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Nominated Composers for 2011

We would like to thank all composers again for taking part in the
impuls-Composition-Competition 2009.
In a process full of intensive discussions a jury consisting of four experts (Pierluigi Billone, Marino Formenti, Beat Furrer, Ernst Kovacic) has now selected five composers out of more than 120 applications from four continents:

Tristan Brookes (*1986, Great Britain/Great Britain)
Einar Torfi Einarsson (*1980, Iceland/Great Britain)
Sivan Cohen Elias (*1976, Israel/Austria/USA)
Vladimir Gorlinsky (*1984, Russia/Russia)
Stefan Prins (*1979, Belgium/Belgium)

These composers will take part in the upcoming impuls-Composition-Workshop in Vienna and Graz with Klangforum Wien and Enno Poppe(conductor) and are commissioned to write a new piece for ensemble, that will be premièred on February 5th, 2011 in Graz during impuls 2011.


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Tristan Brookes

Tristan Brookes was born in Oxford in 1986. He graduated from King’s College London in 2007 where he studied composition, analysis and musicology. From 2007 to 2008 he studied with Jonathan Cole at the Royal College of Music.

Recent projects and performances include “Threads”, for amplified viola and 7 loudspeakers, performed by Robert Ames at the Bishopsgate Institute, London in June 2009; “SERRA: PESSOA”, for large ensemble, composed as part of the London Philharmonic Orchestra’s 2010 Young Composers Project, performed at the Queen Elizabeth Hall (14th May, 2010); and “Ur”, for ensemble and live-relayed sounds, performed at Snape Maltings by the London Contemporary Orchestra as part of the Faster than Sound project (15th May, 2010). Future projects include a new work commissioned by the impuls Composition Competition, to be performed in Graz by the Klangforum Wien in February 2011.

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Sivan Cohen-Elias

Sivan Cohen-Elias (b. 1976) is a composer born in Jerusalem, Israel. Her works have been performed and broadcast throughout Europe, United States and Israel. Cohen-Elias started her composition studies with Dr. Eitan Steinberg at age 15 (1990-1994), graduated B.ed.Mus at the Rubin Academy of Music and Dance, Jerusalem and M.Mus with high distinctions at the Buchmann- Mehta School of Music, Tel Aviv University. During these years her composition teachers were Prof. Amy Ma'ayani, Vyacheslav Ganelin and Ruben Seroussi. In 2007 she moved to Vienna for Postgraduate studies with composer Prof. Chaya Czernowin at the Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst, Wien (2007-2008). Currently she is a PhD student at the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, United States, under the guidance of Prof. Czernowin.
In addition to her composition activities she functioned as the chairperson of the “Israel Women Composers' Forum” (2006-2007).
Ensembles such as Mosaik, Nikel, Windkraft, Meitar, Talea, among others, have performed her works in various festivals such as Ultraschall Festival (Berlin), Wien Modern (2008, 2009), Bang on a Can (New York), Klangspuren (Schwaz), Heidelberg Biennale, Tel Aviv Biennale, Israel music days (Jerusalem), totally-trumpet festival (Berlin), Warsaw Autumn (Warsaw).
Awards: Won the ‘impuls’ competition (2009), which awarded her with a commission for a new piece to be played by Ensemble 'Klangforum Wien' in 2011; Won the Darmstadt Summer Course 2008 scholarship; Got the America-Israel Cultural Foundation scholarship for her post graduate studies in Vienna (2007-8); Has been chosen and commissioned by the America Israel foundation to compose a cycle of Brass pieces for the 'Aviv Competition' (2007); First prize winner of the 'Tel Aviv Music Academy composition competition 2004'; Various scholarships for her studies between 1997-2005.
Next pieces are going to be written for Trio Amos and Ensemble Nikel.


Einar Torfi Einarsson

Einar Torfi Einarsson was born in Iceland 1980. He studied initially classical guitar and composition, with Guðmundur Hafsteinsson, at Reykjavik College of Music. In 2005 he moved to Amsterdam to continue his composition studies with Fabio Nieder at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam, where he later studied also with Richard Ayres and Willem Jeths. Einar spend also time at the KunstUniversität in Graz studying with Beat Furrer. In 2008, Einar was selected to participate in the Ligeti Academy in Amsterdam. He has attended and recieved lectures, masterclasses and private lessons from a.o. Salvatore Sciarrino, Brian Ferneyhough, Emmanuel Nunes and Jonathan Harvey. He is currently a PhD student at the CeReNeM, University of Huddersfield, on the Jonathan Harvey Scholarship, supervised by Aaron Cassidy.

Einar Torfi has worked with several ensembles such as the Elision Ensemble, Nieuw Ensemble, Asko Ensemble, Insomnio Ensemble, Ensemble Adapter, Holland Symfonia and Caput Ensemble. His music was featured on the “International Rostrum of Composers” and has been performed and broadcasted in Scandinavia, Netherlands, France and Germany.

Einar has received grants from Musica Nova foundation Iceland, Composers Fund 365 and Reykjavik City for collaboration projects with various performers. During the Netherlands Music Days festival 2008 his piece “Nine Tensions” was awarded the “Henriëtte Bosmansprijs” 2008. He was nominated for the “Buma Toonzetters Prize” 2009, winner in the category: "best ensemble piece". His orchestra piece “Apertures” was selected for the Young Composers Project 2009 of Holland Symfonia and premiered on the Gaudeamus Music Week 2009.

Current and future activities involve a piece for ELISION Ensemble for the “Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival”, a piece for “Klangforum Wien”, a commission awarded by the “impuls Composition Competition 2009”, and most recently a commission for “Ensemble Intercontemporain”, which was awarded through the Tremplin Commission Programme organised by IRCAM and Ensemble Intercontemporain.


Vladimir Gorlinsky

Vladimir Gorlinsky was born in Moscow in 1984. He graduated from Moscow Conservatory (composition under the supervision of V.G.Tarnopolsky) and is presently a faculty fellow at Moscow Conservatory working towards a master degree in composition. He also had excellent opportunities to attend master-classes with Jean Geslin, Tristan Murail, Philippe Hurel, Louis Andriessen, Martijn Padding, Richard Ayres, Brice Pauset and Beat Furrer.
Vladimir Gorlinsky spent a lot of time experimenting with traditional, ethnic and instruments invented by his own imagination. In 2002 he was awarded 1st prize at the “Schnittke International Competition for Young Composers”, in 2007 he also won a prize at the “Jurgenson International Young Composers Competition” and the following year the “Grand prize” at the festival “Pythian games” in St. Petersburg.

His piece “Beiklang II” was featured in two categories at “ROSTRUM” Competition and broadcasted in more than 10 countries, the piece “S'Morzando” was played at the festival “World Music Days 2007” in Hong-Kong. His works have been broadcasted and performed in Europe, Asia and Australia by ensembles and soloists such as trumpeter Marko Blaauw (Netherlands), ensemble “Ereprijs” (Apeldoorn, Netherlands), “Studio for New Music” (Moscow, Russia), “KlangNetz” (Berlin, Germany) and “eNsemble” (St.-Petersburg, Russia). In 2007 a collective opera “Boxing Pushkin” had its premiere with music of Vladimir Gorlinsky in 5 cities in the Netherlands.

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Stefan Prins

Performing contemporary and free improvised music (prepared piano, objects & live-electronics) and composing are the main directions in Stefan Prins’s musical evolution. The motor behind this is a constant questioning of existing mechanisms, structures and ways-of-thinking. His goal is to search for contemporary relations between composer, score, performer, technology, audience and society through the medium of music. Stefan Prins started to play the piano when he was seven. After graduating at the Music School, he began studying engineering. Graduated as an engineering-physicist in 2002, he took up further musical studies and studied piano and composition at the Royal Flemish Conservatory in Antwerp and “Music Technology” at the Royal Conservatory of Brussels. For a specialisation at the Sonology-department of the Royal Conservatory of The Hague (2004-2005), he received a scholarship from the Flemish Government. His interest in contemporary technology (such as computer-driven sound processing and algorithmic composition), its possibilities and impossibilities in musical contexts has been growing since then and his compositions and improvisations often include the use of contemporary technology. He received several commissions from the Flemish Government, has been played by (a.o.) Champ d’Action, Ictus Ensemble, Nadar Ensemble, Prometheus Ensemble, the Ensor String Quartet, Jean-Guihen Queyras, Matthias Koole, Frederik Croene and has collaborated closely with a.o. Serge Verstockt, Richard Barrett, Karlheinz Essl & Mark Applebaum. He performs as an improviser in Belgium and abroad, with a.o. collectief reFLEXible, which he co-founded, his duo with Horacio Curti, and duo’s with Richard Barrett & Peter Jacquemyn using (prepared) piano, amplified objects and live-electronics, in projects with dance, video, film, plastic arts and performance. He was awarded several prices for his compositions (a.o. KBC Aquarius Price for Young Composers 2001; Week of Contemporary Music Composition Award (2nd) 2006, Music@venture competition) and has been selected by ISCM Flanders for the World Music Days in 2007, 2008 and 2009. His compositions have been played at festivals such as Musica Electronica Nova, Ars Musica, Transit Festival, Novembermusic, Week of the Contemporary Music and Music(at)venture.