Dimitris Economou (Thessaloniki, Greece, 1984) studied Composition at the Department of Music Studies – School of Fine Arts of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki with Professor Christos Samaras. In 2008 he moved to York in the UK where he completed his Master of Arts in Composition with Professor William Brooks at the University of York. Currently he is studying towards a Ph.D. at the Department of Music Studies – School of Fine Arts of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki supervised by Christos Samaras.
He has received awards and distinctions such as the Royal Philharmonic Society Composition Prize 2009 (UK), Charities Philharmonia Young Composers Award 2009 (UK), 8th Composition Competition Y. A. Papaioannou 2007 - 2nd Prize (GR), Contemporary Music Workshop in Thessaloniki Concert Hall 2006 - 1st Prize (GR), 3rd International Competition for Composers 2006 by the Mediterranean Music Centre - 2nd Prize (GR), Composition Competition for the 20 Years of Foundation - School Of Fine Arts - A.U.Th 2006 - 3 equal (GR), Contemporary Music Workshop in Athens Concert Hall 2005 - 3 equal (GR), 1st National Chamber Music Festival 2003 - 3 equal (GR), among others. In 2011 he was awarded the Scholarship of Excellence in Ph.D. Studies by the Research Committee of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.
His works have been commissioned by ensembles and orchestras such as the Athens State Orchestra (GR), Philharmonia Orchestra (UK), Trio IAMA (GR), Greek Ensemble for Contemporary Music (GR) and others. He has also collaborated with the dissonArt Ensemble (GR), Charities Philharmonia (UK), Chimera Ensemble (UK) and the Lontano Ensemble (UK). His music has been performed in the UK, Greece, Germany and Cyprus in venues such as the Royal Festival Hall (UK), Athens Megaron Concert Hall (GR), Thessaloniki Concert Hall (GR) and is published in compilations by Dissonance Records and Irida Classical.
Noriko Koide (1982-) is a Japanese composer, whose eclectic works encompass a wide spectrum stretching from rigorous contemporary music composition on one end to pop, playful and improvisatory performance on the other. Currently she works mainly in the Netherlands and Japan, and her compositions have been internationally performed by prestigious ensembles and orchestras, including Tokyo City Philharmonic Orchestra, New Japan Philharmonic, Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, Asko Schönberg Ensemble, Nieuw Ensamble, and broadcast on Japanese and Dutch TV and radio stations. She has received numerous awards including Akutagawa Award for Music Composition (2007), Idemitsu Award (2008), and Arion Prize (2011). Recently, her compositions were performed at various international music festivals, including Gaudeamus Music Week, Shanghai New Music Week, and Music From Japan Festival in New York.
In addition to expanding her burgeoning compositional outputs, Koide has co-founded two projects involving various artists beyond the narrow confines of music: the lovely avant-garde pop duo "Kishibojin Fumin Girls," and "Skebeningen'" a multidimensional art group project exploring Japanese eroticism. In these projects, she works as a performer as well as a composer.
Koide has graduated from Tokyo College of Music in 2008 and from Conservatorium van Amsterdam in 2011, obtaining two master's degrees, both with the highest distinction. She has studied with such prominent figures including Toshio Hosokawa, Shin-ichiro Ikebe, Sunao Isaji, and Wim Henderickx. Currently, she is a student in Royal Conservatory of The Hague.
Panayiotis Kokoras (Greece, 1974) studied composition with I.Ioannidi, K. Varotsi, A. Kergomard and classical guitar with E. Asimakopoulo in Athens, Greece. In 1999 he moved to England, for postgraduate studies where he completed his MA and PhD in composition with T. Myatt at the University of York with funds from Arts and Humanities Research Board (AHRB) and Aleksandra Trianti Music Scholarships (Society Friends of Music) among others.
His works have been commissioned by institutes and festivals such as FROMM (Harvard University) IRCAM (France), MATA (New York), Spring Festival (The University of York), Gaudeamus (Netherlands), ZKM (Germany), IMEB (France), and regularly performed in over 400 concerts in 70 cities around the world. His compositions have received 40 distinctions and prizes in international competitions among others Prix Ars Electronica 2011 (Austria), Métamorphoses 2010 & 2000 (Belgium), Giga-Hertz Music Award 2009 (Germany), ECPNM 2009 (Sweden), Bourges 2009, 2008 and 2004 (France), Gianni Bergamo 2007 (Switzerland), Pierre Schaeffer 2005 (Italy), Musica Viva 2005 and 2002 (Portugal), Look and Listen Prize 2004 (New York), Gaudeamus 2004 and 2003 (Holland), Jurgenson Competition 2003 (Russia), Seoul international competition 2003 (Korea), Takemitsu Composition Award 2002 (Japan), Noroit Prize 2002 (France), CIMESP 2002 (Brazil). Moreover, they have been selected by juries at more than 100 international call for score opportunities.
Panayiotis Kokoras' sound compositions develop functional classification and matching sound systems written on what he calls Holophonic Musical Texture. His works include significant influences of the electroacoustic studio upon acoustic instrumental compositions and vice versa. Panayiotis Kokoras??creative output consists of 50 works ranging from acoustic works to mixed media, improvisation and tape.
He is founding member and President of the Hellenic Electroacoustic Music Composers Association (HELMCA). He taught at the Technological and Educational Institute of Crete - Department of Music Technology and Acoustics. Since October 2005 he has been lecturing at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki ??Department of Music Studies, Greece. His music is published in 30 CD compilations by Spectrum Press, NOR, Miso Musica, SAN / CEC, Independent Opposition Records, ICMC2004 and distributed in limited editions by LOSS, Host Artists Group, Musica Nova, Computer Music Journal (MIT Press), Dissonance Records and others.
Born in 1982 in Taichung, Taiwan, Wei-Chieh Lin’s compositions range from a variety of solo instrumental music to orchestral works, small and large ensemble music, vocal and choral music, as well as Jazz and pop arrangements. His compositions have been performed and premiered at Avery Fisher Hall, Alice Tully Hall, and Peter Jay Sharp Theater at Lincoln Center, Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Chelsea Art Museum, and Jordan Hall in Boston. Additional performances and premieres also took place in Taiwan and Japan.
Mr. Lin’s large chamber ensemble work, Dialogues (2004), commissioned by Joel Sachs for the New Juilliard Ensemble, was premiered in Alice Tully Hall in 2004. His chamber ensemble work Traveling What Seems to be a Straight Line (2005), was choreographed by the members of the Juilliard School Dance Division and was subsequently premiered in Alice Tully Hall in 2005. His orchestral work, Retrospection (2006-7), winner of the 2008 ASCAP/Morton Gould Young Composer Award, the Palmer-Dixon prize, and a finalist for the Minnesota Orchestra Composer Institute, was premiered by the Juilliard Orchestra conducted by Jeffery Milarsky at The Peter Jay Sharp Theater in 2007.
His latest orchestral work, Suite (2007), was commissioned by the Hudson Symphony Orchestra for the inauguration of the president of the St. Peters College. His first choral work, Bring Me Back My Homeland (2008-9), commissioned by the Formosa Performing Art Association, was premiered by Chi-Yi Chen and the Formosa Chorus in Avery Fisher Hall in July 2009.
Fabian Santcovsky (Barcelona, 1989) is currently studying Composition at the Escola Superior de Música de Catalunya (ESMuC), where he has received classes of Gabriel Brnčić and Mauricio Sotelo. He has attended to master classes of composers Helmut Lachenmann, Klaus Huber, Salvatore Sciarrino, Mauricio Sotelo, Daniel Ott, Aureliano Cattaneo, Hilda Paredes, Menahem Zur, José María Sánchez-Verdú and Miguel Gálvez-Taroncher. In his early studies he has also attended to different Composition Workshops and Jazz courses in Belgium and Spain.
In 2011 his work for ensemble “Estado y Sistema” was selected to be played between the winner compositions in the final concert of the competition “Creación Joven 2011” organized by the Instituto de la Juventud de España (INJUVE). His work for accordion and clarinet called “Desierto y Oasis” won the first prize in the IV International Composition Competition “Francisco Escudero”, and will be premiered the forthcoming September in Zarautz, Euskadi. His works have been premiered by the Choir of the Cathedral of Barcelona, Cuarteto Impromptu, Zahir Ensemble and Ensemble BCN-216 in the Cathedral of Barcelona and in the concert halls Auditorio 400 of Reina Sofía Museum in Madrid, Universitat Pompeu Fabra of Barcelona and L’Auditori of Barcelona.
He has composed for ensemble, string quartet, mixed choir and solo instruments, and he is currently working on his first piece for orchestra.
Antonin Servière is a composer, teacher and a musician. While he completed higher instrumental studies (First Prize of Saxophone in 2004, Master’s-level teaching certification in 2005), he studied orchestration with Alain Louvier from 2001 to 2003 and composition with Philippe Leroux from 2004 to 2006. He pursued his study of composition with Michael Jarrell, Luis Naon and Eric Daubresse (new technologies) from 2007 to 2010 at the Conservatory of Geneva (HEM), Switzerland.
Concerned with History and speech about music, Antonin Servière completed a whole curriculum in Musicology (Bachelor, Master, Ph.D). He is the author of a doctoral thesis about Jean Sibelius. His career is now devoted both to composition, artistic research and teaching. Recently, he has been more and more interested in the narrative and rhetorical dimension of music. Antonin Servière was selected for the summer courses of Centre Acanthes (2010-2011), in “Voix Nouvelles” of the Abbaye de Royaumont (2011) and took classes with Brian Ferneyhough and Beat Furrer among others.
His works have been played by Nouvel Ensemble Moderne (Montréal), Ensemble Contrechamps (Geneva), Les Cris de Paris (choir), Orchestre National de Lorraine and Ensemble Zagros (Helsinki). In 2011, Antonin Servière was finalist of the “Italia 150” competition in Matera (Italy), and the San Fedele foundation in Milan (2010-2013). Among his current projects are a piece for ensemble (9 instruments) commissioned by Ensemble Uusinta (Helsinki), another by Ensemble Proton, Bern, and a musical theater piece (ARCAL / Royaumont Abbey). During the summer 2012, Antonin will be artist in residence in Monthey, Switzerland.
Benjamin Oliver lives in London and is working as the AHRC Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Composition for Cochlear Implant Users and as a lecturer in composition at the University of Southampton; and as a freelance composer, electronic musician, pianist and educator.
Ben was born in 1981 and grew up in Chatham, Kent, in the UK. He left home for Yorkshire and in 2005 graduated from the University of Leeds with distinction in his MMus in Composition. He recently completed his DPhil in Composition at the University of Sussex (graduation in January 2011) under the supervision of Sam Hayden where he was also an associate tutor in composition. He received financial support from the AHRC and a 2006 PRS Foundation Scholarship for his doctoral work.
Ben’s music has been performed internationally and in the UK by ensembles including: Orkest de Ereprijs (International Young Composers Meeting 2010, The Netherlands), Ostrava Banda (Ostrava Days Festival 2009, Czech Republic), Leeds University Union Symphony Orchestra, Black Dyke and Rothwell Temperance Brass Bands, LIMA Orchestra, Dan Stern’s Woodwork (London Jazz Festival 2008), The Mobius Ensemble with Hackney CYM Children’s Choir (Spitalfields Festival 2010), Yorkshire Philharmonic Choir, Labyrinth, Retorica Duo (Odessa Festival 2008, Ukraine), Musarc (London Festival of Architecture 2010), Kosmos, EMFEB Chamber Orchestra, NYX trio and Leeds Sinfonia. His fifty minute work Fasten Your Seatbelts, which aligned his own quartet with electronics, was premiered to critical acclaim at the 2007 Soundwaves Festival in Brighton. Groups including Orkest de Ereprijs, Gemini Ensemble and the Royal Academy of Music Manson Ensemble have performed his music in workshops.
Víctor Ibarra was born in Guadalajara, Mexico in 1978. He studied the license in flute in the National School of Music at the National University of Mexico with Rubén Islas; also he studied composition with José Luis Castillo and Hebert Vázquez, later in Paris with Edith Lejet and in the conservatory of Geneva with Michael Jarrell.
He has taken some master classes, important flute and composition courses and seminaries with central personalities including the summer courses of Acanthes in 2008 and 2009, with Salvatore Sciarrino, Ivan Fedele, Wolfgang Rihm and Fabio Nieder as guest composers.
His work has obtained some distinctions and recognitions including the INJUVE-CDMC composition prize in Spain (2006), the prize of the Zeitklang composition contest in Austria (2008), the “Taller Sonoro” ensemble commission (2009), the 1st prize of the ALEA III international composition contest in the USA (2010), 1st prize in the II Composition Contest at the National Auditorium of Music -BBVA foundation in Spain with his work "Silensis" for orchestra (2011).
Víctor Ibarra has received commissions and invitations from important festivals and ensembles in the United States, Latin America and Europe. He has won some scholarships developing his work: the National Fund for Arts and Culture of his country and the scholarship for Excellency in Arts by the French government.
He has just finished his Masters with honours, obtaining the Salabert foundation prize, at the National Conservatory of Music in Lyon with Robert Pascal.