BRIAN CIACH (USA)

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Brian Ciach (born 1977) is an award-winning composer and new music pianist from Philadelphia, whose music has been described as "remarkably inventive" (Herald Times) and "beautifully scored, always clear and full of arresting sounds and images, held together by intuitive dramatic plans that draw the listener in" (Aaron Jay Kernis, Pulitzer Prize-winning composer). His music is evocative and attractive in its imagery, often using intrepid instrumentation and imaginative formal concepts woven from a free and accessible tonal language.
www.sigh-ackmusic.org

 

NUNO DA ROCHA (PORTUGAL)

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Nuno da Rocha studied Composition with Vasco Mendonça, Carlos Marecos, Luís Tinoco, Carlos Caires and António Pinho Vargas. He took masterclasses with composers such as Nigel Osborne, Louis Andriessen, Richard Ayres, Martijn Padding, Jan van de Putte, Micheal Smetanin and Helena Tulve. He was selected to take part in the ENOA Workshop "Composing for Voice" with Magnus Lindberg and Barbara Hannigan. In September 2014 his orchestral work "I could not think of thee as piecèd rot" for Soprano and Orchestra was performed by the Gulbenkian Orchestra and the soprano Inês Simões conducted by Magnus Lindberg. Nuno da Rocha is one of the nominated composers for the TOTEM (Théâtre Opéra Texte et Écriture musicale) 2017-18 at the Festival d’Avignon in France.

 

DANIEL DAVIS (PORTUGAL)

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Daniel studied composition with Sérgio Azevedo, António Pinho Vargas, and Luís Tinoco. His primary interest lies in spectral music and the development of an elaborated compositional process. Daniel´s method of creating music can be compared to the construction of a Swiss Watch, involving many carefully arranged parts and details, shaping subtle transformations from one sonic element to another. Composers who influenced his music are Thomas Adès, Julian Anderson, Robbin Holloway, Lutoslawski, Mahler, Sibelius, and Beethoven.
www.danieldaviscomposer.com

 

FREDRIK GRAN (SWEDEN)

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Fredrik Gran is a composer from the Vällingby suburb in Stockholm, Sweden. He is interested in the musical potential of machinic and mechanical processes and in experimenting with new performative strategies. His work covers orchestral, chamber, vocal, electroacoustic and live electronic music, as well as music for installations, dance, digital and visual art. Fredrik's music has been recognized internationally, performed at festivals such as Nordic Music Days (Copenhagen, DK), SICMF (Seoul, KR), Tage Neue Musik (Weimar, DE), ISCM (Vancouver, CA), Festival MANCA (Nice, FR), NoiseGate (NYC, US) and has been primed in many competitions such as Codes d'Acces (CA) and Swedish Art Music Prize. He studied composition at the Music Academy in Stockholm and at McGill University in Montreal, where his doctoral research is connected to the Center for Interdisciplinary Research in Music Media and Technology (CIRMMT).
www.fredrikgran.com

 

BRIAN HARMAN (CANADA)

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Brian Harman’s compositions are frequently inspired by extra-musical ideas such as technology, architecture, dance, and concepts of ritual. In 2016 he was the recipient of the KM Hunter Artist Award for Music. In 2013 he worked closely with Georges Aperghis at the Impuls Festival (Austria). His orchestral work Supposed Spaces was selected to be part of Canada’s 2013 submission to World New Music Days. Brian received his Doctor of Music from McGill University in 2012.
www.brianharman.ca

 

WILL HEALY
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Will Healy is a composer and pianist based in New York. Known for his "lushly bluesy" sound and "adroitly blended... textures" (New York Times), he is the artistic director of ShoutHouse, an ensemble of 15 hip-hop, jazz, and classical musicians. In addition, he is an accomplished pianist specializing in Bach, with a repertoire that includes the complete Goldberg Variations and WTC Book 1. Recent awards include a 2017 Charles Ives Scholarship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, an ASCAP Morton Gould Award, a W.K. Rose Fellowship, and prizes in the Juilliard and Kaleidoscope Orchestra Composition Competitions. Healy’s work has appeared at The Apollo Theater, Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, The Greene Space, and on radio stations around the world. Healy is the recipient of the Richard Rodgers Scholarship at The Juilliard School, where he studies with John Corigliano.
www.willhealymusic.com

 

BEN PHELPS (USA)

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Called "feisty" and "impressive" by LA Times, Ben Phelps is a an active composer, percussionist, and founder of things. His music has been called "enchanting" (LA Weekly), "a riot" (LA Times), and has been praised for his "nuanced irony" (The Artificialist) and "Hindemithian seriousness" (LA Times). He is a managing director of What’s Next?, a leading post-classical new music event and performance collective in Southern California, and has performed and collaborated extensively with many of the country's leading composers and new-music musicians. In addition to championing experimental and ground-breaking music, he enjoyed a long collaborative partnership with multimedia puppeteering company Rogue Artists Ensemble, and has traveled the world as an assistant conductor to Lord of the Rings Live. He lives and works in Los Angeles, where he is also an amateur satirist and urban planning enthusiast.
www.benphelpscomposer.com

 

MATAN PORAT (ISRAEL)

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Composer and Pianist Matan Porat was born in 1982 in Tel-Aviv.
His works have been commissioned and performed by the Geneva Camerata, the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin Academy, the Israel Symphony Orchestra and by such renowned performers as Andreas Scholl, Maria João Pires, Kim Kashkashian, Avi Avital, Cuarteto Casals and Nicolas Altstaedt. They were premiered at the Berlin Philharmonie, Wigmore Hall, Gewandhaus Leipzig and Schleswig-Holstein festival. Porat has been the composer in residence at the Lockenhaus festival, festival Mizmorim in Basel, Chamberfest in Cleveland and at Intonations festival in Berlin. David Orlowsky’s CD, featuring Porat’s work “Lux Aeterna,” has won the ECHO Award in 2011; Porat’s piece “Whaam!”, recorded by pianist David Greilsammer for Sony, was released in 2012.
www.matanporat.com

 

OLIVER RAPPOPORT (SPAIN)

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Oliver RAPPOPORT is a Freelance composer, Codirector of the "Festival Mixtur". He began studying music in San Marcos Sierras, Argentina and when his family moved to Chile he studied composition at the Unirverdad de Chile. In 2000 he returned to Spain and continued composition studies in the ESMuC (Barcelona), CNSMDP (Paris) with Agustín Charles, Gabriel Brncic, Luís Naón, Helmut Lachenmann, Emmanuel Nunes. In addition he has attended master classes with Jonathan Harvey, José Manuel López López, Mauricio Sotelo, Magnus Lindberg among others.
He continued his studies at IRCAM Paris (Cursus), UdK/Hanns Eisler/Technische Universität Berlin and Kings College London.
He has received grants, prizes and commissions for a variety of instrumental and electroacoustic works.

 

SERGIO RODRIGO (BRASIL)

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Sérgio Rodrigo (born 1983 in Diamantina/Brazil) studied composition at the Federal University of Minas Gerais. He has participated in several composition festivals meeting composers such as Silvio Ferraz, Claude Ledoux, Stefano Gervasoni, Lasse Thoresen, Samir Odeh-Tamimi, Peter Eötvos, Chaya Czernowin and Brain Ferneyhough. His music has received important awards in Brazil such as the "Camargo Guarnieri" composition award and the “Tinta Fresca” orchestral composition award.  In 2012, his piece “Braids” has been awarded during the Festival Domaine Forget in Canada. His music has been performed by ensembles and orchestras such as Ensemble Intercontemporain, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Philharmonic Orchestra of Minas Gerais, Exaudi Vocal Ensemble. Since 2015 he studies with Ivan Fedele at the Accademia di Santa Cecilia in Rome.

 

NISSIM SCHAUL (USA)

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Nissim Schaul is a Paris-based American composer with a penchant for unusual sonorities and ancient instruments. His music for period and modern instruments takes the flexibility of much Baroque notation as a point of departure.
The New York Times calls Nissim's music "spare and whispered, with a dissonant but compelling edge that keeps you fascinated." In October 2014, Nissim and the Baroque ensemble Flying Forms released the CD, New Music for Old Instruments, which Cdhotlist.com says is “strange and genuinely engaging... I promise you’ve never heard a baroque violin and harpsichord sound quite like this.”
www.nissimmusic.org