Ed Bennett composer

Ed Bennett was born in Bangor, County Down, Northern Ireland. His music, which has been described in the press as “anarchic” (Irish Times), “manic” (Classical Music), “brutal” (The Guardian) and “beautiful” (Gramophone) often combines acoustic, electronic and multimedia elements.

His work has been commissioned and performed internationally by many diverse artists, ensembles and organisations including the BBC, RTE, PRSF, Music Network, Moving On Music and the arts councils of England, Ireland and Northern Ireland.

He studied composition and electronic music in the music department of North Down College and at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London and has also participated in international courses in Holland and Germany. He is currently based at Birmingham Conservatoire where he is the recipient of a research fellowship and active as a teacher in the composition department.

His works have been featured at many festivals including the Gaudeamus (Amsterdam), Huddersfield, Bath International, City of London, Homecoming (Moscow), Crash, Sonorities, Sonic Circuits, Bourges, the BMIC Cutting Edge Series, Park Lane Group (South Bank) and Concerto Fresco (Berlin).

He was a finalist in the British Composer Awards and in 2007 he was a featured composer in the RTE National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland’s Horizons series where a portrait concert of his orchestral music was given. His work Ausland for orchestra was awarded the first prize in the Tactus Composers Forum in Brussels, Belgium in 2006. His music has been widely broadcast on radio and CDs have been released on the Lorlelt, Enzyme, CMC and NMC labels.

Other awards include a 2004/05 and 2005/06 PRSF Scholarship, the Smith Quartet and Transfusions competitions, Holst and Hinrichsen Foundation Scholarships, and the Kilfedder award for artists working in North Down. String Factory for violin and electronics was selected for the residence category at the 2002 International Competition of Electroacoustic Music and Sonic Art at Bourges, France and El Tigre received an honourable mention in Insulae Electronicae 2003.

In the autumn of 2008 Ed Bennett was artist in residence at the Irish Cultural Institute in Paris.

www.edbennett.co.uk

Joe Cutler composer

Joe Cutler's music has been described as “propulsive” (BBC Music Magazine), “alluring” (Scotsman), “neurotic” (Re-Diffusion) and “the best thing to come out of Neasden since Twiggy” (Gramophone).

His music has been performed in over 30 countries and on 6 continents including performances at venues such as Bang-on-a-Can Music Marathon (New York), Gaudeamus Music Week (Amsterdam), Opera City (Tokyo), Musik Monat (Basle). Since the late 1990s he has spent a considerable amount of time in the Netherlands, working with such groups and performers as Orkest de Ereprijs, Orkest de Volharding, Netherlands Wind Ensemble, Harry Sparnaay, Annelie de Man and Tomoko Mukaiyama, whilst in the UK he has worked particularly closely with Darragh Morgan, Mary Dullea, Robin Michael, Sarah Leonard and Noszferatu (an ensemble which he co-directs).

In recent years he has also written a number of orchestral pieces and has worked recently with the London Symphony Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra, BBC Concert Orchestra, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Swedish Chamber Orchestra, The Orchestra of the Swan and the RTE National Symphony Orchestra. His has worked both in the concert hall and outside, working with visual artists such as Tom Dale, Jaap Drupsteen and Gary Ward and has written music for the National Theatre, London. Since 2000 he has taught at Birmingham Conservatoire where he is currently Head of Composition.

In June 2008 a portrait CD of his works was released on NMC and was one of Gramophone Magazine's Top 20 Releases of the Year. He also won the 2008 British Composer Award in the chamber music category for Folk Music, commissioned by the Smith Quartet. He is one of 20 composers commissioned by the 20x12 scheme for new works for the 2012 Cultural Olympics.

www.joecutler.com/

David Fenessy composer

David Fennessy was born in Maynooth, Co Kildare. He began his musical studies at the DIT Conservatory of Music, studying guitar with John Feeley and composition with Eibhlis Farrell. He gained a BMus in performance from Trinity College, Dublin, in 1997 and a MMus in composition with James MacMillan at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in 2000.

His works have been performed by the National Chamber Choir, the Castagneri and Zephyr Quartets, Synchronia and Concorde, among others. He received many commissions, including those from RTÉ Lyric FM, Music Network, the Paragon Ensemble, Concorde, and the Dundee Guitar Festival.

Awards include first prize in the 1998 New Music for Sligo Composers’ Competition for his work, ‘Nightpiece’. In 2000 his first string quartet, ‘graft’, was shortlisted for the Gaudeamus Music Week prize while his choral work ’Aimhreidh’ was recorded by the National Chamber Choir and released on the Black Box Label.

David Fennessy is currently a composition lecturer at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama.

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Robert Fokkens composer

Robert Fokkens is a South African composer based in London. His music has been performed in many major venues in the UK (including the Wigmore Hall, Purcell Room and Royal Festival Hall), South Africa, Germany, the Netherlands, Australia, the USA and Japan, and broadcast on BBC Radio 3. Performers of his music include Pierre-Andre Valade, Ernst Kovacic, Ian Partridge, Martyn Brabbins, the South African National Youth Orchestra, Oliver Coates, The Fibonacci Sequence, the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, rarescale, Trio Fibonacci, Tim Murray, Harriet Mackenzie, juice and soprano Claire Booth. His music has been published in the journal The Liberal and in Choir and Organ magazine, and recorded on the Herald and South African National Youth Orchestra labels.

Robert studied at the University of Cape Town and the Royal Academy of Music, and held the Manson Fellowship at the RAM. During this time he worked with many composers including George Crumb, Sir Harrison Birtwistle, Thomas Ades, Simon Bainbridge, Poul Ruders, and Mauricio Kagel. He completed his PhD at the University of Southampton in 2007, where he was supervised by Michael Finnissy.

Throughout his studies, Robert was generously supported by a number of prizes and scholarships, including a Countess of Munster Musical Trust bursary, the South African Music Rights Organisation Overseas Scholarship, a National Arts Council of South Africa award, an Overseas Research Scheme scholarship and a bursary awarded by the Royal Academy of Music. His doctoral studies were also supported by a University of Southampton Major Studentship.

Robert is currently Vice President of New Music South Africa, the South African section of the ISCM, and teaches composition and academic music at Trinity College of Music’s junior department.

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Reinhard Fuchs composer & electronics

Reinhard Fuchs (*1974) first studied accordion at the Brucknerkonservatorium Linz (1991-1995) and then trained as a composer with Michael Jarell (1996-2002). In 1997/98 he spent a year at the University of Miami, Florida. Further valuable impulses for his compositions derived from his studies with B. Ferneyhough, M. Stroppa, M. Lindberg, K. Huber and others. In 1997, he also founded the composers' group Gegenklang together with colleagues.

In addition to composition commissions by renowned ensembles and organisers (Klangforum Wien, Vienna Konzerthaus, Konzerthaus Berlin, Musiktage Donaueschingen etc.), Reinhard Fuchs can look back on several international prizes and awards. His compositions have been performed by ensembles such as Klangforum Wien, Ensemble Intercontemporaine, RSO Wien, Les Percussions de Strasbourg, Arditti Quartet and conductors the likes of Johannes Kalitzke, Matthias Pintscher, Beat Furrer, Susanna Mälkkias well as at festivals such as Wien Modern, Salzburger Festspiele, Musiktage Donaueschingen, Musikprotokoll, Hörgänge, Konzerthaus Berlin, Contemporary Music Festival Alicante, etc.

The next projects are performances with Basel Sinfonietta, Wiener Klaviertrio, SONEMUS, Ensemble Wiener Collage. He is also artistic director and general manager of Ensemble PHACE (www.phace.at).

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Elisabeth Harnik composer

Elisabeth Harnik, free-lance composer and pianist, was born 1970 in Graz and currently lives in Gams (County of Styria / Austria). She studied classical piano and later - with Beat Furrer – composition at what is now the University of Music and Performing Arts, Graz. She started her artistic career both as interpreter of her own works as well as pianist and singer in various areas of improvised music.

Performances include: Easterfestival Graz 2002, Hörfest Graz 2003/04/05, Styrian Chamber Music Festival 2003, Klangmühle Orth an der Donau 2005, Munich Opera Festival 2006, Mozart-Year Vienna 2006, Paul Hofhaimer Musiktage 2006, Composers’ Forum Mittersill 2008, Haydn Year 2009, Festival 4020 Linz 2009, Soundings Festival London 2010, Opera Graz, etc. She has worked with renowned artists and ensembles such as the Ensemble für Neue Musik Graz, Ensemble Zeitfluss Graz, Ensemble Reconsil Vienna, Haydn-Trio- Eisenstadt, Thürmchen Ensemble Cologne, Trio AMOS Vienna, Trio EIS Vienna, the Vienna Motet Choir, the Vocal Ensemble Chiaroscuro Graz, Fidelio Trio London, the RSO Vienna and various national and international soloists. 2011 the Musikprotokoll (Steirischer Herbst) features Elisabeth Harnik with a new Ensemble-piece commissioned by the Klangforum Vienna. She received a great number of rewards and prizes, most recently she was Artist in Residence at the OMI International Arts Center New York 2010. In addition to her work as composer she appears as improvisator at various national and international festivals such as the V:NM Festival, the Ulrichsberger Kaleidophon, the piano festival Soundgrube Vienna, the Artacts Festival St. Johann, the Nickelsdorfer Konfrontationen, the Beethoven Festival Bonn, the Festival Offene Ohren Munich, the Comprovise Festival Cologne, the Alpenglow Festival London, the Musicacoustica Beijing or the Umbrella Music Festival Chicago.

www.elisabeth-harnik.at

Emily Howard composer

Composer Emily Howard studied Mathematics and Computation at Oxford University and often draws on the physics of the natural world as her inspiration. She came to critical attention with Magnetite, commissioned by Liverpool European Capital of Culture 2008 for the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, the first in a series of strongly imagined and acclaimed orchestral works. The Financial Times wrote of her recent UBS Soundscapes: Pioneers commission for the London Symphony Orchestra, Solar, that it “manages to suggest galactic power on a compact scale and sets a trajectory of inexorable slow movement that took it convincingly in a single revolution to the final bar”.

Howard’s music is performed and broadcast internationally by leading orchestras and ensembles. Current projects include a piano concerto for pianist Alexandra Dariescu commissioned for the Liverpool Mozart Orchestra’s 60th Anniversary with support from the PRS for Music Foundation, a new work for the Elias Quartet commissioned by the Nicholas Boas Trust and Zátopek! a 12 minute opera commissioned by Second Movement as part of New Music 20x12, a programme of new works for the 2012 Cultural Olympiad.

Howard is a featured composer at Wien Modern 2011 where performances of her work will include the Austrian première of Magnetite and the world première of a new orchestral work commissioned by Wien Modern. Calculus of the Nervous System will be performed by the ORF Radio-Symphonieorchester Wien conducted by James MacMillan at the Wiener Konzerthaus on 20th November in a programme which also includes Solar and works by Birtwistle, Cerha and Resch.

Howard teaches composition at the Royal Northern College of Music and holds a Doctorate in Composition from the University of Manchester. She is Honorary Research Fellow in Composition at Liverpool Hope University and the first UBS Composer in Residence in conjunction with the LSO at the Bridge Academy, Hackney. Howard is the recipient of a Paul Hamlyn Foundation Award for Composers.

www.emilyhoward.com

Gerhard Krammer composer

Gerhard Krammer was born in Oberwart, Burgenland in 1965 and has been a composer, studio musician and arranger since 1983, without ever committing to certain instrumentations and genres. His work includes music to film clips by the Austrian Broadcasting Corporation, as well as pieces for concerts, sound installations and compositions for childrens' musicals. He was part of various synesthetic projects where he collaborated with Norbert Frühwirth (e.g. with music by Messiaen, Cage, Stockhausen, Kurtág, Boulez and Liszt). He has worked freelance at the Austrian Broadcasting Corporation (ORF)/Landesstudio Burgenland in Eisenstadt since 1989 and as the Artistic Manager of the Cultural Festival for Children and Families Castle Forchtenstein Fantastisch in Forchtenstein since 1996. Krammer also acted as a president of the association of Composers and Performers in the Burgenland – KIBu from 1998-2000 and has been Musical Director of the international workshops 2001 Ziel 1 = Kunst = Ziel 1 in Oslip for the past 9 years. Beside these activities, Gerhard Krammer also teaches music theory, aural training, musical form and general musical theory and performance at the Institute Oberschützen - Expositur KUG in Oberschützen.

www.gerhardkrammer.net

Claudia Molitor composer

Claudia Molitor is a composer whose work articulates a dynamic pluralism which draws upon the tradition of classical music but also extends across contemporary art practices, such as video art, installation art, sound art and visual art. In her practice, the score often become a site of exploration in which the conventions of notation, the qualification of sonic phenomenon and the historical hierarchies of sound are interrogated.

Claudia’s work is regularly performed and broadcast throughout Europe and has been performed at festivals such as Wien Modern, Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, Ecat, the VI Festival de Musica Contemporania de Girona, the ÖBV Grabenfest, Sonic Explorations at Kingsplace and the Wire Magazine’s “Off the Page” festival. She has been commissioned, amongst others, by the London Sinfonietta, hcmf//, the BBC, Sound and Music and the Royal Philharmonic Society. Recordings have been included in releases on the Jerwood Series, NMC Recordings, ORF 1 recordings and Sub Rosa. She is currently working on an opera for Cryptic and hcmf// in 2012.

She has worked collaboratively with many artists, choreographers and video artists. She is one part of the performance art inspired duo Lemon Drizzle and is co-founder and festival director of Soundwaves Festival, a music and sound focussed multi-arts festival which takes place annually in Brighton (UK) in July.

http://www.claudiamolitor.org/

Johannes Maria Staud composer

Johannes Maria Staud was born in Innsbruck, Tyrol, on 17 August 1974. However, nothing would be further from the truth than to call him a 'Tyrolian composer'. In no way is he a provincial figure – in fact, ever since he joined Universal Edition in 2000, at the age of 26, he has become one of the most successful composers of his generation, with prestigious commissions from some of the greatest orchestras and festivals in the world.

Staud and his publisher have every reason to be proud that Sir Simon Rattle has asked him for a composition for the Berlin Philharmonic (Aperion, 2004/2005), that the Salzburg Festival commissioned a cello concerto from him to be premiered as part of celebrating the 250th anniversary of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s birth in 2006 (Segue, 2006). Heinrich Schiff was the soloist, Daniel Barenboim conducted the Vienna Philharmonic. The Cleveland Orchestra under Franz Welser-Möst gave the first performance of On Comparative Meteorology (2009) and the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra have received the score they have commissioned for string quartet and orchestra (On Deceptive City Maps and the Temptations of Winter Nights. Dichotomie II). Riccardo Chailly will be premiering it with the Gewandhaus String Quartet.

Such lists could eventually become tiresome and perhaps smack of publicity, but they do give an indication of the extent to which Staud’s music has found widespread recognition on the highest level. To cite one more example: the Staatskapelle Dresden has appointed him capell compositeur for the 2010/2011 season. He is to write three new works for the orchestra and its principal conductor, Fabio Luisi.

Let us take a look at those titles once again: Apeiron was inspired by ideas of Leonardo da Vinci and the Greek philosopher Anaximander. In Segue, Staud has orchestrated a Mozart fragment for violoncello and piano and succeeded brilliantly not only in making it sound like genuine Mozart but also in finding a transition to his own music which gives the listener goose-pimples. On Comparative Meteorology and On Deceptive City Maps and the Temptations of Winter Nights conjure up the world of Bruno Schulz, the Polish-Jewish writer and graphic artist whose writings have deeply impressed the Austrian composer. Finally, Dichotomie II is a reference to the string quartet of the same title (1997/1998). Staud rarely resorts to the method of taking an early piece and re-working it to produce a new one; it is more usual for him to create a series of compositions where the Roman figures (such as Incipit III. Esquisse retouchée II for trombone solo, 2 horns, 3 percussionists and string orchestra) inform one of its links to earlier pieces of the cycle.

Staud is an avid reader and draws inspiration from world literature. He is also an appreciative and sensitive observer of the contemporary art scene (with Bruce Nauman among those who have directly influenced him; cf. Violent Incidents. Hommage à Bruce Nauman for saxophone solo, wind ensemble and percussion, 2005/2006. Film is for him also an art form capable of awakening musical ideas (Black Moon for bass clarinet, 1998, was inspired by Louis Malle’s film of the same title) – the list could be continued indefinitely.

Staud has shaken off early enough the supposed expectations of the music world for a young composer to write in an 'avant-garde' style. Neither does he look back at his predecessors to produce pieces easy on the ear, to please conservative audiences. He has found an idiom all of his own marked by meticulous work on the large form as well as on the tiniest details (his beautifully written scores are a faithful mirror of this); he takes a long time over each new composition and is its most critical listener at the premiere. His acute self-criticism has led to some revised versions, such as Segue or One Movement and Five Miniatures for harpsichord, ensemble and electronics.

Johannes Maria Staud’s compositions have all cleared that most difficult hurdle of all: having a second performance. In fact, his music is being taken up by soloists, new music ensembles, chamber groups and orchestras all over the world (including the Far East) so that a tradition of interpretation is in the making – a sign that Staud’s music could be here to stay.

www.universaledition.com/Johannes-Maria-Staud/

Johanna Wozny composer

Joanna Wozny was born in 1973 in Zabrze, Poland, completed her Masters of Philosophy in Katowice, and simultaneously began her composition and music theory studies in 1996 at the University in Graz, which she completed with distinction in 2003. In 2002/2003 Joanna Wozny additionally received composition classes from Younghi Pagh-Paan.

Her compositions up to now cover the entire spectrum of instrumental music, and range from electronic music and solo pieces to orchestra music. Her music has been performed by ensembles such as Klangforum, Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra and Ensemble Collage and at renowned festivals. Her works are being published by Edition Juliane Klein since 2007.

She has been honoured with several awards including the Österreichische Staatsstipendium, the Andrzej-Dobrowolski-Grant of the Federal Province of Styria, a PhD bursary by the city of Graz, a grant of the Stefan-Batory-Foundation, Warsaw and, in 2010, the prize for composition of the Erste Bank.

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The Fidelio Trio

The ‘virtuosic Fidelio Trio’ (Sunday Times) are Darragh Morgan, violin, Robin Michael, cello and Mary Dullea, piano. They perform extremely diverse repertoire throughout Europe, Asia and South Africa. Broadcasts include regular appearances on BBC Radio 3 as well as RTÉ Lyric FM, WNYC and Radio New Zealand. They are currently being filmed by Sky Arts as part of a TV documentary. Since their South Bank debut they have appeared at Reggello Festival and Contemporaneamente Festival, Lodi (Italy), West Cork Music, Belfast Festival at Queens, Royal Opera House, London, Corsham Festival, Petworth Festival, FuseLeeds, Casa da Musica (Porto) and Composer’s Choice Series, National Concert Hall, Dublin.

2009 highlights included a concert tour of China with an appearance at Shanghai’s prestigious Oriental Arts Centre, a sold-out performance at the Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris, ORF TV broadcast from Die Alte Schmiede, Vienna and they made their Wigmore Hall debut (Live concert highlights of 2009, www.musicalcriticism.com). In their native Ireland, they undertook a mini-residency at the Hugh Lane Gallery, Dublin, with their innovative new “Schumann+” series.

The Fidelio Trio are closely associated with a diverse range of leading composers including Toshio Hosokawa, Howard Skempton, Charles Wuorinen, Gerald Barry, Johannes Maria Staud, Piers Hellawell and their extensive repertoire of premieres includes music by Salvatore Sciarrino, Edison Denisov, Beat Furrer and Toru Takemitsu. They are Music Network artists and are supported by PRS (Performing Rights Society) for Music Foundation, Culture Ireland and the Arts Council of Ireland.

2010/2011 highlights include their US debut tour with appearances at New York’s Symphony Space and MIT, Boston, a tour of South Africa and Botswana, a Moving on Music tour of Ireland and two Scottish tours, multiple UK appearances including The Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival as well as 3 CD releases.

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Darragh Morgan violin

Irish violinist Darragh Morgan has collaborated with many leading composers including Arvo Part, Michael Nyman, Sir John Tavener, Gavin Bryars, Kevin Volans and Michael Finnissy. He has made concerto appearances with the National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland, Ulster Orchestra, RTE Concert Orchestra, KZN Philharmonic South Africa, Koln Kammer Orkest, Istanbul Symphony Orchestra and Cyprus Chamber Orchestra. International festival appearances include Wien Modern, Bang on a Can Marathon New York, Lucerne Festival, BBC Proms Chamber Music, Aldeburgh, Spitalfields and Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival. He is a member of the Fidelio Trio with whom has appeared at the Wigmore Hall, Shanghai Oriental Arts Centre, Casa da Musica Porto and Symphony Space New York and was previously violinist with The Smith Quartet with whom he made an acclaimed recording of Philip Glass' complete string quartets. Darragh has recorded over 25 CDs for labels including NMC, Naxos, Delphian, Mode, Black Box and Nimbus. He has appeared as guest leader of Ensemble Modern, Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, London Sinfonietta, Musik Fabrik and Remix Ensemble. Darragh is professor of violin and chamber music at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, and the Guildhall School of Music & Drama.

www.darraghmorgan.com

Robin Michaelcello

Robin Michael made his South Bank debut to critical acclaim in 2003 and has recently premiered Joe Cutler's cello concerto as well as giving the UK premiere of Steve Reich's cello counterpoint and the Korean premiere of Jonathan Harvey's Advaya for cello and electronics. Robin is regular guest principal cellist with Orchestra Revolutionnaire et Romantique, Scottish Chamber Orchestra and Academy of Ancient Music. Recordings include the Cutler Concerto with the BBC Concert Orchestra and Ginastera complete cello works. Recent festival appearances include Aldeburgh, Cheltenham, Huddersfield, Spier (South Africa), KLARA (Belgium) and Library of Congress (Washington). He is a member of the Fidelio Trio.

Mary Dullea piano

As soloist and chamber musician, Irish pianist Mary Dullea has built an impressive reputation as a performer and commissioner of new music. She has performed throughout Ireland, England, Europe, USA, China and South Africa at festivals including Brighton, Huddersfield, Aldeburgh, Reggello (Italy), FuseLeeds, Petworth and National Arts Festival (South Africa).

Mary broadcasts regularly for BBC Radio 3 and RTÉ Lyric FM and is on the teaching staff of the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. She is currently completing a PhD in Performance at the University of Ulster, focusing on the use of the inside of the piano.

Since 2008, Mary has curated Soundings in collaboration with the Austrian Cultural Forum London. This included a recital at the Wigmore Hall with her piano trio, The Fidelio Trio (December 2009) whose 2 CDs were received with critical acclaim: Bulb (Irish piano trios) on NMC and Metamorphoses (chamber music of Haflidi Hallgrimsson) on Delphian Records.

She appears as soloist on a Joe Cutler portrait disc (NMC). 2009 saw CD releases on Altarus Records (a Simon Mawhinney portrait disc) and, with Darragh Morgan, thirty-nine pages by Paul Whitty for Divine Art. 2010 sees releases on Mode Records, Delphian Records and Neos Musik.

Mary was recently awarded a 2-year bursary by The Arts Council of Ireland.

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Adam Clifford percussion

In 2010 Adam concluded his Meaker Fellowship at the Royal Academy of Music, London with a recital of music by Xenakis, Bainbridge and Duddell before heading to Erbil to coach the National Youth Orchestra of Iraq. He is a member of the Colin Currie Group and recently recorded the music of Tansy Davies for her new album Troubairitz, on nonclassical with the Azalea Ensemble. Other performance work includes the London Symphony, Scottish Chamber and MusicaRiva Festival Orchestras, London Mozart Players, Excellent Device!, Sound and Music, Wigmore Hall, Kings Place, Soundwaves Festival, The Sancho Plan and solo recitals across the country, in the Gulf States and at the Austrian Cultural Forum London. As a composer Adam has written for Kuljit Bhamra’s Tablature and last year wrote and performed the score for the new play Jesus, Queen of Heaven at the Tron Theatre, Glasgow. He has won numerous awards as both a percussionist and composer and is particularly grateful to the Dewar Arts Awards.

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Tom Lessels clarinet

Originally from Aberdeen, Thomas Lessels studied clarinet at the Birmingham Conservatoire with Michael Harris and in Norway with Hans Christian Bræin. In 2006 he completed his studies at the Royal Academy of Music, where he was taught by Angela Malsbury, Timothy Lines, Nicholas Rodwell, Michael Collins, and Richard Addison.

He is active in a wide variety of musical activities, not only in the UK but across Europe and with various ensembles. Tom has been the principal clarinettist of the European Union Youth Orchestra since 2004, performing throughout the world with such great conductors as Haitink, Järvi, Gardiner, Ashkenazy, Davis and Tortelier. He had been a member of the Zermatt Festival Academy and Chamber Orchestra since 2005, working with Scharoun Ensemble which is formed of members of the Berliner Philharmoniker. Chamber music plays a large part in his musical life – he performs regularly with numerous ensembles including the Bozza Ensemble, and the EUYO Soloists whose forthcoming European tour includes performances in the Mozartsaal in the Vienna Konzerthaus and the Zurich Tonhalle. He performs regularly with many of the UK’s leading orchestras, most recently with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra as part of a trial for Principal Clarinet.

He is principal clarinet of the Ossian Ensemble, Fellows in New Music at the Royal Academy of Music, with whom he performs regularly. He is deeply committed to the performance of new music and has performed countless premieres, and particularly enjoys working side-by-side with composers, who have included Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, Thomas Ades, Jonathan Harvey, Colin Matthews and Rodion Shchedrin to name but a few.

He has won many prizes and awards including the Royal Academy of Music Clarinet Prize, the Harold Craxton Chamber Music Prize, the Leverhulme Award, a Countess of Munster Musical Trust award, a Martin/Philharmonia Musical Scholarship, Sir James Caird’s Travelling Scholarships Trust award and the Scottish International Educational Trust, to whom he is extremely grateful.

Lore Lixenberg mezzo-soprano

Born in the UK mezzo-soprano Lore Lixenberg has performed widely in opera, concert repertoire and music-theatre, and has worked with many leading composers. She is renowned for the warmth, range and agility of her voice as well as her total absorption in any role. Loré has performed throughout Europe at numerous festivals such as Wien Modern, Oslo’s Ultima and the festivals in Salzburg, Lucerne, Edinburgh, Witten, Huddersfield, Donaueschingen and Aldeburgh.

Her rich experience in the area of music theatre includes performing the lead role in Bent Sørensen’s opera Under Himlen at the Royal Opera House in Copenhagen as well as performing in many projects with Théâtre de Complicité. Loré sang the roles of Peaches and Baby Jane in the award-winning Jerry Springer - The Opera at the Edinburgh Festival, the National Theatre and in London’s West End as well as on the subsequently released CD. In 2011 Loré sang the role of Cousin Shelley in Mark-Anthony Turnage’s opera Anna Nicole at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden.

Loré has performed as soloist with many distinguished orchestras and ensembles including BBC Symphony Orchestra, Hallé Orchestra, Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, Danish National Symphony Orchestra, Icelandic Symphony Orchestra, Ensemble InterContemporain, London Sinfonietta, Klangforum Wien, BCMG, Cikada, Northern Sinfonia, Ensemble Aventure and Apartment House.

Television programmes Loré has featured in include the BBC series Strings, Bows and Bellows, with Joanna MacGregor; the BBC avantgarde comedy series Attention Scum, with performance artist Simon Munnery; the Channel 4 documentary What made Mozart tick; and Kombat Opera Presents…, a set of six television comedy operas commissioned from Richard Thomas by the BBC.

Recent engagement include singing the role of Anna in Weill’s The Seven Deadly Sins as well as a recital of Music from the Weimar Republic with the Aurora Orchestra; performing roles in Gerald Barry’s opera The Intelligence Park in Dublin, in Nigel Osborne’s Difference in Demolition with Opera Circus in Leeds, Edinburgh, Bridport and London, in Jocelyn Pook’s Ingerland at ROH’s Linbury Studio, and in the street opera Save the Diva, performed throughout the UK, with the Opera Group.

www.lorelixenberg.com

Patricia Rozario soprano

Born in Bombay, Patricia Rozario studied at London’s Guildhall School of Music, winning the Gold Medal. Her unique voice and artistry has inspired several of the world’s leading composers to write for her, most notably Arvo Pärt and Sir John Tavener, who alone has now written over thirty works for her, making their collaboration unique in the contemporary field. She has sung with Solti, Ashkenazy, Jurowski, Belohlavek, Gardiner, Pinnock and Andrew Davis, sung opera at Aix-en-Provence, Amsterdam, Lyon, Lille, Bremen, Antwerp, Wexford, ENO, Glyndebourne and Opera North, and given concerts in North America, Canada, Russia, the Far East, Australia, throughout Europe, and at all the major UK venues.

Highlights this season and beyond include performances with the London Philharmonic Orchestra at the Royal Festival Hall with Vladimir Jurowski, recitals at Bath International Festival, Wigmore Hall and performances of ‘Faultline’ with the Shobana Jeyasingh Dance Company across the UK, Sweden and India.

Patricia Rozario was awarded the OBE in the New Year’s Honours, 2001 and the Asian Women’s Award for achievement in the Arts, 2002.

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Rowland Sutherland flute

Flautist Rowland Sutherland enjoys an international career in many different fields of music. He regularly performs in new music ensembles, jazz groups, symphony orchestras, various non-Western groups, and pop outfits and as a soloist. Many of Rowland’s solo contemporary flute performances have been broadcast on BBC Radio 3, London. He has composed and arranged music for groups, ensembles and for the BBC. He has performed in Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Centre, North Sea Jazz Festival, Chatelet Les Halles and Tokyo Opera City Concert Hall and has played and recorded with various new music ensembles and dance companies in Britain. These include: Lontano, Icebreaker, notes inegales, The New Music Players, Ixion, Phoenix Dance and Rambert Dance Company.

As a freelance musician Rowland is also active in the orchestral field and has played with the Philharmonia, Bournemouth Symphony, B.B.C. National Orchestra Of Wales, London Philharmonic, European Community Chamber and City of London Sinfonia. As bandleader, Rowland’s band Mistura, has an album out entitled ‘Coast to Coast’ on the FMR label. His Creative Force Caribbean nu jazz group, features Orphy Robinson on vibes and electronics. Rowland and his quintet In Kimbe with Filomena Campus perform modern jazz with Mediterranean and Brazilian themes. As a Jazz artist Rowland has performed with Frank Wess, David Murray, Flora Purim, Manu Dibango, Alec Dankworth, Courtney Pine, Jean Toussaint and Mark Lockheart.

Rowland has recorded for a diverse range of pop artists including Incognito, George Benson, Joss Stone, Us3, Guillemots, Marc Almond and MC Solaar.

Rowland has taught and given consultations, workshops, masterclasses and coached at various conservatoires and universities. He is a professor at Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Royal Northern College of Music, Trinity College of Music and lectures at Birmingham Conservatoire.

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Nicolas Chalmers conductor

Nicholas Chalmers is the Assistant Chorus Master of English National Opera, Guest Chorus Master of the Philharmonia Chorus, Artistic Director of Second Movement Opera Company and Guest Conductor of the Orchestra of the City. From 2003 to 2008 Nicholas worked at Westminster Abbey as Assistant Organist and Director of Music of the Choir School. With ENO he has prepared 24 operas for conductors including, Edward Gardner, Mark Wigglesworth, Sir Charles Mackerras and Sir Richard Armstrong. In June 2010 he conducted the ENO Opera Works Showcase at Sadlers Wells. For Second Movement he has conducted Mozart and Salieri (October 2004) Trouble in Tahiti (June 2005) The Medium and Impresario (January 2006) Les Deux Aveugles, Rothschild’s Violin and The Knife’s Tears (May 2007) all to wide critical acclaim. With Chelsea Opera Group Nicholas has been chorus master for Beatrice di Tenda (March 2007), Maria Stuarda (November 2007) and Macbeth (March 2008). In April 2010 he was chorus master for James MacMillan’s St John Passion with the Philharmonia Chorus. Nicholas has prepared and conducted 10 programmes with the BBC Singers, including the new choral works of James MacMillan for broadcast on Radio 3 in November. Recent conducting engagements have included, The Knife's Tears (Second Movement - Brno and Prague-October 2010), the Medium (NI Opera and Second Movement tour of Northern Ireland) and Tosca (NI Opera – Londonderry April 2011). Future conducting engagements include Turn of the Screw (NI Opera March 2012), Noye's Fludde in Befast Zoo (August 2012), Zatopek (Liverpool and London with Second Movement -September 2012) and The Flying Dutchman (Grand Opera House, Belfast March with the Ulster Orchestra March 2013)