Paul Patterson (United Kingdom) is one of the most versatile, successful and internationally respected British composers of his generation.
All of the major UK orchestras, and in numerous countries abroad, have executed his works, as have eminent ensembles and international soloists, and he has a substantial discography. He has been the featured composer at many festivals both in the UK and abroad, and has also been BBC Composer of the Week.
His substantial oeuvre, which includes several prestigious commissions, is stylistically varied; he is known for his sympathetic and often humorous writing for instruments, making a popular and successful name for himself in the choral, brass, organ, orchestral, concerti and children’s music. His composition style of challenging but idiomatic writing has resulted in many of his solo works have been chosen as set pieces for international competitions in Europe, Australia, Israel, Thailand and the USA.
Zoraida Avila (Spain) — harp professor in Universidad Complutense de Madrid, chairs of the Cultural Association Isolda, through which she organizes the international competition “The Iberian Chamber Music Competition with Harp”
She graduated at Tchakovsky Moscow Conservatory, where she studied with the eminent harpist Vera Dulova, she also has the title of “The Associated of Royal College of Music”, London, UK .
Zoraida Avila has received awards in international competitions and festivals such as the National Harp Competition of the USSR (1984) and the “Andrés Segovia” Spanish Music Award. She has performed in Venezuela, USSR, Russia, Bulgaria, England, Belgium, Denmark, Algeria, Portugal, Yugoslavia, Greece, Norway, India and China.
She has participated in several international festivals: First Latin American Harp Festival, San Jose, Costa Rica; XV Festival do Estoril, Portugal; II World Harp Festival in Cardiff, Wales; VII Festival of El Hatillo, Venezuela, 5th European Harp Symposium in Amsterdam, Netherlands among others.
She recorded a CD with the chamber music group ” Isolda” (1989). Her solo reccordings have earned her praise from international critics.
Daiva Šlyzienė (Lithuania) is a harp teacher in the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre and in the National M.K.Čiurlionis School of Art, also she is a Principal harp of Lithuanian National Opera and Ballet Theatre.
She established Association of Harp in Lithuania in 2004 and organized the I International Baltic Harp Music Festival in 2011.
Daiva Šlyzienė collaborates with the Orchestra of Lithuanian National Philharmonic, Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra, St.Christopher Chamber Orchestra, Klaipeda Chamber Orchestra, Kaunas and Klaipėda Music theatres.
For the pedagogical activity and education of young Lithuanian talents, she got awards from of the President of Lithuania Valdas Adamkus and President of Lithuania Dalia Grybauskaitė. Her students actively and successfully participate in concerts organized by the school, in national and international festivals, competitions, World Harp Congresses.
Daiva studied at the National M.K. Čiurlionis School of Art in the harp class of the teacher E. Rimkaitė. Daiva Šlyzienė graduated harp class of Professor L. Chetogurova in the Lithuanian State Conservatoire (now the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre) in the year 1989.To get more pedagogical knowledge she participated in master classes of professors Susanna McDonald (USA), M. Agazarian (Russia), F. Sitruk (Switzerland), I. Moretti and I. Perin (France), S. Kanga (UK).
Graduated Kharkiv High Music School (with professor Natalia Kinevskaya) and Kharkiv State University of Arts (with professor Alexandra D’yachenko) and shortly thereafter was invited to teach in Kharkiv High Music school and also became the Principal harpist of Kharkiv Theatre of Opera and Ballet.
As an orchestral musician Larisa gives concerts in Great Britain, France, Germany, Netherlands. As a teacher she continues to advance by visiting lectures of International “Harp Master Academy” in Switzerland, participation in harp festivals of Ukraine and Russia.
Larisa Klievtsova is frequently invited as a jury member to international harp competitions.
Katerina did postgraduate course in the Gnesin Music Academy and now continuing her education for the degree of Candidate of Arts.
She takes part in international conferences, her articles are published regularly. Katerina Savkina is the prizewinner of international competitions and festivals in Ukraine, Russia, Bulgaria, Hungary and Japan. She took master-classes with Grace Cloutier, Catherine Michel and others.
She collaborates with many composers to promote and develop harp repertoire. Katerina is a guest soloist in “Bolshoi” Theatre, Svetlanov Simphony, Russian Philharmonic Symphony, “Moscow Virtuosi” etc. She is very active as soloist and ensemble player all over Ukraine and Russia. Currently Katerina is the Principal Harpist of Provincial theater (artistic director Sergey Bezrukov) in Moscow and the harp professor at Zukowski Art school.