_____Richard Ayres was born in Cornwall in 1965 and at the age of fourteen ran away from home to become second cabin-boy aboard "The Redshank" a merchantman exporting china-clay from the central American Realquetas Islands. Under the critical guidence of the enlightened Captain James Stanshaw the crew formed a daily experimental arts group that avidly read and analyzed books such as Joyces' Finnigan's Wake, and most importantly for Ayres, performed the music of John Cage and works by composers associated with the Fluxus movement. It wasn't long before Ayres and other crew members attemted to write their own music. [24/11/2003]
_____Joanna Bailie was born in London in 1973. She completed a degree in music at the university of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, majoring in composition under the tuition of Roger Redgate. In 1995 two of her works were selected by the SPNM and she won a scholarship from the Countess of Munster Musical Trust to study privately with Richard Barrett. She has been living and working in Holland for the past three years, spending a year studying sonology at the Koninklijk Conservatorium in addition to having lessons with Barrett. Her pieces have been performed at the Haags Tumult festival, Gaudeamus Music Week, Sonic Acts in the Paradiso and the Posthoornkerk in Amsterdam. In 1998 her string trio, Magnifications, Matrix 1 was selected for the finals of the Gaudeamus competition. Her compositions have been performed by The Icarus Ensemble, The Nieuw Ensemble and Ensemble Contacten with forthcoming performances this season by Seth Josel and Slagwerkgroep Den Haag. She has also had lessons with Brian Ferneyhough and Michael Finnissy.
_____Richard Barrett was born in 1959 in Swansea. He studied genetics at University College London, and composition with Peter Wiegold and at Darmstadt in 1984. His works have won him the Kranichsteiner Musikpreis in 1986 and the Gaudeamus Prize in 1989. He has worked with performers such as the ELISION ensemble, the Arditti String Quartet, Ensemble Modern and others as well as writing works for symphony orchestra ('Vanity') and electronic music, in which he is also engaged as a performer and improviser. He is a teacher at the department of Sonology at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague. [25/02/2001]
_____Gerard Beljon (b. 1952)was born in Utrecht. He studied lute and guitar at the Utrecht and The Hague conservatoires. Afterwards he decided to specialise in composition, which he subsequently studied under Carlos Michńns and Daan Manneke. The clear forms and structures of much Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque compositions are an important influence on his work. But in addition he seeks the kind of direct emotion that music is able to express so well. Beljon wrote works for many soloists and ensembles including the Nieuw Ensemble, Ren_ Eckhardt, Harrie Starreveld, the Nederlands Kamerkoor and the Insomnio ensemble. His composition 'Aroma' won him the first prize of the Viennese composition contest for new music in 1997.
_____Born in Hamburg, Germany, Carl Christian Bettendorf is currently pursuing his doctoral degree at Columbia University, studying with Tristan Murail. Prior to moving to New York, he completed composition studies at the Schools of Music in Munich and Karlsruhe, working with Hans-Juergen von Bose and Wolfgang Rihm, respectively. In 1995, he attended Sir Peter Maxwell Davies' Summer School for Young Composers at his remote home in the Orkney Islands.
_____Bettendorf's works have been performed at major new music festivals such as the Munich Biennale, A*Devantgarde, Munich, and the "Composers' Arena" of the Gaudeamus Foundation, Amsterdam, and by orchestras and ensembles including the Jena Philharmonic, Germany, the Utrecht String Quartet, members of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, and the ERGO Ensemble, Toronto/Canada. In July 1997, his first opera Escorial after Michel de Ghelderode was premiered at the Prinzregententheater in Munich.
_____Among the numerous awards he has received are the Leonhard and Ida Wolf Memorial Prize of the City of Munich, grants from the Fanny Carlita, Franz Grothe, and Forberg-Schneider Foundations as well as a two-year scholarship from the State of Bavaria.
_____Since 1996, Bettendorf has been co-artistic director of the Munich-based ensemble piano possibile which he has also conducted frequently. The ensemble's first CD, released in 2000 on the German label CYBELE, includes his work Nachtstueck und Arie for soprano and ensemble, with a text by Ingeborg Bachmann. [29/09/2002]
_____Born 1967, Patrick David Clark's education includes a Master's degree in composition from the University of Arizona in the U.S., and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree earned at Rice University in the U.S. in May of 1998. Fellowships include Tanglewood (1997), June in Buffalo (1996), CSU Summer-Arts (Computer Music Program), California State University, Long Beach (1996), the Conductor's Institute of South Carolina (1995), and the Summer Course in Composition, directed by Ladislav Kubic in Prague, Czech-Republic (1994). From 1998 to 2001, Pat was in Holland to study with Louis Andriessen and Martijn Padding. _____Theatrical works have been the focus of Patrick's recent projects, including recent works based on Shakespeare, Kerouac, Herman Gorter and Louis Aragon. The Nederlands Ballet Orkest performed Patrick's work for symphonic orchestra, Wet Crimson on Chiricahua in September 2000. A CD was released by the Kaprizma ensemble in the Fall of 1999 including two works written for them. Nathan Davis is a versatile percussionist, teacher, and new-music activist. He plays in the duo Odd Appetite with cellist Ha-Yang Kim and is a member of the theatric percussion trio Rrrr.... Nathan earned Bachelors degrees in both composition and percussion at the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University. He was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to study at the Rotterdams Conservatorium in Holland with marimba soloist Robert van Sice, receiving an Artist diploma in marimba performance. He then received a Masters degree in percussion from Yale University. Nathan recently moved to Boston and is adjunct professor of percussion at Dartmouth College and Franklin Pierce College in New Hampshire. [31/03/2002]
_____Dominy Clements (1964) studied composition and flute at the Royal Academy of Music in London, and with Louis Andriessen, Gilius van Bergeijk and Frederick Rzewski at the Koninklijk Conservatorium in The Hague. His work has won several prizes, including the Piano Circus Composers Competition (1992) and the "Icebreaker" Composers Competition (1996), and he was finalist in The Third Edvard Grieg Memorial Competiton (1998) with "Concerto in Esse" for piano and orchestra. He currently teaches flute in Etten-Leur, performs with 3-Orm, Duo Hofinger and The Netherlands Flute-Orchestra, and is Podium-Bureau manager at the Koninklik Conservatorium. [22/04/2000]
_____Born in 1972 in Nova Scotia, Emily Doolittle has been playing piano and oboe since childhood, and began composing while a student at Dalhousie university. She continued her composition studies at Indiana University and, from 1997 to 1999, at the Koninklijk Conservatorium at The Hague, supported by a Fulbright scholarship. She is currently a doctoral student at Princeton University and is doing research on bird, whale, and other animal song and its relationship to human music. [31/03/2002]
_____Music by Brooklyn based composer Mark Gibbons is widely performed throughout the United States and Europe in settings such as the annual conference of the Society of Electro Acoustic Music in the US, the 92nd Street Y, Cami Hall, and Alice Tully Hall in New York. Performances in the Netherlands include how much, how little for violin and percussion, premiered at the Posthoornkerk in March of this year. Recent commissions have come from percussionist Danny Tunick, violinist Lydia Forbes through the Tera de Marez Oyens Foundation, and clarinetist Michael Lowenstern, among others. Awards include the National Orchestral Association Orchestral Reading Fellowship, the N.O.A. Chamber Music Competition, and the Ackerman prize. Mark studied composition with Milton Babbitt, David Diamond, John Lessard, and Daniel Weymouth. He holds a Ph.D. in composition from the State University of New York at Stony Brook, and a M.M. in composition from the Juilliard School. His music is recorded for the SEAMUS and New World labels. [21/10/2001]
_____Bryn Harrison studied composition with Gavin Bryars and briefly with Alvin Lucier and Christian Wolff during the 2001 Ostrava New Music Days. His music has been performed and broadcast widely including the 2001 ISCM World Music Days. He has established close working relationships with groups such as Ensemble Recherche, Apartment House and the London Sinfonietta. [24/11/2003]
_____Rocco Havelaar studied composition in The Hague and Rotterdam with Diderik Wagenaar and Klaas de Vries. He has been working as a free-lance composer and violist for several years. His works include two stringquartets, a piece for chamber choir and stringquartet, several songs, a work for Erard piano, 'some long breath could softly bring the fool in me to peace' for contrabassoon and more. Currently he is working on a small song cycle for ensemble Wendingen, on poems by Toon Tellegen. [24/03/2001]
_____Alex Hills was born in Cambridge, England, in 1974, and began playing the piano and composing at the age of 6. Following undergraduate studies at the University of Exeter, he was awarded an entrance scholarship to the Royal Academy of Music, where he completed both the MMUs and postgraduate diploma, studying with Michael Finnissy. In 1998 he moved to California to pursue doctoral studies with Brian Ferneyhough, first at UC San Diego and now at Stanford. His music has been widely played in England, by groups including the London Sinfonietta and the Sorrel Quartet, as well as in the Netherlands (at the 1999 Gaudeamus week), France and the USA. He is also a very active pianist, giving many first performances as well as playing a wide range of twentieth century music and more conventional repertoire. [27/01/2002]
_____Rozalie Hirs was born and currently lives. [29/09/2002]
_____Matthias Kadar (b. 1977)is a French composer living in The Netherlands. Between 1994 and 1996 he studied with Christian Lauba in Bordeaux. Then he moved to Amsterdam to study with Theo Loevendie. His graduation concert will take place this year. Kadar has written music for Het Trio, the Ricciotti ensemble, Annelie de Man, Hans Sparnaay and others. His arrangements of works by Loevendie for the Amsterdams Kwintet and Ricciotti are much performed in Europe. Soon America will succumb too. [19/02/2000]
_____Panayotis Leftheris was born in Greece in 1966. He studied Advanced Theory (harmony, counterpoint and fugue) at the Philipos Nakas Concervatory in Athens with Joseph Papadatos and Panayotis Adam and composition at the Royal Conservatory of the Hague with Luis Andriessen,Gilius van Bergeijk,Clarence Barlow and Martijn Padding.Some of his compositions have been performed in Greece and in the Netherlands. [22/04/2000]
_____Thomas Licata is a composer and theorist. He recently received his doctorate in music composition from the University of Maryland in the United States. As a composer, Mr. Licata has written numerous instrumental as well as electroacoustic works. His recent compositions have explored various aspects of computer-assisted composition, particularly toward the integration of sound synthesis and structural design. As a theorist, his interests are largely based in the 20th century where his current work centers on the application of various computer-based technologies toward the analysis of electroacoustic music. This research will be published in a forthcoming book, edited by Mr. Licata and to be published by Greenwood Press, about the analysis of electroacoustic music, entitled: "The Analysis of Electroacoustic Music". Currently, Mr. Licata is attending the Institute of Sonology in The Hague where he is enrolled in the Sonology Course. [22/01/2000]
_____Rob Manthey is a composer currently studying at Indiana University. He was born just outside of New York City in 1976, and music has been a part of his life from an early age. In high school he experimented with many musical instruments including French horn, bassoon and piano. Finally he came to composition as a way to integrate the information gained in his prior explorations. His works have been performed at various musical events including the summer music session at Fontainebleau, France and composition recitals at Indiana University, the Interlochen Arts Festival, and the New Jersey Governor's School for the Arts. His current teacher is Augusta Read Thomas and previous teachers include Betsy Jolas, Eugene O'Brien, and Don Freund. He plans to graduate from Indiana University in May of 1999 and, if finances permit, study with Louis Andriessen in the fall of 1999. Other interests of his include world history, foreign languages, and film.
_____Riccardo Massari (b.1966 in Verona, Italy) studied Architecture and Music (Piano and Composition) in Italy. After the Degree "Strumentazione per Banda" he perfectioned in Composition with Gyorgy Ligeti and Alessandro Solbiati. In 1997/1998 he followed the Sonology Course at the Koninklijk Conservatorium in Den Haag. Now he is studying with Clarence Barlow and Diderik Wagenaar for a post-degree Composition Master at the Koninklijk Conservatorium in Den Haag in the Netherlands. He made several recordings as a pianist on Warner Chappel (1994) and Nettel Records (1997), and also arrangements of film-music on Index Records Co. (1994-1996). Some of is compositions are edited by Berben Edition (Ancona, Italy). His visual composition Physique du RŮle III (Italy) is exposed in the National Gallery in Florence since september 1998.[13/03/1999]
_____Flutist and composer Ned McGowan holds degrees from the Cleveland Institute of Music and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. In Amsterdam, he has studied contemporary flute techniques and repertoire with Anne La Berge, and composition and Carnatic theory with Rafael Reina in the Contemporary Non-western Techniques courses at Sweelinck Conservatory. As a soloist, he has performed throughout Holland, Belgium, and France, in addition to with the the Muzik Fabrik, Scapino Dance Company, the Gene Carl Band, Insomnio, Kontacten, and ensembles lead by Rutger van Leiden and Harry Sparnay. This year he also performed in Israel in a collaboration with dancer/choreographer Livnat Riaz. As a teacher, he has given masterclasses in extended flute techniques and nontraditional sonorities at Sweelinck Conservatory, Aspen Music Festival,University of Southern California, University of California Los Angeles, University of California San Diego, University of Michigan, and the California Arts Institute. Currently, he is on the faculty of the Djam School in Amsterdam, and is the Director of The Karnatic Lab concert series at the Badcuyp. Other ensembles he performs with are the McGowan/Thomas Duo with guitarist Alan Thomas ,TONK, Bhedam, and Non Sequitur, a contemporary music ensemble. _____For the last three years, Mr. McGowan has received a fellowship award to attend the Aspen Music Festival as a part of the Aspen Contemporary Ensemble, including fall residencies in the Public Outreach Program. He has worked with many composers, including Ofer Ben Amots, Louis Andriessen, Elinor Armer, Derek Bermel, Douglas Boyce, Elliot Carter, George Crumb, John Harbison, Eugene Lee, Helmut Lachenman, Steven Mackey, Petros Ovsepyan, Bernard Rands, Michael Torke, and Mark Anthony Turnage. Having played jazz since a young age, he has worked towards a style that combines elements of classical, jazz, Carnatic, and improvised music for a solo CD - The Extreme Flute. Recently, his composition Moonrise, for solo flute was chosen as a finalist for the 1999 Gaudeamus Prijs. [22/01/2000]
_____Christophe Meierhans was Born in 1977 in Geneva. From 1997 until 2000, he studied composition at the conservatory of Amsterdam with Theo Loevendie, while still being active in the field of improvised music, as a guitar player. He now is pursuing he studies with Walter Zimmermann in Berlin, where he has been living since october 2000.
_____After a brief encounter with the institutional ways of making new music, he is now trying to concentrate his efforts on establishing long-term collaborations with other musicians, as well as on organizing performances, with the belief that, given the right conditions, sound could again become an abnormal event. [28/09/01]
_____Rüdiger Meyer, born in 1968 in Johannesburg, South Africa, studied at the University of the Witwatersrand for the degree of Bachelor of Music (specialising in composition) and undertook further musicological studies at the same university with a doctoral thesis on Change and Continuity in the Works of Morton Feldman. He furthered his studies with Younghi Pagh-Paan at the Hochschule f¸r K¸nste, Bremen on a DAAD scholarship and Diderik Wagenaar, Gilius van Bergeijk and Clarence Barlow at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague. He has also attended master classes with Klaus Huber, was a finalist in the Gaudeamus International Music Week (1997) as well as being selected for the Fourth International Composers Meeting in Apeldoorn (1998) and Nieuw Ensemble Composer's Workshop (1998). Recent areas of interest include the interaction of music with dance (he has participated as a composer in the EDDC's composer/choreographer workshop (2000,2001) ) and the visual arts. [02/12/01]
_____For the past two years, American composer Ketty Nez worked with Louis Andriessen, and now is living in Paris, studying computer music at IRCAM. _____As part of the finals of the 1997 Toru Takemitsu Composition Award, her orchestral work Afterimages was performed by the Tokyo City Philharmonic Orchestra last November, as well as her flute solo Daphnisyrinx. Also last fall, in Amsterdam at the Ijsbreker concert series, her chamber work Sanglots was premiered by Het Amsterdams Kwintet, and Byrd for Birds by the Malle Symen Blokfluitkwartet. Her chamber work Pir-Ondine was premiered last year by the Los Angeles Philharmonic New Music Group, and was recently performed again by the New York New Music Ensemble at the 1998 June in Buffalo festival. _____Her works have been played by ensembles in England, Holland, Germany, and Japan, where she spent a year studying privately with Michio Mamiya in 1988, and when she began writing for traditional Japanese instruments. The orchestral work Multi-Masking was read by the Women's Philharmonic at their New Music Reading Session in 1993. She has participated as fellow in the 1998 June in Buffalo Festival, the 1997 Britten-Pears School Composition Course (Aldeburgh, England), the 1996 California State University Summer Arts Composition Workshop, the 1995 Tanglewood Music Center, the 1989 and 1991 Aspen Music Festivals, and the 1990 Pacific Composers Conference (in Sapporo, Japan). _____After having completed her doctorate in composition at the University of California at Berkeley in 1994, she taught at San Francisco State University. While in San Francisco, she also co-founded two groups, the Brodo/Nez cello-piano duo and the Composers' Coalition, and performed as pianist with Earplay and Composers, Inc.
_____Arnoud Noordegraaf (1974) went to theatre school in Maastricht, before studying composition in Rotterdam and then in Den Haag. Besides his autonomous work, he has written music for theatre, dance and film, and in 1998 he got a grant from the Dutch "Fonds voor de Podiumkunsten" to attend the International Course for Professional Choreographers and Composers in England. In 1999 the Maarten Altena Ensemble will perform a new piece, currently under construction. He is also working on a new solo for Robert Black of Bang on a Can.
_____Toek Numan (b. 1971)is the son of a poet and a puppet-maker. He played recorder, clarinet and saxophone and began composing at the age of 18. Six months later he was admitted to the Sweelinck Conservatorium, where he was taught composition by Geert van Keulen. Immediately following his graduation he received his first commission from the VPRO television programma Reiziger in Muziek. He collaborated in several film and theatre productions, and wrote "Tovertuin" for the Amsterdams Kwintet and "Il Giocoliere Errante" for thet ASKO ensemble (both commissioned by the Fonds voor the Scheppende Toonkunst , the latter winning the Matthijs Vermeulen encouragement prize last year). [19/02/2000]
_____Petros Ovsepeyan (b. 1966)was born in Baku, Azerbeidjan. At the age of 5 he began composing music, and when he was twelve he had already penned forty works including three piano . In 1979 he moved to the U.S. and studied at the Indiana University School of Music. He was awarded the Deans Prize for 'top graduating student' and received his Doctor's degree in 1994. In 1995 a Fulbright Fellowship enabled him to study at the Amsterdam Sweelinck Conservatorium. His works have been performed by esembles such as the Doelen Ensemble, L'Iternaire, Manhattan Symphony and the Nieuw Ensemble. [19/02/2000]
_____Rosalind Page is a free-lance composer and writer. After studying music composition at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music from 1990-91, Rosalind continued her studies in North America, graduating Summa cum laude from the University of Delaware, U.S.A. Upon her return to Australia, Rosalind undertook studies at the University of New South Wales, where she received a Master of Arts (Theatre and Film Studies) in 1996. Rosalind has worked with the Gamelan Lake of the Silver Bear (U.S.A.), the Melbourne Theatre Company, New Music Tasmania and the Sydney Spring International Festival of New Music. Rosalind's recent composition Macula lutea (the first work in the composer's Kunstwerke cycle), dedicated to flautist Kathleen Gallagher, was co-winner of the Award for Most Outstanding New Composition at the 1999 Sydney Spring International Festival of New Music. Extrema: A Galilean Sarabande, composed for cellist Geoffrey Gartner, and the second work in this cycle, was premiered at the multi-media event Celestial Sites and Sounds, held in Sydney on March 4, 2001. The Kunstwerke cycle continues the composer's technique of allegorical composition, in which concepts arising in the fields of art and science are woven into a tapestry of compositional cohesion through an internal mathematical logic. A fully represented composer at the Australian Music Centre, Rosalind is currently completing a Ph.D. in Composition with Ross Edwards at the University of Sydney. [27/01/2002]
_____ClČo Palacio-Quintin (1971) grew up in QuČbec province and studied music at the UniversitČ de MontrČal (Canada) where she completed a Master degree in Flute Performance specialized in contemporary music (1997). Her previous studies also bore on different styles of music (classical, pop and jazz) and her work in the fields of music analysis and ethnomusicology as been of a great influence on her musical development. She did several performance courses with Robert Dick, and composition courses at the CEAMC (Centro de Estudios Avanz·dos en Musica Contempor·nea, Buenos Aires 1997), IRCAM (Institut de Recherche et CrČation Acoustique/Musique, Paris 1999) and Dartington International School of Music (1999). In 1998-1999, she was supported by the FCAR (Fond pour les Chercheurs et l'Avancement de la Recherche, QuČbec) to study flute performance with Anne LaBerge and to work on new compositions in Amsterdam. Since then, she lives in Holland where she is very active as a performer/improviser/composer. She is now studying at the Institute of Sonology of the Royal Conservatory in Den Haag to extend her flute playing and composition works with live-electronics. She builded a system of electronic controllers on her flute to be able to send data to a computer while playing. The acoustic sound of the flute can then be processed by the computer which is always under the control of her hands. Her creative activities have been supported by the Council of Arts of Canada and the Conseil des arts et des lettres du QuČbec. She is a member of the Meta-Orchestra (an international group of artists working with interactive live electronic systems linked up on a network, www.meta-orchestra.net ), and Het Nederlands FluitOrkest conducted by Jorge Caryevschi. [13/12/2001]
_____Juliet Palmer is a New Zealand composer and sound artist based in Toronto. Following graduate studies in clarinet and composition at Auckland University, she moved to New York in 1990 to work with composer/performer Meredith Monk. Palmer completed her PhD in composition at Princeton University in 1999. Her teachers include Louis Andriessen, Brian Ferneyhough, Eleanor Hovda, Paul Lansky and Steve Mackey. Palmer's work has been featured on ABC's Listening Room (Australia), BBC Radio, CBC Radio's Two New Hours, American Public Radio, Radio New Zealand and at New York's Bang On A Can Festival, Royaumont's Voix Nouvelles (France), San Diego's Emerging Voices Festival, SoundCulture Japan, the Huddersfield Festival (UK), Ars Electronica (Austria), Australia's Adelaide Festival and the New Zealand International Festival. Her sound installations have been presented by New Zealand's Artspace Gallery and Toronto's Mercer Union. Performers of Palmer's music include Les Percussions de Strasbourg, the Bang On A Can All-Stars, Piano Circus, the California EAR Unit, Continuum (Canada), Robert Black, sopranos Dana Hanchard and Lisa Bielawa, Guy Klucevsek, Ensemble fńr Ny Musik (Gńteborg, Sweden), Present Music, the Albany Symphony's Dogs of Desire, Dinosaur Annex, Marimolin, the Auckland Philharmonia and the New Zealand String Quartet. Palmer has received grants from Canada Council, Creative New Zealand, Ontario Arts Council, Toronto Arts Council, The Queen Elizabeth II Arts Council of New Zealand, Meet the Composer, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Mary Flagler Cary Charitable Trust, the American Music Center and the New Zealand-China Educational Trust. [24/03/2001]
_____Damien Ricketson was born and grew up in Wollongong where amongst other activities performed in the world-folk ensemble Sea Gypsies. He completed his Bachelor of Music at the Sydney Conservatorium (1995) before pursuing further studies in both The Netherlands and Poland. He has studied with composers such as Louis Andriessen and Bozidar Kos. Much of Damien's music has been performed by Ensemble Offspring, of which he is co-director, as well as performances by Germany's MusikFabrik, the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, Sydney Alpha Ensemble, Melbourne's Libra Ensemble and the Crash Ensemble of Ireland. He has received commissions from Symphony Australia and the Australian Chamber Orchestra. He recently returned from computer music research at IRCAM (Paris) and won an award in the 2001 Andrej Panufnik Competition (Poland). He is currently a doctoral student at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. [27/01/2002]
_____Magnus Robb was born in Edinburgh in 1970. His early experience in music was as a viola player, and he only began composing at the age of sixteen. During a tour with the National Youth Orchestra of Scotland he met the composer John McLeod and from him received his first composing lessons. Delphi for chamber orchestra, chosen to be played by the Nederlands Radio Kamerorkest during the 1991 Gaudeamus International Music Week, was written while Robb was a student of David Blake at the University of York. After a year spent at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, he moved to the Netherlands to spend three years studying with Louis Andriessen at the Royal Conservatory, The Hague. Skyn for solo viola was composed during this period and has been performed by the dedicatee Scott Dickinson in both the UK and the Netherlands. January 1995 saw the premiere of The Ancient Language of the Birds, performed by the singer Linda Hirst and the Chamber Group of Scotland. _____When not composing Robb's main preoccupations are ornithology and ethnomusicology. During the summer of 1995 he travelled to Tuva in southern Siberia, financially assisted by a Scottish Arts Council Travel Bursary. While there he attended a festival of overtone-singing or Khoomei and made many hours of birdsong recordings on the steppes and in the taiga. A composition which arose from this experience was Summoning Dawn - the rubythroat dreaming, for solo mezzo-soprano, commissioned by BBC Radio 3 and premiered by Linda Hirst. Sprosser - hallucinations of purity, for untuned percussion and four string players, was completed for the Ives Ensemble for performances in November 1998. Other recent compositions include a string quartet Blood Foliage which was premiered by the Yggdrasil Quartet during the Edinburgh International Festival and Mysteries of Acquaintance for two singers, which was supported by a Scottish Arts Council Creative Artists Bursary. Magnus Robb lives and works in Amsterdam. Future projects include a composition for the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra.
_____1963 born in Rehau/Hof - studies of musical theory with hubert Nordhoff at the Konservatorium of W˝rzburg - composition with Prof. bertold Hummel and prof. Heinz Winbeck - 1987 won the compositionprize of the town of stuttart (SPECTRALS f˝ 19 blîser , 2 schlagzeuger einen pianisten und mikrophon) - among other prizes intern. Compositionprize forum Juner komponisten - 1989 official german entrance for the world music days in oslo - 1991 official german entrance for the world music days in Z˝rich - 1991 1. Prize of 1. International Vienna compositioncontest initiated by Claudio abbado - 1993 half year scholarship at the Cite International des Arts in Paris - 1993 lecturer for composition and analysis at the 15. Sommerakademie f˝r Bildende Kunst, Musik und Theater Neuburg - 1996 cd with chamber music - 1996 composer in residence at the university of mManchester - since 1997 lecturer for musical theory at the fachakademie f˝r Musik W˝rzburg - since 1989 broadcast of almost all works, performances in the Frankfurter Feste, M˝nchener Biennale, Wien Modern, Weltmusiktage Z˝rich - since 2000 all works published by peermusic New York - Hamburg [29/09/2002]
_____Matthew Shlomowitz studied composition with Bozidar Kos (Sydney Conservatorium), Michael Finnissy, and with Brian Ferneyhough at Stanford University where he received his doctorate. He co-formed Ensemble Offspring in Sydney and +- in London/Brussels. [24/11/2003]
_____The composer writes, "I often speak about music as a physical and active art form. I like to think that I am obsessed by this aesthetic - at least, I call it an aesthetic. It is truly one of the most compelling elements of music, that is, music that suggests movement. More specifically, with my music, I want the observer, the listener, to feel the corporeal rigour in the music. I want you to be exhausted by the end of the ordeal(positive experience)".
_____D. Andrew Stewart currently lives in Paris, France, working as a freelance composer and linguistic consultant. Most of his current activities are in The Netherlands, Canada and France. His music has also been featured in The United States, Germany, Mexico and Austria. Out of the more memorable experiences, Andrew Stewart remarks upon his time spent conducting his Natural Distortions for the American College Band Directors National Association. He enjoyed a summer fellowship at the Tanglewood Music Center followed by composers' courses in Radziejowicach, Poland. Following this, he was a co-founder of the highly successful Dutch artists' collective Concerten Tot en Met in Amsterdam. For the last six years, Andrew Stewart has also been participating in R. Murray Schafer's AND WOLF SHALL INHERIT THE MOON, which Stewart identifies as an essential element in being Canadian.[03/01/2004]
_____Erik Ulman studied principally with Brian Ferneyhough at UCSD, as well as with Helmut Lachenmann at the Stuttgart Musikhochschule. He has taught at UCSD and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His music has been performed by the Arditti Quartet, Cygnus Ensemble, Nonsense Company, Nieuw Ensemble and SONOR. [24/11/2003]
_____Martijn Voorvelt (b. 1967)began composing in secret at the age of 13, after he received his first guitar lessons from an uncle. As a composer he is still self-taught, apart from a few lessons during the 1997 International Young Composers Meeting. In 1994 he was the first Dutch composer to win the EOE Optiebeurs-prijs; in the following year 'Raging, Building' was compulsory for the contestants of the National Violin Contest at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw. From that moment on he has taken his chamber music more seriously, sidetrackingd his highly unsuccessful career as a singer-songwriter. Meanwhile, as a musicologist he has received his Doctor's degree at the University of Leeds (England) for his dissertation on experimental post-punk pop music. [19/02/2000]
_____Samuel Vriezen was born in 1973. After doing very well at Kindergarten, Elementary school, Gymnasium, and the University of Amsterdam, he decided to become a composer. God bless him. [22/04/2000]
_____Benedict Weisser was born in New York City in 1967. He holds degrees in composition from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music (Bachelor of Music, 1989), and the City University of New York (Ph.D., 1998). He was Assistant Professor of Composition at Oberlin for a year and a half (1997-98), and now studies on the post-graduate level with Louis Andriessen at Koninklijk Conservatorium. Among Benedict's activities in Holland is his work with the film director Frank Scheffer. He is currently an editor, scenarist, and artistic advisor for a number of films about contemporary music, one of which,
, was shown this past New Year's Day on the VPRO as part of their "millenium film project." Another film, ( remix), will be premiered at the Rotterdam Film Festival in February, and at the Underground Film Festival in New York in March. In addition, Benedict will be part of the new "Radiolaboratorium" at the Walter Maas Huis in Bilthoven, where he has been invited to create new pieces to be aired on Dutch radio. [22/01/2000]
_____Mark Williams was born from American parents in Germany, 1958. He quit undergraduate school in the early 80's and in 1987 moved to New York, where he lived as a ballet and modern dance pianist. In 1992 he published a book of piano music for ballet class and entered graduate school at the Indiana University School of Music. There he completed a masters degree in 1994. Since then he has been enrolled as a doctoral student and taught undergraduate music theory, including two and a half years as Honors Instructor of Theory. His music in recent years has been performed in Amsterdam, Fontainebleau, Halifax (Nova Scotia), and at other universities in the U.S.. In 1992, he won the Fontainebleau prize in composition and was recommended for an award by the American Academy of Arts and Letters. His principal teacher at Indiana has been Don Freund. [22/01/2000]
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