Karlheinz Essl attended the Vienna Musikhochschule (1979-87) for composition with Friedrich Cerha and electro-acoustic music with Dieter Kaufmann, completing a doctorate in musicology and art history at the University of Vienna with his thesis Das Synthese-Denken bei Anton Webern. As a composer he has contributed to the Projekt 3 composition programming environment of Gottfried Michael Koenig at Utrecht and Arnheim (1988-89) which later transformed into his own Real Time Composition Library (RTC-lib) for Max/MSP/Jitter.
Essl also served as composer-in-residence at the Darmstadt summer courses (1990-94) and completed a commission for IRCAM (Paris) in 1993. Between 1995-2006 he taught Algorithmic Composition at the Studio for Advanced Music & Media Technology at the Bruckner University, Linz. Since 2007, he is professor of composition for electro-acoustic and experimental music at the Vienna University of Music and Performing Arts.
His work with computers (with emphasis on Algorithmic Composition and generative art) and a prolonged occupation with the poetics of serial music have been a formative influence on his compositional thinking. He has frequently sought to combine music with other genres and has collaborated with a number of renowned artists, writers, and musicians.Essl also works in the field of electronic music, interactive realtime compositions and sound installations. He develops software environments for algorithmic composition and acts as a performer and improviser, utilzing his own computer-based real time composition environment m@ze°2 and also instruments like electric guitar, toy piano and music box. Karlheinz Essl’s works has been performed at the most important music festivals in Europe and the United States. More on his career can be found here.
Isabel Ettenauer is thought of as one of the most dynamic young performers in today’s new music scene. Both as a pianist and as a world leading toy piano virtuoso she captures her audiences’ hearts. Since the start of her career, Isabel has been a regular guest at international festivals and concert halls throughout Europe and the USA. Her London toy piano debut in the BMIC Cutting Edge Series 2002 was selected as pick of the week by several UK newspapers. Isabel was also performer in residence at the Voix Nouvelles composition course in Royaumont (France 2003). Her live performances and CD recordings have been broadcast by radio and TV stations all over the world.
Jennifer Hymer received degrees of music at UC Berkeley and Mills College. Her teachers have included Julie Steinberg, James Avery and Bernhard Wambach. Interested in different and unusual sonic possibilities of the piano, she specializes in repertoire for piano and multi-media as well as extended techniques. Moving to Germany in 1995, she consequently co-founded the electro- acoustic ensemble WireWorks; an ensemble for acoustic instruments, voice and electronics, with composer Georg Hajdu. She currently resides in Hamburg.
In the last few years she has had performances at the Musica Viva festival in Portugal, the Franz Liszt Academy in Budapest, the Ought-One Festival in Vermont, CCRMA (Stanford University), UC Santa Barbara, CNMAT (UC Berkeley), the Interpretation Series in Merkin Hall, Laeiszhalle (Hamburg), Mills College (Oakland), Alte Feuerwache (Köln), Schloss Moyland, Klangart Festival (Leipzig), Festival Neue Musik Lüneburg. Bang on a Can marathon (NY) as well as additional concerts in Mexico, Estonia, Tel Aviv and South America.
Her CD Ceci n’est pas un piano was recently released on Ambitus Musikproduktion.
Margarete Jungen studied opera and vocal studies, as well as the violin, at the Vienna Academy of Music. Jungen has performed numerous concerts and radio programs across Europe, as well as Azerbaijan, Mexico, and Cuba, and has appeared in many festivals and both operatic and musical theater productions. She teaches vocal performance at Musikuniversität Wien.