Four composers have been selected to come to Nova Gorica in September 2017 and work with coaches James Wood, Leo Samama and Latvijas Radio Koris.
Sofia Borges (PT, 1997) is a versatile musician active as a composer, performer, percussionist and sound designer. She focuses on interdisciplinary work and blending a variety of genres, traditions, materials and technologies. Her compositions cover a wide spectrum ranging from chamber, orchestra and vocal music up to theatre, dance and multimedia performances and installations. Sofia has participated in numerous international festivals all over Europe, Brazil, Macao, Taiwan, Australia and New Zealand. Her versatility is also apparent in her most recent projects, e.g. the music for Regina Rossis choreography GLOOM and the duo with the drummer Dag Magnus Narvesen. She was selected to take part in the TENSO Young Composers Workshop 2015 in Mechelen and in 2016 in Marseille.
When performing as a composer-performer, she not only uses self-programmed electronics but also instruments she has developed herself. Sofia is also a dedicated educator, having among other projects headed the composition lab with school children at Klangradar Berlin in the years 2015/16 and 2016/17.
Sofia Borges began studying percussion and drums in Lisbon both at the Conservatorio Nacional de Lisboa and the Luíz Villas-Boas Jazz School. Later she devoted herself to composition, studying at the Escola Superior de Música de Lisboa. In 2012 she completed her MA in Multimedia Composition at the Hamburg University of Music and Theater.
Jug Marković (RS, 1987) was born in Belgrade where he graduated at the Faculty of Philosophy and afterwards at the Faculty of Music Art. His music was performed within important music festivals in Europe such as “Donaueschinger Musiktage” and “Festival d’Aix-en-Provence”. Marković is the winner of 3rd Anton Matasovsky Composers Competition in Vienna.
He writes : “Jug believes in non-cerebral, impulsive, passion driven composing. His firm and unquestioned passion for music can be heard in his almost eclectic style where every piece openly draws energy from a certain source from the past. One could label it as an “archaeology of sound” where you, being fascinated by a certain sound object from the pasts, let it overwhelm and influence you.” Read his full bio…
Jug on soundcloud
Maria Rostovtseva (EE, 1988) studied music education (master of arts) at the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre, and composition at Tallinn Music School of Georg Ots with Tatjana Kozlova-Johannes. She now studies composition at the Royal Conservatoire in the Hague (NL) with Calliope Tsoupaki, Peter Adriaansz and Yannis Kyriakides.
David Veber (SI, 1988) finished his studies in composition with prof. Marko Mihevc at the Academy of music in Ljubljana. He continued his studies at the Franz Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest with prof Gyula Fekete, among others, focusing on composition and music analysis. He is co-founder of Janus Atelier publisher group and producer of Janus Festival in Maribor, Slovenia. Veber collaborates with musicians and groups such as Sextet of the Munich Philharmonic, the Slovene Philharmonic String Chamber Orchestra, Brass Band Slovenia, Ensemble Janus Atelier, Ingenium Ensemble, Slowind Wind Quintet, Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra, Hugo Wolf Chamber Choir etc. Read his full bio…
David on the website of Janus Atelier