Dr K Sextet

Composer Academy - Cheltenham Music Festival

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Cheltenham Music Festival Composer Academy with the ‘Dr. K Sextet’.
3-7 July 2013

Last month, innovative chamber group the Dr. K Sextet were on the hunt for talented young composers to develop as part of the Cheltenham Music Festival’s first Composer Academy on Wednesday 3rd – Sunday 7th July 2013. We invited budding composers to send in their imaginative scores and we were overwhelmed by the response!

8 successful applicants have been carefully selected and have been invited to write a piece for any combination of instruments within the Dr. K line-up of piano, percussion, flute, clarinet, violin and cello. The pieces will be workshopped by the Dr. K Sextet in the presence of established composers featured at the festival, and will be performed at a concert in the Cheltenham Music Festival programme on 6th July.

Congratulations to our successful Composer Academy applicants:

  • Stef Conner
    Stef Conner’s music is drawn from the sound of language and expressive vocalization. After studying music at the University of York, she joined the Mercury Prize-nominated band the Unthanks and toured all over the world, playing such venues as The Barbican, Covent Garden Opera House, Glastonbury, Womad and The Chicago School of Folk. She later completed a PhD in composition and was awarded the 2011 RPS Prize for her work.
  • Frédéric Le Bel
    Frédéric Le Bel began his studies in jazz performance as a drummer before turning to composition. He holds a bachelor’s degree from l’Université de Montréal where he studied with Philippe Leroux and a master’s degree, with high distinction, from Conservatoire de musique de Montréal where he studied with Serge Provost.
  • Johannes Berauer
    Born 1979, Johannes Berauer studied at the New England Conservatory and Berklee College in Boston, and the A. Bruckner University Linz. In 2011 he received the commission for the Bruckner Festival opening work performed by the Bruckner Symphony Orchestra under Dennis Russell Davies.
  • James Whittle
    James Whittle is a composer, cellist and conductor who specialises in creating music-theatre works. He is most influenced by Birtwistle, Kagel, Marsh and Takemitsu, and by art which highlights or questions the performativity of its medium.
  • Aaron Holloway-Nahum
    Music by Aaron Holloway-Nahum (b. 1983) has been described as detailed, colourful, precise, witty, fluid, and engaging. His pieces have been played across the world and recorded in Abbey Road & Maida Vale Studios.
  • Ewan Campbell
    Ewan currently holds the position of Composer in Residence for the Cambridge University Music Society. His compositional interests include the adaptation of electronic and everyday sounds into instrumental and vocal music, and the development of non-linear musical structures. He works as a composer, performer (cello and double bass), conductor and educator.
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  • Daniel Kidane
    Daniel Kidane is a graduate of the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, where he studied with Gary Carpenter and David Horne. His music has been performed extensively across the UK and internationally as well as being broadcast on BBC Radio 3.
  • Eloise Gynn
    Born in Cornwall, Eloise Nancie Gynn graduated in 2008 from Cardiff University with a Masters in Composition with distinction, winning a scholarship for High Performance, the School’s Neville John String Prize and the A. B. Dally Prize for Composition.
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This 5-day Academy is an opportunity for these composers to develop theirwork with a vibrant contemporary chamber ensemble, to receive coaching and advice from some of Britain’s most eminent composers and to hear their work performed at an international music festival.

For more information about Composer Academy, please contact Alex Wilson: alex.wilson@cheltenhamfestivals.com
Don’t miss the Composer Academy Showcase at Cheltenham Music Festival on Saturday 6th July.