Du Yun is a composer, multi-instrumentalist, performance artist, activist, and curator for new music, who works at the intersection of orchestral, opera, chamber music, theatre, cabaret, musical theater, oral tradition, public performances, sound installation, electronics, visual arts, and noise. She won the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Music for her opera Angel's Bone, and was a 2018 Guggenheim Fellow.
Thomas Kotcheff is a Los Angeles based composer and pianist. His music has been described as “truly beautiful and inspired” and “explosive." His compositions have been performed internationally by The Riot Ensemble, New York Youth Symphony, wild Up, Sandbox Percussion, Trio Appassionata, Argus Quartet, Lyris Quartet, HOCKET, and the Aspen Contemporary Ensemble amongst others.
Arshia is an Iranian contemporary classical composer and current PhD candidate at Aristotle University. He has studied at the Sibelius Academy, UDK Berlin, Gothenburg Academy, TSC Georgia and Estonian Academy of Music. His compositions have been performed by Ensemble Modern, Klangforum Wien, Ensemble Garage, Ensemble Klart, among others, and has been featured in festivals internationally.
CEO at Gilgamesh Foundation
Honiball Joseph is a composer, conductor, and pianist, with more than thirty years of extensive international experience in music and art. He graduated from Tehran Music Conservatory and Tehran Azad Art University. He is the founder and current CEO of Gilgamesh Art & Culture Foundation and the visionary behind the Gilgamesh Composition Competition. Honiball is passionate about helping high quality art become more accessible to the community.
George N. Gianopoulos
Competition Artistic Director
George N. Gianopoulos is a Los Angeles based composer. His music has been performed throughout the world and has been commissioned by The Glendale Philharmonic, The Chamber Opera Players of Los Angeles, The Symbiosis Ensemble, and The Helix Collective, among others. He has been awarded by the American Viola Society, Boston Metro Opera, Aurora Borealis Duo and his music has been performed by members of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, LA Opera, Los Angeles Master Chorale and Pacific Symphony.