Helga Arias Parra

(born 22 August 1984 in Igorre, Vizcaya, Spain) composer. She began composition studies at the Conservatory of Granada (Spain) with several Spanish composers such as Juan Cruz Guevara, Pedro Guajardo, Iluminada Pérez Frutos, Rafael Liñán, Miguel Gálvez and Francisco González Pastor. During her last year she was given a scholarship to study composition at the Conservatory of Milan with Mario Garuti. In 2004 she was funded by the DAAD for a course of German civilization and culture at the Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg (Germany). A few years later she received a loan from the Nederlandse Taaluni, at the Hasselt university (Limburg, Belgium) where she worked with important figures in Dutch and Flemish culture such as Paul Rans, Philippe Malfeyt, Andries Boone, Lennaert Maes, Lieven Debrauwer, Johan Swinnen, and Bart Demyttenaere. In addition she followed masterclasses of composition and analysis with Cristóbal Halffter, Tomás Marco, Alberto Posadas, Daniel Teruggi, Javier Álvarez or Elena Mendoza and ensembles like Taller Sonoro or Grup instrumental de València. She is currently living and working in Switzerland and studying for a master in electronic music in northern Italy. In addition she has a degree in Translation and Interpreting from the University of Granada.
Selected works: Cellolar synthesis, vlc; Confluencias, fl, cl, bassoon, perc, pf, vl, vla, vlc; Four morphologies for orchestra, fl (4), ob (3), cor, cl (3), bass cl, fg (3), cfag, cor (4), cor (4), trb (2), bass trb, tba, timp, perc, vl, vla, vlc, cb
Awards: First prize in the Symphonic orchestra competition of the Conservatory of Granada (Spain)

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Inmaculada Almendral

(born 22 March 1954 in Madrid, Spain) pianist and composer. She writes especially scenic music, working with companies like Atalaya, Histrión Teatro or Teatro del Velador. She composed a collective work with ten other Spanish composers, entitled Castle, tribute to the composer Manuel Castillo. She took part in the course "Women and contemporary music creation", in the IV Festival de Música Española of Cadiz in 2006 and sponsored by the Instituto Andaluz de la Mujer. She has taught at the conservatories of Triana and Jaen and is a member of the Comisión de Música de la Empresa Pública de Gestión de Programas Culturales de Andalucía.
Selected works: Almasul, 1999; Amor de Don Perlimplim con Belisa en su jardín, 2003; La Belle cuisine, 2004; La camarera del Eduardo´s, 1994; La cárcel de Sevilla, 2003; La casa de Bernarda Alba, 1998; El Casamiento, 2005.

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Irene Aranda

Was born in Andalusia; the pianist and composer Irene Aranda has emerged as a new value in the Spanish jazz scene. She began her musical training when she was seven years old with her maternal grandparents. Graduated at the Granada Music Conservatory and completed her classical training attending to piano and composition Masterclasses with Gerardo Lopez Laguna, Guillermo Gonzalez and Pilar Bilbao, among others. She began self-taught in jazz and later she studied with Peter Zack, Chano Dominguez, Pete Churchill, Perico Sambeat, Tony Reedus, and so on.Her first work as a leader Interfrequency 23 7, has brought great critical acclaim and she has taken part in numerous festivals.