The NEC Young Composers Forum is an open space in which young composers from anywhere in the world are invited to present their work not in the context of a performance, but rather in a presentation or lecture format. Eight young composers have been invited to talk about their music as a way for specialized audiences —composers, performers, and theorists— to learn more about what is currently happening in new music composition not only in Boston, but also around the world. Therefore, this entrepreneurial project is outwardly beneficial: not only does it benefit audiences, but it also helps young composers gain valuable skills, increase awareness about their work, and possibly make important personal connections that will help them advance their careers.

NEC YCF Session 3: Felipe Lara and Zosha Di Castri

The NEC Young Composers Forum is proud to present the music of visiting composers Felipe Lara and Zosha Di Castri.

Felipe Lara was born in the state of São Paulo, Brazil in 1979. His music has been recently performed in Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, England, Germany, Holland, Luxemburg, Switzerland, and the United States by ensembles such as the Arditti String Quartet, Duo Diorama, Ensemble Recherche, International Contemporary Ensemble, JACK Quartet, Kammerensemble Neue Musik Berlin, Netherlands Radio Chamber Philharmonic Hilversum, and the Nouvel Ensemble Moderne. Lara is currently a PhD candidate at New York University (GSAS) where he studied with Louis Karchin, Elizabeth Hoffman, and Mario Davidovsky. Additional studies in composition, computer-music, and orchestration with Tristan Murail at Columbia University, as well as lessons with Brian Ferneyhough, Helmut Lachenmann, Marco Stroppa, Michael Jarrell, Wolfgang Rihm, and Yan Maresz. His second string quartet was the winner of the 2008 Staubach Preis in Darmstadt, Germany after the premier performance by the Arditti Quartet with the live-electronics of the Experimentalstudio SWR Freiburg. Two CDs including performances of Lara's music by the Arditti Quartet, Duo Diorama, and Percorso Ensemble, were released in Brazil in the Fall of 2008. This October, Peter Eötvös and the Netherlands Radio Chamber Philharmonic Hilversum premiered a new orchestral work, commissioned by Donaueschingen Musiktage for their festival. In April 2011, the São Paulo Symphony Orchestra (OSESP) will premier <"Ó"> for narrators, choirs, chamber orchestra, and electronics, under the baton of Ragnar Bohlin. Lara teaches in the music department (GSAS) at New York University and lives in the New York City area.

Zosha Di Castri (b. 1985) is a Canadian composer/pianist living in New York. She is currently pursuing doctoral studies in composition at Columbia University, studying with Fred Lerdahl. After completing a B.Mus. in composition and piano performance at McGill University, Zosha moved to Paris to pursue further musical studies. Her composition teachers have included Brian Cherney, Philippe Hurel, Fabien Lévy, and Tristan Murail. Zosha’s compositions have been performed in Canada, the US, and Europe by such ensembles as the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, the Internationale Ensemble Modern Akademie, l’Orchestre de la francophonie canadienne, Le Nouvel Ensemble Moderne, JACK Quartet, and the Orchestre National de Lorraine. She has also participated in residencies at the Banff Center, the New Music Session at Domaine Forget, and the National Arts Centre’s composition program. She was recently named a laureate of the 3rd International Composer’s Competition for the Hamburger Klangwerktage Festival, and is currently composer in residence for Ensemble Portmantô. Zosha is interested in creating interdisciplinary works, and composes both instrumental, mixed, and purely electronic music.
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Tuesday, December 14, 2010
10am - noon
NEC Pierce Hall
241 St. Botolph Street
Boston, MA 02115

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