Fully Active Participants
Category A: Mixed Media
EREN, Hakki Cengiz (USA)|soundcloud.com/cenko27
FUKUDA, Takuto (Japan)|soundcloud.com/takuto-fukuda
Hakki Cengiz Eren’s music has been performed across the United States and Europe. He has worked with many renowned soloists and ensembles such as Garth Knox, Vasko Dukovski, Mak Grgic, Ecce, Argus Quartet, Ensemble Schwerpunkt, Ensemble Schallfeld and the winner of the LA Weekly Award for Outstanding Classical Ensemble, Thornton Edge.
Among several international awards Cengiz has been recognized with are the Hans J. Salter Music Memorial Award,
Takuto Fukuda is a composer, sound artist and sensor instrument performer.
In hope to serve a social setting, in which people can communicate with each other through music, his works aim to fascinate listeners to come back to a concert hall in such a way that a composition underscores a uniqueness of the live situation by means of real-time music making - a way to form a composition through interactions with some live factors. Based on this strategy, he has been attempting several approaches
BNMI Call for Scores, the Peter David Faith Memorial Award, Donald Aird Earplay Competition (finalist) and the prestigious American Prize for Composition (finalist). In addition, he was one of the chosen composers for the Ablaze Records Orchestral Masters, Vol.4 in 2016.
Cengiz has completed his Bachelor’s degree in guitar performance at the Peabody Institute. This was followed by a Master’s degree in composition at University of Michigan. Cengiz has recently obtained a DMA in composition from the USC Thornton School of Music, where his main teachers have been Stephen Hartke, Donald Crockett and Sean Friar.
In recent times, his music has evolved through the incorporation of microtonality and with it, a significantly revitalized pitch language.
such as sensor instrumental improvisation, interactive installation, eco-systematic composition and Game Piece, which was premiered by Ensemble Intercontemporain.His pieces have been prized at several competitions such as CCMC 2011(Japan), WOCMAT 2013(Taiwan), and Musica Nova 2010(Czech), selected at numerous music festivals in Europe, Asia, North and South America such as ISCM World Music Days 2016(Korea), BGSU New Music Ensemble 2017 Call for Scores(USA), and ICMC 2012(Slovenia), and performed at prestigious institutes such as IRCAM(France), ZKM(Germany), ina-GRM(France) and CCRMA(USA).He has been pursuing his D.Mus in Composition at McGill University in Canada with Chris Paul Harman.
PANARIELLO, Claudio (Italy)|soundcloud.com/claudiopanariello
HANDYSIDES, Will (UK)|soundcloud.com/willhandysides
Composer Will Handysides is interested in meditative, non-climactic forms and cyclical structures. The music unfolds slowly and is contemplative, focussing on stasis and hypnotic repetition.
Will’s music has been performed at the London Ear and Borealis Contemporary Music Festivals, Tête-À-Tête: The Opera Festival, and broadcast on BBC Radio 3. Notable collaborators include Bit20 Ensemble, Onyx Brass, Bastard Assignments Trondheim Sinfonietta, Composers
Ensemble, and Sjøforsvarets Musikkorps (Norwegian Navy Band); conductors Gerry Cornelius, Nicholas Cleobury and Rolf Gupta; and venues such as St. John's Smith Square, Riverside Studios, Blackheath Concert Halls, Grieghallen, Bergen Domkirke, Old Royal Naval College Chapel and Dartington Hall.Will graduated from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance with First Class Honours. He studied with Gwyn Pritchard, Paul Newland, Nye Parry and Errollyn Wallen MBE and was awarded the TCM Trust Silver Medal for outstanding contributions to composition. He has lived in Bergen, Norway where he studied with Morten Eide Pedersen at Griegakademiet. He also studied with Detlev Glanert on the Dartington International Summer School Advanced Composition Course 2012 (thanks to a scholarship from Michael Tippett Foundation).He is the Founder and Artistic Director of contemporary music ensemble Ret Frem.
ZHU, Yiqing (China)|soundcloud.com/yiqing-zhu
Born in Dec.1989, Shanghai, Yiqing Zhu is a Chinese composer, pianist and accordionist. He began composing at 18 years old in Shanghai Conservatory of Music under the guidance of Prof. Huang Lv and Prof. Guohui Ye. After one year of exchange-student experience in The Royal Danish Academy of Music Copenhagen and studied with Prof. Niels Rosing-Schow from 2015-2016, he went to Germany.Currently he is a Composition student of Konzertexamen degree in StattlicheHochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Stuttgart, his teacher is an Italian composer, Marco Stroppa.
Born in Naples, he has studied Composition with G. Panariello, Piano with E. Massa and Sax with F. Salime. After a Bachelor’s degree in Physics at University of Pisa with a thesis on Musical acoustics, he studies Electronic Music at Conservatory “S. Pietro a Majella” of Naples with A. di Scipio and E. Martusciello.
He is currently finishing his Master Degree in Electronic Music at Conservatory “S. Cecilia” of Rome with M. Lupone and N. Bernardini. He attended master classes and
courses with R. Cendo, A. Solbiati, M. Lanza, I. Fedele, L. Naon, C. Roads, J. Chowning.
His compositions have been awarded in national and international copetitions (Peter Maxwell Davies Prize, Wanda Landowska Harpsichord Competition, Concorso Antonio Smareglia, Concorso 100Cellos), performed by Divertimento Ensemble, Ensemble Dissonanzen, G. Arbonelli, M. Lomuto, C. Rossi, A. D’Aronzo, and selected for “Festival 5 Giornate” in Milano and “Risuonanze – Incontri di nuove musiche” in Udine. As an electronic musician, he has performed both with the “Officina Arti Soniche Ensemble” (ElectronicaFest, OLE Festival, Galleria Toledo, etc.) and as Solo (Museo PAN – Palazzodelle Arti di Napoli, ElectronicaFest) working on radical improvisation or performing his electroacoustic compositions.
SANTINI, Giovanni (Italy)|soundcloud.com/giovanni-santini
Giovanni Santini is currently studying with G. Netti and S. Sciarrino.
Recently obtained a Specialized Master Degree in Composition at Hochschule fur Musik Basel, with E. Oña and J. C. Walter.
Previously got a Master degree in Composition at Lugano conservatory (with N. Vassena and G. Verrando) and a Diploma in Composition at La Spezia Conservatory with A. Nicoli.
Selected for Manoury Academy - Festival Musica Strasbourg 2016,Composit festival
2016 and Harvard Summer Composition Institute 2014, frequented also impulsAcademy, Chigiana Academy, and Electronic Music courses at Scuola Civica in Milan and Elektronisches Studio in Basel.Frequented master-classes with S. Sciarrino, B. Furrer, C. Czernowin, S. Takasugi, P.Billone, F. Filidei, M. Andre, S. Gervasoni and many others.His music has been performed by ensembles like Talea, Phoenix, Laboratorium,mdi, Prometeo quartet and soloists like J.F. Neuburger, D. Ciampolini, D. Gloger, M. Cesari, F. Dillon in many countries (Italy, Germany, Switzerland, France, USA, Argentina and Austria).His compositions were broadcasted by Sky Classica Italia and RSI (Swiss Radio and Television).Has been awarded of the grantMovin'up promoted by the Italian Ministry of culture.
Has won the call for scores for MotoContrario Ensemble - Festival Contrasti 2017.
Category B: Acoustic
BATANERO, Juan (Spain)|soundcloud.com/juan-g-batanero
Born in Huelva (Spain) in 1989, he starts his music studies (Piano) in 1996. In 2006 he gets accepted into the “Manuel Castillo” conservatory (Sevilla), where he studies composition with Antonio J. Flores, Juan A. Pedrosa and Israel Sánchez a.o. In 2012 he obtains a bachelor degree in composition with the best marks and an extraordinary prize (AAD-Matrícula de Honor; Premio fin de Carrera).
From 2010 to 2014 he lived in Salzburg (Austria), where he studied Composition
A member of the Hong Kong New Music Ensemble, Angus Lee, a graduate of the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts (2014) and the Royal Academy of Music (2016), is a versatile musician equally active as a flautist, composer, and conductor. His identity as a performer-composer led to him working with numerous prominent composers of our time, including Pierre Boulez, Toshio Hosokawa, Brett Dean, Matthias Pintscher, Beat Furrer, and Mark Andre, at the Lucerne Festival Academy
with Reinhard Febel at Universität Mozarteum Salzburg. He obtained a Bachelor of Arts inKomposition in 2014 with best marks (Sehr gut mit Auszeichnung).
He attended Composition Master-classes by Cristóbal Halffter, Tomás Marco, J.M. Sánchez-Verdú, J.M. López-López, Alfredo Aracil and Alberto Posadas a.o. in Villafranca del Bierzo (Spain 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2016) and by Hector Parra in Berlin (Germany 2013).
Some of his pieces have been read and performed in Spain, Italy, Austria, Germany and France by ensembles like El Perro Andaluz, Phorminx or Kairos Quartett.
In 2014 he won a position as composition teacher in the public music schools in Andalucia (Spain), where he currently teaches Harmony and Analysis among other subjects.
(Ensemble Intercontemporain; 2013, 15 - 16), London Sinfonietta Academy (2016), the IMPULS Akademie (Klangforum Wien; 2017) and the Modern Academy (Hong Kong New Music Ensemble, 2015 - 16).As an instrumentalist himself, Lee's compositions often explore the notion of 'virtuosity', and strive to push the performer's capacity to the limits. His works have been performed by, among others, the Hong Kong New Music Ensemble, soloists of the MIT Saxophone Ensemble (Tw), and Kollektiv Totem (Ch) in Hong Kong, Taiwan, Thailand, Austria, the United Kingdom and Canada. Current projects include developing a short film score for Peter Tscherkassky film under the guidance of Jorge Sánchez-Chiong, and an ensemble work for guests soloists and the Hong Kong New Music Ensemble at a new music festival in Oviedo, Spain.
LEE, Joungbum (Korea)|soundcloud.com/joungbumlee
LO, Daniel (Hong Kong)|soundcloud.com/danielotc
Joungbum Lee is a Chicago-based composer of chamber, electronic, film and orchestral music. Poetry, Visual art, the nature and Eastern/Western philosophy are all elements that influence Lee's works.
Joungbum’s music has been commissioned nationally and internationally by various groups and individuals such as Amy Briggs, MingHuan Xu, Rochester chamber music society, NME ensemble, Seoul Art Festival/Dimension, Musiqa modern ensemble, Mivos Quartet, Eighth Blackbird,
Daniel Lo is a PhD candidate at the University of York (UK) under the supervision of Professor William Brooks. Previously, he studied composition at the University of Hong Kong where he graduated with first class honours in 2009 and then completed an MPhil in 2012.
Lo has won various prizes in international contests including 1st prizes at the 7th Musica e Arte Composition Contest (Rome, 2011) and the 3rd Migratory Journeys International Music Composition
Quince vocal ensemble, Spektral Quartet and Dal Niente.
He also received awards and recognitions such as 1st prize in Journal of Music composition competition 2004, Belle S. Gitelman Award, Bernard Rogers Prize (2008) at the Eastman School of Music, 1st prize in Rochester Chamber Music composition competition 2009, 23rd IBLA Grand Prize 2014 special mention and Sejong International composition competition 2014 honorary mention.
Joungbum is also actively premiered his compositions at numerous music festival such as Bowdoin International Music Festival (2007), Atlantic Music Festival (2010), SoundSCAPE (2016), VIPA (2016) and June in Buffalo (2016). Recent project includes Chicago Civic Orchestra/Composers project 2016 performance of his chamber orchestra piece "Information" conducted by Michael Lewanski. Joungbum is currently pursuing PhD degree in University of Chicago.
Competition (Chicago, 2010/2011).
Lo’s compositions have been performed throughout Europe, Asia, North America and Australia, including commissions from world-renowned musicians. His works have been performed by players from the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Bang-on-a-Can (USA), Janacek Philharmonic Orchestra (Czech Republic), Internationale Ensemble Modern Akademie (Germany), Quartet Diotima (France), Juice Vocal Ensemble (UK), and Song Company (Australia).
Lo’s latest work ‘Efflorescence – Quasi-Concerto for Orchestra’ was premiered in April 2016 by Hong Kong Sinfonietta in their season opening concert. Recent years also saw the premieres of ‘Home City Dream City’ for orchestra and field recordings, commissioned by Hong Kong Sinfonietta, in November 2014; and ‘Ode to the Wind’ for orchestra, composed as part of his residency at the Ostrava Days Contemporary Music Festival (Czech Republic) in August 2015.
WEDLUND, Frej (Sweden)|soundcloud.com/frej-wedlund
SAKAGIAN, Filippos (Greece)|soundcloud.com/fsakagian
Frej Wedlund is a 25-year old composer from Östersund, Sweden, whose current work is largely concerned with silent tension, quiet reflection and intimacy. This year, he completed a Bachelor's degree in composition at the Royal College of Music, Stockholm, where he studied with Per Mårtensson. He has previously studied with Pär Lindgren and Martin Schultz, and has participated in masterclasses with Johannes Schöllhorn, Mathias Steinauer, Rolf Martinsson and Anders Flodin.
Frej’s music has been performed by ensembles such as Norrköping Symphony Orchestra, OU Symphony, Norrbotten NEO, KMH Symphony Orchestra and Musica Vitae. His orchestral work Half-light on desolation recently won first prize in 4x4 Prizes at Oklahoma University, as well as honorable mentions in the SCI/ASCAP Student Commission Competition 2016, and he has received scholarships from STIM (Swedish Composer’s International Music Buraeu), FST (Swedish Society of Composers) and the Swedish Royal Academy of Music, among others. Frej Wedlund was the 2015 composer in residence for Avalon Music Consort and Lövstabruk Chamber Music Festival, where his Piano quartet was premiered.
Filippos Sakagian is a Greek composer of instrumental and electroacoustic music, currently studying composition at the CRR de Paris with French composer Édith Canat de Chizy. In 2013, Filippos completed his Bachelor's degree in Musicology at Université Paris VIII. He also takes lessons with Greek composer Nicolas Tzortzis and French electroacoustic composer Régis Renouard-Larivière. Deeply fascinated by gestuallity, his work focuses in finding ways to integrate the idiomatic writing of
instrumental gesture in his music.
Partially Active Participants
CHARUPRAKORN, Poumpak (Thailand)|www.soundcloud.com
Poumpak Charuprakorn, supported by the Office of Higher Education Commission of Thailand, is pursuing a PhD in Composition at Cardiff University under the supervision of Dr. Arlene Sierra. He first received composition lessons from Dr. Narongrit Dhamabutra and Dr. Weerachat Premananda at Chulalongkorn University (Thailand). In 2015, he attained his Master of Music in Composition from the Royal College of Music (UK), where he studied with Dr. Harris Kittos and Dr. Jonathan Cole.
During that time, he participated in lectures and talks of prominent composers such as Christian Wolff, Helmut Lachenmann, Mark-Anthony Turnage, and Eric Whitacre. He has collaborated with many professional musicians, for example Sara Minelli (flute), Chema Banuls (saxophone), Aisha Orazbayeva (violin), William Cole (double bass), Sarah Dacey (soprano), Gwenllian Llyre (harp), and conductors Gaetano Nenna and Asier Puga. His compositions have been previously performed in Thailand, Slovakia, Austria, Germany, and the United Kingdom. In 2012, his composition ‘Lament’ won the first prize in Siam Sinfonietta Young Composers’ Competition. Later in 2015, he reached the semi-final round in ‘Maurice Ravel’ International Composition Competition. Poumpak is currently working with Welsh National Opera in the Youth Opera Project led by Dr. Robert Fokkens.
WEXLER, Jeremy (USA)|soundcloud.com/jeremywexler
Jeremy Wexler is a musician from Long Island, NY. Studying drumset from a very young age, Jeremy cites his deep immersion in rhythm, gesture, and timbres of non-pitched percussion instruments in his formative years as a strong influence on his current musical explorations. This has been the central basis of Jeremy's compositions lately, which feature complex timbres, computer-based sonic analyses, microtonality, and the derivation of musical content based on various aspects of the
OHARA, Juko (Japan)|soundcloud.com/yuko-ohara
Yuko Ohara has completed a PhD at Brunel University and a PGDip in advanced Composition at the Royal College of Music, London. She previously studied for Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Musicology and Composition at Ferris University, Japan.
Her pieces have been selected for BBC Symphony Orchestra Embedded Project, EXAUDI Vocal Ensemble Project, Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, Soundwaves Festival, Sound Festival, Takefu
International Music Festival, Tzili Meudcan International Festival, Musiikin aika, ME_MMIX Festival, “Reading Session” at the International Summer Course in Darmstadt, Northwestern University New Music Conference, the International Composer Pyramid, duoDorT:Quantulum and the International Double Reed Society Conference.
She has collaborated with several ensembles and orchestras including the Arditti String Quartet, ELISION Ensemble, Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, Ensemble Linea, Curious Chamber Players, Ensemble Mise-en, InnoVox Ensemble, Studio New Ensemble Moscow, duoDorT, Worker’s Union Ensemble, Bienen Contemporary/Early Music Choir, members of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, London Contemporary Orchestra and Tokyo Universal Philharmonic Orchestra.
Yuko Ohara was awarded an Early Career Research Associateship at the Institute of Musical Research, School of Advanced Study, University of London in 2013/14 and has been a Lecturer in Music at Senzoku Gakuen College of Music since 2015.
drumset. He aims to create music that sounds naturally visceral and gestural and encompasses a wide emotional scope.
Jeremy's work has been performed at the SF Center for New Music, Nief-Norf, UC Berkeley, The Stone NYC, Bard College, SUNY Purchase College, and the Wintergreen Summer Music Academy. He has conducted premieres of his music and music by his colleagues, gave an improvised electro-percussion performance for the Electronic Arts program at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and toured the U.S. in a rock band in 2013.
Completing a B.M. and M.M. in composition at SUNY Purchase College, Jeremy is currently pursuing doctoral studies in composition at UC Berkeley. He has studied composition with Ken Ueno, Franck Bedrossian, Myra Melford, Suzanne Farrin, Huang Ruo, and Du Yun.