The panel, chaired by Maestro Daniele Zanettovich, will be made up of distinguished, international names from the world of music and contemporary composition.
Daniele Zanettovich was born in 1950, in Trieste, Italy. He is an Italian composer and conductor. Zanettovich started out his career as a pianist, winning the Fourth National Festival of Student Pianists in La Spezia. Since the late 1960s, however, he has focused more on composing. His career as a composer began when he was admitted to the final reading at the GB Viotti International Composition Competition for three straight years (1967, 1968, and 1969). Zanettovich wrote a two-volume textbook called Appunti per il corso di armonia principale which is widely used by composition schools in Italy. As a conductor, he has appeared with the Orchestre National de l'Opéra de Monte-Carlo, the orchestra of the Teatro Verdi in Trieste, the orchestra of AIDEM in Florence, the Orchestra Sinfonica di Sanremo, the orchestra of Ente Lirico dell'Arena di Verona as well as various chamber ensembles. Successful as an academic as well as a professional composer, Zanettovich was a professor of composition at the conservatory Jacopo Tomadini in Udine until retiring in 2009.
Gilberto Bosco was born in 1946, in Turin, Italy. He completed his musical studies in Turin, attending the Ferienkurse in Darmstadt. His works have won awards in national and international competitions. His compositions have been performed in many prestigious venues: Teatro alla Scala at the Comunale of Florence, Rai of Turin and Rome, in September Music and MiTo, from Ircam in Paris at Fundaçao Gulbenkian in Lisbon, by the Académie de France à Rome al Cantiere d'Arte di Montepulciano. Recently the Rodolfo Lipizer international violin competition commissioned him the compulsory piece for violin and piano for the 2008 Edition. Radio Rai commissioned an opera based on a text by Antonio Tabucchi, Sogni di sogni; the Orchestra Nazionale della Rai took a concert in the form of variations, for orchestra, performed at the Lingotto’s Auditorium; the Piccolo Regio di Torino has staged one of his chamber opera, based on a text by Sandra Reberschak, Il gioco delle sorti. September Music has produced the first performance of the Cantico del gallo silvestre, for two voices, reciting voice and instruments, text by Leopardi. It was for many years Professor of composition at the Conservatory of Turin; He taught music theory at the DAMS-University of Turin.
Ferrer Ferran was born in 1966, in Valencia, Spain. By the time he was fifteen years old he had already graduated as a pianist and percussionist. He also obtained diplomas in the fields of chamber music and accompaniment. Ferran has performed all over Spain as a soloist, together with chamber ensembles and as an accompanist for great international soloists. He works with a number of Spanish symphony orchestras. Furthermore, he is active as a composer, pianist, conductor and teacher at the Conservatorio Superior de Música de Valencia in Spain. Ferran has specialised in composition and accompaniment and has written many compositions including works for ensemble, choir, chamber orchestra and symphonic wind orchestra. The premieres have mostly been performed by renowned ensembles. Various works from Ferran’s pen have been selected as test pieces for important contests and festivals. He has won various composition awards and acknowledgements as well, such as the one given by Juventudes Musicales de España (Young Musicians of Spain). He has also won a number of prizes in Corciano (Italy). Ferran’s compositions have been ppublished in Spain, France and the Netherlands. Since 2002, his works have been published under the label Ibermúsica.
Donald Sosin was born in 1951, in New Rochelle, New York State. He composes and performs silent film music for festivals all over the US, Europe and China. A composition graduate of U. of Michigan and Columbia, Donald currently plays at MoMA, Lincoln Center, Harvard, Yale, and other colleges, and with his singer/percussionist wife at the National Gallery, and festivals in New York, Seattle, San Francisco and Italy. Donald worked on Broadway for many years, and writes and arranges for TV, radio and video. Commissions include the Chicago Symphony Chorus and the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra. He has scored over 35 silent film DVDs, and done thousands of sheet music arrangements. He is a part-time faculty member at Maharishi University of Management in Iowa. He and his wife teach songwriting and film music workshops at schools and colleges all over the US.
Dimitri Cervo was born in 1968, in Brazil. Composer, pianist and conductor, he created works that have been widely performed in Brazil and abroad. His discography includes two individual CDs, that won three Açorianos Awards for best classical album and composer. Cervo presented his first compositions in public at age fourteen. In 1991 he took composition classes (with Donatoni) and film music classes (with Ennio Morricone) at the Accademia Chigiana of Sienna. Cervo has performed his compositions at the piano with many orchestras and has conducted several ensembles. His works have been performed by a number of orchestras, including Orquestra Sinfônica Brasileira, Petrobrás Sinfônica, Sinfônica de Sergipe, Camerata Antiqua de Curitiba, Sinfônica de Porto Alegre, Sinfônica de Heliópolis, Orquestra de la Universidad del Norte, and important percussion groups. His orchestral and soloist music has been led by conductors like I.Karabtchevsky, T.Volkmann, W.Polistchuk, L.Carvalho, S.Fuks, G.Mannis, J.Pellicano, L.Mills, R.Rocha, A.Peleg. His works were performed in all Brazilian states, and in several countries, like the United States, Argentina, Paraguay, Costa Rica, Portugal, France, Germany, Bulgaria, Greece, Switzerland, Norway, Israel, Serbia, Vietnam, Singapore and Niger. Besides composition and performance Cervo teaches at UFRGS Music Department (Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul).