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-André 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 (RAM), 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 International Society for Contemporary Music, and teaches composition and academic music at Trinity College of Music's junior department.
Elisabeth Harnik (1970) composer
Elisabeth Harnik was born in 1970 in Graz. She first studied classical piano. After working at instrumental and vocal improvisation she began her professional career as a pianist and singer by interpreting her own compositions and performing in various forms of improvised music.
She then studied composition and Music theory with Beat Furrer at the University of Music and Dramatic Art in Graz and in 2006 received her master’s degree with distinction.
Her compositions have been performed regularly at concerts and festivals for contemporary music, notably at the Graz Easter Festival 2002, the Styrian Chamber Music Festival 2003, the Hörfest Graz 2003, the Opern-Festspiele Munich 2006, the Vienna Mozart Year 2006, the Komponistenforum Mittersill 2008, the Haydn Year 2009, the Festival 4020 Linz 2009 and the Comprovise-Festival in Cologne 2009. Her Opera-project “Kugelstein” (Libretto: Olga Flor) was performed at the Opera House Graz.
In addition to her work as a composer Elisabeth Harnik has performed piano improvisations at national and international festivals, notably at the V:NM-Festival Graz, the Ulrichsberger Kaleidophon, the Piano Festival Soundgrube Vienna, the International Piano Music Festival Vilnius, the Musicacoustica Beijing, the Beethoven Fest Bonn, the Festival Offene Ohren Munich, the Artacts Festival St. Johann, the Umbrella Music Festival Chicago and the Nickelsdorfer Konfrontationen.
The city of Graz awarded her the Music Promotion Prize in 2005. The following year she received a grant from the Federal Chancellery and in 2007 she was the official holder of the Austrian State grant for compostion and the Styrian Andrzej-Dobrowolski grant. In 2008 she was artist-in-residence at the Komponistenforum Mittersill and this year she is artist-in-residence at the Art OMI International Arts Center in N.Y.
Emily Howard composer
Emily Howard was born in iverpool, England, in 1979. She spent her formative years learning the cello, playing chess and composing for local orchestras including The Liverpool Mozart Orchestra. Always torn between parallel interests in science and music, Emily read mathematics and computation at Lincoln College, Oxford University and went on to complete a Masters in Composition with Adam Gorb at the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester, gaining a double distinction as well as the Soroptimist International Award for Composers. She is currently completing a PhD in Composition with John Casken at The University of Manchester, supported by a Victor Sayer Scholarship.
Commissions and performances have come from the BBC Philharmonic, Endymion, Ensemble 10/10, The Fidelio Trio, London Symphony Orchestra, John McCabe, Musica Vitae, Psappha, RLPO and Southbank Sinfonia. Emily’s works have been featured in festivals including 28th Cantiere Internazionale D’Arte, Montepulciano, Italy 2003, Sounds New, Canterbury 2006 and 2008, Soundings VI, supported by the Austrian Cultural Forum London and British Council, London and Vienna 2009, WASBE, Cincinnati, USA 2009 and the Båstad Chamber Music Festival, Sweden 2009.
In 2008, Emily was a featured composer in Liverpool’s celebrations as European Capital of Culture. Her orchestral work, Magnetite, commissioned by Liverpool European Capital of Culture 2008 for the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Vasily Petrenko, opened the RLPO’s European Capital of Culture season to great critical acclaim. Liverpool – The World in One City, a concerto for solo basset clarinet, choir and orchestra commissioned by Liverpool City Council where Emily is currently composer-in-residence, united the Liverpool Youth Orchestra with local primary school choirs (400 children) and clarinetist Mark Simpson (BBC Young Musician 2006) in a concert at the Anglican Cathedral, Liverpool, in July 2008. Recent highlights include the release of Emily’s song Wild Clematis in Winter on the NMC Songbook in April 2009 and the premiere of Symphony: Magnetite, a second orchestral commission for the RLPO and Petrenko in October 2009.
She is Visiting Lecturer in Composition at the University of Leeds, Tutor in Composition at the RNCM Junior School and regularly leads Composition Outreach Projects with the Manchester Camerata.
Stephan Maria Karl composer
Since 2002 Stephan Maria Karl has been studying Composition and Music Theory at the Mozarteum University Salzburg with Reinhard Febel and Ernst Ludwig Leitner. In 2007 he gave a speech entitled "Tendencies into a New Musical Era and The Moral Responsibility of the Artist" at the International Symposium ‘Poetica & Cristianesimo’ in Rome. In 2008 he graduated with an MA in Music Theory with a focus on Composition. In 2009 he studied at the Royal College of Music London with Ken Hesketh. Karl is currently studying Composition at the University for Music in Munich with Jan Müller-Wieland.
His compositions have been performed in Europe (Austria, UK, Italy, Germany, Poland, Switzerland, etc), South Africa & Canada. In May 2007 Pluto for large orchestra was premiered by Dennis Russell Davies and the Symphony Orchestra Mozarteum. This successful performance led to Stephan Maria Karl being presented at the Talent Awards of the Austrian Radio Ö1. In March 2009 his second orchestral composition Hybris & Mesotes for singing bowls, speaker & orchestra was performed by the Young Philharmony Salzburg, commissioned by the city of Salzburg and the Young Philharmony on the centenary of Leopold Kohr, the Austrian philosopher and Nobel laureate - in collaboration with ORF. Hybris & Mesotes has since been performed both in Austria and in London at the Royal College of Music.
Gerhard Krammer composer
Gerhard Krammer - born in Oberwart, Burgenland in 1965 - 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 has 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.
Ian Vine composer
Ian Vine was born in England and spent his formative years in Libya and Hong Kong. His music is performed across Europe and has been broadcast worldwide and televised on BBC 2 and Radio Televisión Española. Commissioners of his work have included the London Sinfonietta, Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, Ensemble Recherche, and Matthew Herbert. His works have been performed by, among others, the Hallé Orchestra, Ensemble 10/10, Kokoro, Psappha, 4-Mality, Radius, Continuum (Canada) and 175 East (New Zealand). His work has been released on Accidental and Kairos, and is distributed by New Voices at Sound and Music.
Ian Vine studied at the Royal Northern College of Music with Anthony Gilbert, and later privately with Simon Holt. Between 1999 and 2004 Ian was Tutor in Electro-Acoustic Music at the Royal Northern College of Music, and also taught for a time at MANTIS, the electro-acoustic studios at The University of Manchester. From 2002-2007 he was a participant in the inaugural Blue Touch Paper scheme with the London Sinfonietta, and over its course produced three works for them.
Current projects include commissions from sinfonia ViVA and the London Symphony
Orchestra for the 2009-2010 season. Ian lives in Manchester and is the artistic director of first moon.
Fidelio Trio violin, cello & piano
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.
Mary Dullea curator & 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.
Darragh Morgan violin
Darragh Morgan enjoys a hugely diverse and rewarding career. The Independent writes "gorgeous lyrical playing from violinist Darragh Morgan set the seal on a magnificent reading of a sincere, eloquent and emotionally involving score". He has led world class international ensembles, such as the Ensemble Modern, London Sinfonietta, Musik Fabrik and Birmingham Contemporary Music Group. As a concerto soloist, highlights include invitations from the National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland (performing Elastic Harmonic by Donnacha Dennehy, recorded on NMC D133), RTÉ Living Music Festival (performing Arvo Pärt's Tabula Rasa in the presence of the composer), the Ulster Orchestra (in the world premiere of Hymn of Dawn by Sir John Tavener) and the KZN Philharmonic (giving the South African premiere of Samuel Barber's violin concerto). His many CD recordings include Opera NMC D108, the complete violin & piano music of Michael Finnissy for Mode Records (both with pianist Mary Dullea) and For John Cage by Morton Feldman with pianist John Tilbury on Matchless Recordings. A keen pedagogue, he is regularly invited to work with string and composition students at the Royal Academy of Music, Royal College of Music and the Britten Pears Young Artists Programme.
As a member of two award winning chamber ensembles, The Smith Quartet and The Fidelio Trio, Darragh has performed at many prestigious international festivals including, Aldeburgh, Cheltenham, Huddersfield, BBC Proms Chamber Music, Festival D'Automne à Paris, Bang on a Can and the Luzern Festival.
Robin Michael cello
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.
Lore Lixenberg mezzo–soprano
Loré Lixenberg has performed premières and 20th century classics with many ensembles including Intercontemporain, BCMG, Cicada, Athelus, Klangforum Wien, Ensemble Recherche, BBCSO, Hallé, LSO, and Nash Ensemble at many international music festivals. She was resident with Danish Royal Opera for a season premiering Under Himlen by Bent Sorensen. She is currently working on an operatic installation project with the artist Bruce Mclean and will be perfoming Kurt Weills Seven Deadly Sins with the Aurora ensemble with whom she performed a programme of cabaret music from the Weimar Festival at Kings Place earlier this year. She will also be singing in the world première of Anna Nichole Smith by Mark Anthony Turnage at ROH next year. With long term collaborator Richard Thomas (Jerry Springer the Opera) she appeared in 'The Kombat Operas ' and 'Attention Scum' for BBC2. With her own company she is collaborating with Robert Crow mixing plainsong and other ancient music with electro-acoustic music and will be performing the latest of these projects at Kings Place in the Autumn. She has taken part in masterclasses with Galina Vishnevskya, Graham Johnson, Elizabeth Soderstrom, Elly Ameling and Martin Isepp.
Tom Lessels clarinet
Originally from Aberdeen, Tom studied clarinet at Birmingham Conservatoire with Michael Harris, and in Oslo with Hans-Christian Bræin, before completing his studies at the Royal Academy of Music with Angela Malsbury and Timothy Lines. Tom is a member of the Ossian Ensemble, Leverhulme Chamber Music Junior Fellows at the Royal College of Music, who specialise in commissioning new repertoire and working in collaboration with composers. The Ossian Ensemble were recently filmed performing "8 Songs for a Mad King" for a documentary directed by Paul Joyce, that followed the life and work of Sir Peter Maxwell Davies to be shown at the Edinburgh Film Festival in 2010, and also in a BBC documentary showing them working with Goldie towards his 2009 Proms commission. In 2008 he performed the London Première of Maxwell Davies’ Bass Clarinet Concerto in St. John’s Smith Square. Tom is also a member of the Bozza Ensemble, a wind group who are Tunnell Trust winners for 2009-10 and presently Ensemble in Residence at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. He also plays with the European Chamber Players, an octet from across Europe. Tom was principal clarinet of the European Union Youth Orchestra from 2004-7, during which time he was also a member of the Zermatt Festival Akademie, where he played with the Scharoun Ensemble of the Berlin Philharmonic. Tom plays with the UK’s leading orchestras, and has given classes at the Royal College of Music and the Guildhall.
Patricia Rozario soprano
Born in Bombay, Patricia Rozario studied at London’s Guildhall School of Music winning the Gold Medal. Since then her career has developed in opera, concert work, recording and broadcasting. Her unique voice and artistry have 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 and Gardiner, sung opera at Aix-en-Provence, Amsterdam, Lyon, ENO, and Glyndebourne and concerts in over 40 countries in repertoire ranging from baroque to contemporary music. She has given the première of many pieces including Pärt's Como Anhela la Cierva, John Casken’s Chansons de Verlaine, Tavener’s Veil of the Temple in London and New York, Schuon Lieder at Chicago’s Ravinia Festival, and the US première of Solemnitas in Conceptione. Other notable performances include Vaughan Williams’ Pastoral Symphony with Sir Andrew Davis, Britten’s Les Illuminations with Harding, Gorecki's Third Symphony in Athens, Mahler’s Fourth Symphony (Northern Sinfonia), Pärt's L'abbé Agathon (Danish National Symphony Orchestra), Casken’s Farness (Northern Sinfonia), and Tavener’s Cantus Mysticus at the BBC Proms. Her discography includes Songs of the Auvergne with Pritchard, Haydn's Stabat Mater under Pinnock, Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia with Hickox, Casken's Golem (Gramophone award-winner), and many of Tavener’s major works. Her latest recordings include Pärt's L'abbé Agathon, Strauss Lieder with Charles Owen, a CD of Spanish songs with guitarist Craig Ogden and Knaifel’s O Heavenly King and Górecki’s Good Night on Louth Sounds. She was awarded the OBE in the 2001 New Year’s Honours.
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.
Tim Lowe, cello
Tim Lowe started to play the cello from the age of 5.He made his concerto debut aged 11 playing the Saint-Saëns concerto at York Minster and Selby Abbey with York University Chamber Orchestra. Since then he has played concertos and recitals throughout the UK and abroad. As a chamber musician he has performed in major venues including Wigmore Hall, Purcell Room, Queen Elizabeth Hall, St John’s Smith Square and St James’s Piccadilly.
Tim was a Major Music Scholar at Eton College and was awarded a 1st class honours degree from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama where he studied. He has won many awards and prizes including from the Musicians Benevolent Fund, the Craxton Memorial Trust, Philharmonia Orchestra/Martin Musical Scholarship Fund. Recent successes include the English Chamber Orchestra Duchess of Cornwall Prize and also the Jacqueline du Pré Scholarship sponsored by the Leverhulme Trust to support his postgraduate studies with Louise Hopkins at the GSMD. Tim was a recommended artist for the ‘Making Music’ Phillip and Dorathy Green award in 2009.Tim’s playing has inspired a number of composers to write new pieces most recently James Week’s Partita for solo cello. He is holder of the prestigious Silver Medal of the Worshipful Company of Musicians.
Tim has a busy 2010 diary including Dvorak and Schumann concertos and a very full recital programme supported by the Countess of Munster recital scheme which will take him all around the country and includes solo Wigmore recitals later this year and in 2011. Tim is also regularly invited to be Guest Principal Cello with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra.
Gerald Davidson speaker
As an actor Gerald Davidson’s recent work includes Imaginary History (LIFT), Visions of Albion, Jakov Lind, Take and Give, and Eyewitness '38, Gert Jonke, Gabrielle Petricek, Schoenberg on Parnassus (ACF) , Mansfield Park (Gatehouse),Golden Lads (Blue Elephant),Glass Hotel (BAC),Haydn's Head (Putney Music, Woodhouse Music and ACF). As writer and performer he has produced Through Every Flood, Mad about Otto, What Little Hans Knew, Being Good (Freud Museum). Further performances of Little Hans are scheduled this Spring and in the Summer he will present Waking the Dead and Holding Out.
Annette Morreau moderator
The writer and broadcaster Annette Morreau was educated at Dartington Hall School and Music School with university training in musicology and performance (cello) at Durham University and the University of Indiana at Bloomington, USA. At the age of 23, she was appointed to the Music Department of the Arts Council of Great Britain with responsibility for opera, jazz and contemporary music. She founded the Contemporary Music Network, the UK’s national touring scheme for contemporary music and remained its director for 17 years.
In 1987, she was appointed Commissioning Editor for Serious Music at Channel 4 Television. In 1991 she devised the prize-winning TV series NOT MOZART commissioned by BBC Television. As an independent radio producer, she has made many programmes including a series about the distinguished American pianist William Kapell, and a series outlining the process of creating a new composition.
Following an 8 hour broadcast on BBC Radio (repeated in 1996), about the Austrian cellist Emanuel Feuermann - Feuermann Remembered, Yale University Press invited her to write the authorised biography. In 1995 and 1996 she devised two exhibitions on Feuermann seen in Kronberg, Germany and at the International Cello Festival in Manchester. In 1997, Harvard University offered her a Fellowship at the Bunting Institute. Her biography of Feuermann was published to coincide with the 100th anniversary of Feuermann’s birth in November 1902. The New Yorker described it as 'an exemplary biography'. She is a music critic for the Independent newspaper, writes for the New Statesman and is Senior Visiting Research Fellow at King's, London University.
Gillian Moore panelist
Gillian Moore is a key figure in contemporary music and music education in the UK. She joined the South Bank Centre as Head of Contemporary Culture in 2006, before which time she had a long association with both Southbank Centre and the London Sinfonietta. She was the Artistic Director of the London Sinfonietta from 1998 to 2006, combining that post with running the audience development programme Inside Music at the Royal Festival Hall and being a Visiting Professor at the Royal College of Music. In 1998 she was also Artistic Director of the ISCM World Music Days in Manchester. She was Head of Education at the South Bank Centre from 1993 to 1998, developing an approach that integrated educational and artistic activity. From 1983 to 1993, she was the Education Officer at London Sinfonietta, the first such post of its kind in the UK, and she initiated work with contemporary music in schools, prisons and in the wider community. During her career, Gillian has collaborated with many of the great musical and artistic figures of our age, from Luciano Berio to Radiohead, from Harrison Birtwistle to Squarepusher, from Steve Reich to Akram Khan. She has commissioned many significant new works as well as creating opportunities for artists to reach the widest possible audiences with their work.
In 1991 Gillian was awarded the Sir Charles Groves Award for services to British music, in 1992 she was created an Honorary Member of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and in 1994 she was awarded an MBE for services to music and education. She received the Association of British Orchestras Award in 1998 for contribution to British orchestral life, and was made a Fellow of the Royal College of Music in 2000. She was made an Honorary Associate of the Royal Academy of Music in 2003 and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from Brunel University in 2006. Gillian regularly writes and broadcasts about music. In particular, she is a regular contributor to BBC Television’s coverage of The Proms. Gillian is a council member of the Royal College of Music and of the Royal Philharmonic Society.
Clark attended Northwestern University in Chicago, studying conducting with John P Paynter and trombone with Frank Crisafulli of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and was subsequently awarded a Junior Fellowship to study conducting with Timothy Reynish at the Royal Northern College of Music. He regularly conducts the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, with whom he made his debut in 1987, as well as others including the BBC Philharmonic, the Hallé and the Philharmonia Orchestra, with whom he recently performed at the Royal Albert Hall.
As an arranger, he collaborated with Louis Andriessen on a suite from the composer’s recent opera Writing to Vermeer, with Mark-Anthony Turnage on an expanded version of Turnage’s Invention on Solitude and with Dutch Latin jazz group Zuco 103 on a joint concert with the Residentie Orchestra. He is also Artistic Director of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic’s new music group, Ensemble 10/10 and makes his debut with the Schoenberg/Asko Ensemble in Amsterdam in 2007 in a programme which includes a world premiere by Michel van der Aa.
Matthias Lošek panelist
Matthias Lošek has been an important promoter and supporter of contemporary music in Austria. He studied German and History in Vienna before working in the fields of opera and theatre production for the Donaufestwochen, Wiener Operntheater and the Elisabethbühne Salzburg. He worked for the Bregenzer Festpiele for 7 years from 2000 and established the contemporary music series Kunst aus der Zeit (Art From the Present). He has also been a music and film critic for various Austrian publications. In 2007 he became a cultural and political advisor for Vienna’s cultural councillor, primarily in the areas of theatre, dance, opera and music. His work in the field of contemporary music has led to his most recent appointment as the Artistic Director of Wien Modern, a contemporary music festival set up as an international platform to present innovative musical developments and major works of new music.