Madeleine Isaksson

(born 1956 in Stockholm, Sweden, residence Châtenay-Malabry, France) is a Swedish/French composer. She studied piano and composition, during the 80’s at Royal College of Music in Stockholm. After receiving diplomas in piano-teaching and composition scholarships allowed her to continue her studies abroad, in Holland, in the composition class of Louis Andriessen and later, in France where she lives and works as composer. Meetings with composers with different traditions and aesthetic features - Brian Ferneyhough in Stockholm and later at Royaumont in France, Iannis Xenakis, Morton Feldman and Emmanuel Nunes - have contributed to Isaksson’s development as a composer. The exposure to the music of Giacinto Scelsi in Darmstadt 1986 also came also to play an important role.
Selected works: Terre de l’absence, 2013, for S, Mzs, A, T, Br, B, com. by Nordic Voices: prem. by Nordic Voices at Oslo International Church Music Festival 2013, Norway; Isär, 2012, for fl, cl, perc, pf, vl, vla, vlc, com. by Norrbotten NEO: prem. Norrbotten NEO at New Sweden Festival 2012 in Luleå, Sweden. Far ,2011, for chit-a and electronics com. by the Swedish Radio, prem. by Stefan Östersjö at Båstad Chamber Music Festival 2012, Sweden; Ciels, 2009-2010,  for S, Mzs, A, T, Br, B, com. by ensemble Mia Cara: prem. by Nordic Voices at Hardanger Music Festival 2012, Norway; Sondes, 2009, for fl, eh/ob, sax (or clarinet), vl, vlc, pf, perc, com. by Concerts Sweden, prem. by ensemble MA in 2009 at Capitol, Stockholm, Sweden. Îlots, 2005-2007, for orch, 3*2*2*2*3221 13 1 str, sax*, fis, com. by Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, prem. by Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, cond. Christian Eggen, at Stockholm New Music Festival 2008; Les sept vallées, 2006, for rec solo, rec-s, rec-a, rec-sno, rec-t, com. by Concerts Sweden, prem. by Kerstin Frödin in 2006 at Théâtre de la Photographie et l’Image in Nice, France. Rum (Rooms), 1999-2000, commission by Concerts Sweden, prem. in 1999 by ensemble MA at the Music Museum in Stockholm; Å Svävare, 1993-1995,  for S, Mzs, Br, vla, vlc, com. by the artist Daniel Coulet: prem. by Les Jeunes Solistes, Rachid Safir, at Festival d’Automne 1993, Paris; Inné, 1993, for  fl, ob, sax (cl), cor, fag, vl, vla, vlc, cb, com. by Concerts Sweden, prem. by l’ensemble l’Intinéraire in 1993 at Centre George Pompidou, Paris.
Selected recordings: New Sweden Diptychon, 2013, Norrbotten NEO, SA05; Failles,  2005, Ensemble Ma, Phono Suecia PSCD 134;  Stråkvåg, 2000, Madeleine Isaksson, Infogram Sören Hermansson; Corno con forza, 1998, Phono Suecia PSCD 113.
Publications direction: Available at Edition Suecia and Svensk Musik Swedmic AB
Awards: Winner of the Järnåker Award 2012 for the piece Les sept vallées (2006) composed for recorder.

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María Isabel Jäckel Cuesta

(born in Barcelona, Spain, on 1st August 1946). Composer, choir conductor and teacher. She began her musical studies at the Conservatory of Music in Barcelona specializing in guitar. She studied harmony, counterpoint and chamber music with Pich Santasusana, Poch and Lluís Maria Millet. She has also supplemented her training in piano and organ. Her professional work has focused on teaching, but also formed part of the Grup d'Havaneres Aura and has conducted several choirs and instrumental ensembles.
Selected works: El aire se llena de gloria: villancico, 2006, choir (voices- bi); Al pasar el tiempo: Habanera, 1994, choir (voices- bi), chi; Los álamos, 1973, chi; Aldebarán, 1990, pf; Algo lejano, 2000, pf; Capricho clásico, 2001, pf; Como el aire, 1992, choir (4 voices- bi); Coronilla de la Divina Misericordia, 2005, choir (voices- bi); Dime pasiegu, dime: Villancico, 1993, choir (voices- bi), chi.

Mertxe Isasti Muguruza

(born in Zarautz, Guipúzcoa, Spain, on 21th June 1965). Composer, Musicologist and teacher. She began her musical studies with Pilar Echaniz, subsequently studying accordion, composition, pedagogy and musicology Degrees at the Conservatory of Music in San Sebastian. As a composer, her catalog includes works for piano, various chamber ensembles and orchestra.
Selected works: Cuarteto, 4 cl; Glosas para cuarteto de cuerda, 2 vl, vla, vlc; Irritsiak: cantata; Octeto (1. Moderato – 2. Andante, molto espresivo e legato – 3. Allegro scherzando e molto staccato), 1991, 8 instruments; El paraiso perdido: Suite, symphony orchestra; Sinfonieta en un tempo, symphony orchestra; Zurriola aldetik, pf.