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Barcelona Modern International Composition Course

Demian LUNA, artistic and pedagogical director 

Argentine composer born in Córdoba. He studied musical composition and piano at the School of Arts of the National University of Córdoba, Argentina. In 2002, he traveled to Barcelona to study Perfection and Musical Specialization in Composition and Instrumentation at the Higher Conservatory of Music of the Liceu, as a student of the Catalan composer Benet Casablancas. Later he expanded his training with Martin Matalon, in the CRR93 of Aubervilliers-Paris. He has attended as an active student in numerous master classes and composition courses given by prestigious musicians, among others: Jonathan Harvey, G. Aperghis, B. Ferneyhough, F. Cerha, Kaija Saariaho, Luis De Pablo, Cristóbal Halffter, Héctor Parra , Alberto Posadas, Martín Matalón, César Camarero, Giacomo Manzoni, Franco Donatoni, Arditti Quartet (Workshop).

His works have received several awards and distinctions: "2nd Vocal Composition Contest Friends of the Liceo" (Barcelona), "Francisco Guerrero Marín" Prize of the XIX Young Composers contest, granted by the CDMC and the Author Foundation, "V contest Musici Mojanesi 2009" (Treviso, Italy), "Incentive to the creation of symphonic works 2010" granted by the Author Foundation and the AEOS (Spanish Association of Symphonic Orchestras), "Grant for the Creation 2010" of the National Council of Culture and Arts (CONCA) and the Generalitat of Catalonia, "Trinac 2010" and "Trinac 2012" (National Tribune of Composers) Argentina.

He has received commissions from the Junta de Andalucía, Private Foundation of the Auditorium and The Orchestra, Contemporary Music Festival of Barcelona Nous Sons, Student Residence of Madrid, Malaga Philharmonic Orchestra, Author-AEOS Foundation, National Council of Culture and Arts-Generalitat of Catalonia, Valencian Institute of Music, Ensems Festival, Mixtur Festival, among others.

In 2012 is selected to represent Argentina in the "World Music Days 2012" in Belgium, organized by the International Society for Contemporary Music (ISCM).

His music has been performed in prestigious halls: Auditorium of the Liceu Conservatory (Barcelona), Ateneu Barcelonès, Auditorium 400 of the Reina Sofía National Art Center Museum (Madrid), L'Auditori (Barcelona), Student Residence (Madrid) , Palau de la Música de Valencia, Großer Saal Akademie für Tonkunst (Darmstadt, Germany), Auditorium Professional Council of Economic Sciences (Buenos Aires, Argentina), Auditorium of the Conservatory of Perpignan (France), Palau de la Música Catalana, Palau de las Artes de Valencia, Teatro Cervantes (Málaga), or the Arnold Schönberg Center (Vienna).

He has composed music for solo instruments, vocal, chamber and symphonic music.

Since 2013 he is the artistic and pedagogical director of the Barcelona Modern Ensemble, and director of the Barcelona Modern International Composition Course and the Barcelona Modern Festival.

Since 2016 he is professor of composition and theory at the Conservatorio Superior de Música del Liceo.



Carolina SANTIAGO MARTÍNEZ, co-coordinator

Born in Yecla (Murcia, Spain, 1994), Carolina Santiago holds a Bachelor's Degree and a Master's Degree in Piano Performance in Classical and Contemporary Music at the Conservatori del Liceu in Barcelona. She has received numerous awards such as the Fundació Conservatori Liceu Scholarship for the 2017-18 Piano Master, the AIE scholarship for the Manuel de Falla course in Granada with the Russian pianist Galina Eguiazarova from the Reina Sofía Music School (Madrid ), and in 2017 She is a finalist pianist of the Extraordinary Prizes of the Conservatori del Liceu and awarded the Yamaha Scholarship awarded by the Barcelona Piano Academy 2017 international course and competition to the best Spanish pianist.

She began his piano studies at an early age in her hometown and completed her Professional Degree finishing with the highest qualification at the Conservatory of Villena (Alicante), complementing it with intensive studies in modern music. In 2013, she began a Superior Degree at the Badajoz Conservatory (Extremadura, Spain) with Professor Alexander Kandelaki, and in 2015 she moved to Barcelona finishing her Higher Studies at the Conservatori del Liceu with the great pianist Albert Attenelle. The Master's studies are carried out in this center with the quality of a scholarship by the Fundació Conservatori Liceu also with Albert Attenelle.

Her interest in contemporary music has led her to carry out concert programs with current music and numerous premieres at important festivals such as the Mixtur Festival 2017 of contemporary music in Barcelona, ​​the Barcelona Modern Composition Course 2018 and the Liceu Sax Festival 2018. Noteworthy that she has been one of the pianists selected for the Summer Course of Darmstdat Internationales Musikinstitut 2018 with Nicolas Hodges.

She is currently co-coordinator of the Barcelona Modern International Composition Course and Barcelona Modern Festival, and she has specialized in the contemporary piano with Ricardo Descalzo in his Workshop of Experimental Music for Piano and with his professional duo Syntagma Piano Duo - together with the pianist Francisco Martí - specialized in music current and twentieth century.

Her passion for chamber music has led her to perfect herself in groups of string instruments with piano and piano duo with Catherine Ordronneau and Vesko Stambolov. She has received classes from great pianists such as Luca Chiantore, Josep Colom and Pilar Valero and has done masterclasses with Christopher Elton, Aquiles delle Vigne, Jacques Rouvier, M. Wladowski, Marta Gulyàs, Mark Knoop, Dimitri Alexeev, et cetera. She has also played in emblematic venues such as the Kasteel d'Ursell or the Atelier Marcel Hastir (Brussels), the Parlament de Catalunya, the Mies van der Rohe pavilion (Barcelona), the Museu de la Música (Barcelona), the Musikeon academy in Valencia, and in numerous auditoriums and theaters throughout Spain. In March 2017 she was selected to participate in the Primavera Pianística 2017 course and contest (Brussels, Belgium), and highlights her participation as a soloist at the Barcelona Piano Academy 2017, the Claustre de Sant Domènec concert cycle within the framework of the Castell de Peralada (Girona) and with the trio Athenea in the Fringe festival (Torroella de Montgrí, Girona).

Irene GREGORI, co-coordinator

Irene Gregori (Canet de Mar, 1982) began playing the piano at age 3 until she finished her middle conservatory studies. After a break in which she dedicated herself to other professional facets, in 2006 she formed the rock band "The Peals" in which she sang, played the guitar and composed her own songs, recording an album in January 2011. At the end of That same year he returned to undertake her musical studies to study the higher degree in the specialty of composition at the Conservatory of Music of the Liceu de Barcelona where she graduated in 2018.

In the 2017-18 academic year, she was chosen as an active participant in the Barcelona Modern International Composition Course where she worked with Jose Manuel López López and the ensemble BCN216, which premiered at the Sala Phonos "Worms of Light", a work for clarinet bass, cello and piano, composed throughout the course.

She has attended Masterclasses of George Benjamin, Hector Parra, Raphael Cendo, Luca Francesconi, Jose Manuel Lopez Lopez, among others.

In 2017 she premiered "Camino hacia la dolorosa orilla" for flute and guitar at the Picasso Museum in Barcelona, ​​and "La petite mort" for Saxo, piano and voice as the opening of the Erotic Salon of Barcelona in 2017. In 2018 it premiered at the Iklectik Art Lab of London her "Study for viola", within the framework of a project of the Royal Academy of Music. At the Conservatorio del Liceo she premiered "Dying like flies" for octet and "Ossa Sonore" for chamber orchestra.

Since 2018 she is co-coordinator of the International Composition Curs and the Barcelona Modern Festival.