Rosa María Calvo-Manzano

Was born in Madrid in 1946. She graduated from the Madrid Royal Music Conservatory with an "Extraordinary Conservatory Degree Achievement" recognition. She has a Masters in Philosophy and Human Arts, a PhD in Architecture and a second PhD in History from the Department of History. Calvo-Manzano has written essays about pedagogy, historiography, and musicology. Her books have been published by ARLU publications, a branch of Arpista Ludovido Association. Calvo-Manzano created a didactic technique, known as the ARLU Technique, which is used in courses at the Madrid Complutense University and at the RCSM.She has been recognized with numerous national and international prizes and condecorated by the King of Spain with "El Lazo de Isabel la Católica" and "La Encomienda de Alfonso X el Sabio".She is harp professor at the Madrid Royal Music Conservatory.

Sara Carvalho

Was born in Porto, Portugal, in 1970. She received her first musical training at the age of three. In 1995 she graduated with a First Class Degree in Composition, Music and Teaching from the University of Aveiro. In 1996 she was awarded an MA in Music from York University in the United Kingdom. Sara’s music has been played regularly in Portugal and abroad, and it has been broadcast on radio on several occasions. Artistic Director of Ciclos de Concertos Momentum and founding member of the Contemporary Music Group Momentum. Sara works in the Department of Art and Communication of Aveiro University where she teaches Composition, Analysis and Orchestration. She is a regular collaborator at “Casa da Música” (Porto).

Sara Claro

Was born in 1986, in Porto. She started studying Piano at the age of eight at the Conservatório de Música Calouste Gulbenkian de Braga. In 2000 she started her Composition studies with Paulo Bastos at the Conservatory, where she also studied Electroacoustic music. In the Escola Superior de Música de Lisboa (ESML) she completed a First Degree in Composition. In 2007 she received a commission from the Young Musicians Prize, promoted by the Antena 2 - Portuguese Radio Broadcast; and was selected by the Reading Panel for Young Composers promoted by the Orquestra do Algarve.