Umut Eldem is a composer, musician, and researcher. After receiving his Bachelor's diploma in Composition at the Mimar Sinan State Conservatory, he has continued his Master’s studies in the Royal Conservatoire of Antwerp. In the same institution he has done his Postgraduate research, 'Foundations of Cross-Modal Analytic Thinking' on the applicability of synaesthesia and colour as an inter-sensory musical concept.
He has given lectures on his research of synaesthesia, and had his works combining sound and colours performed in Belgium, Turkey, Italy, Romania, and Luxembourg. His installation 'Chrom', made of differently coloured music boxes scattered in the Mirador Forest in Luxembourg, has explored the relationship between music, the senses, and our physical location. His work 'Prelude', for electronics, narrator, and coloured light, has applied the cognitive sound-colour relationship on the interdisciplinary performance practice. ‘Glimmer’, for saxophone, electronics, and live visuals, incorporates the musician as an active participant on the projection of not only the sound, but the visuals as well.
He is currently a PhD researcher in the Royal Conservatoire of Antwerp, and musical director of the theatre collective Mixed & United. His current PhD research entitled ‘The Hearing Glass: Synaesthetic Correspondences in The Musical Practice’ intends to develop an intersensory theory of audiovisual art.
Born in 1993, Philippe Hattat begins his musical studies in 2001 at the Conservatory of Levallois-Perret, then at the Conservatory of Paris in 2003. Entering the CNSMDP in 2011, he is awarded the piano accompaniment prize (2014), piano prize (2016), writing prize (2018) and orchestration prize (2019).
In parallel, from 2005 to 2011, he pursues studies in composition and orchestration with Michel Merlet at the Conservatory of Levallois-Perret. Since then, thanks to increased contact with contemporary creation during his studies at the CNSMDP, he seeks to associate, in his way, a "compositional craftmanship" (using diverse contrapuntal writing resources) with research on timbre (with a current taste for certain forms of saturation), micro-intervals and musical gesture.
Philippe Hattat is winner of the Concours International de Piano d’Orléans (2016) as a pianist and a composer (Special Mention Ricardo Viñes Prize, Special Mention Alberto Ginastera Prize, and André Chevillon – Yvonne Bonnaud Composition Prize).