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.

Carolyn Chen

Wednesday, January 16th, 2019

Carolyn Chen has made music for supermarket, demolition district, and the dark. Her work reconfigures the everyday to retune habits of our ears through sound, text, light, image, and movement. For over a decade her studies of the guqin, the Chinese 7-string zither traditionally played for private meditation in nature, has informed her thinking on listening in social spaces. Recent projects include a scream essay and commissions for Klangforum Wien and the LA Phil. The work has been presented in 25 countries and described by The New York Times as “the evening’s most consistently alluring … a quiet but lush meditation.” It has been supported and commissioned by Green Umbrella, impuls, MATA, Fulbright, Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowships, Stanford University Sudler Prize, ASCAP Foundation Fred Ho Award, Emory Planetarium, and Machine Project at the Hammer Museum. Recordings are available on Perishable, the wulf, and Quakebasket. She earned a PhD in music from UC San Diego, and an MA in Modern Thought and Literature and BA in music from Stanford University, with an honors thesis on free improvisation and radical politics. She lives in Los Angeles.