) and ZKM Karlsruhe (2006). Since 2001 he has taught electronic music at the Conservatory in Naples. He has taught in various international institutions, including CCMIX (Centre Creation Musicale Iannis Xenakis, 2001-2007), the University of Illinois (2004) and J.Gutenberg Universität (2005). He was resident artist at DAAD (Berlin, 2004-05), IMEB (Bourges 2003 and 2007), guest composer at the Sibelius Academy (Helsinki 1995) and at the Simon Fraser University (Burnaby/Vancouver, 1992). His music has been recorded on monographic (RZ, Berlin; Chrisopeé Electronique, Paris/Bourges) and anthological compact discs (Wergo, Neuma Records, Limen, Capston Records and others). He plays in a duo with pianist Ciro Longobardi, with whom he has recorded a new complete version of the Electronic Music for Piano by John Cage (Stradivarius). With Mario Gabola he forms the Upset duo of radical electroacoustic improvisation (Viande Records).
Mario Diaz de Leon (St. Paul - USA, 1979)
Mario Diaz de Leon is a composer and multi-instrumentalist in New York. He studied composition at the Oberlin Conservatory and at Columbia University. His music has been influenced by modern composers such as Scelsi, Dumitrescu and Ligeti, and by metal underground and noise electronics. He currently works alone under the name of Oneirogen, while in the past he has played in various groups including Symbol, Disembodied and Mirrorgate. His discography includes recordings with the Shinkoyo label, a chamber music CD with John Zorn’s Tzadik label and a new release coming soon on the Denovali label. Praised by the New York Times for his “hallucinatory intensity”, his works for classical and electronic instruments have been performed in the United States and in Europe by ensembles such as ICE, Telea, the JACK Quartet, the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players, Eighth Blackbird and the Hyperion Ensemble from Romania.
Sean Friar (Los Angeles, USA, 1985)
His early experiences were in rock and blues piano improvisation. While his focus soon shifted towards classical music, his composition has kept in touch with these musical roots. His recent commissions range from string quartets and wind quintets to a concerto for junk car and music for laptop orchestra. His music has been performed by ensembles such as the Berlin Philharmonic Scharoun Ensemble (Germany), Crash Ensemble (Ireland), Ensemble Klang (Netherlands), the New York Youth Symphony, Orkest de Ereprijs (Netherlands), Psappha (Great Britain), Darmstadt Staatsorchester (Germany), Alter Ego (Italy). His music has been featured in various festivals including Aspen, Bang on a Can, Bowdoin, Gaudeamus Muziekweek. In 2011 the Clunker Concerto for junk car and orchestra premiered at Carnegie Hall. In addition to being the youngest winner ever of the Rome Prize, he has won many other acknowledgments, including the Aaron Copland Award, the Charles Ives Scholarship, four ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Awards and the Renee B. Fisher Award. Currently Friar is attending the Ph.D programme at Princeton, where he is studying with Steve Mackey, Paul Lansky, David Lang and Dmitri Tymoczko. He graduated in music and psychology from UCLA in 2007, where he worked with Paul Chihara, Roger Bourland and Ian Krouse.
Bernhard Gander (Lienz – Austria, 1969)
He studied piano, conducting and composition at the Conservatory in Innsbruck and at the University of Music and Performing Arts at Graz. He attended composition classes with Beat Furrer from 2000 to 2004. He also trained in electroacoustic music at the Studio UPIC in Paris with Julio Estrada and Curtis Roads from 1994 to 1995 and at the Swiss Zentrum für Computermusic in Zurich in 1997. He won the Musikförderungspreis composition award of the City of Vienna in 2004, and a prize in the form of a commission from the Erste Bank in 2006, for which he wrote Bunny Games, a piece for which his inspiration was both playful (Bugs Bunny) and historical (Scarlatti). In 2007, the Kairos label and the Klangforum Wien ensemble dedicated a monographic CD to his work. His compositions have been performed in Zurich, Paris, Darmstadt, New York, Seattle, Greece, Japan and Korea, and among others, by the Berlin Symphony Orchestra and the Quatuor Arditti. Bernhard Gander has won many commissions: from the Konzerthaus in Vienna (Der Melonenbaum, 2000), from the Klangforum Wien ensemble (Leim, 2004), from the Ensemble Modern, from the Musikprotokoll and Wiener Modern Festivals, the Klangspuren Schwaz Festival (Horribile dictu, 2007), the Donaueschinger Musiktage Festival (Beine und Strümpfe, 2007; new creation, 2012), and from the Ensemble Intercontemporain (2012).
Marco Gasperini (Belluno – Italy, 1980)
He earned his diploma in guitar with Florindo Baldissera and in electronic music with Alvise Vidolin. He later attended master classes with Agostino Di Scipio, Gottfried Michael Koenig, James Dashow and André Richard. He has worked, among others, with Carlo De Pirro, Agostino Di Scipio, Gottfried Michael Koenig and Richard Teitelbaum. With Federico Costanza and Alessio Rossato he founded the trio Meccanica Azione Sonora, dedicated to experimentation in the fields of composition and performance for and with acoustic and electronic instruments; with the trio he has performed in concerts (World Venice Forum, EMUfest, CIM) and participated in educational activities (Biennale Educational). For the Fondazione Cini in Venice he has directed the performance of music by Agostino Di Scipio, Gottfried Michael Koenig and contributed to the organization of the first laptop ensemble in Italy (S. Giorgio Laptop Ensemble, Venice, 2009). His compositions have been performed in Venice (Palazzo Pisani, Sale Apollinee at the Teatro La Fenice, Music Biennale, Ateneo Veneto), at the Theater Academy Helsinki (CARPA 2009), the Palazzo Reale in Milan, in Rome (Festival Atlante Sonoro XXI, EMUfest 2010/2011, Festival FREON), Turin (XVIII CIM), Graz (Signale Graz, 2011) and New York (Merkin Concert Hall, 2008). He held an internship at Ircam in Paris, working, among others, with Luca Francesconi (Teatro La Scala, 2011) and Philippe Manoury.
Rune Glerup (Aalborg - Denmark, 1981)
He studied with many composers in Denmark and abroad: with Walter Zimmermann in Berlin, and with Niels Rosing-Schow, Bent Sørensen and Hans Peter Stubbe Teglbjærg at the Royal Danish Academy of Music in Copenhagen, where he completed his studies in composition and electroacoustic music in 2010. He pursued more advanced studies at Ircam from 2010 to 2012. He attended master classes with Philippe Leroux, Philippe Manoury, Hans Peter Kyburz, Dennis Smalley, Ivan Fedele, Rolf Wallin and Adriana Hölszky. His work has won him many scholarships, including the scholarship for young musicians from the Léonie Sonning Music Foundation and two scholarships from the Danish Arts Foundation, the first when he was only nineteen years old and the second five years later. His music has been performed by ensembles such as the London Sinfonietta, Ensemble Alternance, Ensemble Tm+, Athelas Sinfonietta Copenhagen, Uusinta Ensemble, Curious Chamberplayers, Esbjerg Ensemble, Contemporánea and Trio Gáman. It has also been performed at festivals such as the Festival Printemps des Arts a Monte-Carlo, Nordic Music Days, Young Nordic Music and Pulsar. In addition to his studies in composition, he also trained in conducting with Pierre-André Valade in Paris. In 2009 he became the director of the Ensemble Contemporána, a Danish ensemble specialized in the performance of electronic music. Since 2012 he has been the artistic director of the Athelas Sinfonietta Copenhagen and the Athelas New Music Festival.
Raffaele Grimaldi (Siano – Salerno, Italy 1980)
Composer, pianist and conductor. He earned his diploma in piano and composition in Salerno, and pursued graduate studies in composition at the Accademia di Santa Cecilia. He has won several competitions, including: the Valentino Bucchi International competition (Rome, 2005), Progetto giovani compositori (Forlì – Milan, 2007), the Toru Takemitsu International Composition Competition (Tokyo, 2009), Forum 2010 – musique et vidéo d'art (10th International Forum for Young Composers - NEM, Nouvel Ensemble Moderne), Reading Session 2010 - Die 45 Internationalen Ferienkurse für Neue Musik Darmstadt, Gaudeamus Music Week 2011(Amsterdam), the Wiener Konzerthaus International Composing Competition 2012 - Towards the Next 100 Years (Vienna). His compositions have been performed in Europe, in the United States, in Japan and in Russia by orchestras such as the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, the Orchestre Nationale de Lorraine, by chamber ensembles such as the Neue Vocalsolisten, Ensemble Studio for New Music Moscow, the Ensemble Algoritmo, the Quartetto Prometeo, Amsterdam Collage Ensemble, Ensemble Transmission. He was selected by Ircam to attend the Cursus 1 in composition and electronic music (2008/09). In 2008 and 2009 he held a research position at the Mèdiathéque Mahler in Paris. He was composer-in-residence with the Ensemble Aleph - L'Arbresle (France) in 2008, the Ensemble N.E.M. Nouvel Ensemble Moderne - Montréal (Canada) in 2010, at the Schloss Solitude Akademie in Stuttgart in 2010/2011, at the Fondazione Spinola-Banna per l'arte in Turin in 2011.
Yotam Haber (Leiden - Holland, 1977)
Yotam Haber was raised between Israel, Nigeria and the United States. He won the Frederic A. Juilliard/Walter Damrosch Rome Prize in 2007-2008 and the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation scholarship in 2005. Recent commissions include two works for architect Peter Zumthor, winner of the Pritzker Prize, and new creations for Contemporaneous, Gabriel Kahane, Alarm Will Sound, the Bang on a Can Summer Festival 2012, the Neuvocalsolisten Stuttgart, for the ensemble l’Arsenale, the Flux Quartet, the Jack Quartet, for the Cantori New York and the Quartet New Generation. He is currently collaborating with Anna Schuleit, winner of a MacArthur Prize Fellowship research scholarship, on a large-scale project for 104 pieces for the piano inspired by 104 paintings from the stories of Austrian writer Thomas Bernhard. He is also working on a composition that will be performed in 2013 by the Alabama Symphony Orchestra to commemorate the Baptist Church bombing in 1963. Haber is the artistic director of MATA, a non-profit organization founded by Philip Glass, which since 1996 has been dedicated to commissioning and presenting original work by young composers from all over the world.
Jean-Luc Hervé (Saint-Maur-des-Fossés – France, 1960)
He studied orchestration and electroacoustic music at the C.N.R. in Boulogne-Billancourt, and then with Emmanuel Nunes and Gérard Grisey at the Conservatoire National Supérieur of Paris, where he won the First Prize in composition. He won an award from the Ircam/Eic Reading Panel in 1996, and in 1997 won the Goffredo Petrassi Prize for his composition for orchestra Ciels. He completed his training in new technologies at Ircam, where he was a compositeur en recherche in 2001. He was a guest at the Fondation des Treilles (1997), at Villa Kujoyama in Kyoto (2001) and participated in the artistic programme of the DAAD in Berlin (2003). Since 2001 he has taught composition at the Conservatory in Nanterre. He has won many commissions, in particular from the French Government, from Radio France, Ircam, the Ensemble Intercontemporain, the ensemble L'Itinéraire, the Fondation Royaumont, the Radio de la Suisse Romande and the Konzerthaus in Berlin. His works have been performed by ensembles such as the Ensemble Intercontemporain, L'Itinéraire, Court-Circuit, Contrechamps, 2e2m, Sillages, Aleph, in addition to the Orchestre National de France, the Berliner Sinfonie-Orchester, the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, the Orchestra Regionale della Toscana; and at many music festivals, such as Présences (Radio France, Paris), Musica (Strasbourg), Nuove Sincronie (Milan), I.S.C.M. Sofia (Bulgaria), Agora (Ircam, Paris), Archipel (Geneva), Ars Musica (Brussels), Why Note? (Dijon), Biennale di Venezia, UltraSchall (Berlin), Weimarer Frühjahrstage für zeitgenössische Musik (Weimar).
Alexander Khubeev (Perm – Russia, 1986)
He graduated in 2011 from the Conservatory in Moscow in composition with Yuri Kasparov and in electronic composition with Igor Kefalidis. He is currently attending graduate courses at the same Conservatory. He has attended master classes held by Ivan Fedele, Helmut Zapf, Martijn Padding, Simon Steen-Andersen, Tapio Tuomela. In 2011 he participated in the International Academy of Moscow Contemporary Music Ensemble in Tchaikovsky city with Pierluigi Billone and Franck Bedrossian. His music has been performed in concerts and festivals in many countries, including Italy, France, Germany, Cyprus, Russia and Ukraine (Diaghilev Festival, Youth Music Forum, From the Avant-garde to the Present Day, Time of music: Fin de Siècle, Other Space, Contrasts, Moscow Autumn, Le Notti Ritrovate, Pharos International Contemporary Music Festival, Moscow Forum). His compositions have been performed by Guido Arbonelli, Ensemble Aleph, Moscow Contemporary Music Ensemble, Studio for New Music Ensemble, Mark Pekarsky Percussion Ensemble, GAM-ensemble, eNsemble, Ensemble Nostri Temporis. He was composer-in-residence in 2011 of the GAM-ensemble. He is a member of the Russian Union of Composers.
Yannis Kyriakides (Limassol – Cyprus, 1969)
He studied musicology at the University of York, then pursued more advanced musical studies with Louis Andriessen at the Conservatory in The Hague. During the same period he also collaborated with Dick Raaijmaakers, a sound artist. In most of his works he seeks to combine traditional forms and digital media. Kyriakides places great importance on the sensory space where music happens, and therefore seeks a way of breaking out of the conventional structures of how music is presented. He is interested in the relationship between music and language; for this reason many of his works use both video texts and music. He has written over ninety compositions including recent large-scale works: Memoryscape for video and ensemble (musikfabrik - WDR, 2010), Satellites for ensemble and electronics (Seattle Chamber Players, 2010), Disco Debris (interactive installation - Amiens Maison de la Culture, 2010), Ocean of Rain (Aldeburgh Music Festival, 2008). He also created two sound installations for the Dutch pavilion at the Biennale di Venezia in 2011. He has participated in festivals such as the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival (2007), November Music Festival (2011). He has won many awards, including the French Qwartz award for electronic music for the CD Antichamber and the Gaudeamus Prize for conSPIracy cantata (2000). With Andy Moor and Isabelle Vigier he founded the UNSOUNDS label which specializes in electronic music. He is the artistic director of the Ensemble MAE and currently teaches composition at the Conservatory in The Hague.
Marcello Liverani (Cagliari – Italy, 1976)
After earning his diploma in composition, choral music and chorus direction under the guidance of G. Cartocci, he continued his training by attending various workshops and master classes and was selected to attend advanced courses in composition such as the ones held at the Accademia Musicale Chigiana (2005-2006) and the Atelier de composition 2009 at the Centre Acanthes (Metz). His music has been performed in Italy and in Europe and he has won many acknowledgments in international competitions: he was the only winner in the 2007 edition of the Guido d'Arezzo International Composition Competition. He is currently studying at the Accademia Nazionale di S. Cecilia, under the guidance of Ivan Fedele, where he will earn his diploma in June 2012. He is a co-founder of the research team MOA which develops projects concerning the interaction between different artistic forms in the search for new ways of organizing musical events. His thinking is focused on the expressive exploration of several aspects such as the search for synaesthesia suggested by the nature of sound and the relationship between the more intimate nature of sound, movement and form in composition.
Marco Momi (Perugia – Italy, 1978)
He studied piano and chamber music with Lucia Passaglia, Antonio Ballista and Francesco Pepicelli, earning his diploma in 2000 at the Conservatory in Perugia. From 1999 to 2003 he studied conducting with Ennio Nicotra. From 2001 he studied composition with Fabio Cifariello Ciardi and Ivan Fedele, in 2006 he graduated from the Conservatory of Perugia and earned his diploma at the Conservatoire National de Région in Strasbourg. He also studied at the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague and in Darmstadt with Georges Aphergis, Beat Furrer, Helmut Lachenmann and Marco Stroppa. In 2007-2008 he studied at Ircam with Yan Maresz and is currently working towards his diploma at the Accademia di S.Cecilia. The winner of many scholarships, from 2001 to 2008 his works were finalists or prize-winners in festivals and international competitions such as: the VII Youth International Music Forum 2001 (Kiev), What’s Next - Nuova Consonanza 2003 (Rome), the Franco Evangelisti International Competition 2004 (Rome), the Lili Boulanger Memorial Fund 2005 (Boston), the III Seoul International Competition 2005, Stipendienpreise Darmstadt 2006, Gaudeamus International Music Prize 2006 (Amsterdam, Honourable Mention), the Reading Panel 2007 – Ircam (Paris 2007) and the Reading Panel 2009 – Ircam. His compositions have been performed in national and international festivals including Nuova Consonanza (2003 - 2004 Roma), Politecnico delle Arti (2003 Milan), Festival Spaziomusica 2008 (Cagliari), Audio Art Circus 2008 (Osaka), Musica - Musiques d’aujourd’hui (2004-2006-2008 Strasbourg), Music Today 2005 (Seoul), the 14th World Saxophone Congress (2006 Ljubljana), IMD Darmstadt (Darmstadt 2006- 2008), Ircam (2008) and the International Gaudeamus Music Week (2005 – 2006 - 2007 Amsterdam).
Vittorio Montalti (Roma – Italy, 1984)
He earned his diploma in piano with Aldo Tramma at the Conservatorio S. Cecilia and in composition with Alessandro Solbiati at the Conservatory in Milan; he also attended the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique in Paris, where he studied composition with Frederic Durieux. He is currently enrolled in the graduate programme in composition with Alessandro Solbiati at the Conservatory in Milan and at the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia. He was selected to attend the Cursus 1 held by Ircam in Paris for the year 2011-2012. He has attended master classes and courses held by Luca Francesconi, Azio Corghi, Mauro Bonifacio, Luca Antignani, Stefano Gervasoni, Toshio Hosokawa, Gabriele Manca, Luís de Pablo. In 2010 he won the Silver Lion at the Biennale di Venezia. He was a finalist for the Premio San Fedele Giovani Artisti (2010 – 2013). In 2009 he was selected for the sixth forum of young composers by the Ensemble Aleph. His music has been performed in many festivals and concert seasons: La Biennale di Venezia, Festival Pontino, Rondò, Auditorium Parco della Musica, Dunois Theater - Paris, CNSMDP - Paris, Concerti della Villa Reale in Milan, GAMO – Gruppo Aperto Musica Oggi, Festival URTIcanti; by performers such as Irvine Arditti, Dario Savron, Francesco Dillon, Emanuele Torquati, Francesco Gesualdi, Maria Grazia Bellocchio, Annamaria Morini, Roberto Prosseda, Ljuba Bergamelli and ensembles such as the Ensemble Multilatérale, Aleph Ensemble, Divertimento Ensemble.
Tristan Perich (New York – USA, 1982)
His work is inspired by the aesthetic simplicity of mathematics and physics. He has composed a series of works and created artistic installations with a single bit, music that never has more than one bit of information. He is a member of the electronic music group Loud Objects with Kunal Gupta and Katie Shima. The Wire Magazine has described his compositions as “an austere meeting of electronic and organic”. His album 1-Bit Music (2004) was the first to be released in the form of a microchip. His latest album, 1-Bit Symphony (Cantaloupe, 2010) was hailed by critics and defined as “sublime” by the New York Press, while the Wall Street Journal wrote that “its oscillations have an intense, hypnotic force and a surprising emotional depth.” His work, which couples 1-bit electronics with traditional forms in both music (Active Field, Observations) and visual art (Machine Drawings, Interval Studies), have been presented around the world, from Sónar (Barcelona 2010) and Ars Electronica (2009) to the Whitney Museum and bitforms gallery.His compositions have been performed by the Bang on a Can-ensemble, the Calder Quartet and Meehan/Perkins. He is currently artist-in-residence at the Phillips Academy in Andover (Massachusetts) in the role of composer, musician and visual artist.
Nikolai Popov (Belebei – Russia, 1986)
He earned his diploma at the Ufa Musical College in bayan with N. Makhnei and in composition with I. Khisamutdinov; then at the Conservatory of Moscow in composition with V. Agafonnikov and in electronic composition with I. Kefalidis (2011). He is currently attending graduate courses at the same Conservatory with V. Zaderatsky. He has won awards in Russia and abroad, including first prize at the I National Schnittke Composition Competition (Russia); first prize at the II National Shostakovich Composition Competition (Russia); first prize at the International Dvorak Composition Competition (Prague). He has attended master classes with Ivan Fedele, Allen Gossen, Franck Bedrossian, Rodion Shchedrin, Boris Tishchenko, Michel Fourgon. His music has been performed in concerts and festivals in various countries, including Spain, Italy, Portugal, the Czech Republic, the United States, Russia and Ukraine (New Music - New Reality, Moscow Autumn, Percussion Days of Mark Pekarsky, Exposition XXI, Creative Youth of Moscow Conservatory, Europe - Asia). Nikolai Popov has also composed music for films and theatre. His compositions have been performed by orchestras and ensembles such as the Prague Philharmonic Orchestra, the New Opera Symphony Orchestra, the Russian Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra, the Urals Academic Symphony Orchestra, the Studio for New Music Ensemble, the Mark Perkasky Percussion Ensemble, the GAM-ensemble. He is a member of the Russian Union of Composers.
Luca Richelli (Verona - Italy, 1963)
He studied piano with Edoardo Strabbioli and composition with Renato Dionisi and Francesco Valdambrini earning his diploma in piano at the Conservatory in Trento and in composition at the Conservatory in Verona. He then began to study electronic music at the Conservatory in Venice with Alvise Vidolin earning his graduate diploma in composition and new technologies (2005), his diploma in electronic music (2006), his graduate diploma in live electronics (2009). He has attended various workshops and master classes on new music technology with Marco Stroppa, André Richard, James Dashow and Agostino di Scipio. His compositions have been performed in important festivals including: Variazioni di Pressione III in Verona, ExNovo Musica07 in Venice, Saturazioni in Rome, the 52nd International Contemporary Music Festival of the Biennale di Venezia, Mondi Sonori 2009 in Trento, II EMUfest, III EMUfest and IV EMUfest in Rome, XVIII Colloquio di Informatica Musicale in Turin and 8th Sound and Music Computing Conference in Padua. His composition InterplaYflute for flute and live electronics won the Honourable Mention for Electronic Music and New Technology at the Premio Nazionale delle Arti 2008. He has taught sound design at the Fine Arts Academy in Milan and computer music at the Accademia S. Martinelli in Verona. He is also a performer of live electronics and a member of the Arazzi Laptop Ensemble in Venice.
Cesare Saldicco (Rome – Italy, 1976)
He earned his diploma at the Conservatory in Perugia in 1999. The same year he enrolled in the graduate course in composition at the same Conservatory and in the electronic music programme, earning his diplomas respectively in 2007 and in 2004. He later took lessons with Helmut Lachenmann, Gavin Bryars, Salvatore Sciarrino and Ivan Fedele, with whom he is studying for his diploma at the Accademia Nazionale di S. Cecilia in Rome. From 2000 to 2003 he took advanced courses and attended many master classes with jazz pianist Stefano Bollani. In 2001 he won second prize at the VII International Composition Competition Città di Casarza Ligure. In 2003 he was a finalist at the 2nd International Competition for Composers in Greece. In 2004 he spent the second semester of the academic year at the Göteborg University School of Music in Sweden, studying with Carl Axell-Hall, Ole Lützow-Holm and Anders Hultqvist. In 2006 Centro Tempo Reale founded by Luciano Berio chose him to organize the Soundex team at the headquarters of RAI Italian radio and television in Florence; within this project he produced and supervised the sound design for the travelling exhibition Radio FM 1976-2006 Trent’anni di libertà di antenna. Also in 2006 he won second prize at the Sassi Vivaci International Composition Competition organized by the Contemporary Art Museum of Barge. In 2007 he won second prize at the Musici Mojanesi International Composition Competition consisting in the publication of the score and the same year he was selected by the CECh – Comunidad Electroacústica de Chile – for the VII Festival Internacional de Música Electroacústica. Music he composed has been performed in festivals such as Nuova Musica in Europa (2003 Italy), the Mediterranean Music Centre (2003 Greece), the XXXIII Clusone Jazz Festival (2003), Une Saison Acousmatique – Musiques & Recherches (2004 Brussels, Belgium), Cello+Elektronik (2006 Germany), Holger Fransman in memoriam (2009 Helsinki, Finland).
Luigi Sammarchi (Bologna – Italy, 1962)
He began his music studies in 1984 at the Conservatory in Bologna where he earned his diploma in piano with Lidia Proietti in 1994 and in composition with Adriano Guarnieri in 2004. In 2008 he earned his graduate degree in electronic music at the Conservatory in Venice under the guidance of Alvise Vidolin. He has attended many specialization courses in composition including 900 e oltre with Adriano Guarnieri, Pietro Borgonovo and Enzo Porta in Modena; the two year graduate programme in composition with live electronics with Alvise Vidolin and Adriano Guarnieri in Bologna; the course in the interpretation of the works of Luigi Nono with live electronics and magnetic tape in Venice at the Fondazione Cini; the master class in composition held by Helmut Lachenmann in Parma. In 2004 he won the Valentino Bucchi International Composition Competition, with the composition for four orchestral groups, Polyphonia IV. Since 2004 he has been working as a composer, and his works have been performed in the most important contemporary music festivals.
Johannes Schöllhorn (Murnau - Germany, 1962)
He studied composition with Emmanuel Nunes, Mathias Spahlinger and Klaus Huber at the Musikhochschule in Freiburg, conducting with Peter Eötvös and music theory with Peter Förtig. He also attended the Summer Sessions in Darmstadt. His repertory includes compositions for voice, chamber music, operas for orchestra and for the theatre. He has conducted many ensembles including the Ensemble Recherche and the Ensemble für Neue Musik of the Musikhochschule in Freiburg through 2004. In 1998, he participated in the into project in Hong-Kong, a music project held by the Ensemble Modern and the Siemens Arts Program, in collaboration with the Goethe Institut. He collaborates with many soloists, ensembles and orchestras, including the Ensemble Modern, the Ensemble Intercontemporain, the Ensemble Instant donné, the Ensemble Recherche, the Neue Vocalsolisten, the Ensemble MusikFabrik, the Neue Ensemble, the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, the Philharmonia Orchestra London, the WDR Orchestra in Cologne and the SWR in Stuttgart. He has won many awards including the Reading Panel of the Ensemble Intercontemporain (1997) and the Praetorius Prize in 2009. He was a professor of composition at the Musikhochschule Hanover from 2001 to 2009. Since 2009 he has taught composition and conducting at the Institut für Neue Musik at the Hochschule für Musik in Cologne.
Julian Scordato (Pordenone - Italy, 1985)
Julian Scordato studied composition and new technologies at the Conservatory in Venice, under the guidance of Corrado Pasquotti and Alvise Vidolin. His instrumental and electroacoustic works have won acknowledgments in international competitions and have been presented in festivals in Italy, the United States, Denmark, Lithuania, Holland, Sweden and Canada. As a composer and computer musician he has participated in scientific conferences including the XVII Colloquio di Informatica Musicale and 8th Sound and Music Computing Conference. He composes music for videos, for the theatre and for installations. He was the musical curator for the Rassegna dell'Arte e del Teatro indipendente in Pordenone and has worked with the Fondazione Giorgio Cini of Venice. He is a member of the Arazzi Laptop Ensemble, a group of performers and composers of electroacoustic music.
Kirill Shirokov (Nizhny Novgorod - Russia, 1990)
He is currently studying with Vladimir Tarnapolski at the Conservatory in Moscow. In 2011 he participated in the International Academy of Moscow Contemporary Music Ensemble in Tchaikovsky City with Franck Bedrossian and Pierluigi Billone and participated in a master class held by Ivan Fedele in Moscow. His music has been performed by MCME, by the Ensemble Nostri Temporis (Kiev), by the NoName Ensemble (Nizhny Novgorod), by the percussionist Alexandra Gorskaya, and by the Moscow Composers-Improvisers Ensemble.
Bettina Skrzypczak (Poznan - Poland, 1962)
Bettina Skrzypczak studied piano in Bydgoszcz and music at the Academy of Music in Poznan. In 1985 she earned her diploma in music theory and in 1988 in composition with Andrzej Koszewski. From 1984 to 1988 she studied with Witold Lutoslawski, Luigi Nono, Henri Pousseur and Iannis Xenakis in composition courses organized in Kazimierz by the Polish section of the ISCM. She then pursued advanced studies in Basle, in electronic music with Thomas Kessler and composition with Rudolf Kelterborn (1988). She also studied musicology with Jürg Stenzl in Freiburg and computer music with Klarenz Barlow in Cologne (1990). In 1999 she earned her doctorate at the Academy of Music in Krakòw. In 2002 she was named professor of music history, theory and aesthetics at the Music University in Lucerne. She is the founder of the Swiss ensemble Boswil, for which she has also served as artistic director, which is dedicated to the promotion of young artists. She has won many prizes and scholarships for her compositions, including the Music Biennale of Zagreb award for young composers (1989), the Tadeusz Baird prize in Warsaw (1990), an honourable mention at the International Rostrum of Composers in Paris (1992) and the scholarship for composition from the City and Canton of Lucerne (2001, 2008).
Ivàn Solano (Madrid- Spain, 1973)
Ivàn Solano is a clarinettist and composer. After beginning his music studies in Madrid, he attended the Franz Liszt Academy in Budapest, where in 1997 he won a graduate diploma as a performer and professor of clarinet (with Béla Kovacs and Ferenc Meizl) and completed a master in music analysis. He continued his training, attending many courses and master classes in chamber music with Sándor Devich, Ferenc Rados and György Kurtág, and in clarinet with Peter Handswoth, Frankel Cohen and Colin Bradbury. He pursued his studies at the Université Paris VIII with Horacio Vaggione and José Manuel López López, at the École Nationale de Musique de Pantin with Christine Groult and at the Conservatory in Strasbourg with Ivan Fedele, where he earned his diploma in composition in 2007. He was admitted to the master courses in composition at the Accademia di Santa Cecilia in Rome in 2009. He has won various prizes for his works, including the Prix SACEM for Trois Jardins d’été (2010), the performance prize from INAEM-Colegio de España (2000), the Bartók prize and the Janácek prize at the Festival of Prague-Wien-Budapest (2000), the second and fifth prize at the SGAE international electroacoustic music competition (2003, 2004). Between 2010 and 2011 Solano was composer-in-residence with the Orchestre Lyrique d’Avignon which commissioned him to write a composition, Omaggio a Xenakis, with the support of the SACEM .
Giovanni Sparano (Feltre – Italy, 1978)
He began his music studies with Cristina Costan Zovi (piano) and Marino Baldissera (harmony and composition). He then studied composition with Corrado Pasquotti and electronic music with Paolo Zavagna at the Conservatory in Venice. He has participated in many seminars and master classes held by, among others, Ivan Fedele, Mauro Lanza, Lorenzo Pagliei, Trevor Wishart, Alvin Lucier, Ircam. His compositions have been performed in events such as the Music Biennale, La terra fertile, EMUfest 2010 and 2011, the A.Gi.Mus 2010 Season. As an electronic performer he participated in EXIT 03 at the 54th International Contemporary Music Festival of the Biennale, in Art Night Venice 2011 and at the 2011 SMC Conference. He is a founding member of the SON Ensemble. He is one of the founding members of happytobehappywith™, a company that works in the fields of visual and sound design. He is a member of the Arazzi Laptop Ensemble, which performs at the Fondazione Cini.
Karen Tanaka (Tokyo – Japan, 1961)
Karen Tanaka began to study piano at the age of four and composition at ten with Akira Miyoshi at the Toho Gakuen School of Music. In 1986 she moved to Paris to study composition with Tristan Murail and to work at Ircam. From 1990 to 1991 she studied with Luciano Berio in Florence. During her years of study she won many prizes, including the Viotti prize and the Japan Symphony Foundation Award for her compositions, the Gaudeamus Prize at the Settimana Internazionale della Musica for the piano concerto Anamorphose (Amsterdam, 1987). A series of important commissions from Japan (Initium, 1993; Wave Mechanics, 1994; Echo Canyon, 1995) confirmed her influential role in her native country. During the same year, her presence at the international level grew, and her compositions were performed in Great Britain, the United States, France, Scandinavia and at five ISCM festivals. Her more recent works, such as The Song of Songs, Night Bird and Metal Strings, explore new directions in her artistic language, using the most recent technologies. In recent years, her love of nature and her interest in the environment have influenced many of her works, including Frozen Horizon, Water and Stone and Questions of Nature. Since 2000 she has won important commissions from Radio France (Water and Stone), from the Arts Council of England (At the Grave of Beethoven), from the BBC Symphony Orchestra (Departure), from Joan Jeanrenaud and from the Berkeley Symphony Orchestra (Urban Prayer).
Silvia Tarozzi (Bologna – Italy, 1975)
Silvia Tarozzi is a violinist, performer and improviser. She earned her diploma in violin at the Conservatory in Bologna, and pursued advanced studies with Maestro E. Porta, earning her graduate diploma in twentieth-century chamber music at the Conservatory of Rovigo. She continued her studies in Paris under the guidance of J. M. Conquer (Ensemble Intercontemporain) and Patrick Bismuth (Baroque violin). She has performed as a soloist and in chamber formations in many Festivals in Europa. Her most recent collaborations include: Scrap for violin and interactive electronics, by Korean composer Hyun-Wa Cho, commissioned and performed at the Ircam Institute in Paris; original music for the contemporary dance production DONC, for one violinist and 4 dancers, for the Sylvain Groud Company; original music to poetry by Alda Merini for the reading-concert 21 A PRIMAVERA with actress Margherita Zanardi. In 2009 with the Ensemble Dedalus, she recorded the Rational Melodies by American composer Tom Johnson for New World Records. In 2010 the Festival Act'Oral (Marseilles) and Sonorités (Montpellier) commissioned her to write the music for the video Supermamie by Thomas Mailaender. In 2012 she collaborated with composer Eliane Radigue and performed the world premiere of Occam II for solo violin and Occam Delta I for quartet. Also in 2012, the premiere of Circle Process for violin microtonally tuned in one-sixteenth tones by composer Pascale Criton, at the Festival Musique Action in Nancy.
Stefano Trevisi (Mantova – Italia, 1974)
He earned his diploma in composition at the Conservatory in Parma and later in electronic music. He attended a graduate Course in composition and live electronics with Alvise Vidolin and Adriano Guarnieri, in addition to various seminars on contemporary music (with Ligeti, Grisey, Lachenmann, Sciarrino, Lévinas, Pousseur, Wishart). His works have been performed in contemporary music programmes such as Musica in galleria 2001 (on commission from the Teatro Regio in Parma), International Gaudeamus Music Week 2002, Oltre il Contemporaneo 2003 in Bologna, PLAY2003 in Rome, Primavera en la Habana 2004 (Cuba), Zeppelin in Barcelona (on commission from the Federazione CEMAT), 1st Acousmatic Music Festival in Cagliari, C.I.M.E Concerts in Rome, V BIMESP 2004 in São Paulo, Gaudeamus International Interpreters Competition 2005 in Amsterdam. His composition Harsh for ensemble and live electronics, commissioned by the Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della RAI and Centro Tempo Reale, was presented in its world premiere performance at the Festival Rai Nuova Musica 2006 in Turin. His works have been selected in various competitions: at the 29th International Competition of Electroacoustic Music 2002 (Bourges), Musica Nova 2002 (Prague), Gaudeamus Music Prize 2002 (Amsterdam), Insulae Electronicae 2003 (Cremona), IV Pierre Schaeffer International Competition (Pescara), V CIMESP 2003 (São Paulo) and Franco Evangelisti 2003 (Rome). He graduated in Environmental Science from the University of Parma and teaches mathematics and computer music.
Giovanni Verrando (Sanremo - Italy, 1965)
He studied composition at the Conservatory in Milan with Giacomo Manzoni, Niccolò Castiglioni and Giuliano Zosi. He continued his training at the Accademia Chigiana in Siena with Franco Donatoni winning the Siae prize in 1990 and his ‘Diploma di merito’. In 1993 he moved to Paris where he attended the Cursus annuel d'informatique musicale at Ircam. In the 1990s and 2000s he won awards in many prestigious international competitions, including the Ircam/Ensemble Intercontemporain Reading Panel, Gaudeamus MusicWeek in Amsterdam, ISCM World Music Days. He has won commissions from various European institutions (French Ministry of Culture, Biennale di Venezia, Ircam in Paris, MaerzMusik in Berlin), and his works have been performed by internationally renowned orchestras, ensembles and soloists (Arditti String Quartet, Ensemble Intercontemporain, Les Percussions de Strasbourg, Orchestra Sinfonica della Rai). In recent years, his music has been presented in festivals and concert seasons around the world, including Wien Modern, the Centre Pompidou in Paris, Berliner Festspiele, Festival Musica in Strasbourg, Opera Bastille in Paris, Biennale di Venezia, Tonhalle in Zurich, Milano Musica, Stockholm New Music, Roma Europa, Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, Festival Ultima in Oslo. In the first phase of his musical production, he developed his works in harmonic fields (Alex Brücke Langer, Sottile, Il ruvido dettaglio celebrato da Aby Warburg). Starting in 2005 his musical research focused on the inharmonic part of the spectrum, on noise and the micro-properties of sounds (Triptych, Memorial Art Show, Dulle Griet). In April 2003, he staged Alex Brücke Langer, a portrait commissioned to him by the Festival International d’Art Lyrique in Aix-En-Provence and by the Fondazione Nuovo Teatro Comunale di Bolzano (directed by Yoshi Oida). He is the founder of RepertorioZero which won the Silver Lion at the 55th International Contemporary Music Festival of the Biennale di Venezia.
Francesca Verunelli (Pietrasanta - Italy, 1979)
She studied composition with Rosario Mirigliano and piano at the Conservatory in Florence. She attended summer school at the Accademia Chigiana (2004/05), where her music was performed, and she won the Emma Conestabile scholarship. In 2005 she was admitted to Azio Corghi’s master course at the Accademia Santa Cecilia in Roma, where she earned her diploma (2007). In November of the same year the Freon ensemble performed her composition Luminal at the Auditorium in Rome. She participated in the 2007 edition of the Centre Acanthes di Metz; her piece En Mouvement (Espace Double) was performed by the Orchestre National de la Lorraine conducted by Jacques Mercier. In 2008 she was selected to participate in the international Forum of the Aleph ensemble and composed RSVP. The same year she attended the Cursus de composition et d'informatique musicale at Ircam which ended with the creation of Interno rosso con figure for accordion and electronics; she was also commissioned to write a composition for an orchestra of cellos for the Nomos ensemble, which performed the piece in March 2010. In 2009 she was selected to attend the second year of the Cursus at Ircam, where she wrote a composition for the Ensemble Intercontemporain, performed in October 2010 at the Centre Pompidou in Paris. She has received commissions from the KDM and Accroche Note ensembles. In 2010, her orchestral work En Mouvement (Espace Double) was performed by the Mitteleuropa Orchestra at the Biennale di Venezia where she won the Silver Lion. In 2011 she received various commissions, from Ircam for a string quartet with electronics, (Biennale Musiques en scène, Lyon), from the Neue Vocalsolisten and the Biennale di Venezia for a work of musical theatre and by RepertorioZero for electrified ensemble (#3897 Magic Mauve).
Tao Yu (Beijing – China, 1981)
She is the artistic co-director of CREA (France) and is a member of the board of the IAWM (United States). She studied composition and electroacoustic music at the Conservatory in Beijing and at the Conservatory in Geneva, and later at Ircam. She has been composer-in-residence at the Hartung Bergman Foundation (France), the Fondazione Buziol (Italy), Ragazze Kwartet Ensemble (Holland), the Pcl Ensemble and Art zoyd (France). Between 2008 and 2010 she was composer-in-residence at the Grame, where she wrote Ah Q, on commission from the Grame itself and the French Ministry of Culture. Her works have been performed in many countries, including China, Japan, South Korea, Poland, Switzerland, Germany, Italy, France, Holland and the United States. She has received commissions, among others, from the Ensemble Phoenix-Bâledal, from director Filippo Filliger, from the Ensemble Ilôrkestra-Genève, from the Ensemble Milles-cordes-Zürich, from the Rath Museum in Geneva, from the Ensemble 3D-paris, from the Ensemble Ums'n Jip-Zurich, from the Davos Festival, from the Ensemble Laboratorium-Suisse. Her music has been performed in many Festivals, including the International Contemporary Music Festival in Miami, the Krakòw Festival, the Tel-Aviv Film Festival, the American Festival of the Arts in Ohio, the China-Switzerland Contemporary Week, Musicacustica in Beijing, the Festival Archipel in Geneva, the European Heritage Days in Paris and the 2011 Grame Days in Lyon.