(born in 1981, in Canton, China, resident in Vienna), composer. She commenced compositions studies at the Xinghai School of Music. Hui Ye has lived in Vienna since 2003. She initially studied at the Vienna Conservatory and switched to the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna (counterpoint) in 2004. Since 2006 she has studied composition (Prof. Müller- Siemens) and electro-acoustic composition (Toro Perez, Prof. Essl). Hui Ye was involved with the Canton Opera in southern China at an early age. Even if she resorts to this traditional material, she consciously avoids echoes of otherwise very tipical-sounding “contemporary Chinese compositions. Since commencing the program in electro-acoustic composition, Hui Ye has developed a special interest in spectral composing techniques, without discarding previously used materials of Cantonese modes. Her music receives entirely new strength and color through the combination of these two elements.
Selected works: Saxophone Quartet (Vienna, 2003), String Trio (Vienna 2006), Buo for large ensemble and soprano solo (Vienna, 2007).
Performances (selected) Europahymne (European Anthem) (arrangement for large ensemble), Slovenian Philharmonic Ljubljana (2004); Buo for large ensemble and soprano solo, Konzerthaus (Klagenfurt, 2007); Xiao Yao You for live electronics and 4 singers, Haus der Musik (Vienna, 2007).
Awards: Theodor Körner Award (2007).
(born in 1968, resident in Czech Republic ) composer. Raised in Jerusalem with parents with roots in, respectively. Persia and Bulgaria, it is hardly surprising that in Rachel Yatzkans music is an undercurrent of Southeast European and Middle Eastern folk music. An echo of the Persian Nay flute tradition appears in the work Ama mi (2000) for recorder quartet, and Rachel Yatzkans way to use the singing voice is often closer to a popular tradition than European art song, particularly heard in the works Rat (1998) for soprano and baritone and Mequri (2002) for mezzo soprano, flute, saxophone and bass marimba. After studying in Jerusalem (improvisation, saxophone, compositional experimentation, working with theater music) she moved to Holland (1996-2001) and met here through her composition studies at the Hague, a systematic introduction to contemporary compositional techniques.
Selected works: Ama mi, 2000; Rat, 1998; Mequri, 2002.