Saed Haddad, born 1972 in Jordan, lives in Germany and studied composition in Belgium, Jordan, Israel and Great Britain with Menachem Zur, Ari Ben-Shabtai, and George Benjamin. He participated in master classes with Allain Gaussin, Louis Adriessen, Helmuth Lachenmann, and Pascal Dusapin. Haddad’s compositions include commissions from the Donaueschinger Musiktage, the Republic of France, the Luzern Symphony Orchestra, Ensemble Modern and Neue Vocalisten. His works were performed by the Arditti Quartett, the London Sinfonietta, the Atlas Ensemble, and the Neue Vokalisten. His works were honored by numerous prizes and in 2004 he was composer-in-association of the Birmigham Music Group. He is 2007/2008 a fellow of the Akademie Schloss Solitude.
Alexandra Filonenko, born 1972 in Ukraine, studied composition at the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory with Edison Denisov and Wladimir Tarnopolski. Her works were performed several times at the Gaudeamus Music Week in Amsterdam, at the Musica Nova Festival, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Berliner Academy of Arts and at the Hallesche Musiktage. She received prizes at composition contest at the Händelfestspiele, from the Deutsche Oper Berlin and the Zeitgenössischer Oper Berlin. She is a 2007/2008 fellow of the Akademie Schloss Solitude.
Anton Safronov, born 1972 in Moscow, studied composition at the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory under Edison Denisov, and also with Walter Zimmermann and Wolfgang Rihm. His works were performed at several prominent European festivals for new music such as the Gaudeamus Music Week, the Dresden Days for Contemporary Music and the Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Music. He won first prizes at several international composing competitions in France and Moscow (Interantional P. Jurgeson-Competition for Young Composers). He is a 2008 fellow of the Akademie Schloss Solitude.
Sven–Ingo Koch, born 1974 in Hagen, studied in Essen, San Diego, and Stanford. He was invited to numerous forums and festivals, including World Music Days, Luzern (2004), Voix Nouvelles in Royaumont (1997), Gaudeamus Music Week, Amsterdam (2005), Ultraschall(2007), and musica viva (2007). In 2007 Koch was composer-in-residence at the Rencontres Musicales de Haute Provence. He was awarded several prizes, among others, the Folkwangpreis (1999), the Stuttgarter Composition Prize (2003) and the Düsseldorfer Music Promotion Prize (2006). Sven-Ingo Koch is a 2007/2008 fellow of the Akademie Schloss Solitude.
Ritta Baddoura, born 1980 in Lebanon, studied clinical psychology at the Saint-Joseph University in Beirut and was also schooled in music, painting and contemporary dance. She published numerous poetry volumes, including »Ritta parmiles bombes« (Saqi books publisher, 2008) and the short story »Quinze« for which she was awarded the gold medal in literature at the 5emes Jeux de la Francophonie, Niger in 2005. Furthermore, Baddoura’s works, which she performed not only in Lebanon (e.g. Printemps de poetes, Beirut, 2005/2006/2007) but also at international venues, received distinguished Arab and European awards (e.g. from the Centre des Auteurs Dramatiques (CEAD), 2007). She is a 2007/2008 fellow of the Akademie Schloss Solitude.