Thomas Amann composer

Thomas Amann was born in 1978 in Innsbruck, Austria. He studied viola and piano at the Tyrolean Conservatory Innsbruck as well as Composition under Beat Furrer at the the University of Music and Dramatic Arts Mozarteum in Salzburg: and under Chaya Czernowin at the the University of Music and Dramatic Arts in Vienna. He also had several consultations with Mathias Spahlinger.

Amann has won several awards, among them: the Austrian State Bursary, the Work Bursary of the Republic of Austria, the Music Promotion Prize of the City of Graz, First Prize of the City of Innsbruck for Artistic Work.

He has also worked in cooperation with Klangforum Wien, the Ensemble Viennese Collage, Windkraft Tirol, Szene Instrumental, Ensemble Zeitfluss.

Thomas Amann has performed at the Music Biennale Zagreb, Klangspuren Schwaz, Eclatconcerts, the Graz Easter Festival, as well as in Germany, Italy, Slovenia, USA and Israel.

Gerald Resch composer

Gerald Resch, born in Linz, Austria, in 1975, studied composition with Michael Jarrell at the University of Music, Vienna, from 1993–2000 as well as Science of Music. A scholarship at the Music University Cologne, where he worked with York Höller, stimulated Resch’s interest in working with organic sound sculptures. From 2001 to 2002 he was a postgraduate-student of Beat Furrer in Graz which was an important experience for the developing of musical economy.

‘Setting off, going on, changing direction, not knowing where one will get to: my compositions originate from a curiosity for unknown paths. Models from architecture, geology, horticulture or linguistics have thus initiated compositional reflexion. In every moment of the musical process, these models are being examined on how they could be stratified, altered, confronted or extinguished in a meaningful way. Colouring and dramaturgy as well as an openness for the unexpected play an essential part.’

Resch’s compositions have been performed in Austria (a.o. Salzburger Festspiele, Wiener Konzerthaus, Musikverein), Germany (a.o. Konzerthaus Berlin), Switzerland, Czech, Slovakia, Luxemburg, The Netherlands, Japan, South America and USA. He teaches music analysis at the Anton Bruckner University of Linz and Composition at the University of Music and Dramatic Arts Vienna.

Manuel de Roo composer & musician

Born in Den Haag, Netherlands, in 1979, Manuel de Roo studied guitar at the Tyrolean state conservatory under Peter Heiß and composition at the University Mozarteum in Salzburg under Reinhard Felbel, where he received a subsidy award for composition in 2003.

In 1995, Manuel de Roo won first prize with his guitar duo with Lukas Thöni at the Bundesjugendwettbewerb (Youth State Competition) Prima La Musica. In 2002,

he was an assistant at the International Outreach Academy in Schwaz, Austria. Two years later, he participated at the International Ensemble Modern Academy in Schwaz as a conductor. He received the Ein-Klang scholarship to participate at The Forum For Composers in Mittersill, Austria.

De Roo is regularly engaged as a guitarist, electroguitarist, mandoline and banjo player at the Mozarteum Orchestra Salzburg, the Tyrolean Ensemble für Neue Musik, as well as the Austrian Ensemble für Neue Musik and the Klangforum Vienna. He was awarded the Province of Salzburg’s Music Bursary for 2008.

David Fennessy composer

David Fennessy, who was recently described on RTE Lyric Fm’s Nova as ‘fearless and inventive’, began his musical life as guitarist in a school rock band with no formal musical training until the age of fifteen when he decided to study classical guitar. He became interested in composition whilst studying for his undergraduate degree at the Dublin College of Music. In 1998 David moved to Glasgow to study for his Masters Degree at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama with James MacMillan. He was later invited to join the composition faculty and has held a teaching post there since 2005. In 2006/07 Ensemble Modern awarded David a scholarship to study at their prestigious International Academy in Frankfurt. A Dewar Arts Award (Scotland) enabled him to live in Germany for 12 months where he created several works in close collaboration with the musicians of the ‘Akademie’.

David’s music has been performed all around the world, and his music has been recorded on the Black Box, Natural Studio and Seventhings labels. He was shortlisted for the Gaudeamus Music Prize in Amsterdam in both 2000 and 2006 and he was a finalist for the Philharmonia’s composition prize for composition in 2004. Performance highlights include The Answer Machine, a chamber opera written in collaboration with Scottish playwright Tom McGrath, The Fault Between Us which was premiered as part of the New Territories Festival in Glasgow in 2006 and room, an evening length music-theatre work created in collaboration with the Hebrides Ensemble.

David is a founder member of KEN, a two day exhibition of new music and visual art which had its first outing in December 2004 at the Cottiers Theatre in Glasgow.

2008 was a busy year with the premiere of BIG LUNG, a co-commission from the Le Weekend and Huddersfield Festivals, and Foot Foot and other stories written for the Scottish Flute Trio. In March / April David was invited to take part in a residency at Tokyo Wonder Site in Japan which culminated in an evening long presentation The room is the resonator. This is how it feels (Another Bolero) for orchestra was commissioned by RTE (Ireland) for the Living Music Festival 2008 and was subsequently chosen to represent Ireland at the International Rostrum of Composers. It was recently published by Universal Edition.

In February 2009 Scottish Opera gave the first performance of Happy Story, a short opera after the Peter Carey story of the same name.

Emily Howard composer

Emily Howard, born in Liverpool, read mathematics and computation at Lincoln College, Oxford University, where she also received guidance in composition from Robert Saxton. She went on to complete a Masters in Composition with Adam Gorb at the Royal Northern College of Music gaining a double distinction as well as the Soroptimist International Award for Composers. Emily is currently completing a PhD in Composition with John Casken at The University of Manchester and teaches composition at the RNCM Junior School and the University of Leeds and works on Composition Outreach Projects with the Manchester Camerata.

Commissions and performances include Dualities (RLPO’s Ensemble 10/10, Clark Rundell) subsequently broadcast on BBC Radio 3 in December 2005 and (Southbank Sinfonia, Nicholas Cleobury), a commentary on Mozart’s Requiem. In 2007, Emily was selected for the prestigious LSO Discovery Panufnik Young Composers’ Scheme and this resulted in the composition of Lachrimae Antiquae Novae (London Symphony Orchestra, François-Xavier Roth). More recently, Magnetite, commissioned by Liverpool European Capital of Culture 2008 for the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, opened the RLPO’s Capital of Culture season under the baton of Principal Conductor Vasily Petrenko. In July 2008 her concerto Liverpool – The World in One City, united the Liverpool Youth Orchestra with local primary school choirs and clarinetist Mark Simpson (BBC Young Musician 2006) in a concert to celebrate the Capital of Culture. She is currently Composer in Residence at Liverpool City Council. In November 2008 she received the Paul Hamlyn Foundation Award for Composers 2008 worth £45,000.

Claudia Molitor composer

Claudia Molitor’s work often combines conventional with less conventional notation, which allows the integration of the familiar with the unfamiliar, and creates a soundworld that breaks down historically held hierarchies of sound. It also incorporates video, sound and visual art to blur the boundaries between different art forms.

Some recent performances and commission include performances at Wien Modern by Apartmenthouse, at Ecat and at the VI Festival de Musica Contemporania de Girona by EXAUDI, a studio concert at the West Deutscher Rundfunk in Cologne, a performance at The Printing House in Dublin by pianist Rolf Hind and a performance by note inégales at the ICA, London.

Between the marks was premiered by ensemble Scratch the Surface in a concert tour of Ireland, I am the cook …, commissioned by ÖBV Grabenfest was performed in Vienna and Paper Cut, commissioned by the BBC, and lorem ipsum were performed by Apartmenthouse and EXAUDI at last year’s Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival. I think it’s in here and Kürbis were performed during the 2008 Cutting Edge Series in London by Christopher Redgate and the Kürbis ensemble and untitled 40 [desk-life] was commissioned and performed by the London Sinfonietta at their 40th anniversary celebrations at the Queen Elizabeth Hall.

Her work has been broadcast throughout Europe and articles about it have appeared in the BBC Music Magazine, the Observer Review and Tempo. She is also co-founder and festival director of Soundwaves Festival.

Fidelio Trio violin, cello & piano

The ‘virtuosic Fidelio Trio’ (Sunday Times) are Darragh Morgan, violin, Robin Michael, cello and Mary Dullea, piano. They perform extremely diverse repertoire throughout Europe, Asia and South Africa and frequently broadcast for BBC Radio 3. Since their South Bank debut they have appeared at FuseLeeds, Reggello Festival and Contemporaneamente Festival, Lodi (Italy), West Cork Music, Belfast Festival at Queens, Royal Opera House, London, Corsham Festival, Musica Viva (Portugal) and Composer’s Choice Series, National Concert Hall, Dublin.

In 2009 they will undertake a concert tour of China and make their Wigmore Hall debut. CD releases in 2008 include Bulb on NMC D147 featuring trios by Kevin Volans, Donnacha Dennehy, Deirdre Gribbin and Ed Bennett, Metamorphoses, the chamber music of Icelandic composer Haflidi Hallgrimsson, on Delphian Records DCD34059, and Bartlebooth, the music of Joe Cutler, on NMC D134.

The Fidelio Trio have worked closely with many leading composers including Michael Nyman, Toshio Hosokawa and Howard Skempton and have premiered music by Salvatore Sciarrino, Edison Denisov, Beat Furrer and Toru Takemitsu. They are Music Network artists and the recipients of awards from PRS Foundation and the Arts Council of Ireland.

Active in the field of education, they have worked with composition and string/piano students at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Birmingham Conservatoire, Cardiff University, Royal Holloway University of London and Cork School of Music.

Darragh Morgan violin

Violinist Darragh Morgan enjoys a hugely diverse and rewarding career. He has led world class international ensembles, such as the Ensemble Modern, London Sinfonietta, Musik Fabrik and Birmingham Contemporary Music Group.

As a concerto soloist, highlights include invitations from the National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland (performing Elastic Harmonic by Donnacha Dennehy, recorded on NMC D133), the Ulster Orchestra (in the world premiere of Hymn of Dawn by Sir John Tavener), and the KZN Philharmonic (giving the South African premiere of Samuel Barber’s violin concerto).

His many CD recordings include Opera NMC D108, the complete violin & piano music of Michael Finnissy for Mode Records (both with pianist Mary Dullea) and For John Cage by Morton Feldman with pianist John Tilbury on Matchless Recordings.

A keen pedagogue, he is regularly invited to work with string and composition students at the Royal Academy of Music, Royal College of Music and the Britten Pears Young Artists Programme.

He is a member of two award winning chamber ensembles The Smith Quartet and the Fidelio Trio. With these groups Darragh has performed at many prestigious international festivals including, Aldeburgh, Cheltenham, Huddersfield, FuseLeeds, BBC Proms Chamber Music, Festival D’Automne à Paris and the Luzern Festival.

Robin Michael cello

Born in Scotland, cellist Robin Michael studied at the Royal Academy of Music with David Strange and Colin Carr and also with Truls Mork, Steven Isserliss, Pieter Wisplelway, Karine Georgian and Ferenc Rados.

Following a critically acclaimed South Bank debut recital he has devoted much of his time to contemporary music working with composers such as Ligeti, Kurtag, Ferneyhough, Maxwell Davies, Finnissy and Dillon amongst others. Robin regularly appears with Lontano, Gemini, Expose, Ixion, BCMG, Almeida Ensemble, Music Projects/London and has taken part in numerous broadcasts and world premières. He recently premièred Joe Cutler’s Cello Concerto in London and gave the UK première of Steve Reich’s Cello Counterpoint. Forthcoming releases include a disc of Ginastera cello music on Lorelt and a recording of the Cutler cello concerto has appeared on NMC.

Robin teaches at the Royal Academy Junior Department and plays on a cello by Vincenzo Panormo c. 1791.

Mary Dullea piano

As soloist and chamber musician, Irish pianist Mary Dullea has built an impressive reputation as a performer and commissioner of new music. She has performed throughout Ireland, England, Europe, USA, Hong Kong and South Africa at festivals including Brighton, Huddersfield, Aldeburgh, Reggello (Italy) and National Arts Festival (South Africa).

Mary broadcasts regularly for BBC Radio 3 and is on the teaching staff of the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. She is currently undertaking a PhD in Performance at the University of Ulster, focusing on the use of the inside of the piano.

In May 2008 and 2009, Mary curated Soundings in collaboration with the Austrian Cultural Forum, London. This will culminate in a recital at the Wigmore Hall with her piano trio, the Fidelio Trio, who have recently released 2 CDs to critical acclaim: Bulb (Irish piano trios by Kevin Volans, Deirdre Gribbin, Donnacha Dennehy and Ed Bennett) on nmc d147, and Metamorphoses (chamber music of Haflidi Hallgrimsson) on Delphian Records dcd34059. She appears as soloist on a Joe Cutler portrait disc (nmc d134). Recent CD releases include a Simon Mawhinney portrait disc on Altarus Records and, with Darragh Morgan, thirty-nine pages by Paul Whitty for Divine Art. Later this year the complete violin and piano music of Michael Finnissy will be released on Mode Records.

Peter Furniss clarinet

As a soloist and chamber musician, Peter Furniss has performed extensively in the UK and Europe including recitals at the Bridgewater Hall in Manchester and at London’s Purcell Rooom as part of the Park Lane Group Series. He performs regularly as a guest with British orchestras including the BBC Symphony, Scottish Chamber and Royal Philharmonic Orchestras, as well as numerous chamber groups. As a member of the Eurpean Wind Octet, he toured throughout Europe, including at a special audience in Salzburg with His Holiness the Dalai Lama, and has worked with some of the leading British contemporary ensembles Lontano, Okeanos, Chroma, New Music Players and the Uroboros Ensemble. He has played at many festivals, including the Vale of Glamorgan, Spitalfields, 1st Festival of Contemporary Music in Baku (Azerbaijan), Jerusalem’s Classical Winter and recently gave two recitals in New York.

As a member of ‘Impropera’ he has taken part in completely spontaneous operatic performances at festivals in the UK, Ireland, Germany, Austria, Sweden and at the World Impro Games in Helsinki. The company recently undertook residencies at Den Anden Opera, Copenhagen, Oslo Opera Festival and the Theatro di Porto San Giorgio in Italy. Impropera’s appearances in 2007 include the Lichfield Festival and London’s Soho Theatre.

Loré Lixenberg mezzo soprano

The mezzo soprano Loré Lixenberg is a performer of spectacular intensity and expressiveness. Her rich experience in the area of music theatre includes performing the lead role in Bent Sørensen’s opera Under Himlen at the prestigious Royal Opera House in Copenhagen. She performed in Weill’s The Firebrand of Florence alongside Thomas Hampson at the Konzerthaus in Vienna and at the Salzburg Festival she sang in Guy Vivier’s Marco Polo with Klangforum Wien.

She has also sung Miss Donnithorne in Peter Maxwell Davies’ Miss Donnithorne’s Maggot at the Almeida Theatre and Mrs Green in Birtwistle’s Down by the Greenwood Side. She sang the main operatic role in Richard Thomas’ award-winning Jerry Springer – The Opera, at the Edinburgh Festival, the National Theatre and in London’s West End as well as on the subsequently released CD. She also acted in six comedy operas commissioned from Richard Thomas by BBC television, which were broadcasted in 2006. She has performed throughout Europe at numerous festivals including Wien Modern, Oslo’s Ultima and the festivals in Lucerne, Edinburgh, Witten, Donaueschingen and Aldeburgh.

Loré Lixenberg has performed as soloist with several distinguished orchestras and ensembles including BBC Symphony Orchestra, Klangforum Wien, BCMG, Cikada, Ensemble Aventure and Apartment House. She regularly performs as part of a trio with pianist Rolf Hind and violinist David Alberman. Together with pianist Joanna MacGregor she featured in the BBC2 television series Strings, Bows and Bellows, and with performance

artist Simon Munnery in the avantgarde comedy series Attention Scum, also on BBC2. In the autumn of 2004 she featured in the documentary What made Mozart tick, broadcast by Channel 4.

Her talents extend to other roles in the theatre where she has directed the British premier of Staatstheater by Kagel at Durham University and the Sage Gateshead and the A-Ronne by Berio as well as the 12th century Klosterneuburger Osterspiel and Planctus Maria (the drama of the three Marys and John the Baptist lamenting at the cross). The latter were discovered and realized musically by Robert Crow. She sang Dido in Die Verlassene Dido a two hander with Markus Kupferblum at the Jewish Theater in the Nestroyhof Vienna which won a Nestroypreis.

Claire Sterling viola

Claire Sterling studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London and the University of Melbourne, Australia. She is Principal Second violin with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and has appeared as a guest principal with several other UK orchestras including the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, English National Opera, London Mozart Players, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Halle, Northern Sinfonia and Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. She also plays with the Orchestre Revolutionnaire et Romantique and later this year will be performing with the Australian Chamber Orchestra.

Claire is a member of the SCO chamber ensemble, performing chamber concerts in Scotland throughout the orchestra’s winter season. She has appeared as soloist with the Scottish Sinfonia and has given recitals with Australian pianist Sarah Watson in France, Italy, Australia and the UK. Other chamber appearances include CHROMA, Mr. McFall’s Chamber, Endymion and Bennelong Ensembles and live broadcasts for Radio 3 with Charles Hazelwood’s Excellent Device.

In 2002/03 Claire was Principal Second Violin of Southbank Sinfonia in London, the cutting-edge new chamber orchestra for young music college graduates. She appeared as soloist with the orchestra in the UK and Italy.

A former leader of the Australian Youth Orchestra and Camerata Australia, Claire has participated in master classes with Ruggiero Ricci at the International Summer Academy of the Mozarteum, Salzburg. With the Linus String Quartet she studied with the Emerson and Vermeer Quartets in the USA and Hatto Beyerle in Switzerland.

Rowland Sutherland flute

Flautist, Rowland Sutherland enjoys an international career in many different fields of music. He regularly performs in new music ensembles, symphony orchestras, jazz groups, 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 also composed and arranged music for groups, ensembles and for the BBC. Rowland currently tutors at Trinity College of Music, Guildhall School of Music and Drama and the Royal Northern College of Music and lectures at the Birmingham Conservatoire.

He has performed in Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Centre, Royal Festival Hall, Chatelet Les Halles and Tokyo Opera City Concert Hall. As a freelance musician Rowland is also active in the orchestral field and has played with such orchestras as the Philharmonia, Bournemouth Symphony, London Philharmonic, City of London Sinfonia, BBC National Orchestra of Wales and Sadlers Wells Royal Ballet. As a session musician, Rowland has been featured on flutes for various artists’ recordings over the years such as: George Benson, Incognito, Mezzoforte, Joss Stone, MC Solaar, Keziah Jones, Melanie C, Roland Gift, Omar, Marc Almond, The Guillemots and Colonial Cousins. Rowland has also participated in various radio, TV and film soundtracks.

Rowland Sutherland fronts his own band, the critically acclaimed Mistura, who perform Brazilian jazz. Their album Coast to Coast is on the FMR label. Rowland was voted the number one Flutist in the Brazilian newspaper Tribuna da Imprensa (‘Press Tribune’) in The 24th Annual Jazz Poll. Composition commissions include those written for the percussion quartet Ensemble Bash, the contemporary music groups The New Music Players, Lontano and jazz trumpeter Chris Hodgkins. The New Music Players released a special recording of commissions by British composers called Crying Bird, Echoing Star on the London Independent Records label, which includes Rowland’s composition Timeless Odyssey.

Annette Morreau moderator

The writer and broadcaster Annette Morreau was educated at Dartington Hall School and Music School with university training in musicology and performance (cello) at Durham University and the University of Indiana at Bloomington, USA.

At the age of 23, she was appointed to the Music Department of the Arts Council of Great Britain with responsibility for opera, jazz and contemporary music. She founded the ‘Contemporary Music Network’, the UK’s national touring scheme for contemporary music and remained its director for 17 years.

In 1987, she was appointed Commissioning Editor for Serious Music at Channel 4 Television. In 1991 she devised the prize-winning TV series Not Mozart commissioned by BBC Television. As an independent radio producer, she has made many programmes including a series about the distinguished American pianist William Kapell, and a series outlining the process of creating a new composition.

Following an 8 hour broadcast on BBC Radio (repeated in 1996), about the Austrian cellist, Emanuel Feuermann – Feuermann Remembered, Yale University Press invited her to write the authorised biography. In 1995 and 1996 she devised two exhibitions on Feuermann seen in Kronberg, Germany and at the International Cello Festival in Manchester. In 1997, Harvard University offered her a Fellowship at the Bunting Institute. Her biography of Feuermann was published to coincide with the 100th anniversary of Feuermann’s birth in November 1902. The New Yorker described it as ‘an exemplary biography’. She is a music critic for the Independent newspaper and writes for the New Statesman.