THOMAS KOTCHEFF (b. 1988), a native of Los Angeles, has been described as “truly beautiful and inspired” (icareifyoulisten.com) and “explosive” (Gramophone magazine), and his music has been performed internationally by The Riot Ensemble, Sandbox Percussion, Trio Appassionata, the Argus Quartet, USC Thornton Edge, HOCKET, and the Aspen Contemporary Ensemble.
William Healy (b. 1990) is a composer and pianist based in New York. Known for his "lushly bluesy" sound and "adroitly blended... textures" (New York Times), Healy is the artistic director of ShoutHouse, an orchestral hip-hop collective. An accomplished pianist, he has been featured as a concerto soloist on many occasions, and he performed Bach's complete Goldberg Variations in a series of concerts in 2013. His work has been featured on New Sounds (WNYC), at Bargemusic, the Aspen Music Festival, Carnegie Hall, and the Apollo Theater.
Susanna Hancock (b. 1992) is a composer, whose work explores color, process, and acoustic phenomena, drawing from a wide array of influences including minimalism, spectralism, folk music, and electronic mediums. Her compositions have been featured in concerts and festivals throughout the world, including the Vox Novus/Composers Voice Concert Series, Taneycomo Music Festival, USF New-Music Festival, and the Dimitria Festival in Thessaloniki, Greece.
Tamzin Ferré Elliott (b. 1992) is a composer from a small surfing town in northern San Diego. Alongside composing she engages in a range of performance art from classical harp and Georgian folk singing to performance poetry. Tamzin graduated from Bard College and Conservatory with degrees in Composition and Written Arts, where she studied composition with Joan Tower and George Tsontakis, and completed her senior thesis in Poetry studying under Ann Lauterbach.
Carlo Diaz (b. 1994) is composer who explores the physicality of historical, rudimentary, and simplified instruments and the relationship between music, history, place, and sensation. At Northwestern University, he studied with Jay Alan Yim, Hans Thomalla, and Juan Campoverde. In Fall 2014 he studied visual cultures and composition with Patricia Alessandrini at Goldsmiths College, University of London, and in Summer 2015 returned to the U.K.
Daniel Bayot (b. 1995) is a composer for concert and film particularly interested in creating works that satisfy the cerebral, visceral, or kinetic facets of a listener’s experience.
Katherine Balch (b.1991) writes music that explores lyricism through textural soundscapes. Her music has been commissioned and performed by the Albany Symphony Orchestra, the New York Youth Symphony (First Music Commission), Ensemble Intercontemporain (IRCAM ManiFeste), Alea III, Antico Moderno, FLUX Quartet (Santa Fe Chamber Music), ZOFO duo, the New York Virtuoso Singers, Yale Philharmonia, ICE, American Modern Ensemble, and others in such venues as Carnegie Hall, National Sawdust, and Centquatre (Paris).
Ali Can Puskulcu (b. 1989) was born in Istanbul, Turkey. At the age of 6 he began to play the violin, studying with Kemal Gullu. When he was 10 years old, Ali was accepted to Mimar Sinan University State Conservatory by Professor Cigdem Iyicil and pursued studies in composition under Dr. Volkan Barut. In 2007, Ali entered the Robert Schumann Musikhochschule in Dusseldorf, Germany under the instruction of Professor Ida Bieler. In 2010 he was invited to the renowned Schwetzingen Festspiele as a guest artist to perform music by contemporary Turkish composers.