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Composer Bios

Alexander Kaiser

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Alexander Kaiser is a composer from Italy (b. 1985), currently living in Vienna. His musical education began at the age of 8 with drum lessons. Later he studied electric guitar, piano and singing. At the age of 15 he started his first punk rock band where took over the role as lead singer and lead guitarist. Gradually he concentrated increasingly on composition and started his studies at Music and Arts University of the City of Vienna with Christian Minkowitch. After receiving his composition degree in Vienna he pursued advanced studies in composition with Prof. Beat Furrer at University for Music and Arts in Graz and in Vienna with Prof. Minkowitsch. Additionally to his composition studies Alexander Kaiser started a study in musicology at the University of Vienna where he is currently working on his master thesis about “the development of Alexander Scriabin’s piano sonatas”. Throughout the last years he participated in a couple of master classes and received lessons from Georg Friedrich Hass, Peter Ablinger, Jörg Widmann, Dieter Ammann, Isabel Mundry, Clemens Gadenstätter and Lucia Ronchetti. His music has been premiered, presented and commissioned by festivals, institutions and ensembles, such as the Konzerthaus Wien, Vienna International Saxfest, Radiokulturhaus Wien, Transart Festival and Gustav Mahler Musikwochen. He visited the Donaueschinger Musiktage 2009 and 2011, the Impuls Acadamy in 2013 and 2015 and was a three times finalist at the Ö1 Talentebörse Kompositionspreis 2011, 2013 and 2014.

Arash Yazdani

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Iranian composer and conductor, Arash has studied at Tehran superior conservatory (University of Applied Science and Technology), The Royal College of Music in Stockholm, Hochschule für Musik Basel and Estonian Academy of Muisc and Theatre; and has earned degrees in piano, double bass, orchestral conducting and composition specialties.

He is currently pursuing a PhD research of composition at the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre and is a research residency fellow at Institut für Elektronische Musik und Akustik- IEM Graz.

Arash is artistic director and conductor of Ensemble for New Music Tallinn. As a guest conductor he worked with several ensembles including Ensemble Intercontemporain, Ensemble Linea, International Ensemble Modern, Lucern Festival Academy Orchestra, Moscow Contemporary Music Ensemble, Ensemble Resonabilis, Namascae Lemanic Modern Ensemble, Chaotic Moebius Players.

Yazdani’s music is recognised by its emphasize on the accoustical phenomena and creating unique hearing experience with the use of instruments. He has written pieces for Ensemble Phoenix Basel, Ensemble Proton Bern, Ensemble U:, KammarensembleN, Moscow Contemporary Ensemble, Green-Fairy Duo, Ensemble Resonabilis among the others. His music has featured in the Schwetzinger SWR Festspiele, MIXTUR Festival Barcelona, SESSION DE COMPOSITION VOIX NOUVELLES Royaumont Abbey foundation, Estonian Music Days, ReMusik Festival St Petersburg, Moscow Ensemble Academy and Tallinn Music Week.

Diego Jimenez Tamame

DiegoDiego Jiménez Tamame (Zamora, Spain, 1990) not_bad had his first contact with composition when he started attending to Harmony, Counterpoint and Composition lessons with teacher Enrique Blanco Rodríguez at Professional Music Conservatory “Tahonas Viejas” of Salamanca, Spain. He was also finishing his professional Viola studies with teacher Juan Mesana Graffe at the same conservatory. Nevertheless, he mainly focused his interests in composition. In 2011, he began his Bachelor Degree in Composition at the Superior Conservatory of Music of Aragón (CSMA), in Zaragoza, Spain, with Jesús Rueda, Agustí Charles Soler and Eneko Vadillo as main Composition teachers, and also with teachers like Juan José Eslava Cabanellas, José Manuel López López, Arnau Bataller, Miquel Rodrigo, Josep Sanz i Quintana, Irene G. Quero or Alberto Bernal. He has also attended to seminars, courses, academies and masterclasses with composers such as Salvatore Sciarrino, Philippe Hurel, Fabián Panisello, Luis de Pablo, Alberto Posadas, Sofía Gubaidulina, Ramón Lazkano, Raphaël Cendo, Zygmunt Krauze, Beat Furrer, Jesús Torres, Ivan Fedele, Pierluigi Billone, Paul Patterson, Chen Yi, Alessandro Solbiati, Paweł Hendrich, Tristan Murail, Stefano Gervasoni, Mauricio Sotelo, Francesco Filidei, Franck Bedrossian, Yann Robin, Hèctor Parra or Chaya Czernowin. His music has been performed in countries like Spain, Israel, Canada, USA, Mexico, Germany or Italy by musicians like Cecilia Bercovich (Vl., Vla.), Ana Martínez Pinal (Vla.), Diego García-Pliego García-Muñoz (Sax.), Pablo León Candela (Sax.), Juan Carlos Rivas Perretta (Ob.), Kike Labián Camino (Perc.), David Antigüedad (Gtr.) or Joan Pons (Fl.) and groups like Academy for the New Music CSMA (Spain), Meitar Ensemble (Israel), PluralEnsemble (Spain), Trio de Magia (Spain), The Aëris Trio (Spain), Ensemble Interface (Germany), the Students of the Carl Maria Von Weber Hochschule für Musik Dresden (Germany), Ensemble Multilatérale (France), Quatuor Tana (France) or Barcelona Modern Project (Spain). He has also collaborated with conductors like Pablo Labián Camino (Spain), Jorge Nicolás Manrique (Spain), Natalia Salinas (Argentina), Fabián Panisello (Argentina), Helena Cánovas Parés (Spain) or Pablo Andoni Gómez Olabarría (Spain).

Edgar Guzman

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Edgar Guzmán is one of the most active Mexican composers of his generation. Part of his work has been performed in Mexico, United States, Canada, Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Venezuela, Colombia, Austria, France, Poland, Germany, Switzerland and Netherlands. His musical production is comprised of commissioned by and dedicatory pieces to a number of institutions, ensembles and performers such as the Ensamble Liminar, Ensamble de Música Contemporánea de la Universidad Autónoma de Baja California, Orquesta Sinfónica Juvenil de México, Camerata de las Américas, International Contemporary Ensemble, Wilfrido Terrazas, Alexander Bruck, Rebekah Heller, Kivie Canh-Lipman, Ryan Muncy and David Bowlin among others.

 

Emma O’Halloran

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Emma O’Halloran is an Irish composer who writes music for acoustic and electronic instruments. Her work has been performed by Crash Ensemble, PRISM Saxophone Quartet, and the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, and has been featured at festivals including the International Young Composer’s Meeting, New Music Dublin, and Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival.

Germán Alonso

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Germán Alonso was born in Madrid (Spain) in 1984. He studied guitar and then composition and electronic music with Mark Andre, Michael Jarrell, Luis Naón or Mauro Lanza, among others.

He has attended master classes and courses held by composers Alberto Posadas, Aureliano Cattaneo, Hèctor Parra, José María Sánchez-Verdú, Brian Ferneyhough, Yan Maresz or Franck Bedrossian.

His music has been played in Europe and America, receiving commissions from the Ernst von Siemens Musikstiftung / Ensemble CrossingLines, Vertixe Sonora, Institut Valencià de la Música, Government of Andalusia, Encontre International de Compositors of Mallorca, etc.

He was prizewinner in composition competitions 9th Composition Competition “Città di Udine”, II Seminario Permanente de Composición de Valencia and II Concurso de Composición “Carmelo Bernaola”, and finalist in the 8th Composition Competition “Città di Udine” and the Gaudeamus Prize 2013.

His scores are published by BabelScores.

Helen Papaioannou

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Jan Martin Smørdal

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Composer from Horten, Norway, brought up as a band musician.
Master degree in performing and composition from the Academy of Music in Oslo.
Classes with a.o. Carola Bauckholt, Henrik Hellstenius and Lasse Thoresen.
Often concerned with topics where improvisation meets traditional composing, always working with rhythms, swarms/emergence, and group-individual relations.
Composed commisioned works for chamber musicians, solo pieces, sinfonietta ensembles, orchestra, choirs – as well as installations for bridges, mills and rooms.
Co-founder and co-director of the Ensemble neoN, cooperating with international renown musicians and composers like Alvin Lucier, Oren Ambarchi, Phil Niblock, Marina Rosenfeld and Susanna Wallumrød.
Worked 10 years as performer and guitar player in bands, and as a solo artist.
Made numerous productions with the performance ensemble L.U.N.
Produced, composed and played on more than 40 records since 2004, contributed to several Norwegian Grammy (Spellemannpris) award winning records.

Have been teacher in “Improvisation” at the Academy of Music in Oslo, and occasionally as supervisor for master students at the University of Oslo.

Jose Manuel Serrano

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Composition studies with Mariano Etkin and María Cecilia Villanueva.

He attended classes with Salvatore Sciarrino, Georg Friedrich Haas, Stefano Gervasoni, Tristan Murail, Michael Jarrell, David Lang, Joshua Fineberg, Lee Hyla, Michaël Lévinas and Toivo Tulev, among others.
His music has been played in internationally by several ensembles and soloists, including: Quartetto Prometeo (Italy), Ensemble Aleph (France), Ensemble Aventure (Germany), Duo Dillon-Torquati (Italy), L’arsenale Ensemble (Italy), Latvian Radio Choir, East Coast Contemporary Ensemble (USA), Platypus Ensemble (Austria), The Riot Ensemble (UK), Divertimento Ensemble (Italia), Nuntempe Ensamble (Argentina), and Satoko Inoue (Japón).

Also his music has been played at international music series and festivals like Tage für Neue Musik (Zürich, 2012); New Directions Festival (Sweden, 2014); “XXIII Festival Internacional de Música Contemporánea de la Habana” (Cuba, 2009); Laboratoire Instrumental EUropéen (LIEU; Paris and Riga, 2010); musica aperta series (Winterthur, Switzerland, 2011); L’Imaginaire Festival (Strasbourg, Francia, 2013); Teatro Argentino de La Plata (Argentina, 2012), among others.

From 2007 to 2014 he worked as Assistant in Composition with Mariano Etkin at the National University of La Plata.

Lula Romero

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Lula Romero (María de la Luz Romero Garrido) holds degrees in Composition, Piano, and Art History. She has finished a Master’s degree in Composition at the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague with Gilius van Bergeijk and Cornelis de Bondt.

She has recently been awarded with the GIGA-HERTZ Production prize 2014 by the ZKM | Institute for Music and Acoustics and the SWR EXPERIMENTALSTUDIO, the Kompositionsstipendium 2015 and 2012 and the Berlin–Rheinsberger Kompositionpreis 2011, by the cultural affairs department of the city of Berlin and the grants/residences Künstlerhof Schreyahn 2013 Samtgemeinde Lüchow, Wendland (Germany) and the GEDOK Gastatelier 2012 by the Schleswig-Holstein Government (Germany). She has received the CDMC 2008 composition prize of the Spanish Ministry of Culture for her composition In constant sorrow for ensemble and the Honorable Mention in the Fundación autor – CDMC prize 2010 for piece profil perdu.

She lives and works in Berlin.

Maxim Kolomiiets

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Composer, oboist, organizer.

Maxim was born in 1981 year in Kyiv.

He graduated from the National Music Academy of Ukraine in 2005 as oboist and in 2009 as composer.

Co-founder of Ensemble Nostri Temporis and founder of the ensemble of ancient music Luna Ensemble.

He is the winner of the national competitions “Gradus ad Parnassum” (Kyiv, 2000), “Step to the Left” (Saint Petersburg, 2012) and III Prize on Vareler Komponistenpreis (Oldenburg, 2015).

As the performer he took part in many Ukrainian and foreign festivals and also master courses “Ensemble-Akademie” (Freiburg) – offer courses on the performance practice of historical (Freiburg Baroque Orchestra) and contemporary music (Ensemble Recherché), Summer New Music Courses in Darmstadt (2010), impuls academy (Graz, 2011), Per suonare l’oboe (Freiburg, 2011).

His music has been performed at the international festivals : “Other space” (Moscow), “Gogolfest” (Kyiv),”Contrasts” (Lviv), Summer New Music Courses in Darmstadt (Darmstadt), “Randfestspiele” (Zepernick, 2012), “World Music Days” (Leuven, 2012) etc.

Among the performers of his music are the National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine (Kyiv), Kyiv Chamber Orchestra (Kyiv), Syrinx Flute Quartet (Moscow), Ensemble Nostri Temporis (Kyiv), GAM-Ensemble (Moscow), Moscow Contemporary Music Ensemble (Moscow), musikFabrik (Cologne), Lions Gate Trio (U.S. und Europa), Vladislav Pesin (Moscow), Ian Pace (London), Helen Beldsoe (Cologne).

Since 2014 he has been studying composition in Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln in class Johannes Schöllhorn

Since 2015 he is the solo-oboist of the Ukho Ensemble for contemporary music (Kyiv)

Matthew Welch

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Matthew Welch is a composer of innovative opera and genre-resisting concert music. Mixing his backgrounds in bagpipes, gamelan, experimental, classical, rock and improvised music, Welch’s compositional sound is worldly and eclectic in material, yet personal and seamless in style. Boasted by the New York Times as “border-busting; catchy,” Welch’s music has been performed in the US, Canada, Europe and Asia. He founded his NYC ensemble Blarvuster in 2002 and co-founded NYC’s Experiments in Opera in 2011.

Mátyás Wettl

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Mátyás Wettl studied composition in Budapest and in Amsterdam.

Mátyás Wettl is interested in making music, firstnames, and syrups.

Mátyás Wettl is not interested in cars.

Michelle Agnes Magalhaes

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Michelle Agnes Magalhaes (b.1979) was born in Campo Grande, Brazil. She holds a Doctorate in music from the University of Sao Paulo (USP, Brazil), and a Master degree from the University of Campinas (UNICAMP, Brazil). Michelle Agnes’ musical formation began on the piano. She started taking lessons at the age of six, in her native city. Since then, the piano played a key role in her development as a musician, improviser and composer. In 2003, after obtaining her bachelor degree in composition, she was awarded the Unesco-Ashberg fellowship for young artists.She is currently working a post-PhD project with the RepMus team (IRCAM, Paris).

Neil Luck

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Neil Luck is a composer, performer and director based in London. His practice focuses on the theatrical and physiological nature of live performance, fallible bodies, the pathetic and the esoteric. These are concern which underpinned all his work in a range of media from music-theatre, to concert works, curatorial projects, installations, public projects and recordings.

He has written for a range of soloists and ensembles in the UK and abroad, and presented work at music venues, festivals galleries internationally.

He is the founder and director of the ensemble ARCO – a group which focuses on experimental approaches to music-theatre, and along with Federico Reuben and Adam de la Cour co-founder of squib-box; a netlabel and cooperative dedicated to the production and dissemination of radical and avant-garde music.

Nicolai Worsaae

NicolaiWorsaaeNicolai Worsaae born 1980, studied composition from 2002-2010 at The Royal Danish Academy of Music with professor Bent Sørensen and Hans Abrahamsen and further studies abroad at the Hochschule für Musik und darstellende Kunst Graz with professor Beat Furrer from 2008-09. Nicolai Worsaaes music has been performed by some of the finest ensembles specialized in contemporary music such as Ensemble Intercontemporain, Ensemble Recherche, Arditti string quartet, London Sinfonietta, Oslo Sinfonietta and has worked as composer in residence for the danish Ensemble Figura from 2013-15. He’s one of the founders of the composers collective Dygong (2005-) and Pliiingg (2010-). Both groups work with alternative ways of curating and making concerts, searching after new and experimental forms in order to present contemporary music in an always surprising context.

Ophir Ilzetzki

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A composer and researcher by calling, and lecturer by vocation, Ophir is also the curator of Anechoic Transmissions – an independent radio production house dedicate to the extremes of non-commercial music throughout genres.

Ophir’s music explores the intersection between through-composed and improvised pieces. His ongoing attempt is to strip forms to their bare essentials whilst still maintaining their identity. In recent years Ophir has been researching the application of games to musical structures, a fascination leading more often than not to another intersection that combines music with dramaturgy.

Ophir currently resides in Tel-Aviv, where he is an Israel State Lottery (Mifal Hapais) scholar in collaboration with The Israeli Centre for Digital Art in Holon. His research, Experimental Israel, is an archive-based survey of experimental voices in the Israeli scene. Its attempt is to trace the boundaries of the experimental genre and ask whether there truly is an Israeli experimentalism.

Ophir’s music is published by the Surrism-Phonoethics net-label (and its offshoot, Classwar Karaoke), and his scores are published by BabelScores.

For more information, visit Ophir Ilzetzki’s homepage: www.ophirilzetzki.com

Sabina Ahn

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Sabina Hyoju Ahn(b.1984) is an animation director, sound and media artist, working professionally with art and technology for the last six years in New York, Seoul, London and The Hague. She has graduated from MA in Computational Arts at Goldsmiths University in London, and recently, Sabina has moved to the Hague, Netherlands to continue her research in ArtScience at Royal Conservatoire. Her recent research involves in finding hidden rules and patterns in natural elements and translate it into different shapes of perceptual experience.

www.sabiaahn.com

Scott Wollschleger

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Scott Wollschleger (b. 1980) is a composer who grew up in Erie, Pennsylvania and now lives in Brooklyn, New York. Mr. Wollschleger’s music has been performed in venues around the world with recent premieres in New York, Pittsburgh, Vienna, Paris, Dublin, Toyko, and São Paulo.

Mr. Wollschleger stands out in the contemporary music community as a unique and independent thinker. His distinct music language explores themes of art in dystopia, the conceptualization of silence, synesthesia, and creative repetition in form. His music has been highly praised for its arresting timbres, conceptual originality, and challenging technical substance

Following lightly in the footsteps of the New York School, Mr. Wollschleger received his Masters of Music in composition from Manhattan School of Music in 2005, where he studied with Nils Vigeland who himself Morton Feldman called “the most brilliant student I ever had.” Mr. Wollschleger has received support from a variety of organizations including New Music USA, BMI and the Yvar Mikhashoff Trust for New Music. Mr. Wollschleger was a Co-Artistic Director of Red Light New Music, a 501c(3) non-profit organization dedicated to presenting and crafting contemporary music. He also works as an editor and publisher at Schott Music New York.

In addition to his musical ideas, Mr. Wollschleger frequently delves into the philosophical writings of Deleuze, Guattari, Nietzsche, Heidegger, and maintains an ongoing collaboration with Deleuzian scholar Corry Shores. Their recently co-authored thesis, Rhythm without Time, was successfully presented at the London Graduate School’s academic conference, “Rhythm and Event”.

Mr. Wollschleger’s work is published by Project Schott New York.

 

Seán Clancy

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Dublin born composer Seán Clancy’s (b. 1984) music has been described as ‘exploring the tensions between found and original material, narrative and rupture, elite and vernacular values, and between innovation and intervention’ (Journal of Music).

His work has been commissioned and performed by many of the world’s leading ensembles and artists and he has developed particularly close ties with the RTÉ NSO, BCMG, Quatuor Bozzini, Crash Ensemble, Ensemble KROCK, Workers Union Ensemble, Orkest de Ereprijs, Decibel, Fidelio Trio and Thumb as well as soloists Susan Narucki, and Garth Knox. Additionally, he has received support from organisations such as the Britten Pears-Foundation, Ralph Vaughan Williams Trust, Sound & Music, Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, The Arts Council of Ireland, IMRO and has been broadcast on amongst others; WNYC (USA), RTÉ lyric FM (Ireland), BBC Radio 3 (UK), and Klassika Raadio (Estonia).His first recording ‘Forty Five Minutes of Music on the Subject of Football’ was released by Birmingham Record Company in 2015.

He is currently composer in association with Workers Union Ensemble (2015) was an artist in residence at the Moog Soundlab (2015) and been a featured composer in David Lang’s ‘What?… Wow Festival of Music’ (2015), the RTÉ NSO Horizons Series (2014), composer in residence at EMS Elektronmusikstudion (2014), a featured composer at Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival (2013), Quatuor Bozzini Composer’s Kitchen (2013), a recipient of an RTÉ Lyric FM/IMRO Composition Bursaries (2012), and was BCMG/SAM Composer in Residence (2010-2012).

Seán received his PhD from Birmingham Conservatoire, where he is now a Lecturer in Composition, and holds degrees from King’s College London, University College Dublin and the Ecole Nationale de Musique. Principle teachers have included Joe Cutler, Philippe Leroux and Howard Skempton (alongside informal studies with Gerald Barry and David Lang). He is represented by the Contemporary Music Centre, Ireland.

Therese Birkelund Ulvo

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Utku Asuroglu

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Born in 1986, Utku Asuroglu began his musical studies at the age of 19 at the Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University (MSFAU) State Conservatory. He holds a masters degree from the Kunstuniversitat Graz under the tutelage of Clemens Gadenstatter and Georg Friedrich Haas (composition techniques and repertoire) where he graduated with the highest distinction and a bachelor’s degree from the Rotterdam Conservatory under the direction of Klaas de Vries, Luc Brewaeys, and Rene Uijlenhoet. On top of composing, Utku pursued a degree in conducting as well at the Rotterdam Conservatory with Carlo Balemans.

Utku has won numerous awards and fellowships. He was a Kurum fellow between the years 2008 to 2011 in the Netherlands, he was honored with the Kunstuniversität Graz Jahresstipendium throughout his master studies and recently, in 2014 he was awarded the Musikförderungspreis der Stadt Graz in Austria and he is one of the finalists of the Feeding Music – International Composition Contest (Expo Milano 2015). He was a laureate winner of both the Gaudeamus Prize 2015, the Vrienden van het Lied Competition and selected for Goethe Institute’s 2016 Asian Composer Showcase in Seoul Korea.

His works have been performed in important festivals among them Darmstädter Ferienkurse, Donaueschinger Musiktage Next Generation, Schleswig Holstein, Manifeste Ircam, Gaudeamus Muziekweek, Essen Europen Capital Culture, Red Ear festivals. Ensembles, orchestras and artists performing his works include the Ensemble Intercontemporain, Asko|Schönberg, Divertimento Ensemble, Faust Quartett, Insomnia Ensemble, Slagwerk Den Haag, Signum Quartett, Ensemble Interface, Neos Brass, Camerata Rotterdam Ensemble, Bursa State Symphony Orchestra, MSFAU Orchestra of Istanbul, Dimitri Ashkenazy, Ada Meinich.

Utku Asuroglu is currently pursuing his artist diploma in composition at the Hochschule Musik für Freiburg with Brice Pauset.

Weijun Chen

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Chinese composer Weijun Chen (b. 1990) writes music that presents itself with understated, yet deeply-felt, elegance.

Chen’s music has been played by leading ensembles such as Eastman Wind Ensemble, Arditti Quartet, New York New Music Ensemble, Aspen Contemporary Ensemble, American Academy of Conducting at Aspen, TALEA Ensemble, Momenta Quartet, Mivos Quartet, The Rhythm Method, Uusinta Ensemble, Cuong Vu Trio, Ensemble Son, and Either/OR, among others. In addition to the Jacob Druckman Prize from Aspen, Chen has received awards such as the I Creation/Mivos Prize, runner-up of the Red Note Composition Competition, 2nd prize of the Frank Robert Abell Competition, and the American Prize. He has appeared in festivals such as the Aspen Music Festival, MATA, June in Buffalo, Mise-En Festival, and Red Note New Music Festival.

Recent commissions include a new work for Ensemble Linea at the 2016 MATA Festival, and a new work for the Aspen Philharmonic Orchestra at the 2016 Aspen Music Festival.

A Presidential Fellow, Chen is currently pursuing his PhD at the State University of New York at Buffalo, where he studies composition with David Felder. He has studied composition with Ricardo Zohn-Muldoon, Lisa Bielawa, David Liptak, Carlos Sanchez-Gutierrez, and Robert Morris. Chen completed his undergraduate studies at the Eastman School of Music receiving degrees in composition and music theory (highest distinction), as well as an Arts Leadership Certificate.

Yair Klartag

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Yair Klartag was born in 1985 in Israel. He has studied computer science and music composition at Tel Aviv University and Basel Music Academy. His main composition teachers have been Ruben Seroussi and Georg Friedrich Haas. At present he is a doctoral candidate in composition at Columbia University.

His compositions have been performed by ensembles such as Munich Chamber Orchestra, Tokyo Sinfonietta, Ensemble recherché, JACK Quartet, Mivos Quartet, Ensemble Phoenix Basel, Ensemble Proton Bern, Ensemble Zafraan (Berlin), “Meitar” ensmble (Israel) and others.

He received several awards and scholarships: 31st Irino Prize (Japan), 1st place at the “I International Composition Competition Ireneu Segarra” (Spain), 2nd place at “7ème Concours Dutilleux” (France), Audience Prize at “Isang Yun Composition Competition” (S. Korea), 2nd place at “SCCM international composition competition” (China), 3rd place at “Arioso Musica Domani International Composition Prize” (USA), “Klon” scholarship from Israel Compoers’ League, as well as AKUM prize, STV-KHS Studienpreis and the Schweizer Bundesstipendium.

Zeno Baldi

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Zeno Baldi (*1988) is an italian composer currently based in Milano. He studied Composition with Klaus Lang (Universität für Musik und Darstellende Kunst, Graz) and Gabriele Manca (Conservatorio di Milano). He was selected composer for the Session de Composition Voix Nouvelles 2013 (Fondation Royaumont), for ManiFeste Academy 2014 (Ircam, Paris) and joined workshops/lessons with (a.o.) Georg Friedrich Haas, Pierluigi Billone, Beat Furrer, Marco Stroppa, Mauro Lanza. His music has been performed around Europe by instrumental groups and soloists such as Divertimento Ensemble, Ensemble Intercontemporain, Lemanic Modern Ensemble, Klangbox, Ex Novo, Marco Fusi, Domenico Nordio, Juliet Fraser and Jimmy Holliday (Exaudi). His output comprises acoustic/electroacoustic works, and occasional multimedia collaborations. Recent/Upcoming projects include a new piece for clarinetist and tape dedicated to Heather Roche, a new piece for orchestra commissioned by Teatro La Fenice (Venezia), and a collaboration with Viennese contrabassist Manuel Mayr.

ZHOU Qian

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ZHOU Qian, composer, music theory scholar, Associate Professor of the Composition Department in Shanghai Conservatory of Music (SHCM), the Assistant Director of Electroacoustic music center (EAMC) of SHCM. She was the Visiting Scholar of CNMAT UC Berkeley (2012). And she researched at CCRMA in Stanford University (2013).

Performer Bios

Ensemble Linea

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Based is Strasbourg, France, Ensemble Linea was founded by conductor / pianist Jean-Philippe Wurtz in 1998 and has become one of France’s leading ensembles for contemporary music. Since its beginnings, Linea has been committed to promoting a democratization of contemporary music, giving priority to audience encounter and openness towards other artistic disciplines. Looking beyond artistic trends and stylistic boundaries, Linea’s artistic program encompasses musical theater to electronic music. Linea advocates an engaged music anchored in modernity, favoring works that accept and explore the complexities of our era.

Linea regularly gives concerts around the world in cities such as New York, Seoul, Budapest, Brussels, Bilbao, Berlin, Saint Petersburg, Geneva, Lyon, Royaumont, Paris, Prague, and Rome to name a few. Their performances have been broadcast by major radio stations, among them France Musique, the BBC, and Germany’s SWR.

They have performed in leading venues and festivals, among them Berlin’s Ultraschall Festival in 2011 and 2013, the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival in the United Kingdom (2011, 2013), Ars Musica, Belgium (2011), the University of Buffalo’s June in Buffalo program (2011 and 2013), Budapest Autumn (2009), Switzerland’s Archipel Festival (2008), and Germany’s prestigious Darmstadt Ferienkurse in 2012.

Because of their consummate skill, Ensemble Linea has gained the confidence of leading composers both in the United States and abroad, collaborating closely with well-known artists such as Ivo Malec, Péter Eötvös, Brian Ferneyhough, Philip Manoury, Klaus Huber, Younghi Pagh-Paan and numerous others, as well as with numerous young, student, and emerging composers through university residencies and master classes. From 2008 – 2013, Linea was the ensemble in residence at Royaumont Abbey (Val d’Oise, France). To date, Ensemble Linea has released two prize-winning CDs.

Ensemble neoN

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Based is Olso, Norway, Ensemble neoN was formed by Jan Martin Smørdal and Julian Skar in 2008 from as a modular group of musicians educated at the Norwegian Academy of Music. Comprised of nine musicians, two composers, and a conductor, neoN aims to present music at the highest level possible, focusing on Norwegian and international works. In addition to their dedication to the performance of newly-created works, neoN has also committed itself to present cross-genre projects straddling the popular and art-music worlds as well as interdisciplinary collaborations with visual artists, performing artists, and installation artists.

In 2009, Ensemble neoN began a collaboration with the singer-songwriter Susanna Wallumrød: a collaboration that has led to numerous concert performances in non-classical venues as well as the critically-acclaimed co-production “The Forester” released on CD, vinyl, and digitally worldwide. In 2013, “The Forester” won the prestigious Spellemannprisen, Norway’s Grammy.

NeoN has premiered numerous works and performed at leading festivals such as the Darmstadt Ferienkurse, where they premiered Johannes Kreidler’s seven-hour “Audio Guide;” Germany’s Hamburg Festival for Experimental Music and Weimar Frühjahrstage; Oslo’s Ultima Contemporary Music Festival; Colombia’s International Image Festival; Seoul, Korea’s Pan Festival; the Molde Jazz Festival, as well as throughout their native Norway.

Rhythm Method Quartet

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The Rhythm Method is the flexible string ensemble (duo/trio/quartet) project of Marina Kifferstein, Lavinia Pavlish (violins), Anne Lanzilotti (viola), and Meaghan Burke (cello). They have been described as “uncompromising and unreserved . . . intense, and sensuously gestural” and praised for their “impressive and gutsy programming” (examiner.com). Since their founding in 2014, the quartet has given soulful, spirited performances in New York, Paris, and Lucerne, and tackled works ranging from classics by Ligeti and Ravel to newer works/premieres by Leah Asher, Alyssa Weinberg, Andrew Norman, Scott Wollschleger, John Zorn, and other living composers, including members of the ensemble. Along with playing music they’re passionate about at the highest level, the group’s mission is to re-imagine the string quartet in a contemporary context. Through a mixture of thoughtful, eccentric programming, captivating performances, and collaborations with sound artists, visual artists, and songwriters as well as composers, they present concert experiences that engage and challenge their audiences. Their current season includes performances at Joe’s Pub, the Met Museum, the Onassis Cultural Center, and Roulette, and featured performances in the String Orchestra of Brooklyn’s String Theories Festival, MATA, and the Austrian Cultural Forum’s Moving Sounds Festival. In addition, this season features world premieres by Stavros Gasparatos, and Bernd Klug (a new commission for quartet and sound installation: https://www.newmusicusa.org/projects/string-quartet-and-skyscraper-2/). Their upcoming Austrian tour will feature world premieres of new works (commissioned by the Austrian Federal Chancellery) by Klug and composer/sound artist Andreas Trobollowitsch, a collaboration with the Austrian singer-songwriter collective Loose Lips Sink Ships, European premieres of graphic scores by all members of the ensemble, and additional premieres by Burke.