Alexandros Spyrou (Greece/Austria/USA)
Alexandros Spyrou is a Greek composer, founder and artistic director of the Delian Academy for New Music. In his compositional work, he questions the modernistic paradigm of dialectics and dualism and proposes an ontogenesis of a-centered multiplicities which are in a continuous morphallaxis, in a constant state of becoming. He composes chamber and orchestral music, music for stage and electronic media, and often collaborates with artists, writers, and scientists.
Alexandro's music has been performed in Greece, Italy, Austria, Germany, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States by such ensembles as the London Sinfonietta, JACK Quartet, Neue Vocalsolisten Stuttgart, MDI Ensemble Milano, Ensemble SurPlus, the Contemporary Directions Ensemble, Musica Nova Ensemble, Ensemble DissonArt, and many acclaimed soloists.
After undergraduate studies in composition and music theory in Greece, Alexandros studied composition with Michael Finnissy in the United Kingdom, with Beat Furrer in Austria, and with David Gompper and Josh Levine in the United States. Further, he attended masterclasses with numerous composers.
He has presented his music in several festivals and academies such as the Internationale Ferienkurse für Neue Musik Darmstadt, and the Schloss Solitude Akademie in Germany, the Composit Festival in Italy, the Ticino Musica Festival in Switzerland, the Midwest Composers Symposium, and the Exchange of Midwestern Collegiate Composers in the United States.
Between 2013-2017 he taught music theory and composition at the University of Iowa (USA), and served as president of the local chapter of the SCI, as student senator for the School of Music in the Graduate Student Senate, and as president of the local Fulbright Student Association. He is a member of BMI classical, the Society of Composers Inc. (USA), and the Royal Musical Association (UK).
Alexandros has been a scholar of the Fulbright Foundation, the State Scholarship Foundation of Greece, the City Council of Ioannina, the University of Iowa, the Harry D. Triantafillu Foundation, the Stanley Foundation, the Austrian agency for international cooperation in education and research (OeAD), and has received prizes like the Henry and Parker Pelzer Award for excellence in composition, the Startstipendium for composers, and the Ernst Mach Award. He holds diplomas in Harmony, Counterpoint and Fugue from the Conservatory of Ioannina (Greece), a Bachelor of Music from the University of Macedonia (Greece), a Master of Music from the University of Southampton (UK), a Master of Philosophy from the University of Bristol (UK), and a Postgraduate Diploma in composition from the University of Music and Performing Arts in Graz (Austria). He is a Ph.D candidate at the University of Iowa (USA).
Bera Romairone (Argentina/Switzerland)
Born in Ayacucho, Argentina, she started to study saxophone, piano and guitar at the age of eight years old. When she was 18, she went to Buenos Aires to continue professional studies of saxophone at the National University of Arts. Attracted by the interaction between different artistic disciplines, she finished her degree with a project called “Words about the possibility of a dialogue between languages” (published by the online magazine of music research 4'33'') in which she collaborated with composers for the creation of new musical pieces in relation with literature and verbal-phonetic element and from a semiotics approach. From 2006 she have been participating in many different ensembles and projects (Argentinian Young Orchestra of Bicentenary, Philharmonic Orchestra of Buenos Aires, Philosophy Faculty Symphonic Orchestra). In 2008, she get the First Prix of the Chamber Music Competition at the National University of Arts (UNA).
In 2011, she receives an scholarship from Mozarteum Argentino to study with Arno Bornkamp in the Netherlands. In 2014, she finishes her studies of saxophone and contemporary chamber music with Marie-Bernadette Charrier at the Conservatory of Bordeaux (France). She obtains in 2016 her Master in Interpretation at the Haute École de musique de Lausanne (Switzerland) and receives the Paléo HES-SO prix and an scholarship from Mozarteum Argentino.
Currently, she belongs to the interdisciplinary collective Young Blood Initiative, based in Amsterdam, she is the artistic director and saxophonist of the ensemble of musical creation AWKAS and participates in different festivals of contemporary music (International Summer course for new music – Darmstadt, Impuls – Graz, Delian Academy for new music – Greece). She collaborates in diferent projects with sound artists, visual artists and dancers.
Tatiana Timonina (Russia/Switzerland)
Tatiana Timonina (1992) started her musical education in the Conservatorium’s special musical college named after Rimsky-Korsakov (Saint-Petersburg, Russia) where she studies until 2011. During these years she gets I prize in solo nomination and Grand-Prix in nomination of chamber music at the International Competition «Art of the 21st century» in Kiev, Ukraine, Grand Prix at the International woodwinds competition in Yuvaskyla, Finland as well as two III prizes at the International Competition «Citta di Fazano» in Fazano, Italy and Open competition of young flutists in Moscow, Russia.
From 2011 to 2016 Tatiana studies at the Haute Ecole de Musique de Lausanne, Switzerland (class of Jose-Daniel Castellon), where she gets her Bachelor and Master of performance degrees. From 2016 to 2018 Tatiana studies at the faculty of contemporary music with Mike Svoboda, Marcus Weiss and Jurg Henneberger at the Music academy in Basel, Switzerland.
Tatiana is actively engaged in the performance of contemporary music and free improvisation, she collaborated with such musicians and composers as Vinko Globokar, Stefan Prins, George E. Lewis, Ernest H. Papier, Teodor Currentzis and others. She regularly participates in different festivals of contemporary music: “Zeiträume” in Switzerland, Mostra Sonora in Spain, Folles journées de la musique contemporaine in Switzerland, and International Summer Courses for New Music in Darmstadt, Germany. Tatiana is a member of the ensemble “Awkas”, a member and co-founder of the trio “Stop, Drop, and Roll” (flute, guitar, percussion) and trio “Dini Mueter” (flute, saxophone, piano). Tatiana is awarded with scholarships by Swiss foundations "Nicati-de-Luze", "Irène Denereaz" and “Melinda Esterházy de Galantha”.
Jana Luksts (Canada/Germany)
Jana Luksts is a pianist fiercely dedicated to the performance of contemporary classical music. A proponent of esoteric idioms for piano, Jana finds purpose in realizing new works for the instrument. Most recently, Jana was the guest artist at the Delian Academy for New Music in Mykonos (Greece), and an invited artist at the Sound Symposium XIX in Newfoundland (Canada). Jana's 2017-18 season has featured a series of solo concerts, presenting the works of Aperghis, Spyrou, Erber and Finnissy, with venues including Ypsilon (Thessaloniki, presented by Ypsilon) and St. Andrew's Church (Toronto, presented by TO.U Collective for New Music). Other engagements have included a series of concerts in collaboration with the Contemporary Music Lab at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (AuTh.) featuring works of past and current students, and alumni of the Greek Fulbright Program.
Jana has performed at the Musikiin Aika Festival (Finland), Internationale Fereinkurse für Neue Musik (Germany) and has performed as a member of the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra (hr-Sinfonieorchester), featuring Brian Ferneyhough’s rarely performed “Firecycle Beta”. In addition to this, Jana had the pleasure of giving a lecture recital on Complexism at the Manhattan School of Music during her 2016-17 season.
An advocate of new works by young Canadian composers, Jana’s collaboration with Caution Tape Sound Collective, “Quintile”, saw the premiere of four new works for two pianos, viola, percussion and bassoon this past year. Internationally, Jana had the privilege of commissioning a large-scale solo piano work from New York City based composer, George Katehis. “Orpheus I” was filmed and recorded at the DiMenna Center for Classical Music in New York City, and received several subsequent performances in Toronto, Finland and at the Internationales Musikinstitut Darmstadt. Performance highlights from previous seasons have included the presentation of solo piano works by Pierre Boulez (France) at the Isabella Stewart Gardiner Museum in Boston, MA and the performance of chamber works by Phillipe Leroux (France/Canada) at The Music Gallery in Toronto, ON.
Jana’s involvement with contemporary classical music has allowed her to work in close proximity with composers such as Helmut Lachenmann, Brian Ferneyhough and Phillipe Leroux. In addition to this, Jana has participated in many esteemed solo piano masterclasses, with notable pianists Stephen Drury (New England Conservatory), Nicolas Hodges (Musikhochschule Stuttgart), Francine Kay (Princeton University), and Gereon Kleiner (Mozarteum Salzburg).
Jana completed her Bachelor’s in Piano Performance at the University of Toronto, under the tutelage of Jamie Parker (Gryphon Trio). During her four years at the University of Toronto, Jana maintained a high level of both musical and academic performance, being awarded the Alice and Armen Matheson Full Scholarship, as well as the Women’s Arts Association of Canada Graduating Scholarship. Playing both piano and violin from a young age, Jana completed her Royal Conservatory of Music Grade 10 in Violin with Ken Stromberg, and her Royal Conservatory of Music ARCT in Piano with Elizabeth Wocks in Kelowna, British Columbia.
Nathanael Gubler (Switzerland/England)
Being a composer, arranger, contemporary violist and teacher Nathanael Gubler approaches music from many, contrasting angles. He has performed in the National Youth Orchestra of Switzerland and countless chamber music ensembles. Nathanael entered the Royal College of Music in London in 2015 where he studied with Dai Fujikura and Jonathan Cole and was awarded with a Clifton Parker Award and in 2018, the Elgar Memorial Price. His works have been performed in Switzerland, Canada, Thailand, Spain, Italy, the Netherlands, Brazil and at prestigious venues in the UK, including the National Portrait Gallery London. In 2017, he was selected by the Gaudeamus Festival to write a new piece for the Carillon in Utrecht and in the same year, was chosen to represent the RCM at the Leeds Lieder Festival 2017. Furthermore, he was invited to showcase his music at the TMAO Festival in Bangkok and at the VIPA Festival in Valencia, Spain and successfully auditioned as a viola player for 2017’s Britten-Pears Orchestra conducted by Marin Alsop. Other viola projects include performances and recordings of contemporary works for solo viola, including Brett Dean’s “Intimate Decisions” and Salvatore Sciarrino's “Tre Notturni”. 2017 also saw the live broadcast of the premiere of his composition “Bruder Klaus genannt...” for Solo Oboe and seven Double Basses which was performed by Fabien Thouand, Soloist at LA SCALA and Enrico Fagone, artistic director of the Bottesini Competition. In 2018, he won the "Featured Young Performer" audition of the London Ear Festival which involved performances for influential guests including Luciano Berio's widow.
As composer, 2018 saw the collaboration with the Neue Vocalsolisten Stuttgard, a commission for the 2018 ALBA Festival in Italy and an invitation to be Guest Artistic Director for the Borough New Music 2019 Festival in London. In addition, he was selected for the composer's seminar of 2018 Lucerne Festival Academy, which is led by Wolfgang Rihm and Peter Etövös. Current commissions and projects include an extensive work for solo piano, a piece for chamber ensemble for the Lucerne Festival, a composition for three high voices as well as an arrangement of Debussy’s Cello Sonata (for cello and strings). In terms of performing, Nathanael will appear at the 2018 Huddersfield Festival and the 2019 Borough New Music Festival in London.
He is currently studying with Jonathan Cole. (Former teachers were Dai Fujikura, Jose-Maria Sanchez-Verdu, Stefano Gervasoni and Melinda Wagner) and Viola with Ralf Ehlers (Violist of the Arditti Quartet). Nathanael is extremely interested in and inspired by abstract art like Gerhard Richter, František Kupka, Antony Gormley, César Baldaccini or Wolfgang Tillmans as well as astrophysics.
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