Isabelle Fraisse

(born in 1949, Paris), composer. From earliest childhood, Isabelle Fraisse had a passion for music and wanted to compose. This desire could really take shape thanks to her meeting with Michel Philippot, professor at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Paris with whom she began studying musical theory and composition. She then attended seminars led by Luciano Berio, Donatoni and followed the Darmstadt summer Courses. In recent years, she has devoted herself mainly to composition. The catalog of her works include: Marben, duet for violin and trombone, writing for the Soloists of the Ensemble Intercontemporain; Double Duo, for oboe, horn, harp and cello quartet, commissioned by Radio France, created by soloists of the Philharmonic; Quatuor avec basson, commissioned by the State Ensemble Fa. In 2004, she wrote her first string quartet Ici jaillit le creux du ciel, commissioned by Radio France to Alla breve and created by the Ysaÿe Quartet, and, in 2006, she made a second Dans le silence ému de mon âme..., a tribute to the Ode Maritime of Fernando Pessoa, dedicated to Ysaÿe Quartet and created by this ensemble in November 2006. The following two quartets are also created by the Ysaÿe Quartet, the third Da dämmert eine stille Freude mir in October 2008 for the 20th Festival String Quartet in Fayence, 4th An das Streichquartett, in March 2010, Salle Cortot in Paris. Following compositions for piano: Le marché de Thouars commissioned by the Festival Youth Talent in Loudun in 2011 and Un voyage de Paulhan, created in 2012 by Pascal Gallet at the festival of the Promenades musicales du Pays d’Auge. In 2013, is created a triptych from the Sonatas Opus 7, 101, 111 of Beethoven.
Selected works: An das Streichquartett, 17’, for string quartet; Da dämmert eine stille Freude mir, 21',  for string quartet; Dans le silence ému de mon âme..., 21', for string quartet; Ici jaillit le creux du ciel, 12', for string quartet; Un voyage de Paulhan, 19’, 12 movements for piano; Pour Ava, 25’, Triptych for piano; Schiste, 12', for 8 strings (3 vln, 2vla, 2 cello, 1db );  Marben, 10', for violin and trombone; Double duo, 14', for oboe, horn, harp and cello.; Quatuor avec bassoon, 14', for for violin, viola, cello and bassoon.

Ivana Fitznerova (Camrdova)

(born in 1976, in Czech Republich), composer. She studied composition at the age of 6 at Jaroslav Jezek Conservatory. For about a year she led the jazz big band Back Side Big Band. After school she worked as a lecturer in a French Commercial Bank and companies, then as a proof reader at Mlada front publishing house. Now she works as a freelancer. She led a jazz band Ivana Fitznerova Group, later Julie and BAND. They played regularly in Salmovska literary cafè, club Rybanaruby.
Selected works: Die Quartenpoesie for two guitars, Guitar Trilogy for two guitars, Awakenings for Strings, Three Colours of Rainbow, for trumpet and strings, Vzyvani casu for symphony orchestra

Jacqueline Fontyn

(born in 1930 in Antwerp, Belgium), composer. When her parents recognised her exceptional talent when she was only a toddler and entrusted her, soon after her fifth birthday, to the Russian piano teacher Ignace Bolotine. She had lessons daily and Bolotine encouraged her to develop her taste for improvisation. At the age of fourteen, she decided to become a composer. She received her grounding in the techniques of composition from Marcel Quinet, then went to Paris where Max Deutsch, a fervent disciple of Schoenberg, taught her the twelve tone system. She wrote in this style until 1979, although always with considerable freedom and flexibility. In 1956 she attended Hans Swarowsky’s conducting class at the Akademie für Musik und Darstellende Kunst in Vienna. From 1963 to 1990 she held the post of Professor of Music Theory, rising to Professor of Composition, firstly at the Koninklijk Conservatorium, Antwerp and then at the Royal Brussels Conservatoire. She is a regular guest of universities and conservatoires in Europe, the United Stases, the Middle East and New Zealand. Her Catalogue of over a hundred works covers orchestral, vocal, chamber and instrumental pieces which are played throughout the world, figuring in the programs of leading orchestras and major festivals. She was asked to write the set piece, a Violin Concerto, for the finals of the 1976 Reine Elisabeth International Music Competition, and has twice undertaken commissions from the Koussevitzky Music Foundation in the Library of Congress, Washington. Since 2006, all her manuscripts have been kept in the Library of Congress.. Broad harmonic effects, rhythmic flexibility and never ceasing exploration of instrumental resources are the hallmarks of her constantly evolving musical language. Its expressive and poetic dimensions appeal to the sensitive listener keen to discover new horizons. Jacqueline Fontyn is a member of the Belgian Royal Academy and in 1993, the King of Belgium granted her the title of Baroness in recognition of her artistic merit.
Selected works: Aratoro (1992); Blake’S Mirror for mezzo o contralto (1993); Sul cuore della terra, for flute, violin, alto, violoncello and harp (1993); Sieben Galgenlieder (Chr. Morgenstern) soprano, oboe, cello, piano (1994); Meglio Tardi for flute, clarinetto basso and piano (1994); Vent d’Est (1995); In the Green Shade, Concert of Royal Conservatoire de Musique of Bruxelles (1990); Per Archi, Frauen Kammerorchester von Österreich, Wien Schubersall (1990); Frises, performed by the symphonic band of the Conservatory conducted by Arie van Beek Rotterdam (1990), Mosaico, Belgian Clarinet Quartet, Stuttgart (1991).
Awards: The Spanish Oscar Espla Prize and the Prix Arthur Honegger from the “Fondation de France”.