Jovanka Trbojević

(Belgrade, 27 th March, 1963), composer living and working in Finland, was raised in Belgrade, and gained her piano diploma at the Music Academy in Prague in the early nineteen-eighties with a teacher who was a pupil of a pupil of Ferenc Liszt. Her strict classical training cast itself in a completely new light when she visited the Time of Music contemporary music festival in Viitasaari in 1984. Having arrived in Finland, Jovanka Trbojević shifted her career from that of a classical pianist to that of a contemporary composer and studied composition at the Sibelius Academy, first with Eero Hämeenniemi and later with Paavo Heininen. Her background is thus a mixture of the Balkan music tradition, the Bohemian-German-Slav ethos and the academic Nordic approach to composition. Today she is a full-time composer writing from nine in the morning till four in the afternoon. Major works include: ....kada bih mog'o biti drag..., for mezzo-soprano, bass clarinet, double bass and percussion (text by Tin Ujević) (1991), string quartet, ORO (1993-94), Self-portrait with a Song, for solo violin and folk music band (1993), Music for Gilles’ Requiem, for orchestra and choir (1998-99), In the view of the wise, for three female voices and their hands (2001) and the Fantome..., a cycle of pieces for electronics and different solo instruments (1998-01), as well as her Piano Sonata (2001-02). She has written music for documentary and feature films.

Leilei Tian

(born in 1971, China, resident in France) composer. She began to study piano at the age of six. From 1988 to 1995, she studied composition in the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing and got her Master's Degree. In 1997, she went to Sweden to study with Ole Lützow-Holm in the Conservatory of Music in Göteborg and got her postgraduate diploma in 2001. From 2002 to 2003 she attended the one-year course for electro-acoustic music in IRCAM in Paris and studied with Philippe Leroux, Jonathan Harvey, Tristan Murail, Brian Ferneyhough and Philippe Manoury. Since then she has been living in Paris. Her music has been widely performed and well received internationally. Performers include Zürich Concert Hall Orchestra, Stockholm Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, Gulbenkian Symphony Orchestra, Strasbourg Philharmonic Orchestra, National Orchestra of Radio and Television of Serbia, Hongkong Philharmonic Orchestra, Ensemble Intercontemporain of Paris, Ensemble Orchestral Contemporain of Lyon, Nieuw Ensemble of Amsterdam, Nouvelle Ensemble Moderne of Montreal, Ensemble Earplay of San Francisco etc. during Festivals such as ISCM World Music Days, Festival Agora in Paris, Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival in UK, La Biennale Venice in Italy, Gaudeamus Music week in Amsterdam, Nordic Music Days, Asian Music Festival etc. Her music is also recorded on CDs and broadcasted by radios in many countries. From 2006-2008, she was the residence composer of CoMA Contemporary Music Center in Sweden. Being awarded Prix de Rome (Rome Prize) by the Academy of France, she had her one-year residency at Villa Medici in Rome (2012-2013).
Selected works: Il tunnel dell’Amore, 2013, for 10 instruments, 8’, Forum/Scène commission Blanc-Mesnil, France, first performance, Forum/Scène, by Ensemble Erik Satie, May 25, 2013; The Hymn of the Pearl, 2011, for five instruments and tape, 9’, Sond’Ar-te Electric Ensemble commission (Portugal), first performance, Centro Cultural de Belém, Lisbonne, September 09, 2011;  Open Secret, 2009, for Soprano, saxophone and Chinese orchestra, 15’, state commission France,  first performance Zhongshan Hall (Taipei, Taiwan) December 05, 2009, CD: BIS Records, 2011, N° 1790; In our image, in our likeness, 2007, for violin and recorder, 15’, Barlow Endowment for Music Composition at Brigham Young University commission, first performance Fylkingen, Stockholm, February 18, 2011; Burning Rose, 2007, for chamber orchestra (17 instruments), 14’, Ensemble Intercontemporain and Ircam commission (Paris) for Ensemble Intercontemporain, first performance Festival Agora, Ircam, Paris, June 22, 2007; Autre, 2006, for eleven instruments, 10’, ISCM for Nieuw Ensemble of Amsterdam commission, first performance International Gaudeamus Music week (Amsterdam), September 09, 2006
Awards: In our image, in our likeness, Järnåkerstipendiet Award  2012 for chamber music piece, Sweden; Illusion Réelle, selection, 32nd International Competition for Electronic Music of Bourges 2005; Wu,1st Prize, IV International Contemporary Music Contest "Citta' di Udine", Italy, 2002; Sâdhana, 1st Prize (Grand Prix), 10th International Composition Competition of Besançon for orchestra piece in France, 2001 and CASH Young Composer’s Award 2004 by l’ISCM (International Society for Contemporary Music) during “World Music Days” in Zürich.


Line Tjǿrnhǿj

(born in 1960 in Ǻrhus, Denmark), composer. She studied composition at the Jutland Conservatory in Ǻrhus, where she was taught by Simon Steen-Andersen and others. Her musical inheritance is unique and her contribution to the auditive sound world can be recognized from far off. Later she worked as a nurse. She wrote her first music at the age of 35 and since then her compositions have been acclaimed by critics and audiences.
Selected works: Tomorrows child, 2011 Opera monologue for female voice, cello and electronics; Materia, 2011 Three sopranos and electronic playback; Requiem, 2011; Stabat Mater 2009; Daughter, 2008, Electronic Music; Anorexia Scara, 2006, staged concerto 6 voices, double bass and electronics.
Awards: Anorexia Sacra won the competition for the best chamber opera at the American Opera Vista Festival in 2009. In 2010 the music committee of the Danish Arts Foundation awarded Line Tjǿrnhǿj its three year working stipend for a classical composer.

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