Born and raised in Tehran, Iran, Aida Shirazi is
a PhD student in composition and works with Pablo
Ortiz. Shirazi’s music is described as “well-made” and
“affecting” by The New Yorker. She holds her B.A. in
classical piano from Tehran University of Art (Iran), and her
B.M. in music composition and theory from Bilkent University
(Turkey). She studied santoor (traditional Iranian dulcimer) with
Parissa Khosravi Samani.
Born and raised in central Illinois, Daniel
Godsil (b. 1982) is a composer of chamber, orchestral,
vocal, electronic, and film music, currently pursuing his
PhD in Composition and Theory at the University of
California, Davis. He holds an MFA in Music Composition from the
Vermont College of Fine Arts, where he studied with John Fitz
Rogers, John Mallia, and Jonathan Bailey Holland.
Emre Eröz (b. 1995) started music by playing
electric guitar at an early age. In high school, he developed an
interest in diverse types of music, especially free jazz and
rock. In 2015, he was accepted to the Theory and Composition
program at Bilkent University Faculty of Music and Performing
Arts for his bachelor’s degree and he still continues his
composition studies with Onur Türkmen.
Eren Gümrükçüoglu (b. 1982) is a Turkish
composer currently based in Durham, NC, where he is a PhD
candidate in music composition at Duke University. Eren’s music
dwells on the borders between styles. As a concert music composer
with a strong jazz background, he refrains from creating a crass
amalgam of genres but rather incorporates the idiosyncrasies,
contours, shapes, rhythms and pacings of different styles into
Born in Moscow, USSR, composer, sound artist, and
pianist Inga Chinilina currently resides in
Providence, Rhode Island. Her works have been performed by the
Lydian String Quartet, Loadbang Ensemble, Splice Ensemble, Russia
State Academic Russian folk ensemble, Moscow Contemporary
Music (MCME) Ensemble, String Noise Violin Duo, Sound Icon
Ensemble, and Berklee Contemporary Symphony Orchestra.
inti figgis-vizueta (b. 1993) is a
Brooklyn-based composer whose music focuses on combinations of
various notational schemata, disparate and overlaid sonic plans,
and collaborative unlearning of dominant vernaculars.
Composer and sound artist Maija Hynninen is
working in the areas of concert music, electronic instrument
design, and multidisciplinary performances. The essence of her
music builds on the unique moments where the parameters of this
world are slightly altered to allow a glimpse of another reality
to be present. It can be a moment where the timbre of purely
acoustical writing gives surprising results or when electronics
project sounds into another domain, another space and reality.
Singaporean composer Yuting Tan writes music
which explores the interaction of different sounds to form unique
colors and textures. Her music has been recognized with awards
including first prize in the Macht Competition for Orchestral
Composition (2018), first prize in the Virginia Carty deLillo
Composition Competition (2018), and third prize in the Prix d’Été
Competition (2017) at the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins
University, and has had works performed in Singapore, the United
States, the United Kingdom, New Zealand, and Italy.