category: Composer Bio

Ali Can Puskulcu

Wednesday, January 16th, 2019

Turkish-American composer and violinist Ali Can Puskulcu recently performed his solo violin piece “Point G” at Lincoln Center in New York City. His chamber music piece “Wired” was premiered by wild-Up ensemble at the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s Noon to Midnight series in Walt Disney Hall. He has also received the ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Award for his ensemble piece “Broken”. Additional performances took place at Gaudeamus Muzikweek (Netherlands), Saint-Martin-Vésubie (France),Rutgers University, and the University of Southern California.

In 2007, Ali entered the Robert Schumann Musikhochschule in Dusseldorf, Germany under the instruction of Professor Ida Bieler. In 2010 he was invited to the renowned Schwetzingen Festspiele as a guest artist to perform music by contemporary Turkish composers. In July 2012, Ali graduated from the violin class of distinguished pedagogue Rosa Fain. He holds both a Bachelor and Master of Arts Diploma from the Robert Schumann Musikhochschule. In March, 2013 Ali made his Carnegie Hall debut as the Second Prize Winner of the American Protégé Strings and Piano Competition. He was the winner of Ereprijs Commission at YCM 2017, and wrote a new piece for Orkest de Ereprijs, which was premiered in March 2018. Ali completed his Master of Music in music composition at the University of Southern California under the guidance of Andrew Norman and Donald Crockett.

Andrew Watts

Wednesday, January 16th, 2019

Andrew Watts’ works, from chamber and symphonic to multimedia and electro-acoustic, are actively performed throughout the US and Europe. He researches the compositional applications of language desemanticization, focusing on the ability to convey expression through the voice even when specific meaning is lost, augmented, or otherwise unintelligible. His writing also actively explores musical extremes through gradients of freedom and restriction, ambiguity and detail, purity and distortion, along with sound and noise. Often he includes invented instruments to broaden the palette of what a performer can do.

In the past few years Mr. Watts has written for top musicians and ensembles including Ekmeles, Proton Bern, Distractfold, RAGE Thormbones, Splinter Reeds, Quince, Line Upon Line, Tony Arnold, Séverine Ballon, and LAPQ. In 2018-2019 he will be writing a new chamber orchestra with dual soprano soloist piece for Dal Niente. He is currently the Dorothy Culver Haynie Music Fellow at Stanford studying with Brian Ferneyhough and working towards a D.M.A. in Composition. Mr. Watts received his master’s with distinction from Oxford and his bachelor’s with academic honors from the New England Conservatory.

He has been a featured composer at the impuls Academy (Austria), Rainy Days Festival (Luxembourg), Delian Academy (Greece), Young Composers Meeting (Netherlands), Cheltenham Music Festival (England), Course for New Music at Darmstadt (Germany), Composit Festival (Italy), Ostrava Days Institute (Czech Republic), highSCORE Festival (Italy), Wellesley Composers Conference (USA), Etchings Festival (France), Fresh Inc. Festival (USA), New Music on the Point (USA), and Atlantic Music Festival (USA).

Anna-Louise Walton

Wednesday, January 16th, 2019

Anna-Louise Walton is an American composer of chamber and electronic music.  In her music, she explores concepts of limited development, the notation of improvisatory rhythms, and the utilization of found objects. She draws inspiration from natural spaces as well as the sounds and rhythms of everyday life.

Her works have been performed by ensembles such as Talea Ensemble, Orkest de ereprijs, Trio Catch, Fonema Consort, Quatuor Diotima, Mivos Quartet, Surplus Ensemble, Ecce Ensemble, Switch~ Ensemble, and Versipel Collective.  Her music has also been featured at IRCAM’s ManiFeste, Darmstadt International Summer Course, Heidelberger Frühling Festival, Schloss Summer Academy, impuls Festival, VIPA Festival, Electric LaTex Festival, New Music on the Bayou, and highSCORE Festival.

Though Ms. Walton did not start composing formally until her junior year at Scripps College, where she received a B.A. in music studying under Tom Flaherty, she grew up playing the piano and singing from a young age.  She then went on to study composition at Kunstuniversität Graz with Beat Furrer. Ms. Walton received an M.A. in music composition from Tulane University in 2018, where she studied with Maxwell Dulaney and Rick Snow. She is currently based in The Hague, where she studies Sonology at the Royal Conservatory.

Aurélio Edler-Copes

Wednesday, January 16th, 2019

Brazilian composer living in Paris, Aurélio Edler-Copes’s work is recognized for its intensity, dynamism and dramatic force. His artistic research has led him to merge electric and acoustic instruments with analog and digital real-time electronics set-ups.  A highly active creator, he collaborates with prestigious soloists and ensembles (Ensemble Intercontemporain, Klangforum Wien, Musikfabrik, Quatuor Diotima, Quatuor Béla, Nieuw Ensemble, L’Itinéraire, Mosaik, Taller Sonoro, et al.) and has received some thirty international composition prizes, in particular the New Forum Jeune Création Prize, the “Premio de Roma” of the Spanish Foreign Affairs Ministry, and the Georges Wildenstein Prize of the French Académie de Beaux Arts.

He has been composer in residence at the Royal Academy of Spain in Rome, the Casa de Velázquez–Académie de France in Madrid, and KulturKontakt–Federal Chancellery of Austria, in Vienna. He has also worked in residence at the GRAME studios in Lyon, GMEM in Marseille as well as the Phonos Foundation in Barcelona and the Royaumont Foundation. In the year 2018-2019 he develops several residences at IRCAM and the Ensemble Lucilin.  Aurélio Edler-Copes earned a bachelor degree in guitar at the Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul—UFRGS, Brazil, and in composition with Gabriel Erkoreka at the Centro Superior de Música del País Basco—Musikene. He also earned a master’s in composition and musical theater with Georges Aperghis at the Hochschule der Künste Bern—HKB, Switzerland, and completed his training in the Cursus of Composition and Computer Music at IRCAM–Centre Pompidou in Paris.

Constantin Basica

Wednesday, January 16th, 2019

Constantin Basica is a Romanian composer living in the San Francisco Bay Area, whose current work focuses on symbiotic interrelations between music, video, and performers. His portfolio includes pieces for solo instruments, chamber ensembles, orchestra, electronics, and video. Many of these have been performed in Europe, North America, and Asia by artists and ensembles such as Ensemble Dal Niente, ELISION Ensemble, Ensemble Liminar, Distractfold, Mocrep, JACK Quartet, Spektral Quartet, kallisti, RAGE Thormbones, line upon line, Retro Disco, Fresh Squeezed Opera, Séverine Ballon, Tony Arnold, Karen Bentley Pollick, and Olga Berar. He received the ICMA Award for Best Submission from Europe at the 2017 ICMC in Shanghai (CN).

 

As an educator, Constantin has taught and conducted workshops at Stanford University (CA), Escuela Superior de Música in Mexico City (MX), the 2016 Sound and Music Computing Summer School in Hamburg (DE), and the George Enescu National College of Music in Bucharest (RO). He is the recipient of the 2018 Carolyn Applebaum Memorial Prize and the 2015 Chair’s Award for Excellence in Teaching in the Department of Music at Stanford University.

 

Constantin earned a DMA in Composition at Stanford University under the guidance of Jaroslaw Kapuscinski, Brian Ferneyhough, Mark Applebaum, and Erik Ulman. He holds an MA degree from the Hamburg University of Music and Theatre, and two BA degrees in Composition and Conducting from the National University of Music Bucharest. 

 

Currently, Constantin is the Concert Coordinator and Audiovisual Curator at Stanford’s Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA).