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.
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.
Reinhard Fuchs composer
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)
Emily Howard composer
“At once sensuous and austere” (BBC Music Magazine), Emily Howard’s music has been described as “relishing orchestral colour” (The Telegraph). She came to critical attention with Magnetite, commissioned by Liverpool European Capital of Culture 2008 for the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic conducted by Vasily Petrenko, 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”.
Emily’s music is regularly performed and broadcast by orchestras and ensembles including The BBC Philharmonic, The Black Dyke Band, Cantus Ansambl, Endymion, Ensemble 10/10, The London Symphony Orchestra, Musica Vitae, The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and The Southbank Sinfonia. Her works have been featured in festivals including 28th Cantiere Internazionale D’Arte, Montepulciano, Italy 2003, Sounds New, Canterbury 2006, 2008 & 2010, Liverpool European Capital of Culture 2008, Soundings VI, supported by the Austrian Cultural Forum and British Council, London and Vienna 2009, WASBE, Cincinnati, USA 2009, Båstad Chamber Music Festival, Sweden 2009, and the eu-art-network 2010. Her setting of Geoffrey Hill’s ‘Wild Clematis in Winter’ was written for The NMC Songbook (winner of the Classic FM Gramophone Award for ‘Best Contemporary CD’ in 2009).
Upcoming projects include a piano concerto for the pianist Alexandra Dariescu commissioned for the Liverpool Mozart Orchestra’s 60th Anniversary with funds provided by the PRS for Music Foundation, and a new work for the Elias Quartet commissioned by the Nicholas Boas Trust. Emily is currently working on Zátopek! a new 12 minute opera inspired by the life and times of legendary Czech Olympian Emil Zátopek. Commissioned by young opera company Second Movement as part of New Music 20 x 12, a programme of new works for the 2012 Cultural Olympiad, Zátopek! will be performed in Liverpool, London, and the Czech Republic in 2012.
After completing a degree in mathematics and computation at Lincoln College, Oxford University, Emily studied composition at the Royal Northern College of Music (where she is now a member of composition staff). She holds a Doctorate in Composition from the University of Manchester. In 2010, Emily became Honorary Research Fellow in Composition at Liverpool Hope University. Emily is the first UBS Composer in Residence in conjunction with the LSO at the Bridge Academy, Hackney and the recipient of a Paul Hamlyn Foundation Award for Composers.
Johannes Maria Staud composer
Johannes Maria Staud (*1974) is among the internationally most successful young Austrian composers. Staud studied in Vienna with Michael Jarrell and Dieter Kaufmann, then with Hanspeter Kyburz in Berlin. He has completed master courses with Brian Ferneyhough, among others, co-founded the group Gegenklang in Vienna, and his works have been published by Universal Edition since 2000. In 2004 he received a promotional award from the Ernst von Siemens Music Foundation.
Nach ... gleichsam als ob ... for a large orchestra (1999/2000), A map is not the territory (2001), music for piano and orchestra Polygon (2002), the chamber opera Berenice, which was performed in 2004 at the Munich Biennale, at the Vienna and the Berlin Festwochen, as well as further works for solo and chamber music and commissions by well-known orchestras. The Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra with Sir Simon Rattle performed the world premiere of Apeiron for large orchestra in 2005, and 2006, Segue, music for cello and orchestra, was commissioned and its world premiere was performed by the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra at the Salzburg Festival with Daniel Barenboim and Heinrich Schiff as soloists. 2008 Franz Welser-Möst and the Cleveland Orchestra asked him to compose another orchestra piece. 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. 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.
Joanna 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.
Fidelio Trio violin, cello & piano
Darragh Morgan, violin, Robin Michael, cello, Mary Dullea, cello
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. In 2010 they were featured in a documentary on Sky Arts. 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.
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 Northern Ireland, two Scottish tours, multiple UK appearances as well as 2 CD releases.
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 awarded a 2-year bursary by The Arts Council of Ireland.
2011 plans include Fidelio Trio concert tours of the USA, South Africa and Botswana and she has been invited as soloist for the BBC commissioned piano concerto by Robert Keeley.
Darragh Morgan violin
Irish violinist Darragh Morgan enjoys a hugely diverse and rewarding career. His special interest in contemporary music has led to many collaborations with today’s greatest composers and appearances with leading ensembles. Highlights include the world premieres of Sir John Tavener's Hymn of Dawn with the Ulster Orchestra and Andrew Poppy's Darwin's Sin Draw with the Crash Ensemble, and performing Arvo Pärt’s Tabula Rasa in the closing concert of the RTE Living Music Festival. He received many invitations to lead world-class international groups such as Ensemble Modern, London Sinfonietta, Musik Fabrik, Birmingham Contemporary Music Group and Remix Ensemble working with conductors such as Pierre Boulez, Oliver Knussen and Heinz Holliger.
Darragh has performed at international festivals including Warsaw Autumn, Wien Modern, Maerz Musik Berlin, Lucern Festival, BBC Proms Chamber Music, Aldeburgh, Spitalfields and Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival. As a member of the Fidelio Trio and Smith Quartet, he has appeared in prestigious venues worldwide such as the Wigmore Hall, Shanghai Oriental Arts Centre, Seoul Arts Centre and Casa da Musica Porto.
Darragh has recorded over 25 CDs including Michael Nyman's complete piano trios with the Fidelio Trio and an acclaimed recording of Philip Glass' complete string quartets with the Smith Quartet.
Darragh is professor of violin and chamber music at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, and teaches regularly at the Royal College of Music, Britten-Pears Young Artists Programme, Pro Corda and Apple Hill Centre for Chamber Music. He has given masterclasses in the United Kingdom and abroad. Furthermore, he has been Artistic Director of CoMA's Open Score project, Music @ Drumcliffe in Ireland, and throughout the 2004 season was Artistic Director of Baroque 2000 in South Africa.
Darragh studied at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, London. He received chamber music coaching from the Amadeus and Takacs String Quartets, and participated in masterclasses with Sidney Griller, Yehudi Menuhin, Paul Zukofsky, Pinchas Zukerman, Yfrah Neaman and Pierre Amoyal. He plays a fine Italian violin from Bologna (1820) and an Irish violin made by Thomas Perry in 1795.
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’s 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.
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.
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 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, which was shown at 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 2009-2010 and were Ensemble in Residence at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in 2010. He also plays with the European Chamber Players, an octet from across Europe. Tom was principal clarinet of the European Union Youth Orchestra from 2004-2007, 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.
Loré Lixenberg mezzo–soprano
Born in the UK Loré Lixenberg has performed widely in opera, concert repertoire and music-theatre, and works with many leading composers. She has performed internationally at many festivals including those of Salzburg, Lucerne, Donaueschingen, Aldeburgh, Witten, Edinburgh and Huddersfield, and at the Wien Modern and Oslo Ultima festivals. She has performed with orchestras and ensembles including the Halle, Tokyo PO, Danish National SO, Swedish Radio Orchestra, Ensemble Intercontemporain, London Sinfonietta, Klangforum Wien, BCMG Ensemble Aventure, Icelandic SO and Danish Royal Opera.
Lixenberg worked on the development of and played the Roles of Peaches and Baby Jane in Jerry Springer the Opera (Battersea, Edinburgh, NT, West End) She worked on the development of and appeared in Kombat Opera Presents (Richard Thomas, Thea Wiles BBC2) and Attention Scum (Simon Munnery, Stewart Lee, Richard Thomas). She worked on the development of and played the roles of Millie and Death in The HaHa Hole (Richard Thomas, Stewart Lee) at Hannover Schauspielhaus. She has appeared regularly with Theatre de Complicite including Miss Donnithornes Maggot (Maxwell Davies) and Out of a House Walked a Man (NT).
She also performed with Phoenix Dance Theatre touring ‘Cattle Call” (Javier de frutos, Richard Thomas).
Recital performances include Schubert Recitals with Accompanying Franz by Dai Fujikura, with Andrew West in France and Japan with La Folle Journée Festival, Eisler Geburtstag recital of Eisler songs with Jonathan Powell, recital of Music from the Weimar Republic at Kings Place with the Aurora Orchestra also singing the role of Anna in The Seven Deadly Sins (Weill) with the Aurora Orchestra.
Loré has just finished a highly successful run as Cousin Shelly in the Turnage Opera Anna Nicole at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden.
She directed the British premier of Staatstheater (Kagel) with Durham University at the Margot fontayne Ballroom and the Sage Gateshead. With the same group she directed A-Ronne (Berio) and Missa Syllabica (Part) also Anticredos (Wishart) Recitations (Aperghis), Klosterneubergerosterspiel (12th Century realized by Robert Crow) and Planctus Maria.
She directed Aria (Cage) Scenes from Staatstheater (Kagel), Sequenza 3 (Berio) and Conversations (Aperghis) for Coma Music–Theatre. In Denmark she directed the ensemble SCENATET in ‘Staatstheater’ for the Spor festival and will return in 2011 to direct the same group in Little Red Riding Hood (Aperghis).
Loré is currently working with Anne Ryan on Gibb Rish for Moving tone.
Yshani Perinpanayagam piano
Yshani studied as an undergraduate scholar at the Royal College of Music before completing the Masters programme at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama with Distinction under Caroline Palmer and Andrew West.
As a soloist, chamber musician and orchestral pianist, Yshani has performed at venues including the Wigmore Hall, the Purcell Room, LSO St. Luke’s and the Amsterdam Concertgebouw. She has taken part in a live BBC Radio 3 broadcast as part of the BBC Judith Weir festival and a Channel 4 broadcast as part of Derren Brown’s television series. Yshani has worked with conductors including George Benjamin, Edward Gardner, Reinbert de Leeuw, Michael Rosewell and Etienne Siebens.
Yshani won Yamaha Birmingham Accompanist of the Year 2009 and is a 2011 Park Lane Group Artist. She works regularly with dancers, recently with English National Opera/Fabulous Beast on their production of The Rite of Spring and is currently performing with Rambert Dance Company during their Awakenings season. In September, Yshani joined the staff at the Royal College of Music Junior Department teaching Musicianship and Composition.
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.
Andrew Burke Chief Executive London Sinfonietta
Andrew Burke has been the Chief Executive of the London Sinfonietta since 2007. He is responsible for the overall running of the ensemble as well as curating its artistic direction.
He has increased the range of work that the London Sinfonietta promotes in London, around the UK and abroad. Projects have happened with as diverse a range of artists as Harrison Birtwistle, Helmut Lachenmann, Louis Andriessen, Heiner Goebbels, George Benjamin, Richard Ayres, Matthew Herbert and Micachu and the Shapes. In 2009 the London Sinfonietta launched its annual Academy programme to train the next generation of performers for contemporary music, and in 2010 launched Writing the Future as a scheme to nurture new work from emerging composers, and to foster close working relationships between them and the players in the ensemble. In 2010 the London Sinfonietta won the Royal Philharmonic Society award for best Ensemble.
His background is in music education work. From 2003-2007, he was Head of LSO Discovery and while there developed a new programme of community music work for LSO St Luke’s, as well as new schemes for emerging composers and mass participation projects for young instrumentalists performing alongside the LSO. From 1998-2003 he was at the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, producing projects using digital technology to link remote locations through music, launching a new series of ‘Making Tracks’ concerts for young people for Radio 3, and developing collaboration projects between the orchestra and artists such as Django Bates.
Andrew Kurowski Executive Producer for New Music BBC
Andrew Kurowski has been on the staff of BBC Radio since 1979, first as a sound-technician and as a member of the music production department for Radio 3. His interests have always been dominated by new music: he studied contemporary music and composition at Cambridge with Alexander Goehr, and is now responsible for the newmusic output on Radio 3. This embraces not only programme output but also the management of the Network’s new music commissions – including the BBC Orchestras and Singers and the BBC Proms. He also represents Radio 3 on matters of new music outside the BBC and for several years was chair of the International Society for Contemporary Music, work which was brought to a head in the 1998 ISCM World Music Days in Manchester. Inhis years as a Producer and Subsequently Editor in Radio 3’s music department, he has worked predominantly on programmes devoted to new music: Music in our Time, Midnight Oil, Hear and Now, Between the Ears and most recently Late Junction. In 1990 he devised and mounted the BBC’s Berio at the Barbican weekend, bringing new and rare performances to the London stage. He also oversees the jazz and crossover output of Radio 3 including Mixing It and Jazz Legends, Andy Kershaw and World Routes. Andrew is currently the Editor of the new and specialist music in the London production department.
Matthias Lošek Artistic Director Wien Modern
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 m
Clark Rundell Director of Contemporary Music and Head of Conducting at the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester and Artistic Director of Ensemble 10/10
Clark Rundell studied at Northwestern University, Chicago, with John P. Paynter (conducting) and Frank Crisafulli (trombone) and was subsequently awarded a Junior Fellowship to study conducting with Timothy Reynish at the RNCM.
He regularly conducts the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, with whom he made his debut in1987,as well as the BBC Philharmonic, Northern Sinfonia, BBC Concert Orchestra, Hallé, and the Philharmonia, with whom he has performed at the Royal Albert Hall. He has collaborated with composers such as Mark-Anthony Turnage, and worked with the Dutch latin jazz group Zuco 103.
A highly versatile musician, Clark also served for fourteen years as Director of Jazz Studies at the RNCM and has performed with artists such as John Dankworth, Bob Brookmeyer, Victor Mendoza, Guy Barker, Julian Argüelles, Ed Thigpen, Cleo Laine, Andy Sheppard,Lew Tabakin and Mike Gibbs.
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