Fátima Miranda

(born in Salamanca, Spain, resident in Madrid). Performer, Researcher and Composer. After completing her M.A. in Art History, she specialized in contemporary art, publishing two books in this field. In 1979 she was a founding member of the improvisation group Taller de Música Mundana and Flatus Vocis Trío, which is exclusively dedicated to phonetic poetry. She recorded The Paper Opera with the former and Grosso Modo with the latter. Between 1982 and 1989, she directed the Music Library of the Complutense University of Madrid. In 1985 she received the National Award of Culture and Communication bestowed by the Ministry of Culture for her book La Fonoteca (The Sound Library). Since 1983, she has been doing research on the voice and vocal music in traditional musics and this has propelled her to use the voice not only for singing and speaking but also as a wind and percussion instrument built into the body. All of the above constitutes the basis for her own integrated musical language. In 1987-1988 she studied with the japanese singer Yumi Nara. She learnt mongol harmonic singing with Tran Quang Haï and in 1987 she commenced studies of North Indian Classical Music in Dhrupad style. From 1983 to 1993 she studied bel canto with various professors in order to combine vocal techniques traditionnally considered incompatibles. In 1996, she was awarded a DAAD grant, being invited by the Berliner Künstlerprogramm des Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst, as artist in residence in the city of Berlin. During the nineties she created three concerts-performances for solo voice. In 2005 she created "Cantos Robados", edited on DVD. She has performed as a soloist in numerous international festivals within contemporary, vocal and experimental music circuits as well as those of theatre, sound poetry and performance art.
Selected Works: Las Voces de la Voz (1991), Concierto en Canto (1995), ArteSonado (2000), each of them edited on CD; Cantos Robados (DVD, 2005).

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Florence Mulsant

(born in Dakar, Senegal, 1962), composer. She studied for  twelve years at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris. She had a traditional training course with the French great masters in harmony (class of Jean-Claude Raynaud), counterpoint (class of Jean-Claude Henry), fugue (class of Marcel Bitsch), analysis (class of Jacques Casterède) orchestration (class of Serge Nigg) and composition (class of Alain Bancquart). She also studied in Schola Cantorum with Allain Gaussin. These years of studies were for her the opportunity to learn various techniques of compositional writing.
Selected works: Sonate de concert op. 19 for violin solo ; Sonate pour violoncelle seul op. 27 dedicated to Henri Demarquette ; 24 préludes pour piano op. 38 ; Trio op. 23 for violon, cello, piano ; Quatuor à cordes N. 1 op. 26 ; Double quatuor à cordes op. 40 ; Symphonie pour cordes N.1 op 32 ; Symphonie N.2 «Exil » op. 33 ; Oratorio pour une femme seule : Simone Weill op. 39 ; Les jardins d’Etoiles pour violon et orchestre op. 44 ; 4 nocturnes pour orchestre op. 37.

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Florentine Mulsant

She is a French composer born in 1962. She studied the traditional disciplines (harmony, counterpoint, fugue, analysis and orchestration) at the Conservatoire National Superieur de Musique in Paris for twelve years. After the 1st Prize in composition at the Schola Cantorum in 1987 with Allain Gaussin she followed the instructions of Franco Donatoni at Academia Chigiana in Siena (Italy) and perfected with Alain Bancquart. From 1991 to 1998 she was a professor music writing at the University of Paris IV - Sorbonne, and since than she is dedicated entirely to composition. Winning many international competitions of composition, many of her works are commissioned and performed by soloists and orchestras (Lise de la Salle, Debussy Quartet, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio-France, Orchestre Colonne) and at major international festivals in France (Festival Présences, Festival Radio - France Montpellier), Germany (Beethoven Festival in Bonn), Switzerland and the United States. The French music label Triton included one of her compositions on the CD Musique Française au Féminin. In 2007 the label Ar Re-Se published a monographic CD with her chamber music works with the Cello Sonata op. 27 played by Henry Demarquette. In 2011, she won the Nadia and Lilli Boulanger Prize from the Academie des Beaux-Arts.