Hèctor Parra i Esteve is a Spanish composer.
Born in Barcelona (Catalonia) in 1976, Parra studied in the Conservatoire of Barcelona, where he was awarded Prizes with Distinction in Composition, Piano and Harmony. He has studied composition with David Padros, Brian Ferneyhough and Jonathan Harvey, as well as with Michael Jarrell at the Haute École de Musique in Geneva.
Catalonia is an autonomous community in Spain on the northeastern corner of the Iberian Peninsula, designated as a nationality by its Statute of Autonomy. Catalonia consists of four provinces: Barcelona, Girona, Lleida, and Tarragona. The capital and largest city is Barcelona, the second-most populated municipality in Spain and the core of the sixth most populous urban area in the European Union. It comprises most of the territory of the former Principality of Catalonia. It is bordered by France (Occitanie) and Andorra to the north, the Mediterranean Sea to the east, and the Spanish autonomous communities of Aragon to the west and Valencia to the south. The official languages are Catalan, Spanish, and the Aranese dialect of Occitan.
Brian John Peter Ferneyhough is a British composer, who has resided in California, United States since 1987. Ferneyhough is typically considered to be the central figure of the New Complexity movement. Ferneyhough taught composition at the Hochschule für Musik Freiburg and the University of California, San Diego, and currently, Stanford University, and is a regular lecturer in the summer courses at Darmstädter Ferienkurse.
Jonathan Dean Harvey was a British composer. He held teaching positions at universities and music conservatories in Europe and the USA and was frequently invited to teach in summer schools around the world.
The Ensemble Intercontemporain,the Arditti Quartet, ensemble recherche, musikfabrik, the Philarmonic Orchestra of Liège, Holland Symfonia, National Orchestra of Ile-de-France, KNM Berlin, Ensemble Alternance, Algoritmo Ensemble, Proxima Centauri and ensemble mosaik have performed his work. He has received commissions from the French State, from the IRCAM-Centre Pompidou on four occasions, from the Spanish Ministry of culture, from the Government of Catalonia and from institutions such as Berlin Academy of Arts, Ensemble Intercontemporain, Klangforum Wien/Impuls, Strasbourg Festival, CDMC (Madrid), National Orchestra of Ile-de-France, IVM (Valencia), Musica de Hoy (X. Güell), Schauspielhaus Salzburg, Caja Madrid and the Selmer Society (Paris). His music has been also played at the international festivals of Lucerne, Avignon, Agora-Ircam, Royaumont, Centre Acanthes, Forum Neues musiktheater of the Stuttgart Opera House, Novart de Bordeaux, ADK Berlin, Quincena Musical de San Sebastián, Nous Sons Barcelona, Muziekgebouw (Amsterdam), Philharmonie Luxembourg and others.
The Arditti Quartet is a string quartet founded in 1974 and led by the British violinist Irvine Arditti. The quartet is a globally recognized promoter of contemporary classical music and has a reputation for having a very wide repertoire. They first became known taking into their repertoire technically challenging pieces. Over the years, there have been personnel changes but Irvine Arditti is still at the helm, leading the group. The repertoire of the group is mostly music from the last 50 years with a strong emphasis on living composers. Their aim from the beginning has been to collaborate with composers during the rehearsal process. However, unlike some other groups, it is loyal to music of a classical vein and avoids cross-genre music. The Quartet has performed in major concert halls and cultural festivals all over the world and has the longest discography of any group of its type. In 1999, it won the Ernst von Siemens Music Prize for lifetime achievement, being the first and only group to date to receive this award.
The ensemble recherche is a German classical music ensemble of nine soloists, especially dedicated to contemporary music. Founded in Freiburg im Breisgau in 1985, they premiered some 500 works. They were awarded the Schneider-Schott Music Prize in 1995 and the Rheingau Musikpreis in 1997.
IRCAM is a French institute for science about music and sound and avant garde electro-acoustical art music. It is situated next to, and is organisationally linked with, the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris. The extension of the building was designed by Renzo Piano and Richard Rogers. Much of the institute is located underground, beneath the fountain to the east of the buildings.
In 2007 he was awarded the Earplay Donald Aird Memorial International Composition Prize of San Francisco (USA). In 2005 he was unanimously awarded the Tremplin Prize given by the Ensemble Intercontemporain and was finalist in the International Gaudeamus Competition. In 2002 he won the INAEM Prize for Musical Composition (The National Institute for Performing Arts and Music of Spain). Tritó (Barcelona) publishes his music.Currently, he is Professor of Electro-Acoustic Composition at the Conservatoire of Zaragoza, invited professor at the Conservatoire of the Barcelona Opera House (El Liceu) and composer in research at IRCAM in Paris.
Philippe Manoury is a French composer.
Unsuk Chin is a South Korean composer of classical music, who is based in Berlin, Germany. Chin began her journey with music at a fairly young age, as she taught herself how to play the piano and music theory. She was awarded the Grawemeyer Award in 2004, the Arnold Schönberg Prize in 2005, the Music Composition Prize of the Prince Pierre Foundation in 2010, the Ho-Am Prize in the Arts in 2012, the Wihuri Sibelius Prize in 2017, the Marie-Josée Kravis Prize of the New York Philharmonic in 2018, and the Bach Prize in 2019.
Ramon Lazkano is a contemporary Spanish Basque composer of classical music.
Ensemble intercontemporain is a Paris-based, world-renowned ensemble of 31 full-time musicians dedicated to performing and promoting contemporary chamber music. It was founded by Pierre Boulez in 1972 for this purpose, the first permanent organization of its type in the world. Since then the Ensemble has toured extensively both in France and abroad, appearing especially at international festivals. Beyond performing they also have teaching and other outreach activities to support young musicians, composers and conductors.
Georgia Spiropoulos is a composer, who studied piano, harmony, counterpoint and fugue in Athens. At the same time, she studied jazz piano and worked as an instrumentalist and arranger of Hellenic traditional music of oral transmission for ten years.
Hanspeter Kyburz is a contemporary Swiss composer of classical music, known for applying electronic music techniques to his productions.
Régis Campo, born in Marseille in 1968, is a French composer.
Christophe Bertrand was a French composer of contemporary classical music.
Dai Fujikura is a Japanese-born composer of contemporary classical music.
David Padrós (1942-2016) was a Catalan composer.
Alberto Posadas, is a Spanish composer.
Clement Power is a British conductor.
Marc-André Dalbavie is a French composer.
Philipp Maintz is a German composer.
Roberto López Corrales, also known by the artistic pseudonym ROLOCO, is a Spanish visual artist and composer.
Mark Andre, born 10 May 1964 in Paris, is a French composer living in Germany. He was known as “Marc André,” his birth name, until 2007, when he formally revised the spelling.
Agustí Charles Soler is a Spanish-born composer and scholar.
Luis Fernando Rizo-Salom was a Colombian composer of contemporary classical music who lived and worked in Paris since 1999. He was also a high performance athlete, member of the French Hang Gliding Team.
Jesús Torres is a Spanish composer, born in Saragossa, Spain, on 15 July 1965.
Raphaël Cendo is a French composer of contemporary classical music.