Concorso internazionale di composizione
Città di Udine - Undicesima edizione
Michele Biasutti (Italia)
Sonia Bo (Italia)
Ricardo Dal Farra (Argentina)
Juraj Duris (Slovakia)
Robert Scott Thompson (USA)
Michele Biasutti (Italy) President of the Jury - Composer and Psychologist, he was awarded diplomas at the Padova Conservatory of music. A prize-winning composer (International Composer Competition L. Russolo, International Competition of Bourges, Concour International de Composition de la Societé de Musique Contemporaine du Québec, International Competition Pierre Schaeffer, ...), his works were radio broadcast (RAI, ORF, RNE 2, Radio
Bratislava, RTSI, HRT, Radio Canada) and selected for International Festivals (ISEA '95 in Montreal, ISEA '96 in Rotterdam, Soundbox in Helsinki, VI BSCM in Rio de Janeiro, JIM'99 in Paris, VII BSCM in Curitiba). His music was performed in Festivals in European cities (Music Now in Dublin, Purcell Room in London, Fondazione Levi in Venice, 31st International Music Festival in Opatija, 18° Festival Internacional de mùsica contemporànea in Valencia, Tempo di Pratolino in Florence, Aspekte in Salzburg, Triduum in Klagenfurt, Society for new music in Prague, Concerts à la Villa Gillet in Lyon, Musiques d'aujourd'hui in Marseille,
Neue Musik in Freiburg; Encuentros mùsica europea in Madrid...), in North and South America (M.I.T. in Boston, SMCQ in Montreal, San Francisco State University in S. Francisco, University of Maryland in Baltimore...) and in Australia (Interfaces, ACMC 2000 in Brisbane). He collaborated with International Centers for electronic music.
He is active as music organizer, currently scientific director of the Computer Art Festival in Padova. He has taught at the Conservatories of Novara and Venice and is researcher at Padova University. His music is recorded on Compact disc Artis-Cramps (ARCD 062, Polygram distribution), Fondazione Russolo-Pratella (Ef. Er. P94), Rivo Alto (CRR 9511, CRR 9610, Electa and Ducale distribution), and Accademia
Musicale Pescarese (MV001). Michele Biasutti specialized in ecological music, music which seeks to return to the essential elements of human nature, re-evaluating the primary sphere of human auditory perception. He is interested in the relationship between scientific thought and the logic of music, applying the results to his composition and research. Biasutti has
composed for theater, for chamber ensembles and for orchestra. His works for instruments and live electronics
deepens the possibilities of interaction between technological developments and instrumental resources.
Michele Biasutti PhD is an Associate professor at Padova University, where he conducts research in psychology of music and music education. Among his research topics there are the cognitive processes in composition and improvisation, on-line music learning and the education of music teachers. He is proposing an approach to music education based on the development of processes rather than products. He is scientific director of research projects, he is a member of the editorial board of journals and he has published articles in international peer-reviewed journals. He was the scientific director of the international conferences Psychology and Music Education (PME04) and Training Music Teachers (TMT07) and author of seven books. He is President of the Italian Society for Music Education.
Sonia Bo (Italy), took a piano diploma in 1981 and a diploma in choral music and choral conducting in 1983. She studied composition under the guidance of Renato Dionisi and Azio Corghi, with whom she obtained a diploma with full marks at Milan Conservatory in 1985. She also attended the post-graduate course in composition at the Accademia di S. Cecilia in Rome, with Franco Donatoni, obtaining her diploma in 1988.
In addition to various awards and successes at national and international composition competitions and festivals (“Okanagan Music Festival for Composers”, Canada, 1983; “Premio Friuli”, 1985; “Ennio Porrino”, 1985; “Franco Evangelisti”, 1987), she won first prize in the international competition organized by the Fondazione “Guido d’Arezzo”, in 1985, with the composition “Frammenti da Jacopone”, for female chorus.
In the same year she was awarded first place in the competition promoted by the European Cultural Foundation, in European Music Year, for “Da una lettura di Husserl”, a concerto for chamber orchestra.
In 1986 she won first prize in the “G. Savagnone” Competition in Rome with “Quartetto” for strings and, in 1988, the first prize in the “Alpe Adria Giovani” Competition in Trieste with the composition “Due bagatelle” for flute and guitar. Also in Trieste, in 1995, she was awarded the gold medal in the international competition “Premio città di Trieste” for the symphonic composition “Synopsis”.
The composition “Dentro un’antica neve” for female voice and chamber orchestra, commissioned and performed by "Orchestra Cantelli" in Milan in 2001 has been selected and programmed at the 2004 edition of “ISCM” international festival, as well as the composition “Chain”, for organ, in the 2009 edition.
Her works have been performed in major theatres and concert halls at numerous festivals and exhibitions (Concert season of “Teatro alla Scala”, of “Verdi” Orchestra, “Milano Musica” festival, “Milano Classica” Orchestra, in Milan; Auditorium of “Foro Italico”, “Nuova Consonanza” in Rome; the season of “Maggio Musicale Fiorentino” Orchestra, Teatro Comunale, in Florence; “La Biennale” in Venice; “Carlo Felice” Auditorium in Genoa; Teatro “Bellini” in Catania; “Di nuovo Musica” in Reggio Emilia; “Teatro Petrarca” in Arezzo; “Teatro Municipale” in Piacenza; “Festival Focus” of Juillard School in New York; “Almeida Theatre” in London etc.) and have been broadcast by various European and non-European radio stations.
Her works are published by Ricordi, Curci, Rugginenti, Edi-Pan, Sconfinarte.
She teaches composition at Milan Conservatory, where in 2010-2013 she assumed the role of Director.
Ricardo Dal Farra (Argentina) is a composer, transdisciplinary artist and founder-director of the “Balance-Unbalance” international project. He is associate professor at the Music Department of Concordia University, Canada and founder-director of the Electronic Arts Experimentation and Research Centre of the National University of Tres de Febrero, Argentina.
He has been researcher and consultant on music & technology history for UNESCO, France; director of the Hexagram Centre for Research-Creation in Media Arts and Technologies, Canada; coordinator of the international research alliance DOCAM - Documentation and Conservation of the Media Arts Heritage; senior consultant of the Amauta - Andean Media Arts Centre in Cusco, Peru; associated researcher of the Music, Technology and Innovation Research Centre at De Montfort University, UK; and director of the Multimedia Communication national program at the Federal Ministry of Education, Argentina.
As a composer and new media artist his work has been presented in more than 40 countries and recordings of his music are published in over 23 international editions (including CDs by Computer Music Journal and Leonardo Music Journal on MIT Press). He has received grants and prizes from -among others- the International Computer Music Association and the Bienal Internacional de Artes de São Paulo, Brazil.
Funded by The Daniel Langlois Foundation for Art, Science and Technology of Montreal, he created the largest collection publicly available of Latin American Electroacoustic Music. In 2015 Dal Farra has been leading three major conferences/festivals around the world: Understanding Visual Music in Brasilia, “Balance-Unbalance” in Arizona, and the mexican electronic arts biennale “Transitio”.
Dr. Dal Farra is a member of the ISEA International Advisory Committee - IIAC and a member of the Editorial Board of Leonardo, the Journal of the International Society for the Arts, Sciences and Technology published by MIT Press. Among his projects, worth mentioning: “Understanding Visual Music” - UVM; “Electronic Arts Education in Latin America”; “Resonant Body” (collective body + sound spatialisation in 3D); as well as “Balance-Unbalance” (BunB) and EChO, both of them devoted to face the environmental challenge. Jointly with the humanitarian organization Red Cross/Red Crescent Climate Centre he also developed the “art! x climate” sound-art worldwide initiative. Currently, he is also leading the Fulldome Workshop - UVM at the Buenos Aires City Planetarium and working towards the Balance-Unbalance conference that will be held in the UK, 2017.
Juraj Duris (Slovakia) graduated at the Slovak Technical University in 1978 and since then he has been working at the Experimental Studio of Radio Bratislava. He achieved his music and composition education through private studies. He participated on creation of several electroacoustic compositions and produced a number of his own projects. He participates in several intermedia activities and computer art projects in Slovakia and outside. He is programme adviser for experimental art at RTVS - Slovak Radio and teacher on Academy of Arts in Bratislava.
Member of jury 1991 - 2003 Concorso Internazionale “Luigi Russolo” in Varese, jury “Musica Nova” - 1995-2015 Prague, - member of jury IREM (International Rostrum of Electroacoustic - UNESCO - Helsinki 94, Amsterdam 96, Roma 2004, - jury SPACE 96 – Stockholm, - member of ARS Austica Workgroup EBU 2000-2015, (European Broadcasting Union), Taukay Udine and PRIX EUROPA 2006.
Electroacoustic compositions: “Chronos I.”,“Zrodenie svedomia”,“Birth of Consience”, “Spomienky” (3rd prize Varese, Italy 1985), “Memories”, “Sny” (The Dreams - 1987 1st prize Varese, Italy, 1988, Int.Rostrum of El. Music, Stockholm), “Portrét”, “Portrét “(video - project - Main prize in video category MUSICA NOVA '94 - Prague), “Panta Rhei” - for vc. and electronics, “STEAM The Symphony of Energies” - Shortlist PRIX ITALIA 2015.
Robert Scott Thompson (USA) - The term musical alchemist best describes modern music composer Robert Scott Thompson. Combining his mastery of the electroacoustic, contemporary instrumental, and avant-garde genres into a swirling cohesive whole, he is an important pioneer on music's new frontier. Hailed as one of the most important composers working in electroacoustic, acousmatic and classical ambient music today, he has produced and published seminal work since 1976.
Influences as diverse as Chopin and Satie, Stockhausen, Varèse and Cage, and Bowie and Eno can be heard in Robert's music. Robert's first love is the electronic music synthesizer, but he is also an expressive vocalist, instrumentalist, video artist, computer musician, sound designer and film composer.
Thompson is a composer of both instrumental and electroacoustic music and is currently Professor of Music Composition at Georgia State University in Atlanta. He earned the B.Mus. degree from the University of Oregon and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of California at San Diego (UCSD). His primary teachers include Bernard Rands, Roger Reynolds, Joji Yuasa, and F. Richard Moore.
He has created work in a wide variety of forms ranging from chamber and orchestral music to works for the virtuoso soloist, electroacoustic music, and video and performance art. He is the recipient of several prizes and distinctions for his music including the First Prize in the 2003 Musica Nova Competition (Czech Republic), the First Prize in the 2001 Pierre Schaeffer Competition (Italy) and awards in the XVI Concorso Internazionale "Luigi Russolo" (Italy), Irino Prize Foundation Competition for Chamber Music (Japan), and Concours International de Musique Electroacoustique de Bourges (France) - including the Commande Commission 2007, among others.
He was a Research Assistant of the Center for Music Experiment (CME) Computer Audio Research Lab (CARL) during the 1980s, assisting significant composers in the realization of advanced computer music works. In 1991, he was named a Fulbright Fellow and Research Scholar by the Council for the International Exchange of Scholars (CIES) and was Composer in Residence at the Danish Institute of Electroacoustic Music (DIEM) where he collaborated on fundamental research in computer music and composed the long-form acousmatic work - The Strong Eye. More recently (2007), he was Composer in Residence at the Institut International de Musique Electroacoustique (France, 2007) composing the IMEB Commande Commission.
Over the years, RST has become increasingly well known internationally for his instrumental and electroacoustic works, often commissioned by prestigious organizations, ensembles and instrumentalists, and also for his many recordings which have been broadcast worldwide. His work has been presented in numerous important festivals such as the Koriyama Bienalle (Japan), Sound (Scotland), Presences (France), Synthese (France), Sonorities (Northern Ireland), ICMC, SEAMUS and the Cabrillo Music Festival (California), and has been broadcast on Radio France, BBC, NHK, ABC, WDR, NPR and numerous other networks around the world. His music is published on recordings by EMF Media, Neuma, Drimala, Capstone, Hypnos, Oasis/Mirage, Groove, Lens, Space for Music, Zero Music, Twelfth Root, Relaxed Machinery and Aucourant record labels (among others), and in print by American Composers Alliance (American Composers Edition) and Aucourant Media Productions. - from the Aucourant Records website