Cheryl Frances-Hoad

Cheryl Frances-Hoad graduated with a triple first and an MA in music from Cambridge University, and a PhD in composition from Kings College London. She was born in Essex in 1980 and received her musical education at the Yehudi Menuhin School, Gonville and Caius College (University of Cambridge) and Kings College London. She currently divides her time between Cambridge and Leeds, where she is the first DARE Cultural Fellow in the Opera Related Arts in association with Opera North and the University of Leeds. She won the BBC Young Composer Competition in 1996 at the age of 15 and since then her works have gained many awards, including the Royal Philharmonic Society Composition Prize (UK, 2007), the Sun River Composition Prize (China, 2007), The International String Orchestra Composition Competition (Malta, 2006), The Bliss Prize (UK, 2002), the first Robert Helps International Composition Prize (University of Florida, 2005), the Mendelssohn Scholarship (UK, 2002) and the Cambridge Composer's Competition (UK, 2001). In 2010 Cheryl became the youngest composer to win two awards in the same year at the BASCA British Composer Awards (her setting of Psalm 1 won the Choral category, and Stolen Rhythm for solo piano won the Solo or Duo category). Many of her works have been generously supported by the RVW Trust, the Britten Pears Foundation, and the PRS for Music Foundation, the Nicholas Boas CharitableTrust and the Bliss Trust.

Dagmar Fabianova Sarova

(born in 1926 in Czech Republic), composer. She studied composition with Emil Hlobil at the Prague Conservatory.
Selected works: Suite for symphony orchestra; Legend for symphony orchestra; Scherzo for orchestra; Tre tempi for chamber orchestra; Mazur for wind orchestra; Concertino for wind nonet, Three Movements for brass quintet; Meditazione for flute, bass clarinet, and piano; Pezzo da camera for bass clarinet and piano; Rondo for flute and piano; Bagatelles for piano.

Dalia Faitelson

(born in 1963, in the Negev Desert, Israel, resident in Denmark) composer, vocals and guitar. Her mother is Bulgarian and father Israeli. She studied at the Rubin Academy of Music and Dance in Jerusalem, followed by Berkleee Collage of Music, Boston. After graduating from Berklee with high grades in 1991 Dalia moved to Europe, making Copenhagen her new home. She has 10 solo albums to her credit and has recorded and toured with Randy Brecker, Adam Nussbaum, Manolo Badrena, cafè, Chris Cheek and Jerry Bergonzi, among others. She is the band leader of 2 groups. The first is PILPEL, an acoustic quartet. The music style is world/jazz/folk. The language is Hebrew & the music is a journey through the Middle East, Balkan & Scandinavia. Second group is titled THE ORIENT WEST CHOIR, this group involves 11 men on stage – 6 singers, 4 musicians & a dancer. It is a modern, contemporary interpretation of the musical connections between the three monotheistic religions of the world: Christianity, Islam & Judaism. Original music based on old Gregorian chants.
Discography: Pilpel, 2007, Label: Double Moon, Germany; Spring Alliance, 2007, Label: Calibrated, Denmark; Movable Clouds, 2004, Label: Enja, German; Point of no Return, 2001, Label: Stunt Records; Diamond on the Day, 1999, Label: Stunt Records; Rising Spirits,: 1996
Label: Stunt Records; Common Ground, 1994, Label: Storyville Records.
Awards: She received the Danish equivalent of a Grammy for Jazz in 2000, and the 2005 Composer of the Year Award given by the Danish Composer Association. Dalia was also nominated 3 times for a The Danish World Music Award with her band Pupil.

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