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.

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.

Daniel Corral

Wednesday, January 16th, 2019

Daniel Corral is a composer/performer born and raised in Eagle River, Alaska. Now in Los Angeles, his unique voice finds outlet in accordion orchestras, puppet operas, handmade music boxes, microtonal electronics, site-specific installations, chamber music, and multimedia collaborations.

Corral’s music has been commissioned and presented by venues such as the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, Joe’s Pub, REDCAT, Iceland University of the Arts, Mengi, Harpa Concert Hall, HERE Arts Center, Miami Light Project, Operadagen Rotterdam, Wayward Music, Walt Disney Concert Hall, Hammer Museum, Museum of Contemporary Art, Göteborg Art Sound Festival, USC Thornton School of Music, Center for New Music, CSUN College of Arts, Pianospheres, Automata Los Angeles, Machine Project, SASSAS, the wulf., Pasadena All Saints Choir, Santa Monica GLOW Festival, CalArts, UCSD School of Music, Carlsbad Music Festival, and the Marin Headlands Center for the Arts.

Corral has collaborated with artists such as Anne LeBaron, Vicki Ray, Charles Gaines, Stephen Prina, Wild Up, Isaura String Quartet, Formalist String Quartet, Opera Povera, Dog Star Orchestra, Yakima Chamber Symphony, Boston Microtonal Society, Slatür, The Industry LA, California EAR Unit, Pasadena All Saints Choir, and Sojourn Theatre. Corral is also the lead composer for Timur and The Dime Museum, who have been produced by Beth Morrison Projects.

Corral is on the composition faculty at Calarts. Residencies include APPEX, Marin Headlands Center for the Arts, I-Park Foundation, and the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity. His music has been released by Populist Records, Orenda Records, Innova Recordings, the wulf. records, and independently. His MFA is from Calarts, and his teachers include James Tenney and Anne LeBaron.

Julie Herndon

Wednesday, January 16th, 2019

Julie Herndon is a San Francisco-based composer and performer working with internal/external space through song, electronics, text, graphics, and improvisation. Her electroacoustic work has been described as “striking” and “blended to inhabit a surprisingly expressive space” (San Francisco Classical Voice). Her compositions have been performed by ensembles including JACK Quartet, Ensemble Proton Bern, Line Upon Line Percussion, Retro Disco, Elevate and Left Coast Chamber Ensemble. Performances include festivals and venues such as Artistry Space and Hotel Vagabond in Singapore, soundSCAPE in Italy, MIS-EN_PLACE Bushwick in New York, Megapolis Audio Art Festival in Oakland, and Hot Air Festival in San Francisco. She is currently a doctoral candidate (Hume Fellow) at Stanford University.

Herndon is an active educator and collaborator. As an instructor, she has led classes at Mills College and Santa Fe Community College, as well as assisting courses in Copenhagen, DK, Stockholm, SE, and Stanford, CA in subjects ranging from anime to transidiomatic art-making. As a collaborator, Herndon is co-founder of hi, a duo featuring harmonium and clarinet with electronics. Her solo album, Amisare, features years-long collaborations with Bay Area artists in a collection of songs for human, instrumental, and electronic “lungs.”