He has been the recipient of many prizes and awards including first prize in the 1995 Benjamin Britten International Competition (for mv (1992, rev. 2002) for large orchestra), and the composition prize of the 1998 Gaudeamus International Young Composers' Meeting, Apeldoorn. He was awarded a summer residency at the Civitella Ranieri Center in Umbria in 2000, and a Fulbright Chester Schirmer Fellowship in 2001, enabling him to work with Brian Ferneyhough at Stanford University. Sunk Losses (2002) for large orchestra, composed during a 2002 residency at the Akademie Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart, won first prize in the 2003 Christoph Delz Foundation Composers' Competition, receiving its first performance by the Saarbrücken Radio Symphony Orchestra during the festival Musik im 21. Jahrhundert, in Saarbrücken in 2003.
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Claire Edwardes, percussion
Mieko Kanno first came to international attention as a performer of contemporary music when she won the Kranichsteiner Musikpreis at the Darmstadt New Music Institute in 1994. She was also a prize winner in a number of international competitions including the Carl Flesch (1986), Queen Elisabeth, Belgium (1989) and Hannover (1991). As a prime exponent of contemporary music she has collaborated with composers including James Clarke, James Dillon, Brian Ferneyhough, Sam Hayden, Alwynne Pritchard, Rebecca Saunders, Salvatore Sciarrino and James Wood, and has given many first performances as soloist as well as in ensembles. She is also interested in the development of a new identity for the violin, and plays Violectra electric violin and commissions works for it. In addition to performing Mieko conducts research on contemporary music and is especially known for her work on subjects related to performing contemporary music, such as complex notation and microtonality. She is also Reader in Music at Durham University (UK).
Anne La Berge's career as flautist/improviser/composer stretches across international and stylistic boundaries. Her most recent performances bring together the elements on which her international reputation is based: a ferocious and far-reaching virtuosity, a penchant for improvising delicately spun microtonal textures and melodies, and her wholly unique array of powerfully percussive flute effects, all combined with electronic processing.
Claire Edwardes is recognised as one of the most striking and important percussionists of her generation. Graduating as Student of the Year in 1997 from the Sydney Conservatorium (where she now teaches), she went on to win the coveted ABC Young Performers Award in 1999 and subsequently relocated to the Netherlands to undertake a Masters Degree at the Rotterdam and Amsterdam Conservatories. Resident there for seven years, she was the recipient of many international awards and prizes including first place at the Tromp Percussion Competition (2000) and Llangollen International Instrumentalist (2001).
ensemble mosaik’s interest lies in the diversity as well as research into – and continued development of – contemporary music’s aesthetic concepts and forms of presentation. Particular emphasis is placed on collaboration with young, often unknown composers and on an egalitarian working method. Close exchange between all the protagonists involved in a concert project is a preferred strategy; by opening up the work processes, creativity is concentrated and intensified. Additional emphases in the ensemble’s artistic work lie in dealing with digital media in the fields of composition, interpretation and sound creation, as well as approaching performance practice in new ways – for example, by including scenic and visual elements in concert projects and testing new concert forms. The ensemble has been working with numerous composers for many years, thus making it possible to develop music over the long-term in a collective process. Multiple works have been written for ensemble mosaik. Over 150 world premieres are in its repertoire.
Enno Poppe, born 1969 in Hemer/Sauerland, is one of the most important younger composers of Contemporary Music in Germany. As conductor, he has been a member of ensemble mosaik since 1998.
Sam Hayden by Astrid Karger