Composers for 2023
Our heartful thanks go to all composers, who have shared their works, materials and concepts with us for the impuls Composition Competition back in 2020. In April 2021 a jury consisting of composers and musicians (Mark Andre, Franck Bedrossian, Markus Deuter, Clara Iannotta, Andreas Lindenbaum) selected the following composers out of numerous applications sent in from more than 45 nations and four continents for impuls commissions:
Maurizio Azzan (*1987, Italy)
Anna Korsun (*1986, Ukraine)
These composers will take part in the upcoming impuls Composition Workshop in Vienna and Graz with Klangforum Wien coming along with commissions to write new pieces for the ensemble, that will be premiered in Graz together with one more work of a former nominee at the end of the impuls Festival in August, 2023.
Maurizio Azzan is an Italian composer and sound artist. He studied composition at the Conservatory of Milan (with A. Solbiati), at CNSM of Paris (with F. Durieux and Y. Maresz), at IRCAM and with Salvatore Sciarrino. He has received a bachelor and a master in Philology and Ancient Literature from the University of Turin. His interest in visual and performing arts, as well as in ancient and contemporary literature, has deeply influenced his concept of music as a dynamic space-time network, in which instability is the pivoting existential condition.
His music has been performed in festivals and venues such as Biennale Musica di Venezia, Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, Wien Modern, Teatro la Fenice di Venezia, impuls Graz, Milano Musica, ManiFeste and IRCAM Concert Season, MATA New York, Budapest Music Center, Romaeuropa Festival, Tempo Reale, Festival Aperto, Darmstädter Ferienkurse, Time of Music Viitasaari, Gare du Nord Basel, MITO SettembreMusica, Mozarteum Salzburg, Open Recorder Days Amsterdam. Ensembles and soloists who have performed his works include Ensemble Intercontemporain, Divertimento Ensemble, Orchestra del Teatro la Fenice di Venezia, Nieuw Ensemble Amsterdam, Mdi Ensemble, Schallfeld Ensemble, Proton Bern, Ensemble Fractales, Platypus Ensemble, Ensemble Reconsil, Anna D'Errico, Antonio Politano, Ruben Mattia Santorsa, Jordan Dodson, Susanne Fröhlich, Anna Piroli, Marie Ythier, Cameron Crozman, Lorenzo Derinni and Davide Gagliardi and many others. Maurizio Azzan is winner of several composition competitions (National Prize of Arts from the Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research ; Incontri internazionali “Franco Donatoni”; The Yvar Mikhashoff Trust for New Music) and was artist in residence at the Cité Internationale des Arts de Paris and in the framework of the residence-program offered by the Austrian Federal Chancellery in cooperation with KulturKontakt Austria.
Next projects include a monodrama-installation for voice, spatialized musicians and live electronics commissioned by Schallfeld Ensemble with the support of Ernst von Siemens Musikstiftung and coproduced with IRCAM-Centre Pompidou, and a new work for voice and electronics commissioned by Alda Caiello with the support of SIAE. His works are published by Edizioni Suvini Zerboni-Sugarmusic S.p.A., Milan.
Composer Oren Boneh writes music characterized by its energy and dynamism. Its foundation is made up of vastly contrasting characters, ranging from abrasive and mechanical to humorous and supple. The music plays with listener expectations of the characters’ behaviors in order to create unpredictability and friction.
Oren has been commissioned and performed internationally by ensembles such as Vertixe Sonora, Alarm Will Sound, Quatuor Tana, Ensemble Meitar, Proton Bern, Loadbang, and the Divertimento Ensemble and at festivals such as Sonorities, Spaziomusica, Toronto International Electroacoustic Symposium, NYCEMF, Pulsar and the Electroacoustic Barn Dance. Most recently, he was commissioned by IRCAM to collaborate with choreographer Ayelen Parolin on two new works for tour in 2021-22. First Prize winner of the 2017 Salvatore Martirano Memorial Composition Award Competition for his piece "Winter Walks that Gravel my Voice", Oren has been selected in numerous other competitions such as the Franco Donatoni International Competition, the ASCAP Morton Gould Awards, the Loadbang Commission Competition, and Protonwerk. Oren has been a composer fellow at the Missouri International Composers Festival, Cultivate at the Copland House, Soundstreams, Tzlil Meudcan, CEME, Festival Mixtur, UC Davis Revision/s, and at the Millay Colony for the Arts, the Visby International Centre for Composers and the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts. Oren is currently based in Brussels. He received the George Ladd Prix de Paris to complete the IRCAM Cursus in Paris in 2019-20. Oren is also currently a PhD Candidate in composition at the University of California, Berkeley where he works with Franck Bedrossian and Edmund Campion. Supported by a Fulbright fellowship during the 2015-2016 year, Oren worked in Dresden, Germany studying composition and working at the Dresden Music Cognition Lab. Oren has previously studied at McGill University with Brian Cherney and Philippe Leroux, the Royal Danish Academy of Music with Hans Abrahamsen and Juliana Hodkinson, and the University of Denver with Chris Malloy and William Hill.
Sachie Kobayashi (born in 1990) is currently engaged and takes a special interest in more intuitive creation and musical expression related to social phenomenas. She started her career as composer – complementing her research, as her second master, in music pedagogy and theory under Jean-Claude Schlaepfer at Haute école de musique de Genève – after having completed her master's degree in 2020 under Michael Jarrell, Luis Naón and Gilbert Nouno at the same conservatory.
Born in Kanagawa, Japan, she began studying the piano at the age of seven and composition at the age of twenty. Currently she is based in Geneva.
Sachie Kobayashi received several scholarships and grants, especially the Swiss Confederation Excellence Scholarship, the fellowship by the Program of Overseas Study for Upcoming Artists sponsored by the Agency for Cultural Affairs, and the Kakehashi Foundation. Immediately after her arrival in Europe, her works were presented worldwide. She participated in several festivals and worked with numerous ensembles and musicians including Ensemble Modern, Ensemble Reconcil, mdi Ensemble, percussion CYTi, Orchestre de la HEM, Ensemble 21 and The Geidai Philharmonia Orchestra.
From 2021 to 2022 Sachie Kobayashi will participate in the Cursus de composition et d'informatique musicale by IRCAM (Paris, France). Also, she is shortlisted for the „World New Music Days 2021“ by ISCM and selected for „Protonwerk No. 11.“ by ensemble Proton Bern (Switzerland). She got a „Special Mention“ by Ars Electronica Forum Wallis Selection 2020 with her acousmatic works. She also collaborated with Daniel Künzi, film director, for his documentary film „pomme de discorde“. In the field of video art she collaborated with Ekaterina Kostelskaya, multidisciplinary artist who explores the correlation between the physical space and the physicality of sound. In recent years, she began her involvement in stage production with videos in the concert. In 2020 „I haven’t known you yet“ for orchestra and electronics was premiered by the HEM Orchestra, conducted by Pierre Bleuse. In Japan, she received her bachelor’s diploma (Cultural Creative Studies) from the Aoyama Gakuin University. Also, she studied at the Tokyo University of Arts (GEIDAI, bachelor of composition). In 2018, she won the Acanthus Prize and the Taito Mayor Prize.
Anna Korsun (born in 1986, Ukraine) is a composer, sound artist and performer based in Germany.
She studied composition in Kiev and Munich with Moritz Eggert.
Anna combines in her creativity musical composition, installation, performance and sound art. She works for different formations from solo to orchestra, including acoustic instruments, voice, electronics and sounding objects. She collaborates with visual arts, dance, theatre and literature. Anna involves into her works both professional and amateur musicians, as well as non-musicians. Besides an activity as an artist Anna performs contemporary music as vocalist/keyboard instruments, directs musical projects and teaches composition at the Amsterdam conservatory, as well as at international courses.
She participated at international festivals such as eclat, Darmstädter Ferienkurse, ISCM, Warsaw Autumn, Festival Musica Strasbourg, worked with Neue Vocalsolisten Stuttgart, SWR Vokalensemble, ensemble mosaik, ascolta, ensemble modern, AskoSchoenberg, Camerata Silesia, Silbersee, Bavarian Academy of Theater August Everding, Ludwik-Solski-Academy for performing arts in Krakow, LOH-Orchester, Thüringer Symphoniker. She was artist-in-residence at Villa Massimo in Rome, Residency for New Music Goethe Institute Canada, Academy Schloss Solitude, Cité internationale des arts in Paris and others. Anna was awarded the Prize of Christoph-and-Stephan-Kaske-Foundation, Gaudeamus Award, Kunstpreis Berlin and Open Ear of Trillende Lucht Foundation.