Susanna Mälkki has recently been appointed Chief Conductor of the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, effective from the 2016/17 season.
A much sought-after artist on the international conducting circuit, Susanna Mälkki’s versatility and broad repertoire have taken her to symphony and chamber orchestras, contemporary music ensembles and opera houses across the world.
The London Sinfonietta’s mission is to place the best contemporary classical music at the heart of today’s culture; engaging and challenging the public through inspiring performances of the highest standard, and taking risks to develop new work and talent. Founded in 1968, the ensemble’s commitment to new music has seen it commission over 350 works, and premiere many hundreds more.
Mieko Kanno first came to international attention when she became a prize winner in international competitions such as the Carl Flesch (1986), Queen Elisabeth of Belgium (1989) and Hannover (1991). Later she developed an interest in performing contemporary music and won the Kranichsteiner Musikpreis at the Darmstadt New Music Institute in 1994. Since then she has been a prime exponent of new music for violin throughout Europe and given many first performances as soloist as well as in ensembles. She is dedicated to the development of a new identity for the violin and her experimental work in this area includes performing on the Violectra electric violin and electronics and commissioning works for it. She has taught at Durham University, UK (2001-2012) and the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (2013-present), and is especially known for her pioneering work on subjects such as complex notation and microtonality.
Roberto Fabbriciani studied flute with Severino Gazzelloni and composition with Camillo Togni. A highly original performer and versatile artist Roberto Fabbriciani is internationally recognized as among the leading flautists, an innovator of flute technique, expanding the sonic possibilities of the instrument through his personal research.
For a long period he worked with Luigi Nono at the experimental study of the SWF (Soutwest German Radio) in Freiburg, opening radically new musical pathways.
“… The amazing Fabbriciani” Luigi Nono (1981).
“… Whatever he plays is always the best way.” John Cage (1989).
“… I have the greatest admiration for his fabulous flute art.” György Ligeti (1991).
He has collaborated with some of the greatest composers of our time: Luciano Berio, Pierre Boulez, Bussotti, John Cage, Elliot Carter, Niccolò Castiglioni, Aldo Clementi, Luigi Dallapiccola, Luis De Pablo, Franco Donatoni, Brian Ferneyhough, Toshio Hosokawa, Ernest Krenek, György Kurtág, György Ligeti, Bruno Maderna, Olivier Messiaen, Ennio Morricone, Luigi Nono, Goffredo Petrassi, Henri Pousseur, Wolfgang Rihm, Salvatore Sciarrino, Karlheinz Stockhausen, Toru Takemitsu, Isang Yun, many of whom dedicated important works of which he gave the world premiere. He has performed as a soloist with conductors Claudio Abbado, Ernest Bour, Riccardo Chailly, Peter Eötvös, Vladimir Fedoseyev, Michael Gielen, Cristóbal Halffter, Djansug Kachidse, Vladimir Jurowsky, Peter Maag, Bruno Maderna, Riccardo Muti, Giuseppe Sinopoli, Lothar Zagrosek and orchestras such as the Orchestra of la Scala in Milan, the Orchestra of Santa Cecilia, RAI orchestras, London Sinfonietta, Orchestre Symphonique de la Monnaie, WDR Cologne, SWF Baden-Baden, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Bayerischer Rundfunk, Munich Philharmonic.
He has participated in major international festivals such as the Venice Biennale, the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Ravenna, London, Edinburgh, Paris, Brussels, Granada, Luzern, Warsaw, Salzburg, Vienna, Lockenhaus, Donaueschingen, Cologne, Munich, Berlin, St. Petersburg, Tokyo, Cervantino, Wellington, and others. He has recorded several records and CDs, many of them critically acclaimed
As soloist and chamber musician, Irish pianist Mary Dullea has built an impressive reputation as a performer and commissioner of new music performing internationally. She broadcasts regularly for BBC Radio 3 and RTE Lyric FM. She appears on CDs for NMC, Delphian, Altarus, Divine Art, Convivium and MN Records. Concerto appearances include RTE Concert Orchestra, KZN Philharmonic Orchestra and a BBC commission with Lontano.
Since 2008, Mary has curated Soundings in collaboration with the Austrian Cultural Forum, London and is the pianist in The Fidelio Trio. She is Artistic Director of ‘Chamber Music on Valentia’ held annually in August.
Mary is Director of Performance at Royal Holloway University of London.
SILJE AKER JOHNSEN
Silje is educated at the Grieg Academy of Music in Bergen, Universität der Künste, Berlin and holds a master degree in classical singing from the Norwegian Academy of Music, Oslo. She is now a performing Artistic Research Fellow at the Opera Academy at the Academy of Arts, Oslo. She has during her studies and career had a strong focus on the contemporary music repertory in addition to the baroque and classical vocal repertory.
She has interpreted roles as Io in The Io Passion by Harrison Birthwistle with Berliner Kammeroper in Konzerthaus Berlin and the female part in A Gentle Spirit by John Tavener with the same company. Silje performed at The National Theatre of Norway in the piece I år skal det være moderne by Liv Heloe.
Silje worked as a dancer in the Polish Dance Theatre, where she danced in pieces by choreographers like Ohad Naharin. She has been performing in the dance music piece Thousand Rooms, with choreography by Gunhild Bjørnsgaard and music by Georges Aperghis at the Coda International Dance Festival, Oslo and in festivals in France. Recently she sang the female part “Mia” in the new opera Simon by Gerhard Stäbler at the Norwegian Opera and Ballet in 2015.
Silje has premiered numerous vocal pieces and has guested festivals like Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, Die Donaueschinger Musiktage, Ultima Contemporary Music Festival and Bergen International Festival.
In 2013 she was awarded the title “Performer of the Year” by the Norwegian Composer’s Union.
Thorolf Thuestad is a sound artist, composer, sound designer, and art and music technician. He studied musicology, music technology and composition at the University of Trondheim, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and at the Utrecht School of arts where he graduated with an MA.
DeciBellsXXL are a convergence of musicians who along with their classical training share a great interest in other cultures. In addition to their work as percussionists in the Basel Symphony Orchestra, Szilàrd Buti, Siegfried Kutterer and Domenico Melchoirre established a percussion ensemble with the express purpose of combining the conventional with the unexpected and the archetypical with the inventive. The ensemble had its debut at the 2008 Museum Night of Basle, Switzerland.
Always curious about unknown works and styles, DeciBellsXXL is always seeking to cooperate with a wide variety of artists: be it the Ethnoimprovisation artist Barni Palm (Bali/Basle), the Norwegian cult band “FAT BATTERY”, the outstanding Jazz trio „Vein“ or the french painter and performer Christophe Hohler.
The trio also develops concepts for larger projects, whether they be of pedagogical nature like workshops or events spanning entire evenings.
DeciBellsXXL have been invited repeatedly to the Percussive Art Festival in Warsaw, Poland, and performed with great public and critical acclaim at the renowned “Borealis” Festival in Norway. Concerts in mayor cities of Europe. With their extraordinary program they had concerts tours in India as well as in China and Taiwan.
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The American Flutist Carin Levine is one of the most renowned flautists of her generation. She studied at the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati with Jack Wellbaum (Flute) and Peter Kamnitzer (Chamber Music). She continued her studies with Aurèle Nicolet at the Hochschule für Musik in Freiburg/Breisgau Germany. As a solist as well as chamber musician she performs in major international music festivals throughout Europe, Asia, North and South America. Carin Levine has won numerous awards and prizes including the prestigious Kranichstein Musikpreis for the Interpretation of Contemporary Music and the 2010 Cultural Award (Kulturpreis) Diepholz in Lower Saxony. She is most recently the Ambassador for the Youth Hospice Lionsheart in Syke, Lowersaxony.
Her interest in new developments in the field of modern music has evolved into extensive and continuous collaboration with composers such as Brian Ferneyhough, Dror Feiler, Toshio Hosokawa, Mauricio Kagel, Liza Lim, Alvin Lucier, Claus-Steffen Mahnkopf, Younghi Pagh-Paan, Gwyn Pritchard, Josef Anton Riedl, Giacinto Scelsi, and Dieter Schnebel, all who have dedicated many works to her. Of upmost importance is her close association with young composers. Here too, many new works for flute have been written for her by Trevor Baca, Eduardo Moguillansky, Alwynne Pritchard, Eva Reiter, and Miroslav Srnka. to name a few. Her extensive repertoire includes more than 900 premier performances.
Carin Levine is the Artistic director of the Youth Contemporary Music Ensemble for Lower Saxony, Germany.
ROHAN DE SARAM
Rohan de Saram is one of the world’s most distinguished cellists, master of classical and modern music. Born in the UK, he then spent his first ten years in Sri Lanka where he started the cello. As soloist, Rohan has played throughout Europe, Asia, USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the former Soviet Union, with the major orchestras & conductors. His USA debut was at the Carnegie Hall with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, at the invitation of Dmitri Mitropoulos.
Leading composers have written for him including Iannis Xenakis, Henri Pousseur and Luciano Berio.
For many years Rohan was cellist of the Arditti Quartet, giving hundreds of world premieres of new works written for them. Whilst with the Arditti Quartet, they were awarded the Siemens prize for their services to music and a Grammy Award for their recording of works by Elliott Carter, including his Sonata for cello and piano and his work ‘Figment’ for solo cello.
Copyright: Rohan de Saram
Ensemble Platypus is a young and energetic formation in the field of contemporary music. Its roots lie in the older association of the same name, which started originally as an initiative by young composers. Thus, it represents a natural development of ideas and idealism already propelling the work of the first duckbill.
These include the highest artistic and musical standards as well as a serious advocacy for aesthetic and programmatic pluralism, an effort towards accessibility and a general low-threshold policy in all concerts and projects. In this respect, it also is the groups’ resolve to realise projects which transcend and question conventions present in music today. Furthermore, the group places an emphasis on young and little-known composers, of which a large number of commissioned pieces and world-premieres bears testimony. The equal representation and equal judgement of women and men, be it in decision-making, concert programmes or other artistic ventures, is another primary guideline of its work.
From this fertile soil grew a large number of cooperations and concerts with partners like Wien modern, Wiener Konzerthaus, Klangspuren Schwaz, Forum Neue Musik Wallis, Bienal do Música Hoje in Curitiba/Brasil, IGNM/ISCM, ÖGZM (Austrian Society for Contemporary Music), sirene operntheater and the Label col legno. In addition, the ensemble realises concert series and exchange projects of their own accord (Mexico 2009, Germany/Czech Republic/Great Britain 2011, Brasil 2011/2013, Argentina 2013, Japan 2014, Mexico 2015) and ties close connections with composers such as Bernhard Lang, Peter Ablinger, Georg Nussbaumer, Manuela Kerer, Tamara Friebel, Maria Gstättner […].
Alwynne Pritchard is a British vocalist, performer, artist and composer based in Bergen on the West coast of Norway. She studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and the Royal Academy of Music in London, and has a PhD from the University of Bristol. She also studied voice with mezzo-soprano Linda Hirst. Alwynne’s compositions and performances have been heard across Europe, America and Indonesia, and she has worked with leading musicians and ensembles across the globe. In 2015 she formed the music-theatre company Neither Nor with her partner Thorolf Thuestad.
As a vocalist, Alwynne has performed both improvised and composed music. In 2015 she commissioned nine new music-theatre miniatures for her solo DOG/GOD project from Adam de la Cour, Vinko Globokar, Hollie Harding, Felix Kubin, Helmut Oehring, Trond Reinholdtsen, François Sarhan, Gerhard Stäbler and Øyvind Torvund. These were premiered at the Bergen International Festival and, as well being performed at London Ear, Alwynne will present selected works from the project at festivals in Trier and Weimar in 2016 and 17.
As well as developing three projects for Neither Nor (The Art of Violin Playing, Hamlet Machine and Kafka Underground (the latter two both with Scènes Théâtre Cinéma, Lyon) Alwynne’s current projects include a new work for the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and her own voice, for Ilan Volkov’s Tectonics festival in Glasgow, 2016.
Uroboros Ensemble was formed in 1982, bringing together some of Britain’s most accomplished and best-known instrumentalists. The group was founded by the composer Gwyn Pritchard who remains their current Artistic Director and Conductor. After a dormant period from 1996 to 2003 the group was revived, retaining some of the original players who have been joined by new-comers, once again drawn from Britain’s most distinguished performers of contemporary chamber music. The ensemble’s concerts may include from three to eighteen players.
Uroboros Ensemble has performed extensively throughout Britain and abroad, and presented a number of major concert series in London. They have appeared in international festivals including the Warsaw Autumn Festival, The International New Music Week, The Reggello International Festival in Italy, The Weimar Spring Days for Contemporary Music and many others. They have made many recordings for radio and television, and can be heard on CD on the Etcetera label.