Thomas Adès (GB) - president
Thomas Adès was born in London in 1971. Studied piano at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and read music at King’s College, Cambridge.
His orchestral compositions include three operas, a violin and a piano concerto and he has a long list of chamber works. As a pianist he often writes solo piano pieces.
From 1999 to 2008 he was Artistic Director of the Aldeburgh Festival. As a conductor he appears regularly with, among others, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Boston Symphony, London Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Concertgebouw, Melbourne and Sydney Symphonies. He is also well-known as an opera conductor, he made his debut at the Metropolitan Opera New York conducting The Tempest.
He coaches Piano and Chamber Music annually at the International Musicians Seminar, Prussia Cove.
Adès has won numerous awards, including the prestigious Grawemeyer Award, the Royal Philharmonic Society large-scale composition awards , the Ernst von Siemens Composers' prize, the British Composer Award and the Best Opera Grammy and Diapason d'or de l'année in Paris.
Unsuk Chin (ROK, D)
Unsuk Chin was born in Seoul, studied with Ligeti in Hamburg, and is now resident in Berlin. She is a composer-in-residence with Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra and Artistic Director of its Contemporary Music Series since 2006, also the Artistic Director of Philharmonic Orchestra's Music of Today series since 2011.
Her output features both electronic and acoustic scores, her music is modern in language, but lyrical and non-doctrinaire in communicative power. Her works performed worldwide by major orchestras, contemporary music ensembles and interpreters like Bavarian State Opera, Berlin Philharmonic, BBC Symphony, Chicago Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, London Philharmonic, New York Philharmonic, Radio France Philharmonic, Montreal Symphony, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin and others. She is championed by conductors Kent Nagano, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Gustavo Dudamel, Simon Rattle, Markus Stenz, Peter Eötvös, David Robertson, Myung-Whun Chung and George Benjamin, and violinists Christian Tetzlaff, Viviane Hagner and Renaud Capuçon
Her portrait CD-s released on Deutsche Grammophon, Kairos and Analekta and Alice in Wonderland opera available on Unitel DVD.
She won the 2004 Grawemeyer Award for her Violin Concerto, the 2005 Arnold Schoenberg prize, the 2010 Prince Pierre Foundation Music Award and the 2017 Wihuri Sibelius Prize.
Chaya Czernowin (IL, USA)
Chaya Czernowin was born and brought up in Israel. After her studies in Israel, she continued studying in Germanyand the US, and then was invited to live in Japan (Asahi Shimbun Fellowship and American NEA grant) Tokyo, in Germany (a fellowship at the Akademie Schloss Solitude) and in Vienna. She was the first woman to be appointed as a composition professor at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna, Austria (2006–2009), and at Harvard University, USA (2009 and on) where she has been the Walter Bigelow Rosen Professor of Music.
Together with Jean-Baptiste Jolly, the director of Akademie Schloss Solitude near Stuttgart and with composer Steven Kazuo Takasugi, she has founded the summer Academy at Schloss Solitude, a biannual course for composers. Takasugi and Czernowin also teach at Tzlil Meudcan, an international course based in Israel founded by Yaron Deutsch of Ensemble Nikel.
Czernowin’s output includes chamber and orchestral music, with and without electronics. Her works were played in most of the significant new music festival in Europe and also in Japan Korea, Australia, US and Canada.
Characteristic of her work are working with metaphor as a means of reaching a sound world which is unfamiliar; the use of noise and physical parameters as weight, textural surface,problematization of time and unfolding and shifting of scale in order to create a vital, visceral and direct sonic experience. all this with the aim of reaching a music of the subconscious which goes beyond style conventions or rationality.
Gyula Fekete (H)
Gyula Fekete is professor at the Liszt Academy in Budapest, head of the Composition Department, he teaches composition and orchestration. He is a lecturer of the University of Theatre and Film Arts, Budapest.
He earned his doctoral degree in composition at Northwestern University Evanston, Illinois.
Among many of his works, in 1999 The Redeemed Town, multiple award winning one-act opera received its premiere in 2002 in the Hungarian State Opera House, and in 2011 The Excelsior! Liszt Ferenc Goes to Heaven, an opera written for the Liszt bicentennial.
He has worked for numerous theater and film productions in Hungary.
He holds commissions by the Hungarian State Opera, Budapest Chamber Symphony, Chicago Pro Musica and The Music Group of Philadelphia.
Since 1998 he is Member of the Board of the Hungarian Composers' Association.
Andrei Korobeinikov (RUS)
Andrei Korobeinikov was born in 1986 in Russia. Since the age of 5 he plays the piano. Between 1994 and 2006 he has got more than 20 prizes in different national and international competitions, including first prize at the III Alexander Scriabin International Piano Competition in Moscow 2004 and the second prize and also the Audience prize at the II Sergei Rachmaninov International Piano Competition in Los Angeles 2005.
Korobeinikov gave his first professional solo recital at the age of 8 at the Great Hall of the Baku State Academy of Music in Azerbaijan. Since then he's performed concerts in more than 45 countries of the world including Austria, Canada, China, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, the United States of America, in many cities of the Russian Federation and also in Hungary.
Korobeinikov thinks about himself as a soloist, but also adores performing chamber music recitals, especially with such miraculous artists as violinists Vadim Repin,
Alina Ibragimova, The Borodin Quartet and Boris Berezovsky. He has performed Shostakovich's Piano Concerto No.1 with such prominent trumpeters as Tine Thing Helseth, Sergei Nakariakov, David Guerrier, Mikhail Gaiduk, and also collaborated for Scriabin's Prometheus : The Poem of Fire with the St. Petersburg State Capella Choir.