Gabriele Proy

(born in 1965, in Vienna, resident in Vienna), composer. She is a leading Austrian composer and pioneer in the field of soundscape composition. She holds a Master of Arts in composition and sound art, a Diploma in computer music and electronic media and a teacher’s Diploma in guitar from the University of music and Performing Arts in Vienna with distinction. Many renowned ensembles like the Koehne Quartet, the Munich Philharmonic Choir, the ORF Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Ensemble die reihe and the Mozart trio Salzburg have performed her music. Her compositions are performed with great success in Europe, Australia, Japan, Turkey, Canada, Latin America and the USA. She teaches Composition and Sound Design at the ARD.ZDF Media Academy in Nuremberg and lectures internationally. Since 2001 on, she has been the president of the European Forum Klanglandschaft FKL. In 2005, Proy received the Austrian commission  in the EU-Japan Year for the composition Waldviertel; in 2006 she was European representative in the committee of the international conference “The West meets the East in Acoustic Ecology”at Hirosaki University in Japan. In 2007, her choir composition Kokoro was performed to great success in Munich with the Philharmonic Choir. Her composition are sound – poetic images that evoke sonic memories while letting new sounds arise.
Selected works: Damenspiel for string quartet, première: Koehne Quartet, Herbert von Karajan Centrum (2001), Waldviertel, soundscape composition (tape 8 channels), 2005, première: International music Centre, Hirosaki University (2005), Kokoro, for 8 to 10 voice a cappella soprano/alto choir, 2007, première: Munich Phil. Choir, cond. A. Hermann, Allerheiligen- Hofkirche, Munich Residence (2007).
Performances (selected): opening concert for Electroacoustic Autumn Festival (Sofia, Bulgaria, 2003), portrait concert, Centrum Cultury Zamek (Poznan, Poland, 2003); portrait concert, Tokyo National
University of fine arts and music (Tokyo, Japan, 2006), Ereso, for large Orchestra, 2010: World premiere 2010-06-25 ORF Radio Symphony Orchestra Vienna, Gottfried Rabl (conductor), RadioKulturhaus Vienna, Austria; Chamber music: Granat, for piano quintet, 2012, World premiere 2012-08-23 Salzburg Mozarte Quintet, Schloss Goldegg, Austria; Tuerkis, for flute and guitar, 2011/2012, World premiere 2012-05-30 Ulrike Anton (flute), Armin Egger (guitar), Salvatorsaal, Vienna,Austria, Alchemilla vulgaris, quartet for flute, violin, viola and cello 2010, World premiere 2010-12-10 Graz Opera ensemble, Dom im Berg, Graz, Austria.
Awards: City of Vienna Music Prize 2013. This is the highest possible distinction by the City of Vienna in the field of music composition.

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