Paula Af Malmborg-Ward

(born in Stockholm, 1962, resident Gothenburg/Sweden), is a classical contemporary composer especially in opera but she has written music for the most varied ensembles and genre and has written music to the Swedish selection of the Eurovision contest as well. During her childhood, in parallel with studies in classical piano with Gunnar Hallhagen, she wrote songs, arranged, sang and played piano in several groups and worked with theater music and TV Malmborg-Ward studied Master of fine arts in 79-83 and arranging and composition Bachelor, in 1989-92, both at the Royal college of Music in Stockholm. She studied composition Master, with Hans Gefors with an emphasis on dramatic music, at Malmö Academy of Music in –'92-'97 and her diploma work The Bomb Party, -'97, was premiered in –'98 at the Gothenburg Opera. She also worked as a rehearser, arranger, pedagogue and music teacher and she worked at several different theaters in Sweden as well as in Finland. In 2005 she was composer at Stockholm's Stadsteater and the same year she worked with Swedish Television in the children's program En Decemberdröm (A December dream). In 2006 -09 Malmborg-Ward was Composer in Residence at the Helsingborg Symphony orchestra. In 2001 she was portrayed in the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra's Composer's weekend and her music was performed by most of the Swedish orchestras. Her music often has a lively temperament and is full of ideas. For her the time, and timing are important parameters. Malmborg-Ward has been a member of Royal Academy of Music since 2008, FST (Society of Swedish Composers) since 1999 and member of the board since 2010. She also has been a member of the Artistic Council of Music Development and Heritage Sweden since 2011.
Selected works: Two bows, a waltz and something in between, 2010, for vlc, cb; Inverted menuet for brass, 2012, for 2tr, cor, trb, tu; Corpus, 1991-1992 for orch; Threads, 2011, for orch; Il gallo cortonese : sinfonia concertante, 2008, for orch; Vad man måste : short opera inEb-major, 2008, for Mzs, perc, text Paula Af Malborg-Ward; Triumf och tragedi: chamber opera, 2009/2011, for S soli, str quintet, tr, perc, text by Daniel Boyacioglu; Ärret, 2004, for 11 soli and chamber orch, text Kerstin Perski, freely after M. Bulgakov; The far away shore for orch; Operatic, 2007, for orch.
Publications direction: Available at Svensk Musik/Swedmic AB
Awards, selection: 2006, Prix Italia, 1st prize for The foundling woman; 2007 Carin Malmlöf – Forslings pris; 2006, Musikaliska Föreningens tonsättarpris; 2005, The Newspaper Expressen's Music Award Spelmannen; FST, (Association of Swedish Composers).

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Pierrette Mari

(born in Nice, France), composer, musicologist. She studied music at the Conservatoire de Nice (1943-1946), and was awarded four prizes (piano, music theory, music history, harmony). She won first prize in counterpoint in 1953, and a first prize for fugue in the following year, at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Paris, in classes of Noël Gallon, Tony Aubin and Olivier Messiaen. In 1956, she received a scholarship from Austria to attend the conference in Salzburg "Music and Theatre". Critic for newspapers and music magazines, she has written several biographies: Olivier Messiaen, Béla Bartók and Henri Dutilleux. Since 1977, she was a lecturer at the University Paris-Sorbonne Paris IV.
Selected works: Dans l'espace figé, melody on a poem by Andrée Brunin, 2012; Hommage à Jacques Toja, for orchestra, 2003; Escalades sur un piano, five pieces dedicated to Maurice Herzog; Dialogue avec Louise Labé, for voice and string, 1979; Les Travaux d'Hercule, 1973; Concerto pour guitare, 1971; Trois Mouvements pour cordes;  Le Sous-Préfet aux champs, 1956; Divertissement pour flûte et orchestre, 1954; Psaumes, for narrator and orchestra, 1954.
Writings: Henri Dutilleux, Ed. Hachette; 1974 Béla Bartók, Ed. Hachette; 1970 Olivier Messiaen, Ed. Seghers, 1965
Awards: 1961: First prize in the French melody, Union Nationale des Arts; 1946: Prize of the City of Nice

Rita Marcotulli

(Roma 10 marzo 1959), pianista, compositrice jazz. Ha studiato il pianoforte privatamente con Susanna Spitallick, poi al Conservatorio di Santa Cecilia e infine con Arnaldo Graziosi al Conservatorio di Frosinone dal 1975 al 1980 e in questi ultimi anni si è avvicinata al jazz. All’inizio degli anni '80 già collaborava con John Christensen, Palle Danielsson, Steve Grossman, Joe Henderson, Hélène La Barriere, Joe Lovano ed Enrico Rava. Nel 1986 ha lasciato l’Italia per la Svezia, dove ha vissuto sei anni con un’esperienza che ha rappresentato una chiave di svolta nella sua vita musicale: la ricerca della cantabilità della melodia e un amore per una musica evocativa. Ha potuto ottenere una grande affermazione in un ambiente caratterizzato da forti personalità musicali e di spiccata disposizione per la ricerca. Nel 1987 è stata votata “Miglior nuovo talento italiano” dalla critica specializzata nel referendum indetto dalla rivista Musica Jazz e l’anno seguente è stata invitata da Billy Cobham a lavorare con lui in Svezia. Dal suo ritorno in Italia alla metà degli anni novanta ha alternato i propri progetti nel jazz, come il rapporto con Maria Pia De Vito, con collaborazioni nel mondo della canzone, specie nelle formazioni di Pino Daniele, come strumentista e arrangiatrice, e in seguito con Dewey Redman, Roberto Gatto e Ambrogio Sparagna.