Victoria Cop

(born in 1979, in Zagreb, resident in Zagreb), composer. She belongs to the youngest generation of Croatian composers. In Zagreb she graduated in composition from the Academy of Music. She holds an MA 2003 year at the Music School in Utrecht, Netherlands 2007 the year was awarded to composer Stephen Šulek act 2007 year. She completed her studies in composition in 2003 at the Academy of Music in Zagreb. In 2005 finished her master's in composition at the Faculty of Music in Utrecht, and in the Netherlands (Hoog School voor de Kunsten Utrecht). During her studies she was a fellow of the County of Zagreb, and in the academic year 2004/2005 she obtained a Huygens scholarship . Her compositions have been performed both in Croatia as well as abroad. Also works as a composer and with theater projects She became member of the Croatian Association of professionals (artists), she began to work as a teacher, first as an assistant at the Art Academy in Osijek (University J.Strossmayer), and since 2010 as a lecturer at the Institute for the church music of the Faculty of Theology in Zagreb.
Selected works: Out of mind for solo flute; For four hands for bass clarinet and piano; Adieu, for symphony orchestra.
Awards: Adieu was premiered 2006 at the Music Biennale Zagreb, where she performed the Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Nikše Bareze; 3rd prize in Reichenau (2001) for the compositions Out of mind and For four hands; award of the Rector for orchestral composition Sjene potonulih boja executioner,2003; award of the Foundation Stjepan Sulek in 2007, for the orchestral composition Adieu; the Foundation award Rudolf and Margita Matz (2010).

Yumi Hara Cawkwell

Born on the 20th July 1960 in Tokyo, studied medicine in Japan and practised as a psychiatrist before moving to the UK in 1993. In 1999, she graduated in music from City University in London with a first-class honours degree, and has completed her PhD in composition at City University under Rhian Samuel in 2005. Her groundbreaking works challenging geographical boundaries and the divisions between genres have gained critical acclaim and several awards, and she was a finalist in the British Composer Awards 2006. Her music has been commissioned and performed by leading contemporary music ensembles such as PianoCircus and Keynote+ at major festivals including FuseLeeds, The Cutting Edge and Druskomania, and broadcast on BBC Radio 3. She also performs improvised music on piano and voice and released a number of CDs. Yumi is Senior Lecturer in Music at University of East London.

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Zeynep Çalıkoğlu Miles

Violist, composer and conductor was born in Ankara, Turkey 1982. She began her musical training by playing Piano. She graduated from the Hacettepe University conservatory Composition, and viola performance departments. Her works were performed and recorded by ensembles and orchestras. After completing her master's degree at the University of Memphis, she continued her quest as a composer, performer and an instructor. During her education she had the opportunity to study with Ilhan Baran, Istemihan Taviloglu, Turgay Erdener, Kamran Ince and John Baur, and performed with various professional orchestras, choirs and theatre. A resident of Memphis, Miles is an assistant of the Calvary Episcopal Choir; performer at Theatre Memphis productions; and an instructor of music theory, composition and performance in music schools in Memphis. Her latest work, a piece entitled, "Exultate Deo", was commissioned by St Mary's Cathedral, in honor of their 150th anniversary.