• Composers in residence

    Tolib-Khon Shakhidi

    Tolibkhon Shakhidi (13 March 1946) was born in the city of Dushanbe, Tajikistan. His father Ziedullo Shakhidi, was the founder of twentieth century Tajik music.

    Tolibkhon began his musical career at the age of fourteen and graduated from the Musical College in Dushanbe in 1965 from the Composition Class of Uri Ter- Osipov. In the same year, he entered the Moscow Tchaikovsky State Conservatory. During his student years in Moscow, he strove to be at the centre of musical activities. Conductors such as Mikhail Terion and Maxim Shostakovich performed his orchestral and instrumental compositions.

    In 1972 Tolibkhon Shakhidi graduated from the Moscow Conservatory from the class of Aram Khachaturian. 'Tolib, your time is precious,' wrote the famous master on Shakhidi's graduation photograph – and since then, this has become the composer's fundamental belief both in life and in his creative work.

    From 1972 to this day, Tolibkhon Shakhidi has participated in a number of music festivals and has striven to produce innovative and powerful compositions. His music attempts to create a synthesis between East and West. His brilliant understanding of orchestration and familiarity with different musical styles have firmly established him in the contemporary music scene.

    Working in a number of different genres, including theatre and cinema, Shakhidi's compositions often serve as the vehicle for the musical representation of intensely powerful plays. Drawing inspiration from playwrights such as Sophocles and Shakespeare, Shakhidi's compositions capture the listener's imagination much as a dramatic representation would.

    A master of different genres, including operas, ballets, symphonies and instrumental compositions, his work represents a unique fusion of the very best of the European and Asian musical traditions. He is a contemporary artist, whose world outlook transcends national boundaries. In this capacity, he regularly participates in international festivals of contemporary and world music in a number of different countries.

    Tolib Shakhidi won several awards including the International Competition of Contemporary Music in the United States and the National Rudaki Prize in Tajikistan.

    Tolib Shakhidi have 6 Author CD's and a DVD published in London and Moscow.

    Roberto Scarcella Perino

    Roberto Scarcella Perino’s music has been commissioned, performed, and recorded by excellent ensembles and soloists throughout Europe and The United States, including the Orchestra Arturo Toscanini, the Orchestra Regionale Toscana, Giuseppe Bruno and the Exclusive Saxophone Quartet. His works include four operas, 2 piano concertos, movie scores, three ballets, chamber and choral music.

    His first opera, A Caval Donato, commissioned and premiered by Teatro Verdi in Pisa in 1999, has been produced also at Teatro Vittorio Emanuele in Messina. Mr. Scarcella Perino was chosen to write the music for Verdi, Merli and Cucù, an opera commissioned and premiered by Teatro Verdi in Busseto, to celebrate the 100th anniversary of death of Giuseppe Verdi in 2001. Blackout had its world premiere in October 2003 at the Tarrytown Music Hall in New York, and had further productions at Teatro Piccolo Regio in Turin and at Teatro Savio in Messina.

    His newest Azione in Musica for children’s chorus, Le Passioni dell’Anima, the sequel to his successful Le Passioni dell’Aria, was premiered in Italy in April 2017 and in May in New York performed by the New York City Children’s Chorus.

    August 2017 saw the world premiere of his new opera Furiosus commissioned by the International Opera Theater of Philadelphia in Città della Pieve (Umbria).

    Mr. Scarcella Perino teaches at the NYU Italian Department and a Scholar in Residence at the American Institute for Verdi Studies. He has been the recipient of numerous high honors and awards, including an International Competition for Children’s Opera and the Musical Analysis International Competition N. Slonimskij. He studied with the Slovenian pianist Sonja Pahor to whom he dedicated the first of his four Piano Sonatas. He holds degrees in Piano from the Conservatory Corelli in Messina and in Composition from the Conservatory Martini in Bologna. He studied composition at Accademia di Santa Cecilia in Rome with Azio Corghi, in Milan and in Parma at Accademia Petrassi, and also conducting at the Juilliard School of Music.

    He graduated from the University of Bologna with a degree in Musicology and he taught Music Analysis at the Arturo Toscanini Foundation in Parma. Every summer, Roberto teaches a course on Italian Opera at NYU in Florence.


    Dani Howard

    Dani Howard is a British composer and orchestrator who is quickly gaining international recognition with regular performances across Europe, the US and Asia. She just received her Royal Albert Hall Debut with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic performing “Argentum” – commissioned by the Royal Philharmonic Society and Classic FM, and has recently had her works performed by the City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong, the Bloomington Symphony and the Multi-Story Orchestra.

    She graduated from the Royal College of Music as a Rose Williams Scholar, where she received a first class BMus Honors Degree. Born and raised in Hong Kong, she is interested in collaborating with artists of various disciplined, she has worked with dancers, artists, film-makers and architects on a variety of projects.

    Competitions include the Royal Philharmonic Society Composition Prize, 1st Prize in the ‘Breaking The Fourth Wall International Composition Competition’, 3rd Prize in the International Antonin Dvorak Composition Competition (Prague) and 10th International Sun River Prize (China). She has been made a finalist for the Alba Rosa Vietor Composition Competition (Netherlands), International A. Rendano Composition Competition (Italy) and the British section of the ISCM World Music Days Festival (Slovenia) among others.

    In 2018-19 she looks forward to working with the Southbank Sinfonia, Orchestra Excellence, The Opera Story, Psappha Ensemble, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and Cheltenham Festival among others.


    Anna Segal

    Critically acclaimed composer Anna Segal belongs to a new generation of classical composers: An unusual, versatile composer in various disciplines – Symphonic and Chamber music, solo concertos, Lieder with Orchestra, Choir works and even Chansons.
    Her works are regularly performed by many orchestras, ensembles and soloists: Berliner Symphoniker (conducted by Maestro Lior Shambadal at The Berlin Philharmony), London Mozart Players Orchestra, Bayer Philharmonic Orchestra, Trier Philharmonic Orchestra, Ukraine National Philharmonic Orchestra, "Kiev Camerata" Orchestra, The Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, Irkutsk Philharmony Symphony Orchestra, Daego Chamber Orchestra (Korea), Armenian Philharmonic Orchestra, Dagestan Philharmonic Orchestra, The Israel Stage Orchestra, Baskent Chamber Orchestra in Turkey, The Raanana Symphonette(Israel), "Opera Kamera" Tel Aviv (Israel), "Cantango Berlin" Ensemble(Germany),Ensemble Mendelssohn(Belgium), Roman Ensemble(Belgium), prof. Paul Archibald(UK) - trumpet, Ramon Jaffe (Germany) - violoncello, prof. Wolfgang Weigel(Germany) - guitar, Rachel Talitman(Belgium) - Harp, prof. Jean - Marc Fessard – among others.