Chaya Czernowin was born and brought up in Israel. She studied in Israel, Germany, the US and lived also in Tokyo and in Vienna. Her music has been performed throughout the world, and she has held professorships at UCSD, at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna, and was appointed the Walter Bigelow Rosen Professor of Music (composition) at Harvard University in 2009.
Czernowin’s output includes chamber and orchestral music, with and without electronics, though her most well-known works may be for the stage, including Pnima...ins Innere (2000, Munich Biennale) chosen to be the best premiere of the year by Opernwelt), and Adama (2004/5) with Mozart's Zaide (Salzburg Festival).
Characteristic of her work are attempts to find alternative temporalities, changing perspectives and scale, fragmentation, examination and stretching of identities; all are coupled with a strong physical imprint and high emotional intensity. In addition to numerous other prizes, Czernowin was awarded the Kranichsteiner Musikpreis in the Darmstadt Ferienkurse1992, the IRCAM reading panel commission in 1998, a number of scholarships of the SWR Experimental Studio Freiburg, the composer prize of the Ernst-von-Siemens Music Foundation in 2003, the Rockefeller Foundation in 2004, the Fromm Foundation Award in 2008, the Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship in 2011, ISCM World Music Days in 1995 and 2001, and a nomination as a fellow to the Wissenschaftskolleg Berlin in 2008. Her work is published exclusively by Schott.
Peter Ivan Edwards was born in New York in 1973. His work has been performed throughout the world by numerous ensembles, including the Mutare Ensemble, Ensemble SurPlus, Ensemble Chronophonie, Ensemble Ascolta, the Noise Ensemble, the mmm… collective, and the La Jolla Symphony. He has been an invited participant at both the Darmstadt Ferienkurse für neue Musik in 2002 and the June in Buffalo Festival in 2005. His works have been performed at major international festivals including the Darmstadt Ferienkurse für neue Musik (2002), the MATA Festival (2005), Donaueschinger Musiktage (2008), and Wien Modern (2008).
In addition to a DAAD Grant in 2001, Edwards has also been awarded three ASCAP Standard Awards, 3rd Prize in the Deutscher Studienpreis 2002, and was a winner of the Klangraum-Raumklang competition that was part of the 2002 Internationale Ferienkurse für neue Musik in Darmstadt, Germany.
Edwards also performs live electronic music solo and with his trio Ang Mo Faux. To date, he’s performed in Singapore, Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Hong Kong, and Tel Aviv.
Edwards studied composition at Northwestern University; the University of California, San Diego; and the Folkwang Hochschule Essen. His principal composition instructors are Chaya Czernowin and Nicolaus A. Huber. Currently, Edwards is an Associate Professor at the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music in Singapore, where he teaches music composition and music theory.
His recent debut CD Object Lessons is available on Albany Records. His work Knapp, written for British trumpeter Stephen Altoft, can be heard on the recently released CD The Yasser Collection from Microtonal Projects.
Born 1960 in Los Angeles, studied composition with Noah Creshevsky, Bunita Marcus, Morton Feldman, Brian Ferneyhough, Joji Yuasa and Roger Reynolds (PhD chair), as well as computer music with Charles Dodge, F. Richard Moore, and Harold Cohen. He began his undergraduate work at the University of California, Los Angeles and completed the bachelor’s degree at the Brooklyn College Conservatory of Music, City University of New York. He received his master’s and doctoral degrees in composition from the University of California, San Diego and has held artists and guest residencies in Japan, Germany, France, Israel, and the United States.
He’s the recipient of numerous awards including a 2010 John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship, a Japan Foundation Artist Fellowship and Residency, a DAAD HSK Award, a Heinrich-Strobel Foundation Experimentalstudio Grant, a Morton Gould ASCAP Award, a MacDowell Colony Fellowship, a University of California Regents Fellowship, the Maxwell and Muriel Gluck Endowed Fellowship for Music Composition, a UCLA Pierre Boulez Residency, and a special scholarship from the Mayor of Darmstadt.
Takasugi teaches composition as an Associate in the Music Department in Harvard University's doctoral student composition program and is Managing Director of the Harvard Summer Institute for Music Composition. He is on the board of directors of the Talea Ensemble, New York and the advisory board of the Eiler Foundation, San Diego. He has taught at the University of California, San Diego, the California Institute of the Arts, the Kunitachi College of Music, Tokyo, and HaTeiva in Jaffa, Israel. He is permanent faculty at the International Summer Academy for Composition, Academy Schloss Solitude in Stuttgart and the Tzlil Meudcan Summer Course for Contemporary Performance and Composition in Israel. He has lectured extensively, is author of many articles on New Music and aesthetics, and is one of the founding editors of Search Journal for New Music and Culture, a peer reviewed journal with an emphasis on New Music composition.
Ensemble and Conductor
The Ensemble ascolta, based in Stuttgart (Germany) was founded in 2003 by seven musicians who had known each other for many years from working together in various chamber music groups. The intention is to make excellent new scores possible through adequate rehearsal and performance.
The unusual regular line up, concentrating on brass and percussion, breaks new ground among other ensembles. Over the years more than 100 new works have been composed for ascolta. More new works - by Beat Furrer, Marko Nikodijevic and Simon Steen-Anderson, among others - are in the making.
ascolta has been a guest of many german and international new music festivals, for instance Lucerne Festival (Switzerland), Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival (England), Darmstadt Summer Courses, Donaueschingen Musiktage, the Berlin Festspiele/Märzmusik (all Germany), the Biennale in Salzburg and Wien Modern (both Austria). There is also regular cooperation with partners nearer to home: with the Stuttgart Musikfest and the Academy Schloss Solitude, with the Stuttgart Music Highschool and Stuttgart State Art Gallery, with the New Vocal Soloists and with the institution Musik der Jahrhunderte (Music Through the Centuries) in whose rehearsal spaces the ensemble is privileged to work.
A project combining avantgarde silent flms of the 1920s and 30s with new compositions by Martin Smolka, Sven-Ingo Koch, Olga Neuwirth, among many others, was initiated as a collaboration with ZDF/Arte (German/French cultural television) and has been continuously enriched by more than 20 new compositions written for classic experimental films by Hans Richter and Oskar Fischinger as well as to classic silent films such as "Entr'acte" by René Clair and "Le chien andalou" by Luis Buñuel/Salvador Dali with performances internationally as far afield as Azerbaijan. The project is currently being opened up to contemporary film, in cooperation with the Music Highschool and the Art Academy, both in Stuttgart.
The programmatic conceptions of the Ensemble ascolta span classical modernism (the Second Viennese School and Erik Satie) via Fluxus and many first performances to the boundaries of rock music. A project including Frank Zappa's synclavier music in transcriptions for ascolta has resulted, in collaboration with the Zappa Family Trust, in a CD of previously unpublished works (currently awaiting issue); further performances with more newly transcribed synclavier music are being planned.
Since 2008 ascolta, supported by the Cultural Office of the City of Stuttgart, has its own concert series "ascolta plays …".
The key to Jason Lai’s work as a musician is making music accessible to all and he combines his role of conductor and presenter with the greatest of ease. His talents have been used both on the podium and for the BBC in the many programmes he has filmed for them.
Early success came when he won the BBC Young Conductors Workshop in 2002 and was awarded the post of Assistant Conductor to the BBC Philharmonic. His successful tenure with the orchestra gave him the opportunity to work closely with principal conductor Gianandrea Noseda, and to conduct the other BBC orchestras and BBC Singers in various concerts and recordings which have been broadcast on Radio 3, he also made his BBC Proms debut with the BBC Philharmonic in 2003.
Jason has been working closely with the Hong Kong Sinfonietta as their Artist Associate developing concerts and programmes. His ability to both conduct and present concerts and involve audiences has been widely praised demonstrating that classical concerts don’t necessarily have to conform to one type of approach. His passion is always seekingnew and exciting ways to bring audiences closer to the music.
His most recent post has been as Principal Conductor of the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory Orchestra, Singapore where he has worked tirelessly to train the musicians of the future and has successfully built up the orchestra to great critical acclaim. He has recently made successful debuts with both the Singapore National Youth Orchestra and Singapore Symphony Orchestra and has received re-invitations. Jason was also a prize winner at the Leeds Conducting Competition in 2005 and has assisted and taken part in masterclasses with Pierre Boulez, Colin Davis, Valery Gergiev,Simon Rattle, Daniel Harding and Claus Peter Flor.
He has conducted the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Halle Orchestra, Havant Symphony Orchestra, Leicester Symphony Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, New Bristol Sinfonia, Norrkoping Symphony Orchestra, Scottish Chamber Orchestra and the Oxford University Orchestra.
Other appearances have been with the Liverpool Mozart Orchestra, Bampton Classical Opera, Ulster Orchestra where he replaced Vernon Handley at short notice, Salomon Orchestra, Haydn Chamber Orchestra, Paragon Ensemble, National Youth Orchestra of Great Britian, Orpheus Sinfonia and Royal Philharmonic, Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, Malaysian Philharmonic, Evergreen Orchestra, Taipei Symphony Orchestra, Hong Kong Philharmonic and Hong Kong Sinfonietta. This season he makes his debuts with the Singapore National Youth Orchestra and the Singapore Symphony Orchestra. Opera credits include numerous performances with Guildhall Opera, Bampton Classical Opera, British Youth Opera and English Touring Opera.
As a broadcaster Jason has appeared on the panel of BBC Young Musician of the Year competition and was a judge for the BBC2 classical talent show Classical Star. He was one of the conducting mentors in the BBC2 series Maestro and won the competition with his celebrity student comedienne Sue Perkins. Other TV appearances include Clash for CBBC, How a Choir Works BBC4 and The Culture Show for BBC2.
Born in the UK to Chinese parents Jason Lai began his musical studies at the age of eleven and was awarded a scholarship to Chetham’s School of Music, Manchester, to study cello with Raphael Wallfisch and Gillian Thoday.
In 1993 he was awarded a Hadow Scholarship to study music and composition at Oxford University. During his time at Oxford he was appointed Music Director of the Oxford University Philharmonia giving him his first chances to conduct an orchestra in major repertoire.
Brook studied orchestration and composition with Luc Brewaeys, Brian Cherney, Richard Carrick, and George Lewis. Taylor has also studied Hindustani musical performance in Kolkata, India, with Pandit Debashish Bhattacharya. Taylor has won many awards and prizes for his compositions including the Coup de Coeur prize from the Nouvel Ensemble Moderne for his chamber orchestra work, Murder Ballad, A Lee Ettelson Award, and three SOCAN Young Composers awards, including a first prize for his solo violin work, Vocalise. Taylor Brook’s music has been performed in North America and Europe by ensembles and soloists such as the Nouvel Ensemble Moderne, Quatour Bozzini, JACK quartet, Orchestre de la Francophonie Canadienne, Danielle Cumming and Mira Benjamin. Taylor participated in the Nouvel Ensemble Moderne FORUM 2010, composing a new work to accompany the Nathalie Bujold film Les trains où vont les choses; the piece was awarded the Prix Public and second prize from the jury. Taylor currently resides in New York where he is pursuing a doctorate in composition from Columbia University. His current projects include new compositions for Ekmeles, Quatuor Bozzini, and the JACK quartet. He will also be travelling to Holland in September, 2013, as a finalist in the Gaudeamus composiiton competition with his work Motorman Frangments.
Yoav Chorev was born in 1988 in Holon, Israel. He started playing trumpet at the age of 12 and studied at a local music department. He is currently an undergrad student at the Buchman Mehta music school, in the class of Betty Olivero and a former student of Ruben Seroussi. He has had performances of pieces for different ensembles at the Contemporary music workshop in Tel Aviv university.
Chow Jun Yan is currently doing his PhD study in National University of Singapore under Prof. Steven Miller. In year 2012, he won the 3rd Prize for the category B in the Singapore International Competition for Chinese Music Composition 2012. Besides that he was also acclaimed as one of the finalists in Eighth Thailand International Composer Festival (2012), Young Composer in Southeast Asia Competition and Festival 2011, Kuala Lumpur Contemporary Music Festival (KLCMF) 2009 and Malaysia’s inaugural HSBC Classics Festival Young Composer Workshop 2008. Jun Yan started his composition study with Mr. Yii Kah Hoe, a famous Malaysian composer. He just graduated with First Class Honour in Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music (YSTCM), Singapore and was studying under Professor Ho Chee Kong, Head of Composition Faculty and Computer Music under Professor Steven Miller. Furthermore, he had his student exchange program in Peobody Conservatory of Music, studied under Dr. Oscar Bettison and having a few master classes with Chaya Czernowin, Liza Lim, Hans Thomalla, Mark Andre, Manos Tsangaris and Yuval Shaked for the past few years.
Liam Flenady is an emerging Australian composer based in Brisbane. His music has been performed by the Southern Cross Soloists, Chronology Arts, the Queensland Conservatorium Orchestra, the MAC ensemble, Kupka’s Piano, and leading European flautist Bettina Berger, amongst others. He has studied with Gerard Brophy (QCGU) and François Nicolas (IRCAM, Paris) as well as receiving lessons from numerous world-renowned Australian and international composers such as Brett Dean, Paul Stanhope, Martin Bresnick, Beat Furrer, Pierluigi Billone, and Brice Pauset. Liam graduated with First Class Honors from Queensland Conservatorium, receiving the University Medal and the Conservatorium Medal. He has received numerous other awards and grants including the Alan Lane composition prize and the Silver Harris and Jeff Peck composition prize, a JUMP mentorship grant, and an Ian Potter Cultural Trust grant. He has participated in and had his music performed at the Australian Youth Orchestra’s 2011 National Music Camp, and the 2011 Impuls International Ensemble and Composers Academy for Contemporary Music in Graz, Austria. In 2013, Liam Flenady is resident composer for Kupka’s Piano, and is beginning a PhD on counterpoint and dialectics at Queensland Conservatorium.
Chikako Morishita is a Japanese composer and pianist based in Berlin, Huddersfield (UK) and Tokyo. Her work has been performed by Tokyo Geidai Philharmonic, ELISION ensemble, ICARUS ensemble, OKEANOS ensemble, Haynes/Hubner/Menotti trio, Timothy O’Dwyer, Heather Roche, Nobutaka Yoshizawa and others in the UK, Germany, Italy, Finland, Singapore and Japan including Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival (UK), Bethanien-Kreutzberg Art Festival (Berlin) and Asian Music Festival (Tokyo). As a pianist, she has regularly played with Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra at major venues and events such as Toru Takemitsu Composition Award (Tokyo) and Suntory Summer Festival (Tokyo) where she worked with composers Salvatore Sciarrino, Helmut Lachenmann, Joji Yuasa and Dai Fujikura.
Her work focuses on areas of intercultural exchange and explores interrelationships between performative sensibility and physicality and musical form. Her publications include research that has appeared in the CeReNeM Journal (UK), and the forthcoming score and recording of her ensemble work House of the sleeping beauties (2012), premiered by ICARUS ensemble at HCMF, by University of York Music Press (UK) and Huddersfield Contemporary Records (UK). She has been awarded European Composers Professional Development Program in association with HCMF (UK, Italy and Netherland), Nomura Foundation Scholarship (Japan), Tokyo-Helsinki composer exchange program (Tokyo and Helsinki) and Tokyo Wonder Site researcher-in-residence (Tokyo), and gave guest lectures at Sibelius Academy (Helsinki).
In September 2011, Morishita was awarded Master of Arts by Research with a distinction from the University of Huddersfield (UK). She is currently a PhD candidate at Huddersfield University under the supervision of Liza Lim, Aaron Cassidy and Peter Ablinger.
Born in Seoul, Korea, in 1981. He studied composition with Shinuh Lee at Seoul National University and received Bachelor of Music in Composition (2004). He is currently working on his Master’s degree at the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz (Kunstuniversität Graz) with Beat Furrer since 2009.
He attended and received master classes from Unsuk Chin, Georg Friedrich Haas, Jukka Tiensuu, Raphael Cendo and Brian Ferneyhough, among many others. He has regularly collaborated with PPCM Ensemble (Graz) under the direction of Klangforum Wien, and also worked with Helsinki Chamber Choir, Ensemble Marges, ensemble mosaik, ensemble unitedberlin, and Curious Chamber Players at composition workshops such as “5. Junges Deutsches Komponistenforum” (2011), “Rautaavara Choir Composition Workshop” (2012), “Franz Liszt Weimar” Composition Workshop (2012), “46. Internationale Ferienkurse für Neue Musik" (Reading Session, 2012), “Voix nouvelles” Composition session in Royaumont Abbey (2012), and “impuls academy” (Young ensemble residency with Curious Chamber Players, 2013).
PANG Chun-ting is currently the recipient of Dean's Scholarship to study music composition with Dr. David Felder in the Ph.D. program at the University at Buffalo, State University of New York. His past teachers included Mr. Law Wing-fai, Mr. Mak Wai-chu, Mr. Malcolm Peyton and Dr. John Mallia.
In 2010, his percussion duo, In Different Spaces, was performed during ISCM World New Music Day in Sydney, Australia. Since then, Pang's music has been performed or read various top groups including, Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, Norrbotten NEO (Sweden), Verge Ensemble (USA), JACK Quartet (USA), Arditti Quartet (UK), Linea Ensemble (France) and Cikada (Sweden). Recently, he has been one of the invited composers in Voix Nouvelles of Fondation Royaumont and the young composer representative selected by Hong Kong Composers’ Guild to attend 30th Asian Composers League Festival and Conference in Tel Aviv.
TAN Si Heng Timothy is a year 2 Bachelor of Music (BMus) student at Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music (YSTCM), where he majors in composition under Assoc Prof Peter Ivan Edwards. He was awarded NUS Kent Ridge Undergraduate (Merit) Scholarship in 2011. Timothy is also the Artistic Director of NUS Electronic Music Lab (NUS EML), where he does ambient music, experimental music and soundscaping, and guides the group’s direction.
Timothy has been a pianist since age 4, though he has also played the violin and harmonica. He was selected to take part in Music Elective Programme (MEP) in Dunman High School (DHS) and Raffles Junior College (RJC, now Raffles Institution) from 2003 to 2008. He participated in Sec 3 MEP Summer Camp in 2005 when he was in DHS. Subsequently, when he moved on to RJC in 2007, he featured one of his works, Neglect, in school. Timothy’s chamber work, Romance of the Umbrellas, was performed in the biennial MOE-MEP Concert Odyssey in 2008. Timothy obtained Diploma of The Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (DipABRSM) in his piano performance in 2009.
Timothy was born and currently resides in Singapore. He is interested in contemporary classical music, electronic music, sound-walking, mathematics, as well as linguistics. He is conversant with both English and Chinese and is learning German and Latin. Timothy aims to be at the forefront of contemporary music-making. He aspires to further his composition studies at graduate and postgraduate levels overseas, and participate in the grooming of future composers and music enthusiasts.
Yukiko Watanabe is a Japanese composer. She studied composition with Keiko Harada, piano and chamber music with Michio Mamiya at Toho Gakuen school of Music. From 2008, she studies composition with Prof. Beat Furrer at Universität für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Graz. She has participated composition master course in Akiyoshidai's Summer, Takefu International music festival, Composers Forum in Tokyo, IEMA in Tokyo, Darmstadt Summer Course, Impuls Academy, Internationale Sommerakademie PragWienBudapest (ISA), Time of music (Finland). She attended and received master classes from Hiroyuki Ito, Joji Yuasa, Misato Mochizuki, Toshio Hosokawa, Bernhard Lang, Georg Friedrich Haas, Hanspeter Kyburz, Klaus Lang, Marco Stroppa, Nigel Osborne, Pierluigi Billone, and Rebecca Saunders. Her works have performed in Tokyo Wonder Site, Takefu International Music Festival, Darmstadt Summer Course, Hörfest, steirischer herbst, Impuls Academy, Time of music. 2008 she was recipient of "Nomura Cultural Foundation", from 2009 "Rohm Music Foundation". She is Finalist of Takefu Composition Award (2007), winner of "International competition Young Virtuosos" in category A (second prize), "Ö1 Talentebörse- Kompositionspreise"(2011). 2011 Artist in Residence in Tokyo Wonder Site. 2014 Autumn, her second opera will be performed in Graz.
Xu Weiwei was born in Shanghai. She studied piano with Zhou Wei, and composition with Deng Erbo and Yue Miao. She was taught systematically at the Middle School attached to the Shanghai Conservatory of Music. Now, she is a fourth year student of Peter Edwards at the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Singapore. During her conservatory time, she has participated in master classes and workshops with the Elision Ensemble, Chaya Czernowin, Dieter Mack and Anothai Nitibhon.
Weiwei made her debut at the Singapore Esplanade in 2012 with the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory New Music Ensemble under renowned conductor Diego Masson premiering her large ensemble work Xvirus. She was selected to write for Ensemble TIMF which premiered her chamber work, Towards 濒, in April 2012.
Dr. Anothai Nitibhon, Vice President, Princess Galyani Vadhana Institute of Music
At the 13.7500° N, 100.4833° E, Bangkok, Thailand: what is the meaning of a 'composer' especially a ‘contemporary composer’? What kind of music should we be writing? What role should we be playing within the life of music making in this part of the world?
Inspirations and musical materials come in many forms, be it an archeological artifact, a cave or a shopping center. Musicians need not be usual suspects appearing on a proper stage, nor do instruments need an equal temperament. What importance might be the essence of what we want to communicate at a place 9,000 miles away from a centre of contemporary music? If we avoid the replication of masterpieces, but are without another context for our music making, how do we communicate with our audience?
But first the question must be asked: does heading West or East mean a one way ticket to our creativity, or a journey onwards?
Cultural Identity and Composition: Looking Beyond Current Frameworks
Steven Baxter Recital Studio • 4:45-6:15pm
Dr. Chaya Czernowin, Walter Bigelow Rosen Professor of Music, Harvard University
Dr. Peter Edwards, Associate Professor, Music Theory and Composition, Yong Siew Toh Conservatory
Dr. Anothai Nitibhon, Vice President, Princess Galyani Vadhana Institute of Music
Dr. Steven Takasugi, Associate, Harvard University
What do culture, identity, and composition have to do with each other? Some contemporary composers attempt answers to this question in their work. But do these answers miss important issues, particularly in a global age of readily available information. What does it mean to express culture inside a cultural work? Does one need to be influenced artistically by the culture they grew up in? What does culture mean now as the world, particularly urban areas, becomes increasingly international and the internet allows each of us access to cultures greatly removed from our own? Through these and other questions, the panel will attempt to look at the intersection of culture, identity, and composition in its complexity.
|Formicae Mortuae||Timothy Tan|
|Introspection||Chow Jun Yan|
|A Play||Xu Weiwei||Duo||Chikako Morishita||Tribute||Taylor Brook|
* All works written as part of the DRK Young Composers Residency. All are world premieres.
Mr. Alec Hall, Co-founder of Qubit
It seems that there has never before been a time in musical history with so many instrumentalists, ensembles and organizations committed to the development and production of new music. However, the present moment is also marked by the ongoing neo-liberal erosion of financial support for experimental culture, particularly in the public sector. Amid such a crowded field of top-flight talent, all competing for the same dollars, how can new organizations take root and flourish?
A close examination into past and present new music groups will demonstrate the topography of the New York City musical establishment, and outline the possibilities for long-term accomplishments, both in New York and further afield. More importantly, how do we define organizational success in the early 21st century? Can we create new models for curation and production, and facing the reality of dwindling funding, can we maintain moral integrity and a commitment to the founding principles of our organizations?
|Trio||Liam Flenady||Vocalize the Voicelessness||Chun Ting Pang||undersurface||Na Sukju|
* All works written as part of the DRK Young Composers Residency. All are world premieres.