Anna Jencek

(Cigliano Vercellese 18 Maggio 1944) Ha studiato pianoforte, arti figurative e danza moderna ed in seguito chitarra presso il Conservatorio Giuseppe Verdi di Milano. Scrive musiche per spettacoli teatrali e televisivi. Si dedica per un lungo periodo all’attività didattica e in seguito studia canto (leggero, lirico e contemporaneo). Collabora con l’Associazione “L’Albero dell’Arte”, e con “Mozart e Milano”, associazione musicale che si occupa prevalentemente della promozione e organizzazione dell’omonima orchestra giovanile mozartiana. Dopo un primo periodo di scrittura per voce ed orchestra in tempi recenti si è dedicata alla musica da camera. Tra le sue opere: Bastava che, per voce e orchestra (1964); Presa di coscienza, per voce e orchestra (1967); Concerto al mattino, per voce e orchestra (1968); Belle France endormie, per voce e orchestra (1972); La violetta, per canto, oboe, flauto, clarinetto, viola e chitarra (1993); Ninna nanna per Milano, per canto e chitarra (1994).

Barbara Jungfer

Born in 1968 in West Berlin, 1992-98 Studied jazz guitar at the Hochschule für Musik/Köln, and gained a Diploma in Jazz Guitar and Music Pedagogy. She followed master classes at Siena Jazz Seminar), Jazzworkshop Banff Centre for the Arts. She works as a freelance musician in Berlin and in 2004 won the studio contest by the Berliner Senat, Berlin Jazz-und Blues-Award; and in 2006 a grant from the Berlin Senate for a composer’s residence in New York. She has played at festivals and concerts in: Europe, Asia and the USA. CDs: Vitamin B3 (2001, yvp-music), Berlin Spirits (2005, in Co-Production mit RBB; minor music), Going Places (2008, phonector).She also works as a guitar teacher and workshop-leader: Offene Jazzhausschule Köln, Jazzschule Berlin, Musikschule Berlin/Charlottenburg, BigBand-Workshop Neubrandenburg, Ecole Nationale Des Arts/Dakar (Senegal), MGI Köln u. München.

Betsy Jolas

Born in Paris in 1926, came to the U.S. in 1940, completed her general schooling, then started studying composition with Paul Boepple, piano with Helen Schnabel and organ with Carl Weinrich. After graduating from Bennington College, Betsy Jolas returned to Paris in 1946 to continue her studies with Darius Milhaud, Simone Plé-Caussade and Olivier Messiaen at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique of Paris. Prize winner of the International Conducting Competition of Besançon (1953), she has since won many awards, including Copley Foundation of Chicago (1954), ORTF (1961), American Academy of Arts (1973), Koussevitsky Fondation (1974), Grand Prix National de la Musique (1974), Grand Prix de la Ville de Paris (1981), Grand Prix de la SACEM (1982). Betsy Jolas became a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 1983. In 1985 she was promoted to Commandeur des Arts et des Lettres. In 1992 she received the Maurice Ravel Prix International and was named "Personality of the Year" for France. In 1994 she was awarded the Prix SACEM for the best première performance of the year for her work "Frauenleben". She was elected to The American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1995 and made Chevalier de la Légion d'Honneur in 1997. From 1971 to 1974 Betsy Jolas replaced Olivier Messiaen at his course at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique of Paris and was appointed to the faculty in 1975. Her works, written for a great variety of combinations, have been Widely performed throughout the world by first class artists such as Elisabeth Chojnacka, Kent Nagano, William Christie, Claude Helffer, Kim Kashkashian. Twelve of her works have been recorded for EMI, Adès, CRI, Erato, Barclay, several of which have been the recipients of grand prize gramophone awards.