Musicologist in residence: Giovanni Cestino
Kaija Saariaho (born on October 14, 1952 in Helsinki) is a prominent member of a group of Finnish artists who are making a worldwide impact. She studied in Helsinki, Fribourg and Paris. At IRCAM, Saariaho developed techniques of computer-assisted composition and acquired fluency in working on tape and with live electronics. This experience influenced her approach to writing for orchestra, with its emphasis on the shaping of dense masses of sound in slow transformations. Significantly, her first orchestral piece, Verblendungen (1984), involves a gradual exchange of roles and character between orchestra and tape. And even the titles of her, linked, pair of orchestral works, Du Cristal (1989) and …à la Fumée (1990) suggest her preoccupation with colour and texture. Although much of her catalogue comprises chamber works, she has turned increasingly to larger forces and broader structures, such as Orion (2004), Laterna Magica (2008), Circle Map (2008). The detailed notation using harmonics, microtonaly and detailed continuum of sound extending from pure tone to unpitched noise – all features found in one of her most frequently performed works, Graal Théâtre for violin and orchestra (1994). Her catalogue also includes Aile du songe (2001), Notes on Light (2006), D’OM LE VRAI SENS (2010), Maan Varjot (2014). In 2015, Gerald Finley and Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Gustavo Dudamel, premier True Fire for baritone and orchestra. From later nineties, Saariaho has turned to opera, with outstanding success: L’Amour de Loin (2000), Adrian Mater (2006), Emilie (2010) and the oratorio La Passion de Simone (2006). Her opera Only the Sound Remains was premiered in March 2016 at The Dutch National Opera. Other performances will follow in Paris, Helsinki, Madrid and Toronto. Saariaho has claimed the major composing awards: Grawemeyer Award, Wihuri Prize, Nemmers Prize, Sonning Prize, Polar Music Prize. In 2015 she was the judge of the Toru Takemitsu Composition Award. Kaija Saariaho’s harp concerto Trans was premiered in August 2016 by Xavier de Maistre and The Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Ernest Martinez-Izquierdo at the Suntory Hall, Tokyo. (Photo by Maarit Kytöharju)
Jean-Baptiste Barrière (born in January 2, 1958 in Paris) studied music, history of art, philosophy and mathematical logic. Parallel to composing, he made a career at Ircam/Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris, beginning in January 1981 as researcher. From 1984 to 1987, he directed Ircam’s Department of Musical Research, from October 1989 that of Education, and from 1993 to 1997 he headed the production department. 1997-98, he taught computer music composition at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki. In September 1998, he left Ircam to concentrate on composing. Since winning the Prix de la Musique Numérique of the Concours International de Musique Electro-acoustique of Bourges in 1983, Barrière went on to compose the music of several multimedia shows, virtual reality pieces, sound environments, exhibitions, and multimedia art projects. He was Visiting Professor at Columbia University in 2011-2012, and returned there as Composer in Residence of the Computer Music Center for 2013-2014. Latest major performances include video design for The Tempest Songbook a multimedia show on the music of Saariaho and Purcell, at the Metropolitan Museum of New York in February 2015, with the Martha Graham Dance Company choreographed by Luca Veggetti, and The Gotham Chamber Opera; Whispering Bayou, a large interactive installation conceived and realized with George Lewis and Carrol Blue at the Contemporary Art Museum of Houston during the Summer of 2015; portraits concerts at Schœnberg Hall in Los Angeles and Hertz Hall in Berkeley, as parts of a California tour during the Fall 2015; in the same period, he was the first grantee of the David Wessel ‘s Music & Science Prize of the Center for New Music & Audio Technologies / Music Department of the University of California Berkeley. Recent projects include the Premiere by Jennifer Koh of Palimpsest Capriccio for violin and electronics at National Sawdust (New York) in May 2016; the video design for a portrait concert dedicated to Saariaho’s music with the New York Philharmonic conducted by Esa-Pekka Salonen at the Armory in New York during October 2016; the realization of Sensation/Eternity, a multimedia piece for the C4 Choir Ensemble, on two poems by Arthur Rimbaud, premiered in November 2016 in New York. He has also started, during the Fall 2016, an artist residency at the New School in New York to realize a large interdisciplinary project involving several departments of this university, The Art of Change. He is currently working on the multimedia show The 38th Parallel, with violinist Jennifer Koh, flutist Camilla Hoitenga, and baritone Davone Tines.
Amy Beth Kirsten‘s music combines popular idioms with fierce expressionism and theatre and often requires musicians to play, vocalize, act, and move simultaneously. Her work is distinguished by an intense physicality that pushes players to extremes by making their bodies and voices instruments of artistic expression. Ms. Kirsten’s non-theatrical concert music has been programmed throughout the U.S. and the U.K. Most notable is World Under Glass No. 1 (2011) for five bassoons, which is her most regularly programmed chamber work to date. A composer, librettist, and vocalist, Ms. Kirsten begins the 2017-18 season in collaboration with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s MusicNOW series to create Savior, an evening-length work of composed theatre for three singers, flute, cello, percussion, lighting, and sound design. The work, a mystical re-telling of the life and trial of Joan of Arc, brings together musicians and artists from HOWL (Ms. Kirsten’s own ensemble) and players from the Chicago Symphony. Savior premieres April 2, 2018 at the Harris Theatre in Chicago. World premiere performances in 2017 of her most recent staged work, QUIXOTE, were the culmination of a 2-year residency at Montclair State University (NJ) with HOWL. This evening-length theatrical work inspired by Cervantes’ epic novel and performed by vocal trio and vocalizing percussion quartet, was described as “wildly inventive” by the New York Times. QUIXOTE was directed by Mark DeChiazza, a frequent collaborator who also directed her critically acclaimed Colombine’s Paradise Theatre – produced, premiered, and toured by the multi-Grammy-winning chamber ensemble eighth blackbird in 2013 and 2014. In 2014 Ms. Kirsten made her Carnegie Hall debut with strange pilgrims, a concert work for chorus, orchestra, and film commissioned by the American Composers Orchestra. She was also the inaugural Composer-in-Residence for London’s Riot Ensemble which gave the world premiere of she is a myth as well as the U.K. premieres of several of her solo and chamber works. She has been recognized with artist fellowships from the John S. Guggenheim Foundation and the Rockefeller Foundation. Most recently she received the Leonard Bernstein Award from ASCAP. Educated at Roosevelt University (MM) and the Peabody Institute (DMA), Ms. Kirsten is co-founder and director of HOWL, a modular new music ensemble that specializes in instrumental and vocal theatre. In 2014, HOWL’s record label, Bad Wolf Music, released its first recording, If this world could stop… Upcoming releases include paper and ink, the first CD of Ms. Kirsten’s solo and chamber works. Her music is also recorded on the Parlour Tapes+ label. Ms. Kirsten grew up in the suburbs of Kansas City, Missouri and Chicago, Illinois. After living for seven years in Baltimore, MD she now lives with her husband, Christopher Theofanidis (also a composer), in New Haven, Connecticut and teaches music composition privately and, for the past seven years, at the highSCORE summer festival in Pavia, Italy. In fall of 2017, she joins the faculty of the Longy School of Music of Bard College in Cambridge, MA, and previously served on the composition faculty at the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University during the 2015-17 academic years. (Photo by J Henry Fair)
David Ludwig (born 1974, Bucks County, Pennsylvania) is “a composer with something urgent to say” (Philadelphia Inquirer). His music has been described as “arresting and dramatically hued” (The New York Times) and “supercharged with electrical energy and raw emotion” (Fanfare). Ludwig has written for many prominent artists, including Jonathan Biss, Jennifer Koh, the Dover and Borromeo quartets, eighth blackbird, ECCO, and orchestras including the Philadelphia, Minnesota, Pittsburgh, and National Symphonies. In 2013 his choral work, “The New Colossus,” was selected to open the private prayer service for President Obama’s second inauguration. In 2012 NPR Music selected him as one of the Top 100 Composers Under Forty in the world. This season’s highlights include the premiere of a concerto written for pianist Anne-Marie McDermott, commissioned by the Bravo! Vail music festival in honor of their thirtieth anniversary. Ludwig was also awarded a prestigious Pew Center for Arts and Heritage Performance Grant to support the creation of The Anchoress, a new song cycle for the PRISM Quartet, Piffaro “The Renaissance Band,” and soprano Hyunah Yu. The work will open the 2018 season for the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society. Recent highlights include a violin concerto written for his wife, acclaimed violinist Bella Hristova; the concerto was commissioned by a consortium of eight orchestras across the United States. Other recent commission and performances include Titania’s Dream for the KLR Trio, Swan Song for Benjamin Beilman commissioned by Carnegie Hall, and Pictures from the Floating World commissioned by the Philadelphia Orchestra for bassoonist Daniel Matsukawa and conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin. Ludwig is the recipient of the First Music Award, a two-time winner of the Independence Foundation Fellowship, and a Theodore Presser Foundation Career Grant, as well as awards from New Music USA, American Composers Forum, American Music Center, and the National Endowment for the Arts. He has had multiple residencies at the Yaddo and MacDowell artist colonies, the Isabella Gardner Museum and Marlboro Music. Ludwig has served on the faculty of Yellow Barn and the Ravinia Steans Institute, and is Artistic Director of the Curtis Young Artist Summer Program. Born in Bucks County, P.A., Ludwig comes from several generations of eminent musicians including grandfather Rudolf Serkin and great-grandfather Adolf Busch. He holds degrees from Oberlin, The Manhattan School, the Curtis Institute, The Juilliard School, and a PhD from the University of Pennsylvania. Ludwig serves as the director of the composition faculty of Curtis and is the Gie and Lisa Liem Artistic Advisor and director of the Curtis 20/21 Contemporary Music Ensemble.
Dmitri Tymoczko (born 1969, Cambridge, Massachusetts) is a composer and music theorist who teaches at Princeton University. His book A Geometry of Music (Oxford) has been described as “a tour de force” (The Times Literary Supplement), a “monumental achievement” (Music Theory Online), and, potentially, a modern analogue to Schoenberg’s Harmonielehre (The Musical Times). His two CDs, Beat Therapy (“far reaching yet utterly entertaining,” Newmusicbox) and Crackpot Hymnal (“ebullient … polystylistic … kinetic … vividly orchestrated and vibrantly paced,” Sequenza21), are available from Bridge Records. A third CD, Rube Goldberg Variations, will appear in 2017. The author of the first music-theory article ever published by Science magazine, he has received a Rhodes scholarship, a Guggenheim fellowship, and additional prizes from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Tanglewood, the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics, and others. His music, which often draws on jazz and rock, has been performed and commissioned by groups including the Amernet Quartet, the Atlantic Brass Quintet, the Brentano Quartet, the Corigliano Quartet, Flexible Music, Gallicantus, the Gregg Smith Singers, the Illinois Modern Ensemble, Janus Trio, the Kitchener/Waterloo symphony, Network for New Music, Newspeak, Pacifica Quartet, Synergy Vocal Ensemble, Third Coast Percussion Quartet, and Ursula Oppens.
Kristel Pappel (born on November 6, 1961) is an Estonian musicologist specialized in the research areas of history and of theory of opera and music theatre. She studied violin and musicology at the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre (EAMT), completing her PhD in 2004 („Opera in Tallinn in the Nineteenth Century“). She is Professor of music history at the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre, where since 2015 she is also head of the centre for doctoral studies. She has received several research scholarships, including: Stadt Lübeck, Forschungsinstitut für Musiktheater, Universität Bayreuth, International Wagner Society, Viro-Säätiö Helsinki etc. Between 2011 and 2014 she was appointed guest professor for music theatre at the Vienna University. In addition she has been guest lecturer at several universities: Göttingen, Dresden, Leipzig, etc. She has published several articles in Estonian, German and English. She is editor (with Michael Heinemann) of the essays by Joachim Herz (3 volumes, 2010–2012, Köln) and of the anthologies about August von Kotzebue (co-operation with the Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften, series Berliner Klassik, vol. 22 (2016) and vol. 25 (2017)).
Christopher Theofanidis (born 12/18/67 in Dallas, Texas) has had performances by many leading orchestras from around the world, including the London Symphony, the New York Philharmonic, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Atlanta Symphony, the Moscow Soloists, the National, Baltimore, St. Louis, and Detroit Symphonies, among many others. He has also served as Composer of the Year for the Pittsburgh Symphony during their 2006-7 season, for which he wrote a violin concerto for Sarah Chang. Mr. Theofanidis holds degrees from Yale, the Eastman School of Music, and the University of Houston, and has been the recipient of the International Masterprize, the Rome Prize, a Guggenheim fellowship, a Fulbright fellowship to France to study with Tristan Murail at IRCAM, a Tanglewood fellowship, and two fellowships from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. In 2007 he was nominated for a Grammy award for best composition for his chorus and orchestra work, The Here and Now, based on the poetry of Rumi, and again in 2017 for his bassoon concerto. His orchestral work, Rainbow Body, has been one of the most performed new orchestral works of the new millennium, having been performed by over 150 different orchestras internationally. Mr. Theofanidis’ has written a ballet for the American Ballet Theatre, a work for the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra as part of their ‘New Brandenburg’ series, and two operas for the San Francisco and Houston Grand Opera companies. Thomas Hampson sang the lead role in the San Francisco opera. His work for Houston, The Refuge, features six sets of international non-Western musicians alongside the opera musicians. He has a long-standing relationship with the Atlanta Symphony and Maestro Robert Spano, and has four recordings with them, including his recent concert length oratorio, Creation/Creator, which was featured at the SHIFT festival at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. this year with the ASO, chorus, and soloists. His work, Dreamtime Ancestors, for the orchestral consortium, New Music for America, has been played by over fifty orchestras over the past two seasons. He has served as a delegate to the US-Japan Foundation’s Leadership Program, and he is a former faculty member of the Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University as well as the Juilliard School. Mr. Theofanidis is currently a professor at Yale University, and composer-in-residence and co-director of the composition program at the Aspen Music Festival, and he formerly was the director of composition at the highSCORE festival in Italy. (Photo by Matthew Fried)
Giovanni Albini (born 1982, Pavia, Italy), composer, is professor of Music Theory at the Conservatory “J. Tomadini” of Udine (IT), lecturer of Music Informatics and Composition related disciplines at the “F. Vittadini” Higher Institute of Music Studies (IT), lecturer of Music Analysis at the Conservatorio della Svizzera Italiana (CH), member of the Istituto di Studi Superiori dell’Insubria “Gerolamo Cardano” and PhD student in Music Composition at the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre in Tallinn, researching on mathematically informed aesthetic theories of music composition. He is also former professor of Composition, Harmony and Counterpoint at the Conservatory “C. Monteverdi” of Bolzano, of Music Theory and Computer Music at the Conservatory “F. A. Bonporti” of Trento, of Mathematical Music Theory at the “F. Vittadini” Higher Institute of Music Studies, of Music Theory at the Conservatory “G. Verdi” of Ravenna, and at the “O. Vecchi – A. Tonelli” Higher Institute of Music Studies of Modena where he has also been head of the Music Theory Department. His theoretical research focuses on mathematically informed aesthetic theories of music composition, mathematical music theory and its application to composition and he devoted himself with special interest to soundtracks for interactive media, music AI and non linear composition systems. He has given several lectures at many universities, conservatories and institutions including Yale University (USA), Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (MX), Open University (UK), Lithuanian Union of Composers (LT), Università degli Studi di Milano (IT), Biennale di Venezia (IT), etc. He studied Composition at the Conservatory of Lugano and at the “G. Verdi” Conservatory of Milan, achieving a maximum marks ‘Diploma di I livello’ (BM) and a cum laude ‘Diploma di II livello’ (MM). He subsequently received a ‘Diploma di Alto Perfezionamento’ (PgD) in Composition at the prestigious Accademia Nazionale di “Santa Cecilia” in Rome and he also received a BS and a MS in Mathematics and a ‘Diploma’ (MM) in Classical Guitar. His tracks have been commissioned and used by international brands such as Giorgio Armani, Alfa Romeo, Diesel, BMW, Dovetail Games and Touring Club. He devoted himself with special interest to soundtracks for interactive media: his soundtracks for Mattia Costa’s live films (winner of the Nastro Azzurro Video Talent Award of the Milano Film Festival) are worth of notice. In addition his concert scores have won several composition prizes and have been performed by international soloists, ensembles, and orchestras around the world (Europe, USA, Canada and Japan). Two monographic CDs compiling his most significant chamber, orchestral and sacred scores, “Musica Ciclica” and “Musica Sacra” has been published by Brilliant Classics and distributed worldwide (in the USA by Naxos America). He is the founding Artistic Director of the highSCORE New Music Center and of the highSCORE Festival today’s principal Italian Contemporary Music Festival offering masterclasses. He wrote about classical and contemporary music in the “Intelligence and Lifestyle” section of the Italian magazine “Il Sole 24 Ore”, the leading italian financial newspaper, and he runs “Perle di Vetro”, a contemporary music column for “Il Corriere Musicale”. (Photo by Elisa Bracco)
Born in Moncalieri, Alberto Barberis is active as composer, improviser, guitarist, electroacoustic performer and electronic music teacher, currently teaching Technology and Electronic Music at the “Conservatorio della Svizzera Italiana” of Lugano (CH). He got the Diploma in classical guitar at the Conservatory of Turin (IT) and the Master’s degree in classical guitar at the Conservatory of Brescia (IT), studying with Giorgio Mirto, Maurizio Colonna and Bruno Giuffredi. In parallel he studied composition with Giovanni Albini and he obtained with honors the Master of Arts in Composition and Theory at the Conservatorio della Svizzera italiana of Lugano (CH), studying with Nadir Vassena, Giovanni Verrando and Sylviane Sapir. Alongside his musical activity, he undertook also Engineering Studies – in the field of Information Technology – at the Polytechnic of Turin, which stimulated his interest for mathematical applications in musical composition, programming, electronic and computer music. Since 2012 he is the Assistant Artistic Director of highSCORE New Music Center and from 2016 he is part of the artistic committee of OGGIMUSICA. He is a member of FloatingForest Record, a label and a collective of improvisation and experimental music. Recently he collaborated with several contemporary music ensembles including the Ensemble Recherche (DE), the Eutopia Ensemble (IT), and he took part in many international music festivals, such as OGGIMUSICA (CH), Nachtstrom (CH), Maggio Elettrico (IT), Afekt (ET), EAR (CH). Alongside his artistic activity he develops music software, such as tiascolto (a ear-training application) and Ormé (a spatialization software – presented at CIM XIX). In 2016 he won the Werkjahr 2017 of the foundation Christoph Delz (Basel – CH), with a research project on the interaction between orchestral instruments and electronic devices. (Photo by Valentina D’Annunzio)
Giovanni Cestino, born in 1992, holds a degree cum laude in Classical guitar from Conservatory of Alessandria (2010) and a master degree cum laude in Musicology from University of Pavia (2014). He is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Milan (Department of Cultural Heritage and Environment). Since late 2017 he has been appointed as Collaborator of the Centro Studi Luciano Berio (Florence). In 2017 he also took part in two projects by the Paul Sacher Stiftung (Basel) dedicated to unpublished works by Pierre Boulez and Cathy Berberian. He collaborated with several publishers and record labels like Edizioni Suvini Zerboni, Bérben, Zecchini, Consonarte and Toccata. Musical texts and textuality lie at the core of his musicological interests, which are carried out on two parallel sides. On one hand he focuses on Italian music of the second half of the XX Century, with editorial projects dedicated to various composers (among them M. Barbieri, C. Berberian, C. Mosso, C. Togni). On the other he investigates annotated scores by XX Century performers, towards defining a methodology of analysis of such sources. Besides his musicological activity, he continues his studies in composition and conducting with Paolo Ferrara and in lute with Massimo Lonardi. Since 2014 he permanently conducts the Choir of the Faculty of Musicology (Cremona). As a conductor he premiered various works by contemporary composers like G. Albini, A. Barberis and M. Benetti, and first modern performances of works by B. Maderna and C. Mosso. (Photo by Stephan Felderer)
Valerio Febbroni was born in Pavia, Italy, in 1986. Since his youth he has showed a great interest in the study of the recorder, starting his studies under the guidance of Simone Erre when he was only seven years old. He graduated with honors at the Conservatorio Franco Vittadini di Pavia and he specialized in early music repertoire as well as in the contemporary one. He is a permanent member, as recorder player, of the ensemble “Il Giardino delle Muse” with which he performs in lots of Italian and European music festivals and recorded two CDs (“Musica Sacra”, edited by Brilliant Classics, and “Fantasia sopra La Sol Fa Re MI”, edited by Studio Musica Production). In 2015 he played, as a soloist with choir and guitar orchestra, two pieces written for him by Giovanni Albini (O quam beata urbis) and Alberto Barberis (Syrus) in Pavia’s Cathedral for an EXPO 2015 concert. He has attended courses and masterclasses with Giovanni Albini, Ugo Nastrucci, Massimo Lonardi, Manuel Staropoli, Lorenzo Cavasanti, Dan Laurin among the others. Since 2015 he is a teacher of Musical Education for the Italian Ministry of Education. Since 2017 he was included in the highSCORE Festival Faculty. (Photo by Brian Lops)
Tze Yeung Ho (b. 1992) is a native of Oslo and identifies as a ‘Norwegian-Canadian composer of Cantonese descent residing in Estonia.’ Tze Yeung represented Norway in the UNM (Ung Nordisk Musikk) festival of 2015 held in Helsinki, Finland, where his saxophone concerto ‘ingest thrice, as prescribed;’ received its premiere by the Avanti! Chamber Orchestra (FI). He represented Norway in the same festival again in 2018 with his chamber operetta in collaboration with writer Linda Gabrielsen, jeg gir faen i magnoliaen? in Bergen (described as “an exercise in extremes” – James Black in Seismograf, DK). He is the first prize recipient of Land’s End Ensemble’s 17th annual composition competition. Some highlighted activities include his participation as a resident artist in the PRAKSIS interdisciplinary arts program held in Oslo, collaboration with Heidi Dahlsveen in the project 23.27 at the Fortellerfestival 2017 (Norwegian Storytelling Festival), development of a choir-performance work with Norwegian dramaturge Marius Kolbenstvedt, and his involvement in an opera project with the Oslo National Art Academy (KHiO) in the Ultima Festival. Tze Yeung has worked with an array of performers and artists in different facets, including the NyNorsk messingkvintett (NO), Trondheim Symphony Orchestra (NO), Elisabeth Hetherington (NL/CA), Matti Pulkki (FI), Caroline Hausen (DE), MolOt Ensemble (RU), Ukho Ensemble (UA), Heidi Dahlsveen (NO), Thirty Fingers Trio (LT), Honghong Zheng (NO/ZH), Decho Ensemble (US), Michael Bridge (CA) and so forth. A selection of Tze Yeung’s scores are available at NB Noter, the new music publications of the Norwegian National Archives, and as well at the Canadian Music Centre. He has graduated from the University of Toronto and the Norwegian Academy of Music, where he holds a bachelor and a master degree respectively. Tze Yeung is currently completing his PhD studies in composition at the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre. He is a co-founder of Ensemble +47, a sinfonietta for contemporary music based in Oslo. Tze Yeung is, as well, the chairman of the Norwegian chapter of the UNM (Ung Nordisk Musikk – Nordic Youth Music) festival from 2019 and the current treasurer for the Periferien – nyMusikk Oslo concert series. Tze Yeung is an associate composer of: The Norwegian Society of Composers, nyMusikks Composers’ Group, Canadian Music Centre, and of the Hong Kong Composers’ Guild. His former and current mentors include Gary Kulesha (CA), Trond Reinholdtsen (NO), Lars Petter Hagen (NO), Asbjørn Schaathun (NO), Alexander Weinstangel (CA/HR) and Toivo Tulev (EE).
Ensemble +47 was established by Oslo-based performers and composers in 2016 with a mission to bring music of living composers to a wide audience. Although it is a sinfonietta-sized group focusing on a repertoire of contemporary music, the ensemble also performs in various smaller constellations in different settings. +47 has worked in collaboration with esteemed young conductors Nils Erik Måseidvåg and Edvin Simenstad for full-ensemble concerts. It has also commissioned new works by Jonas Skaarud and Martin Hirsti-Kvam with support of composers’ funds, played in the concert series of nyMusikks komponistgruppe in Norway and held a feature concert as part of the celebration of Norwegian Academy of Music’s establishment. The trio from Ensemble +47 participating in HighScore festival this year consists of its members: Aliisa Neige Barrière (violin), Kamilla Ræder Kvarstein (cello) and Andreas Angell (accordion).
Katsiaryna Shapachka was born on August 18, 1992 in the city of Minsk. In 2012 she graduated with A level diploma from the Republican College at the Belarusian State Academy of Music. In 2017, Katsiaryna graduated with honors from P.I. Tchaikovsky Moscow State Conservatoire. At present, she is a teacher of a special cycle and chamber ensemble in Belarussian Republic Music College. Katsiaryna actively performs in Belarus and abroad as a soloist, as member of a chamber ensemble and a quartet. During her studies at RMC she repeatedly appeared in the subscription concert of the Belarusian State Philharmonic Society, she soloed with the State chamber and symphonic orchestras of the Republic of Belarus. During the training in the Moscow State Conservatory, Ekaterina took part in number of concerts as a soloist and as a member of Chamber orchestra under the guidance of Honored Artist of Russia, Professor E. Grach. Katsiaryna Shapachka is a laureate of International music competitions and the Laureate of the Presidential Foundation for the Support of Talented Youth.
Quartetto Indaco (Eleonora Matsuno, Jamiang Santi, Francesca Turcato and Cosimo Carovani) was formed at the Scuola di Musica di Fiesole in 2007, thanks to the encouragement and help of Piero Farulli and Andrea Nannoni. Subsequently, the ensemble participated in master classes with numerous internationally renowned quartets including the Artemis, Brodsky and Prometeo Quartets as well as in specialized courses with members of great quartets such as Milan Skampa-Smetana Quartet, Hatto Beyerle-Alban Berg Quartet, Rainer Schmidt-Hagen Quartet and Krzysztof Chorzelski-Belcea Quartet. Quartetto Indaco is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in chamber music at the Musikhochschule of Hannover under the guidance of Oliver Willie, member of the Kuss Quartet. The quartet has performed on concert series’ and festivals throughout Italy including a performance at the Palazzo del Quirinale in Rome (which was broadcast throughout Italy by Rai Radio 3), as well as in festivals such as “Aosta Classica”, “Festival dei due mondi” in Spoleto and “Festival della creativitа” in Florence and Prato”. They have appeared in various European countries including Ireland (Dublin and Galway), Latvia (Riga and Jurmala), Germany (Podium Festival in Essen, Hannover and Bad Pyrmont), Sweden (Stockholm and Vдnersborg), and Holland (The Hague and Kerkrade). Since 2017 the quartet is participating to the project Le Dimore del Quartetto in collaboration with ADSI and Associazione Piero Farulli. Finalist at the prestigious string quartet competition “Premio Paolo Borciani” XI edition, the quartet has won several prizes in international competitions including the “Premio Papini” and “Enrica Cremonesi”. In 2014, they were the recipients of the special prize “Jeunesses Musicales” at the X edition of “Premio Paolo Borciani”. The quartet has performed with many illustrious international artists, including the pianists Bruno Canino and Carlo Balzaretti, Davide Formisano, Paolo Beltramini (solo clarinet of the Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana) as well as Valentin Erben, the cellist of the Alban Berg Quartet with whom, in 2012, they performed the quintet for two cellos by Schubert. Quartetto Indaco is also dedicated to contemporary music with the goal of giving a voice to new musical language: In this regard they were awarded with “Premio Giuseppe Scotese” as best performer during the 53rd edition of ‘Festival Nuova Consonanza’ in Roma; as well Quartetto Indaco is ’ensemble in residence’ at the ‘International HighScore Festival’ of Pavia since 2010. The quartet has received enthusiastic and glowing reviews from many music critics. The Ttela Newspaper of Sweden wrote “their performance is like a stupefying show of fireworks, so brilliant that the walls could hardly contain it”. Il Giornale di Vicenza describes the quartet as “compact, full of polish and exuberance, a real revelation. The Quartetto Indaco shows lucid precision, concentration and great ability”.
unassisted fold is a german-italian duo formed by flutist Sonja Horlacher and guitarist Flavio Virzì playing acoustic and electronic music. Their interest for diversity and contaminations brings them to collaborate with composers and multimedia artists from different areas. They have been invited to perform in new and experimental music festivals, art galleries, squats and museums such as: curva minore contemporary sound (IT), Euro microfest (D), Kaskadenkondesator (CH), Historisches Museum Frankfurt (D). Their recordings are released by Limit cycle records and Classwar Karaoke.
Composer and computer scientist. Executive Director of the highSCORE New Music Center since 2006. President of the “F. Vittadini” Higher Institute of Music Studies of Pavia from 2010 to 2013. Selected by the European Commission in Brussels as Expert both in the MEDIA and in the Culture programs. Currently, Global Head of Contents at Campus Party, the greatest technological experience of the world which brings together young geeks in a festival of innovation, creativity, science, entrepreneurship & entertainment. As a passionate Entrepreneur, he invests in marketing and technology. Recipient of the “Ivano Becchi” Professional Award endowed by the Banca del Monte di Lombardia Foundation. Keyboardist and composer for the rock band Armonite. (Photo by MCM)
Fabrizio Nastari (b. 1990, Roma) is a composer now enrolled in Master program of Composition under the supervision of Toivo Tulev and Helena Tulve at the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre in Tallinn. He earned a Master Degree in Composition with F. Antonioni, a Bachelor degree in Choral Conducting and Composition with Mauro Bacherini, and studied in a Bachelor program in Electroacustic Composition with L. Ceccarelli at the Conservatory “O. Respighi” of Latina. His researches primarily focused on the style Palestrina, are now concentrated on semiotic aspects of music. His composition has been performed in european festival such as “RavennaFestival”, “Estonian Music Days”, “HighScore Festival”, “Le forme del suono” and others. He took part in several masterclasses, seminars and workshops with many composers and theorist such as Julia Wolfe, Michael Finnissy, Ivan Fedele, Helmut Lachenmann, Derek Bermel, Dmitri Tymoczko, Filippo Perocco, Doina Rotaru, Richard Causton and others.
Eliana Rottoli, born in Varese in 1992, is a violinist and graduate student at the “Università Statale di Milano”, studying foreign languages. In 2015 she got the Bachelor degree at the “Conservatorio Franco Vittadini” in Pavia and now she’s attending the Master degree with Cinzia Barbagelata at the “Conservatorio Giuseppe Verdi” in Milan. She plays in several orchestras and chamber groups. She is co-founder of the “Trio on the Road” with flute and cello, perfecting themselves at the “Scuola di Musica di Fiesole” with Giampaolo Pretto. Together with her music activity, she pursues her passion for arts, thanks to her artistic formation in the High School. Since 2016 she is a member of the highSCORE Staff as a Production Assistant.