Ana Seara

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Born in 1985, composer Ana Seara started studying music at the Conservatório de Música Calouste Gulbenkian de Braga, where she attended with distinction the unique Complementar Composition Course taught in Portugal. In 2007 completed the Degree in Composition at ESML – Lisbon, with a final average of 19 values. She competed for the first edition of the International Composition Competition of Póvoa de Varzim, getting an Honorable Mention in the category of chamber music, while, on the following 2 years, at the same competition, she won a 1st and a 2nd prize in the “Music for Orchestra” category and a 2nd prize for chamber music. She also participated in the Second Reading Workshop for Young Composers – Orchestra of the Algarve with the work “Mudra” (2008). This work was selected to be part of the 2008/09 season. Ana finished, in 2010, her Master’s thesis in Composition with the final score of 18. She had several commissions, among them, the Chamber Orchestra of Cascais and Oeiras, Lisbon Sinfonietta Orchestra, OrchestrUtopica and the Contemporary Music Group of Lisbon. She was author and organizer of the International Meetings New Music I and II – panel discussions, workshops and recitals of contemporary music, with the Chamber Orchestra of Cascais and Oeiras. She participated in the Reading Panel Sond’Ar-te Electric Ensemble and the 1st Forum for Young Composers Sond’Ar-te Electric Ensemble. Ana was production assistant at the Young Musicians Award 2011 and the Young Musicians Festival, sponsored by Antena2. She was invited to present a paper at the Congress on Rhythm in Contemporary Music, sponsored by UnIMeM – Research Unit in Music and Musicology – Line of Contemporary Music at the University of Évora – November 2011. She was invited to integrate an application for Membership Workshop for voice directed by Luca Francesconi organized by the Music Department of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation under ENOA (European Network of Opera Academies). She was selected and presented, with the Gulbenkian Orchestra and Maestro Francesconi, a new work for mezzo-soprano and orchestra. Recently Ana went to Italy, for a series of 5 concerts/conference debuting a work for solo violin, commission by Fondazione Adkins Chiti: Donne in Musica. She was nominated for the 1st Prize of the Young Composer Verbier Music Festival 2013. Ana participated, in April 2013, in Budapest, on the “Out at SEA Chamber Opera workshop”, organized by the Peter Eötvös Foundation, with Peter Eötvos and Luca Francesconi. For the season of 2013/2014 Ana had a new work commissioned by the Gulbenkian Orchestra. Invited by the Gulbenkian Foundation, Ana participated in the Workshop for voice by ENOA in LOD, Ghent – Belgium and in the “Opera en Creation” Workshop with Martin Crimp and George Benjamin – Aix-en- Provence 2014. In the 2014 season of Casa da Música – Oporto, She was the young resident composer. Among other musical projects, Ana had concerts in Oporto, Almada, Lisbon and in Oslo in 2015 with 2 new pieces. In 2016 she participated in a Opera for Young Audiences Workshop – ENOA, in Munich and was invited to write a new opera for children. Ana works, also, as Educational Director of the Academy of Music in Lisbon, where she teaches composition, ear training and choir.

Do Desassossego|violin, violoncello & piano