Vakia Stavrou

(born in Cyprus), composer. Vakia Stavrou, a singer and songwriter, originally from Cyprus, graduated from Prague's Conservatory where she studied voice, was signed by Sony in Greece, and started her career some years ago with the participation of "Helidonia tis Vrohis"of George Andreou and poet Dionisis Karatzas. Soon after she made a huge impact among the Greek R adio stations with a song she wrote and performed in Portuguese, titled "Sozinha" which was included on her first personal EP WITH Sony. Since then she has been giving concerts in London, her native Cyprus, quite a few times in Paris, as well in Lisbon, in Athens and recently in Moscow (at the New Opera Theatre) where she performed with the Ossipov Orchestra. Her new CDPORTRAIT (2010) is her personal project with songs she wrote, both the music and lyrics in French, Greek and Portuguese with clear melodies and beautiful arrangements. One of the songs of this CD, the "Chanson du Passe" was already selected and transmissed from the Parisian Radio FIP (Radio France).
Selected Recordings: Anemessa 2013 Portrait 2010; Sparrow of Rain; O.H.E 2003; 667 Singing

Contact: www.vakiastavrou.com

Valerie Stephan

(born in Paris, 1961), composer. She began playing piano at age six and later also learned the violin and classical percussion. She now lives in the western suburbs of Paris, near Maisons Laffitte. In 1981, she moved to New York to study piano and composition at the Mannes College of Music and the Juilliard School. At this time the meeting with Olivier Messiaen in the Summer of la Chartreuse-des-Avignons was decisive. She was heavily influenced by the harmonic style of Messiaen and decided to devote herself to the composition in a tonal style. She remains in Manhattan for 10 years, working in a recording studio that produces jingles and soundtracks. The so-called repetitive minimalist music of Terry Riley, Steve Reich and Philip Glass were a great opening and a source of inspiration. Back in France after writing two small pocket operas, the Montpellier Opera commissioned her in 1995 an opera with a libretto by Jean Cocteau  L’épouse injustement soupçonnée. She wrote the music during rehearsals in resonance with the work of staging directed by J. Nichet. The opera was a great success and repeated at the Théâtre de la Ville in Paris in 1997 and toured France and Portugal (Lisbon). Since then Valerie Stephan is mainly devoted to education.
Selected works:  Pièces pour piano 2000-2011; Mélodies for children's choir on the Fables de La Fontaine and poems by Jacques Prévert, 2004- 2009; L’épouse injustement soupçonnée,  opera, from Jean Cocteau, staged by  J.Nichet, first performance the Montpellier opera, 1995 (in 1997, at the Théâtre de la Ville for  inauguration of the Théâtre des Abbesses);  les Oubliés, Pocket Opera, libretto by  Valerio Ferrari, for 2 singers, piano and marimba, 1993; Opéra de l’Avenue  A, for instrumental ensemble, soprano and baritone, first performance, Avignon, 1989; Mille regrets, for 8 cellos, 1997; Music pour 11 instruments, 1988. The edition of Pièces pour piano and Mélodies for children's choir is currently.

 

Vera Stanojević

(Belgrade, 1965), completed studies at the Mokranjać Music High School in Belgrade, received her Bachelors and Masters degrees in composition from the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow, Russia and followed doctoral studies at the Ohio State University in Columbus with University and Presidential fellowships. She has won numerous awards for her compositions, including the 1983 Belgrade October Prize, and the (Yugoslav) State Society for Cultural Affairs grant for a work premiered in 1985. Her music has been performed in festivals and concerts in many countries, and recorded and broadcast on European and American radio and television. She was awarded two Ohio Arts Council Individual Artist Grants. In 1997, she won the Vienna Modern Masters Millennium Commissioning Competition which resulted in the commission, performance, publication, and CD recording of her Notturno, for orchestra and in the same year, an American Composers Forum Commissioning Project Grant. Her works include: Hommage à Emily, for soprano, viola and piano (2004), Voyage, for piano and computer-generated sound (2007), Begegnunge (2006), Beyond…Return?, for chamber orchestra (2006), Beyond, for flute and piano (2004), In Memoriam, for two percussionists and piano (2007), Dance: To the End of the Circle, for chamber orchestra (2002), Notturno, for large orchestra (1997), Awake!, for mixed chorus (1998) and Fantasy in Mor, for alto saxophone and piano (1997).

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