Anja Clift (née Brezavšček, 1987) is a Slovenian flautist specialising in contemporary repertoire. She has been the recipient of many awards and distinctions, including a gold and silver medal at the TEMSIG competition (2004 & 2010 respectively), the Academic Prešeren Award for her outstanding interpretation of Carl Nielsen's Concerto for flute and orchestra (2012), two First prizes in the ISA-Sommerakademie Competition for Interpretation of Contemporary Music (2011, 2012) and the first prize for Interpretation of Contemporary Music in the “Giovanni Musicisti” competition in Treviso (2013).
She has obtained diplomas from the Ljubljana Conservatory of Music, where she studied with Matej Grahek, the Ljubljana Academy of Music, where she studied with Karolina Šantl Zupan and Master of Specialised Performance in Contemporary music at Hochschule für Musik Basel under the mentorship of Mike Svoboda. She is currently studying at Hochschule der Künste Bern with Prof. Martin Fahlenbock. She has participated in numerous masterclasses and Summer festivals such as Impuls Academy, Internationale Ferienkurse für Neue Musik Darmstadt, Akademie für zeitgenössische Musik Luzern, Gubbio Summer Festival, where she has worked with flautists Eva Furrer, Vera Fischer, Sophie Cherrier, Mario Caroli, Michael M. Kofler among others.
Wishing to gain a deeper understanding of music theory & history, she studied musicology at the Faculty of arts, Ljubljana in parallel to her studies in performance.
She performs regularly in chamber ensembles and as a soloist. She is a member of a Slovenian Ensemble Neofonía and co-founder of Ensemble neuverBand.
Olivia Steimel is a versatile German accordionist. Dedicated to contemporary music, she has collaborated with many composers, premiering and performing their works at international festivals (Wien Modern, ECLAT Stuttgart, ZeitRäume Basel, Darmstädter Ferienkurse für Neue Musik, ZeitGenuss Karlsruhe, St. Petersburg Internat. New Music Festival, Internat. Festival of Chamber Music Moscow, SoundSCAPE Maccagno, Happening Festival Calgary, Musikfestival Bern, Innovations en concert Montréal etc.), in radio broadcasts (in Canada, Portugal, Serbia, Germany, Switzerland, Russia, Brazil and Slovenia), and on CD recordings (NEOS, Thorofon, Austrian Gramophone). As a soloist she has performed with Kammerorchester Basel and as a guest with orchestras such as Würzburg Philharmonic, Ensemble Phoenix Basel, Sinfonieorchester Basel, musicAeterna (Teodor Currentzis), Junge Deutsche Philharmonie and the International Ensemble Modern Academy. In 2012 and 2013 she was artist-in-residence at the Banff Centre in Canada. Olivia is also a member of the chamber groups Duo Steimel-Mücksch and Trio SÆITENWIND. Olivia has been awarded several prizes at competitions, including FNAPEC Musiques d'Ensemble (Paris, 2014), Concours Nicati (Bern, 2013), Karlsruhe Competition for the Performance of Contemporary Music (Karlsruhe, 2013), International Accordion Competitions (Klingenthal & Castelfidardo, 2011) among others. She completed a diploma in pedagogy at the Würzburg Conservatory under the tutelage of Stefan Hussong (2012), a Master of Arts in Specialised Contemporary Performance at the Basel Conservatory (2014), and a soloist performance diploma at the Franz Liszt Conservatory Weimar, where she studied with Ivan Koval (2016). She was the recipient of a scholarship from the prestigious Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes for the duration of her various studies. Since 2019 she has been teaching at the Würzburg University of Music.
João Carlos Pacheco (*1988) is a Portuguese percussionist, composer, and a dedicated proponent of multidisciplinary performance.
João Carlos has specialized himself in the field of contemporary music and has worked with composers such as Simon Steen- Andersen, Jorge Sanchez-Chiong, Erik Oña, Francesco Filidei, Andreas E. Frank, Kaj Duncan David, Gary Berger, Vinko Globokar, Phillipe Manoury, Ulrich Krieger, Peter Maxwell Davies, Vitor Rua, António Pinho Vargas, Emannuel Nunes, among others. Strongly dedicated to chamber music, he is very active in the European contemporary music scene. In recent years has been performing with Ensemble of Nomads, Blechtrommel duo and TAL Trio. Besides his work in these formations, he also develops solo projects and works regularly as a guest with many different groups. He has collaborated on the creation and performance of multidisciplinary works with institutions such as the Lucerne Festival, ZeitRäume Bienal and Theater Basel.
João Carlos studied in Espinho, Porto, Lisboa and Basel. His teachers included Pedro Carneiro, Miquel Bernat, Christian Dierstein and Erik Oña.
He is currently based in Basel, Switzerland.
João Carlos Pacheco
Mezzo-soprano Anne-May Krüger was born in Berlin and studied in Leipzig and Karlsruhe, as well as with Rudolf Piernay. Early in her career she appeared at the State Opera in Stuttgart, and has been a guest artist with the State Theater Oldenburg, the Augsburg Theater and the Nationaltheater Mannheim. In the 2012/13 season, she sang the role of Volpino in Joseph Haydn's Lo Speziale at Theater Basel. Since 2012, she has been a frequent guest at the Lucerne Festival, premiering music-theater productions from Michel Roth (Im Bau, 2012 and Die Künstliche Mutter, 2016), Alfred Zimmerlin (Ana Andromeda, 2012), Michael Wertmüller (Anschlag, 2013), and Mike Svoboda (Robin Hood – Zu gut, um wahr zu sein, 2013). A recording of Michel Roth’s mono-opera Im Bau will be released in 2018 by the label WERGO.
Anne-May Krüger works with groups such as ensemble recherche, Ensemble Ascolta, Ensemble Phoenix Basel, Ensemble SoloVoices, and the Mike Svoboda Ensemble. Since 2013, she has been a member of the Swiss ensemble aequatuor. Opera productions have led to collaborations with conductors Bernhard Epstein and Titus Engel, as well as with stage directors Georges Delnon, Massimo Rocchi, Hendrik Müller and Joachim Schlömer. Numerous works have been written specifically for her by Hans Tutschku, Kurt Schwertsik, Mike Svoboda, and Andreas Eduardo Frank, among others.
She is a regular guest at renowned festivals, particularly for new music, such as Saarland Radio's „Mouvement – Musik im 21. Jahrhundert“, „Wien Modern“ (Vienna), „ZeitRäume“ Basel, „MaerzMusik“ (Berlin), and „Contempuls“ (Prague).
Anne-May Krüger received scholarships from the Forum Neues Musiktheater (State Opera Stuttgart) and the Richard Wagner Society, as well as project-scholarships from the Akademie Schloss Solitude /Stuttgart.
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