featuring in the Atlas Festival 2012
Francisco Castillo Trigueros
Dániel Péter Biró
Artjom Kim was born 1976 in Bekabad, near Tasjkent, in Uzbekistan. He started his musical education (playing the bajan) at the age of ten. In 1995 he took his first composition lessons with the famous Uzbek composer M. Tadjiev and later with Dmitri Yanov-Yanovsky. In 2001 he received his Master s Degree at the Tashkent State Conservatory. During his studies he got involved with Ilkhom XX, the international contemporary music festival. Many of his compositions were premiered at this festival, while it also offered him an opportunity to start conducting: he conducted several first performances of music by young Uzbek composers, as well as Uzbek first performances of Requiem by Alfred Schnittke, Les Noces by Stravinsky and the Carmina Burana by Carl Orff. Artjom Kim regularly composes for film and theater. Over the past few years he was guest composer with the Nieuw Ensemble for which wrote four works: Stabilis/Mobilis, L'autre plaine, De Profundis and Rag Music for european and non-european instruments. In 2004 Kim has organized the Omnibus Ensemble in Tashkent, which has become the first chamber ensemble concentrated in modern music in Central Asia. Speaking about composing, Kim says: 'To me the most fascinating moment in music is when opposite processes in a composition collide, thus creating tension and energy. It is this energy that determines the development and form, and is my main motive for writing music'.
Joël Bons was born in Amsterdam. He studied guitar and composition at the Sweelinck Conservatory and visited the summer courses of Franco Donatoni in Siena and the Darmstädter Ferienkurse für Neue Musik. In Freiburg he continued his studies with Brian Ferneyhough. Bons composed chamber and ensemble works such as Attacca, Variations, Sextet, Tour, Bref, Draught, First Edition, Feeststuk, Flard and Tour à Tour. His music has been performed by the Asko Ensemble, Atlas Ensemble, Netherlands Wind Ensemble, Nieuw Ensemble, Radio Chamber Orchestra and Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra.
In 1980 Joël Bons co-founded the Nieuw Ensemble. He has been reponsable for virtually all programmering of this group. Besides he organised festivals such as Complexity? (1990), Rules and Games (1995), Improvisations (1996), the multi cultural Festival of Plucked Instruments (1998), and The Refined Ear (on microtonality, 2002). Bons has worked as free-lance artistic adviser for organisations such as the Holland Festival, Gaudeamus, ISCM (Dutch section), Donemus, Rotterdam Arts Council and the Concertgebouw. Bons supervised all cd recordings of the Nieuw Ensemble and produced a solo cd by violinist Irvine Arditti. Together with film director Frank Scheffer he made a television documentary on Boulez’ Eclat.
In 1988 Bons visited World Music Days in Hong Kong. He then traveled through China where he became aquainted with a new generation of Chinese composers. In 1991 the Nieuw Ensemble presented these remarkable talents to western audiences, which marked the international breakthrough of new Chinese music. In 1998 Joël Bons and the Nieuw Ensemble were awarded the Prince Bernhard Fund Music Prize for their ‘markedly lively and adventurous programming which can be described as groundbreaking, both in the literal and figurative senses of the word’. In 2002 Bons did artistic research in the Near East and Central Asia and founded the Atlas Ensemble, a unique chamber orchestra uniting musicians from China, Central Asia, the Near East and Europe. For his work with the Atlas Ensemble he was granted the prestigious Amsterdam Prize for the Arts 2005. Since 2005 he is lector/guest professor composition at the Amsterdam Conservatory. At the request of the Festival d’Automne à Paris Joël Bons is curator of the music programme of ‘Scène artistique du Moyen-Orient’, for which he visited the Middle East in the spring of 2007.
Fabio Nieder is composer, pianist, conductor with dual Italian and German citizenship. Precocious talent, he studied at the Trieste Music Conservatory. He studied composition, piano and chamber music with Giulio Viozzi, Roberto Repini, Dario De Rosa and Libero Lana (Trieste Trio) respectively, and then specialized in composition with Witold Lutoslawski.
Precocious talent, he studied at the Trieste Music Conservatory. He studied composition, piano and chamber music with Giulio Viozzi, Roberto Repini, Dario De Rosa and Libero Lana (Trieste Trio) respectively, and then specialized in composition with Witold Lutoslawski. A musician who grew up in the Middle European culture, he developed a special relation with the German Lied; as an assistant pianist he worked several times with Elisabeth Schwarzkopf and Petre Munteanu, cooperating steadily with several lieder singers such as Alfredo Kraus, Petre Munteanu, Barbara Hannigan and many others. Founder of the Ensemble for New Music «Florestan-Eusebius», which he also conducted and for which he played the piano, he made its debut in 1983 at the «Musikprotokoll» festival in Graz. As conductor he worked with very important groups dedicated to contemporary music, including above all his cooperation with the «Nieuw Ensemble» in Amsterdam, which also played many of his works.
His meeting with Luciano Berio, in 1997 in Salzburg, led to an incredible human and artistic relation which then grew into a deep and sincere friendship.Fabio Nieder teaches composition at the Conservatory in Amsterdam and Trieste and in several European Academies(Stuttgart, Tallin, Graz, Ljubljana).He composes pieces for important ensembles and orchestras including the Klangforum Wien, Ensemble Recherche, Nieuw Ensemble, Atlas Ensemble, Ives Ensemble, ÖENM, Orchestra Nazionale della RAI (Italy), WDR, SWR, SR (Germany) etc. Some of the most important interpreters of his music include important musicians such as Heinrich Schiff, the Neue Vocalsolisten Stuttgart, Barbara Hannigan, Teodoro Anzellotti, Eduard Brunner, Ed Spanjaard, Emilio Pomarico, Myung-Whun Chung etc.
His works are present in the main festivals and musical institutions, including the Berliner Festwochen, the Wittener Tage für neue Kammermusik, Musik der Jahrhunderte (Stuttgart), Musik im 21.Jahrhundert (Saarbrücken), Wien Modern, Musikprotokoll (Graz), Holland Festival, Output Festival (Amsterdam), Huddersfield Festival (UK), La Biennale in Venice, Milan Musica, Nuova Consonanza (Rome), Festival Présences (Paris), Berliner Philharmonie, Theaterhaus Stuttgart, Tonhalle Zürich, Wiener Konzerthaus, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Muziekgebouw aan´t Ij Amsterdam, La Scala Theater (Milan), La Fenice Theater (Venice) etc.
Fabio Nieder lives in Germany.
He has worked extensively with ensembles that integrate instruments and performers from different parts of the world. In 2009 he attended the first Atlas Academy in Amsterdam where he wrote a piece for Ernest Rombout (Oboe), 6 Asian Instruments and Strings: Prisma. Prisma has been awarded honorable mention in the Morton Gould Young Composer Awards 2011 in the United States and was shortlisted for the 2010 Gaudeamus Music Week Prize in Amsterdam. Other examples of this kind of work include his piece Solar, written in 2007 for the Nieuw Ensemble in Amsterdam. Solar has been performed numerous times and has also been selected as a finalist for the 2008 Gaudeamus Music Week Prize.
Castillo Trigueros has also composed extensively for traditional classical music ensembles and orchestras. This line of work includes compositions such as XXX for Orchestra (also shortlisted for the 2010 Gaudeamus Music Week Prize), Nealika for four players (selected for performance at June in Buffalo 2011), Monólogo Fantástico for solo bass clarinet, and Oda for Violoncello and Electronics (presented at SEAMUS 2011.)
Other orchestras, ensembles and performers that have performed his music include the Asko Ensemble, Holland Symfonia, Orchestre National de Lorraine, Eighth Blackbird, Speculum Musicae, the Enso String Quartet, the Woodlands Symphony Orchestra, Jason Alder, Brian Conelly, Jennifer Humphreys and Kate Christensen.
His mentors and teachers include Theo Loevendie, Richard Ayres, Fabio Nieder, Shulamit Ran, Kotoka Susiki, Howard Sandroff, Shih-Hui Chen, Kurt Stallman, Pierre Jalbert, Haruko Shimizu and Jose Tavarez, among others.