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Zöllner-Roche Composers Lab    2022/23
with kind support by Deutscher Musikrat und NEUSTART KULTUR.

We are happy to announce the 4 participants of the Zöllner-Roche Composers Lab 2022/23:

  •  Amir Khalaf (Cairo, Egypt)

  • Miharu Ogura (Frankfurt, Germany)

  • Sonia Rodríguez González (Guanajuato, Mexico)

  • Sina Fani Sani (Hamburg, Germany)

Congratulations! The new pieces will be premiered on January 31, 2023 at Lauschvisite in Montabaur, Germany.
Find more information here.



















Amir Khalaf, born in Cairo, Egypt. He graduated from the College of Fine Arts in Cairo and studied composition at the University of Birmingham.
In his music, Amir explores the notion of deficiency and decay as well as the limited sonorities of musical instruments. He is interested to transform motion into sound objects by creating ephemeral and insufficient acoustic environments inspired by Nature, folk music, and electronic music.
He attended masterclasses and individual lessons with Pierluigi Billone, Kaija Saariaho, Frank Bedrossian, Dieter Ammann, Oscar Bianchi, Raphaël Cendo, and Mark Andre. He participated in Festivals such as Impuls, reMusik, Sound of Wander, Festival Mixtur, Young Euro Classic Festival, Etchings festival. He worked with ensembles such as Quatuor Bozzini, Ensemble Linea, Quartetto Maurice, mdi ensemble, The Callino Quartet, Vertixe Sonora, and AYPO Philharmonic Orchestra.

Pianist/composer Miharu Ogura (b.1996 in Tokyo) is currently based in Frankfurt. After winning seven prizes including the composition prize "André Chevillon - Yvonne Bonnaud"  at the Orléans International Piano Competition in 2018, she began to build her international career. Tours and projects have already taken her to other European countries. Her first CD "Ogura Plays Stockhausen" will be released in February 2023 by thanatosis. As a composer, her works have been performed by professional musicians, such as Trio Estatico, Zöllner-Roche Duo, Francesco Tristano, Jonas Olsson etc. She completed her Bachelor's degree at Toho College of Music, where she studied with Yumiko Meguri (piano) and Masahiro Ishijima (composition). Since 2019, she has been studying in the master degree then in the Konzertexamen with Florian Hölscher at the Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Frankfurt.

Sonia Rodríguez González, composer (San Fco. del Rincón, Gto. Mexico, 1998) Graduated from the Bachelor of Music (Composition) at the University of Guanajuato, under the tutelage of Mtro. Víctor Ibarra. He has participated in master classes by composers such as Ana Lara, Georgina Derbez, Alex Nante, Rodrigo Valdés Hermoso, Núria Giménez, Tania Rubio, Arturo Fuentes, Daniel D Adamo, Helmut Lachenmann and Chaya Czernowin.
She has been selected for concert and lecture of musical works. by ensembles such as the Collective Kaleidoscope (2019) and Sigma Project (2020). He has participated in the International Festival Callejón del Ruido (2020/2021), in the 42 FIMNME. She has participated in the Residence-Laboratory of Acoustic Ecology (2021-2022). She has been selected to participate in the Zöllner-Roche Composers Lab 2022-23. She was selected for lecture of musical work with the CEPROMUSIC ensemble at the XVII International Festival Callejón del Ruido (2022). Her piece Liminalidad del vacío, was premiered by the Symphony Orchestra of the University of Guanajuato in August 2022 and was chosen for the inaugural concert of 44 FIMNME in October 2022, by the National Symphony Orchestra at the Palacio de Bellas Artes in Mexico.

The Iranian composer Sina Fani Sani was born in Isfahan-Iran and first studied classical guitar and composition at the University of Arts in Tehran. From 2017 to 2020, he studied composition with Claus Kühnl and Annesley Black at Dr. Hoch's Conservatory in Frankfurt am Main, and is currently pursuing his master's degree in composition with Gordon Kampe at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Hamburg. His interests include various aspects of scenic and performative approaches to artistic practice. In his works, which are often theatrical in nature, he creates different psychological states for the performers in order to treat them as characters in their own right; he specifically explores the similarities and differences between language and music, dealing with different layers of spoken and sung texts. He is a prize winner of the opera competition "NEUE SZENEN V "I of the Deutsche Oper Berlin and the Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler Berlin and has received numerous scholarships such as the DAAD scholarship, the scholarships of the German Music Council and the "akademie kontemporär". Among the interpreters of his music are the Ensemble KNM-Berlin, LUX:NM  and Zöllner-Roche Duo. His new chamber opera "DiFACED" will premiere at the Deutsche Oper Berlin in April 2023. He was recently accepted as a scholarship holder of the Deutsche Bank Foundation for the period 2022/24 at the Akademie Musiktheater heute.

This project is kindly supported by NEUSTART KULTUR and Beauftragte der Bundesregierung für Kultur und Medien, thank you very much!


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