Women Composers
Here you can find all information about our women composers: biographies, lists of their compositions and photos.


Alice Samter
* 11.06.1908 in Berlin
† 20.03.2004
Alice Samter was born in Berlin June 11, 1908. Her father, Georg Samter, was Jewish. How did she survive there? "With hardships, like everyone else," she explained in a telephone interview from her home on Friedbergstraße. Her father "did not live through the Nazi era," having died in 1927, and her mother, Susanna (née Rothe), who died in 1952, was Protestant [Evangelisch], the religion in which Alice was brought up.
This did not, however, prevent her from accepting honorary membership in, and having her chamber music featured in the concerts of, the Jüdischer Musiktheaterverein Berlin--at Berlin's Jüdisches Gemeindehaus, Amerikahaus, Künstlerhaus Bethanien, and elsewhere, in 1984-86. And her partially Jewish background can hardly be considered irrelevant regarding her choices of texts to set, especially Nelly Sachs and Mascha Kaléko. http://home.t-online.de/home/samter/asamter/alice_samter.htm


Annäherung I - an sieben Komponistinnen.

Claudia Montero
* 25.06.1962 in Buenos Aires
Argentinean composer Claudia Montero has emerged as one of the most outstanding and acclaimed composers in Latin America today. Her music “is strongly rooted in South American traditional music ... apart from the joy it expresses there is also a sort of melancholy behind the music ... not sadness, just an elegiac sense or yearning for older times ... that is rooted in Claudia’s traditions from that part of the world” (David Brophy, conductor). Claudia Montero is the winner of four Latin Grammy Awards. In 2018 in the category “Best Classical Contemporary Composition” for her Concerto for Guitar “Luces y Sombras” and also in 2018 in the category Best Classical Album for “Magica y Misteriosa" – which includes the Guitar concerto and her Concerto for Harp. She was also winner of two further Latin Grammy Awards in the category of “Best Classical Contemporary Composition”, for her Concerto for Violin and String Orchestra (2014)and Cuarteto para Buenos Aires (2016)
Current commissions include "Vientos del Sur” – Winds from the South - a concerto for Accordion jointly commissioned by the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Society and the Munich Philharmonic with support from Paladin Projects Limited which will be premiered in March 2019 by the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra led by Vasily Petrenko with Ksenija Sidorova (Accordion) and in May 2020 by the Munich Philharmonic in Munich. In June 2019 the Buenos Aires Philharmonic Orchestra will perform the world premiere of “Ave Fenix” – The Phoenix Bird at the Teatro Colon, Buenos Aires. All her concertos have been programmed in 2019. Her Concerto en Blanco y Negro, for piano and string orchestra in Bogotá, with Orquesta Filharmonica de Bogotá and in Buenos Aires in a monographic concert programmed by Mozarteum Argentina, Luces y Sombras ( guitar concerto) in Buenos Aires and Córdoba Argentina, Valencia and Liverpool, Concierto for violin and orchestra in Salta, Argentina, and Mágica y Misteriosa ( harp concerto) in Buenos Aires, Italy, and USA. During 2017 Claudia Montero´s works were performed in the USA, Switzerland, Venezuela, Argentina, Mexico, Serbia, Ireland, Spain, Italy, Turkey, Russia, Germany, Austria, S Korea, Estonia, France, China and Canada among others. During 2018 her compositions were performed more than 60 times worldwide. She has released 7 CD recordings. ‘Evocaciones’ features the harp; ‘Sonidos de Mujer’ fea-tures the guitar; ‘Ausencias’ and ‘Irremediablemente Buenos Aires’ both won Grammy awards; and ‘Luminosa’ features the piano concerto Blanco y Negro performed by Allison Brewster Franzetti and the City of Prague Philharmonic. The CD Homage to Tarrega with Guitarist Piero Bonaguri ( Italy) and her Latin Grammy Winning CD Magica y Misteriosa (Magic and Mystery) - concertos for Guitar and Harp with María Isabel Siewers ( guitar) and Floraleda Sacchi ( harp) with the City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra led by Lucía Zicos were released in 2018. Claudia is a member of the International Alliance of Women in Music , the Latin Recording Academy and the Recording Academy of the USA. She is frequently invited as a composer and lecturer to festivals such as the Cagliari Inter-national Music Festival in Italy and the Festival Internacional de la Habana in Cuba. She has participated as a composer at many conferences. She studied pedagogy and composition at the Conservatorio Alberto Ginastera in Buenos Aires, then studied Aesthetic and Musical Creativity at the Universidad de Valencia. She recently retired from the Professorship body with the Generalitat Valenciana to devote herself full time to composition. more information


Concierto para violín y orquesta de cuerdas
Elegia para viola y Orquesta de cuerdas
Fantasía para violoncello y Orquesta de cuerdas
Luces y sombras Concert for guitar and string orchestra
Suite de los Buenos Aires

Memorial days

Maria Hester Park
* 29.09.1760
† 07.06.1813 in Hampstead/GB
Maria Hester Park was a British pianist, harpsichordist, teacher and composer. Not much is known about her life, though she was one of the most prolific of 18th century women composers. Before her marriage, Maria Hester Park gave four well-received performances, mostly in the Oxford area, on both the piano and the harpsichord. Her first public appearance was at the age of twenty-two as Maria Hester Reynolds in the Hanover Square concert series with a concerto on the harpsichord.
After her marriage in London in April of 1787 to Thomas Park, an engraver turned antiquarian and man of letters, she ended her career as a performer, although she earned even more fame as composer and teacher. Her marriage appears to have been happy; several of her husband’s love poems to her still exist. She corresponded with Joseph Haydn, who, on October 22, 1794, sent her a sonata of his composition (Hob. XVI:51) and a thank you letter in exchange for two of her pieces. She died in Hampstead, London at the age of 53, after many years of ill health, and left four daughters. Among her extant works are a charming Piano Concerto and several sonatas, for piano, and for violin and piano. Her works are varied, competent, and professionally arranged and her surviving music spans a quarter of a century.


pian é forte. Music for piano

Lena Stein-Schneider
* 05.01.1874 in Leipzig
† 17.06.1958 in München
Lena Stein-Schneider, who was born Helene Meyerstein in Leipzig where she studied piano and voice, suffered a deeply moving fate. During the Nazi era she had to contend with systematic ostracism and a performance ban as a musician, composer and writer. In 1942 she was deported to the Theresienstadt concentration camp which she left with the transport of the Swiss delegation after her liberation in a state of complete exhaustion. She returned to Berlin from Switzerland and, after decades of gruelling compensation proceedings, received a small compensation payment shortly before her death.
Originally composed for cello, the salon piece Nocturno is ideally suited for concert program-mes dedicated to this genre, or for those which require a short piece to provide light contrast.


Miriam's Song (Volume 1)