Jeremy Begbie (Photo)
Jeremy Begbie, Artist
Jeremy Begbie is the inaugural holder of the Thomas A. Langford Research Professorship in Theology at Duke Divinity School, and founding Director of Duke Initiatives in Theology and the Arts. He teaches systematic theology, and specialises in the interface between theology and the arts. His particular research interest is the interplay between music and theology. A professionally trained musician, he is also Affiliated Lecturer in the Faculty of Music at the University of Cambridge. He is author of a number of books, including most recently, Resounding Truth: Christian Wisdom in the World of Music (Bakers/SPCK).
Makoto Fujimura, Artist (Photo)© Brad Guise
Makoto Fujimura, Artist
Makoto Fujimura is founder of the International Arts Movement. He exhibits, publishes, and lectures widely. Fujimura studied Nihonga – traditional Japanese painting – at Tokyo University of the Arts, and was the first non-native to participate in the Japanese Painting Doctorate Program, which dates back to the 15th century. He is represented by Dillon Gallery in New York and Tokyo. His work can be seen at the National Museum of Modern Art in Tokyo, the Saint Louis Museum, and the Cincinnati Museum. He served on the National Council on the Arts as a Presidential appointee 2003-2009. The American Academy of Religion, named Makoto Fujimura as its "2014 Religion and the Arts" award recipient.
Bruce Herman, Artist (Photo)
Bruce Herman, Artist
Bruce Herman is Lothlórien Distinguished Chair in Fine Arts at Gordon College. He paints, publishes, and lectures widely, and his artwork has been exhibited in over one hundred shows nationally and internationally, including in England, Italy, Canada, Israel and Japan. His art is featured in many public and private collections including the Vatican Museum of Modern Religious Art in Rome; The Cincinnati Museum of Fine Arts, and the Hammer Museum, Grunwald Print Collection, Los Angeles.
Hong Kong New Music Ensemble (Photo)
Hong Kong New Music Ensemble
The Hong Kong New Music Ensemble (HKNME) was founded in 2008 to present contemporary music to Hong Kong audiences. It has been widely praised for its innovative programming and interdisciplinary collaborations with artists from different mediums. The HKNME has collaborated with organisations including Zuni Icosahedron, Guangdong Modern Dance Company and Osage Gallery, and often has residencies at universities in Hong Kong and greater China. It has toured to Guangzhou, Chengdu, Shanghai, Macau, Kuala Lumpur, Taipei, Singapore, Hobart and Angkor Wat. In 2012, the HKNME co-founded SOUTHSITE, an exciting new venue for its contemporary music activities. It was also named a one-year-grantee by the Hong Kong Arts Development Council. In 2013 it was awarded a project grant under the Arts Capacity Development Funding Scheme of the Home Affairs Bureau for organizing “The Modern Academy”. The group’s 6th season in 2013-2014 will include concerts dedicated to Ligeti, Reich, Romitelli and Chinese composers, and appearances at the Hong Kong Arts Festival and other major arts festivals.
Aenon Loo (Photo)
Aenon Loo, Composer
Aenon Loo received his Doctor of Musical Arts in composition and electronic music from Columbia University in New York and his Bachelor of Music from the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. With his composition Last Days, hommage à Messiaen, Loo was awarded best composition by the Hong Kong New Generation; and First Prize in the Young Composer Award given by the Asian Composer’s League, held in Yokohama, Japan. A Founding Composer of the Hong Kong New Music Ensemble, his works have been performed by the Asian Youth Orchestra, Les Six Woodwind Sextet, Hong Kong Sinfonietta, Manhattan Sinfonietta, and various other ensembles in the US, Europe, and East Asia. Loo was granted the Lady Fung Memorial Music Fellowship by the Asian Cultural Council in 2001 to study at the Aspen Music School in Colorado with George Tsontakis. Loo is also co-founder of the progressive Gallery EXIT and the HellHOT New Music Festival.
Christopher Theofanidis, Artist (Photo)
Christopher Theofanidis, Artist
Christopher Theofanidis is a composer whose awards include the International Masterprize, the Rome Prize, a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Fulbright Fellowship to France, and the American Academy of Arts and Letters’ Charles Ives Fellowship. In 2007 he was nominated for a Grammy for best composition for his chorus and orchestra work, The Here and Now, based on the poetry of Rumi. His orchestral concert work, Rainbow Body, has been performed by over 100 orchestras internationally. Theofanidis was Composer of the Year for the Pittsburgh Symphony during their 2006-2007 seasons, for which he wrote a violin concerto for Sarah Chang. Most recently was the debut in 2011 of his first major opera, commissioned by San Francisco Opera. The Heart of a Soldier opened to record-setting attendance and received high praise. Theofanidis teaches graduate composition at Yale University School of Music.

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