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Biographies and Photos for 2011 conference
Performers (in alphabetical order)
Enrico Bertelli percussion
Deeply interested in Contemporary Music, with a special emphasis on the percussion music repertory, Enrico has a rich background mixing the theoretical preparation achieved through university, with the instrumental skills gained through intense studies at the Conservatoire and at the many master classes he has attended. He works closely with composers, investigating the possibilities of percussion instruments and trying to push the conventional boundaries as in the UUCMS project for percussion and live electronics. Firmly convinced of the importance of an informed performance, he constantly approaches every piece both as a performer and as a musicologist. This duality helps achieve a better understanding of the music and enables communicating with the audience with sounds and words.
Enrico is a PhD candidate at University of York, with a MA in Performance Studies, Cardiff University School of Music, (Distinction), TARS – Dottore in Tecniche Artistiche e dello Spettacolo – Ca`Foscari University (Venice), Diploma in Strumenti a Percussione, Conservatorio F.E. dall`Abaco in Verona and Erasmus at Cardiff University School of Music (Wales). He has studied with and attended masterclasses with Christian Dierstein (Ensemble Recherche), Miquel Bernat (Ictus Ensemble), Rainer Roemer (Ensemble Modern), Ruud Wiener (vibraphone), Igor Lesnik, Chris Brannick (multi-percussion), Jasmin Kolberg, Michael Burritt, Nebojsa Zivkovic (marimba), Matteo di Francesco (marching band) at PAS Italy, Michael Skinner (Basle drumming and orchestral techniques) – GSMD London. He is a teacher of drum kit, percussion and Italian and gives workshops for undergraduate students at University of York, Hatfield, Napier’s and Padova (Italy).
He has had performance residencies including L’Arsenale Atelier 2010 (Treviso – Italy), New Music New Media in Aldeburgh, Kings Place – London, X-Music (Venice), Sensorium Festival (Dublin, York) and the Darmstadt International Music School.
Marimel Chrissi, soprano
Marimel Chrissi was born in Athens. She has studied Greek Literature and Philosophy at theUniversityofAthens. She has also studied classical guitar, classical and modern dance and theatre. She pursued her studies in classical singing with D. Katsari (Diploma with Distinction in 1993). She has also participated in seminars with K. Paschalis, F. Voutsinos, A. Lavanne, l. Scheit and recently with Rudolf Knoll (SommerakademieMozarteum) and StamatisBeris. She has studied Music Theory and Harmony (Diploma, 2004).
She has been participating in many choirs (Early music workshop, FonsMusicalis) performing in Greece and abroad, also as a soloist. As a member of the vocal ensemble “Polyphonia” she has recorded works of Frangiskos Leondaritis She often appears in solo recitals in Athens and all major Greek cities. She constantly participates in concerts organized by the “Friends of the Church Organ” society. She has also sung in the operas: G. Verdi’s “Un Ballo in Maschera” (Amelia), A. Kounadis’s “Vacchae”, P. Fournarakis’s “Medea”.
She specializes in the performance of musical theater and cabaret (Kurt Weill, film music). She is currently preparing her Ph. D. Thesis on “Ancient greek tragedy and contemporary greek opera” under the supervision of Dr. MarkosTsetsos in theUniversity ofAthens (Department of Musicology). Finally she is employed as a professor in Secondary Education and she has taught extensively vocal technique in Conservatories (National and Nikos Skalkotas Conservatory of Athens).
Danae Eleni, Soprano
Danae made her Purcell Room debut in 2009 with Tim Benjamin’s solo opera Mrs Lazarus. Engagements since have included Brahms’ Requiem (Bahrain) and the title role in Ravel’s L’enfant et les sortilèges for ‘Open Door Opera’ (SJSS, London; Edinburgh). Danae performed the world premieres of Alex Campkin’s Stone Heart for the Grimeborn Festival and Guy Newbury’s A Mountainside of Dreams in the Holywell Music Room. In 2010, Danae released Love’s Philosophy – a collection of Greek, French, German and English song. Danae studies with Ashley Stafford and Marco Ozbic, and at the Advanced Performers Studio. For future performances visit www.danaeeleni.com
Tom Jackson, clarinet
Tom Jackson is a freelance performer, composer and tutor specialising in playing clarinets and saxophones. After graduating with a first class honours degree from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama Tom moved to London where is about to complete a masters degree at Goldsmiths University. He maintains an exciting performance schedule and has performed in Austria, Germany, Estonia, Portugal, Greece, Australiaand Hong Kong as well as throughout the UK. As a founder member of Cardiff New Music Collective and myriad experimental ensembles, as well as being a committed proponent of contemporary music, Tom has premiered many new works by both leading and upcoming composers. Recent performance highlights include the premiere of Brian Irvine’s opera, Postcards from Dumbworldand solo recitals of contemporary clarinet repertoire in Portugal. As a specialist in Free Improvisation Tom has performed with Keith Tippett and Paul Dunmall and has supported Paal-Nilssen Love and Paul Hession. His record label, Gaia Recordings was created to showcase free improvisation ensembles creating music today. Tom enjoys playing in a duo with Benedict Taylor.
Leslie Jones, cello (Head of Music, DEREE, The American College of Greece
Leslie Jones began her music studies in Portland, OregonU.S.A.where she was a member of the Portland Youth Philharmonic. She holds a Bachelor of Music from Manhattan School of Music and a Master of Arts from Hunter College of The City University of New York. While living in New York, she free-lanced with several orchestras including the National Orchestra Association, the Bronx Symphony, and the Ridgefield Symphony (Ct.), and made a national tour of the United Statesas the solo cellist with the New York Vocal Arts Ensemble. She has participated in major summer music festivals including the Aspen Music Festival, the Grand Teton Orchestra Festival, and the International Chamber Music Festival of San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. Since coming to Greecein 1991, she has given solo recitals and chamber music concerts in Athensand throughout Greece, including contemporary chamber work premieres at the Megaro Mousikis in association with the Union of Greek Composers. Ms. Jones has performed with the State Orchestra of Athens, the KAMERATA – ORCHESTRA OF THE FRIENDS OF MUSIC, the Orchestra of Colours, and as principal cellist of the Deree Chamber Orchestra. With the generous support of the American College of Greece, Ms. Jones has recorded two chamber music CDs with the Deree Piano Trio. She has been member of the music faculty at the American College of Greece-DEREE since 1992, where she teaches music history and music appreciation courses. She is currently the Coordinator of the Music Area at DEREE.
Zubin Kanga, piano
Pianist, Zubin Kanga, has worked closely with many of the world’s leading composers including George Benjamin, Michael Finnissy, Howard Skempton, Beat Furrer and Liza Lim and performs with some of Australia’s leading new music ensembles including Ensemble Offspring and Halcyon as well as ensembles in Europe including the Kreutzer Quartet and the London Sinfonietta. He has recently performed at the ISCM World New Music Days (Sydney), the New Music Network (Sydney), the Merge Festival (Darwin), the Late Music Festival (York), the Southbank Messiaen Festival (London), the Aldeburgh Festival and the Many Hands Piano Festival (London). In January, he made his debut as soloist alongside Rolf Hind with the London Sinfonietta performing Beat Furrer Nuun for two pianos and orchestra.
Zubin studied at the Universityof Sydney, graduating with 1st Class Honours and the University Medal in music. In 2007, he commenced his postgraduate studies with a full scholarship to the Royal Academy of Music, London and is currently on the Academy’s PhD program writing a dissertation on the process of collaboration between composers and performers. He was recently awarded the Michael Kieran Harvey Scholarship, as well as the Best Newcomer Award at the 2010 ABC Limelight Awards.
Carla Rees, quarter-tone alto flute email@example.com
Since graduating, she has become a leading alto flute specialist, working to raise the profile of the instrument through research, performance and commissioning new repertoire. Carla plays quarter tone Kingma system alto and bass flutes, instruments with which she is able to break new ground in contemporary techniques and repertoire. She works frequently in collaboration with composers of all genres and works as a solo recitalist as a member of her group, rarescale, throughout the UK and abroad. She has commissioned over 50 new works for alto flute, given over 250 premieres, and in 2004 organised an international competition for composers in conjunction with rarescale and the Royal College of Music in London.
She has performed with ensembles such as Madestrange Opera, BEAST, Pagrav Dance Company, Contemporary Consort, and the Ossian Ensemble, and has recorded for rarescale records, EMI, Capstone and Metier, in addition to soundtracks for film and TV, including sound effects for Nanny McPhee 2.
She has performed regularly at flute conventions in the UK and USA, as well as in festivals and recitals internationally, including Proms composer portraits, Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, Spark Festival (Minneapolis), and Sonic Circuits Festival (WashingtonDC).
Carla teaches the flute at Royal Holloway, University of London and composition at the Open College of Arts, and has given masterclasses and workshops for flute players and composers at several leading institutions, including the Juilliard School, Manhattan School of Music, UCLA, University of Southern California, University of California, California Institute of the Arts, Royal Academy of Music, Royal College of Music and Trinity College of Music.
She is Programme Director the British Flute Society 2012 convention, a reviewer for MusicWeb International and is currently working towards a DMus in the Centre for Music and Multimedia at the Royal College of Music, where she is researching contemporary techniques for quarter tone system alto and bass flute with a Studentship from the AHRC.
Carla also works as a freelance photographer and has had her work published in the UK, USA, France and New Zealand. She has a photography website at www.carlareesdawson.co.uk
Christine Tokatlian is a young virtuoso pianist praised for her academic distinctions and passionate performance. In 2008 she was awarded the honorary ‘Eleni Myconiou’ prize for artistic excellence by the Athens Academy.
Encouraged by her family who taught her to appreciate classical music early on, at the age of six Christine was already taking piano lessons at the National Conservatory of Greece which led to a Soloist’s diploma with a grade of Excellence by unanimous vote and First Prize, under the supervision of Manolis Kokalis.
Studying under renowned pianists including Dimitris Toufexis, Yu Chun Yee and Bernard Roberts, between 1996 and 1999, Christine received her Bachelor of Arts in Music from DEREE, and post-graduate diplomas in Advanced Piano Performance from the Royal College of Music in London (PGDip, PGAdvDip)
Performing around Greece, the United Kingdom, Italy and Armenia alongside distinguished artists including the Komitas Quartet, Christine’s recitals include works by classical, romantic and contemporary composers, all performed with her distinct temperament- a temperament undeniably fueled by her Armenian descent. And with the same passionate spirit she premiered Khatchaturian’s Piano Concerto with the Thessaloniki State Orchestra in the Thessaloniki Concert Hall in 2010. Christine also communicates her talent through teaching as she is currently a professor of music at Deree College and a piano professor at the Maiandrio Conservatory.
Armenian Piano Images, Christine’s first personal recording with works of contemporary Armenian composers, some of which are world premiers, serves as a window for her audience to see into her dream of magical musical performance that began during her first piano lesson when she was six and remains to this day her highest attainable goal.
Marilyn Wyers, piano
Born in Manchester, England, Marilyn gained her teaching diplomas from the Royal Academy of Dance and the Royal Schools of Music. She studied music and dance at Lancaster University, UK and went on to study ballet, choreography and piano for two years at the St Petersburg Conservatory in Russia. Since graduating from Lancaster University she worked as a soloist performing with the Lancaster Symphony Orchestra, Southport Symphony Orchestra, Knowsley Youth Orchestra, Cairo Chamber Orchestra and St Petersburg State Conservatory Chamber Orchestra. More recently she has performed as a soloist in the UK and in Istanbul with the Kopuz Chamber Orchestra.
In 1990 Marilyn joined the Knowlsey Performing Arts Team as Dance and Music coordinator working with London Contemporary Dance, Ballet Rambert, Northern Ballet, Opera North, English National Opera and the Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra.
She started her international career in 1992 when she took up the position of Head of Music in Cairo, Egypt. Since then Marilyn has been teaching and performing as a musician, dancer and educator in various countries. These include: Poland, Russia, India, Indonesia, Lebanon, Germany, Hong Kong, Spain and Turkey where she is currently a guest lecturer at Bogaziçi University.
Over the last ten years Marilyn has developed a particular interest in the application of psychophysical principles and methods to her work and to the artistic and technical training of performing artists (musicians, dancers, choreographers and actors). In these fields she has created innovative work connected predominantly with the application of somatic movement approaches drawn from Dalcroze and Laban/Bartenieff to the rehearsal and performance of established and new concert repertoire. She has studied Dalcroze with Dr. David Frego, Chair of Music, San Antonio University, Texas and Dr. Robert Abramson, Professor of Dalcroze studies at Juilliard School, New York. Her work in this area is informed by her own performance experiences as a dancer, pianist, researcher and educator. She is currently pursuing a PhD at Goldsmiths that investigates the role of dance/movement in music performance studies at higher education and conservatoire level.
Marilyn has a special interest in exploring new music and has performed Neil March’s ‘Diversions’ (2010), ‘No Surrender’ (2010), ‘Into The Night’ (2010) and ‘As The Facts Emerge’ (2010) and Diego Kovadloff’s ‘Two Cities’ (2011) at Goldsmiths, University of London. Additionally, in July 2011 she performed ‘Diversions’ as part of a collaborative presentation with Neil March at the University of Cambridge.
Composers (in alphabetical order)
Thomas Bush (b. 1988) is a composer from London. He studied music at the University of Leeds, receiving composition tuition from Dr Mic Spencer, and wrote his undergraduate dissertation on the music of George Antheil. He is currently working towards an MMus in Composition at Goldsmiths College under Roger Redgate. Musical interests and influences include quasi-Hermetic approaches to compositional practice, emotionally subjective responses to scientific and technological objectivity, and the progressively truncated historiography (and subsequent growth in cultural nostalgia) of the second half of the 20th century. A Piece For Piano* was written using a convoluted set of numerological and post-serial practices that resulted in the array of melodic fragments that appear on the title page. These were then taken as phrases and motifs that were then arranged into a piece of music. The intention was to clearly delineate the divide between the painstaking procedural methodology of compositional praxis and the poietic notions of musical ‘inspiration’ thathave plagued the canon of western art music since Wagner.
Michael Cryne was born in 1981 in Harrow, and studied composition at the Guildhall School of music and drama. He also holds a masters degree with distinction from the London College of Music. He lives and works in London as a composer and works throughout the UK and internationally as a music director. He is currently pursuing doctoral study under the supervision of Dr. Mark Bowden at Royal Holloway, University of London.
Music for the concert platform includes works for solo instruments through to full orchestra, and includes vocal and choral pieces. His work has been performed at several leading concert venues throughout the UK, including the Royal Festival Hall and the Bridgewater Hall in Manchester.
As a music director and composer for the theatre, his portfolio includes full music-theatre works as well as incidental music for several productions. He has an ongoing relationship with the Royal Shakespeare Company and frequently acts as a visiting music director. His first full-length music theatre work, Chelinot, was the critics choice in the Sunday Times newspaper in 2006.
Edmund is working towards a PhD in composition at Birmingham Conservatoire, studying with Edwin Roxburgh and Richard Causton. His doctoral research focuses on the use of early medieval texts in composition. His interest in these texts includes both the exploration of the sonic possibilities of ancient languages and the use of narratives and poems as the starting point for compositional processes. Edmund’s PhD project is inspired by his undergraduate degree in ‘Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic’, which he studied at the University of Cambridge from 2002 to 2005. During this time, Edmund specialised in Old English, Old Norse, early medieval Celtic languages and philology. In working with early medieval texts in composition, Edmund’s work addresses questions regarding different layers of textual meaning, the intelligibility of individual words when considered as part of a creative, musical response to a work of literature and the role text in non-vocal compositions. In developing this PhD project, Edmund has explored many different possibilities, including solo instrumental, vocal, ensemble and orchestral works, as well as pieces incorporating pre-recorded tape and live electronics.
Edmund’s music has been performed by established soloists and ensembles including the Curious Chamber Players (Sweden), the Northern Sinfonia (UK), Psappha (UK) and by groups from Birmingham Conservatoire including the college symphony orchestra. In 2009 he was awarded a bursary to attend the St. Magnus Composers’ Course in Orkney. In 2009 his chamber composition ‘Echtra’ won the Birmingham Chamber Music Society composition prize and in 2011 he was awarded the Birmingham Conservatoire Orchestral Prize for his piece for solo mezzo-soprano and symphony orchestra. He holds an MMus (distinction) from the University of Newcastle and a licentiate diploma from Trinity College London.
Ben Isaacs is a composer whose music is characterised by its limited gestural palette and preference for weak, unstable sounds, often occurring at extremes of instrumental register and quietude. He has recently written music for QuatuorDiotima, the Haynes/Ballon/Knoop trio, Kate Ledger, SéverineBallon and the Nieuw Ensemble, who premiered and darkness sweeps in like a hand at HCMF 2009. Current and future projects include pieces for pianist Sebastian Berweck, saxophonist Eleri Ann Evans and Japanese enseble mmm…. Ben studied at the university of Huddersfield with Aaron Cassidy and Bryn Harrison. An interview he gave to Ray Evanoff can be found in the first edition of the CeReNeM Journal.
Neil March was born in Hemel Hempstead in 1963 to Welsh and English parents. Following a 20 year career in Rock, Soul and related music March returned to his classical roots. Since then he has studied with a number of leading composers including Roger Redgate, Dmitri Smirnov, David Sutton-Anderson and Benjamin Rous. He is currently studying for a PHD in composition from Goldsmiths University.
March composes in a contemporary style that brings together a distinct harmonic language with his own new techniques including Polyfluidity, Soundbite Form and Cycles of Transformation through which he attempts to reflect and comment on the urban post-globilization environment in which he lives and operates. His systems of democratic distribution of chromatic (orbited by microtonal pitches) is tempered by the use of Harmonic Intervention.
March’s music has been performed at a variety of international venues in recent years and he has been involved in presentations at Cambridge, Middlesex and Goldsmiths Universities. His collaborations with Marilyn Wyers have enabled him to incorporate new ideas about movement, stasis, weight and the existence of an “inner pulse” into his composing. The piano piece Diversions was the catalyst for their collaborative work and remains currently his most performed work.
From Pomeroy in Co. Tyrone, Ryan began his musical life on the fiddle, taught by Brid Harper. The piano soon followed in his teenage years and it is in this instrument that Ryan now specialises. Described by the Irish Times as “…the funkiest piano this side of Dr John” and a “…secret weapon on rhythm” by the Irish Echo, Ryan has recorded on many critically acclaimed albums, amongst them Humdinger, with noted musicians Paul Brock and EndaScahill, and Tight Squeeze as a member ofthe Dave Munnelly Band. Ryan has performed in major international concert venues such as Tanglewood (U.S.A.), Lucerne Hall, KKL (Switzerland), KolnerPhilharmonieGermany), Holywell Music Room (England) and Waterfront Hall (N. Ireland).
Aside from international performance work, Ryan is currently studying for a PhD in composition with Simon Mawhinney at Queen’s University,Belfast. Ryan is also a performance tutor at Queen’s and an experienced peripatetic tutor, teaching at workshops and adjudicating at festivals both locally and internationally and is a regular visiting tutor in masterclasses at the University of Limerick. His recent compositions include S.treBrygge for piano, Mise Eire for eight solo voices (praised highly by Michael Finnissy and Judith Weir and to be performed by Exaudi in October 2011) and a community music piece for a large ensemble consisting of a pipe band and accordion band for the commemoration of the Flight of the Earls performed at several events in 2008 and 2011, including a performance for the Irish President. Ryan is also currently involved in a commission for the Czech ensemble Konvergence for performance at the Wien Modern festival in November 2011.
Ryan’s work attempts to bridge the divide between traditional Irish music and contemporary Irish art music by incorporating elements of traditional music in his composition, such as microtonal modality in sean-nos (old style) singing and complex ornamentation frameworks, embedded in polymodal harmonies influenced by Messiaen, Bartok, Ravel, and Perotin and the traditional musicians of his youth.
Kelvin Thomson is a professional musician with well-recognized experience as a music director, vocal coach, session musician (piano/keyboards), and composer and arranger in music theatre, film, TV, and radio. Originally fromSouth Africa, Kelvin has lived and worked inLondonsince 1981.
Kelvin is also currently a MPhil/PhD in Composition candidate at Royal Holloway University of London (RHUL), where he was awarded a College Research Scholarship in 2010; his research project is supervised by Mark Bowden and advised by Julian Johnson. He holds an MMus in Advanced Musical Studies (Composition) at RHUL where he worked with John Woolrich, Tansy Davies, Paul Newland and Mark Bowden. He graduated from Middlesex Universitywith a BA Music Degree (first class honours).
Kelvin’s MPhil/PhD research project, In Search of Compositional Gestalt: Composing by Defrosting, is an exploration of solutions to create a coherent compositional language while dealing with the stratification/ hybridization/ fusion of a range of compositional stimuli including: extra-musical, such as mathematics, architecture, literature, art; and intra-musical, such as western ‘art’ music; popular music and world music.
Compositions since September 2010 have been performed by: CHROMA; Duologue (collaboration with Rachel Broadbent (oboe) and Kevin Vockerodt (piano); and the London Contemporary Chamber Orchestra. LCCO recorded Prelude and Interlude from Cha tig Mor in Dec 2010 and have elected to nominate the piece for a British Composer Award 2011 in the Making Music category.
Kelvin is currently composing incidental music commissioned by Indian theatre director Vivek Narayan for An Arrangement of Shoes, a new play that will be performed in Bangalore in September 2011. He has also been commissioned by the Millfield Theatre to arrange and supervise the music for Stardust, a new musical revue, scheduled for performance in July 2011.
Other composition commissions include: A Flame in Hero’s Tower (electronic, incidental music for a new play) for Midnight Candle Theatre Company, Buxton Theatre Festival (2009); A Confused Kind of Horror (electronic, physical theatre score) performed at The Boilerhouse, RHUL (2009); And First (double choir and organ) for Rupert Gough and the Choir of RHUL (2008); Marat/Sade (songs and incidental music) for Guildford School of Acting (2003); Comedy Heroes (music for silent movies) for Hackney Theatre Productions (2001).
As Music Director, Kelvin has toured with several ‘name’ artists including Celtic Woman – USA(2006) and Riverdance – Europe (2004-5). He was Assistant Conductor to John Jansson on a production of John Adams’ Ceiling/Sky at the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival (1999) and to Lionel Friend on Opera Omaha’s (USA) production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Requiem Variations (1996). Recent West End Associate Conductor credits include Zorro (2008-9) and Priscilla Queen of the Desert (2009 – present).
Recordings as pianist/keyboardist include: Movie Legends – The Music of John Williams – RPO, (2007); Songs My Mother Taught Me – Lorna Luft (2007); The Isles of Greece a song cycle by Donald Swann (Classic FM’s record of the month 2000); Awakening (1997) and The Music of Life – Joseph Curiale – RPO (2001). He was also commissioned this year by the Millfield Theatre to arrange and supervise the music for Stardust, a new musical revue, which was performed in July.
Jerry Wigens was born in London in 1955. He is currently working towards his M.Phil/PhD in composition at GoldsmithsCollegewhere he graduated with a B.Mus (Hons) in 2004 and an M.Mus in Contemporary Music Studies in 2006. As part of his research he is exploring ways in which meaning and significance attaches to musical material, and is interested in ways of facilitating collective composition by means of improvisational and extended techniques. This is informed by his activity as a working musician in both freely improvised and structured musical settings. He has a strong interest in jazz and musicians such as John Coltrane and Miles Davis have been influential in shaping his approach. He attended British drummer John Stevens’s workshops for a time in the mid-70s and has also participated in Eddie Prévost’s improvisation workshop since 2002. He has performed with influential players such as Prévost and UStrombonist George Lewis as well as with numerous workshop colleagues including Sebastian Lexer and Ross Lambert. He also collaborates on a regular basis with Greek composer/improviser ThanosChrysakis. He was anspnm shortlisted composer between 2003 and 2006 during which time he was able to explore new areas of compositional activity such as music theatre and choral writing. A collaboration with students from RoseBrufordCollegeresulted in Out There (2005) and a choral piece, Peace Triptych, was premiered in October 2006 as part of spnm’s Adopt-a-Composer scheme.
Coreen Morsink, composer, pianist, conference organiser
Born in Toronto,Canadashe received her ARCT in Piano Performance at the Royal Conservatory of Music Toronto studying with Margaret Parsons-Poole. She holds a MA in music composition fromUniversityofIndianapolis, M.Mus in piano performance,Leeds University, (Dame Fanny Waterman and Benjamin Frith tutors) and a B.Mus in performance from McGill University (Marina Mdivani) with distinction in piano. Currently, she is working on a PhD in music composition at Goldsmiths,University of London tutored by composer Roger Redgate. She is a music teacher at St. Catherine’s British Embassy school and an examiner of performance for the International Baccalaureate programme.
Her violin work Erosion was performed by violinist Mizuka Yamamoto at the PLG Young composer’s Symposium at the Royal Festival hall, London England in November of 2009. She has premiered several works including Paul Sarcich’s Cross Purposes and Neil March’s Piano Sonata No. 1 which was written for her. She presented Ray Evanoff’s new work for piano as part of the RMA and University of Leeds study day as well as Quarter-tone Alto flautist Carla Rees presenting the premiere of her work Andromache . Her string quartet stolen glimpses of eternity was recently part of a workshop presented by the Allegri String Quartet at Goldsmiths.
St. Cat’s Improv Ensemble
Paul Koutselos, clarinet
Paul Koutselos is a student of the IB diploma in St. Catherine’s British Embassy School and at the same time an active musician. Playing the clarinet for 6 years, he is now preparing for his grade 8 ABRSM exam in November, having scored a distinction in all of the previous grades. He has performed several chamber music ensembles, most of them in school. Has recorded in the debut album of the Greek rock band “The Bitter-Sweet”, which is being released in the beginning of October 2011, having signed with EMI records. Along with the clarinet, Paul also plays the electric guitar and composes songs in his rock band, “Babylon Voodoo” having recorded two of their songs and performed at several local gigs and festivals around Athens. Since November, he started having piano and harmony lessons.
He is currently composing his own music, and the piece which is going to be performed in the Second Composer-Performer Conference in Athens is going to include main characteristics of Baroque music, while having a contemporary 20th century feeling.
Antony Daskalakis, classical and acoustic guitar
Anthony Daskalakis (b. 1994) is an IB student taking Higher Level Music at St. Catherine’s British Embassy School in Athens, Greece. He is an active musician who has been playing the piano since the age of four and the classical guitar for 8 years. He is now preparing to take the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music exam for Grade 8 guitar. He has composed a number of compositions for his IGCSE and IB music coursework; his style is experimental music with acoustic instruments. He attended the First Composer Performer conference for PhD students in collaboration with Goldsmiths University and St. Catherine’s British Embassy School and actively participated in working dialogues on the various compositions. Anthony’s musical score that will be played at the Second Composer Performer Conference is for 3 guitars and a flute. He uses a wide range of playing techniques and melodies for the flute. In the past Anthony has performed in over 30 school concerts, has written over 40 original musical scores and lyrics, and has a YouTube following. He has also performed solo and in a band over the summers of 2009-2010 at Yale University for courses in songwriting and composition, lyrics, and the music industry business. Anthony has also taken part in academic cultural music trips to both Vienna and Paris.
Philip Dellagrammaticas, electric guitar
Philip Dellagrammaticas was born in 1994. He is an IB student at St. Catherine’s British Embassy School and an active guitar player/musician. Philip has been playing guitar for 5 years. While he is getting an all-around musical education which involves musical genres such as jazz, Latin and rock, his favourite genre of music, and that which has had the greatest impact on him, both musically and socially is metal. He has cited that the guitar player with the greatest influence on his playing is Nergal, of the band Behemoth. Philip has performed in several school concerts and has also been involved with some metal bands, which are located in Athens. A live highlight was when he along with other 19 students performed with the post punk Greek band Modrec in 2009. Philip received the Grade 6 Rockschool diploma with merit, along with the Grade 5 ABRSM theory (Associated Board of Royal School s of Music). He is currently though preparing for his Grade 8 Rockschool exams which will take place in June 2012. Apart from being a guitar player, Philip has also been involved with composing, which is also part of the IB syllabus. His current composition adopts a 20th minimalistic style, which was inspired by great minimalist composers such as Philip Glass.
Daniela Fanelli is St Catherine’s student who has just begun her IB course. She has been heavily influenced by music from a very young age as both of her parents were active members of a polyphonic acapella choir in Italy. Since then, she has shown an increasing amount of interest in the arts, especially in voice performances: she could at two and do harmonies at 3. She began to study violin at the age of 8 in the Bielsko Biawe Music School (Poland) until achieving a Grade 3 in ABRSM in Dublin, Ireland. She started piano lessons in 2006 and she is currently studying for her Grade 5 ABRSM Piano examination in Greece. Apart from taking place in different singing competitions, talent shows and school concerts she also has participated in some professional musical performances and tv shows in Poland, Ireland, Argentina, Italy and Greece. Last year, she composed a modern piano piece and a contemporary pop song as part of her IGCSE Music course. She is now working on her new compositions for the IB Music Higher Level course.
Silvia Ruth Fernandez Caria
She started to sing and dance from a very young age. She also studied piano formally until age 18 in Argentina. She was present in every choir in/near her school. During University joined the “Coro de la Universidad Nacional de Buenos Aires” directed by Oscar Castro. In 1990 was one of the founders of “Rutuli Cantores” (a cappella polifonic) in Ardea (Italy) where she was also assistant Director and percusionist. Silvia keeps updating her Musical education trough Theory and Singing examinations with the ABRSM. Currently she is singing with the “Venus D’Minor Greece”, a cappella women’s group based in Athens which repertoire is mostly American jazz and standards. She still insists in singing and dancing.
Rosa Papadantonakis was born in 1994. She is an IB student at St. Catherine’s British Embassy School. She has been an active musician since she was young; at the age of 8, she started playing violin. However after achieving a Grade 3 (ABRSM with distinction) at the age of 11, she decided she preferred the deep timbre of the cello, and finally started playing when she was 12. She has been playing for 5 years. She is currently preparing for her Cello Grade 7 ABRSM Exam this November after having passed Grade 6 with distinction. Alongside cello, she enjoys singing and teaching herself to play the piano, guitar and ukulele. In 2009 she passed the Grade 5 ABSRM Theory with merit.
In 2010, she attended the advanced course in the Oxford Cello School, playing in cello quartets, quintets and a cello-only, 45-member orchestra. She has had experience of playing not only baroque, classical and romantic period pieces but also more contemporary 20th century compositions such as those of Dmitry Kabalevsky, Arvo Pärt and Peder Holm.
Aside from actively playing music, Rosa has also achieved an A* in her IGCSE Music course, in which she composed 2 pieces. She has attended the First Composer-Performer conference for PhD students in collaboration with Goldsmiths University and St. Catherine’s British Embassy School in Athens in 2009.