Marina Panayiotou

(born and resident in Larnaca, Cyprus), composer. In Larnaca she studied theory, piano and guitar at the Helicon Odeon. She continued her music studies in Greece (Athens) and Germany. During her studies in Germany, Marina gained a BA in Composition as a student in the class of the German composer Günther Becker at the Robert Schumann Hochschule in Düsseldorf. She subsequently furthered her studies in Composition at a postgraduate level at the Folkwang University of Arts in Essen in the class of Nikolaus A. Huber. She also studied Electronic and Computer Music in the class of Dirk. Reith. She participated in the 34th International Seminar for Contemporary Music in Darmstadt (Germany) and she attended a workshop with Israeli Composers in Tel Aviv. She was a founding member of the Ensemble Go Ahead in Dusseldorf, an ensemble renowned for the dissemination and performances of new music. Her music was performed in various concerts in Germany (Dusseldorf, Hagen, Hannover, Mönchengladbach and Essen), Israel (Tel Aviv), Hungary (Vac), France (Reims), Italy(Rome), and Greece (Athens). Marina Panayiotou is a founding member of the Center of Cypriot Composers. Performances of her works were given a Cyprus premiere in the Spring Concerts of Cypriot Composers (2001-2005) and in concerts with Cyprus Symphony Orchestra (2008).. She works as a music teacher in secondary school.
Selected works: Blitze for 4 percussion players 1987; Stringquartet Nr.1, Tetralogie for 7 musicians 1988; Seismos for orchestra 1989; Klangkonturen for 3 musicians 1989-1990; Mit zwiespältiger Stimme for 2 Sopranos & 6 Instrumentalists 1991-1992; Meteoro for 7 musicians 2001, que pido un hijo....que sufrir for flute & Stringquartet 2003; Pentovola for piano 2005; Riss im Unsagbaren for orchestra 2008, composition music for the documentary Film "Seferis-Diamantis", "The world of Cyprus", a production of Cyprus Pedagogical Institute and film director Giorgios Koumouros.

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Mercè Pons Ramis

(born on 3rd May 1968 in Palma de Mallorca, Spain) Composer and pianist. She is currently a professor at the Balearic Islands Conservatory, where she created the Musical Understanding Cabinet "GACOMUS", with the hope and the goal of explaining music to non profesional musicians. With composer, pianist and music producer, Miquel Brunet, created the instrumental group "Ensemble UNIVERS-M" to disseminate works by both composers. From this union emerged the disk of the book Connexions Cromàtiques and another work, Ombressol.
Selected Works: 15 de juliol, 1998, fl, ob, cl, fg, cor, timb, vibr, mar, bell, 2 vl, vla, vlc, cb; Contradiccions, symphony orchestra; Quartet nº 1 (Andante- 2. Adagio- 3. Allegro), 1996, 2 vl, vla, vlc; Requiem, 4 voices, choir (voices- bi), symphony orchestra; Sonata per a clarinet i piano, cl, pf; Sonoritats, pf.
Selected Recordings: 5 Compositores Contemporànies (Ona digital, 2002)

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Michaela Plachkà

(born in 1981, in Opava, Czech Republic, resident in Germany), composer. After graduating from High School in Opava in 1999, she was accepted into the composition class of Mgr Edvard Schiffauer at the Janacek Conservatory in Ostrava. She graduated in 2003. In the same year she was accepted to study at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague, in the class of Juras Filas. In 2006 completed a bachelor's degree in composition for chamber orchestra still life on her own text and drawings Adalbert Bat. She performed in Cyrano de Bergerac (soprano saxophone, percussion), 2001-2002, NDM Ostrava and had external musical collaboration with Arena Theatre in Ostrava. She studied at the Music Conservatory in Ostrava, majoring in art, and in 2004-2005 she contributed to the Literary newspaper (Music Tips).
Selected works: Chamber works: Disappearing touches of Spring, for women's choir, 2013; Mountains, meadows, cows, cl, vla, kyt, pno 2013; Roses for Plutos fl, vla,cl, pno 2011; About hearts and bells for string trio and piano, 2011; Graue und Blaue. Colors of your soul, for chamber ensemble, 2009; Ruhige Blumen , vla, cl, pno, quit, 2008; I'm going to be quiet, melodrama for chamber ensemble, 2005.
Selected recordings (tracks): Sure dew, the first fruit for male chorus, 1996; Three sentences bassoon three movement piece for solo bassoon, 2000; For the coming winter for two alto saxophone and trombone, 2001.
Awards: 2nd prize Generation 2004 (Piano Trio); 1st prize Generation 2005 (Dumb); Gideon Klein Foundation Prize 2006; Generation 2006-Honorable Mention (Still life).

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