Fully Active Participants
Category A: Mixed Media
GIUSEPPE DESIATO (Italy)|www.giuseppedesiato.com
Giuseppe Desiato is a composer and saxophonist currently living in Boston, Massachusetts. His approach to composition has always been made as a continuous research on the malleability of the sound. Every material is meticulously chosen and deeply crafted to create multi-layered structures that just give an idea of clarity and strength. Many of his compositions are influenced by shapes, landscapes, architectures and video art. Desiato's upcoming and past previous collaborations
include performances by Yarn/Wire ensemble, Dario Calderone, Anna Clementi, Hugh Watkins, Alexandra Wood, Sepura Brass Septet and Chroma Ensemble among others. His recent works have been played in festivals such as: Mise-en place Festival 2017, Gaudemaus Muziekweek 2016, Emufest 2016, Festival ArteScienza 2016 and Le Forme del Suono 2015.
NIKOLAY POPOV (Russia)|soundcloud.com/nikolay-popov
Nikolay Popov is a composer, pedagogue, researcher, a member of the Union of Russian Composers, a member of Creative Union of Russian Artists, research associate at the Center of Electroacoustic Music in the Moscow Conservatory, lecturer of the Department of Music History and Theory in The Russian Academy of Theatre Arts. He graduated from a College of Music in Ufa specializing in music for accordion (professor N. I. Makhney) and composing (professor I. I. Khisamutdinova). He
continued his studies in the Moscow Conservatory with a major in composing (professors V. G. Agafonnikova and I. L. Kefalidi), after which he took postgraduate studies under the guidance of V. V. Zaderatsky.
Many times he participated in master classes of such reknown composers as Wojciech Widlak, Allain Gaussin, Rosion Schedrin, Boris Tischenko, Frank Bedrossian, Michelle Fourgon, Ivan Fedele, Mark Andre, Marco Ceciliani, Raphael Cendo, Francesco Filidei, Philippe Leroux.
Prizewinner of such Russian and International contests as Shnitke Open Russian Contest of Russian Composers (2007); Vladislav Zolotaryev International Composers Competition (USA, Ney York, 2008); Dmitry Shostakovich Open Russian Composers Competition II (St. Petersburg, 2008); The International Antonin Dvorak Composition Competition (Prague, Czech Republic).
Born in Rome. After the early studies in piano and the high school degree, Marco continued with studies in composition with Giorgio Netti, Michelangelo Lupone, and Computer Music with Nicola Bernardini. He is a teaching assistant in Computer Music for the 2nd level Master’s in Interpretation of contemporary music at the Conservatorio di Musica S. Cecilia in Rome.
EREN GUMRUKCUOGLU (Turkey)|www.ereng.net
Eren Gumrukcuoglu (b. 1982) is a Turkish composer currently based in Durham, where he is a PhD candidate in music composition at Duke University.
Eren’s music dwells on the borders between styles. As a concert music composer with a strong jazz background, he refrains from creating a crass amalgam of genres but rather incorporates the idiosyncrasies, contours, shapes, rhythms and pacings of different styles into his music.
Eren holds a master's degree from Istanbul
Technical University and a bachelor's degree from Berklee College of Music in Boston. Performers of his music include New York Polyphony, Mivos Quartet, Conrad Tao, Deviant Septet, Music Ensemble and the Naked Drum Project. Eren is currently working on a new piece for JACK Quartet.
NEMANJA RADIVOJEVIC (Serbia/Switzerland)|
After graduating in guitar at the Academy of the Arts in Novi Sad, Nemanja Radivojević pursued his studies in Geneva (MA in theory of music) and in Bern (MA in Composition), with Xavier Dayer.
His compositions have been performed by the ensembles MDI Ensemble, Ensemble Proton Bern, Vortex Ensemble, Oerknal!, Lucerne Festival Alumni Ensemble, Boston New Music Initiative, Ensemble Recherche, Asko/Schönberg, Ensemble Interface, Contrechamps, AdHOC Ensemble, Ensemble
Studio 6, Ensemble Gradilište, Matka, Hodiernis, clarinetist Richard Haynes and guitarist Ruben Mattia Santorsa. Radivojević’s music has been presented at the festivals such as Lavaux Classic in Cully, Festival Archipel in Geneva, Lucerne Summer Festival, Opening Festival in Trier, Cluj Modern Festival, Belgrade International Review of Composers, Musikfestival in Bern, Les rencontres d’été in Villeneuve-lès-Avignon, Delian Academy for New Music in Mykonos.
Sound world of Radivojević’s music participates in a quasi-baroque formal construction, where the carnal pleasure is (re)discovered, the ideals of purity are rejected. Liberated from the fear of materiality and of the corporality, his music is engaged in playful artifice in
which masks seem to be more truthful then the faces they hide.
GIUSEPPE SILVI (Italy)|www.giuseppesilvi.com
Giuseppe Silvi studied saxophone with Enzo Filippetti, electronic music with Giorgio Nottoli, Nicola Bernardini and Michelangelo Lupone, electro-acoustics with Piero Schiavoni at Conservatorio di Musica S. Cecilia of Rome.
He is adjunct professor in Technics and Technologies for Live Electronics at University of Rome Tor Vergata and Execution and Interpretation of Electroacoustic Music at Conservatorio di Musica S. Cecilia of Rome.
He is adjunct researcher at Centro Ricerche Musicali of Rome. He is member of EMUFest (Electroacoustic Music Festival of Rome) staff for which is coordinator and sound director. His research on sound space and musical dimensions led him to the construction of electroacoustic prototypes and software for music production. He is sound engineer specialized in surround recordings for Tactus, Naxos, Brilliant Classic and Sony.
Category B: Acoustic
CAROLINA CEREZO DÁVILA (Spain)|www.carolinacerezo.com
Carolina Cerezo Dávila (Málaga – Spain, September 1993). She completed studies of Music Theory (5 years) and Piano (10 years) in Málaga, Spain. Then she got her Bachelor in Composition (2011 - 2015) at the Aragon Superior Conservatory of Music (CSMA) in Zaragoza, Spain, under the teaching of the composers José María Sánchez-Verdú, Juan José Eslava, Agustí Charles Soler and José Manuel López López; and also her Conducting Bachelor (2012 - 2016) in the same conservatory (CSMA), with professor
MICHELE FORESI (Italy)|soundcloud.com/micheleforesi
Michele Foresi (1988) was born in Macerata, Italy. He began studying violin at eight, and graduated under M° Lucia Mezzanotte at the conservatory “G. Rossini” in Pesaro, while attending classes with Maestri Alessandro Perpich, Glauco Bertagnin and Dejan Bogdanovich. Winner of numerous violin competitions, he is currently dedicated to the interpretation of contemporary repertoire, including several world premieres, in the role of violinist, violist and electroacustical musician. He worked with
Juan José Olives. Currently she is part of the Theory Department at CSMA, teaching Music Analysis from XIXc to New Music to Bachelor Students. She has just finished her Master's in Researching for the Arts in Catalonian Open University (UOC). She has has assisted to seminars with Salvatore Sciarrino, Fabián Panisello, Polo Vallejo, Philippe Hurel, Alberto Posadas, Sofia Gubaidulina, Luis de Pablo, Mauricio Sotelo, Beat Furrer, Stefano Gervasoni and she received lessons from Brian Ferneyhough, Fabien Lévy, Oscar Biachi, Jöel Bons, Chaya Czernowin, Oliver Schneller, Martjin Padding, Simon Steen-Andersen, Philippe Manoury, Zygmunt Krauze or Yuval Shaked.
In 2013 she was awarded with a full scholarship for taking part in the Composition session ‘Voix Nouvelles’ in Royaumont Foundation, France, with Bryan Ferneyhoug, Fabién Levy and Oscar Bianchi. She has worked with Orchestre Symphonic Ose! in Geneva’s Archipel Festival as part of Archipel Academy for young composers; with Lucilin Ensemble and composers Isabel Mundry and Marcel Reuter in Luxembourg Composition Academy; with Atlas Ensemble (2012, 2014) that commisioned her a piece in 2013; with Vertixe Sonora Ensemble; Pilar Fontalba, Duo Sincronía; OCAZ Enigma; Plural Ensemble, etc.
PASQUALE MAINOLFI (Italy)
Pasquale Mainolfi studied "high composition" at the Conservatory of Benevento, with M° Luigi Turaccio. In parallel he attended the three-year period in "Music Applied to Multimedia Contexts", graduating with honors. Then he attends, the degree course in "Electroacoustic Composition" (graduated with honors and academic kiss). He improves with composers such as Salvatore Sciarrino, Ivan Fedele, Michelangelo Lupone, Giorgio Nottoli, Francesco Galante and Agostino di
Scipio. His work is mainly focused on testing new levels of expression, tied to a constant search for a "right" writing and a thorough investigation of the potential and limitations of instruments.
Also works with programming languages such as Csound, Python etc ..., and focused attention on codes that, in addition to the purely artistic level, can have a real use in other fields, such as medicine. Teacher assistant during the 2014/2015 academic year, at the Conservatory "Nicola Sala" in Benevento.
Professor of "Sampling Synthesis and Processing of Sound", “Acoustics of the Musical Spaces” and “Video Music Writing” at the Conservatory “N. Sala” in Benevento (ITA).
DÌDEM COSKUNSEVEN (Turkey)|
Didem Coskunseven is a composer based in Istanbul. She graduated from METU/ department of history in 2008, studied violin with Prof. Murat Tamer at the department of music&fine arts at METU. Later in 2009, she enrolled in Yıldız Technical University/faculty of art&design, where she studied both fine arts &music between 2009-2012. After her second BA education at YTU, Coskunseven enrolled in MA program in composition at Center for Advanced Studies in Music, ITU where she studied
composition with Pieter Snapper, Adam Roberts and Reuben DeLautour.
Between 2013-2016, she participated in workshops and master-classes given by notable composers. Among them are; Mark Andre, Simon-Steen Andersen, Chaya Czernowin, Brigitta Muntendorf, Kurt Rohde, Dmitri Kourliandski and Jorge Sanchez Chiong.
Coskunseven’s compositions have been performed by renowned ensembles such as Klangforum Wien, Ergon Ensemble and Hezarfen Ensemble. Besides her composition studies, she continues her interdisciplinary projects, works with choreographers and dancers.
FontanaMIX Ensemble, ZeroCrediti Ensemble, Senzaspine Orchestra, Blumine Ensemble.
He graduated in philosophy at the University “Alma Mater Studiorum” in Bologna with full marks and honors. He graduated in composition with full marks with Paolo Aralla and now he is studying electronic music with Francesco Giomi and Lelio Camilleri at the conservatory “G. B. Martini” in Bologna. He followed masterclasses with Simon Steen-Andersen, Rebecca Saunders, Salvatore Sciarrino, Pierluigi Billone and Stefano Gervasoni.
His compositions have been performed both in Italy and abroad (Helsinki, Vienna, Graz, Budapest, Manchester, Darmstadt, Milan, Bologna) working with important performers like Alfonso Alberti, Francesco Dillon, Paolo Ravaglia, Annamaria Morini and MDI Ensemble; in 2014 the center “Tempo Reale” in Florence commissioned him a work for piano and live electronics that has been recorded in 2017 for EMA Records. In 2015 he was selected for the San Fedele Prize in Milan for young composers, and in 2016 he won the Felice and Luigi Magone Prize in Bologna for students of composition. In 2017 he was composer in residence at the Ghislierimusica in Pavia.
CLAUDIA JANE SCROCCARO (Italy/USA)
Claudia Jane Scroccaro is an American-Italian composer born in Paris and currently living in Stuttgart, Germany. Her music reflects deep interests towards processes derived from electronic music as well as 'non-Western' music traditions and has been performed in Germany, France, UK, Italy, Lithuania, Australia and USA. She has been composer in residence for the Music Innovation and Science Centre in Vilnius and for the Druskinikai Artist Residence in Lithuania. In March 2018 the Thüringer
Symphoniker Saalfeld-Rudolstadt premiered her Land[e]scape n. 3, commissioned as part of the 'Carte Blanche' Programme.
Claudia Jane is currently pursuing the Master in Composition at Stuttgart's HMdK with Marco Stroppa, for which she has been awarded the DAAD Scholarship for Foreign Graduates in the Field of Music 2018/1019; she has previously studied with Luigi Verdi at “Santa Cecilia” Conservatory of Music in Rome and has attended master courses held by Philippe Leroux.
TOMOYA YOKOKAWA (Japan)|soundcloud.com/yokokawatomoya
Tomoya Yokokawa was born 1988 in Nagano (Japan). In 2011 he finished his study of music pedagogy (main emphasis: composition) at Tokyo Gakugei University with Masahiro Yamauchi and Choji Kaneda as well as with the private lecturer Miyuki Shiozaki.
In 2013 he moved to Austria and began to study composition with Klaus Lang at the Kunst Universität Graz. In 2016 he continues his Master at the Universität der Künste Berlin with Elena Mendoza.
The compositions of Tomoya Yokokawa were performed many musicians, for example Dario Calderone (Double bass), Leszek Lorent (Percussion), the Ensemble “Avanti! Chamber Orchestra“ and “Ensemble Boswil”. His first Opera “Konjiki Yasha (the golden demon)” will be premirered at Graz Opera in May 2018.
Partially Active Participants
LUÍS NETO DA COSTA (Portugal)|www.luisnetodacosta.com
Luís Neto da Costa studied Composition at Escola Superior de Música e Artes do Espectáculo (ESMAE) in Porto. He composes frequently with computer- aided software that help him broad his musical resources. Neto da Costa has also been dedicated to conducting and musical analysis.
Besides giving his own touch, some of his pieces have stylistic differences, which reflect the individual search that he seeks for each of them. His later interests are curves, microtonal harmonic fields, L-
system scales and construction of new rhythmic systems.
In 2017, he was the Young Composer in Residence at Casa da Música. As a commission for the Prémio Jovens Músicos (Antena 2 / RTP), he wrote the compulsory piece for oboe category (mid-level). In September 2015, he won the Honorable Mention of the Prize of Composition SPA / Antena 2 – 4th Edition. In October 2015, he won the Honorable Mention of the Prize of Composition Casa da Música / ESMAE on World Music Day 2015. He also won the 2nd Prize of Composition Competition for Youth Wind Orchestra Município de Lousada – Conservatório Vale do Sousa 2017.
MYRTO MARIA NIZAMI (Greece)|soundcloud.com/myrto-niz-z
Born in Volos (1994). She studied piano and took the harmony and counterpoint degree. In 2017 she graduated from University of Macedonia's Department of Music Science and Art in Greece with specialization in composition under the supervision of prof. George Kyriakakis and recently got accepted at the master’s program in composition at the Royal Conservatoire The Hague in Netherlands. She has participated as a composer and pianist in a great number of concerts in Thessaloniki and currently
studied fugue and orchestration at the State Conservatory of Thessaloniki.
HIBIKI MUKAI (Japan)|www.hibikimukai.com
Hibiki Mukai is Japanese musician and composer who has received numerous prestigious international awards including 1st Prize at the 84th Music Competition of Japan, the Miyoshi Prize, the Iwatani Prize, the Meiji Yasuda Prize, as well as the 33rd ACL Young Composers Prize. His works have been selected for the International Gaudeamus Music Week, the JFC Award, EMW, NYCEMF and the ICMC. In addition to these accolades, he received his Bachelor’s degree from Toho Gakuen School of Music
in Tokyo and he is currently pursuing his Master of Music in Sonology at the Royal Conservatoire of the Hague under the guidance of Richard Barrett. One of Mukai’s recent works has been published from ONGAKU NO TOMO edition in Tokyo, Japan.