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Master class in Composition 2018















She Lives is pleased to announce the result of its Master class in Composition 2018!

We are truly glad to have received applications from the fours corners of the world!
From Germany, Poland, Italy, China, US, UK, Kazakhstan.
Very much looking forward to meeting these talented young composers!

Application for active students are closed.
Passive participants can apply till 25th August 2018.


Our musical association had the privilege to work with some of the most important institutions and artists in the international panorama: Solisti della Scala di Milano, Roma Opera House, Accademia Chigiana, Filarmonica Romana, Fondazione Scelsi, Royal Embassy of Norway, Swiss Institute in Rome, and great artists such as Peter Eötvös and Lasse Thoresen.

General Info
Period: 25-29 August 2018
Place: Zeneház (House of Music) seat of Concerto Budapest Orchestra.
Address: Páva utca 10, 1094 – Budapest
Ensemble in Residence: piano and string quartet (members of The National Hungarian Radio Orchestra, Hungarian Opera House and Concerto Armonico). Ensemble conducted by Andreas Luca Beraldo.
Final Concert: 29 August – House of Music. Budapest

Professors: Sidney Corbett, Alessio Elia


Sidney Corbett / Alessio Elia
– On writing for string quartet, with analytic examples from Ligeti, Scelsi and Lachenmann (and Beethoven and Bartók over our shoulders)

Alessio Elia
– Microtonality: from Spectralism to Polysystemism. From the overtone series to the simultaneous employment of different tuning systems.
(Seminar based on lectures held at Cité de la Musique, The Hungarian Academy of Arts and Chigiana Academy)

Sidney Corbett
– San Paolo, opera after an unrealised screenplay by Pier Paolo Pasolini

– Window technique: a way of managing proportions in musical composition with regard to metre, tempo, harmonic rhythm, density, register and dynamics

The pieces of the students are analyzed and discussed by Corbett and Elia from the point of view of compositional techniques and aesthetics. The conductor and editor Andreas Luca Beraldo will provide instead a conductorial and editorial approach.

ACTIVE PARTICIPANTS (no longer available)
Active students are entitled to attend the courses, and invited to discuss their own works with professors during individual meetings. They can also take part to the final concert with a piece written for the ensemble in residence.

PASSIVE PARTICIPANTS (still possible to apply within 25 August 2018)
Passive participants are entitled to attend the courses and the discussions of active students about their works, but they cannot discuss their own works with the professors.
Passive participants are invited to attend the rehearsals and the final concert of active students, but they cannot propose their own works.


The course is held in English.
Individual meetings can be done in the following languages:
Sidney Corbett: English, German, Spanish
Alessio Elia: English, Italian, German, Hungarian

The course provides the performance of the students pieces during the final concert (Wednesday, 29 August – h. 19:30, House of Music).
Composers are invited to write a piece for the ensemble in residence (with conductor):

Piano and string quartet

The piece can be written for any combination of the instruments present in the ensemble, from solo instrument to the whole group and must not be longer than 7 minutes.
Scores and parts, preferably written with a music notation software (Finale, Sibelius, etc.), must be sent as a pdf file no later than 29 July 2018, to the following e-mail address:

The best pieces will be address to major musical instutions for possible concerts and have the possibility to be published by Edition Impronta Mannheim.


To apply, send a CV and a piece written for the ensemble in residence (any combination of the instruments present in the ensemble, from solo instrument to the whole group, and no longer than 7 minutes) by the deadline, which is 29 July 2018. Within one week of submission the applicant will be notified about participation either as an active or passive student. Subsequently it will be necessary to pay the registration fee in accordance with the result of the application process.

Students who wish to apply directly as passive participants should send only a copy of their identity card or passport, and pay the registration fee (deadline for passive students is 25 August 2018).



Course Fees
Active Students: 560 € (application for active students are closed)
Listeners: 300 € (deadline for passive students is 25 August 2018)


The fees should be sent to the following Bank Account

Associazione SHE LIVES
IBAN: IT17H0335901600100000131702
BIC/SWIFT (per le transazioni internazionali): BCITITMX
Banca Prossima – Filiale di Milano, Piazza Paolo Ferrari 10, 20121 Milano

SHE LIVES Address: Piazza della Libertà 20, 00192 – Roma (Italy).


Deadline for enrollment and delivery of the pieces and parts

29 July 2018

(Listeners can register until the first day of the beginning of the course)




Sidney Corbett, born in 1960 in Chicago, studied music and philosophy at the University of California, San Diego, Yale University, where he earned his doctorate in 1989 and from 1985 to 1988 at the Hamburg Academy of Music with György Ligeti. Corbett has lived primarily in Europe since 1985. He has been professor of composition at the University of Performing Arts in Mannheim since 2006. Corbett is an artist outside the boundaries of avant-garde mainstream whose stance is nonetheless explicitly contemporary. His music is firmly established in the international music world and is performed worldwide by leading orchestras, ensembles and soloists.

A particular emphasis in his recent work has been in the area of music theatre. He has written five operas, among them NOACH, after a libretto by Christoph Hein (Bremen 2001), „Das Große Heft“ (The Notebook), after the novel by Agosta Kristof (Osnabrück 2013) and „Die Andere“ (The Other), again after a libretto by Christoph Hein (Magdeburg 2016). His literary leanings are also evidenced by his numerous song cycles and vocal works on texts by Christine Lavant, Barbara Köhler and Roland Barthes among others. Literary influences can also be found in his instrumental music, for example in „Yaël“ for violin and orchestra, which is inspired by the writings of Edmond Jabès or his Third Symphony, „Breathing the Water“, for soprano, trumpet and contrabass with string orchestra, which was premiered by the Staatskapelle Berlin and in which texts by Denise Levertov and Amal Al-Jubouri are juxtaposed.

Among his current projects are a new opera for the Osnabrück Theatre, to be premiered in April 2018 and a new work for chamber orchestra, commissioned by the San Francisco Contemporary Chamber Players.

Corbett is also an active guitarist in various improvisation groups. His music is published by Edition Nova Vita Berlin and distributed worldwide by CF Peters. CDs of his music have been released on Kreuzberg Records, Cybele, Mode, CRI, Edition Zeitklang, Blue Griffin, Edition Kopernikus and Ambitus. Corbett lives with his wife and three children in Schwetzingen.



Considered among the most original composers of the new generation (la Repubblica, Muzsika, Radio Vaticana, Die Rhein-Neckar-Zeitung) Alessio Elia had an international music education studying composition in Italy, Hungary and Germany. He graduated at the S. Cecilia Academy of Music in Rome under the guidance of Giovanni Piazza. He completed postgraduate courses in Italy at the National Academy of Music S. Cecilia in Rome and at the Chigiana Academy of Music in Siena with Azio Corghi, and abroad at the Internationales Musikinstitut Darmstadt with Brian Ferneyhough, Toshio Hosokawa, and Georg Friedrich Haas, as well as at the Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest with Zoltán Jeney. He obtained the post-master’s degree in Composition at the Hochschule für Musik Mannheim, studying with Sidney Corbett.
Consultations with Norwegian composer Lasse Thoresen also had a significant role in the process of his professional development.
Elia earned his PhD cum laude at the University of Rome Tor Vergata with a dissertation about the Hamburgisches Konzert by Ligeti (first comprehensive monograph on this topic).

Guest composer and researcher at the Liszt Academy in Budapest, the State University of Debrecen, the Zoltán Kodály Institute in Kecskemét, the Sacher Foundation in Basel, and the Norwegian Academy of Music in Oslo, he was also lecturer in composition in 2010 at the latter.

His music has been performed in significant concert halls and festivals worldwide (Auditorium Parco della Musica in Rome; Menuhin Festival in Oslo; Accademia Filarmonica Romana; BMC – Budapest Music Center; Bartók Hall of Palace of Arts – The National Auditorium in Budapest; Levinsalen and Lindemansalen in Oslo; Kongresshaus Stadthalle Heidelberg; LAC – Lugano Arte e Cultura Auditorium; National Hungarian Radio Studios; Forum Neue Musik – Palais Prinz Carl in Heidelberg; Auditorium del Parco by Renzo Piano in L’Aquila; Oggimusica Festival in Lugano, Yamaha Wien Concert Hall etc.).

Elia’s works were broadcast by state radios and TV channels, such as: Radio Bartók (Hungary); Saarländischer Rundfunk (Germany); Hungarian Catholic Radio; Magyar Televízió and Duna TV (Hungarian State TV); Radio Vaticana.

He has released interviews about his music for: Magyar Televízió and Duna TV, Bartók Radio, Radio Vaticana, Dal+Szerző – Magazine of the Hungarian Bureau for the Protection of Authors’ Rights, Muzsika – the most important Hungarian journal for classical music, Musica +, Budapest Music Centre, and the Peter Eötvös Foundation.

His activity as a composer and researcher has taken him on a tour of conferences around Europe (Norway, Hungary, Germany, Denmark, Italy etc.), among them the most important were at:
Cité de la musique in Paris; Internationales Musikinstitute Darmstadt; Accademia Filarmonica Romana; Chigiana Academy in Siena; Canal C2 – Université de Strasbourg; The Hungarian Academy of Arts;  Hochschule für Musik und darstellende Kunst Mannheim; Eötvös József University, Baja (Hungary); Norwegian Academy of Music; Kampnagel Internationale Kulturfabrik in Hamburg during the Symposium “Ligeti und die Mikrotonalität”, presented by Louise Duchesneau, secretary of Ligeti, with the extraordinary contribution of Paul Griffiths, first biographer of Ligeti.

In 2008 he was invited by the Hungarian State TV, for an interview about The Magician’s Death his opera based on the life and artistic activity of the Hungarian writer Géza Csáth.

Ten portrait concerts of his music have been organized in Budapest, Oslo and Rome since 2006 (most significant venues: two times at Sala Verdi of the Italian Institute of Culture in Budapest, the first time within the Festival “Contemporanea”, dedicated to Alessio Elia, Ivan Fedele and Luciano Berio, organized by the Italian Embassy in Budapest, the second concert for celebrating his ten years of musical activity in Hungary; Lindemansalen, Levinsalen in Oslo; Accademia Filarmonica Romana, for the Festival “She Lives” dedicated to Alessio Elia, Péter Eötvös and Zoltán Jeney).

His recent pieces take inspiration from scientific subjects, such as String Theory, M-Theory, and quantum physics.
Some works of his compositional output are addressed to the integration of different kinds of tuning systems in a process of developing the sonic material he named “Polysystemism”, discussed in many conferences and lectures, among them the one at “Centre de documentation de la musique contemporaine” of the Cité de la Musique in Paris.
The most significant works in this direction are Beyond Perturbative States, Conifold transitions, Invocazione e Responso and the orchestral pieces Dimensioni nascoste (Hidden Dimensions) and Trasparenze.

Elia is the recipient of several prizes, among them the Chigiana Merit Award 2005 for the piece Luminescences and the 1st prize for the piece Rejtett dimenziók (Hidden Dimensions) in the orchestral category of UMZF 2013 (Hungarian Forum for New Music) Competition, in the year dedicated to Ligeti, with Péter Eötvös presiding over the jury.
In 2016 his orchestral piece Labirynthum continui was awarded the “Leibniz’s Harmonies Prize” in Hannover.

Among recent commissions most importantly Radio Bartók commissioned a new orchestral piece for the National Hungarian Radio Orchestra. For this occasion he wrote the piece Trasparenze, performed in May 2014, conducted by László Tihanyi for live broadcast by Radio Bartók.

His Octet, published by Universal Music Publishing – Editio Musica Budapest, has been recorded by I Solisti della Scala conducted by Andrea Vitello and released in Cd by Warner Classics in 2018.

He lives in Budapest and Rome.




Sidney Corbett – Photo (Risa Kusumoto © 2016)

Alessio Elia – Photo (Bálint Hrotkó © 2013)