Nancy Van de Vate

Nancy Van De Vate (born in the USA, resident in Vienna), composer. She is known worldwide for her music in large forms: 26 works for orchestra, 9 operas and music theatre pieces, and chamber works. She studied at the Eastmann School of Music and Wellesley College (BA), completed a M.Mus in composition at  the University of Mississippi, received the Doctor of Music in composition from Florida State University and did postgraduate study in electronic music at Darmouth College and the University of New Hampshire. She was a faculty member at nine universities in the USA and in 1985 taught at the Jakarta Conservatory in Indonesia. In Vienna she has been a faculty member at the Institute for European Studies, Webster University, and the Indiana University School of Music program in Austria. She participated in the UNESCO World music Council meeting in Los Angeles in 2005, has been a nominator for the Kyoto Prize in Music since its inception 20 years ago and is President of Vienna Modern Masters. In 1975 she founded the International League of Women Composers and continues her advocacy of women composers with the Nancy Van de Vate International Composition prize for Opera.
Selected works: All Quiet on the Western Front (opera in three acts); Hamlet (opera in five acts); Chernobyl (for large orchestra); Distant Worlds (for large orchestra and solo violin); Katyn (for large orchestra and chorus); Voices of Women (cantata for women’s chorus, soloists, and orchestra); Gema Jawa (Echoes of Java) for String Orchestra;  Four Somber  Songs (for mezzo soprano with orchestra or piano); Trio for Horn, Violin (or Viola) and Piano; Twelve Pieces for Piano on One to Twelve Notes (Vol 1,2,3); Dark Nebulae, Vienna Musikverein and Festspielhaus St. Pölten, Tonküstler Orchestra of Lower Austria (2000).
Orchestral works: Suite for String Orchestra after Mechthild from Magdeburg 2000, Western Front 1997, A Peacock Southeast Flew: Concerto for Pipa and Orchestra 1997,Suite from Nemo 199, Adagio and Rondo for Violin and String Orchestra 1994
Recordings: Music for Viola, Percussion and Piano (1976), Nine Preludes for Piano (1978), Sonata for Viola and Piano (1964),  String Quartet No. 1 (1969), Trio for Violin, Cello and Piano (1983), Six Etudes for Solo Viola (1969), Sonata for Piano (1978), Three Sound Pieces for Brass and Percussion (1973), Twelve Pieces for Piano on One to Twelve Notes Vol. I (1986), Gema Jawa for string orchestra (1984)
Awards: Nea, Composers Fellowship (1988)

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Nelia Valverde

(born in 1975 in Cuenca, Spain). Composer and teacher. She combines her musical training with her work in the field of Engineering. She has taught in the Department of Civil Engineering and Construction at the University of Castilla-La Mancha and has been Professor at the Conservatory of Piano Music "Pedro de Aranaz" of Cuenca.
Selected Works: Los Sueños malos, choir (voices- 3bi)
Awards: Her compositional work was awarded the First Accésit in the First Choral Composition Competition for Women (Sestao, 2003).

Nilufer Verdi

Pianist and composer was born in Istanbul, Turkey, 1956. She is the daughter of a painter Lilo Auer Verdi and Nejat Verdi was who played percussion as a hobby. Her brother is also a drummer, Murat Verdi. She has been raised in a musical familty with private piano lessons. After high school she attended New York New School, Jack Reilly. Then she went to Boston, Berklee College of Music, and worked with Ray Santisi, Billy Pierce, and Bob Winter. She is known as the first Jazz Pianist in Turkey. She has played in many clubs, jazz festivals, tv shows, with local and foreign musicians. Akbank, Yapi Kredi, Bogazici, Parliament, Kusadasi, Afyon, Ankara festivals, and also Houston in USA, Port Houron in Canada, Can-Am festivals are some of the important festivals she has performed. She also toured in China. Mana is her first debut album released at 1997. And Izhar, her second album is released at 2007.