Sonic Coast [2] The Hub – Biographies


Laura Wolk-Lewanowicz. Young Australian soprano Laura Wolk-Lewanowicz is steadily building a fine reputation in London. Laura has performed in such venues as the Sydney Opera House, Her Majesty’s Theatre and the Wiener Kammeroper, and has been a soloist with Sinfonia d’Amici, the West Australian Symphony Orchestra and the Willoughby Symphony Orchestra, as well as the Canberra Chamber Orchestra.

Initially trained as a pianist, Laura is an experienced accompanist and repetiteur and still works in this capacity (so if you’re in need of note-bashing or someone to go through repertoire with, do get in touch!)

In 2010, Laura collaborated with Tightlaced Theatre’s artistic director, Jennifer McGregor, as well as filmmaker Gillian Morrison and visual artist Shaeron Averbuch in the short film “Siren”, filmed on location at GallerA1 in Edinburgh and later screened there. Laura was a member of ENO’s Opera Works Company 2011-12.

Chris Goodman. Chris studied at the Royal College of Music in London as a foundation scholar and graduated from the BMus course in 2010. He studied with Timothy Lines, Barnaby Robson, Richard Hosford and Bass Clarinet with Michael Harris and Paul Richards. There Chris performed in masterclasses with Michael Collins, Gervase De Peyer, Frank Cohen and Pascal Moragues.

Chris Goodman has performed with a variety of Orchestras and Ensembles such as English Touring Opera, Aldeburgh World Orchestra 2012, Orchestra Europa, Sinfonia Cymru, Orpheus Sinfonia, and the English National Opera Emerge Scheme.

Patrick Tapio Johnson. “A true artist of the cello, who coped with the myriad challenges of the work in admirable and compelling fashion… a performance that can only be described as revelatory.” – Robert Matthew-Walker, Musical Opinion

Patrick Tapio Johnson is a cellist and composer of American and Finnish extraction. His life as a musician began in the Scottish town of Dunfermline. 

Patrick studied at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in Glasgow, where he won competitions in both cello and composition. He also led the cello sections of the RCS Symphony Orchestra, RCS Sinfonietta and the Athenaeum Orchestra. Subsequently, Patrick studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. Again he led the cello section of the GSMD Symphony Orchestra, and represented the school in the 2011 City of London Festival.

Patrick is a very passionate promoter of new music, having given world premieres of many works for solo cello, plus many more chamber works. Most recently, Marc Yeats composed the solo cello piece “Pathos” for him, which was given its official premiere in June 2013 – Marc has since been inspired to use “Pathos” as the basis for a new cello concerto, entitled “Logos”, also dedicated to Patrick.

Patrick has performed in many of the UK’s most prestigious venues, including the Wigmore Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Barbican Hall, and St Martin in the Fields. He has also performed in the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Chennai, India, and in several cities in China.

Patrick plays on a mysterious 18th century cello, believed to be Italian and converted from a five-string violoncello piccolo.


David Dies. The music of composer David Dies (b. 1972) has been performed in venues around the world, including London, Lima, New York City, Chicago, Lenox MA, Ithaca NY, and Madison WI, where he has been both student and teacher. Sopranos Mimmi Fulmer and Judith Kellock, cellist Jakub Omsky, pianist Christopher Taylor and bassoonist Marc Vallon, among others, are featured on a new recording, agevolmente, which will be released in early 2011 on the Albany label. Other notable performances have been presented by soprano Catherine Verrilli, guitarist Lynn McGrath, percussionist Nathaniel Bartlett, soprano Denise Ritter, soprano Pam Igelsrud, the University of Chicago New Music Ensemble, and the UW-Madison Contemporary Chamber Ensemble. He currently teaches music theory and composition at Lawrence University in Appleton WI.

Recent works include a string quartet premiered in London, an unaccompanied setting of e.e. cummings, un(bee)mo, written for and recorded by sopranos Mimmi Fulmer and Judith Kellock, and a cello suite of “songs without words” intimately tied to Sephardic poetry, premiered at the Polish Consulate’s Residence in New York, NY. His Sonetos were premiered in March, 2008, by Lynn McGrath at the XIX Festival Internacional de Guitarra in Lima, Peru. As a student, his incidental music for SUNY-Potsdam’s production of La Ronde was recognized with a Certificate of Merit from the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. His chamber opera, Hills Like White Elephants, on the story by Ernest Hemingway, was premiered in Madison in 2007 with soprano Lyssandra Walsh, tenor James Kryshak and mezzo-soprano Consuelo Sañudo, Grant Harville conducting.

Benjamin Graves. Since achieving his Masters in Composition, with distinction, from the Guildhall School – with generous support from The Worshipful Company of Tobacco Pipe Makers, The Worshipful Company of Tylers and Bricklayers, the Guildhall Trust and the Countess of Munster Musical Trust – Benjamin’s works have been performed widely, either by himself, as clarinettist, or others across the UK and abroad. His music has been heard in venues in Royaumont, France; Darmstadt, Germany and Aldeburgh; Birmingham; Durham; Oxford and London’s Air Studios, Barbican, LSO St. Luke’s, the BBC’s Maida Vale Studios, The Place, Southbank, and the Wigmore Hall. Broadcasts include BBC radio 3 and Resonance 104.4 FM. Festival premieres include the City of London and Aldeburgh festivals. Recent projects include a work for large orchestra as part of the London Symphony Orchestra’s Panufnik Young Composer Scheme and he is currently undertaking a course at the Choreographic Research and Composition Programme of the Royaumont Foundation in France with generous support from the Nicholas Boas Charitable Trust. He is co-founder of the critically acclaimed dance and music company Sounding Motion who perform extensively across the UK in theatres, studios and education projects, with generous support from the Musicians’ Benevolent Fund.

Jenni Pinnock. With a varied collection of influences, British composer Jenni Pinnock’s music has been described as “refreshing”, “imaginative” and “tantalizingly beautiful in smoothness and soul”. Her work is heavily influenced by nature and the world around us, is predominantly tonal, and has received performances around the UK and in Europe. Jenni strives to avoid labels, so rather than attempt to ‘box’ her music she would encourage you to listen and open your mind instead.

Jenni’s compositional voice is a sum of its parts – she is a firm believer that all the music she has studied and experienced has shaped her style. Her years of performing on the piano, saxophone and oboe are large influences, including time spent in choirs, big bands and orchestras. The Javanese gamelan has also played a large part, which she studied at school, university and then at the South Bank Centre. Church bell ringing is another interesting influence which has come into Jenni’s life in the past few years, and that can be heard permeating her more recent music.

Jenni graduated with first class honours from her BMus (hons) from Kingston University, and with merit from her intensive MMus in composition at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance where she studied with Stephen Montague and Gregory Rose. Alongside composing she also teaches instrumental lessons and arranges music, both of which act as constant sources of inspiration. She lives in Cambridgeshire, and is a member of the ISM. She was one of five composers chosen for the Adopt a Composer scheme 2013-14 (run by Making Music and Sound and Music and funded by PRS For Music Foundation, in association with BBC Radio 3).

John Strieder. Born 1980 in Germany, John is a composer and artist. His music has its origin in both the European modernism and current forms of contemporary music, as well as the achievements of cultures outside of Europe. He is also interested in innovative forms of the underground music scenes, e.g. metal and glitch.
The music he writes exclusively depicts inner processes, being an expression of emotional, intellectual and philosophical content, conveyed just through the music itself.
As an artist, he is working with digital, traditional and mixed media.

The interest in working cross-borders also showed up on his cooperation with the German Math Metal band „War From A Harlots Mouth“, where contemporary meets complex metal music.

Simon Cummings. Simon was born in 1973 in Cheltenham. He studied composition, conducting and organ at the Birmingham Conservatoire, graduating in 1997 with the Creative Studies prize. Aided by a substantial grant from The Countess of Munster Musical Trust, Cummings studied privately with Richard Barrett in Amsterdam, at the same time studying sonology and composition at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague. Upon completion of his Masters degree, he returned to England and took up the post of Assistant Director of Music at Christ Church, Cheltenham, where he remained for three and a half years. Cummings is currently pursuing a PhD in composition at Birmingham Conservatoire, under the supervision of Richard Causton and Michael Finnissy.

D. Edward Davis (b. 1980) is a composer of electronic and acoustic music. His work often engages with the sounds of the environment, exploring processes and patterns inspired by nature. Recent performers of his work include violinist Mari Kimura, pianist Ingrid Lee, the Callithumpian Consort, yMusic, and the Wet Ink Ensemble. His compositions are featured on the Spectropol Records compilation Possible Worlds, Vol. 2, and on recordings by saxophonist Eric Honour and violinist Erik Carlson.

In the summer of 2014, Davis travelled to Düsseldorf for private study with composer Antoine Beuger. He has participated in the New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival (NYC, 2014), the EcoSono Institute (Anchorage, AK, 2013), the nief-norf Summer Festival (Greenville, SC, 2012) and the Summer Institute for Contemporary Performance Practice / SICPP (Boston, MA, 2012 and 2014), and was selected as a Composer Fellow for the 2012 Other Minds Festival in San Francisco.

Davis lives in Durham, North Carolina, where he is a PhD candidate at Duke University and studies composition with Scott Lindroth and John Supko. He also has degrees from Brooklyn College and Northwestern University, and his former teachers include David Grubbs, Amnon Wolman, Amy Williams, and Jay Alan Yim.

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Nedyalka Dimitrova. Nedyalka, (b. 1990, Bulgaria) is currently a student at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance completing a MMus on the Mean-Time Scholarship for Postgraduate Composition. As part of her musical education she studied piano at a National Music School in Bulgaria followed by a course in Composition and Choral conducting at the National Academy of Music studying under Prof Alexander Tekeliev and Prof Miroslav Popsavov. During this period she was mainly interested in writing vocal music and some of her first pieces were performed at concerts in Bulgaria. She continued her education in Middlesex University as part of undergraduate course in Composition. With her move to the United Kingdom she developed more interest in contemporary music and composed instrumental music for string ensembles as part of workshops.

This opportunity at university led to her doing an postgraduate course in composition at Trinity Conservatoire of Music and Dance studying under Stephen Montague and Deirdre Gribbin.

Stephen Mark Barchan. Stephen was born in 1982 and studied composition with Richard Steinitz and Edwin Roxburgh, supported by the EMI Music Sound Foundation. Since leaving music college he has worked as a music copyist for most of the major UK music publishers. He is currently writing a new piece setting ‘Tis The Voice Of The Lobster by Lewis Carroll for spoken voice and ensemble, which will receive its first performance by Jane Manning and Jane’s Minstrels in London in September 2014.

Antonis Anestis. Born in Thessaloniki in 1985, Antonis studied Harmony, Counterpoint, Fugue and Orchestration at the Macedonian Conservatory of Thessaloniki and continued his studies in Composition with the established composer and conductor Professor Theodore Antoniou.

In 2006 he was awarded the 2nd national composition prize at the “Dimitris Dragatakis” composition competition for his work Concertino and in the same year, the 1st national composition prize at the “Young Composer’s prize at the “Young Composer’s Workshop” held in Patras University Cultural Centre, for his work A game of chess. In 2008 his work Villa R. – homage a Paul Klee, has been awarded the 1st national composition prize at the “Young Composer’s Workshop” held in Megaron, Athens Concert Hall, organized by the Greek Ministry of Culture for the program “Athens-Berlin: Bridges of culture and civilization”. His work April quintet was a commission for the 2nd World Symposium on multi-scale material mechanics and engineering sciences held in Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, in May 2009. In March 2013, his work Two monograms won 3rd prize at the international composition competition “Artistes en herbe”, held in Luxembourg under the authority of Luxembourg’s Ministry of Culture and in the same year, he received 1st prize in rarescale’s 10th anniversary international composition competition for his work “Nights”, held in the Royal College of Music, London.

His music ranges from solo instrumental works to works for ensemble and orchestra, with or without the use of electronics. He has also composed music for documentary films, theatrical plays and websites. His works have been performed by renowned ensembles such as ALEA III, rarescale, dissonArt, Hellenic Group of Contemporary Music and others, in Greece, France, Scotland, Germany and U.S.A. Music of his has been released on tetractys publishing and on rarescale records.

He has attended seminars with Th. Antoniou, G. Schuller, H. Tulve, G. Kouroupos, L. Hadjileontiadis, I. Konitopoulos, J. Papadatos, M. Lapidakis and C. Samaras. He is also a professional music engraver and has cooperated with Athens State Symphony Orchestra as well as with many individual composers, and a professional bouzouki player.

Marc Yeats. Marc’s music is performed, commissioned and broadcast worldwide. Transduction, complex surface relationships, asynchronous alignments, contextual, harmonic and temporal ambiguities, polarised intensities and a visceral joy of sound are all primary concerns.

. . . . . ‘how sour sweet music is,
When time is broke and no proportion kept!’ . . . . 
(William Shakespeare: Richard II, 5.5.42-9)

Marc Yeats is a composer and visual artist. His intense music has received performances and broadcast around the world including The Edinburgh String Quartet (UK), the Chamber Group of Scotland (UK), Psappha (UK), Richard Casey, Stephen Combes, the London Sinfonietta (UK), the Endymion Ensemble (UK), Lonba (Argentina), Paragon Ensemble (UK), the Scottish Chamber Orchestra (UK), illegal harmony (UK), 175 East (N.Z.), Sarah Watts, SCAW (UK), Sarah Nicolls, Federico Mondelci, the Commonwealth Sinfonietta (UK), Contempo Ensemble (Italy), Rarescale (UK), The Scottish Clarinet Quartet (UK), Symposia (UK), the New York Miniaturists Ensemble (USA), Trio IAMA (Greece), The International Concert Brass Soloists (Switzerland), Dirk Amrein (Germany) Expatrio (UK), Chroma (UK), Kokoro (UK), Consortium5 (UK), Ensemble Amorpha (UK) Chamber Cartel (US), Auditiv Vokal (Germany), the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra (UK), the Hallé Orchestra and Chorus (UK) conducted by Sir Mark Elder, Tokyo City Philharmonic (Japan) and Gewandhaus Radio Orchestra (Germany), with broadcasts on BBC Radio 3, BBC Radio Scotland as well as US, German, EU, Hawaiian, Japanese and New Zealand radio.

Marc is Composer-in-Association with:

Thumb Ensemble     [Birmingham UK]

Manchester Pride   [Manchester UK]

Chamber Cartel           [Atlanta, Georgia US]

SATSYMPH               [Bristol/Crewkerne UK]

Composer Curator with Sound and Music for 2014/15

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