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Composer Prizes 2024 to Bára Gísladóttir, Daniele Ghisi und Yiqing Zhu


The Composer Prizes 2024 go to Bára Gisladottir from Iceland, the Italian Daniele Ghisi and Yiqing Zhu from China.

The Composer Prizes are endowed with 35,000 euros each. In addition to the prize money, music productions are also part of the prize.

Bára Gísladóttir (*1989) is an Icelandic composer and double bass player. She studied composition at the Iceland Academy of the Arts in Reykjavík, at the Conservatorio di Musica "Giuseppe Verdi" in Milan and at the Royal Danish Academy of Music in Copenhagen. As an active performer, she regularly plays her own music, solo or with her long-time collaborator Skúli Sverrisson. Occasionally she also performs as a soloist with ensembles and orchestras, most recently with her own double bass concerto Hringla with Copenhagen Phil and the Iceland Symphony Orchestra.

Daniele Ghisi (*1984) studied composition in his native Italy with Stefano Gervasoni in Bergamo and mathematics in Milan. He also attended masterclasses with Helmut Lachenmann, Brian Ferneyhough, Michael Jarrell and Pierluigi Billone. In 2017, he completed his doctorate in composition and music research at Ircam and the Sorbonne. In 2020, he moved to Berkley as a research assistant at the University of California. He currently teaches electroacoustic composition at the Turin Conservatory. He is co-founder of the collective /nu/thing and co-creator of the project "bach: automated composer's helper", a computerised real-time composition library.

Yiqing Zhu (*1989) is a Chinese composer and pianist. He learnt to play a variety of instruments as a child, including the piano, accordion and violin. In 2008, he began studying composition at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music. He continued his studies at the Royal Danish Academy of Music as part of the Erasmus programme. He then went to the State University of Music and Performing Arts in Stuttgart, where he graduated in 2019. His teachers include Huang Lv, Niels Rosing-Schow and Marco Stroppa. Zhu is currently a teacher of composition at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music. In addition to contemporary music, he is also interested in traditional Eastern music, jazz and world music.