Miren Josune Otxotorena Elizegi

(born in 1971 in Hernani, Guipúcoa, Spain). Composer. In the Conservatory of San Sebastián, she studied Accordion, Composition, Music Theory, Conducting, Piano teacher and viola studies. She has performed as soloist in various auditoriums in the U.S. and many European cities (Italy, Germany, France, Portugal, Russia). In 1991 she obtained by opposition accordion professorship in the Superior Conservatory J. C. Arriaga of Bilbao and Royal Conservatory of Music of Madrid. From 1993 to 2002 developed her teaching work at the Conservatory of Madrid Arturo Soria. She currently teaches in the teaching department of composition at the Centre of Music Studies of the Basque Country. She has been professor at the University of Navarra since 2001, and conducts the choir and instrumental chamber groups of the Higher School of Engineering of San Sebastian. She has also taught several summer courses and conferences at international schools. She has worked in several concerts with the Orchestra of RTVE and other TV and radio programs from different countries. Some of her compositions are part of the official programs of several Spanish conservatories.
Selected Works: 7 Maitatzeko une (1. Itxaroten- 2. Kukua goizean- 3. Ilusioa- 4. Prestaketa- 5. Kezka- 6. Festa- 7. Itxaroteko unea): [Suite], fis; Amets, fis; Aralarreko Oihartzunak, de 1996, para orquesta de acordeones; Euskal deia, 1990, fis; Ipuin Harrigarriak, fis, wood quintet; Otoitza, fis; Suite Ama Lur, 1991, fis.
Awards: She has been given several awards, among which include the first prize in the National Accordion Competition in 1988, 1990 and 1991, and the International Competition Reina Sofia 1983, 1984, 1987 and 1988. Second prize in the World Accordion Trophy CMA (Italy 1992) and in the International Competition of Cherepovets (Russia 1994), finalist in the International Competition in Kansas City (USA) 1990.

Neva Özgen

Kemençe player and composer was born in 1977, Ankara, Turkey, started her music education by playing flute, and then Clarinet at the Istanbul Technical University conservatory. After pursuing her interest in Turkish classical music she decided to study and master Kemençe and work with Alaeddin Yavasca. Neva has deeply immersed herself in the works and taksims of
Tanburi Cemil Bey, Münir Nurettin Selçuk and Bekir Sidki Sezgin. Her father Ihsan Özgen is recognized as one of the most important performer/composers of the school of Turkish classical music influenced Neva greatly. She has accompanied him in performances of Turkish classical music in Europe, USA, and Turkey. She played on two recordings, Aegean and Balkan Dances and Masterworks of Itri and Meragi, by the Turkish classical Anatolia Ensemble. She is also featured on a recording entitled Women Composers and Performers of Turkish Classical Music. Neva has performed with Orchestras in England, Butch Morris' group in New York, Hugh Marsh, Ben Grossman, Brenna MacCrimmon, Montreal Tribal Trio, Atlas Ensemble, Nederlands Blazers Ensemble, Nv/Elect.Voices, I²stanbul Authentic Turkish Music Ensemble, Shujaat Hussain Khan, Peter Murphy, Mich Geber, Kudsi Erguner, Frangiz Ali-Zade, Javanshir Guliev, Theo Loevendi, and Karman Ince among others. Neva Özgen's debut album Legacy was released in September 2001 by Golden Horn Records.

Nora Orlandi

(Voghera, 28 Giugno 1933) Compositrice, violinista, pianista, autrice di testi e cantante. Consegue i diplomi di composizione e canto presso il Conservatorio Niccolò Paganini di Genova. Nel 1951 viene ingaggiata in qualità di violinista dall’Orchestra della RAI e si trasferisce a Roma. Collabora anche con le orchestre di Lelio Luttazzi e Bruno Canfora. Per molto tempo si dedica anche al canto fondando nel 1952 il Quartetto Due + Due. Dopo numerosi cambiamenti nelle file del gruppo il quartetto si scioglie. Ma la Orlandi si dedica ad un nuovo progetto: i 4+4 di Nora Orlandi. Con questa formazione la compositrice raggiungerà la notorietà, partecipando a importanti manifestazioni come il Festival di Sanremo, il Festival di Napoli, Canzonissima ed Un Disco per l’Estate. Ha scritto sia musica, che testi per canzoni e ha composto varie colonne sonore tra cui quella per Johnny Yuma di Romolo Guerrieri, vincitrice del Premio della critica per la migliore musica per film western nel 1966. Negli anni Ottanta ha svolto anche attività didattica. Tra le sue composizioni, le colonne sonore per i film: L’affare Beckett (1966); Johnny Yuma (1966); La lunga notte di Tombstone (1967); Clint solitario (1968); Il diario proibito di Fanny (1969); Lo strano vizio della signora Ward (1971) e La preda e l’avvoltoio (1973).