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Yannis Kyriakides

General
Yannis Kyriakides was born in Limassol, Cyprus in 1969, emigrated to Britain in 1975, and has been living in the Netherlands since 1992. He currently lives in Amsterdam with his wife and two sons.

Education
From a young age Kyriakides was immersed in music, learning to play the violin, piano, and singing as a chorister in the English choral tradition. He composed his first pieces at the age of eight, that were performed by his choir and school orchestra. He received a music scholarship to continue his studies at a specialised secondary school. At eighteen he travelled for a year in Greece and the Middle East, studying Eastern traditional music, and learning the Ud. He continued his education with musicology studies at the University of York and later composition with Louis Andriessen and Dick Raaijmakers at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague.

Compositions
As a composer and sound artist, Kyriakides looks for ways of creating new forms and hybrids of media that problematize the act of listening. The question as to what music is actually communicating is a recurring theme in his work and he is often drawn to the relation between perception, emotion, and language and how that defines our experience of sound. In recent years, his work has been exploring different relations between words and music, both in concert compositions and installations, through the use of systems of encoding information into sound, synthesizing voices, and projecting text to music. The latter work has led to about 30 music text films that play on the idea of imagined or inner voice.

Kyriakides has written over a hundred and twenty compositions, comprising mostly of music theatre, multimedia, and electro-acoustic works for chamber groups and large ensembles.  His works have been performed worldwide at many prominent music festivals, and by many leading contemporary music ensembles. Frequent collaborators have included ASKO | Schoenberg Ensemble, musikFabrik, Ensemble MAE, Seattle Chamber Players, Slagwerk Den Haag, Icebreaker Ensemble, Moscow Contemporary Music Ensemble and Champ d’Action, as well as individual commissions for Neue Vocalsolisten Stuttgart, Kronos Quartet, Calefax Reed Quintet, Silbersee, Ergon Ensemble and many others.

His opera, ‘An Ocean of Rain‘, opened the Aldeburgh Music Festival in 2008. He has been featured composer at both Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival 2007 and November Music 2011. His sound installation work has been shown in places such as at MuHKA, (Antwerp), Pompidou Centre (Paris) and at the Venice Biennale in 2011.

As an electronic musician he works with the ensemble MAZE, dedicated to performing music that challenges the idea of fixed form and a fixed listening perspective. He also performs regularly as a duo with electric guitarist Andy Moor (The Ex), with whom and together with Isabelle Vigier, he founded and runs the music label, UNSOUNDS, focusing on new electronic music, sound art and improvisation. Since 2006, he has been teaching composition at the Royal Conservatory in Den Haag, where he also runs an analogue electronic ensemble with the students called KhZ kollektiv.

Awards
In 2000, he won the International Gaudeamus Composition prize for his composition ‘a conSPIracy cantata‘. The CD, ‘Wordless‘, received an honorary mention in the Prix Ars Electronica 2006, and his recent CD, ‘Antichamber‘, won a 2011 French Qwartz Electronic music award. Other prizes include the Dutch Toonzetters prize for best composition of 2010 for ‘Paramyth‘, the Willem Pijper Prize for ‘Dreams of the Blind‘, and the International Rostrum of Composers Prize 2014 for ‘Words and Song Without Words‘.

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Brendan Faegre

General
Composer, drummer, and bandleader Brendan Faegre (b. 1985, USA) crafts music that unites the traditions within which he was formed: jazz and rock drumming, Hindustani classical, and contemporary concert music.

Education
Faegre received Master of Music degrees from the Royal Conservatory in The Hague and Indiana University, and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Puget Sound. He has studied composition with Martijn Padding, Peter Adriaansz, Lasse Thoresen, Don Freund, Claude Baker, and Michael Gandolfi. He also studied at the Norwegian Academy of Music, at Aspen with Christopher Rouse, Steven Stucky, and Syd Hodkinson, at the Cone Institute with Steven Mackey, and studied tabla traditionally with Pandit Ramdas Palsule in Pune, India. He now lives in the Netherlands with his wife, baroque violinist Lucia Giraudo.

Compositions
Praised by the New York Times as “especially empowering” and “darkly exhilarating”, Faegre’s music is performed at major festivals around the world such as Huddersfield, Gaudeamus, November Music, TRANSIT Leuven, Dark Music Days, Beijing Modern, Thailand International, Aspen, Cabrillo, and Bang on a Can. Recent commissions include ‘Dirt to Gold‘, an orchestral work inspired by pop/rock musician Beck Hansen (Debut Orchestra, LACMA, Los Angeles); ‘Transcendance’ for improvising big band and tap dancer (David Kweksilber Big Band, Bimhuis, Amsterdam); ‘Three Affects‘ for historical performance ensemble (Nordic Affect, Harpa, Reykjavik); and ‘Music for Bars’ with percussion group Slagwerk Den Haag, combining newly composed works and curated programs for percussion and dancers, to be toured around bars in The Netherlands.

In 2013 he debuted the Brendan Faegre Edge Ensemble, a group challenging the boundaries between notated and improvised music. Serving as composer, director, and percussionist, Faegre has led the ensemble in premieres of his own works, newly commissioned pieces from other young composers, and improvisations around strictly notated music by well-known living composers. The ensemble has been broadcast on Dutch Radio 4 and was the 2014-15 Ensemble-in-Residence with Gaudeamus.

Awards
Faegre’s work has been recognized through honors and awards including the New York Youth Symphony First Music commission, Beijing Modern Music Festival Young Composer Award, TROMP Composition Competition, Northridge Composition Prize, European Composers’ Professional Development Programme, and a BMI Student Composer Award. He has received educational fellowships from the Aspen Music Festival, the Cabrillo Composers/Conductors Workshop, NJ Symphony Orchestra Edward T. Cone Institute, and the Bowdoin International Music Festival. He has also been granted research fellowships from the American-Scandinavian Foundation and the Performing Arts Fund NL. From 2012-2015, Faegre served as New Music Advisor and composer-in-residence for the Lake George Music Festival.

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Alexander Manotskov

General
Alexander Manotskov was born in 1972.

Education
He studied Anthropology at the St.-Petersburg University (1989-1993, master) and at the Anthropology Museum (1993-1994, postgraduate studies). Besides that, Alexander Manotskov studied musical composition with A.Yusfin and V.Guyvoronsky (1992-2000) and various national musical traditions (Middle East, Central Africa, the Don region, Caribbean music, Karnatik music) with their authentic bearers.

Career
Alexander Manotskov occasionally works as choir master, choir and orchestra conductor and music producer. He has participated as multi-instrumentalist, vocalist, leader and conductor in many groups and projects of new, early, jazz, traditional and other kinds of music.

He taught Music and Composition in Theatre at Shkola-Studija MKHAT (Moscow Art Theatre Theatre School) in 2008-2011.
In 2013, Alexander Manotskov also curated musical programmes and was one of the speakers at TEDx Talk in Skolkovo.

Compositions
Alexander Manotskov has been working as a full-time freelance composer since 1995. Furthermore, Alexander Manotskov was composer-in-residence at Platforma, the then leading contemporary arts center in Moscow.

He is the author of works for solo instruments and various chamber ensembles, for orchestra, vocal cycles, concertos, operas. The first works for the theater were written in cooperation with Andrey Moguchy and the Formal Theater (“A Long Christmas Dinner,” “A Play by Konstantine Treplev ‘People, Lions, Eagles, and Quails’ ” and various other performances). He is an ardent believer of the “live” music in his the cinema and theater work.

Alexander Manotskov’s music has been performed by, among others, Bolshoi Theatre orchestra, choir and soloists, Latvian Baroque Orchestra, the Sirine choir, Russian Cinematography Orchestra, Tromso Chamber Orchestra, Moscow Contemporary Music Ensemble, SISU percussion trio (Norway), N’Caged Ensemble (Moscow), Tatiana Grindenko’s Opus Posth ensemble (Moscow), Pokrovsky Chamber Opera Theatre (Moscow).

He is author of the music for the “The Little People” feature film, Director V. Morozov, and several series of the NTV-Profit Company.

Alexander Manotskov has also written over twenty scores for theatre productions in Moscow, St-Petersburg, Warsaw, London, Tromsø, Riga, Drammen, Duesseldorf, around ten film scores (awards in Italy and Russia).

His first symphony (‘Twenty Five Year Symphony’) was commissioned by and was premiered at the Baltiysky Dom Festival in St-Petersburg (Russia) in October 2015.

Besides that, Alexander Manotskov has written and directed several site-specific musical performances for various art and music festivals.

Awards
Alexander Manotskov’s opera ‘Gvidon’ received the Best Experimental Production award at the 2011 Golden Mask Russian National Theatre Festival and is still in repertoire at Vasiliev Theatre in Moscow.

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Micha Hamel

General
Micha Hamel was born on July 8, 1970.

Education
In 1994, Hamel graduated in the majors composition (with Diderik Wagenaar) and conducting (with Ed Spanjaard) at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague. After completing these courses, he participated in the composition class at the Tanglewood Music Center (USA), where he studied with Mario Davidovsky and Louis Andriessen.

Career
Currently, Hamel mainly composes music theater, mostly in interdisciplinary context. His music has been performed by the Residentie Orkest, Schönberg Ensemble, Ives Ensemble, and the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra (where he also worked as assistant conductor).

As a conductor, Hamel profiled himself in the Netherlands with mainly contemporary music. He has performed with orchestras in Italy, the UK, Luxembourg, Russia and Austria. In addition, from 2013 he was conductor-coach in the AVROTROS television program, Maestro. As his writing and composing activities continued to expand, he decided to close his conducting career in 2016. However, he is still regularly reciting poems on stage.

Currently, literature for the digital space has his special attention. Together with Demian Albers, Hamel developed the poetic experience, Zonder Handen and Lokroep. Furthermore, he is active as a lecturer and guest speaker. He is particularly committed for pushing the boundaries of classical music practice and the development of new genres. To this end, he gives workshops for young composers and regularly participates in debates and think tanks about the developments in the performing arts.

From 2010-2016, Hamel was a lecturer in “New Performance Practice” at Codarts University, Rotterdam, and he is a member of the Akademie van Kusten (KNAW) since 2015. His research report, “Speelruimte voor klassieke muziek in de 21ste eeuw,” was published in February 2016.

Compositions
Hamel’s participation in the International Dance Course for Composers and Choreographers led to commissions for the London-based modern dance groups VOLTaire and the Mark Baldwin Dance Company. He wrote his first orchestral work for a new choreography by Toer van Schayk for the National Ballet.

In 2008, the tragic opera Snow White, produced by the Dutch Touring Opera, toured with great success throughout the country. He was the “composer in focus” at the Holland Festival in June 2012, for which he composed two feature pieces. For season 2014-2015, he composed the full-length melodrama Een Pure Formaliteit for the theater Orkater.

Awards
In 1994, Hamel was awarded by the Amsterdam Fund for Art Encouragement Prize for Composition, and in 1998 he received the Elisabeth Everts Prize. He was also awarded the Kersjes-of Groenekan Scholarship in 1999, which enabled him to go on a study tour.

His first collection of poetry “Alle enen opgeteld” (2004) was nominated for the Cees Buddingh Prize and awarded the Lucy B. van der Hoogt Prize. In November 2006, his second collection of poems, “Luchtwortels” appeared, which was nominated for the J.C. Bloem Prize. His collection “Bewegend Doel” (January 2013) was awarded the Jan Campert Prize and nominated for the VSB Poetry Prize.

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Lina Tonia

General
Lina Tonia, is a young Greek composer born in 1985.

Education
She studied composition (Bachelor and Master degree) at the Department of Music Studies in Aristotle University of Thessaloniki with professor Christos Samaras. Furthermore, Lina completed a PhD in composition in Edinburgh University (2008 – 2012) with professor Nigel Osborne and Michael Edwards, where she was studying with a Greek National Scholarship from Union of Greek Composers (2008 – 2009) and IKY Foundation (2009 – 2011). She studied composition (Master degree) with Michael Jarrell at the Vienna University (2012 – 2013).

Career
Lina worked as a postdoctoral researcher in Music Theory & Composition with a fellowship of Research Committee of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.

She is a member of International Alliance for Women in Music (IAWM) and also of Greek Composer‘s Union. She is jury member in International Academy of Performing Arts and Sciences ENKOR.

Compositions
Lina worked for her works with many ensembles and orchestras including the Arditti Quartet, the London Contemporary Orchestra, the Jalas Chamber Orchestra, the Edinburgh Quartet, the Alea III ensemble, the Hebrides ensemble, the ensemble Marges, the Dissonart ensemble,the Greek National Opera, the State Orchestra of Athens, the State Orchestra of Thessaloniki and broadcasted on BBC Radio3.

Her fifth string quartet premiered in Wien Modern 2015 by the Arditti Quartet, in Vienna, Konzerthaus Mozartsaal, 2015. Also, she was invited as guest composer to the 15th Piano Campus Competition in Cergy Pontoise 2016, where her piano concerto ‘Les Mondes Flottants’ commissioned to be premiered on the final stage of the piano competition from the finalists.

Awards
She participated in several national and international composition competitions and awarded prizes for her works in New York, Weimar, Vienna, Paris, Moscow, Plovdiv, Sofia, London, Tirana, Zagreb, Athens and Thessaloniki.

Lina received the Baerenreiter prize for her work ‘CONtrust’, 2010. Her chamber opera ‘The Expelled’ awarded and performed by the Greek National Opera in Athens, 2012. Her chamber opera ‘Fear &(s) the Love’ awarded and performed in Music Biennale in Zagreb, 2015. She awarded with the title of “Young artist of the year” from the Union of Critics of Music and Theater in Athens, 2008, and the prize of Association Franco Europeenne de l’Alto for the work ‘Neuma’ (for solo viola), in Paris, 2014.

Her work ‘Chronographia’ was selected to participate at the workshop of Arditti Quartet in Guidhall School of Music and Drama in London, 2014. Also, Lina’s work ‘Kivos‘ for 12 violoncellos, performed in Musikverein as a prize of the Komposition Wettebewerb from the Kunsthaus Muerz, in Vienna, 2013.

She has been participating in composition competitions acquiring prizes for her works. Some of the competitions she won, are: the 4th International Jurgenson Composition Competition 2007 in Moscow (1st prize), the 2nd International Ivan Spassov Composition Competition 2007 in Plovdiv, (3rd prize), the Greek Children Opera Festival 2008 in Thessaloniki, (3rd prize), the 2nd International Ton de Leeuw Composition Competition 2008 in Tirana, (3rd prize), the 11th International Via Nova Composition Competition 2010 in Weimar, (2nd prize), the Golden Key International Composition Competition 2010 in Vienna, (3rd prize), the 7th International Composition Competition Young Virtuosos 2011 in Sofia, (1st prize), the 2nd International Composition Competition Nicolay Myaskovksy 2012 in Moscow, (3rd prize).

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André Laporte

General
André Laporte was born on 12 July 1931 in Oplinter (Flemish Brabant).

Education
He was self-taught as a musician, quickly mastering the piano, clarinet and organ, while enthusiastically acquainting himself with modern music through the radio programs of Paul Collaer, Louis De Meester, Vic Legley and David Van de Woestijne.

After completing secondary school he entered the Interdiocesan Higher Institute for Church Music in Mechelen, where he studied under Edgard de Laet, Flor Peeters (organ) and Marinus De Jong (piano, counterpoint, fugue). Between 1953 and 1957 he was also a student at the Catholic University of Leuven, where he studied modern philosophy and musicology. He completed his studies in musicology with a comparative study of Ludus Tonalis and the Unterweisung im Tonsatz by Paul Hindemith.

Laporte became acquainted with the music of Schönberg, Stravinsky and Messiaen and was from 1960 to 1964 an annual participant at the Internationale Ferienkurse in Darmstadt, as well as the Kurse für Neue Musik in Cologne in 1964 and 1965.

Career
In 1953 he became a teacher of musical education and aesthetics at the Secondary Normal School of the St Thomas Institute in Brussels.

Like so many Belgian composers, he worked at the Belgian Radio, first as a producer, later as a program coordinator, a production leader of the BRT Philharmonic Orchestra (1989) and ultimately as director of Artistic Ensembles (1993-1996), functions in which he was surrounded by such figures as D. Van de Woestijne, V. Legley, K. Goeyvaerts, L. De Meester, B. Buckinx, W. Westerlinck and L. Brewaeys. Together with individuals from the Institute for Psycho-Acoustic and Electronic Music (IPEM), which had recently been set up by the BRT, he founded the SPECTRA work-group, which existed from 1963 to 1967.

As early as 1968 he taught the New Techniques course at the Royal Conservatory in Brussels; this teaching position took on more solid form with his appointment as a teacher of music analysis, theory of musical form, harmony and counterpoint-fugue. In 1988 he became a teacher of composition, a position to which was added an appointment as teacher of composition at the Queen Elisabeth Music School in Waterloo. Among his students may be mentioned Luc Brewaeys, Daniël Capelletti and Peter Swinnen.

In 1972, together with Herman Sabbe, he set up a new Belgian branch of the International Society for Contemporary Music, of which he has remained the chairperson to this day.

André Laporte became a member of the Belgian Royal Academy for Sciences, Arts and Fine Art (1991), a member of the Flemish Music Board and assistant chairperson of the Association of Belgian Composers.

Compositions
While teaching in Brussels in 1953, he composed his first works, folksong arrangements along the lines of Hindemith and Bartok, as well as a piano sonata and works for organ.

His work has been performed both in Belgium and abroad.

Awards
André has won numerous prizes. Besides the Lemmens-Tinel prize, he won the Prix Italia in 1976 for his oratorio La vita non è sogno.

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New Framework Agreements

On Friday, June 17, the Donemus Foundation will introduce new Framework Agreements with composers. Composers and Donemus can make a stronger commitment for future works…

On Friday, June 17, the Donemus Foundation will introduce new Framework Agreements with composers. Composers and Donemus can make a stronger commitment for future works. The composer offers the Donemus Foundation the first right to publish new works, and the Foundation accepts the tasks as agreed.

With this new agreement, both composers and Donemus can defend the rights of composers better, especially concerning new commissions and performances. Composers Calliope Tsoupaki and Klas Torstensson will be the first to sign this Framework Agreement at the Donemus drink at the business suites of The Hague Tower.

All published composers are welcome to sign the new agreement. Download the form in English or Dutch, sign it in twofold and send it to the Donemus Office (PO box 3060, 2280 GB Rijswijk, The Netherlands)

Download Framework Agreement (ENG)
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Download Raamovereenkomst (NL)
Download specifieke Titelovereenkomst (NL)

Donemus Academy!

In September the Donemus Foundation will launch the Donemus Academy for composers starting their career.
Lectures, workshops, discussions to support composers who finished their Masters Degree at a Conservatory…  

During 6 days, 6 different topics will be discussed. Experts from the music field will share their experiences, discuss challenges and opportunities, and coach young composers with their personal plans.

Experts (confirmed):

Topics:

  • Author rights; what, why, how?
  • Programming; who, where, how?
  • Publishing; rental, sales, licensing, royalties
  • Composition: editing, fixation, preserving, re-performing
  • Funding; what and where are the ways?
  • Entrepreneurship; new ways for a new generation

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