Cinzia Spata

(Palermo, 25 Luglio 1960), cantante, compositrice. Studia presso il  - Berklee College of Music di Boston. Ha vinto due borse di studio: una nel 1982 per il ―New England Conservatory Jazz Department di Boston e l’altra nel 1999 per il ―Jazz Indian Vocal Institute di Bombay. Nel 2005 ha ottenuto una nomination al ―Just Plain Folks Award, negli Stati Uniti, per miglior album e brano con il cd ―93_03. E’ docente di canto jazz presso Conservatorio ―Niccolò Piccinini di Bari e al ―Saint Louis College of Music di Roma. Dal 1993 al 2005 ha diretto il dipartimento di canto presso la scuola di Roma ―Università della musica.

Claire Schapira

French composer (b. 1946) studied piano, harpsichord and composition. She was a resident at the Villa Médicis in Rome and an intern at Ircam, and received a grant from the French Ministry of Culture in 1985 to write an opera, La Partition de sable. The majority of her work is dedicated to the lyrical genre and her principal works include: Trames, Vagues, Ténèbres, Fragments insolites, Le Ciel de mes yeux en pleurs, Acheminement, Mémorial, Requiem pour la paix (commissioned by Radio France); Rumeur, Chant cousu, La Chaîne (commissioned and premiered by the Ensemble Intercontemporain); several works for the Villa Médicis Festival; Regards (National Orchestra of the RAI); In pace, Interjections II (Festival estival de Paris); Contes (Musica and the Salzburg Festival); Hymne à la paix, Antigone, Sans craindre le vertige et le vent, Chants mêlés, Sysiphe, Cassandre, Stabat Mater (with the support of the Beaumarchais Foundation); and L'Ombre de Cassandre for the opera.

Claire-Mélanie Sinnhuber

(born on December 12, 1973, Strasbourg, France). Composer. A flautist by training, she studied at the Paris Conservatory, followed the computer music course at Ircam and that for composition, Voix Nouvelles, at Royaumont. She was notably the pupil of Allain Gaussin, Ivan Fedele, Frédéric Durieux and Philippe Leroux. Chosen in 2002 for the Aleph Young Composers Forum, she was subsequently a laureate of the Villa Kujoyama (2008) and was in residence at the Villa Medici (2010-2011). Her career has been regularly marked with artistic encounters and she readily collaborates with other art forms, such as the cinema, multimedia shows, the theatre and dance. Undertaking detailed work with performers on instrumental possibilities, she prefers sonorities linked to breathing as well as percussive sounds. Built from limited sound material, her compositions show a preference for transparent textures and they combine noises and notes.
Selected works: Je ne (2002), Hiss (2004), Little Box (2005), Chroniques (2008), Hélium (2010).