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MIZUTANI, Shin (Japan, 1991)|smizutani4.wixsite.com
Shin Mizutani is an award-winner composer born in Tokyo, 1991. After his studies of jazz piano at Berklee College of Music, he went on to Codarts/Rotterdam Conservatory (Bachelor) and Royal Conservatory of The Hague (Master) in the Netherlands, to study composition and electronic music. His works are performed at several music festivals/concerts in Japan, USA, the Netherlands and Germany. His String Quartet “A Study of 'Difference and Repetition' (2015-16)” was premiered by Mi-
vos Quartet (USA) at Valencia International Performance Academy & Festival 2016 in Spain. In the same year, his chamber work “Quintet for Flute, Clarinet in A, Piano, Violin and Violoncello (2016)” (the piece was later adapted to “Trio Violin, Violoncello and Piano (2016-2017)” in 2017) was premiered at International Summer Course for New Music in Darmstadt 2016, in Germany. In 2018, he was awarded 1st prize of ”Città di Udine” International Composition Competition (Italy). His scores and calligraphy are also acclaimed on several different art fields and exhibited at several museums/exhibitions, like “Musica con Vista (2016)” in Italy and “Northern Disease Exhibition (2016)” in Japan.
He studied composition with Richard Barrett, Brian Ferneyhough, Marc Andre, Stefano Gervasoni, Claus-Steffen Mahnkopf, Milica Djordjević, Philippe Hurel, Daniel d'Adamo, Dimitri Papageorgiou, Panayiotis Kokoras and Rand Steiger, electronic music with Kees Tazelaar and Rene Uijlenhoet, harmony, counterpoint, fugue and general music theory with Rijnhard Bokelmann, Frans de Berg, Theo Varbey, style copy with Arie Boers, music history with Marcel Zijlstra, jazz piano with Francesca Tanksley, music aesthetics and philosophy with Tom Dommisse. He is also working as an arranger/orchestrator for The Piano Teacher’s National Association of Japan.
DÜLGER, Onur (Turkey, 1980)|onurdulger.neocities.org
Onur Dülger was born in 1980, Istanbul. He took his BAs in composition at Istanbul University as a student of Mete Sakpınar and at the University of Music Vienna as a student of Wolfgang Suppan. He received 2 M.A.s from instrumental composition and electroacoustic composition at University of Music Vienna. His teachers were Michael Obst, Karlheinz Essl, Chaya Czernowin. He took a DMA from Boston University in the class of Joshua Fineberg. His pieces are varying from solo pieces to orchestra and
ensemble pieces with or without live-electronics, which can be seen in three different periods. The last period focuses on sound as a developing object which can be described as post-musique concrète instrumentale.
His compositions are performed in Turkey, Italy, Austria, Germany, USA, Mexico.
Throughout his musical life, he is financially supported by various foundations, including Fulbright, Viktor Bunzl Foundation, CYDV, Boston University, MDW Vienna.
He is teaching at the Anadolu University in Turkey since 2017.
He received prizes from the Talente-Börse Ö1 (2011), Cepromusic (2013) Auftakt (2014), Sound Icon (2015), Francisco Escudero (2015) and Theodor Körner Prize (2017).
He is a member of Istanbul Composers Collective.
LIN, Ying-Ting (Taiwan, 1986)|soundcloud.com/ying-ting-lin
Lin Ying-Ting is a Taiwanese composer who explores unique timbre qualities of both acoustic and electronic music. From an impressive variety of ideological realms ranging from the sociological to the principles of aesthetics, Ying-Ting’s creations are inspired through her translation of keen empirical observation into ingenious musical realization; the resulting work stimulates deep introspection and provoking curiosities. Active as a composer and pianist, Lin's mu-
sic has been awarded several honors and awards, including the Studying Abroad Fellowship from the Ministry of Education in Taiwan, the IAWM Pauline Oliveros Prize, the National Symphony Orchestra of Taiwan competition, the Taiwan National Ministry of Education Composition Award, and the Chai Found Chinese Musical Instruments Competition. Her music has also been played at several international festivals in USA and Asia, including the 18th World Saxophone Congress, 2018 ICMC, Darmstadt, World Harp Congress, Ecoles d'Art Américaines de Fontainebleau, NYCEMF, the June in Buffalo festival, Hong Kong Modern Academy, Taipei International New Music Festival, and New Music Week of Shanghai Conservatory of Music.
After graduating from the National Taiwan Normal University, she furthered her studies at the State University of New York at Buffalo, where she worked with Cort Lippe and Jeffrey Stadelman. She is currently in pursuit of a PhD at Brandeis University, studying with Eric Chasalow.
TUNDO, Matteo (Italy, 1992)|matteotundo.wixsite.com
Matteo Tundo is an Italian composer. His primary interest in composition is the perception and cognition of the sound event, the neural mechanisms that lead to the signification of sound. His work is focused on the application of the neuroaesthetic in music composition. After his early studies in classical guitar, he obtained a Bachelor's degree in Jazz guitar, studying with Umberto Fiorentino at the Conservatory “Luigi Cherubini” in Florence and then a Master's degree in Music and
New Technologies. Later he specialized in the Master Sound Technologies and Music Composition at the Conservatory “Arrigo Boito” in Parma. He studied with Marco Ligabue, Alfonso Belfiore, Javier Torres Maldonado, Alvise Vidolin, Laura Zattra, Giorgio Colombo Taccani, Angelo Farina, Esther Lamneck and many others. He attended master classes in composition with Achim Bornhoeft, Daniel D'Adamo, Iñaki Estrada, Patricia Alessandrini, Karlheinz Essl, Gianvincenzo Cresta and others.
His music has been played in several Countries: Italy, Germany, United States, Iran, Korea, Japan. Matteo is a member of ESCOM (European Society for the Cognitive Sciences of Music).
He has released three albums: Acatalepsy (Music Republic 2014), Zero Brane (Aut Records 2015) and Equilibrio di Hardy-Weinberg (Antimateria Lab 2017).
MAGDALENO, Juan de Dios (Mexico, 1984)
Juan de Dios Magdaleno was born in Colima, Mexico in 1984.
Since the age of 10 he has been active in music, initially through his Mexican folk heritage. In Mexico, he studied violin with Tatiana Zatina and Alessandro Orsso and composition with Anatoly Zatin and Luis Jaime Cortez; in parallel he realized architectural and mathematics studies. In 2009 he completed his Bachelors Degree in Composition at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam under the tuition of Fabio Nie-
MIKIRDITSIAN, Dzovinar (Lebanon, 1979)
Born in Beirut (1979), Dzovinar Mikirditsian was initiated to music at a young age. Following private piano lessons, she enrolled at the Lebanese National Conservatory and later at the National Conservatory of Yerevan where she pursued a Master degree in Piano Studies. She actually lives in Paris where since 2013 she has studied Acoustic and Electroacoustic Composition with José Manuel López López, Alain Bonardi, Jean-Luc Hervé, Philippe Mion, Jonathan Pontier, Nicolas Tzortzis,
der and Richard Ayres. In 2014, Juan de Dios completed with honors a Master’s Degree in Composition at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Graz under the guidance of Pierluigi Billone and Gerd Kühr. From 2014 – 2015 Juan made postgraduate studies under the guidance of Beat Furrer at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Graz.
Throughout his musical studies Juan has taken part in composition workshops and lectures with Helmut Lachenmann, Brian Ferneyhough, Chaya Czernowin, Tristan Murail, Isabel Mundry, James Dillon, Jonathan Harvey, Salvatore Sciarrino, Marco Stroppa, Michael Jarrell, Oscar Bianchi, Ivan Fedele, Julio Estrada, George Benjamin, among others.
He has been honored by receiving some awards and fellowships for his creative work such as: The Delta Scholarship (Dutch Ministry of Education), “Jóvenes Creadores” Fellowship by the CONACULTA/FONCA (National Council for Culture and Arts of Mexico), 1st prize at the International Composition Competition “Lutoslawski Award 2008” in Poland, 2nd prize at the "Mauricio Kagel Composition Competition 2010" held in Vienna, the “Musikfoerderungpreis der Stadt Graz 2013”, “Premi Joan Guinjoan 2013”, the Franz Schubert und Musik der Moderne International Composition Competition 2014, and the “Ö1 Talentebörse composition prize 2014”.
His music has been played in Mexico, Canada, the Netherlands, Poland, England, USA, Italy, Finland, Spain, France, Rusia and Austria by ensembles and musicians such as: Ensemble Intercontemporain, Arditti Quartet, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Helsinki Chamber Choir, Asko|Schoenberg Ensemble, Nieuw Ensemble, Namascae Lemanic Modern Ensemble, Orchestre National de Lorraine, Nouvel Ensemble Modern, Ossia Ensemble, Orquesta de Camara de Bellas Artes, Jos Zwaanenburg, Juan Miguel Amador and Ernesto Molinari.
In April 2016 Juan de Dios finished the program CURSUS 1 at the IRCAM (Institut de Recherche et Coordination Acoustique/Musique) and from 2015 – 2016 he was a resident at the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris, France.
Juan de Dios lives currently in Helsinki where he pursues a Doctoral Degree in Music Technology with focus on “Modulating musical space-time and the integration of virtual dynamic environments as a fundamental compositional element” at the Centre for Music and Technology of the Sibelius Academy.
Mikirditsian is the laureate of the Sayat Nova International Composition Competition 2016 for Iyerk, a musical piece for Tenor, Shvi and String Quartet.
During the course of her career, Mikirditsian has worked on a significant number of projects, composing music for choir and instrumental ensembles, videos, films, dance and theater performances. She has been collaborating with artists such as Ghassan Halwani (Lebanon), Silvina Der Meguerditchian (Germany), Jasmin Irhaç (Germany), Chaghig Arzoumanian (Lebanon-France), Aurélien Zouki (Lebanon), Eric Deniaud (Lebanon), musicians Pedro Morales (Lebanon-France), Pedro Bittencourt (Brazil), Sebastian Sarasa (Colombia-France), Donna Khalife (Lebanon), Alexandra Grimal (France), Nobuko Miyazaki (Lebanon-Japan) and ensembles Perspectives (France), L'Itinéraire (France), Ars Nova (France), Arod Quartet (France), among others.
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CHIEN, Yu-Chun (Taiwan, 1987)|www.yuchunchien.com
FARAHANI, Nima (Iran, 1992)
Yu-Chun Chien is a Taiwanese composer based in New York City, Morgantown (West Virginia) and Taiwan. Her compositions and arrangements have been published and performed in Taiwan, the United States, Germany, France and the Netherlands. She has appeared at festivals and residencies such as June in Buffalo, Internationales Musikinstitut Darmstadt, impuls International Ensembles and Composers Academy for Contemporary Music, Asian Composers League Conference and Festival,
Nima Farahani was born in Teheran in 1992. He studied at Teheran Conservatory of Music, where he got lessons in Violin and Music Theory. He came to Germany in 2011 got lessons in Music Theory, Instrumentation and Composition from Manolis Vlitakis and lessons in Counterpoint and Music Theory from Behrang Nouipour. Since 2016 he is studying Composition at the Universität der Künste Berlin (UdK) with Prof. Elena Mendoza. He received scholarships from Ad Infinitum
Etchings Festival and the Loretto Project. She has collaborated with some of the world’s prestigious orchestras, ensembles and musicians, including the Radio-Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart des SWR, the National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra, Ensemble Signal, loadbang, MIVOS quartet, Longleash piano trio, David Gilbert, Brad Lubman, Pablo Rus Broseta, Georges Emmanuel Schneider, and many others.
Yu Chun Chien is Visiting Teaching Assistant Professor at West Virginia University. Previously, she was appointed coordinator of aural skills and coordinator of theory tutoring program at Manhattan School of Music, where she served as a teaching fellow in the College theory department and a faculty member in the Precollege Division. As a composer, she constantly searches for new means of expression, which can be transformed in personal and intimate ways.
LU, Yi-Ting (Taiwan, 1993)|www.soundcloud.com/yitinglu
Yi-Ting Lu (b.1993) is a Taiwanese composer. She is interested in music as a physical experience of sounds and has been constantly searching for new avenues, collaborating with different art mediums such as visual arts, dancing, and paintings. Yi-Ting’s compositions have been performed in Taiwan, South Korea, Finland, and the United States by ensembles and performers, including the Arditti Quartet, Yarn/Wire, Ensemble Mise-en, Longleash piano trio, Clarinetist Vasko Dukovski, MSM Orchestra
(under the baton of George Manahan), National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra, among others. Her music was awarded the Carl Kanter Prize for MSM orchestral composition in 2017 and was selected as a finalist of National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra Competition as well as the Young Composers’ Competition of Annual Rudolph Award. She has attended festivals such as Musiikin Aiko Time of Music (FI), Musikinstitut Darmstadt (GR), Art Incubator (KR), Yarn Wire Academy in Stony Brook (USA), Sforzando New Music (USA), and has participated in masterclasses with Chaya Czernowin, Beat Furrer, Mark Andre, Rebecca Saunders, Zosha di Castri, Eivind Buene, Josh Levine, and Mei-Fang Lin.
Yi-Ting is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in composition at Northwestern University under the tutelage of Hans Thomalla. She completed a Master’s degree in Music Composition at Manhattan School of Music, where she studied with Reiko Füting and Susan Botti. Prior to the graduate studies in the United States, she studied with Tsung-Hsien Yang and received her Bachelor’s degree in Music Composition and Theory at Taipei National University of the Arts.
PRADERIO, Carlo Elia (Italy, 1993)
Born in Varese (Italy) in 1993, Carlo Elia Praderio is an Italian composer and sound artist interested in perceptual phenomena concerning time and timber as well in the creation of new percussion instruments and mallets. Spectral and temporal masking, research on complex sounds and extension of the sonic palette in instrumental music have an important role in his compositional approach.
His music has been performed by ensemble such as mdi ensemble, Darmstadt Chamber
Foundation, Otto-Benecke-Foundation and DAAD. His work „Musik für 13 Instrumente“ was premiered during the crescendo festival 2018 in Berlin. His last piece „fragile Wiederkehr“ was played at KLANGZEITORT concert series Zoom&Focus at Studiosaal HfM „Hanns Eisler“ Berlin.
He currently works on his new piece for 15 instruments and electronics which is commissioned by Landesmusikrat Berlin e.V. and will be premiered on April 13th 2019 in Konzerthaus Berlin.
GRAVES, Sarah (USA, 1995)|www.sarahgracegraves.com
Composer-vocalist Sarah Grace explores aspects of live performance—such as performance space, individual performers, and audience—that color how a piece comes into the world. She often collaborates with other vocalists, such as in her improvisations for singers, Aeolia and Sybillance (2018), which build narratives around the singers’ interaction with the space around them, and her following piece, Both/And, (2018) for two singers and two percussionists. Other recent projects include
Here Comes the Moon, a video installation that explores how darkness can obscure familiar sensations and blur them into each other; 4-2-1, an improvisation card game for two players and audience; and Aquì: Flesh and Nail, a one-act theatrical work created with guitarist Edoardo Draetta and poet and fellow composer Matthew Toffoletto. Her most recent work, Landing (2018), written for Quatuor Tana for their residency at CNMAT, explores the vocal qualities of strings and the noisy, disembodied qualities of the human voice.
HAN, Xue (China, 1989)|www.soundcloud.com/xuehanmusic
Xue Han (b.1989), a young composer from China whose work spanning from acoustic composition for both Chinese and Western instruments, electronic pieces, to experimental musical theatre and media installation art, as well as film score. Xue studied composition and music theory at Central Conservatory of Music in China, and Bard College in the US. Currently she is a doctoral student in composition at McGill University in Canada, under the supervision of Philippe Leroux.
By mixing and merging oriental and western musical vocabularies and aesthetics, Xue wishes to depict and interpret the sound phenomena that either derive from nature or stem from her native culture. Her works have been performed across many countries. Some of the musicians and performing organizations she has worked with include the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal (CA), Meitar Ensemble (IL), Radius Ensemble (US), Exaudi Vocal Ensemble (GB), and soloists from Ensemble Intercontemporain (FR).
Music Group, ensemble of the Lucern Academy for Contemporary Music and Orchestra Sinfonica del Conservatorio “G. Verdi” di Milano, among others.
After having studied composition with Luca Macchi for some years, Carlo Elia moved to Milan, where he graduated with honors at Conservatorio “G. Verdi” in the class of Gabriele Manca in 2018. In the last years he attended masterclass and summer courses led by Simon Steen-Andersen, Beat Furrer, Georg Aperghis, Klaus Lang, Mauro Lanza, Fabien Levy, Philippe Leroux, Franck Bedrossian, Jean-Claude Risset and Juan G. Roederer.
Partially Active Participants
NIZAMI, Myrto (Greece, 1994)
Myrto Nizami was born in 1994 in Greece. She is currently attending the master programme in Composition at the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague under the supervision of Guus Janssen, Calliope Tsoupaki and Silvia Borzelli, while she has composition lessons with Nicolas Tzortzis. At the age of 7 she started piano lessons, and later started improvising and writing her music. In 2012 she got accepted at the University of Macedonia (Department of Music Science and Art) where she studied
composition with the prof. George Kyriakakis. She also attended masterclasses and workshops regarding composition, musical interpretation and vocal music.
The main focus in her music is the gesture fluidity, blurred harmony and sound colors in a way to create an autonomous sound atmosphere in which different sound layers overlap, while the element of intuition is always a part of the decision making during the synthesis.
JUNG, Jinwook (South Korea, 1994)
Jinwook Jung was born in 1994 in Seoul, South Korea. He started learning piano and violin at the age of six. In 2006, he was accepted as a preliminary student at the Korean National University of Arts, where he studied composition and piano until 2011. He studied composition for his bachelor's degree at the University of the Arts Bremen with Prof. Jörg Birkenkötter, while at the same time working on electroacoustic compositions with Prof. Kilian Schwoon. Currently he is studying for a Masters in
Composition at the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz with Prof. Beat Furrer since 2016.
He has won numerous of awards and scholarships, including the Deutschlandstipendium from the National Scholarship Foundation of Germany and one from the DAAD. Since 2015, he has been receiving a scholarship from the Oscar and Vera Ritter Foundation. In the same year he was awarded the prize of the Karlsruhe Composition Competition and in 2016 he was awarded the 1st prize of the Florence Composition Competition for string quartet as well as the 2nd prize of the International Gesualdo Composition Competition in Italy. His music has been recognized in a number of international music festivals, which includes »Festival Archipel Genève«, »Musikprotokoll Graz«, »Daegu International Contemporary Music Festival« in Korea with Ensemble Schallfeld, »Martini Elettrico Bologna«, »11.11. neue musik«, »Festival ZeitGenuss Karlsruhe« and ZKM »next_generation«. Furthermore he was selected for the masterclass orchestral composition of the Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra »SWR« with his piece, for the young composer project with ensemble recherche and for the International Composition Masterclasses »Sound of Wander« of Chaya Czernowin and Simon Steen-Andersen in Milan, as well as for the Orchestral Composition Workshop with Franck Bedrossian. In 2018 he had been selected for the »Accademia Chigiana« by Salvatore Sciarrino in Siena, resulting in his piece being performed by Quartetto Prometeo and Matteo Cesari, and he was invited to the festival »ManiFeste-2018« of IRCAM with his piece, which has been premiered by the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France in Paris.
For a starting point to his compositions, he often looks to works or ideas from other fields of art, such as visual art, literature, and architecture. From his homeland, in terms of both the traditional and the present, he is never content to merely "translate" idioms. Rather he ardently seeks ways to reflect on these issues as a means to bring an inspiring vitality to his own ideas in these works.
MAYER, Philipp Christoph (Germany, 1995)
Philipp Christoph Mayer (1995, Germany) started at early age with piano lessons, later he received percussion classes. He won prices at regional and nationwide piano competitions.
As teenager he began dedicating himself to composition, which led to several prices in youth competitions, e.g. the nationwide competition „Jugend komponiert“ in 2012 and 2013. In 2013 he started the Bachelor Composition with Isabel Mundry at the Hmtm München.
In 2015/16 he studied at the CNSM in Paris as scholar of the DFJW within the Erasmus programme with Stefano Gervasoni, before finishing his Bachelor in Munich in 2018.
He was awarded with several prices and scholarships (e.g. price for young artists of the Main-Kinzig-region 2016; within the Francisco Escudero competition 2017; residency- scholarship of the Beethoven-Haus-Bonn). Since 2017 he is scholar of the Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes.
He worked together with renowned musicians, such as the soprano Petra Hoffmann, the Diotima Quartett or the children-choir/musicians of the Bayerische Staatsoper. His music was played at several concert-series and festivals, for example the Münchner Opernfestspielen, the symposium „performing-voice“ in Bern, the aDevantgarde-Festival, the Scène National d’Orleans, the Biennale Munich 2018. Upcoming projects include commissions for the Quartetto Maurice and the NHK Symphony Orchestra Tokyo.
ZISIMOPOULOS, Kostas (Greece, 1994)
Born in Athens, in 13/11/1994, based in the Netherlands.
After graduating from University of Peloponnese Faculty Of Fine Arts, Theatre Department and receiving specialized Diplomas in Advanced Music Theory, Harmony and Counterpoint, he is currently a student of composition in Utrecht Conservatorium, receiving composition lessons from professors Caroline Ansink and Jeroen D’Hoe, while having also been attended in composition lectures and priva-
te lessons under professors Oliver Weber, Billone Pierluigi, Bernahard Lang, Reinhard Fuchs, Ulirch Drechler, Athanasios Koumenteris, Kornilios Selamsis, Nikos Kypourgos, Alexandros Mouzas.
He had participated in composition masterclasses and long term workshops and festivals focused on contemporary concert music and theatre music, collaborating with chamber ensembles, piano duos, theatre groups, film and theatre directors, choreographers, film makers and artists, having composed music for concerts, theatrical plays, short movies, trailers/teasers, installations, dance and performances accordingly. His original compositions have been performed in many places; among them Vienna, Netherlands, Ukraine, Greece, Cyprus and Toronto.