Ailem Carvajal (b. 1972, Havana): A composer, pianist and teacher, Carvajal studied music at the Escuela Nacional de Arte in Havana and received a degree in composition from Cuba’s Institute of Advanced Studies. After moving to Europe in 1997, she received a diploma in experimental composition from the A. Boito Music Conservatory in Parma, Italy. Her pieces have been performed at the Q-ba Music Festival in Holland, the New Music Miami ISCM Festival in Miami, the Est-Ovest Festival in Turin and at La Scala in Milan. In 2004, she won the first prize at the International Competition for Women Composers in Venice. In 2011, her piece Okan, for mixed ensemble, was commissioned by the Latin American Puente Sonoro Festival in Williams College, Massachusetts. (CINTAS Foundation Brandon Fradd Fellowship in music composition, 2012-13)

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