Ivanka Ivanova Pitrek

(born in 1954, in Pazardzhik, Bulgaria), composer and folk singer. She has collected more than 1000 authentic songs  from her end. She has made numerous recordings for the Bulgarian and German radio stations, Cd’s Bulgarian and German orchestras. Participation in Bulgarian and German television programs. Also records their music included in three films. She worked for many years with the international music orchestra,“ Shell Sick Braz Band” from Cologne and has been lived with them in Germany, Austria, Italy, Czech Republic, Portugal, France, Turkey, Greece, Algeria, Belgium and Luxembourg, the Netherlands and others. And also the Turkish orchestra Bouzouki Orhan from Instanbul. Records of the Greek orchestra Hard Rock Metal “ Spectral Realms”. She has a workshop in Germany singing Bulgarian folk songs. Her third Cd sold online for ACM New Yersey Records, 60 songs spread like ring tones in Vietnam. Ivanka’s music includes traditional Bulgarian Folk, mixed with elements of rock, pop, and even some rap and techno styles. Her unique sound and different styles are fresh and exciting for the audience.
Works: author of the e-books: 2012 “Folk dedication” in four languages Bulgarian, Russian, German and English, 2013 The series of tetralogy “Songs by Ivanka Ivanova”- first, second, third and fourth in three languages: Bulgarian, German and English; The terrible haidouk leader Strahil” in German, The terrible haidouk leader Strahil” in Bulgarian.           

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Julia Purgina

(born in Straubing, Germany, 1980, resident in Vienna), composer. She studied viola performance with Wolfgang Klos (Vienna) and Ulrich Knörzer (Berlin), as well as composition under Chaya Czernowin and Erich Urbanner (both diplomas with distinction). In 2001 she received the Cultural Career Grant of the Province of the Lower Austria and in 2006 she was prizewinner at the International Antonio Salieri Composition Competition. In 2007, she was awarded the Theodor Körner Award for music and received the Victor Fohn Scholarship for art as well as a grant by the Federal Ministry of Art. From 2004 to 2007 she was violist for the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra. In 2005 she founded the ensemble LUX together with other young composers. She currently works as a freelance artist in Vienna. Performances have taken place in Austria, Slovenia, Bulgaria, Finland, Slovakia, Germany and Estonia, as well in other countries.
Selected works: Violasounds for viola and piano- Sound Waves 1(2001); Herbarium for viola, cello and bass- demo cd by the Lux Trio (2007), Masslosigkeit for piano trio, Haydn Trio Eisenstadt (CD, 2008)
Performances: AO-JO Gesänge for soprano and piano, Lied: Strahl: Festival (Kempten, Germany, 2007), Masslosigkeit for piano trio, Haydn Trio Eisenstadt, String trio at Wien Modern (2008)

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Katia Pesti

She has studied the piano inside out, quite literally, since childhood. At five, she was already inquisitive and fearless: as often found curled up inside the grand piano in her family home, as playing around or on it. That relationship with the piano is a hallmark of Katia‟s playing and composition today. In 1985, Katia Pesti Graduated as a pianist at F. Cilea Conservatory, in Reggio Calabria, under the guidance of Roberto Bianco. Then following a piano improvement course at Accademia Chigiana (Siena) with Guido Agosti, Katia became interested in therapeutic aspects of music. During this time, she graduated in Music Therapy at CEP of Assisi and attended a three-year dance therapy course at Milan‟s Scuola Civica, with renowned Argentinian dancer and choreographer Maria Fux. This developing interest in different expressive languages led Katia to percussion and music from outside Europe, studying with soloist and musical director of the legendary Percussions de Strasbourg, Christian Hamouy and venturing into the realms of electronic music with Alessandro Cipriani, at Institute Bellini in Catania. Moved by Asian music and the music of Indonesia in particular, Katia further extended her studies to include Balinese Gamelan. In the 90‟s, Katia begins to work as a composer and as a pianist, both with classical music and with an ethnic and experimental musical repertoire: a part of her journey that found her working with jazz and rock bands and of course, her beloved piano and percussion. Inspired and fuelled by these experiences, Katia has created an original system of composition, in which classic language elements are melded with ethnic sounds, thanks to particularly minimalist setups and enriched by several percussion instruments, from the Balinese Rejong to the Xylophone. Crucially to Katia‟s own compositions, she has developed a personal technique that allows her to play piano and percussion simultaneously.