2018 Soloists and Ensembles in Residence

Valencia International Performance Academy & Festival, July 10–20, 2018

Composition applicants are welcome to submit scores for consideration by any of the ensembles in residence. In each applicable case, instrumentation could range from solo to the full ensemble. Any subset of the following ensembles-in-residence will be considered for performance. If you have questions, please send a message to info@vipafestival.org.

Instrumentation Options:

Option A (1-4 players): Mivos String Quartet, with or without electronics

Option B (1-3 players): Brouwer Trio – violin, cello, piano

Option C (solo percussion): Philippe Spiesser, percussion

Option D (percussion duo): Philippe Spiesser and Manel Ramada, percussion

Option E (violin solo): Mieko Kanno, violin

About the Mivos String Quartet

New York City, NY

The Mivos Quartet, “one of America’s most daring and ferocious new-music ensembles” (The Chicago Reader), is devoted to performing the works of contemporary composers, presenting new music to diverse audiences. Since the quartet’s beginnings in 2008 they have performed works by emerging and established international composers who represent varied aesthetics of contemporary composition. Mivos is invested in commissioning and premiering new music for string quartet, particularly in a context of close collaboration with composers over extended time-periods. Recent collaborations include works with Mark Barden (Wien Modern Commission, Dan Blake (Jerome Commission), Richard Carrick (Fromm Commission), Patrick Higgins (ZS), Sam Pluta (Lucerne Festival Commission), Kate Soper, Saul Williams, Scott Wollschleger and Eric Wubbels (CMA commission). Mivos is committed to working with guest artists, exploring multi-media projects involving live video and electronics, creating original compositions and arrangements for the quartet, and performing improvised music. The quartet has appeared on concert series including Wien Modern (Austria), Transart (Italy), Music at the Phillips (Washington, DC), Lucerne Festival (Switzerland), HellHOT! New Music Festival (Hong Kong), Festival International Chihuahua (México), Edgefest (Ann Arbor, MI), Asphalt Festival (Germany), and Aldeburgh Music (UK). www.mivosquartet.com

Ever since their successful debut in France, the B3:Brouwer Trio, composed of Jenny Guerra, violin, Elena Solanes, violoncello and Carlos Apellániz, piano, have established themselves among the leading chamber groups in the contemporary music scene, especially among Spanish and Latin American composers of their generation. The B3:Brouwer Trio undertake contemporary works with the same rigor in concept, energy and passion they dedicate to Classical-Romantic repertoire, making them a unique formation in the current field of Spanish chamber music, as stressed by critics who have complimented their brilliant performances for their “beauty in sound, individual virtuosity, clear and balanced blend, and flexible sense of rhythm”. Their compromise with contemporary music is their motivation and main basis of their work, as can be noticed by the numerous works specially dedicated to the trio by composers such as Leo Brouwer, Jordi Cervelló, Mauricio Sotelo, Marcela Rodríguez, Voro García, Eduardo Morales-Caso, Igmar Alderete, Jose Javier Peña Aguayo, Claudia Montero, Georgina Derbéz, Yalil Guerra, Alfonso Ortega, Doménech González de la Rubia, Enrique Sanz-Burguete, Juan Luis Martínez, Roberto Mosquera, Daniel A. Cozzi, or Ariel Hagman. www.brouwertrio.com

About the B3: Brouwer Trio

Valencia, Spain

About Mieko Kanno

Helsinki, Finland

Violinist Mieko Kanno first came to international attention in the 1980s when she won prizes in international competitions such as the Carl Flesch, Queen Elisabeth of Belgium and Hannover. Later she developed an interest in performing contemporary music and received the Kranichsteiner Musikpreis at the Darmstadt New Music Institute in 1994. Since then she has been a prime exponent of new music for violin throughout Europe and given many first performances as soloist as well as in ensembles. She has a parallel career as musician and academic, and is dedicated in both capacities to the development of new performance practices in music. She is especially known for her pioneering work on subjects such as complex notation and microtonality, and her research ranges from performing on the electric violin with electronics and commissioning works for it, to a long-term project on John Cage’s Freeman Etudes. She also plays the Baroque violin: engaging with a wide range of repertoire remains an important principle for her. She has worked at Durham University (UK) and the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, and is currently Professor at the Sibelius Academy, the University of the Arts Helsinki. Her violin is a Giovanni Grancino dating from 1685.

More than a percussionist, Philippe Spiesser is an atypical and enthralling musician. Born in 1971 in France, and coming from a family of musicians, he studied percussion at the Strasbourg Superior Conservatory of Music. Winner of the European Competition for Young Talents in 1997, he is always travelling and searching for new experiences and meetings with creators from all artistic origins such as dance, theatre, image and electronic sounds.

A polymorphous musician, he performs throughout the world as a soloist and as a chamber musician in numerous international festivals like Electronic Music Week in Shanghaï, Percussion Festival in Beijing, Musicá in Lima, Arte Scienza and RomaEuropa in Rome, Ars Musica in Bruxelles, Musica in Strasbourg, Présences in Paris, Ritmo Vital in Madrid, Gaida in Vilnius, Italy PAS in Pescara, where he promotes new projects and is keen on premiering pieces by composers such as Hurel, Jodlowski, Mantovani, Manoury, Narita, Lopez Lopez, Lupone, Vert. Philippe Spiesser is also invited to play as soloist with orchestras such as Strasbourg Philharmonique Orchestra, Camerata de France, Chinese Shenyang orchestra, Modern Lemanic Ensemble, Languedoc Mediterranean Orchestra.

An unanimously appreciated pedagogue, Philippe Spiesser is head teacher in charge of the Percussion Studies at the HEM Geneva Superior Conservatory of Music in Switzerland, and at the National Conservatory of Perpignan in France. Additionally, he gives masterclasses in numerous Music Universities around the world. Previously he has been teaching in Madrid Neopercusion and Palma de Mallorca Superior Conservatory of Music.

Philippe Spiesser is part of the Geneva’s Makrokosmos Quartet, and directs the Color collection published by Alfonce Production. www.philippespiesser.com

About Philippe Spiesser

Paris, France