Manuela Kerer

(born in 1980, in Brixen (south Tirol), composer. In 2007, she completed her composition studies with M. Lichtfuss at the Provincial Conservatory if Tirol with distinction. In 2004 she completed her instrumental and vocal pedagogy degree in violin and a law degree, and in 2005 she completed psychology studies at the University of Innsbruck. Currently she is continuing composition studies with Alessandro Solbiati (Milan). Manuela Kerer primarily writes music, yet in addition is working on her Ph D dissertation on the topic “Non verbal (musical) memory in patiens with slight demential “(Department of psychiatry, Medical University Innsbruck) and the “Development of composers” rights in Austria from 1800-1900 (Innsbruck Law Faculty).For Manuela Kerer, one thing is clear: the entire world makes sound! She attempts to reflect this is in her music in various ways.
Selected works: son moussant, acoustic staging of the Tirol State Museum Ferdinandeum as architecture (cd 2006); Rasura, opera, libretto by kurt Lanthaler (Innsbruck, 2007); bleu marrant for ensemble and Power Point presentation, Schoenberg Center Vienna, “die reihe” ensemble (Vienna, 2007); Luna Chiairina opera for orchestra; Monddüne ensemble for quartett.
Awards: Austrian State Scholarship for Composition (2008)

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Irene Kepl

(born in 1982, in Linz/Austria, resident in Vienna), composer. She began to learn violin at 7 years old. At 14 she studied at the “Anton Bruckner private university” classical violin with Arkadi Winokurov as well as chamber music, Jazz and improvisation with Andi Winokurov and chamber music. Jazz and Improvisation with Andi Schreiber and Christop Cech. In 2008 earned a degree in Master of Arts with honours and now lives as a freelance musician and composer in Vienna.
Irene Kepl plays classical music as well as contemporary music, Jazz, improvisation and Balkan music. Engagements as a solist and chamber musician e.g. at the Landestheater Linz or for Linz 09-European capital of culture”. She plays at festivals like “Klangspuren” Tirol “4020” Linz “unlimited” Wels, AT, “Jazzfestival Pedrovac” MF, “Mama Duna” DE, “Lent” SI, Spanzieren HR. Irene Kepl premiered e.g compositions by Katharina Klement, Judith Unterpertinger and Klaus Lang. Improvisation for silent movies and free improvisation; composition, film music and soundinstallations.
Selected Works: 2007-2010 composition of Jazz & Groove Pieces (CDs: Ton in Ton: zu Fuss, move along. Jazzwa live); 2001-2004 soundtrack of feature films “die Wirtin” and “die Stimme” from Gruppe: Filmkunst; screenings: Filmcasino Vienna/AT, Schubertkino GRAZ/AT, Movimento Linz/AT, international film festival Eksperimento Manila/PH; 2011 soundtrack and soundesign of “my green is perhaps your blue-Chinese whispers”, animation film from the visual artist Alfred Grubbauer, screenings: Crossing Europe Filmfestival Linz/AT, Festival Kino Otok, Izola/SI); 2004 “Lebenstunnel” music for an installation by “Pro mente OO, Statthalle Enns, AT, 2010 Klang Mosaik steady sound installation in the municipal office of Ottensheim, AT, 2010 “Am Galgen.” composition for dulcimer, violin, trombone, double bass regarding Christian Morgensterns “Galgenlieder”, 2011 “between here and there”- composition for violin, bassoon, text and live painting dedicated to the Bosnian writer Alma Lazarevska.



Alexandra Karastoyanova-Hermentin

(born in 1968, in Moscow, resident in Vienna) composer and pianist of Russian - Bulgarian descent. She studied piano  (D.Dimov, B. Vodenitchaorv, A. Kontarsky) and composition (B. Schaeffer) in Moscow, in Sofia (National Academy of Music) and the Salzburg Mozarteum. Piano Master classes: O. Yablonskaya, K.U. Schnabel, A. Ljubimov. Commissions: WDR, ORF, Province of Salzburg, Hams Chicago, Start Festival Salzburg. Performances: Carnegie Hall. Merkin Concert Hall. Festivals: Sounds ways St. Petersburg, ZeitTON von Vienna, Summartònar/ Faroe Islands, Nova Musika Sofia. Performers: Johannes Kalitzke, Dimo Dimov, David Bowlin, Lisa Smirnova, Mozarteum Orchestra Salzburg. ICE/USA Öenm, Da Capo Chamber Players.
Selected works: Mahagoni for violin and string orchestra (Carnegie Hall, New York, 2006/2007);
Galechri, ensemble, commissioned by WDR (Cologne, 2007); Annäherung for 14 instrumentalists, commission by the Salzburg government (Viva! Mozart Salzburg, 2005)
Awards: Austrian Federal Scholarship (2001, 2006), Theodor Körner Award (2005), Music career grant by the city of Vienna (2007).

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