Sofía Martínez Ramírez

(born on 25th October 1965 in Vitoria, Spain). Composer, pianist and teacher. She studied piano and composition with Carmelo Bernaola. In 1992, she moved to Paris and studied composition with Emmanuel Nunes at the Ecole Nationale de Musique in Romainville. She taught music at the Conservatory of Mostoles, at the Ecole Nationale de Musique in Sevran, the Ecole de Musique in Parmain and the Conservatorio de Paris XVI. She conducted the Pfizer Choir (Paris), was organist at the "Eglise lutheriene de la Trinité" (Paris) and she was director of the contemporary music group Frullato. She stayed at the Spanish Academy in Rome (2000). As a composer she has received commissions from the Centre for the Dissemination of Contemporary Music, the French Ministry of Culture of the Basque Government and the Quincena Musical of San Sebastian.
Selected works: Apollo y Daphne, symphony orchestra; La Bocca della verità, 2002, cl, b, vlc, pf, electr; Círculo Polar Ártico, 1998, fl, cl, fg, arp, pf, perc, vl, vlc; Círculo Polar Ártico II, chi, pf, tape, reciter; Estelas en el mar, 2007, pf, electr, video; La estrella que brilla con más fuerza II, 2002, SAX S, fis, recorded sounds; Homenaje a Scelsi, 1996, fl, cl, cor, vl, vlc, pf, perc; I had a dream: En memoria de Luther King, 1997, fl, cl, sax, vl, vlc, pf, perc; Iniciación a la escritura, instrumental ensemble; Invitación a la escritura, 2003, pf, 2 perc.
Awards: She was awarded the prize for Contemporary Musical Creation by the Basque Government (1999), the Composition Prize "Eresbil" (2000) and special mention for his "Apollo and Daphne" Competition composition by the College of Spain and INAEM.

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Svetlana Maksimović

(Novi Bečej, 28 th June, 1948), studied in the department of composition and orchestration in Belgrade with Vasilije Mokranjać. In 2006 she received a doctorate in composition from the University of Toronto with her orchestral work, Four Museum Rooms. She has been teaching harmony, counterpoint and composition in Belgrade (at the Stanković music school) and in Canada, as assistant at the University of Toronto and in private schools. She is active as a composer both in Serbia and Canada, presenting her works in the most important national festivals, including the International Review of Composers in Belgrade and the Canadian Music Festival. She has also written theoretical essays exploring the works of contemporary composers, with a particular interest in the use of church music and chants. Her works have been commissioned by the Canadian Women Composers Association and the Windsor Symphony strings, amongst others, and her compositions have been performed by leading musicians both in Serbia and Canada (Toronto Symphony orchestra, RTS Symphony orchestra, Irina Arsikin, Mladen Jagušt and others). Her most prominent works include: Sketch for Orchestra (1977), Four Museum Rooms (2006), Light Approaching (1998), The White Angel (1996), Pieces of Time in my Hands (2002) and Voices (2000).

Tatiana Mikova

(Czech Republic) film score composer. She studied composition and instrumentation with Milan Jira. She orchestrates her film scores herself without using additional orchestrators and occasionally orchestrates other composers' works. She cooperates with studio film orchestras-The City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra, FilmHarmonic Orchestra Prague. She also composes classical music and, in addition orchestral works, she has also written several works for chamber ensembles.
Selected works: Symphony No.1; Impressions from Nature; Overture, commissioned and premiered by Minnesota Sinfonia/USA; La Défleurie, Two Nonets.

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