Elena Mendoza wins Kaske Foundation Prize
The prize of 10,000 euros, honours composers of contemporary music.
The jury's statement said that the artist has drawn attention to herself with great continuity with a multitude of idiosyncratic compositions. According to the jury's statement, her works have always questioned music and its conventions in a surprising and new way. Her very personal musical path between absolute music and music-theatre concepts convinced the jury.
Elena Mendoza was born in 1973 in Seville, Spain. She studied German and piano, and then composition in Düsseldorf with Manfred Trojahn and in Berlin with Hanspeter Kyburz. Scholarships have taken her to the International Ensemble Modern Academy in Frankfurt, to the Künstlerhof Schreyahn, to the Akademie Schloss Solitude in Stuttgart and to the Villa Serpentara in Olevano Romano (Academy of Arts Berlin) among others. Her instrumental works are often experimental exploraions for the music-theatre works in which she integrates instrumentalists, singers and actors equally into the scenic process. Elena Mendoza is Professor of Composition at the Berlin University of the Arts.