Born on 4 April 1953 in Guangzhou, China. A composer and violinist.
She graduated in composition from the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing under Wu Zuquiang and Alexander Goehr. She continued her studies under Chou Wen-chung and Mario Davidovski at Columbia University in the City of New York, where she obtained the degree of Doctor of Composition with distinction. She taught at Peabody Conservatory (Johns Hopkins University). Currently, she is professor of composition at the Conservatory of Music and Dance of the University of Missouri – Kansas City in the USA. She got numerous awards and honours, amongst other awards from the Guggenheim, Ford, Rockefeller, Alpert, Fromm and Koussevitzky foundations, the Charles Ives Living Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the ASCAP Concert Music Award. She has composed orchestral and choral works and chamber music including pieces for traditional Chinese instruments. In her works she combines modern Western composition techniques with the elements of traditional Chinese music.
Born on 6 May 1953 in Lecce, Italy. A composer and music life organizer.
He graduated in piano and composition under Azio Corghi from the Giuseppe Verdi Conservatory of Music in Milan. He completed post-graduate studies under Franco Donatoni at the National Academy of St Cecilia in Rome. Currently, he teaches composition at the Conservatory in Como, Italy, and at the Conservatory in Strasbourg, France, he is also the head of the musical part of the Venice Biennale and an active Member of the National Academy of St Cecilia in Rome, where he gives master courses. He is a composer of orchestral works, operas, chamber, electroacoustic and radio music. He uses electronic media. He has developed his own musical language in which he combines the elements of traditional music with the avant-garde composition techniques of the 20th and 21st centuries and formal discipline with timbre and expressive sensitivity.
Born on 19 September 1938 in Warsaw. A composer, pianist, teacher and music life organizer.
He graduated in piano under Maria Wiłkomirska and in composition under Kazimierz Sikorski from the State Higher Music School in Warsaw. He continued his studies with Nadia Boulanger in Paris. Currently, he is a professor of composition at the Grażyna and Kiejstut Bacewicz Academy of Music in Łódź, he also teaches as Eminent Corresponding Professor at Keimyung University in Daegu, South Korea. He holds the title of Doctor Honoris Causa of the National University of Music in Bucharest and of the Academy of Music in Łódź. He is an honorary member of the International Society for Contemporary Music. He has composed orchestral, vocal and choral works, 6 operas, chamber and theatre music. He has developed his own musical language which combines modern composition techniques with traditional elements. The important features of his works are microtonality and the frequent use of selected harmonic-and-melodic cells which imbue his music with recognizable and consistent sound quality regardless of the period when it was composed. He is often inspired by art and literature and makes use of folk music. An important part of his oeuvre is the so called unistic music inspired by Władysław Strzemiński’s paintings. As a performer he often uses improvisation.
fot. Aurore Belkin
Born on 4 April 1953 in Clermont-Ferrand. A composer, musicologist, scientist, music critic, writer, translator and teacher.
He graduated in classical literature and Greek archaeology from the École Normale Supérieure de Paris. He studied composition under Olivier Messiaen at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris. His doctoral thesis in musicology was defended under the supervision of Iannis Xenakis at Sorbonne. He is a co-founder of Groupe de Recherches Musicales in Paris. He taught literature, classical literature, musicology (professor of musicology at the University of Strasbourg) and composition in 25 countries. He was President of the French Section of the International Society for Contemporary Music. Among his numerous honours are the Prix Italia and the Grand Prix National de la Musique awarded by the Ministry of Culture and Communication in France, the Prix Rossini granted by the Académie des Beaux-Arts, and the Grand prix de la musique symphonique of the SACEM. He is a Docteur d'État ès Lettres et Sciences Humaines – a title granted by the government of France. He is a Commandeur de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (Commander of the Order of Arts and Letters) and a Chevalier des Palmes Académiques (Knight of the Order of Academic Palms), both granted by the government of France. He has been a member of the Académie des Beaux-Arts (Academy of Fine Arts) since 2002. He received the title of Doctor Honoris Causa from the University of Athens. He is credited with the creation of zoomusicology. His best known publication is a book Musique, mythe, nature ou les dauphins d'Arion (1983), which has been translated into many languages. He has composed orchestral, chamber and solo music, instrumental, vocal, and vocal-and-instrumental works including stage compositions, as well as electroacoustic music. He is one of the pioneers of concrete music. He has developed an individual sound language based on his own studies in the fields of aesthetics, linguistics, and musical forms. In his works he uses electronics, patterns of antique language, traditional non-European music. He is considered to be one of the precursors of spectral music.
fot. Aurore Belkin
Born on 16 July 1947 in Wrocław. A composer, teacher and music life organizer.
She studied composition at the State Higher Music School in Wrocław under Stefan Bolesław Poradowski, and then under Tadeusz Natanson. She continued her studies in France under Pierre Boulez and Olivier Messiaen, she participated in the classes at the Institut de Recherche et de Coordination Acoustique/Musique. Currently, she is a professor of composition at the Karol Lipiński Academy of Music in Wrocław. She has composed orchestral and choral works, chamber and children’s music. In her compositions she combines modern musical language with the elements of historical stylization and references to religious and popular music. The distinctive features of her musical language are formal discipline and timbre diversity.
Edited by: Anna Dorota Władyczka