Montserrat Pujolar i Giménez

(born on 14th December 1938 in Ripoll, Spain). Composer, teacher and librarian. She began her musical career at the Liceu Conservatory in Barcelona and was granted a scholarship to perform virtuosity and improvement studies abroad. She was appointed as adjunct professor of the chair of music at the Escola Normal. She holds degree in teaching, high school teacher and librarian. She has composed sacred music, choral songs, poems set to music and, particulary, Sardanas. She also composed the anthem of the millennium of the Monastery of Ripoll and the anthem of Catalonia in Miniature. In 2006 she decided not to continue in active status as composer.
Selected Works: Al•leluia; Ave Maria; Himne de Catalunya en miniatura, per a quatre veus mixtes i cobla; Himne del Mil•lenari del Monestir de Ripoll; Sanctus; A Sant Eudald, 2004; Amb l'esperit vibrant, 1979; L'aplec del vesper, 1996.
Selected Recordings: Les sardanes de la Montserrat Pujolar, 2009.
Awards: The University of Barcelona awarded her the special prize for the best student of music.

Morgana Petrik

(born in 1974, Vienna, resident in Vienna), composer. Her Studies included composition, harmony- basic research (University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna), German philology, and musicology (University of Vienna). The doctoral thesis “ Die leiden der neuen Musik”(The  Sorrow of New Music) was published by Edition Monochrom (Vienna 2008). During 2001-2005 she worked as a lecturer for composition and music theory at Franz Schuber Konservatorium Vienna. In 2005 I was appointed head of this department. In 2011 she was elected president of österreichische Gesellschaft für zeitgenössicche music” (OGMZ)(Austrian Society for Contemporary Music), an association founded in 1949 whose primary aim is to promote contemporary music in concert. On April 15th 2013 her commissioned work “ Purple Darkness”, was premiered by the renowned Austrian Ensemble “die reihe “ at the RadioKulturhaus in Vienna. Thi concert was also broadcasted by ORF Radio in July 2013. In May she was awarded with the Theodor Körner Preis(Theodor Körner Award) for composition. She is a member of the österreichische Gesellschaft für zeitgenossische Musik.
Selected works: Katabasis, Anabis (2013) for recorders and string quartet, stranger things happen at sea (2013) for baritone saxophone solo, Purple Darkness (2012/13) for Ensemble, Luftspiel (2011) for saxophone quartet, Ein Sonntagmittag bei Strindbergs (2010/2011) for baritone, mezzo soprano and piano, Concertino for cello and string orchestra (2010), Galgenlieder (2010) for baritone and piano, Mission Impossible (2007) for flute and piano, string quartet no.1 (2006), Todesfuge (2005) for mixed choir and wind quintet.

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Natalia Pobedina

(born in Volgograd, Russia, resident in Madrid, Spain). Composer. In 1998 she graduated as a composer and as a composition, harmony and counterpoint teacher from the State Conservatory of Saratov. She also studied composition with Boguslaw Shaeffer in Cracow and Salzburg, and with Serguei Berinsky in Moscow and from Salvatore Sciarrino at the Salzburg Mozarteum. In Spain, Natalia Pobedina followed Master classes from Tomás Marco and Cristóbal Halffter. Her instrumental and vocal works have been premiered in Russia, Poland, Austria and Spain.
Selected Works: Beauty IV, org. (About Pictures of N.Roerich); Diálogo (2005) Fl, Vn