Teresa Ballester Gamón

(born in Valencia, Spain, 1972) composer and teacher. She studied Piano and Composition at "José Iturbi" Municipal Music Conservatory in her city, also entitled in Musicology, choir direction and music pedagogy. Some of her compositions, mainly chamber music and vocal works, were released at the Valencia Music Palace. She is an active member of COSlCOVA (Valencia Sinfonic Composers Asociation).
Selected works: Campanitas juguetonas: villancico para cuatro voces mixtas; Danza popular (1. Fuga en Fa mayor. 2. Fuga en Fa sostenido menor): suite para cuarteto de cuerda; Dos rojas lenguas de fuego: lied para soprano y piano; Inquietudes: suite para quinteto de metal, 2 tr, cor, trb, tba; Trilogía de pensamientos, chi; Verde mar, s, pf.

Timna Brauer

(born in Vienna, 1961), composer. Her Israelian mother is originally from Yemen, and her father is the Austrian painter Arik Brauer. Timna Brauer received her musical training at Vienna‘s Konservatorium Wien University and at the Sorbonne in Paris. In 1985 she founded an ensemble together with her husband, pianist Elias Meiri, and this ensemble makes worldwide appearances every year; the focus of every recording they have made has been on jazz, ethno and chansons. In 1986, Brauer represented Austria at the European Song Contest. In 2001 she played “Evita”at the Sommerseebühne lake stage in Klagenfurt. The period between 2002 and 2004 witnessed a large scale European tour entitled “Voices for Peace”. Since 2005 she has been working together closely with the publisher Ueberreuter Verlag, a collaboration which has produced the books Kinderlieder aus Europa (Children’s songs from Europe) and der Kleine Mozart (little Mozart). In 2007 she participated in the television show Dancing Stars (ORF) and the  Summer Festival at Kittsee Palace (Anatevka Fiddler on the Roof).
Discography: Mozart Anders (CD 1992); Tefila Prayer (DC, 1996);Voices  for Peace (cd, 2001)
Performances: European Song Contest (1986)Evita, Wörthersee Festival (2001)
“Voices for Peace”, large European tour, Palestianians and Israelis (2002-2004)
Awards Thies-Knauf-Kulturpreis für Musik (Thies –Knauf Culture Award for Music) for her initiative „Voices for Peace“ and her cultural contribution to the encouragement of peace, reconciliation and tolerance, conferred by Austria’s Federal President Heinz Fischer (2005)

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Vera Baeva (Stefanova)

(born in 1930 in Bourgas, Bulgaria). She graduated from the State Academy of Music majoring in Composition under Professor Marin Goleminov and Professor Lubomir Pipkov, and Piano under Professor Dimitar Nenov and Professor Andrey Stoyanov. As a pianist she gave a number of solo and chamber concerts, as well as concerts with the Bulgarian National Radio Symphony Orchestra. From 1982 to 1988 she taught Chamber Singing at  the State Academy of Music. Her repertoire focuses on works by Bulgarian composers. She is Chorus Master of the Bulgarian National Radio Mixed Choir. She wrote vocal-instrumental and orchestral works; over 200 choral and solo songs, children’s operettas, etc. She participated in many international festivals. She recorded for the Bulgarian National Radio, on LPs, etc. She is a writer as well, being the author of two books of short stories.
Selected works: Mothers’ Prayer for soprano, flute, trumpet, snare–drum, violoncello, double bass and piano; Vocal Orchestral: Cantatas for mixed choir and orchestra: Pirin (1954); I Bow for soloist, reader, mixed choir and orchestra (1975); My Homeland for choir and orchestra (1985). Choral instrumental : for female voices choir: Butterflies – ritual music based on traditional tunes for female voices, flute, double bass, piano, organ and percussion; Revelation –a cycle of four songs for female voices choir, flute and piano after lyrics by St. Pencheva (1981);  Tangra –ritual dance for male voices choir, flute, double bass, piano and percussion (1991). For symphony orchestra: Modern Tarnovo for piano and orchestra (1980). Chamber music : String Quartet; Piano Trio; Sonata for violin and piano( 1998); Two Impressions for violoncello (1981); Two pieces for violin and piano (2002); Circus for reader, flute, violoncello, piano and percussion (2003). For piano: Five Preludes (1974); Sonata Do- Re for two grand pianos (eight hands) (1976); Sonata for eight hands (1987). Vocal music: three songs for soprano and piano, on poems by Blaga Dimitrova (1976); Three songs for bass and piano “Men’s Moods”, lyrics by Dimitar Metodiev ( 1977); Three Songs for mezzo soprano and piano, lyrics by Emilya Karapetrova (2003).

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