Jack Body

Jack Body's music includes solo and chamber music, orchestral music, music-theatre, music for dance and film as well as electro-acoustic music. A fascination with the music and cultures of Asia, particularly Indonesia, has been a strong influence on his musical thinking. As an ethnomusicologist his published recordings including music from Indonesia and China.

He has been commissioned by the Auckland Philharmonia, the NZ String Quartet, the NZ Symphony Orchestra, the BBC Scottish Orchestra, and many other groups, and has written three works for the Kronos Quartet. In 2003 he was a featured composer at the 'Other Minds Festival' in San Francisco, and in 2004 he was honoured by a 'Composer Portrait' concert in the NZ International Festival. More recently he was commissioned by the Atlas Ensemble (resident ensemble in the 2004 Holland Festival), was a guest of the Encuentros 2004 International Festival in Buenos Aires and a featured composer at Neuse Musik Aus Neuseeland in Luebeck in 2006.

In 1999 he was awarded an OMNZ for his services to music, to education and to photography, and in 2004 he was honoured by the Arts Foundation of NZ as a laureate, an award that included a cash prize of $50,000.
Jack Body has been a strong advocate for NZ music. He has been the editor of Waiteata Music Press since 1980, publishing scores of New Zealand music. He has also produced over eighteen CDs of music by New Zealand composers. As a teacher he was guest lecturer at the Akademi Musik Indonesia, Jogjakarta (1976-77), and has lectured at the Victoria University School of Music (now the NZ School of Music) since 1980.

Loch Bonsamnag

Education: School of Fine Arts, Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Faculty of Music. Graduated with Baccalaureate Honors. Dnipropetrovsk State Musical College, Dnipropetrovsk, Ukraine. Bachelors Degree. Major, Clarinet. Second Clarinet, Ukraine State Philharmonic Orchestra. Birmingham Conservatoire, University of Central England. 2003-2005 Elizabeth University of Music, Japan, Master Degree. First Clarinet, Asean-Japan Symphony Orchestra.
Hisako Ikeda

was born 19th of June 1976 in Japan. In 2000 she graduated in the Tokyo University of Music, and in March 2006 she finished her Masters Degree in Music Theory from Eizabeth University of Music in Japan. From July 2000 to July 2002 Hisako was a Music teacher in the Royal University of Fine Arts (RUFA) Cambodia. She also supported the Cambodian musicians to achieve a scholarship for studying in Japan at the Elizabeth University of Music.From May 2005 to July 2006 she obtained several researches in the Institution for Professional Western Music Education in Cambodia for Masters study. She is as well a member of Japan Music Education Society and of Society for Research in Asiatic Music.
Sakano Issei

Born from parents who love music, he started piano at the age of three. He had been studying piano, music theory and composition under Japanese teachers for 15 years. After coming to Cambodia in 1992, he had been away from music for years, but has resumed musical activitiesrecntly. He is currently working for legal and judicial reform in Cambodia as Japanese expert to Cambodian Ministry of Justice and at the same time, making performance occasionally in Phnom Penh mainly as a piano accompanist.
Gerd Isselhardt

was born 1987 in Speyer, Germany. He started playing piano when he was 8 years old. His first teacher was Christoph Stadler. From 1995 - 2001 he has been teached by Werner Hardt. Gerd applied sucsessfully as a privat pupil of Prof. Siegbert Panzer ( Ludwigshafen, Germany where he took piano lessons from 2001 until now. In 2003, he was the second prize winner at “Jugend musiziert”(Bundewettbewerb) the famous competition for the youth, and participated at the Chamber Music Course for the best young musicians in Weikersheim/Germany. Gerd joined several Chamber Music Performances – also with members of the State Philharmonic Orchestra Rheinland Pfalz. He finished his studies at the Hans Purrman Gymnasium and graduated with the so called Fachabitur in 2007. He looks forward to continue his music studies.
Gerhard Anton Isselhardt

He served as a temporary flutist at the State Philhamonic Orchestra, Rheinland Pfalz. These orchestral experiences, especially with renowned conductors like Sergiu Celibidache had a serious impact on his musical consciousness. Since 2003, he acts as Country Director of F.W.C.P.A. and plays a major role in improving the standards of Western Art Music in Cambodia.
Mari Jinnai

Mari Jinnai is from Osaka, Japan. She received a diploma in vocal study from Tokyo College of Music and later studied at L’Écôle Normale de Musique in Paris, France. In 1998, Mari began teaching as vocal teacher at the Faculty of Music of the Royal University of Fine Arts Cambodia. She has conducted a community choir “Bella Voce” since 2000. She has given several solo concerts in Phnom Penh since 1997 and organizes regular choir concerts twice a year.
Prof. Dieter Mack

Since 1986, he was a professor at the University of Music Freiburg and since 1989, he gave lectures on composition and music education in Indonesia. Since 2003, he lectured in composition at the University of Music Lübeck. With the support from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), he was a long-term guest lecturer at IKIP (now UPI) in Bandung from 1992-95 and is also a consultant in a research project there, sponsored by the Ford Foundation since 1997. From 1999, he has been guest lecturer in postgraduate composition at the art academy STSI Surakarta, Central Java.

Dan Poynton

was born in Wellington, New Zealand. His first major musical recognition came while at school when he won the Composition Prize at the 1983 National Westpac School Music Competition. In 1986 he was a finalist in the TVNZ Young Musicians’ Competition and the National Christchurch Concerto Competition. In 1988 he was awarded first prize in the National Kerikeri Piano Competition.

After study in New Zealand and postgraduate study in Australia, Poynton spent several years travelling the world. In 1997, he re-established his reputation and career with You Hit Him He Cry Out, a recording of New Zealand piano music which won the Classical Award in the 1998 New Zealand Music Awards.

Poynton is known as a champion of New Zealand piano music and has been in significant demand throughout Australasia, Asia and Europe especially for his solo piano recital programmes as well as for his appearances with the sopranos Deborah Wai Kapohe (New Zealand) and Sylvia Nopper (Germany). He was chosen as the sole representative from New Zealand to perform a concert of music in June 1999 at the Sydney Opera House as part of that year’s International Association of Music Information Centres’ Conference.

In recent years, Poynton has performed in the Bangkok New Music Festival, the New Music New Zealand Festival in Edinburgh, the Sonorities Festival in Ireland and the Ijsbreker Festival in Amsterdam as well as in Malaysia, Germany, Switzerland, India, the United Kingdom and the United States.

Poynton tours extensively as a solo artist throughout New Zealand, and has been involved in collaborations with other musicians – including Gareth Farr and Mark Menzies – and a number of recording

Stephan Rahn

German pianist Stephan Rahn studied with Josef Anton Scherrer at the “University of Music” in Cologne and later on with Annerose Schmidt and Walter Olbertz at the “University of Music Hanns Eisler in Berlin. He completed his studies adding studies of Music Theory and Harpsichord as well as Sacred Music and took part in many Master Classes with renowned artists. Performances have taken him to many countries in: Europe, Japan, South Korea Cambodia, the USA and festivals like Musikfestspiele Mecklenburg Vorpommern, Oberstdorf, “Carre d’As” in Chartres, “Jeunes Virtuoses à Ennejma Ezzahra” in Tunesia and the “International Music Festival Phnom Penh”. As soloist he has appeared with ensembles such as the Symphony Orchestra of Nürnberg, the Philharmonic Orchestra of Koblenz and the Eastern Chamber Orchestra of Seoul. His concerts have been recorded by radio and TV stations all over the world. He teaches at the University of Music Hanns Eisler in Berlin and is a permanent member of the International Teacher Association of F.W.C.P.A. in Cambodia.
Suzuki Rieko

was born in Yokohama Japan. Her expression of the music exclusively provides us the splendid colors of the notes. She graduated from Toho Gakuen School of Music Tokyo. She has been well known to us as a genius because she had successfully carried out the position of co Concert Mistress of New Japan Philharmonic Orchestra when she was only 23 years old. She still improved the music skill to study under Professor J. Gingold at Indiana University in USA. After coming back to Japan, she positively maintained the music activities to participate as a soloist in recitals and with orchestras and also as a chamber musician and a guest concertmistress.
She has been regularly invited as a guest player from the several celebrated Music Festivals in both domestic and oversea such as Kirishima, Kurashiki city, Kitakyushu city “Hibiki”, Kisofukushima, and Nice in France, Anchorage in USA, which made her excellently accomplish to collaborate with famous maestros such as Mr. J.J. Kantorow, Mr. J. Rouvier and Mr. A. Marion. She also was invited as a concertmistress from Malmo Opera Theater Orchestra in Sweden.
Ms. Rieko Suzuki is an intelligent musician not only trying to play the Classical Music but also Traditional Japanese, Sound Truck, Standard Pops, Ethnic, and Heeling Music, which has been providing us the wide selection and completed wonderful artistic collaboration of music so far.
In the Discography, she released vivardi’s “The Four Seasons” with Czech Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra in‘96, solo CD“Reve d’une nuit de’te” (‘99). Especially, “from the orient” (‘02) contains of her decency and intelligence to express a splendid harmony between the western music and the oriental feature as one of the best works of her master pieces.
In 07, May, at Minatomirai hall in Japan, she played Jack body’s new piece for solo violin and strings which she commissioned to him, and it was high acclaimed.
She is keen on to work with the musicians from the other genre and her wide repertoire from classical to contemporary is absolutely remarkable.
Him Savy

was born in Prey Veng province,Cambodia.
She recieved her first instrumental training in traditional Khmer music at her home village and joined Buddhistic ceremonies with several music groups.Her father was a victim of the Pol Pot regime. After self-instruction, she recieved training from her teacher Mr.Eang Seng Thai in 1990 and continued her studies for 6 years at the Royal University of Fine Arts under local and temporary guest teachers. She acquired a teaching position in flute at the Faculty of music in Phnom Penh. Since 2001, she has taken lessons from Anton Isselhardt / Germany and she gained instrumental experiences in Western Classical Chamber Music. In 2005 Him Savy participated in the flute group of the ASEAN youth Orchestra.

Ensemble Selisih

Flutist Elizabeth Farrell was born in New Zealand in 1980 where she began her flute studies at the age of 10. After finishing her school studies she attended Auckland University where she studied with Professor Uwe Grodd and gained her Bachelor of Hounours in 2002, graduating with First Class Honours. In New Zealand Elizabeth was a member of the New Zealand National Youth Orchestra and the Auckland Chamber Orchestra and played with the Auckland University Karlheinz Ensemble for New Music. In 2003 Elizabeth came to Germany to study with Professor Robert Aitken at the Hochschule Für Musik, Freiburg. She was the recipient of several scholarships from New Zealand which enabled her to undertake study in Germany. She completed her study in Freiburg with excellence in 2005 and went on to begin postgraduate study at the Orchesterzentrum in Dortmund with Professor Gunhild Ott.

After attending at the “Berufsfachschule für Musik” Dinkelsbühl, Daniela Wahler studied Saxophone at the Musikhochschule Freiburg with Prof. J. Demmler, and conducting (Prof. Sandmeier) as her second major from 2000 until 2004. From 2003 to 2005 she received a scholarship from the “Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes”. After her excellent diploma Daniela Wahler continued her graduate studies at the “Conservatoire National de la Région” with Prof. Philippe Braquart in Montpellier/ France and finished with the first price in chamber music. Since her return to Germany she is active in various music organisations in Southern Germany as lecturer and organiser. Besides teaching the saxophone and conducting different orchestras and chamber music ensembles, she is active in many different ensembles (for example the we--known saxophone quartet “Saxofourte”) and orchestras throughout Europe.

Markus Rombach studied music from 1989 – 1992 at the Pädagogische Hochschule in Freiburg. From 1992 – 1993 he was a scholarship student at the Stetson University at DeLand/Florida in the USA with Jim Bishop (Saxophon) and Paul Langston (Composition). He continued his Music studies at the Musikhochschule in Freiburg with Prof. J. Demmler (Saxophon) and Prof. E. Kiem (Musik Theory as second major) from 1994 until 2001. He has studied with J.-M. Londeix, Claude Delangle and Philippe Geiss. Mr. Rombach is teaching music theory and ear training at the Musikhochschule Karlsruhe and at the Musikhochschule Freiburg, he also teaches saxophone and plays in different groups and orchestras throughout Europe.

Mathias Trapp studied from 1986 – 1991 at the Musikhochschule in Freiburg with Prof. Karl Betz. He continued his graduate studies in Freiburg with a master`s degree with Karl Betz and Tibor Szász. In 1993/1994 he was an exchange student at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester/NY, where he studied with Fernando Laires. Mr. Trapp often concertizes throughout Europe and the United States. Performances include recitals at the first international Liszt Festival in Bechyne, Czechoslovakia, the Berliner Festspiele and a piano concert on the world exhibition in Lisboa, that is recorded and published with BMG records. Mr. Trapp teaches piano at the Musikhochschule Freiburg, Germany.

Mathias Trapp

studied from 1986 – 1991 at the Musikhochschule in Freiburg with Prof. Karl Betz. He continued his graduate studies in Freiburg with a master`s degree with Karl Betz and Tibor Szász. In 1993/1994 he was an exchange student at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester/NY, where he studied with Fernando Laires. Mr. Trapp often concertizes throughout Europe and the United States. Performances include recitals at the first international Liszt Festival in Bechyne, Czechoslovakia, the Berliner Festspiele and a piano concert on the world exhibition in Lisboa, that is recorded and published with BMG records. Mr. Trapp teaches piano at the Musikhochschule Freiburg, Germany.
Chan Vitharo

was born in 1971 in Phnom Penh. He studied flute at the school of Fine Arts, Phnom Penh, in the early 1980s to 1989 under Prof.Eang Sengthai. He has worked many years as a flute teacher for the Department of Music Faculty of the Royal University of Fne Arts (RUFA). After he finished his studies in B.A. at RUFA- he got the grand scholarship from the goverment of Japan for the Master Course studied at the Elisabeth University of Music in Hiroshima from 2004-2007 under Prof. Oshiro Keiji. Since 2003 to present, he is a flute player in the „Royal Singing Orchestra“, Royal Palace, created by H.M.Norodom Sihanouk former King of Cambodia and the Queen H.M.Norodom Monineath Sihanouk