José Javier TORRES MALDONADO
A Mexican composer born September 7, 1968 in Chetumal (Mexico).
A violinist by training, José Javier Torres Maldonado studied composition at the Conservatories of Mexico and later of Milan. He completed his training with Franco Donatoni and Azio Corghi, (Accademia Santa Cecilia in Rome and Accademia Musicale Chigiana in Sienna), and with Ivan Fedele at the Strasburg Conservatory.
An Italian composer born April 24, 1979.
A pianist by training, Francesca Verunelli studied composition at the Florence Conservatory with Rosario Mirigliano, took advanced classes at the Accademia Santa Cecilia in Rome with Azio Corghi before completing her training with Ircam’s composition and computing course.
A German composer, clarinettist and conductor born June 19, 1973.
A clarinetist, with a diploma from the Juilliard School of Music in New York, Jörg Widmann performs the main works in the repertory and has premiered several concertos that have been dedicated to him (Musik für Klarinette und Orchester by Wolfgang Rihm; Rechant by Heinz Holliger), with leading orchestras (Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Orchestre National de France, Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal, etc.) and conductors (Daniel Barenboim, Kent Nagano, Sylvain Cambreling, etc.).
Widmann studied composition notably with Hans Werner Henze in Munich as well as with Heiner Goebbels and Wolfgang Rihm in Karlsruhe.
A French composer born February 2, 1925 in Verzy who died July 28, 1996.
After his mathematical studies were interrupted during World War II, Michel Philippot entered the Paris Conservatory and studied composition with René Leibowitz (1946-1950).
A French composer and conductor of Iranian origin born December 3, 1945 in Tehran (Iran).
After his music studies in Iran, Iradj Sahbai completed his training at the conservatories of Strasburg and Paris, where he followed the teaching of Olivier Messiaen and won, notably, the composition prize.
A German composer born September 23, 1964 in Dassau (Germany).
Annette Schlünz studied composition at the Musikhochschule in Dresden (1983-1987) and at the University of Berlin (1988-1991). Often finding inspiration in literature and poetry, she develops material that is limited at first, and she renounces any outbursts of virtuosity. She works on time, on its dilatation and contraction in a sound continuum, yet also on the modes of instrumental and vocal play, finding unusual ways of applying sounds, and tone-colours seemingly unrelated to the instrument in question.
A Singaporean composer born August 25, 1984 in Singapore.
A pianist by training, Diana Soh studied at the Music Conservatory of Singapore University then at the University of Buffalo, where she obtained a doctorate studying under David Felder. She completed her training at Ircam (cursus of composition and computer music) and at the music academies of Royaumont, Acanthes and Gaudeamus (Amsterdam).
A French composer born October 11, 1969 in Cherbourg.
A self-taught composer, his aspirations reassured by a meeting with Pascal Dusapin, Igor Ballereau followed classes in harmony and counterpoint at, respectively, the Conservatory of the 10th arrondissement of Paris and the École Nationale de Musique ‘Alfred Cortot’.
Putting this experience to good use, he took part in a workshop at the Centre Acanthes (1994) as well as in important projects as musical assistant and assistant conductor (To be sung by Pascal Dusapin; Jacob Lenz by Wolfgang Rihm; Kassandra by Michael Jarrell).
A Japanese composer born April 27, 1977 in Osaka (Japan).
A pianist by training, Dai Fujikura has an interest in film music, in particular for horror films. He studied at the Royal College of Music then at King’s College, London, notably with George Benjamin, obtaining a doctorate.
A Brazilian composer and conductor born March 3, 1967 in Sao Jose Do Rio Preto (Brazil).
A pianist by training, Maury Buchala studied at the University of São Paulo in Brazil before following advanced classes in composition and conducting in Europe. He took part, notably, in courses at Acanthes and Ircam and developed an interest in new textures influenced by electronic sounds in instrumental processes.