Ashot Sarkissjan (violin) studied with Ara Bogdanian at the Tchaikovsky Music College in his hometown, at the Musikhochschule Lübeck, where his principal teachers were Maria Egelhof, violin, and Walter Levin, string quartet, and with Mihaela Martin at the Hochschule für Musik Cologne. As co-founder of the Ensemble Neue Musik ... Read More
A long ignored eccentric and outsider of the new music world (who never wanted his photograph to appear in connection with his music), the Italian composer and poet Giacinto Scelsi (strictly speaking Count Giacinto Scelsi di Ayala Valva, 1905-88) gained considerable recognition in the mid-1980s, just as his creative ... Read More
Jeffrey Schanzer is a composer and guitarist involved in a wide variety of music, ranging from fully notated to fully improvised. He has studied composition with Morton Feldman and Anthony Davis and guitar with Oswald Rantucci. No More In Thrall, commemorating the 50th anniversary of the liberation of ... Read More
Frank Scheffer (b.1956, in The Netherlands) is internationally recognized as a master of sound and image. He founded Allegri Film Company, which specializes in documentaries on music and art. Scheffer was schooled at the Academy for Industrial Design (Eindhoven), "Vrije Academie" Art College (Den Haag), and is a graduate ... Read More
Steven Schick was born in Iowa and raised in a farming family. For the past thirty years he has championed contemporary percussion music as a performer and teacher. He studied at the University of Iowa and received the Soloists Diploma from the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik in ... Read More
Latin Grammy™ nominated guitarist, composer, author and broadcaster, John Schneider's weekly television and radio programs have brought the sound of the guitar into millions of homes for the past three decades. He holds a Ph.D. in Physics & Music from the University of Wales, music degrees from the University ... Read More
Born in 1962, he studied with Klaus Huber, Emanuel Nunes and Mathias Spahlinger and musical theory with Peter Förtig. He also attended conducting courses with Peter Eötvös.
Johannes Schöllhorn’s music is performed by many international Soloists, Ensembles and Orchestras like Ensemble Modern, Ensemble Intercontemporain, Ensemble l’instant ... Read More
Gunther Schuller has developed a musical career that ranges from composing and conducting to his extensive work as an educator, administrator, music publisher, record producer, and author. At the age of seventeen, Mr. Schuller was principal French hornist with the Cincinnati Symphony; two years later he was appointed to ... Read More
Haydée Schvartz is one of Argentina's leading pianist, with a repertoire that embraces classical to contemporary music. Schvartz has performed in the major concert halls of Argentina and several North/South American and European countries, appearing in numerous recitals and important festivals such as: North American New Music Festival, World ... Read More
Stefano Scodanibbio, contrabass soloist and composer, was born in Macerata, Italy, in 1956. In the 1980s and 1990s his name became prominently linked to the renaissance of the double bass, playing dozens of works written especially for him in major festivals throughout the world by composers such as Bussotti, ... Read More
Scottish Flute Trio
Ruth Morley, Laura Bailie and Janet Larsson
With some 23 commissions from leading composers under its collective belt, The Scottish Flute Trio continues to build a whole new chamber repertoire with three flutes at its core. From this central hub of new music they are constantly evolving new ways ... Read More
Since 1978, Anne Sèe has worked with directors including Mesguish, Maisonneuve, and Langhoff on plays by Fassbinder, Miller, Strindberg, Brecht, and Chekhov.
Laurel Karlik Sheehan
Laurel Karlik Sheehan gave the Canadian premiere of Cage's Two2 in 1990 with Jack Behrens. She holds the Bachelor of Music in piano performance from the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. She taught at the Peabody Preparatory from 1991 to 1995; while in Baltimore, ... Read More
Lucy Shelton's career encompasses a broad scope, from Bach and Handel to Babbitt and Carter. She has performed in recital, opera, chamber music and as an orchestral soloist, and she is well known for her innovative programming. Numerous works have been written for Ms. Shelton, including Elliott Carter's Of ... Read More
Cellist Fred Sherry has introduced audiences on five continents and all fifty United States to the music of our time through his close association with such composers as Milton Babbitt, Elliott Carter, Mario Davidovsky, Lukas Foss, Oliver Knussen, Peter Lieberson, Steve Mackey, Toru Takemitsu, Charles Wuorinen and John ... Read More
Takehito Shimazu was born in 1949 in Shimoda in the province of Shizuoka (Japan). He graduated in composition at the University of Tokyo-Gakugei and obtained his Masters degree in composition and conducting from the same university under the direction of professors S. Kai and S. Sumitani. From 1977 to ... Read More
Co-director of Either/Or (NYC) from 2004-2018; solo projects throughout North America and Europe; intermittent ecstatic drone work with UllU; numerous collaborations improvised and otherwise; string band music of Hungary and Romania.
Shively has recorded for Starkland, New World, Tzadik, Mode, Quecksilber, Braxton House, ... Read More
Howard Shore's scores for the three films in The Lord of the Rings trilogy are among the most celebrated and popular in movie history, garnering four Grammy Awards and three Oscars as well as honors and awards from leading critic associations. The UK's Classic FM radio voted The Lord ... Read More
Paul Silverthorne has been principal viola of the London Sinfonietta since 1988 and of the London Symphony Orchestra since 1991, whilst continuing to pursue a busy solo career. As a soloist, he has performed with such conductors as Sir Colin Davis, Andre Previn, Sir Simon Rattle, Sir John Eliot ... Read More
Howard Skempton was born in Chester in 1947, and has worked as a composer, accordionist, and music publisher. He studied in London with Cornelius Cardew from 1967 (helping to organize the Scratch Orchestra) and Cardew helped him to discover a musical language of great simplicity. Since then he ... Read More
During its twenty-five year history, the June on Buffalo Festival has become, perhaps, the leading festival to serve the needs of young American and also foreign composition students. Directed from its inception by composer David Felder, the Festival's range of guest faculty, soloists, and ensembles has been most extraordinary ... Read More
Adam Sliwinski has built a dynamic career of creative collaboration as percussionist, conductor, and teacher. He specializes in bringing composers, performers, and other artists together to create exciting new work. A member of the ensemble So Percussion since 2002, Adam has performed at Carnegie Hall, the Brooklyn Academy ... Read More
Pianist Cory Smythe is a graduate of the music schools at Indiana University and the University of Southern California. As a member of ICE, he has contributed to many premieres, worked with composers Philippe Hurel, Magnus Lindberg, and David Lang among others, and performed in many venues ... Read More
Andre Solomon-Glover has an international career singing a wide repertoire ranging from the roots of American song to opera, from Broadway to contemporary works. He has made solo appearances in major halls throughout the U.S. and Europe; and has performed with the Leipzig Gewandhaus and the Philadelphia Orchestra, among ... Read More
Somei Satoh was born in Japan in 1947 and currently lives in Tokyo. Largely self-taught as a composer he came to musical creation through the spiritual exercises of both Shintoism and Zen Buddhism. In early 1970s, after his attending the Nihon University of Art, Satoh joined the Tone Field ... Read More
Formed at the University of California San Diego Department of Music by composer/conductor, Bernard Rands in the late 70s, this ensemble devoted more than 25 years to the performance of demanding contemporary music by American, Asian, European, and Nordic composers.... Read More
Rogelio Sosa (b.1977) is a composer, sound artist and promoter of experimental music. He studied in Mexico with Julio Estrada and Ignacio Baca Lobera and then in France, where he attended Les Ateliers UPIC, IRCAM and the University of Paris VIII, with Horacio Vaggione as his main teacher. Sosa ... Read More
Bernadette Speach's work as a composer embraces a variety of styles, and includes solo, chamber and orchestral works. Ms. Speach and poet/writer Thulani Davis have worked together extensively since 1986. Telepathy Suite, their first collaborative settings, were released on the CD, Without Borders (mode ), which also included chamber ... Read More
Burkhard Stangl studied classical guitar, later mostly electric guitar; cultural anthropology, musicology (thesis about the effects of the phonograph on cultural anthropology); founder of the advanced jazz ensemble Ton.Art (1985-1995) and the new music chamber ensemble Maxixe (1991), member of polwechsel and efzeg, duo with christof kurzmann (Schnee) and ... Read More
Steffen Tast became a member of the Rundfunk Sinfonieorchester Berlin in 1987.
In the same year his interest in contemporary music led him to the Kammerensemble Neue Musik Berlin (KNM), where he is a chamber musician, soloist and a conductor. He has directed Ensemble Oriol, Kammerakademie Potsdam, Ensemble Modern ... Read More
Melvin Strauss had a long association with contemporary music as well as with John Cage. Strauss first attracted the attention of contemporary music circles with the Boston Symphony Orchestra at the Contemporary Music Weeks at Tanglewood, where he was also appointed conductor of the Fromm Players. This led to ... Read More
Steven Subotnick is an internationally recognized independent animator. After studying painting, anthropology, and filmmaking, he studied experimental animation with Jules Engel at California Institute of the Arts, where he made several award-winning films and earned his MFA in 1986. After graduation, he worked for three years as the Director ... Read More
Morton Subotnick is one of the United States' premier composers of electronic music and an innovator in works involving instruments and other media, including interactive computer music systems. Most of his music calls for a computer part, or live electronic processing; his oeuvre utilizes many of the important technological ... Read More
Sarah Maria Sun
Sarah Maria Sun is known as one of the foremost and most extraordinary performers in the contemporary music scene. In addition to numerous songs, her repertoire currently spans more than 900 compositions from the 20th and 21st centuries, including more than 300 world premieres. She has a close ... Read More
Yuji Takahashi is a Japanese composer, performer, pianist and author. He studied piano under Roh Ogura and Minao Shibata and composition with Iannis Xenakis. He lived in Europe from 1963 to 1966 where he worked with Iannis Xenakis. He gave the first performance of Xenakis' Herma and Eonta, both ... Read More
Aki Takahashi Aki Takahashi made her public debut shortly after graduating from the Tokyo University of Arts with a masters degree in 1970. While acknowledged for her classical musicianship, her enthusiasm and acclaim as a new music interpreter have attracted the attention of many composers. Cage, Feldman, Takemitsu, Yun, Oliveros, ... Read More
Satoshi Takeishi, drummer, percussionist, and arranger is a native of Mito, Japan. He studied music at Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts. While at Berklee he developed an interest in the music of South America and went to live in Colombia following the invitation of a friend. He ... Read More
Arturo Tamayo studied music at the Conservatoire of Madrid, his home town. He studied conducting with Pierre Boulez in Basel, Francis Travis in Freiburg and Witold Rowicki in Vienna. He also did postgraduate studies in composition with Wolfgang Fortner and Klaus Huber in the Musikhochschule in Freiburg. As a ... Read More
Margaret Leng Tan
Margaret Leng Tan has established herself as a major force within the American avant-garde: a highly visible, visionary pianist whose work embraces theater, choreography, performance. She is regularly featured at international festivals, has appeared at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center, and records for Mode, New Albion and ECM.
Tan, ... Read More
Karen Tanaka (b. Tokyo, 1961) is acclaimed as one of the leading living composers from Japan. She has been invited as a composer in residence at many important festivals, and her music has been widely performed throughout the world by the major orchestras, ensembles, international festivals and on radio ... Read More
Daniel Teige, born 1977, studied Electronic Music and Sound Design at the Electronic Music Studio at the Technical University Berlin. He works as a freelance sound artist, composer and Klangregisseur in Berlin.
His focus is on arts and audio-technology, in particular on sound installations, improvisation and new concepts of interaction ... Read More
Prima Ballerina with The National Ballet of Canada for 25 years, Veronica Tennant, won hearts and accolades on the national and international stage, dancing with such luminaries as Rudolf Nureyev and Mikhail Baryshnikov. Since 1989, she has become acclaimed as a gifted filmmaker, writer, producer/director, with her works garnering ... Read More
Daniel Teruggi studied composition and piano in Argentina. In 1977 he came to France and studied at the Paris Conservatory. Member of the Ina-GRM since 1983, he is currently director of the Groupe de Recherchés Musicales.
His particular field of interest is the relation between composers, with their concerns regarding ... Read More
The Respect Sextet
"[Respect] challenges and instigates. It delightfully confounds. This is world-class American jazz at its finest and freest.
It's pure truth. Respect the truth."
--- Frank DeBlase, City Newspaper
"Nothing is good, I see, without Respect. Methinks it sounds much sweeter than by day!"
--- William Shakespeare, Merchant of ... Read More
Third Coast Percussion
Hailed by the Chicago Reader as “one of the finest new-music ensembles in the country,” Third Coast Percussion uses an impressive array of percussion instruments to create a performance experience like no other. With exceptional talent and dedicated artistry, this “sonically spectacular” (Chicago Tribune) quartet combines the ... Read More
Kelland Thomas (alto saxophone) has performed in recital and with orchestras throughout the U.S. and in Canada, Switzerland, Germany, and Italy. An active chamber musician, Thomas has been a member of the Resounding Winds Saxophone Quartet, Michigan Saxophone Quartet with Donald Sinta, and has performed with the PRISM Saxophone ... Read More
A graduate of the Juilliard School, Liuh-Wen Ting has distinguished herself as a violist and proponent of contemporary music. She has collaborated with AACM members Roscoe Mitchell, George Lewis, Muhal Richard Abrams, and has premiered and recorded works by many other notable composers. She was a member of the ... Read More
The Trio Dolce was founded in 1986 by Christine Brelowski, Geesche Geddert, and Dorothea Winter. Although the ensemble also performs French and Spanish Medieval music, Italian and English Renaissance music and Baroque trios, it has specialized in contemporary recorder music. In addition to Cage, several other composers have written ... Read More
Ming Tsao is a Chinese-American composer active in Europe. Performance projects include the successful opera Die Geisterinsel for the Staatsoper Stuttgart in May 2011. His compositions have been performed by ensembles such as the Arditti Quartet, ensemble recherché, ELISION Ensemble, Ensemble SurPlus, Ensemble Ascolta in venues such as the ... Read More
The Turfan Ensemble
The Turfan Ensemble was founded in 1995 by Philipp Vandré and Thaddeus Watson in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. It is one of the few ensembles dedicated specifically to experimental music. Drawing from a permanent pool of musicians, the Turfan Ensemble is formed anew for each project. This guarantees ... Read More
Composer and vocalist Toby Twining (b.1958) has focused on expanding the musical palette with a new choral sound, hyper-consonant harmony, and innovative instrumental techniques. Recordings of his music include Shaman and Chrysalid Requiem (Toby Twining Music: BMG Classics, 1993 and Cantaloupe Music, 2002, respectively), Satie Blues and Nightmare Rag ... Read More
Soprano Pauline Vaillancourt, a native of Québec, is a lyric and contemporary artist whose performances have reached audiences across North America and Europe. A versatile talent, she has presented works by such diverse composers as Mather, Tremblay, Finnissy and Evangelista.
In addition to her credits as a performing artist, Vaillancourt ... Read More
Pierre-André Valade (b.1959 in France)
Pierre-André Valade is Musical Director of Ensemble Court-circuit, and is also a regular guest at international festivals throughout Europe, Australia, USA, and Canada. He is frequently invited by the leading European ensembles for modern music including Ensemble Intercontemporain, Ensemble Modern, BIT-Twenty Ensemble of Norway, London Sinfonietta ... Read More
Valverde was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in 1957, studying there with Manuel Juárez at the National Conservatory. In France, he studied with Dominique Patier (University of Poitiers,1982-1983) and electroacoustic music at the "Groupe de Musique Experimentale de Bourges" (1983-1984).
He attended seminars on musical composition with Helmut Lachenmann. Between ... Read More
Charles van Tassel
Charles van Tassel (bass-baritone) began singing as a chorister in his native city, New York. In 1965, he made his debut with the Contemporary Chamber Players under the direction of Ralph Shapey, making subsequent performances with the Chicago and Boston Symphony Orchestras. He began his opera career in ... Read More
Hebert Vázquez (b.1963) went from the National Music Conservatory in Mexico to the universities of Carnegie-Mellon and British Columbia. Composer as well as teacher and theorist, one distinctive aspect of his work is the use of "mega-instruments", a procedure whereby he divides among two instruments a complex part which ... Read More
Peter Veale was born in Dunedin, New Zealand. He has been Resident in Germany since 1980 and studied oboe with Prof. Heinz Holliger at the Musikhochschule in Freiburg (Germany) and conducting with Francis Travis (Freiburg).
He was awarded an international scholarship from 1992-93 to be a performing artist in residence at the Akademie Schloss ... Read More
Gary Verkade (organ) was born in Chicago and studied music, including organ performance, composition, form and analysis, counterpoint and musicology, at Calvin College (BA) and the University of Iowa (MFA, DMA) in the U.S. and from the Folkwang-Hochschule in Essen, Germany the Künstlerische Reifeprüfung and Konzertexamen. He has been ... Read More
Born in 1979, Sébastien Vichard studied piano and pianoforte at the Paris Conservatory, where he has, in turn, taught piano, accompaniment, sightreading and chamber music. Member of the Ensemble intercontemporain, since 2006, he is deeply engaged in the interpretation and diffusion of contemporary music, appearing as soloist at Royal ... Read More
Alvise Vidolin (1949) was born in Padova where he carried out scientific and musical studies. He teaches Electronic Music at "B. Marcello" Conservatory of Music in Venezia and Electronic and Computer Music at the Accademia Internazionale della Musica delle Scuole Civiche di Milano.
He is co-founder and member of Centro ... Read More
Olivier Voize (clarinet) graduated in clarinet from the Amsterdam Conservatory. He also has degrees from the University of Paris in Literature and in Linguistics. A freelance musician, he mainly plays chamber and orchestral music with, among others, the Paris Opera Orchestra, Ensemble Modern, Ensemble FA, Ensemble Intercontemporain, and the ... Read More
Reimar Volker was born in 1967 in Berlin. From 1990-95 he studied music education at the Hochschule der Künste in Berlin, majored in saxophone (studying with Detlef Bennsman and Christof Griese) and received a diploma in music education. Since 1984 he has been musically active as a jazz, chamber ... Read More
VOXNOVA is a vocal ensemble for contemporary music and the music which directly inspired it. Founded in 1992 by bass baritone Nicholas Isherwood, they sing primarily the a cappella repertoire from the solo to the sextet. Its singers have also performed all of the roles in Victor Ullmann's opera Der ... Read More
Juan Felipe Waller
Juan Felipe Waller (b.1971) was born and brought up in Mexico City in a mixture of cultures from his Dutch father and Mexican mother. After studying for some years at the 'Academie des Arts Plastiques' in Paris, he continued his musical education in Mexico at the Music Study ... Read More
Vocal artist Ute Wassermann is a composer/ performer, improviser and interpreter of contemporary music. She studied at the Hamburg Academy of Fine Arts, specializing in sound installation and vocal performance, and studied classical singing with Carol Plantamura (San Diego) and Arnold van Mill (Hamburg). Since 1984 she has developed ... Read More
WDR Sinfonieorchester Köln
Founded in 1947 by the then Nordwestdeutschen Rundfunk (Northwestern German Radio) as an orchestra of the WDR. It worked together and made recordings with distinguished conductors - Otto Klemperer, Sir Georg Solti, Dmitri Mitropoulos, Herbert von Karajan, Claudio Abbado, among others. Currently, the orchestra gives some forty concerts ... Read More
James Weeks (b. 1978) read Music at Cambridge before completing a PhD in Composition at Southampton University studying under Michael Finnissy. His music has been performed in festivals and concert halls worldwide by artists such as Endymion, EXAUDI, Apartment House, Kürbis, Uroboros Ensemble, Zephyr Quartet, Alison Balsom, Christopher ... Read More
Shannon Wettstein, pianist, has performed countless new works throughout the United States and internationally. She has collaborated with composers such as Brian Ferneyhough, Chinary Ung, Martin Bresnick, Gunther Schuller, Lee Hyla, and Jeffrey Mumford. She has given performances in New York's Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts and the ... Read More
Frances White (b.1960) composes instrumental and electronic music. She studied composition at the University of Maryland, Brooklyn College, and Princeton University. She has received awards, honors, grants, commissions, and fellowships from organizations such as Prix Ars Electronica, the Institut International de Musique Electroacoustique de Bourges, the International Computer Music ... Read More
Peppie Wiersma (percussion) expresses her talent over a wide range of musical styles reaching from the 17th to the 21st centuries. She plays with a large number of conductors, ensembles and composers among today's best known: Ensemble Modern, György Ligeti, Philippe Herreweghe, Karlheinz Stockhausen, La Petite Bande, Peter Eötvös, ... Read More
Dorothea Winter studied with Ferdinand Conrad in Hannover and Jeanette van Wingerden and Frans Brüggen in The Hague. She obtained her degree in performance with honors and won prizes at the International Competition for Woodwinds at the Early Music Festival in Bruges. She has performed, taught and lectured throughout ... Read More
Charles Wood is a composer, and designer and builder of new instruments and sound installations. In his music the process of composition is closely integrated with the implementation of new “musical instruments” specific to his work. His work has been performed at the Zurich Junifestwochen, the Aspekte Salzburg ... Read More
Composer, architect, civil engineer; Iannis Xenakis was born 29 May 1922, in Braïla (Romania). Son of Clearchos Xenakis and Fotini Pavlou; married Françoise Gargouil 1953; one daughter, Mâkhi. Fought in Greek Resistance, World War II, was condemned to death; became a political refugee in France from 1947, and ... Read More
Wife and accomplice of Iannis Xenakis for over half a century. Author of 23 books. French radio and television personality, known in particular for her extravagent red spectacles!
Airi Yoshioka has concertized throughout the world as a soloist and chamber musician. She is a founding member of Damocles Trio and Modigliani Quartet. Her orchestral credits include performances with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, American Sinfonietta and engagements as concertmaster and soloist with the Manhattan Virtuosi and Aspen Music ... Read More
Jovita Zähl was born in Bensberg near Cologne, Germany. She studied in Brussels, Cologne and Düsseldorf with the pianists Pavel Gililov, Jean-Claude Vanden-Eynden, Aloys Kontarsky and David Levine. She graduated with honors for piano and chamber music at the Musikhochschule Köln and the Robert-Schumann Hochschule Düsseldorf.
Jovita Zähl is active ... Read More
Susanne Zapf, born in Thuringia/Germany, studied the violin with Ilan Gronich in Berlin, Grigory Zhislin in London, and Keiko Wataya in Amsterdam.
Her particular leaning towards chamber music, participating in symphony orchestras and her work in the Sonar Quartett have given many facets to her musicianship. In her ... Read More
(b. April 15, 1949, Schwabach, Mittelfranken).
German composer of stage, orchestral, chamber, choral, vocal, piano, and electro-acoustic works that have been successfully performed and recorded across Europe.
Prof. Zimmermann learned piano, violin and oboe at an early age and began composing at age twelve. He attended the Fürth Gymnasium, ... Read More
Founded in 1969 in Valenciennes, the group Art Zoyd looks back on more than three decades of extraordinary accomplishments. Recordings (more than 30 CDs to date), concerts, and music performances for ballet, theatre, film, and other events are among their achievements which have taken them to places from New ... Read More