Wei-Ya Lin (Taiwan), chairwoman of the “International Cultural Platform”, composer, violist
Born in 1981 in Taipei.
Between 1992 and 1997 she won four national competitions for viola.
1998 – 2006: Continuation of her study at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna, where she majored in viola performance with the renowned violist Professor Wolfgang Klos.
From 2005 to 2007 she studied composition with Professor Axel Seidelmann and Herbert Lauermann.
As an active violist, from 2005 to 2009 Lin was a member of the Hibiki String Quartet, which obtained several awards. Lin does not limit her career to the serious music circle; she is now a member of German rock pop band Neuschnee.
To pursue her interest in experimental music, in 2004 Lin co-founded the International Cultural Platform (iKultur) with the composers Oliver Weber and Johannes Kretz, and co-organizes the annual aNOther Festival in Vienna since 2010. In 2014 she created the summer camp iKultLab for children with innovative pedagogical approaches in bringing arts into everyday life.
Not only performing arts, she is also active in scholarly research. In 2015 she got the PhD degree with the thesis – Music in the Life of the Tao: Tradition and Innovation from the Department of Folk Music Research and Ethnomusicology at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna, at which she is research fellow and adjunct lecturer. Her scholarly work is specialized in music of minorities and applied ethnomusicology. Her pilot-project Confusing Inspiration in bringing scholars and composers from various renown music universities and academies in Europe aims to minimize the boundary between the social science and artistic practices for sustainable collaborations. She has earned numerous scholarships with her outstanding academic research and has been invited for lectures and presentations in Albania, Austria, Canada, Czech Republic, Hong Kong, Hungary, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Laos, Latvia, Moldova, People’s Republic of China, Slovenia, South Africa, Switzerland, Taiwan, Turkey etc.
Johannes Kretz (Austria), art director, composer, live-electronics
Born 1968 in Vienna, studies (composition, pedagogy) at the music academy Vienna with F.BURT and M.JARRELL and mathematics at the University Vienna • 1992/93: studies at IRCAM, Paris with Marco Stroppa and Brian Ferneyhough • co-founder of NewTonEnsemble Vienna, of the international composers group PRISMA, of ikultur.com and of aNOther festival Vienna • teacher for music theory and composition at the conservatory of Vienna • since 1997: teacher for for computer music at the university for music and performing arts Vienna, since 2001 also music theory, since 2004 also composition, since 2009: habilitation in composition, associate professor • Since 2008: Head of ZiMT (“center for innovative music technology”) of the university for music and performing arts Vienna, since 2013 dean/head of department of the Institute for composition and electro-acoustics • Founding member of NewTonEnsmble Vienna, of the European Bridges Ensemble, the international composers group PRISMA, of the performance duo TOUCHING, and of ikultur.com. Co-curator of aNOther festival Vienna together with Wei-Ya Lin und Mahdieh Bayat.
Performances in Austria, Germany, Poland, France, Czechia, Turkey, Latvia, Lithuania, Argentinia, Mexico, Canada, USA, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, China, Uzbekistan, Iran • regular broadcasts in Austrian and German radio • commissions of work & performaces at/with National Theater Hall, Taipei, Festival Ars Electronica, Konzerthaus Wien, Klangforum Wien, Ensemble On Line, Vienna Flautists, quartett22, Internationale Lemgoer Orgeltage, Haller Bachtage, Triton Trombone Quartett, Wiener Kammerchor • numerous grants and prizes.
Born 1976 in Budapest.
In 2007 he received his MFA in media composition and in 2012 in composition from the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna, where he studied with Michael Jarrell and Klaus Peter Sattler. Samu studied with Walter Zimmerman and Daniel Ott at the University of Arts (UDK) in Berlin and with Alvin Lucier, Anthony Braxton and Ron Kuivila at the Wesleyan University (Connecticut, USA) as a Fulbright scholar. He started his doctoral studies at the University of Theater and Film Art in Budapest in 2013. His research area is multidisciplinary performance art and instrumental theater. Since 2013 teaches composition at the Vienna Music Institute.
His works have been performed at various festivals (Wien Modern, Bartok Festival), and at various locations (Carnegie Hall, Wiener Konzerthaus, in museums, parks and botanic gardens). His first chamber opera (AOIHANA) was premiered at the Sophiensaele, Berlin in 2007. Since then his chamber operas were premiered a.o. at the Theater an der Wien and the Hungarian State Opera.
He is a curator of the Transparent Sound Festival in Budapest. He is an active soundpainter and is giving workshops on many universities in the region. He often works together with musicians coming from diverse musical – social background, as well as folk and jazz musicians. In some of his works he operates with his own musically instructed Tarot-cards.