"The co-curation process reminds me a lot of sculpting. We all look for the simplest, more compelling picture inside the raw source material, and everyone gives her/his contribution. It's beautiful."
Ettore Biagi is an Italian clarinet player, active as freelance musician on the international classical and contemporary music scene. After having completed his studies at the conservatories in Florence and Livorno, he entered the clarinet class of Alessandro Carbonare at the Academy of Santa Cecila in Rome and was selected as a member of the Academy of La Scala, performing as principal in its Contemporary Music Ensemble. Since then he has frequently collaborated with the Lucerne Festival Academy and Alumni, Orchestra of Florence Opera House, Haydn Orchester Bozen, MusikFest Berlin, Ensemble intercontemporain, CRASH Ensemble Dublin, Ulysses Ensemble and many more, performing at the Paris Philarmonie, Berlin Philarmonie, Elbphilarmonie Hamburg, KKL Luzern, and Dublin National Concert Hall, among others. He has also performed as a chamber music player.
"Lucerne Festival Forwart is a unique and exciting opportunity for us Alumni to create something from the initial spark and witness it manifest, collectively."
Michelle Barzel Ross is a violinist, composer, improviser, and writer who is known for her omnivorous creativity and deeply emotional performances. Praised for her debut album, pop-up project, and blog "Discovering Bach: The Complete Sonatas and Partitas,” she has performed as a soloist, chamber musician, and guest concertmaster around the world, leading such ensembles as MusicAeterna, the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, and the London Symphony Orchestra. Passionate about contemporary music as both a creator and performer, Michelle Barzel Ross is a member of NYC-based Sinfonietta Ensemble Échappé and a guest player with the International Contemporary Ensemble and The Knights. An improviser on both the violin and piano, she also creates live immersive works with electronics.
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Winnie Huang is a Chinese-Australian violinist, violist and gestural performance artist currently based between Belgium and France. A doctoral artistic researcher and an active performer of new music, Winnie is a founding member and solo violinist of Paris based new music ensemble soundinitiative and co-founder and member of the performative duo LookOut.
"Music is a form of storytelling, even when it’s completely abstract or experimental. The only way to really understand a story is listening without judgement."
Bassist Edward Kass performs frequently with new music groups such as Ensemble Dal Niente and Callithumpian Consort, and at festivals such as Tanglewood Music Center, Lucerne Festival, and Pacific Music Festival. Since 2016, he has performed with soprano Nina Guo as Departure Duo, a duo committed to performing, commissioning and researching music written for soprano and double bass. Recent duo performances include recitals at Spoleto Festival USA, Yellow Barn, Omaha Under the Radar, and KM28. Their commissioning work was recently recognized with a Chamber Music America Classical Commissioning Grant.
"New music is part of the cultural history that we are living in right now and it is something for the artists to be proud and supportive of."
Helga Karen (1991) is a Finnish pianist specialized in performance of classical contemporary music. She has performed as a soloist and chamber music musician in various contemporary music festivals such as Lucerne Festival, SoundScape, Musica Nova, ISA2015, Stockhausen Courses and Concerts, Impuls Academy and International Summer Course for New Music Darmstadt. Helga Karen has won several prizes at various competitions, including first prizes in Giovani Musicisti Music Competition, Stockhausen Concert and Courses, Karlsruhe Contemporary Music Competition and Orpheus Chamber Music Competition. Currently she is working on her PhD, which explores Stockhausen's piano pieces, at the Sibelius Academy in Finland.
"I believe that the gathering of these voices is creating a special and extremely exciting festival program."
Ben Roidl-Ward is a bassoonist and improviser based in Chicago. His dedication to working with composers of his generation has led him to commission and premiere numerous works featuring the bassoon with the goal of broadening the repertoire and expanding the possibilities of the instrument.
“Thanks to the immense energy of this highly qualified and specialized team of colleagues, an incredible wealth of curatorial ideas quickly accumulated.”
Stephen Menotti is a freelance trombonist living in Basel. He was born in State College, Pennsylvania, and studied with Mike Svoboda, James Desano, and Mark Lusk at Oberlin Conservatory and at the Musikhochschule Basel. Menotti lived in New York as a freelance musician for two years before moving to Europe. His passion for contemporary music has led him to perform with numerous ensembles including musikFabrik, Remix Ensemble, Collegium Novum Zürich, Ensemble Modern, Ensemble Phoenix, and the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE). He is a founding member of the Eunoia Quintett.
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