Anna Veismane

Anna Veismane (1976, Latvia) studied composition at the J.Vitols Latvian Academy of Music graduating with a master’s degree. The teachers of composition were Pēteris Vasks, Romualds Kalsons and Juris Karlsons. She has participated in master classes with John Woolrich, Klas Torstensson, David Lang, Par Lindgren, Tapio Tuomela (Young Composers Mastercourses in Latvia), Yannis Kyriakides (Music Laboratory The Process in Lithuania), and Jonathan Harvey (the Time of Music festival in Finland). Her music has been performed by Latvian National Symphony orchestra, Liepaja Symphony Orchestra, Latvian Radio Choir, ensemble Altera Veritas, Tampere Raw, string quartet ConTempo, accordionist Timo Kinnunen, pianist Dora Petery, mezzosoprano Ieva Parša. She has written music for films, theatre performances. Her music has been played in Latvia, Lithuania (festival Druskomanija), Finland (Hetta Music Event, Time of Music festival), Japan (festival Creative), Estonia, Germany, UK and Rumania. She has also been participating in concerts as a pianist. The innovative duo oneplusone was created by Timo Kinnunen and her in 2009. At present her works are focused on the theatricality of music performance and interaction between performers and the audience, as well as improvisation.

Annelies Van Parys

(born in 1975, resident in Brussels), composer. She studied composition at the University College Ghent, Royal Conservatory, with Luc Brewaeys. She received the Flanders–Quèbec, Jeugd en Muziek, Freres Darche prizes and was laureate of the Tactus international Composition Seminar with Einklang for Orchestra. In 2011 she received the prestigious title of Laureate from the  Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium. This year Annelies was featured in an hour long profile for Deutschlandradio Kultur; she was invited to join the Bergen National Opera libretto /Composition Academy, and will be on the juries for the international competitions of Tactus and Gaedeamus Muziekweek. Since 2007, she has been resident composer with Muziektheater Transparant , producer of “Ruhe”. Together with VocaalLAB Nederland and director Caroline Petrick, they produced Annelies first full evening music theatre place. Currently she is working on new orchestral works, chamber pieces and installation work along with a new opera project for Muziektheater Transparant, Asko/Schöneberg and Neue Vocalsolisten Stuttgart for 2015. Annelies Van Parys teaches formal analysis and orchestration at the Royal Conservatory of Brussels and is honorably Ambassador 2011 for the Ghent Conservatory.
Selected Works: She has been performed by all the Belgian symphony orchestras and ensembles as well as many ensembles abroad. Increasingly in demand across Europe, Annelies Van Parys is performed at major festivals and venues such as Ars Musica, Kunstenfestivaldesarts, Edinburgh International Festival,  Rotterdam Operadagen, Saintes Abbey aux Dames, Rome and Singapore. Her first Symphony “Carillon” was written for de Filharmonie, Royal Flemish Philharmonic, conducted by Sian Edwards. “Ruhe”, a music theatre performance, with music of Schubert and Van Parys in a concept of  Josse De  Pauw was  produced by Muziektheater Transparant and performed by Collegium Vocale Ghent in almost every major theatre festival in Europe and in festivals ranging from the Edinburgh InterNational Festival to Sidney and from to Stavanger. The New  York New Music Ensemble premiered “Frangrances “in Leuven as well as in the Merkin Concert Hall in NY. Her second Symphony “Le Ponts” was written for the Symfonie Orkest Vlaanderen an conducted by Otto Tausk.  In 2012 the Brussels Philarmonic, conducted by Yuki Kakiuchi, performed her second Symphony at the prestigious opening concert of the ISCM World Music Days in Flanders, which also featured other works for the festival. 


Annette Vande Gorne

(born in 1946, in Charleroi, Belgium, resident in Ohain, Belgium), composer. Following her classical studies at the Royal Conservatoires of Mons and Brussels, and her studies with Jean Absil, Annette Vande Gorne, she chanced upon acousmantic when on a training position in France . She founded and managed Musiques & Recherches and the Metamorphose s d’Orphèe studios (Ohain, 1982). She also launched a series of concerts and an acousmantic festival called L’Espace du son (Brussels, 1984; annual since 1994), after assembling a 60–Loudspeaker systems, an acousmonium, derived from the sound projection systems designed by François Bayle. She is the editor of the musical aesthetics review Lien and Repertoire E’lectrO cd (1993, ’97,’98), a directory of electroacoustic works. She also founded the Mètamorphoses composition competition and the spatialized performance competition Espace du son. She gradually put together Belgium’s only documentation centre on that art, available online at  Professor of electroacoustic composition at the Royal Conservatory in Liège (1986), then Brussels (‘87), and Mons (’93), she later founded an autonomous Electroacoustic Music section at the latter, (2002) integrated into the European graduate studies framework. Her works can be heard in every festival and on every radio program presenting media–based (previously tape) music. Her current work focuses on various energetic and kinesthetic archetypes. Nature and the Physical world are models for an abstract and expressive musical language. Her work falls essentially into the acousmatic category, including the Tao suite and Ce qu’a vu le vent d’Est, which renews electroacoustic music’s ties with the past, with a few incursion in other art forms, including theatre, dance, sculpture, etc.
Selected Works Action / Passion (1987), ballet music for a choreography by Patricia Kuypers; Aglavaine et Selysette (1989); Architecture nuit (1988), text by Werner Lambersy, Bruxelles bivoque (1997); Ce qu'a vu le vent d'Est (2003) ; Cosmographie (2003), work for a sculptural installation by Anne Liebabergh; Énergie / Matière (1985); Les énergies (2003); Exil, chant II (1983), text by Saint-John Perse; Faisceaux (1985), piano, and tape.