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Ramon Lazkano (San Sebastián, 1968)




Ramon Lazkano (San Sebastián, 1968) attended piano and composition classes at the San Sebastian Higher Conservatory of Music, where he obtained a Higher Degree in Composition. He studied composition and orchestration with Alain Bancquart and Gérard Grisey at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique of Paris, and was awarded a First Prize of Composition in 1990. In 2007 Lazkano was awarded the Georges Bizet Prize by the French Academy of Fine Arts. His piano concerto Hitzaurre Bi earned him, at the age of 26, the prestigious Prince Pierre de Monaco Foundation Prize and shortly afterwards, in 1997, a jury chaired by Luciano Berio gave him the Jerusalem Leonard Bernstein Composition Prize for his Auhen Kantuak. He was also a prizewinner of the Institute of Music and Drama Arts, the Colegio de España, and the Gaudeamus Foundation. His residence in Rome (at the Spanish Academy of History, Archaeology & Fine Arts in 1995-96, then at the Villa Medici Academy of France in 2001-02) allowed him to carry out a reflection on what composition is and what it means today, focusing mainly on thoughts about intertextuality and the saturation, silence and experience of sound and time, all of which giving birth to emblematic pieces such as Ortzi Isilak (2006, commissioned by the Orquesta Nacional de España), Lur-Itzalak (2003, commissioned by the Printemps des Arts of Monte Carlo) and Ilunkor (2001, commissioned by the Euskadiko Orkestra Sinfonikoa). Ramon Lazkano gave orchestration lessons at the Strasburg Conservatoire and composition lessons at the Higher Academy of Music of Catalonia in Barcelona. By the time being, he is professor of orchestration at the Higher Academy of Music of the Basque Country "Musikene".


Gabriel Erkoreka (Bilbao, 1969)


Gabriel Erkoreka was born in Bilbao, Spain in 1969. He studied with Carmelo Bernaola, graduating with honours in composition, piano and chamber music. In 1995 he entered the Royal Academy of Music to study composition with Michael Finnissy where he obtained the DipRAM and a Masters degree with distinction from the University of London - King's College, and was appointed Fellow of Composition 1997-98. He was selected to participate in the ISCM Festivals in Manchester 1998 and Hong Kong 2007, in the UNESCO International Rostrum of Composers in Paris, and for the International Gaudeamus Music Week. Recently he has obtained the "Reina Sofía" Composition Prize. He has received commissions from various institutions including the Nieuw Ensemble, the Biennale für Neue Musik-Hannover, the INAEM, Spanish Ministry of Culture, Guggenheim Museum, the Orquesta de la Comunidad de Madrid, Orquesta Sinfónica de Euskadi, Bilbao Symphony Orchestra, Festival ENSEMS-Valencia, the Quincena Musical and the RAM. He was appointed composer-in-residence of the JONDE (Young Spanish National Orchestra) for 2001-02. In 2001, Gabriel Erkoreka was elected an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music . He has been invited to give lectures at the Instituto Cervantes in London, Manchester and Chicago; the CDMC-Encuentros con los Jovenes Compositores in Madrid; the Festival BBK Músicas Actuales in Bilbao, and at the Estoril Music Festival in Portugal.  He currently lives in London and teaches composition at MUSIKENE-Basque Country Superior Conservatoire.


José Mª Sánchez Verdú (Algeciras, 1968)


Born in Algeciras (Spain) in 1968. Diplom in Orchester Conducting, Musicology and Composition at the Real Conservatorio Superior de Música of Madrid. He has a degree in Law (Universidad Complutense). 1992 composition studies by F. Donatoni in Siena.1996-99 Postgraduated studies with H. Zender at the Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst in Frankfurt. 1997 composer in residence at the Spanish Academy in Rome. 1997-99 scholarship from the DAAD/la Caixa. He has recieved commisions from the Biennale für Neue Musik Hannover, German Pavillion of the EXPO 2000, Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival, Orquesta Nacional de España, Orquesta Sinfónica de Madrid, Spanish Culture Ministerium, Festival Internacional de Música y Danza of Granada, Staatsoper Berlin (chamber oper, 2005), Münchener Biennale (chamber oper, 2006), Teatro Real of Madrid (opera, 2007), Beethoven Fespiele 2008 etc. He has recived composition prizes as the Cristóbal Halffter 1995, three prizes of the Spanish Authors Society (SGAE 96 and 97), Ciutat d'Alcoi (1997), Prize of the Spanish Culture Ministerium-Colegio de España in Paris (1998), First Composition Prize of the Junge Deutsche Philharmonie (1999), finalist of the Irino Composition Prize 1999 (Tokyo), Förderpreis in Komposition of the Ernst von Siemens Musikstiftung (München, 2000), Composition Prize of the Bergische Biennale (Wuppertal, 2001), Music National Prize (Spain, 2003), Antara Prize (Festival International of Contemporary Music of Lima 2007) etc.Between 1991 and 1995 he was teaching Counterpoint and Fugue at the Real Conservatorio Madrid. From october 2001 he is teacher for Composition at the Robert-Schumann-Musikhochschule in Düsseldorf. From 2008 he is teacher for Composition at the Conservatorio Superior de Música de Aragón, in Zaragoza.






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