Short biographies of the involved composers “Kein Liederabend”
Andrew Hamilton (*1977 in Dublin) has studied composition with Kevin Volans since 1999, at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester with Anthony Gilbert, and at the Royal Conservatory in Den Haag with Louis Andriessen. In 2003 he earned his doctorate in composition at the University of York. His works have been performed by international orchestras and at numerous important festivals such as Huddersfield, Gaudeamus, Ultraschall and the ISCM World New Music Festival. Andrew Hamilton was an Akademie fellow in 2005/2006.
Éric Marty is a Québecois-Californian composer and sound artist. His prizes include the ALEA III International Composition Prize, the prestigious Stauffer Prize from the Canada Council for the Arts, and awards from the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, ASCAP and SOCAN; his music has been hailed as surreal, exotic, quirky, and deliciously unstable. He has created sound installations for the ISCM World New Music Days, the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, the International Digital Media and Arts Association, and recently for Akademie Schloss Solitude and the Klangraum Festival. He teaches sound art and interactive installation at the University of Georgia. Éric Marty is a fellow of Akademie Schloss Solitude in 2006/2007.
Sven-Ingo Koch (*1974 in Hagen) studied composition at the Folkwang University Essen, at the University of California, San Diego and musicology with composition at Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA/USA. Sven-Ingo Koch’s works are performed widely in Europe by renowned ensembles, including the Neue Vocalsolisten Stuttgart, Lyon-Biennale; the Radio-Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart of the SWR, ECLAT Festival; Ensemble ascolta, Berlin UltraSchall Festival and by the Sinfonieorchester of the Bayerischen Rundfunk for 2008. A CD portrait of his works will be published in 2008 with WERGO in the series Edition zeitgenössischer Musik. In 2006 he was awarded the Düsseldorf Musikförderpreis (prize for emerging composers), in 2003 the Stuttgart Composition Prize. Sven-Ingo Koch is a fellow of Akademie Schloss Solitude in 2007/2008.
Krisztina Megyeri (*1974 in Budapest) studied piano and composition at the Béla Bartok conservatory as well as instrumental and electro-acoustic composition at the Franz Liszt Music Academy. In 1999 she studied at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique in Lyon and 2002 with J.-L. Hervé, Xu Yi and D. Bosse in Paris. Megyeri is especially interested in interdisciplinary forums (theater, dance, music). She is presently working on her first opera. Megyeri is a 2006/2007 Akademie fellow.
Enno Poppe (*1969 in Hemer/Sauerland) studied conducting and composition at the HdK Berlin, in the area of sound synthesis and algorithmic composition at the TU Berlin and at the ZKM Karlsruhe with Heinrich Taube. Today he is active as a pianist and conductor. Poppe has conducted the ensemble mosaik since 1998. He has produced commissioned compositions for such clients as the Ensemble Modern, Klangforum Vienna, WDR (Wittener Tage), SWR (Donaueschingen), Eclat Festival, musica viva, Berliner Festwochen. Poppe was an Akademie fellow in 2002/2003.
Cobi van Tonder (*1974 in Pretoria, South Africa) aka OTOPLASMA, is a composer, producer and interactive/digital-media musician. She works with various dance choreographers, video artists and actors. She is also a film, television, radio and Internet producer. Her projects and performances have been shown in Pretoria, Johannesburg, at the Ogaki Biennale in Japan, and at the ISEA, San José. Cobi van Tonder is a 2006/2007 Akademie fellow.
Jennifer Walshe (*1974, Ireland) studied composition at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama and earned her doctoral degree at Northwestern University in Chicago, where she thereafter taught as an assistant professor. Her compositions have been performed in the USA, Europe and Canada, some of them as commissions of the WDR, SWR, Ultraschall Festivals Berlin, the ISCM World New Music Festival and the International Music Institute in Darmstadt. Walshe was an Akademie fellow in 2003/2004.