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Composers

Josué W. Amador

Born in Puebla, Mexico, is a composer and improvising performer based in The Netherlands. His works explore the boundaries between improvised and written music within the contemporary music practice. Either as a composer or as a guitarist, Amador´s music has been performed in México, The Netherlands, Belgium, France, Italy, Poland, Czech Republic, England and Spain by ensembles such as Doelen Ensemble, Asko Shoenberg Ensemble, Netherlands Blazers Ensemble and Ophelia Trio among others. He holds a Musical Theory, Criticism and Literature Degree (AMusTCL), and the Licentiate Diploma in Composition (LTCL) with honors from the Trinity College of Music of London as well as a Master Degree (MMus) in Composition from the Conservatory of Rotterdam,NL. Currently he pursues a PhD in Composition at the Academy of Music in Krakow, PL. Josué Amador currently lives in Roterdam, NL. where he works as a freelance composer and performer.

Piotr Bednarczyk

Born in 1994 in Koszalin, Poland. Currently he studies composition with Cezary Duchnowski at Karol Lipiński Academy of Music in Wrocław. His works have been performed in Poland, Germany, Czechia. Piotr took part in the project ‘Polish-German Sound Factory’, which included triple performance of his piece composed especially for Sound Factory Orchestra (musicians from Wrocław, Dresden, Essen). His works were performed at ‘Nasz festiwal’ (‘Our festival’) in Wrocław.

Wojtek Blecharz

Born in 1981. Since 2012 Blecharz has been curating the Instalakcje music festival at Warsaw’s Nowy Theatre, featuring non-concert music: sound installations, performance installations, sound sculptures, music videos, music theater and others. In 2012, he received a scholarship prize “for perfection in music composition” at the International Summer Courses for New Music in Darmstadt, and in 2013 he was selected as one of winners of the IMPLUS International Composition Competition in Graz. In 2012 he was nominated for the Passport Award for classical music of the Polityka weekly, in 2013 – to the PKN Orlen Prize “Poles with Verve” in Art and Culture and to the Polish Radio Channel Three Yearly Award “Culture Man of the Year.” In 2013 his opera-installation Transcryptum commissioned by Grand Theater National Opera in Warsaw was nominated to cultural event of 2012 in Gazeta Wyborcza Daily referendum Wdechy. Recently composed pieces for Kwadrofonik Ensemble (Warsaw), Forbidden City Chamber Orchestra (Beijing), Klangforum Wien (Vienna), Royal String Quartet (Warsaw). Recently his works were performed at Warsaw Autumn Festival, Salzburg Biennale, Museum of Modern Art in Tel Aviv and MATA Festival in New York.

Ton Bruynèl (1934-1998)

Dutch composer born in Utrecht, where he studied piano with Wolfgang Wijdeveld (a pupil of Béla Bartók) at the Utrecht Conservatory of Music. His attention was focused enthusiastically on the French musique concrète. He chose his instrumentation with the reproduction of concrete sounds in mind, and oriented himself with the Electronic Music Studio at the universities of Utrecht and Delft, later renamed the Institute for Sonology. In 1957 he established his own studio in Utrecht – the first private studio in The Netherlands – specializing in writing music which combines electronic and acoustic sounds. In the 1970s and 1980s he taught electronic-composition at the Utrecht Conservatory. Bruynèl won the prize for ‘Best Dutch entry’ during the 1966 International Gaudeamus Music Week for his composition Mobile for two recorded soundtracks. In 1971 his audio-visual ‘Kubus-project’ (created together with architect Aldo van Eijck and sculptor Carel Visser) was exhibited in the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam. His compositions Chicharras (a joint project with the poet Bert Schierbeek) and Adieu Petit Prince (based on texts by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry) earned Bruynèl an award at the 1986 International Festival for Electronic Music in Bourges, France. One of Ton Bruynèl last works is the video opera Non sono un Ucello. This production on the history of flight was commissioned by VPRO-television and directed by Fred van Dijk.

Cezary Duchnowski

Born in 1971 in Elbląg, Poland, is a composer, pianist, performer and lecturer. Duchnowski studied composition in the class of Leszek Wisłocki at the Academy of Music in Wrocław. He currently also teaches computer music at the Wrocław Academy. He has been involved with the Computer Composition Studio of the Academy from its very start. Electroacoustic music has been the focus of his artistic activity for the past few years. In 1997, together with Marcin Rupociński, he founded the group Morphai involved in artistic initiatives of an interdisciplinary nature. He also performs together with Agata Zubel as a duo (recitals for voice and computer). Duchnowski is a great advocate of improvised music. He collaborates with jazz musicians, as well as other artists enthusiastic about live music. With Paweł Hendrich and Sławomir Kupczak, they founded the group Phonos ek Mechanes. In this group, he is active in creating a very particular kind of improvised electronic music – human-electronics, where computers are controlled by acoustic instruments.

Hannes Dufek

Born in 1984 in Vienna, studied composition with Chaya Czernowin and Michael Obst in Vienna. He graduated in 2012 and works as a free-lance composer and organiser for contemporary music, engaging in various fields from contemporary musical theatre to free improvisation, with or without artwork’s status. He is co-founder and chairman of Platypus Ensemble, a young and growing specialist ensemble for contemporary music, as well as part of the contemporary theatre group makemake produktionen. Since 2011, some of his works can be obtained through Verlag Neue Musik Berlin. Unstern I-V (2011) has been published online by the Austrian label col legno.

Stefano Gervasoni

Born in 1962 in Bergamo, began studying composition in 1980 on the advice of Luigi Nono: this encounter, as well as others with Brian Ferneyhough, Peter Eötvös and Helmut Lachenmann, turned out to be decisive for his career. After attending the Conservatorio Giuseppe Verdi in Milan, Stefano Gervasoni studied with György Ligeti in Hungary in 1990, and then, in 1992, he attended the IRCAM Course in Composition and in Computer Music in Paris. With commissions from prestigious institutions such the WDR, the SWR, the Orchestra Nazionale della RAI, the Festival d’Automne in Paris, Radio France, IRCAM, the Casa da Musica in Porto, the Festival Archipel in Geneva, the Divertimento Ensemble in Milan, the Ensemble Intercontemporain, the Ensemble Modern, the Ensemble Contrechamps in Geneva, the Maerzmusik festival in Berlin, the Ars Musica Bruxelles, the Festival Musica in Strasbourg, the French Ministry of Culture, Milan Teatro alla Scala and Suntory Hall in Tokyo, Stefano Gervasoni has established himself as one of the most important Italian composers of his generation. His works were released by Harmonia Mundi, Stradivarius Winter & Winter (Académie Charles Cros price and Diapason d’or in France). He has also been invited to teach at the Darmstadt Ferienkurse, Fondation Royaumont (Paris), at Toho University in Tokyo, at the Festival International di Campos do Jordão in Brazil, at the Conservatory in Shanghai, at Columbia University (New York), at Harvard University (Boston) and at Takefu International Music Festival. Since 2006 Stefano Gervasoni has held a regular teaching post as professor of composition at the prestigious Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse in Paris. The musicologist Philippe Albèra wrote a substantial book on Stefano Gervasoni’s work, Stefano Gervasoni. Le parti pris des sons, published in 2015 by Editions Contrechamps (Geneva).

Aleksandra Gryka

Composer, b. 1977 in Warsaw. She studied composition at the Academy of Music in Cracow under the guidance of Krystyna Moszumańska-Nazar. In 1999 she began computer composition studies with Magdalena Długosz. In 2000 she took part in composition courses IRCAM / ACANTHES under the auspices of the Paris centres of modern music in Cracow and Helsinki. In 2001, she attended courses for composers in Buckow, Germany. In 2002, she participated in summer workshops for composers in Reichenau, Austria, and in the autumn she was studied in the United States as part of a student exchange programme between Central Washington University and the Academy of Music in Cracow. Aleksandra Gryka’s works have also been performed during the “Warsaw Autumn” Festival. Aleksandra Gryka is one of the most interesting young composers working in Poland today. She burst onto the scene in 2000 by winning the First Prize at the EuroArtMeeting Composer Competition in Wrocław for her “High3bbingNor” for symphony orchestra. She followed this in 2003 and again in 2006 – by being nominated to the Passport of the Polityka magazine in the field of Classical Music. In 2004, she received the Award of the Christoph und Stephan Kaske-Stiftung Foundation for her electro-acoustic works, and in 2006 – she was nominated for the Culture Award of Polish Television.

Alannah Marie Halay

A composer and sound artist with an interest in the avant-garde. Her work is described as ‘startling’, ‘dramatic’, ‘thunderous’, and ‘nightmarish’. She composes both electronic and acoustic music for a variety of instrumental line-ups. Some of her recent works are a confusion of acoustic and electronic sounds that challenge conventional thought about musical form and structure. As well as performing her own music as a multi-instrumentalist and improviser, Alannah writes for other performers and specialist ‘new music’ ensembles. Her music has been performed in Denmark, England, the Netherlands, and Poland. In 2015, she was winner of the Yorkshire Young Sinfonia Composition Competition, and her composition Parallax Error (2014) for any four-string bowed instrument was selected for the Gaudeamus Muziekweek Academy. Alannah’s other commitments involve studying for a PhD in Composition, which focuses on experimental and contemporary classical music. She is also the founder and organiser of the (Per)Forming Art Symposium and has taught Composition, Counterpoint, and Musicology part-time as a postgraduate teaching assistant at the University of Leeds.

Paweł Hendrich

Born in in 1979 in Wrocław (Poland). After studying engineering and economics at the Wrocław University of Economics he studied composition with Grażyna Pstrokońska-Nawratil at the K. Lipiński Academy of Music in Wrocław. He attended York Höller’s composition class at the Hochschule für Musik in Cologne. In 2012 he obtained the degree of Doctor of Musical Arts. In 2007 he has been included in a four-year programme of 13 composers’ promotion run by the European Krzysztof Penderecki Music Centre. The works of Paweł Hendrich have been performed at such festivals as Warsaw Autumn, Musica Polonica Nova and Musica Electronica Nova in Wrocław, Festival of World Premieres in Katowice, Audio Art in Cracow and Warsaw, Poznańska Wiosna Muzyczna, Musica Viva in Munich, Rudens Kamermūzikas Festivāls in Riga, Suså Festival in Næstved (Denmark), Rudersdal Sommerkoncerter in Hørsholm (Denmark), World Music Days in Wrocław, University of Louisville New Music Festival (USA), and at concerts in Poland, Germany, Austria, Sweden, Spain, Czech Republic, Turkey, Hungary, Malta, Lithuania, Latvia, Slovakia, Estonia, Russia, United States of America and China. For several years now, he has been programming and composing in the Max/MSP environment and performing live electroacoustic music. With Cezary Duchnowski and Sławomir Kupczak he founded the electroacoustic group Phonos ek Mechanes. The Trio participated in festivals and concerts in Poland and abroad. In 2010 DUX released Paweł Hendrich’s monographic record Chamber Works.

Pierre Jodlowski

Born in 1971 is a composer, performer and multimedia artist. He lives in France and Poland. His music, often marked by a high density, is at the crossroads of acoustic and electric sound and is characterized by dramatic and political anchor. His work as a composer led him to perform in France and abroad in most places dedicated to contemporary music as well as others artistic fields, dance, theater, visual arts, electronic music, films, interactive installations, staging. He is defining his music as an “active process” on the physicall level [musical gestures, energy and space] and on the psychological level [relation to memory and visual dimension of sound]. In parallel to his compositions, he also performs on various scene (experimental, jazz, electronic). Since 1998 he is co-artistic director of éOle (research and production studios based in Odyssud – Cultural center in Blagnac) and Novelum festival in Toulouse (from 1998 to 2014). He has been collaborating with various ensembles such as: Intercontemporain (Paris), Ictus (Belgium), KNM (Berlin), the Ensemble Orchestral Contemporain (France), the new Ensemble Moderne (Montreal), Ars Nova (Sweden), Proxima Centauri (France), Court-circuit (France), Ensemble Les Éléments (France), the Berg Orchestra (Prague), Soundinitiative (Europe). He also works as a stage designer on several projects at the intersection of theater, installation, concert or oratorio. He has received commissions from IRCAM, Ensemble Intercontemporain, the French Ministry of Culture, Akademie der Künste (Berlin), CIRM, GRM, the Donaueschingen Festival, Radio France, the Piano Competition in Orleans, GMEM, GRAME , Siemens Foundation, the Opera of Toulouse, the European project INTEGRA, the studio EMS – Stockholm, the Royaumont Foundation, Cabaret contemporain, Venice Biennale music festival, Polish Ministry of Culture. His works are partly published by Editions Jobert and are the subject of several CD and video recordings on the labels éOle Records, Radio France and Kaïros.

Dominik Karski

Born in 1972, Australian-Polish composer. He studied composition in Perth and Brisbane with Brian Howard and Steven Cronin. He completed PhD degree in composition at the University of Melbourne, also having studied at Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst Wien (Austria) under the mentorship of Chaya Czernowin in 2006-07. His music was recognised in Australia through awards such as the 2003 Albert H. Maggs Composition Award (The University of Melbourne) and the 1998 ABC Young Composers’ Award. The composer participated in the ISCM World New Music Days 2004 in Switzerland, Gaudeamus Music Week in Amsterdam in 2002 (honourable mention) and 2003, the International Andrzej Panufnik Young Composers’ Composition Competition in Krakow (1st prize), Akademie Schloss Solitude in Stuttgart, as well as international forums organised by Le Nouvel Ensemble Moderne: FORUM 2000 (Australia/Canada) and the 2001 Rencontres de musique nouvelle (Canada). The physicality of producing sound is the central focus in his works; his approach is directed at the quality of sound through focusing on the player-instrument relationship as the primary source of the musical substance. The compositional method involves close collaboration with performers with the aim to gain in-depth knowledge of performance techniques and instrumental properties.

Sławomir Kupczak

Born in 1979, studied composition with Wichrowski and computer composition under Stanisław Krupowicz and Cezary Duchnowski at the Music Academy in Wrocław. He has participated in international courses for young composers held in Radziejowice, Gdańsk, and Canterbury. He has held scholarships granted by the Minster of Culture, the Warsaw Autumn Friends’ Foundation, Ernst von Siemens Musikstiftung, the ZAIKS Authors’ Association. In 2006, his piece Anaphora VI received 4th prize at the 53rd UNESCO International Rostrum of Composers in Paris in the young composers’ category. Sławomir Kupczak’s compositions have been presented on the radio and performed at many concerts and contemporary music festivals in Poland and abroad, e.g. Musica Polonica Nova and Musica Electronica Nova in Wrocław, Warsaw Autumn, Audio Art in Warsaw and Krakow, Turning Sounds 2 in Warsaw (monographic concert), Synthese in Bourges, France, Sonorities in Northern Ireland, UNESCO International Rostrum of Electroacoustic Music in Rome, 53rd UNESCO International Rostrum of Composers in Paris, Velvet Curtain 2 in Lviv, Prix Italia, Polish Music Festival in Krakow (2006, 2008), Sounds New in Canterbury (2008), 21st Warsaw Music Meetings, 34th Music in Old Krakow Festival, Brand New Music in Katowice, Ohren auf Europa in Düsseldorf, and Polska!Year in Great Britain.

Mikołaj Laskowski

Born in 1988 in Gdynia, Poland, currently living in Berlin. He graduated with distinction from the Royal Conservatory in The Hague, where he was studying with Yannis Kyriakides and Peter Adriaansz in the years 2013-2015. Previously (2009–2014) he studied with Grażyna Pstrokońska-Nawratil at the Karol Lipiński Academy of Music in Wrocław. His works have been performed in Poland, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands and Czech Republic at such festivals as e.g. the Gaudeamus Muziekweek, Young Composers Meeting, Ostrava Days, Musica Polonica Nova, Musica Electronica Nova. He was awarded in competitions such as Generace (2012) and the Young Composers Meeting (2013). In 2014 he was granted the Witold Lutosławski Scholarship, and in 2015 he received a recommendation at the 62nd International Rostrum of Composers. He has participated in several composition workshops conducted among others by Christian Wolff, Pierluigi Billone, Jennifer Walshe, Bernhard Lang, Carola Bauckholt and Dmitri Kourliandski. He has had the privilege of working with such ensembles as musikfabrik, Asko|Schönberg, New European Ensemble, Slaagwerk Den Haag, Ives Ensemble, Ostravska Banda, orkest de ereprijs, TWOgether Duo, Kwartludium and others. He performs on cassette players, which are the main instruments used in his band, sultan hagavik.

Ryszard Lubieniecki

Born in 1992, composer, accordionist and improviser from Poland. He finished his 1st degree at the Academy of Music in Bydgoszcz (composition with prof. Bettina Skrzypczak and accordion with prof. Jerzy Kaszuba and dr Stanisław Miłek). Currently he continues his 2nd (master) degree in accordion performance at the Academy of Music in Bydgoszcz and 2nd (master) degree in composition at the Academy of Music in Wrocław with dr. hab. Cezary Duchnowski.

His music was performed at Contemporary Music Festival „Nowa Muzyka” in Bydgoszcz, 17th Annual Percussion Workshop Symposium Trstenice 2013 in Trstenice (Czech Republic), Gaudeamus Muziekweek (Netherlands), Musica Privata IV in Łódź, International Summer Course SYNTHETIS in Radziejowice (Poland). In 2014 he founded the contemporary music ensemble Trio Layers with students from Bydgoszcz (Zofia Ilnicka – flute, Jakub Wosik – violin).

As an improviser he is playing in Tomasz Dąbrowski Quintet, Trio Layers and won the prize for the best ensemble of CLASHES at the Art of Improvisation Creative Festival 2016 in Wrocław (with Michał Sember – electric guitar and Robert Jędrzejewski – cello).

Daniel Oliver Moser

Born in 1982, studied composition with (Alfred Stingl) Kärntner Landeskonservatorium and with Wolfgang Liebhart and Christian Minkowitsch (Konservatorium Wien Privatuniversität) and with Tristan Murail (Mozarteum Salzburg). His works were commissioned and performed by Ensemble XX. Jahrhundert, AsianArts Ensemble Berlin, MusicaAntiquaNova Buenos Aires, Trio Unidas, Ensemble Zeitfluss, Ensemble Reconsil, TENM, Guardini Stiftung Berlin, Ensemble Platypus, Ensemble Klingekunst, Acies-Quartett in Austria (Musikverein and Konzerthaus Wien), as well as within international concerts and festivals (MDR Musiksommer, ISCM World New Music Days, Forum Wallis, Musikbiennale Zagreb, Tage neuer Musik Graz, Festival Composit, KomponistInnenmarathon Wien). His works were recorded and broadcasted by ORF, NDR, MDR, RTV Slowenia, HRT Croatia. 2012.

Annelies Van Parys

Composer, b. 1975, studied at the Royal Conservatory of Ghent under Luc Brewaeys. Other important sources of inspiration for her musical voice and whom she met during her further studies are: Jonathan Harvey, Thierry De Mey, Luca Francesconi, Judith Weir. In 2006, Annelies was a guest for the first time at the World Music Days. She has won many awards for her work, such as Flandres-Québec, Jeunesses Musicales, Tactus, and Frere Darche and was awarded the prestigious Rolf Liebermann Prize for Opera (for the opera Private View).

Most Belgian ensembles regularly perform her work, and increasingly her music is also becoming a regular feature in the concert programmes of foreign ensembles. The New York New Music Ensemble premiered ‘Fragrances’ (2008) in Leuven; ‘Drifting Sand’ (2011) was premiered by Ensemble Recherche and is now regularly on its programmes, as are other works with ensembles such as Asko|Schoenberg and VocaalLAB Netherlands. Since 2008, Annelies Van Parys teaches orchestration, analysis and composition at the Royal Conservatory of Brussels. She is also Honorary Ambassador of the Royal Conservatory of Ghent.

Fernando Riederer

Born in 1977 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Between 1997 and 2002 he attended the Escola de Música e Belas artes do Paraná – EMBaP (School of Music and Arts of Parana – Brazil) studing composition with the PhD Professor Maurício Dottori. Since 2003 Fernando lives in Vienna, Austria and studied at the Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst Wien (University of Music and Dramatic Arts of Vienna) with the Professor Dieter Kaufmann and Professor German Toro-Perez. He is the co-founder of Platypus ensemble.

Bettina Skrzypczak

Born in 1963 in Poznan, Poland. She studied composition under Andrzej Koszewski at the Academy of Music in Poznan. In 1988 she moved to Switzerland and continued her studies in Basel with electronic music under Thomas Kessler and composition under Rudolf Kelterborn, she also studied musicology in Fribourg. She took part in the composition courses lead by Witold Lutoslawski, Luigi Nono, Henri Pousseur, and Iannis Xenakis. She was appointed a position as lecturer in music history, theory and aesthetics of music at the Lucerne Conservatory in 1995 and in 1996 she was the artistic advisor for the Contemporary Music Festival in Cracow. In 1996 she was elected to the board of the Foundation ‘Künstlerhauses’ in Boswil. Her works have been performed by leading musicians across Europe, among others by the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, the SWR-Sinfonieorchester Baden-Baden and Freiburg, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne, the Ensembles Contrechamps Geneva and Collegium Novum Zurich as well as soloists like Felix Renggli, Matthias Arter, Massimiliano Damerini and Eduard Brunner.

Tomasz Skweres

Born in 1984. Polish-Austrian composer and cellist, who lives and works in Vienna in Austria and Regensburg in Germany. He studied composition with Chaya Czernowin and Detlev Müller-Siemens and cello with Valentin Erben and Stefan Kropfitsch at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna. Tomasz Skweres won many international and national prizes, composition competitions and received scholarships (amomg others: Staatsstipendium für Komposition (government scholarship for composition) and Startstipendium of Austrian Ministry of Culture, the Prize for Music (Composition) of the City of Vienna 2015). Works by Tomasz Skweres are regularly performed by famous ensembles and musicians at renowned festivals all over the World, such as Wien Modern (Vienna), Biennial Bern, ISCM World Music Days 2016 in Korea/Tongyeong International Music Festival, Festival Musica 2015 in Strasbourg (France), Festival Klangspuren in Tirol (Austria), Festival Goslar Harz (Germany) and many others. He composed pieces commissioned by Radio Symphony Orchestra Vienna, by Konzerthaus in Vienna, Festival Wien Modern, Theater Regensburg, Philhamonic Orchestra Regensburg, Apollon Musagete Quartet, Ensemble Zeitfluss in Graz, Ensemble Wiener Collage and by many others. His pieces were broadcast in different countries (Austria, Gemany, Italy, Poland, Australia, Mexico) and recorded by professional labels as Genuine, Col legno, Orlando Records.

Jacek Sotomski

Born in 1987 in Olsztyn. He has graduated from Karol Lipiński Music Academy in Wrocław in Agata Zubel and Cezary Duchnowski composition class. His catalogue consists of pieces for solo instruments, chamber ensembles, small and big orchestras. He also writes electronic music, either in form of fixed audio fles (“tape music”) or live electronics, often accompanying acoustic instruments. His works have been performed on international and domestic festivals, such as, World Music Days, Young Composers Meeting, Warsaw Autumn, Ostrava Music Days, Festival Licences, Musica Polonica Nova, Musica Electronica Nova, Cinegogue, Cinemascope, in the Netherlands, Poland, Czech Republic, Belarus, France and Germany. He also scored few theatre plays that have been performed on festivals and have been included in polish theaters repertoire. He took part in several projects, workshops and courses with such ensembles as: ensemble musikFabrik, orkest de ereprijs, BERG Orchestr Prague, Chamber Orchestra of National Forum of Music and masterclasses with Bernhard Lang, Jennifer Walshe, François Sarhan, Lucia Ronchetti, Marko Ciciliani, Rebecca Saunders, Cathy van Eck and other.

In 2011 with Mikołaj Laskowski he started a band named sultan hagavik that uses old cassette tape players as instruments. So far, they have released 3 LP albums.

Alexander Stankovski

Born in 1968 in Munich. He has been living in Vienna since 1974. He studied composition at the Vienna Music Academy with Francis Burt and in Frankfurt with Hans Zender. He has received commissions from renowned Austrian institutions and ensembles such as Klangforum Wien, the ensemble „die Reihe“, Austrian Radio and the Vienna Konzerthausgesellschaft. His works have been performed at international festivals including Wien Modern, Frankfurt Feste, Musikbiennale Berlin, Schönberg Festival Duisburg, Moscow Autumn Festival or Musica Nova Sofia. From 1996 bis 2004 Stankovski taught as an assistent in the composition class of Michael Jarrell at the University of Music in Vienna. Since 1998 he has been working as a Senior Lecturer at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Graz.

Jorrit Tamminga

Born in 1973 studied Music & Technology at the Utrecht School of the Arts and at the Institute of Sonology at the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague. During both studies he focused on electronic composition, live electronics, spatialization and sound synthesis. His work sounds regularly in different settings all over the globe: in concert halls and venues (Madrid, Amsterdam, Berlin, Istanbul, Venice), festivals (Huddersfield, Murcia, Zürich, Stavanger), churches (Mechelen, Utrecht, Antwerp), on the streets, in factories (Goes, Twente) and from towers (New York, Kaunas, Almere).

Tamminga teaches composition electronic music at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam and sound design at Music & Technology. He composed works for speakers only (Barst), string quartet and live electronics (Zephyr Quartet-Powerchords), ensemble (Nieuw Amsterdams Peil–Cumulonimbus), saxophone and live electronics (Rosa Ensemble–Klep Dicht!), carillon and soundtrack (Inside Out, Waterslag) and gamelan and live electronics (Ensemble Gending-Tijdverspilling). In 2010 he composed the music for JANE, a new multimedia music theater piece with Izhar Elias, Erik Bosgraaf, Paul en Menno de Nooijer. With the same team he made the music theater performance Half the Horizon. Tamminga programmed live electronics for several music productions such as Void (Muziektheater Transparant), Faust (theatregroup Artery with the Nederlands Kamerkoor) and The Seven Chakras and Nada Brahma, compositions by Wim Henderickx.

Ewa Trębacz

Polish-American composer living in Seattle. Ewa Trębacz comes from Kraków, Poland, where she studied composition with Bogusław Schaeffer at the Kraków Academy of Music. In 2004 she became a doctoral student at the University of Washington Center for Digital Arts and Experimental Media (DXARTS), where she studied computer music with Richard Karpen and Juan Pampin. She graduated with a Ph.D. in 2010 with her audiovisual immersive work Errai. Currently Ewa works at DXARTS as a Research Scientist. Her works have been presented, performed or broadcast in over 30 countries on four continents. She has been a recipient of stipends and grants from the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation / USArtists International, the City of Kraków, and the Polish Ministry of Culture and Art, as well as commissions from the Klangspuren Festival in Austria, Polish Composers’ Union, the International Contemporary Music Festival “Warsaw Autumn”, and Seattle Modern Orchestra. In 2009, her work things lost things invisible for ambisonic space and orchestra, received a prestigious recommendation from the 56th UNESCO International Rostrum of Composers in Paris, associated with the International Music Council and representing 27 radio stations from around the world. Her recent projects are based on the idea of the separation and manipulation of spatial cues, both visual and sonic, in order to design a game of illusions, to create a continuum between the synthetic and live sources, and to challenge the borders of perceptual limitations.Her latest album can be streamed from Second Inversion’s website (an online channel of Classical King FM, Seattle): http://secondinversion.org/2014/07/07/465/.

Simon Vosecek

Born in 1978, Czech composer and chansonnier, studied composition at the Prague National Conservatory under Otomar Kvĕch. In 2002, Šimon moved to Vienna in order to continue studying composition at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna under Dietmar Schermann, Erich Urbanner and Chaya Czernowin. Šimon’s compositions have been performed across Europeand beyond, including the USA (MATA festival, New York), Japan (Tokyo), and the UK (Soundings 2014 at the Austrian Cultural Forum and Royal College of Music, London). He’s involved in operatic works like his first full-length opera Biedermann und die Brandstifter (2005-2007), for which he wrote his own libretto based on Swiss writer Max Frisch’s 1958 play. In addition to composing, Šimon is also an active member of a number of groups and associations such as LUX (which he helped co-found), IGNM and Platypus, which promote and put on performances of contemporary music. In 2012, Šimon joined the Austrian young persons’ theatre group, the schallundrauch agency, with whom he has worked on productions in the capacity of composer, performer, music director and artistic director. His newest work is the opera Trilogy of Medicin by Kristine Tornquist, which was commissioned by sirene Operntheater world-premièred in September 2016.