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Composers


Vol.1 
Yiğit Kolat

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Yiğit Kolat's music explores the liminal frontiers of musical activity and potentialities in (mis)translating data into musical information. The complicated political and social environment of his native Turkey is a recurring theme in his diverse output, which includes acoustic, electro-acoustic, and electronic works written for orchestra, chamber ensembles, voice, and solo instruments. His works have been recognized by a prestigious array of organizations worldwide, including the Millay Colony for the Arts, the Bogliasco Foundation (2016 Edward T. Cone Bogliasco Fellow in Music), the Toru Takemitsu Composition Award (1st Prize, 2015), the Queen Elisabeth Competition in Belgium (Finalist, 2013), the Concours International de Composition Henri Dutilleux (2nd Prize, 2012). His music has been featured throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia by leading ensembles and soloists, among them the Tokyo Philharmonic (Japan); Solistes de L'Orchestre de Tours, Donatienne Michel-Dansac, and Pascal Gallois (France); The Nieuw Ensemble, The Black Pencil Ensemble, and the Duo Mares (The Netherlands); Jonathan Shames, the Talea Ensemble, and the Argento New Music Project (USA); the Athelas Ensemble (Denmark); the Presidential Symphony Orchestra of Turkey; Peter Sheppard-Skaerved and Aaron Shorr (Great Britain). His music has been broadcast by the Japan Broadcasting Corporation (NHK) and Turkish Radio Television (TRT). Kolat earned his Doctorate of Musical Arts at the University of Washington, studying with Joël-François Durand. He currently resides in Seattle.


Jamie Man

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Born in London (UK) Jamie Man is a british-born Chinese composer and conductor. She has made work through VOX at the Royal Opera House (London), Jerwood Opera Writing Programme (Aldeburgh), Festival d'Aix-en-Provence, Asko|Schönberg Ensemble (Amsterdam), Eric Ericson Kammarkör (Stockholm), Xenon Ensemble (Berlin), LOD Muziektheater (Ghent) and the Gulbenkian Music Foundation (Lisbon) who commissioned PLAY: Episodes in Subspace (2014-6), the first of her operas created specifically for concert hall staging. Jamie was a Sound and Music embedded composer with The Mahogany Opera Group (2013-15). After receiving the Britten-Pears Conductors Bursary in 2010, Jamie worked as assistant conductor to Oliver Knussen and later at De Nationale Opera (Amsterdam) for Claude Vivier's Kopernikus. Since then, Jamie's conducting work has included re-invitations to the Aldeburgh Music festival (Snape) in concerts with Pierre-Laurent Aimard, the UK premiere of Philip Glass' Les Enfants Terribles (London), recordings for the independent record label Another Timbre as well as La Monnaie de Munt (Brussels) in collaboration with the Holland Festival (Amsterdam).




Vol.2 

Zuriñe F. Gerenabarrena

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She studied composition with C.Bernaola and Franco Donatoni (Scuola Cívica, Italy). Gerenabarrena has written pieces for orchestra, chamber ensembles, theatre, dance, acousmatic, sound installationsand multidisciplinary shows. International forums: Contemporary Music FBBV, Quincena Musical, SINKRO, Bernaola Festival, PHONOS, Festival Synthése, BKA Theather. Pyramidale, Sonoimágenes, Visiones Sonoras, EMU Festival, Elektrophonie, Wealr 09 Fullerton, Musica Viva, Borealis, Musiques & Recherches, eviMus, "Down the Dori" (TWSTokyo), EAM Festen Frost, ICMC 2015, Musica Electric Nova, NYCEMF2017 (New York), BIFEM 2017 (Bendigo)... Commissions and grants from: INAEM, CDMC, Gobierno Vasco, Quincena Musical, OSE Euskadi Orquesta Sinfónica, KREA, Fundación Autor, BOS Bilbao Orquesta Sinfónica, Mikel Laboa Cátedra, BBVA Fundación, Konstnärsnämnden, ZHdk/Zurich University of the Arts, Polish Ministry of Culture Artist in residence: "LEC" (Lisbon), USF. Bergen (Norway), VICC, (Sweden), Tokyo Wonder Site (Japan), Shiro Oni (Onishi, Japan), ZHdk, ICST (Zurich), EMS (Stockholm, Sweden) Professor of Counterpoint and Harmony at MUSIKENE (Higher Conservatory of Music, Basque Country)



Ivan Buffa

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Ivan Buffa, who is considered one of the leading classical music artists in Slovakia, has been the artistic director of Quasars Ensemble since 2008. He studied piano and composition in Bratislava and in Vienna
at Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst, taught by Prof. Michael Jarrell. His works have already been heard at many festivals such as Wien Modern,
Takefu International Music Festival, Tage der Neuen Musik Bamberg, Ostrava Days, Muzički Biennale Zagreb, ISCM World Music Days 2015 in Ljublana, Melos-Ethos Bratislava and others. In 2007, Ivan Buffa has been awarded the Ján Levoslav Bella prize for his composition titled "Ritual", which was performed at the Aspekte Festival in Salzburg, Austria. As a conductor and a pianist, he recorded ten CDs containing 20th century music
and presented more than 100 Slovak pieces. As a conductor, he has a wide repertoire, ranging from late romanticism throughout impressionism, neoclassicism, expressionism, post-war avant-garde to the recent works. Apart from performing with all the state chamber orchestras in Slovakia, he also cooperated with Bamberg Symphony. Ivan Buffa is the Head of the Association of Slovak Composers and a member of numerous festival committees. He also teaches composition
at The Academy of Performing Arts in Bratislava.




Performers


Ryoko Aoki (Noh)

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Ryoko Aoki holds a unique position in the field of Noh theatre as a female singer and performer. She has performed in several traditional Noh plays, historically the reserve of male actors. Above all, she is the pioneer of and inspiration for a new artistic form combining Noh with contemporary music. More than 30 works have been written for her by composers including Peter Eötvös, Toshio Hosokawa and Stefano Gervasoni. 
The singer and performer has made appearances in Tokyo, Kyoto, Long Beach, Paris, Rome, London, Dublin, Bilbao, Budapest, Berlin, Munich, Cologne and Karlsruhe among others, and at festivals including the Asia-Pacific Weeks Berlin, Bartok Festival Szombathely, Xenakis Festival in New York and the Takefu International Music Festival. She has performed with ensembles and orchestras including the Arditti Quartet, the Quatour Diotima and the Münchener Kammerorchester. 
In 2013, Ryoko Aoki gave her debut at the Teatro Real de Madrid in Wolfgang Rihm's opera The Conquest of Mexico in the role of Malinche, in a production directed by Pierre Audi. Most recently, Noriko Baba wrote her "Nopera" AOI (2016) especially for the singer, which was premiered with the Ensemble 2e2m in Paris and received further performances in Reims and Orléans. 
Highlights of Ryoko Aoki's 2017/18 season include the world premieres of two works composed for her: Toshio Hosokawa's Futari Shizuka (The Maiden from the Sea) with the Ensemble intercontemporain at the Philharmonie de Paris and Kölner Philharmonie in December, and Federico Gardella's Two Souls at the Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino in January. In February she will perform with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and Matthias Pintscher. 
As part of her Noh x Contemporary Music project, Ryoko Aoki has commissioned a series of new works for Noh singer. In 2014, she released a Noh x Contemporary Music recording, including Peter Eötvös' Harakiri. As a workshop leader, she has worked with the dance company Sasha Waltz and Guests. 
Ryoko Aoki obtained a BA and a Master of Music from the Faculty of Music at the Tokyo National University of Fine Art and Music with a focus on the Kanze school of Noh theatre, before obtaining a PhD at the University of London, School of Oriental and African Studies, with a thesis on "Women and Noh". She was appointed "Japan Cultural Envoy" by the Agency for Cultural Affairs of Japanese government in 2015 and was a featured artist at the Aichi Triennale in 2016.


Ryuji Masumoto (flute)

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Born in Kobe in 1979, Ryuji MASUMOTO being excllent at a certain skills of performance on Flute and Piccolo. He graduated Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music in 2002, and then studied abroad at Conservatoryies of Geneva, Strasbourg, and Paris with several schlorships from Japanese cultural affair and company. The abilities of his performance are gains promience from a wide perspective as Principal Flutist at KANSAI Philharmonic Orchestra (Music director Mr.Augustin DUMAY) till 2015, The Orchestra Japan currently. Also as Prize-winner of the competitions as below, 8th Contemporary music player's(ASAHI music award), 16th Japanese Flute association competition(Piccolo award), Flute competitions in HAIFA(Israel) and Asia.



Seiko Takemoto (cello)

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Born in Fukuoka. She obtained a BA and a Master of Music from Tokyo College of Music. She is continuing her activities in a variety of areas from contemporary music to classical music, such as NHK radio drama, fashion show, cinema music and musical stages.