"Sounds are not sounds! They are here to distract the intellect and to soothe the senses. Not once is hearing 'hearing': hearing is that which creates me." Peter Ablinger was born in Schwanenstadt, Austria in 1959. He first studied graphic arts and became enthused by free jazz. He ... Read More
John Luther Adams
John Luther Adams has been called “one of the most original musical thinkers of the new century” (Alex Ross, The New Yorker).
Adams composes for orchestra, chamber ensembles, percussion and electronic media. His music is recorded on Mode, Cold Blue, New World, Cantaloupe and New Albion.
He ... Read More
DOUGLAS AHLSTEDT continues his career as a leading tenor in the world's great opera houses and concert halls, from the renowned stages of Europe, South America, the Orient and Africa, to the Metropolitan Opera, where he has sung 189 performances.
Ahlstedt is the only American tenor featured in leading roles ... Read More
A graduate of the Paris Conservatory and the Tchaikovski Conservatory in Moscow, Elena Andreyev (cello) plays both the baroque and modern cello. In addition to being a member of Les Arts Florissants and Le Grand Ecurie et La Chambre du Roy, she performs as a soloist and with various ... Read More
In addition to his phenomenal career as first violinist of the Arditti Quartet, Irvine Arditti continues to excel as an extraordinary soloist. Born in London in 1953, Irvine Arditti began his studies at the Royal Academy of Music at the age of 16. He joined the London Symphony ... Read More
The Arditti Quartet
Irvine Arditti, Graeme Jennings (vlns), Ralf Ehlers (vla), Rohan de Saram (vc)
The Arditti Quartet enjoys a world-wide reputation for their spirited and technically refined interpretations of contemporary and earlier 20th century music. Several hundred string quartets and other chamber works have been written for the ensemble since its ... Read More
John von Rhein of the Chicago Tribune writes, “anything sung by soprano Tony Arnold is worth hearing.” Hailed by the New York Times as “a bold and powerful interpreter,” she has gained international acclaim for sparkling and insightful performances of the most daunting contemporary scores. In 2001, Ms ... Read More
Stefan Asbury gained scholarships to Oxford University and the Royal College of Music and studied composition with Oliver Knussen. Conducting studies continued in America at the Tanglewood Music Center as a recipient of the Leonard Bernstein Fellowship. Since Tanglewood, where he holds the position of Associate Director of New ... Read More
Roland Auzet (b.1964), composer and percussionist, is an international soloist. He has won numerous prizes, including first prize in the International Competition of Contemporary Music of Darmstadt, Germany (1990); and the Foundation Marcel Bleustein-Blanchet (1991). Auzet was invited by IRCAM to participate in the program “Composition and Musical Computing” ... Read More
The cellist Michael Bach enjoys an international career with concerts, CD recordings, radio and TV broadcastings. He provided numerous significant contributions to the art of playing the cello (including the book Fingerboards & Overtones). Since 1990 he has developed the curved bow (BACH.Bogen®) for string instruments which makes the ... Read More
Séverine Ballon was born in France in 1980. She studied cello with Joseph Schwab at the Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler in Berlin and with Troels Svane at the Musikhochschule in Lübeck. She made important experiences with new music at master classes she took with Siegfried Palm, Lukas ... Read More
Alain Bancquart was born in 1934 in Dieppe, France. He's been married since 1955 to Marie-Claire Bancquart, poet, critic, chairwoman for French contemporary literature in the Paris IV (la Sorbonne) university.
Studies: Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris.(1950-1959): Violin, viola, string quartet, counterpoint,fugue, composition (with Darius Milhaud).
1962-1973: Third solo ... Read More
MAURIZIO BARBETTI attended advanced training courses with Aldo Bennici and studied in Darmstadt with Stefan Gheorghiu and Irvine Arditti, who awarded him the International Darmstadt Prize in 1992.That year he also won the “Iannis Xenakis International Prize for Interpretation” in Paris. Since 1992 he has performed as a ... Read More
The Barton Workshop
The Barton Workshop is an Amsterdam-based ensemble founded in 1989 by American composer-trombonist James Fulkerson. The ensemble is committed to performing experimental music. They primarily create "composer portrait" concerts, usually in collaboration with the composers, providing either an overview or an in-depth representation of the chosen composer's work ... Read More
The basel sinfonietta was founded in 1980 by a group of young musicians with the goal of bringing exciting new combinations of contemporary music and works, both familiar and unknown, to an audience enthusiastic for unusual sounds and open to experimentation. With its unconventional, provocative approach, this large symphony ... Read More
Born in Venice in 1960, Stefano Bassanese studied electronic music and composition at the Conservatories of Venice and Padua. In 1983 he was invited by Luigi Nono to Freiburg im Breisgau, attending the Experimental Studio of Sudwestfunk and the seminars of the Institut fuer Neue Musik of the Musikhochschule.
Active ... Read More
Pianist Daniel Becker has built a reputation for insightful interpretations of 20th and 21st century music. He was first prizewinner at the British Contemporary Piano Competition in 2003, where he also won the Sonic Arts Network Prize for his performance of Jonathan Harvey’s Tombeau de Messiaen. Daniel was ... Read More
A native of Massachusetts, Parker Bert has been living in Montreal for the past seven years. He completed both his Bachelor's and Master's degrees in percussion performance at McGill University, where he studied with Aiyun Huang and Fabrice Marandola. He specializes in contemporary chamber music, interdisciplinary ... Read More
An exhilarating and elegant concert pianist, Louise Bessette stands out as one of the pre-eminent performers of modern music. Her combination of eclectic repertory and impeccable delivery has earned Bessette several of the most prestigious honours awarded for the interpretation of contemporary music, including, most notably, the First Prize ... Read More
Alain Billard (bass clarinet) began clarinet lessons at the age of five, continuing with Richard Vieille at the Paris CNR and completing studies at the Superior National Conservatoire of Lyon with Jacques Di Donato. He is a prize-winner of several international competitions: ARD of Munich (Germany), Chamber Music of ... Read More
Robert Black's interests range from traditional orchestral and chamber music to solo recitals, collaborations with actors, music with computers and MIDI, movement-based improvisations with dancers, and live action-painting performances with artists. He has commissioned, collaborated, or performed with musicians from John Cage to D.J. Spooky, Elliott Carter to Meredith ... Read More
Patrice Bocquillon is a founding member of the contemporary music ensemble L’Itinéraire, and regularly collaborates with the leading Parisian new music ensembles (Musique Plus, Musique vivante, 2E2M, Ars Nova, Ensemble intercontemporain, IRCAM). His pedagogical works for flute are published by Salabert and currently teaches flute at the national music ... Read More
Ross Bolleter (1946) is a West Australian composer/pianist whose work is focused on ruined pianos since the late ’80s. A piano is Ruined (rather than Neglected or Devastated) when it has been abandoned to all weathers and has become a decaying box of unpredictable dongs, tonks and dedoomps ... Read More
Christine Brelowski studied recorder with Dorothea Winter and viola da gamba with Freek Borstlap at the Conservatory of Zwolle, The Netherlands, and with Wieland Kuijken in Brussels. She obtained degrees in performance in 1990 (recorder) and 1997 (viola da gamba) respectively. She attended Pedro Memelsdorff's courses in Bologna. She ... Read More
Colette Broeckaert (Ghent, Belgium, 1982) holds a master in philosophy, specialising on the relation between music and philosophy in the 20th century, and studied piano with Daan Vandewalle. She developed an enthusiasm for new music in his courses and in consecutive masterclasses with Leon Fleisher, Geoffrey Madge, Luk Vaes, ... Read More
Composer/performer Elizabeth Brown holds a flute performance degree from Juilliard; she started composing in the late 1970s. She began studying shakuhachi with Ralph Samuelson in the mid-80's, and has written a series of pieces combining Japanese and western instruments. She was featured as composer and soloist on the Women ... Read More
Composer, singer, and multi-instrumentalist, Jack Bruce is hailed as one of the most powerful vocalists and greatest bassists of his time. Born to musical parents in Glasgow, Scotland in 1943, Jack finished his formal education at Bellahouston Academy and the Royal Scottish Academy of Music, to which he ... Read More
Baritone Thomas Buckner has been recognized for his varied accomplishments as a performer, producer and promoter of some of the most creative and challenging music of our time. Since the 1960s, Buckner has been experimenting with creative vocal techniques and improvisational settings that have become his trademark. A classically ... Read More
Composer Chris Burke has been working with electronic music and sound collage since the mid 1980s when he created his Bam Bam catalog of cassette releases which eventually became the Mode Avant release, Idioglossia. Since then Chris has had three other releases, including the Sire Records release All Wave ... Read More
Born in Florence in 1931, Sylvano Bussotti began to study violin (with Margherita Castellani) when he was about five years old. He studied harmony and counterpoint at the Conservatoire "Luigi Cherubini" of Florence with Roberto Lupi and piano with Luigi Dallapiccola, but he had to interrupt his studies because ... Read More
Monique Buzzarté, trombonist, is an active freelance musician in the New York area. As an avid proponent of contemporary music, she has commissioned and premiered many new works for trombone alone and in chamber ensembles. She is a founding member of LULU, a bi-coastal composer/performer consortium. An author and ... Read More
As a creative artist, George Cacioppo was a gentle chemist. His life and work didn't move in straight lines from one point to another. After his early compositions of the 1950s, each musical work has its own unique identity and character. That uniqueness is heard in his individual overlappings ... Read More
John Cage (1912-1992) was a singularly inventive and much beloved American composer, writer, philosopher, and visual artist, whose influence, already profound, has yet to be fully felt. Beginning around 1950, and throughout the passing years, he departed from the ... Read More
The Callithumpian Consort
The Callithumpian Consort at New England Conservatory, Stephen Drury, artistic director, is a professional ensemble specializing in challenging and avant-garde music of the last one hundred years, grounded in the musical discoveries of John Cage, Karlheinz Stockhausen, John Zorn, Giacinto Scelsi, Morton Feldman, and Iannis ... Read More
Van Carlson was born in Colorado and moved to Hollywood in 1978. He has received 10 Emmy Nominations, and 3 Emmy Awards for Photography in 1978, 1980, 1985. His work has taken him around the world, from Amazonia to the Virgin Islands. Carlson has worked with directors Steven Spielberg, ... Read More
Erik Carlson has performed as a soloist and with many chamber and orchestral ensembles throughout Europe and the Americas. He is a highly active performer of contemporary music and has had works written for him by numerous composers, including Karlheinz Stockhausen, Charles Wuorinen, Tom Johnson, and Georges Aperghis ... Read More
Melody Sumner Carnahan
Melody Sumner Carnahan's work was described in 1999 in the Village Voice as "The most musical prose since Gertrude Stein." Charles Shere (The Tribune) wrote "There have been few precedents to this kind of sustained avant-garde literature with a moving human content." Carnahan is author of three story ... Read More
After music (voice and flute) and drama studies (1971-1981), singer/actress Elise Caron has worked with directors including Marthouret, Bayen, Martinelli, Strehler, and Santini; she has sung Monteverdi, Ravel, Debussy, Stravinsky, Schönberg, Berg, Bach and has been part of the Orchestre National de Jazz.
Of his involvement with art, Mario Castillo says, “I feel a sense of responsibility to be true to myself and to my personal history. This in turn gives me the foundation with which I approach and interpret my environment, society, and the world. My artwork should be and ... Read More
David Cerutti appears regularly with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, and Orchestra of St. Luke's. For several years a member of the Smithson String Quartet, he is a founding member of the Trigon String Trio. He has performed with the Cygnus Ensemble and the Brentano String Quartet, ... Read More
Evans Yiu Shing Chan
Born in China and raised in Macao and Hong Kong, Evans Yiu Shing Chan is a New York-based cultural critic, playwright, and filmmaker, whose filmography includes four narrative features: To Liv(e) (1992), Crossings (1995), The Map of Sex and Love (2001, released on DVD in North America ... Read More
Susannah Chapman is the principal cellist for the Oregon Bach Festival and a former member of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra. She currently performs regularly with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. A member of Cygnus, a contemporary music sextet, she has also held residencies at both Sarah Lawrence College and ... Read More
Jane Chapman (harpsichord) was recently described by the Independent on Sunday as "Britain's most progressive harpsichordist", and as a "A Fearless Contemporary Music Performer" by the Guardian. Equally passionate about contemporary and baroque music, she has revitalized new repertoire for the instrument inspiring a new generation of composers ... Read More
Claire Chase is active as a soloist, collaborative artist, curator and arts entrepreneur. Over the past decade Claire has given the world premieres of more than 100 new works for solo flute, many of them tailor-made for her, and she has produced and curated more than 500 ... Read More
Noam Chomsky was born on December 7, 1928 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He received his Phd in linguistics in 1955 from the University of Pennsylvania. During the years 1951 to 1955, Chomsky was a Junior Fellow of the Harvard University Society of Fellows. The major theoretical viewpoints of his ... Read More
A native New Yorker, Tim Chu's visual work has often been intertwined with music. He studied Engineering, Music and Fine Art at Columbia University, continuing his studies in direction and cinematography at New York University. His films include Adagio, film with Bruckner's Adagio movement from the 9th Symphony (1988), ... Read More
Nicola Cisternino (born in San Giovanni Rotando, Foggia, Italy, 1957), graduated from the Conservatory of Parma and obtained a degree from the Institute DAMS (Disciplines of Art, Music and Spectacle), University of Bologna. He has also studied analysis and composition with Sylvano Bussotti at the Flessole and Genazzano schools ... Read More
Pianist Stephen Clarke has appeared as soloist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic New Music Group, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, and the Composers' Orchestra, and has given solo performances in various cities in Europe and North America. His own projects have included Canadian premieres of works by Scelsi, Feldman, Wolpe ... Read More
Aldo Clementi (Catania 1925) began his piano studies at thirteen, and received his diploma in 1946 under the guidance of Giovanna Ferro, a student of Alfredo Casella. He continued studies with Alfredo Sangiorgi (who studied with Schoenberg in Vienna), who introduced him to the technique of twelve-tone composition. He ... Read More
Soprano Martha Cluver has been hailed by the New York Times for her “soulful” and “fluid, dark-hued” voice. After graduating from Eastman School of Music in 2003 with a degree in viola performance, Martha moved to New York City to pursue a career as a vocalist ... Read More
Michael Colgrass' first musical experiences were as a jazz drummer in the Chicago area (l944-49). In 1954 he graduated from the University of Illinois, studying percussion with Paul Price and composition with Eugene Weigel, Darius Milhaud, Lukas Foss and later with Wallingford Riegger and Ben Weber. After 21 months ... Read More
Sue Costabile aka SUE-C is a visual and performing artist based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Her works challenge the norms of photography, video, and technology by blending them all into an organic and improvisational live performance setting. Employing a variety of digital tools to create an experimental ... Read More
Dr. Franklin Cox received B.M. degrees in cello and composition from Indiana University, as well as composition degrees from Columbia University (M.A.), and the University of California, San Diego (Ph.D.), where he also served as adjunct faculty member from 1993 to 1995. He studied cello with Gary Hoffman, Janos ... Read More
George Crumb's reputation as a composer of hauntingly beautiful scores has made him one of the most frequently performed composers in today's musical world. From Los Angeles to Moscow, and from Scandinavia to South America, festivals devoted to the music of George Crumb have sprung up like wildflowers. Now ... Read More
Andrew Culver makes chamber and orchestral music, electronic and computer music, sound sculpture and music sculpture, film, lighting, text pieces and installations. He performs concerts on sound sources of his own invention.
He develops databases and software to realize his work, and to make chance operations accessible to others. He ... Read More
Chaya Czernowin was born in 1957 and raised in Israel. Since the age of 25, she has lived in Germany, Japan, and the USA. Thanks to various scholarships and prizes Czernowin was able to concentrate on forming her own musical language and thought.
Her first solo CD, ... Read More
Roland Dahinden was born in Switzerland in 1962. He studied trombone and composition at Musikhochschule Graz (Erich Kleinschuster, Georg F. Haas), Scuola di Musica di Fiesole Florenz (Vinko Globokar), Wesleyan University in Connecticut (Alvin Lucier, Anthony Braxton, M.A.) and Birmingham University of England (Vic Hoyland, PhD).
As a composer he ... Read More
Dallapiccola was born at Pisino d'Istria (current Pazin, Croatia), to Italian parents.
Unlike many composers born into highly musical environments, his early musical career was irregular at best. Political disputes over his birthplace of Istria, then part of the Austrian empire, led to instability and frequent moves. His father was ... Read More
Patricia Dallio (b.1958) has been a member of Art Zoyd since 1979. She recorded 14 albums with the founder of the group, Gérard Hourbette. She co-wrote film music for Metropolis and The Fall of the House of Usher, and music for the robot operetta Armageddon and the children's ... Read More
Thulani Davis's work as a writer includes theater, journalism, fiction, and poetry. She is the author of two novels, Maker of Saints and 1959, and Malcolm X, The Photographs (1993). She has written and narrated several television and radio documentaries. Ms. Davis is the librettist for three operas: Amistad ... Read More
John Davis (bass guitar) was born in Newport, Rhode Island. He has studied with John Patitucci, Peter Cassino, Reggie Workman, and others. He is currently a member of psychadelic alt-country group Phonograph as well as being a part of NERVE, Jojo Mayer's live drum'n'bass/electronic band. He is co-owner and ... Read More
Maria de Alvear
Maria de Alvear is of German-Spanish descent and was born in 1960 in Madrid, Spain. She studied harpsichord, piano and composition in both Spain and Germany. In 1986 she finished her studies in "Neues Musiktheater (New Music Theatre) at the Köln Musikhochschule with Professor Mauricio Kagel. She has ... Read More
Frank Denyer was born in London in 1943. His early musical training was asa chorister at Canterbury Cathedral and later as a pianist at the GuildhallSchool of Music in London. In the late sixties he founded and directed theexperimental ensemble Mouth of Hermes; through this group his owncompositions started ... Read More
Chosen by Diapason magazine to represent the French cello along with about ten colleagues of his generation, Alexis Descharmes is an active ambassador of numerous cello repertoires. Born in 1977 and trained at the Paris Conservatoire (classes of Michel Strauss and Philippe Muller), he was ... Read More
Jean-Paul Dessy (b.1963 in Huy, Belgium) is a composer, cellist, conductor and artistic director of the ensemble Musiques Nouvelles. What he calls “acting as a musician” links the sacred and the profane without confusing them, in an intimate journey in search of a common and shared listening ... Read More
Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin (DSO)
The Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin (DSO) was awarded a Grammy Award in 2011. For 65 years, it has distinguished itself as one of Germany’s leading orchestras. The number of renowned Principal Conductors, the scope and variety of its work, and its particular emphasis on modern and contemporary ... Read More
Die Neuen Vokalsolisten Stuttgart
Die Neuen Vokalsolisten Stuttgart were founded in 1984 under the artistic management of Musik der Jahrhunderte as an ensemble specializing in the interpretation of contemporary vocal music - has been an artistically independent vocal chamber ensemble since 2000.
The ensemble's chief interest is research: exploring new sounds, new ... Read More
Pianist Stephen Drury has concertized throughout the world with a repertoire that stretches from Bach to Liszt to the music of today. His performances of the piano sonatas of Charles Ives to works by John Cage and Gyorgy Ligeti have received the highest critical acclaim. At Spoleto USA ... Read More
Percussionist Ben Duinker is equally active in music performance and academics. In 2009 he won first prize for Percussion at the OSM Standard Life Competition, where he also received the prize for best interpretation of a Canadian work. He has performed as a soloist in Canada, USA, Germany, ... Read More
Joël-François Durand (born 1954, Orléans, France) studied mathematics and music in Paris, then composition with Brian Ferneyhough at the Musikhochschule Freiburg (Germany) and with Bülent Arel and Daria Semegen at the State University of New York at Stony Brook (USA). He followed masterclasses and composition courses by György ... Read More
Pierre Dutrieu (clarinet) received first prizes in clarinet and chamber music from the Paris Conservatory. His interest for contemporary repertoire prompted him to give first performances of diverse works in France and elsewhere. He has performed as soloist in some of the most demanding contemporary pieces, notably Pierre Boulez's ... Read More
Jason Eckardt (b. 1971, Princeton, NJ) played guitar in rock and jazz bands until, upon hearing the music of Webern, he immediately devoted himself to composition. He has been internationally recognized through commissions from Carnegie Hall, the Koussevitzky Foundation, the Guggenheim Museum, the Fromm Foundation ... Read More
John Eckhardt (Double Bass), received classical training with Prof. Jörg Linowitzki at the Lübeck School of Music, Germany. In 2000-2002, he was granted the DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) for graduate studies with Robert Black at the Hartt School of Music in Hartford, Connecticut. He regularly gives solo performances ... Read More
Eve Egoyan is a concert pianist who specializes in the performance of new works. Her intense focus, command of the instrument, insightful interpretations, and unique programmes welcome audiences into unknown territory. Composers have a uniformly high regard for her performances of their works, often considering them definitive.
Eve has performed ... Read More
Ralf Ehlers (viola) has become one of London's most sought after violists. Born in Sao Paulo, Brazil, he won the 1989 Concurso Sul America and went on to give recitals and play concertos with many orchestras throughout South America. He continued his studies in Europe with Nobuko Imai and ... Read More
Zohar Eitan (b.1955), a poet, composer, and music theorist, teaches music theory at Tel Aviv University. His poetry collection, Shu Hai practices javelin was published in 1997.... Read More
Ekkozone is a Danish crossover ensemble that masterfully explores the borderlands between classical, world and experimental music. Formed by Mathias Reumert in 2013, Ekkozone quickly became a household name at the esteemed Copenhagen Jazzhouse, and has since performed in most of the country’s major concert halls.
The ensemble enjoys a special ... Read More
Since its formation in 1986, ELISION, Australia's leading contemporary music ensemble, has established a profile and reputation for virtuosic and authoritative performances. The practice of the ensemble ranges from concert-giving to music theatre and cross-disciplinary projects with a wide range of new media and visual artists.
ELISION has developed a ... Read More
Carol Eaton Elowe
Carol Eaton Elowe, piano, is the director Emerita of the Portland Conservatory of Music in Portland, Maine. A graduate of Syracuse University and the New England Conservatory of Music, she has served on the faculty of the Phillips Academy, Andover. She has performed with Jessye Norman and with ... Read More
Ensemble 21 was founded in 1993 by Jason Eckardt and Marilyn Nonken. The New York-based Ensemble has presented nearly thirty premieres and commissioned over fifteen new works, many from lesser-known and emerging American artists. Recognized for its top-caliber performances, Ensemble 21 has also earned a reputation as a champion ... Read More
Philippe Hurel and Pierre-André Valade founded the ensemble Court-circuit in 1991, following an encounter with the founders of the Analix Gallery in Geneva. Together "founded by a composer for the composers," Court-circuit has emerged immediately as a place of experimentation, an art project that promotes ... Read More
Ensemble Dissonanzen is a chamber ensemble formed in Naples in 1993 as part of the concert series Associazione Dissonanzen. Its primary goal is to spread music of the 20th century, a repertoire which had been, until then, chronically absent from the concert halls in Naples. Starting in 2002, without ... Read More