Maria Andreou

(born in Cyprus, resident in Nicosia, Cyprus) composer. She holds a Bachelor in Music degree (BMus-University of Hull-UK), MA in Music (University of York-Uk), PhD (University of YORK), and a diploma in Drama (Vladimiros Kafkarides School of Drama School- Cyprus).
Selected works: Metaptoseis for String Quartet (2005), Universalis for Small Ensemble (2005-2006),  Aeriko for Solo Alto Flute (2006), Echoes from Olympus for 12 mixed Voices and 2 Percussionists (2008), Itaca for Mezzo Soprano and small Ensemble (2008-2009), Echochromata for clarinet in Bb, Cello and Piano (2009), Axion Esti for Symphony Orchestra and Narrator (2010-2011), Erinies for Saxophone Quartet (2011), The voice of a poet for bass clarinet (2005), Iketides for 7 female voices and percussion(2004)
Awards: First Prize at the Yiannis A. Papaioannou competition with the work Aeriko for alto flute organized by the Greek composers Union; Third Prize at the Contemporary Composition Competion with the Metaptosesis work for string quartet organized by the Cyprus Ministry of Culture, Nicosia; Selected composer for international workshop “Objective 1=Art= Objective1, 6th International Workshop, Burgenland, Cselley Mill Oslip, Austria; selected composer for international workshop Harry Spaarnaay, Bass Clarinet Workshop York, UK

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María de Alvear

(born 1960 in Madrid, Spain) composer, performer and singer. She studied music in Spain and in Germany: harpischord, organ, piano, conducting and composition. Since 1998 she has regulary collaborated with her sister Ana de Alvear (visual artist), who has created photographic installations for her music. Alvear´s work is interactive and based on a knowledge of energy connections. She performs and sings in her own pieces. Some of her pieces are based on themes that are taboo to our Western way of thinking, provoking vehement debates and interesting interactions as a response to her work. Otherwise, her work has been very influenced by the trips she has made to different aboriginal nations in USA and Russia while looking for the inner essence of music and trying to understand the roots of musical development and her conviction on the sounds combinations can work on our state of mind.
Selected works: 25.9.95, 1995, vib; Abgesehen von menschlichen Ausnahmeschwächen: Pieza radiofónica con cerca de 30 colaboradores sobre un collage textual de María de Alvear, 1984; Acting: für 7 Stimmen und Kleines Orchester, 2005, 7 voices, chamber orchestra; Agua dulce: für Oboe, Violine und Orchester, 1994, ob, vl-orchestra; Ahnen, 2007, voice, video.
Recordings: En Amor Duro, 1993, Cía. Hat Art; Thinking, 2000, Live Unedited Concert Recording. Published by World Edition of Colonia: CD 0006 Baum, 2000; CD 0004 Vagina; CS 0005 Llena, 2000.
Awards: In 1992 he won the prize Bernd Alois Zimmermann of the city of Cologne

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María de Arcos Rus

(born in Sevilla, Spain) composer, pianist, teacher and music therapist. She studied Piano (1992), music theory, transpose and accompanying (1994), and harmony, counterpoint, composition and instrumentation (1996) at the Conservatorio Superior de Sevilla. She undertook training in piano performance, composition and computer music. In 2001 at the University of Seville she presented a research work about atonality and experimentalism and in 2003 her doctoral thesis “Aplicación del lenguaje atonal a la musica cinematográfica” with a rating of Sobresaliente cum laude. In 2006 she published the monograph “Experimentalismo en la música cinematográfica”. Since 2006 she has participated in a research project in Onco-hematology at the Hospital infantil Virgen del Rocío de Sevilla as a music therapist.
Selected works: Castillo de damas, crn ing., cl Sib, cl b, tim, perc, cuerda; Con flores a María, 1998 (movie soundtrack); Efectos secundarios, 2001 (short soundtrack); Esse est Percipi, cl, va, vc, vib, perc- electr; Fragmentos, 1995, 5 perc, pf; I´m fine in Wellington, 1999 (short soundtrack); Luna en Castro, 1998, choir 4vm; Sachliche Romanze, 1995, choir, orch strings; Siete piezas breves, 1995, pf; Suspension, 1996, cl La, vc, perc, pf; Trece piezas de trece compases, 1997, pf; Trío, 1996, cl, vc, pf; Vaivén, 1997, vib, ap, perc- sint; Vida en el retablo, 1999 (short soundtrack)
Awards: First Prize at the International Composition Competition of Castro del Rio in 1998.