Ţelislava Sojak

(Panćevo, 1978 ), violinist and composer, attended the Josif Marinković Elementary Music School in Zrenjanin and the Jovan Bandur Music High School in Pancevo. Melinda Ligeti taught her composition. In October 2008 she studied with Jevgenij Iršai in the Academy of Music and Performing Arts in Bratislava and in the same year, at the student festival for contemporary music, Orfeus, two of her works were performed: Aurora Polaris, for violin, viola, cello and double bass and Piano Suite. Other works of hers include: ‘The Book of Faces, for piano (performed by Peter Duchnicky, in Slovakkia), Brass Quartet for Flute, Oboe, Clarinet and Bassoon, Diptych for Brass Quintet (2007), Trio, for violin, piano and guitar (2008) and Games, for mezzo-soprano, violin and dulcimer (2008).

Teodora Stepančić

(Belgrade, 21st May, 1982), studied music and ballet and graduated in pianoforte from the Faculty of Music in Belgrade in 2004, where she also studied composition. She gained a Bachelor and Master's degree from the Royal Conservatory in The Hague, where she now lives and works. She followed courses with Dejan Stošić, Aleksandar Šandorov, Vlastimir Trajković, Gilius van Bergeijk, Yannis Kyriakides, Martin Padding, Louis Andriessen, Messiah Maiguashka, Peter Michael Hamel, Calliope Tsoupakis and Kim Cascone. She is active as a composer, pianist, performer and improviser throughout Europe and in Israel, and her music has been presented in festivals such as the BBC Proms, Gaudeamus Music Week, Dag in de branding, November Music, Noordelijk Film Festival, Process, International Review of Composers in Belgrade, KoMA. She is a member and co-founder of a number of ensembles such as the Netherlands SZ, Den Haag All Stars, Serbian Sound Youth. She has also worked with Asko, the Holland Symfonia, Rosa ensemble, LOOS, the Netherlandse Blazers Ensemble, the Royal Improvisers Ochestra, MEA, Pre art and Tanaka. Her works include: Ropes, Strings, Poppea and three stories by Daniil Kharms (2009), Chalk (2009), Breathless (2008), Line (2006), Nature Morte, Vivante (2006), My beautiful Annabel Lee (2004), and Gvozdena jabuka (2002).

Tona Scherchen

also Tona Scherchen-Hsiao (Simplified Chinese: 萧桐; born 12 March 1938 in Neuchâtel), composer. She is one of the first composers who brought Chinese elements into European avant-garde art music. Tona Scherchen was born into a musical family in Switzerland. Her father was conductor Hermann Scherchen and her mother was composer Xiao Shuxian. She spent the first 12 years of her life in Europe, particularly in Switzerland. She arrived in China in 1950 with her mother and her older sister Féfé. In 1956, just a year before China fell into political chaos, she returned to Europe to be with her father in order to pursue further music education. Her teachers included György Ligeti and Hans Werner Henze. Soon after since the 1960s, Scherchen had become an active composer. Titles of her music were frequently seen in contemporary music programs. Her works were published by prominent publishers and several articles on her as a composer can be found. Although, after some starred appearances in the 1980s, she seemingly had ceased to catch attention beyond her French circle. Scherchen's music is an adaption of the avant-garde idioms of the European 1960s, '70s, synthesized with a language of her own. Many of her compositions bear Chinese titles, but the influence of Chinese arts and thoughts is more conceptual than literal. The only exception is Yi, a suite for one marimba with two players, in which she recalled folk tunes heard in her Chinese years; it is a moving piece, dedicated to her mother, whom Tona probably was not able to meet for three decades due to political reasons.
Selected works: Radar, for piano 1983; L'invitation au voyage, for chamber orchestra, 1979;  Escargots volants  (Flying Snails), for clarinet solo, 1979; Once Upon a Time, for harp, 1979; Lo, for trombone solo and 12 stringed instruments, 1978–1979; Ziguidor, for woodwind quintet, 1978; Œil de chat (1st Cycle), for orchestra, 1976–1977; Tao,  for viola solo and orchestra, 1971–1972; Tzi, for 16 voices (SATB) a cappella, diapason and gong grave, 1969–1970; Wai (外),  for mezzo-soprano with percussion and string quartet, 1967.
Publishers: Universal Edition, Boosey & Hawkes, Alfred Peschek and Amphion.
Recordings: Several recordings have been commercially issued but today only Lo for trombone and strings, and Shen for six percussionists, can be found on CD, despite all her music being available in print.