Address: Vancouver, BC Canada


Nigel Osborne

Nigel Osborne studied composition with Kenneth Leighton, his predecessor as Reid Professor of Music at Edinburgh University, with Egon Wellesz, the first pupil of Arnold Schoenberg, and with Witold Rudzinski. He also studied at the Polish Radio Experimental Studio, Warsaw. His works have been featured in most major international festivals and performed by many leading orchestras and ensembles around the world, ranging from the Moscow to the Berlin Symphony Orchestras, and from the Philharmonia of London to the Los Angeles Philharmonic. He has had close relationships with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, City of London Sinfonia, London Sinfonietta, Hebrides Ensemble and Ensemble Intercontemporain, Paris, and has composed extensively for the theatre, with operas and music theatre works for Glyndebourne, English National Opera, Opera Factory, Wuppertal, the Hebbel Theatre, Berlin, the Shakespeare Globe, the Ulysses Theatre, Istria, Radio 3 and BBC2. These include The 7 Last Words, Hell's Angels, The Tempest, King Lear, Terrible Mouth, Sarajevo, Europa, Medea, and The Electrification of the Soviet Union. Other recent works include Forest-River-Ocean for City of London Festival 2002, a new commission for the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, October 2003 and A Song about Love, an evening of music and theatre with Vanessa Redgrave and Birlyant Ramzaeva.


Nigel Osborne is winner of the Opera Prize of Radio Suisse Romande and Ville de Geneve, the Netherlands Gaudeamus Prize, the Radcliffe Award and the Koussevitzky Award of the Library of Congress, Washington.


Nigel Osborne has pioneered the use of music in therapy and rehabilitation for children who are victims of conflict, and is consultant for programmes in the Balkans, Caucasus, Africa and the Middle East. His personal sensitivity and artistic work in the tragic lives of the young will inform his lecture on The Sacred Music of Personal Sacrifice. The music conference opens with the world premiere of Nigel Osborne's Dialogue (2003), an inspired musical reflection on the drawings of Rudolf Steiner especially composed for harpist Lucy Wakeford and oboist Jinny Shaw.


Howard Skempton

Howard Skempton, British composer, returns to Cambridge for the premiere of two recent works inspired by Ralph Waldo Emerson's Music. Both commissioned by Cambridge Music Conference one work is a song cycle based on four poems by Emerson composed for Paul Hillier and the second a choral setting of Emerson's Music for EXAUDI. He will also facilitate a workshop on contemporary sacred music. Howard Skempton has composed at least 300 pieces, a large number of which are small-scale works for solo piano, which he describes as the central nervous system of his work. Among recent commissions was a group of settings of The Song of Songs for the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, directed by Paul Hillier. Howard Skempton's work was featured at the Norfolk and Norwich Festival in 1997 and in Bratislava in 1998. He is currently Visiting Professor of Music at De Montfort University.


Elena Firsova

Elena Firsova was born in Leningrad on 21 March 1950, but moved to Moscow in 1956. She attended Moscow Conservatory 1970-75 where her teachers were Alexander Pirumov (composition), Yuri Kholopov (analysis) and Nikolai Rakov (orchestration). She established contact with composers Edison Denisov and Philip Herschkowitz and was a pupil of Anton von Webern. Elena Firsova has composed in many different genres including operas, oratories, cantatas, orchestral works, concertos, chamber ensembles and solo works. She has been commissioned by the BBC, BBC Proms, WRD, the Brodsky Quartet, Manchester Wind Orchestra, Schubert Ensemble, Freden Festival and EXPO 2000 (Hanover) and Bad Kissingen Festival (2003). Her Requiem of Akhmatova's poem is to be premiered at the Berlin Festival by the Berlin Philharmonia, September 2003.


She has been composer in residence at Bard College, USA (1990), St John's College, Cambridge, UK (1992), and later in the same year at Dartington Hall, Devon. From 1993 to 1997 she was visiting professor and composer in residence at Keele University. From 1999 until 2001 she taught composition at the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester.


Cambridge Music Conference has commissioned Elena Firsova to compose a work inspired by Dostoyevsky for the 300th anniversary of the founding of St Petersburg. Her new work is for 8-part mixed choir, based on the Russian text KRASOTA SPASIOT MIR, Beauty Will Save the World taken from Dostoyevsky's novel The Idiot.




Kate Waring

Kate Waring holds a bachelors and masters degree in music from Louisiana State University and a doctorate from the Sorbonne. Waring founded and directed Music from the USA and from 1987 to1996 ran American Music Week organising events throughout Germany. Several of Waring?s larger works have been performed on both sides of the Atlantic. Waring's oratorioRemember the Earth Whose Skin You Are with texts by Native Americans was premiered in the Art and Exhibition Hall of the Federal Republic of Germany in Bonn in 1994. Recent works include Legacy of the PioneersRings of Glory and other commissioned chamber music. Waring serves on the board of Action for Children's Arts and is the artistic director of Key Works International Ltd. In 2003, the Louisiana Sinfonietta will premiere her Cupid and the Manon String Quartet Scenes of ChildhoodHarmonious Relationships (2003) has been commissioned by Cambridge Music Conference.