Anna-Louise Walton

Anna-Louise Walton (b.1991) is an American composer of chamber, choral, and electronic music.  Her works have been performed by ensembles such as Quatuor Diotima, Mivos Quartet, Ecce Ensemble, and Switch~ Ensemble.  Her music has also been featured at IRCAM’s ManiFeste, impuls Festival, the VIPA Festival, the Electric LaTex Festival, and the highSCORE Festival.

Though Ms. Walton did not start composing formally until her junior year at Scripps College, where she received a B.A. in music studying under Tom Flaherty, she grew up playing the piano and singing from a young age.  She then went on to study composition at Kunstuniversität Graz with Beat Furrer. Ms. Walton is currently finishing a Master’s degree in composition at Tulane University under the tutelage of Maxwell Dulaney and Rick Snow.

Oliver Christophe Leith

Oliver (b.1990) is a London based composer making acoustic music, electronic music and video. He was the recipient of a British Composer Award in 2016 and of the Royal Philharmonic Composition prize 2014. His work focuses on text, video, theatre and tangible human themes. Recent pieces have taken their beginnings in internet culture and authenticity.

Music and videos have been performed by the likes of the London Symphony Orchestra, London Sinfonietta, Philharmonia Orchestra, Opera North Orchestra, plus-minus ensemble, the Ives ensemble, John Harle, Loré Lixenberg, Matthew Herbert, Explorensemble, KSQ and Exaudi. The music has been heard at places such as Festival D’Aix-en-Provence, The Barbican, Milton Court, The Royal Opera House, The Royal Festival Hall, St. Lukes, St. John Smith’s Square, St Martin-in-the-fields and The Horniman. Visual art collaborations are exhibited at The Museum of Western Australia and recorded music played on BBC Radio 3 and NTS radio.

Upcoming projects include a large work for George Barton and Siwan Rhys Duo (about OCD & Superstition) and a piece for the Boston Symphony Orchestra.

Roodabe Shamloo

Iranian Roodabe Shamloo studied music and composition with Alireza Mashayekhi and Mehran Rohani at the University of Tehran and worked as a piano teacher and manager of the Haftan Art Gallery. She was invited to perform at Linz (Festival 4020), Vienna and Weimar. Roodabe Shamloo is particularly devoted to the setting of poems. She attended master classes for composition with Johanna Doderer a. o.

Mahdis Kashani

After her bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering Mahdis Kashani, who was born in 1984, studied at Sooreh University in Tehran. Since 2004 she took private lessons in composition, harmonica, piano and musical theory. As a composer she was invited to Austria, Ukraine, Italy and Belgium, her works were performed in the USA, England, Mexico and Brazil. In 2015, she released her first movie, “The Report of Manaslue”.

Kashani is a member of the Iran House of Music and is interested in Persian singing and Iranian percussion.

Sarah Lianne Lewis

Sarah Lianne Lewis is a Welsh composer whose music has received awards and commendations and beenfeatured in several British and European classical music festivals, and been performed by ensembles such as the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Gemini, and PianoCircus. One of Sound and Music’s ‘New Voices’ composers of 2014, she has recently worked with Silbersee opera
(ex vocaallab) and LOD Theatre in Ghent through the European Network of Opera Academies, and was commissioned by the Royal Philharmonic Society in 2014 to create a film interpreting her chamber work Shadow Play with filmmaker Christopher Lutterodt-Quarcoo, which was premiered at the British Film Institute, London in January 2015.

Sarah’s first chamber opera, »A Son to the Slaughter«, with librettist and director Max Hoehn, was premiered in Aldeburgh in September 2015 as the culmination of the Jerwood Opera Writing Course 2014-15. Earlier in the year, her song cycle »Relativity and Revelation for soprano voice, piano and singing bowls«, was premiered at the Aix-en-Provence Festival, having been commissioned by the Festival Académie. The beginning of 2016 sees her new work for symphony orchestra, »Is there no seeker of dreams that were?«, will be premiered by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales in March, and a new work for string trio will be premiered in the Heidelberg Music Festival, Germany, as well as a new work, commissioned by the Festival, for soprano voice and percussion.


Workshop discussion with the academy for composition

Lunch after the event (optional)

Admission free

An event of the Freundeskreis Heidelberger Frühling

In cooperation with Frauenbad Heidelberg