İlkim Tongur

Composer, choir conductor and writer was born in Ankara, Turkey, 1977. She studied at Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University State The conservatory Istanbul. She played oboe and piano, graduated in first place from composition and conducting in 2001. She have been composition M.Mus degree in 2004 from same institution. She conducted the The conservatory Choir in several acapella concerts, along with projects with Symphony Orchestra such as Saygun Old Style Cantata(2005) and Mozart Reqiem(2006). She co-authored Bodrum Philarmony Project (2006-09), and also wrote short stories and recently won an award from the Ankara Library in Toronto(2011). She composed for solo instruments, chamber groups, electroacoustics and orchestra, and her music is performed in Turkey and Canada. She still continues her composition education on graduate level in University of Manitoba, Winnipeg/MB, Canada.

Inés Thiebaut

(born in 1979 in Madrid, Spain). Composer. She holds the Professional Teacher diploma from the Adolfo Salazar Music Conservatory in Madrid and a composition and film scoring Bachelor of Music Degree from Berklee College of Music in Boston. In 2007 she completed her Master's Degree in Composition from the Aaron Copland School of Music (Queens College, CUNY) in New York, and is currently a second year PhD candidate in Composition at The Graduate Center (CUNY). Inés has studied composition with composers Fabián Panisello, Marcela Rodriguez, and currently with Jeff Nichols. In 2005 she was awarded with the A.I.E. Scholarship granted by the Spanish National Association of Artists and Performers to continue her studies in the United States.. Inés has held an Adjunct Lecture position at the Aaron Copland School of Music, Queens College, since September 2008.
Selected works: Nyx, fl, ob, clr, hrn, 2 Trb, tb, perc; Apocarpous II, fl, clr, vio, gtr, perc; Apocarpous I, fl, clr, trb, vio, vlc, perc; Woodwind Quintet, in B; Miniature Quartet - Say Adios for Goodbye for string quartet and animation; String Quartet No.3; Categoriae, pno., perc; Cuncta fluunt, fl, sopr; Sound Imagery No.2, vln, clr; Sound Imagery No.3, Piano; Study, Cello.
Awards: In 2006 she earned the Youth Concerts at Symphony Hall Award in Boston, and during her Master's she was awarded with the Aaron Copland School of Music Luigi Dalapiccola and George Perle Awards in Composition.

Iris ter Schiphorst

Was born in Hamburg. After completing her piano studies and giving numerous concert performances, she spent two years travelling the world. In Germany, she took up theatre studies, cultural studies and philosophy in Berlin; she also attended seminars with Dieter Schnebel, Luigi Nono and Helga de la Motte. At the same time, she began to explore electronic music and sampling techniques. In 1992 she was awarded first prize in the third Composition Competition for Synthesized and Computerized Music. In 1990, she founded the electro-acoustic ensemble intrors, with whom she won the 1997 composition competition BLAUE BRÜCKE.She has received numerous accolades and scholarships, including in 2004 a period as artist in residence at „Die Höge‟, a centre for women artists. Her orchestral piece Hundert Komma Null (Hundred Point Zero), was shortlisted for the 2001 Prix Italia. The ensemble piece Zerstören (Destruction) was nominated for the World Music Days 2007 in Hongkong. In 2008, Miniatures for cello and accordion received the jury‟s special prize at the Internationaler Komponistinnenwettbewerb. 2009 she was nominated for “Deutscher Musikautorenpreis” in the category “Symphonic Music”. She was one of the winners of „ad libitum“ composition competition in 2011. Ter Schiphorst‟s wide-ranging output includes all genres. Her extensive years of experience as a musician (at first as a classical pianist, later as a bass player, drummer, keyboard player and sound engineer in various rock and pop bands) has had a formative influence on her attitude towards composing and her concept of music. Her works have been premiered at festivals in Donaueschingen, Witten, Helsinki, Paris, Munich, Basel, Glasgow, Berlin, Stockholm, Cologne, Amsterdam, Porto, Vienna and London as well as at the EXPO and documenta exhibitions.