Cecilia Díaz Pestano

(born in Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain, on 27th March 1982) composer. She began her musical studies at the Conservatory of Music of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, specializing in piano. Later, she studied composition at the Conservatorio Superior de Música de Canarias. She has complemented her education with courses in Composition, Analysis, Electro and Contemporary Music with Cristobal Halffter, Tomás Marco, José María Sánchez Verdú and Alfredo Aracil, among others. Simultaneously with her music studios, she obtained a BA in Biology from the University of La Laguna in the fields of Molecular Biology and Health. Her compositions include solo piano works, songs with piano accompaniment, chamber music... and have been released under Canary music cycles and internationally in the Cycle "Konzert zum 100. Geburtstag des kanarischen Dichters "Berlin.
Select works: Alondra de la fuente enamorada, 2005, pf, reciter; Alondra del caballito de mar, 2005, pf, reciter; Alondra del grillo telefonista, 2005, pf, reciter; Chau número tres, 2004, a, pf; Como dirán que fuí, 2007, s, pf; Cuarteto de cuerda, 2006, 2 vl, vla, vlc; Efímeros, 2008, 2 chi; Entropía, 2007, trb; Esencia, 2008, 2 perc.

Consuelo Díez Fernández

(born in Madrid, Spain, on 16th August 1958). Composer and lecturer. She studied at Madrid Royal Music Conservatory with professors like Anton Garcia Abril Roman Alis, C. Bernaola, L. de Pablo and C. Halffter, J. She also studied art history at the Madrid Complutense University, and graduated with a Master of Arts from Hartt School of Music (USA) and a Doctorate in Musical Arts from Hartford University (USA). After completing her studies, Diez returned to work as a composer in Madrid. She directed for several years the electroacoustic music program "El canto de los Adolescentes" in RNE-Radio 2 and was musical adviser to TVE. She was a founder of the Laboratory of Computer and Electroacoustic Composition of the Community of Madrid from 1988 to 1996 and from 2001 onwards. From 1992 to 1996 she was director of the Conservatory "Adolfo Salazar" (Madrid), where she taught Composition and Electroacoustic Music since 1988. From 1997 to 2001 she was director of the Center for the Dissemination of Contemporary Music and the International Contemporary Music Festival of Alicante (Ministry of Culture). In 1998 she was elected to the Executive Committee of the European Conference of Promoters of New Music (ECPNM) and in 2001 she was appointed member of the International Honour Committee of the Fondazione Adkins Chiti: Donne in Musica. In 2004 she was appointed director of the International Music Festival of La Mancha (Quintanar de la Orden, Toledo). Since 2006 she is Music Advisor in Ministry of Culture of the Community of Madrid. Her works have been performed in Spain, France, Italy, Germany, Finland, Portugal and among other countries, having been recorded by various entities such as RNE, TVE, Canal Clásico (TV), CBA, LIEM-CDMC among others and published in Mundimusica, Nadir and Arte Tripharia (Spain).
Select works: Agua de la luna, 1992, mar, orchestra of flutes; El azul está prohibido, 1990, voice, tape; El azul está prohibido: [version para dos voces y electroacústica], 1990, 2 s, tape; Cartas a la oscuridad (1. Allegretto – 2. Allegro – 3. Andante espressivo – 4. Presto – 5. Andantino – 6. Allegro), 1981, pf; Cuarteto de cuerda (1. Allegro moderato – 2. Adagio espressivo – 3. Leggiero), 1983, 2vl, vla, vlc; Cuatro instantes (1. Plácido – 2. Con brio – 3. Lento – 4. Enérgico), 1982, fl, vlc, pf; Cuatro instantes (1. Plácido – 2. Con brio – 3. Lento – 4. Enérgico), 1982, fl, cl b, pf; De konia, 2002, a, pf; Día de ira, 1999, 2 perc; Dos canciones (1. Escuché el viento – 2. No espantes el silencio), 1984, t/s, pf.
Select recordings: Sabor a cristal, 1993.
Awards: "Norman Bayles Memorial Award in Composition (1987); "Real Art Ways" (1986), Diploma "Pi kappa Lambda" (EEUU, 1987), Ciudad de Heidelberg (Alemania, 1996), II Panorama de Jóvenes Compositores (España, 1988), Premio Jóvenes creadores (Madrid, 1989), "Viva el Espectáculo" (Alicante, 1999), "Juan Martín de Nicolás" (Festival of La Mancha, 2005)

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Danielle di Majo

(born in 23rd June 1974 in Rome), musician, saxophone player and composer. From 1979 to 1987 she studied piano at the "Associazione Cultori Musica Classica" in Ostia Lido (Rome) with Maria Antonietta Fippi. From 2000 to 2004 she studied jazz saxophone with Piero Quarta, from 2004 to 2006 with Michel Audisso at the Saint Louis Music College in Rome and from 2008 she studied saxophone and composition with Giancarlo Maurino. She attended masterclasses with Maurizio Giammarco, Rosario Giuliani, Bob Mintzer, Enrico Pieranunzi, Enrico Rava, Giovanni Tommaso, Kenny Wheeler, Dick Halligan, Roberto Taufic, Giancarlo Maurino and Emanuele Cisi. She played with the "Down Time Big Band" directed by Piero Quarta, with the "Short's Monday Night Orquestra" directed by Marco Omicini and with the "Roberto Spadoni Nonet". She has collaborated with, among others, Stefano Benini, Nino De Rose, Zsolt Kovacs, Rita Marcotulli, Giovanna Marini, George Garzone, Massimo Manzi, Giancarlo Maurino, Roberto Spadoni, Patrizia Scascitelli e Karl Potter.
Selected works: Critico cronico, 2009; Eccedere di Blu, 2009; Blutango, 2009; Under Construction, 2009; Liberation, 2009; Il Rudere, 2009; Cicada Song, 2009; I Quadri di Miro', 2009; Strange Phase, 2009.
Recordings: "Eccedere di blu", recorde with the Danielle Di Majo Quintet, Picanto Jazz Records, 2010.
Awards: 1st prize at the "Incontri Sonori Jazz 2004" competition with the "Danielle Di Majo Quartet"; 1st place at the "Talenti Jazz Martina 2004", "Premio Palazzo Valentini 2004", "Barga Jazz 2005", "Porsche Giovani e Jazz 2005" International competition with the "Francesco Diodati Quintet"; prize as the Best new emerging Talent at the "Baronissi jazz 2005" International competition.

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