» Joe Cutler
» Tansy Davies
» Johanna Doderer
» Reinhard Fuchs
» Bryn Harrison
» Marcel Reuter
» Nick Shardlow
» Johannes Maria Staud
» Mary Dullea, piano
» Loré Lixenberg, mezzo–soprano
» Clemens Kölbl, baritone
» Darragh Morgan, violin
» Rose Redgrave, viola
» Robin Michael, cello
» Roger Heaton, clarinet & bass clarinet
» Rowland Sutherland, flute

Mary Dullea (Piano) Mary Dullea is from Cork, Southern Ireland and studied at the Royal College of Music, London on the Edith Best Scholarship. Since graduating she has performed throughout Europe, South-East Asia, South Africa and the USA. Festival appearances include Brighton, Huddersfield, Aldeburgh, Belfast Festival at Queens and for West Cork Music. Increasingly sought after as an interpreter of new music Mary regularly commissions and gives first performances, notably with her piano trio, the Fidelio Trio. She has broadcast regularly for BBC Radio 3 and is co-Artistic Director of Music @ Drumcliffe, a festival in the west of Ireland. 2004 saw a year in South Africa as piano lecturer at the University of KwaZulu-Natal and performances throughout the country, including the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown. 2005 sees the release of Opera, her duo recording with Darragh Morgan, by NMC. Future performances include a recital programme based around Ligeti’s Etudes, initially throughout Ireland and the UK.

Roger Heaton (Clarinet) Roger Heaton, clarinettist and conductor, studied at the Royal Academy of Music, King’s College London and Huddersfield University. He performs with such groups as the Kreutzer and Smith String Quartets, was a member of the London Sinfonietta and Ensemble Modern, and is a member of the Gavin Bryars Ensemble, Music Projects London and Uroboros. He plays at major festivals throughout Europe and records regularly for radio and CD - 18 chamber and solo CDs currently in the catalogue. He was Music Director and Conductor of Rambert Dance Company during the 1990s and Clarinet Professor at the Darmstadt Ferienkurse für Neue Musik (1982-94) working with some of the world’s leading composers, from Cage to Zimmermann, and is currently Professor of Music at Bath Spa University. His latest CD of clarinet quintets by Morton Feldman and Christopher Fox was released on Metier last December and a CD of Tom Johnson’s solo music will appear later this year on the Silenzio/Rome label. He is currently working on a book for Routledge entitled The Versatile Clarinet, and next year he will begin editing and compiling the Encyclopaedia of the Clarinet also for Routledge.

Clemens Benedikt Kölbl (Baritone) Born 1977 in Innsbruck Clemens received his musical education from an early age from his music teacher parents. He has played the piano for most his life and also studied the violin for a couple of years. After his Matura in 1995, he started studying architecture. His vocal career began as treble in the Wiltener Sängerknaben and later on as bass in the Kammerchor Walther von der Vogelweide, both situated in Innsbruck and led by his father. Apart from that he collected musical experience in bands, youth choirs, various vocal ensembles, and as a soloist in musical productions. In 1994 he received his first professional vocal tuition from Maria-Luise Erlacher and Prof. Kurt Widmer. In 1999 he passed the auditions for the Universität für Musik und Darstellende Kunst and started his studies with Prof. Ralf Döring in 2000. Along with his training as a soloist he continued his choral singing (ChorusSineNomine, Schönbergchor, Wiener Kammerchor, Wiener Akademie, Neue Oper Wien). Since 2002, when he first came to London on an exchange programme to the Royal College of Music, he travelled a lot between Austria and the UK. Having finished the undergraduate courses both in Vienna and London, he is currently doing his fifth year with Neil Mackie, and attends regular masterclasses as well as studying Lieder with David Lutz in Vienna. As a soloist he has performed all over Austria and the UK, trying to provide lively Lieder interpretations (Schubert Die Schöne Müllerin, Winterreise, Schumann Dichterliebe, Liederkreis, Brahms Magelonelieder, Mahler Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen). His operatic repertoire is still building up and includes the Mozart baritone roles, early music (Dido and Aeneas coming up in September) as well as contemporary premieres, which he likes most. www.clemens-koelbl.at

Loré Lixenberg (Mezzo Soprano) Loré Lixenberg studied at the Guildhall and City University. She has performed throughout Europe at numerous prestigious festivals including the Salzburger Festspiele, Wien Modern, Oslo’s Ultima and the festivals in Lucerne, Edinburgh, Witten, Donaueschingen and Aldeburgh. Loré Lixenberg has performed as soloist with several distinguished groups including Klangforum Wien. Recent projects include the role of Baby Jane in Jerry Springer the Opera and she recently performed the lead role in the world première of Bent Sørensen’s opera Under Himlen at the prestigious Royal Opera House in Copenhagen to great critical acclaim. She has also been on tour with the Birmingham contemporary music group singing music by Stuart Macrae and Kurtag. Future projects include 6 TV operas for BBC2 with Richard Thomas, concerts with Ralf Hind and David Alberman singing Sorenson and Hind, a new approach of Stephen McNeff for the Royal Opera House and a new opera by Nigel Osbourne to be performed in Croatia in 2006. www.lorelixenberg.co.uk

Robin Michael (Cello) Born in Scotland in 1976, Robin Michael studied at the Royal Acacdemy of Music with David Strange and Colin Carr and in masterclasses with Steven Isserlis, Truls Mork, Pieter Wispelwey and Karine Georgian. Much in demand as a soloist and chamber musician, he recently gave his South Bank debut as part of the Park Lane Group Series to great critical acclaim. In 1995, Robin worked with Gyorgy Ligeti on his solo cello sonata and since then has devoted much of his time to contemporary music. He has worked with composers such as Kurtag, Maxwell Davies, Ferneyhough, Finnissy, John Woolrich, Tristan Murail, Alexander Goehr, Phil Cashian, Roger Redgate and Elena Firsova and taken part in many premiers and broadcasts. He is the Cellist in groups such as Ensemble Expose, Lontano, Gemeni, Nozsferatu, and the Uroborus Ensemble and is a regular guest with the Composers Ensemble, Birmingham Contemporary Music group, Ixion, Almeida ensemble and Music Projects London. Robin has been an artist with Live Music and the National Federation of Music Societies. Recently Robin has appeared in festivals in Regello Ochrid (Macadonia), Kilkenny and Huddersfield. Forthcoming engagements include the premiere of a new cello concerto by Joe Cutler in London, recordings of Zimmermann and Redgate, a BBC recording of Finnissy’s Jisei for cello and ensemble plus festivals in Itlay and Belgium this summer. Robin plays on a cello by Vincenzo Panormo c.1791 bought with generous assistance from the Countess of Munster musical trust and the Abbado trust. He teaches at the junior department of the Royal Academy of Music.

Darragh Morgan (Violin) Born in Belfast in 1974 Darragh Morgan currently resides in London. He has given solo recitals at Wien Modern and Sonorities Festival as well as in Prague, Malta, Nicosia, Hong Kong, South Korea, Italy, Switzerland, Holland, USA and throughout the UK & Ireland. International festivals Darragh has performed at include Warsaw Autumn, Ars Musica, Klangspuren Schwaz, Darmstadt, Aldeburgh Festival, Besancon Festivale de Musique, Dubrovnik Summer Festival, Festival D’Automne a Paris, Jazz sur les Pommiers Coutance, Cheltenham, OCM and Spitalfields Festivals. Much in demand as an exponent of new music, Darragh performs regularly with Ensemble Modern and has also appeared with the London Sinfonietta, Icebreaker, Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, Musik Fabrik, the Almeida Ensemble, and has led Ensemble Corrente, Topologies, Reservoir, The Brunel Ensemble and the Remix Ensemble (Portugal). He broadcasts regularly for BBC Radio 3, has appeared on Radio 4’s Pick of the Week as well as on The South Bank Show, CYBC, RTHK, HN2 and Lyric FM. As a recording artist he has worked with many and diverse artists. He is currently a member of the new music collective Noszferatu and Artistic Director of Music @ Drumcliffe. In 2002 he became a faculty member of Apple Hill Chamber Music in New Hampshire, USA and also regularly coaches at the Britten-Pears Young Artist Programme. Darragh has participated in masterclasses with Yehudi Menuhin, Pinchas Zukerman, Nigel Kennedy, Mauricio Fuks, Pierre Amoyal and Paul Zukofsky. He plays a fine violin made by Peter Boardman after a Peter Guarnerius, Venice, 1735. www.darraghmorgan.com

Rose Redgrave (Viola) Rose Redgrave is a free-lance violist working in London. She studied at the Royal Northern College of Music for five years before being awarded a scholarship to study at the Royal Academy of Music where she subsequently became a fellow of chamber music. As a chamber musician she works with several groups including The Goldberg Ensemble, Chroma, Derwent Quartet and Uroboros ensemble and has broadcast on BBC Radio 3 on numerous occasions. She also works extensively with the Philharmonia Orchestra and BBC Symphony Orchestra and more occasionally with the Northern Sinfonia, Scottish Chamber Orchestra and London Mozart Players. She has played regularly in theatre projects at Battersea Arts Centre and the National Theatre. In 2004 she was a soloist in Mozart Sinfonia Concertante with Mia cooper, conducted by Richard Hickox. Rose is a founder member of the Innovative Ensemble Sound Collective.

Rowland Sutherland (Flute) Rowland studied flute at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama with Kathryn Lukas, Philippa Davies, Peter Lloyd and participated in master classes given by the late Geoffrey Gilbert. He studied jazz with the late pianist Lionel Grigson. He 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, 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. Rowland Sutherland fronts his own band, the critically acclaimed Mistura, who perform Brazilian jazz fusion alongside Afro-Cuban and pan African grooves. He has played and recorded with some of the finest new music ensembles and dance companies in Britain. These include: New Music Players, Ixion, Lontano, Icebreaker, Uroboros, London Musici, Reservoir, Music Projects/London, Phoenix Dance, Jazz Xchange Music and Dance and Rambert Dance Company. Rowland performs in an adventurous flute and guitar duo with Abigail James. They have attracted many new commissions and have performed at various music festivals. In March 2002 Rowland performed in a concerto by Stewart Wallace, written for the electric group Icebreaker with the American Composers Orchestra, at New York’s Carnegie Hall. The OrchestrasÕ music director designate, Steven Sloane, conducted the event. Rowland is a professor at the Trinity College of Music and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. As an educator he has given consultations, workshops and/or coached at the Trinity College of Music, York and Durham Universities as well as The Centre for Young Musicians, Morley College. www.rowlandsutherland.com

Joe Cutler Joe Cutler was born in London in 1968 and studied at the Universities of Huddersfield and Durham before spending three years at the Chopin Academy, Warsaw on a Polish Government Scholarship. Since 2000 he has lectured in composition and orchestration at the Birmingham Conservatoire. His music has been performed in over thirty countries worldwide by performers such as the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra, Scottish and Swedish Chamber Orchestra, Netherlands Wind Ensemble, Orkest de Volharding, Icebreaker, London Sinfonietta and Noszferatu (a collective he co-founded in 2000). Prizes and awards include a special mention at the 1997 Gaudemus International Music Week (Amsterdam), second prize in the 2000 Toru Takemitsu Award (Tokyo) and winner of the 2005 SCO/SwCO International Composers Competition. www.bmic.co.uk/composers

Tansy Davies Tansy Davies music has been taken up by many ensembles including the BBC Singers, Endymion Ensemble, the BBC Philharmonic, and the RPO’s new music group, Sharp Edge. Other close working relationships have developed with the London Sinfonietta, the Brunel Ensemble, the Composers Ensemble and the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group. Her most recent compositions are Spiral House, a trumpet concerto for Mark O’Keefe and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, and Women in Love, a song cycle written with the Irish poet Derek Mahon. Current projects include a work for the London Sinfonietta to be premiered at this year’s Aldeburgh Festival and a new piece for the London Symphony Orchestra to be performed in June. Future plans include an ensemble work for the BCMG and solo works for John Harle and Ulrich Heinen. Tansy Davies is Composer in Residence at Royal Holloway, University of London. www.bmic.co.uk/composers

Johanna Doderer Johanna Doderer has worked with most of the renowned orchestras of New Music in Austria. After a successful first opera Die Fremde in 2001 she is working on her second, the multi-media stage performance Strom.. Her list of works comprises everything from chamber music to orchestral compositions. She holds a number of prizes and scholarships including those of the Vienna Symphony Orchestra, Austrian National scholarship for composers, the City of Feldkirch’s decoration of culture for music the City of Vienna’s promotion decoration of culture for music and the SKE publicity prize. She is Composer in Residence of the Society of Music in Vienna in 2004/5. Other concert events in 2005/06 will include performances in Liechtenstein, Easter Festival in Sterzing, concerts with Vienna’s Junge Philharmonie, tour with the Gaudeamus Quartet, First night of the piano cycle Phantasy on the Grenzwald, piano concerto in Vienna, Bregenz Festivals and the premiere of her opera Strom. in 2006. Johanna Doderer is the grand niece of Heimito von Doderer. www.doderer.at

Reinhard Fuchs Reinhard Fuchs, born in 1974, first studied accordion at the Bruckner-Conservatory Linz (1991-1995). After that he completed his studies in composition with Michael Jarrell (1995-2002) at the University of Music in Vienna. In 1997/98 Fuchs attended studies at the University of Miami in Florida. Courses with B. Ferneyhoug, M. Stroppa, M. Lindberg, K. Huber were further important stimuli for his work. Next to commissions of renowned ensembles and organizers (Wien Modern, Salzburg Festival, Musiktage Donaueschingen, Witten Music Days, Musikprotokoll at Steirischer Herbst, Hörgänge, Konzerthaus Berlin), Reinhard Fuchs can also refer to numerous international prices and distinctions (1st prize at the 7th international composition competition Salzburg, the 2nd prize at stasis et vita (Germany), the special prize of the Fondation Royaumont (France), 2001 the Anton-Bruckner- Prize, 2003 austrian grant for composers). In 1997, he founded the composers group Gegenklang together with colleagues. His works are characterised by a tightly woven musical structure and many of them have strong literary influences. Upcoming commissions include new works for the renowned Salzburg Festival in 2006 (orchestra) and the Bayerische Staatsoper Munich (2006). www.edition21.at

Bryn Harrison Bryn Harrison (b. 1969) studied composition with Gavin Bryars at De Montfort University, Leicester. His music has been performed extensively in the UK at most of Britain’s leading festivals and broadcast on BBC Radio 3. He has established a particularly close association with the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival receiving prizes there in 1993 and 1995 and commissions from the festival in 1999 and 2002. In 1999 he was selected to compete for the International Gaudeamus Prize in the Netherlands and since then he has received many performances throughout Europe, USA and Japan including those at festivals such as Wien Horgange, Ultraschall, Hannover Biennale, Festival Klangspuren, Europaischer Musikmonat, Wittener Tage and the Paris Festival Automne. In 2001 he attended the Ostrava New Music Days in the Czech Republic where he studied briefly with Christian Wolff and Alvin Lucier and, in the same year, was invited to attend the ISCM World Music Days in Yokohama, Japan Performers include ensemble recherche, Apartment House, Plus-Minus, Klangforum Wien, Ixion, London Sinfonietta, Suono Mobile, 175 East, Continuum (Canada) and Birmingham Contemporary Music Group as well as duos and soloists such as Darragh Morgan and Mary Dullea, Duo Contour, Anton Lukoszevieze, Irvine Arditti and Mieko Kanno, Susan Knight, Andrew Sparling, Jonathan Powell, Philip Thomas and the internationally acclaimed accordionist Teodoro Anzellotti.

Marcel Reuter Born in Luxembourg in 1973 Marcel Reuter’s music is characterized by his sensitivity for sonorities and harmonic colours. He considers literature as a major impulse for his work. Pieces like At the faint sound so brief and She dwelt so close have thus been inspired by poems by Samuel Beckett and Emily Dickinson. Having himself widely performed as a pianist, he is especially interested in collaborating with musicians. At this moment, his catalogue includes mainly chamber music pieces that reflect his idea of music as an intimate medium of communication. Marcel Reuter’s works have been played at several important music festivals in Europe (Salzburg Festival, MärzMusik Berlin, Wien Modern e.g.), as well as in Hongkong and Montreal. Presently, Marcel Reuter is preparing a music theatre project on Antonin Artaud, commissioned by Luxembourg National Theatre. He lives in Vienna and teaches at the Vienna Music University. www.edition21.at

Nick Shardlow Nicholas Shardlow is eighteen years old and comes from Ashbourne, Derbyshire. He began playing the violin at the age of five, participating extensively in local orchestras and competitions. He gave his first public performance aged twelve as soloist in Vivaldi’s Spring concerto with the Newcastle Chamber Orchestra. In the same year, he was accepted at Chetham’s School of Music, Manchester, where he studied for six years (1998-2004) with Thomas Kemp, with whom he still learns. During this time he also took up composition, studying whilst at Chetham’s with Dr. Jeremy Pike, and in 2003 was awarded the BBC Young Composer of the Year Award, for which his string quartet no.1 was broadcast on BBC Radio 3. He has had several masterclasses with James MacMillan, Samuel Adler, and Robin Holloway, was a composer on the NYO Composers’ Course (2002) and has also been featured in the Endymion ensemble’s Rising Generation series (Spring 2004), as well as the Austrian Cultural Forum’s New Artist series (November 2003) and Soundings (May 2004). He currently reads Music at King’s College, Cambridge, and is composer-in-association with London-based ensemble Chamber Domaine.

Johannes Maria Staud Johannes Maria Staud was born in Innsbruck, Austria, in 1974. He studied composition at the Musikhochschule Wien with Michael Jarrell and harmony, counterpoint with Ivan Eröd and electro-acoustic Dieter Kaufmann. He attended masterclasses with Brian Ferneyhoughand and is a co-founder of the composers group Gegenklang in Vienna. In 2000 he received the first prize for composition at the Hanns-Eisler competition in Berlin for his piece Vielleicht zunächst wirklich nur and in 2002 the composition prize at the Salburger Osterspiele for his composition for piano and orchestra Poligon. He received the International Rostrum Of Composers in 2003 (in the under 30 category). Staud received the Ernst-von-Siemens–Förderpreis in 2004. His present projects include an orchestral piece for the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra with Simon Rattle (World Premiere 15th of June 2005 in Berlin) as well as a cello concerto commissioned for Heinrich Schiff, Daniel Barenboim and the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. (World premiere 23rd of July 2006)