Ailem Carvajal Born in La Havana, Cuba in 1972. Composer, pianist, pedagogist and director of children's orchestras. Founder of Musicalia Children and director of the Children's Orchestra Orff of Mus-e Parma, Italy.
Graduate in piano from the Habana National School of Arts (ENA) in 1991, under the tutelage of Andrés Alén and in musical composition from the Institute of Advanced Studies of Cuba (ISA) as a student of Carlos Fariñas y Harold Gramatges (1996) and most recently in the Conservatory "A. Boito" in Parma, Italy with Luigi Abbate (2006).
In 1993 she participated in the First Exhibition Ibero-American of young composers Caracas (Venezuela) and the Forum for Music of Latin-American and the Caribbean (TRIMALCA) in Mar del Plata (Argentina). In 1998 she played a major part in the Symposium and International Festival “Women in Music” in Rome, Italy and subsequently was awarded a grant to allow her to take part in the International “Villafranca del Bierzo" Composition Course in Leon, Spain. In 1998 she participated in the International Symposium and Festival “Women in Music” held in Roma.
She was then awarded a grant permitting her to take part in the “International Composition Course of Villafranca del Bierzo” in León (España). In 1999 she founded, the MUSICALIA Children, in Parma which is dedicated to the musical education of children and adolescents. In the same year she was commissioned by the Centre of Contemporary Art "Reina Sofía" in Madrid to compose the piece Resonancias, for clarinet and tape which was premièred in 2000 by Roger Heaton in the Madrid Festival. In 2001 through the "Insomnio Ensemble" of Amsterdam, she wrote Phantasmagoria, a piece for 11 instruments and one which was performed on numerous occasions in Holland in a programme dedicated to young Cuban compositors and also performed in Parma, Castelnuovo Monti (Italy) under the direction of François Paris.
In 2002 she was awarded an “Erasmus” grant from the European Community to study composition, folkloric music and the didactics of music following the Kodály method in Hungary and in 2004 she was unanimously awarded 1st prize in the “International Women Composers of Venice” competition for her piece En Tresfor solo flute. In the consecutive competition she was part of the judging panel.
In 2005 she received an invitation from the “International Festival Q-ba” in Holland to take part in the festival with her piece ($) Aè! Mañunga for cello and tape. It was performed by Winnyfred Beldman and then latterly by Yalica Jo, in the Teatro Amadeo Roldán Theatre in La Habana and Madeleine Shapiro in the "New Music Miami ISCM Festival" (USA). In 2006 she participated in the "East-West Festival of Turin" (Italy) with her quartet for strings Totum Revolutum, performed by the Xenia Ensemble. In 2006, her children’s cantata, Alice, was premièred in the G. Verdi di Busseto Theatre and in 2007 her musical theatre show Dame la mano y danzaremos (Cd), dedicated to hispano-american children’s music was performed in the Juventus of Colorno Theatre. On both occasions she was invited by the “International Festival Minimondi”.
2008 saw her participate in the “International Congress of Music and Contemporary Technology” in Seville with her piece Resonancias - Lutum for bass clarinet and tape, performed by Harry Sparnaay and subsequently performed by Simone Simonelli in the “Musicarte Montalbano of Lamporecchio Festival”, Italy in 2009. Also in 2009, the Cervantes Trio recorded Identidad for clarinet and bassoon, a piece produced by Sello Autor (Madrid) and winner of The National Prize for Composition of the National Union of Writers and Artists of Cuba (UNEAC) in 1993. Again in 2009, La Rycy Productions of Los Angeles, USA, included in their CD of recordings of hispanic-american music for children, Dame la mano y danzaremos (Cd) and let’s dance, produced by the MUSICALIA Children. She was also commissioned by the clarinetist Davide Bandieri, to write the piece Eón for E-flat clarinet and tape. This was premièred at the Musicarte Montalbano de Lamporecchio Festival, Italy in the same year.
In 2010 her piece Agó was premièred in the La Scala Theatre in Milan. It is a percussion piece and was commissioned by “I solisti percussionisti della Scala”. In 2011, Okán, for mixed ensemble was commissioned by the Latinamerican “Puente Sonoro” Festival in New York.
She has won numerous prizes for composition, such as, CINTAS fellowship Award in USA (2012); 1st Prize in the “International Competition for Women Composers”, Venice, Italy (2004); National Prize for Composition from the National Union of Writers and Artists of Cuba (1993); Prize for Artistic Creation from the Higher Institute of Art of La Habana, Cuba (1993) and the Prize for Composition from the National School of Art of La Habana, Cuba (1990).
($) ISLA (2012) is a new CD featuring the music of Ailem Carvajal and the winner at the International Music Fair CUBADISCO 2013, in the category classical music. She works have been recorded by first class musicians and produced by Rey Rodriguez productions (Germany). Ailem Carvajal features a variety of her own compositions from the past two decades, vocal as well as instrumental, which offer a wide range of sonorous possibilities with determinate features. Her compositions are united through clarity, subtle fantasy and sensual suggestion.
Her compositions have been performed by Harry Sparnaay (clarinet), the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba, Roger Heaton (clarinet), Lorna Windsor (soprano), Ensemble Xenia, Madeleine Shapiro (cello), Raffaele D'Aniello (piano), Eglise Gutiérrez (soprano), Insomnio Ensemble, Arabel Moraguez (piano), Farben Ensemble, René Mora (guitar), Yalica Jo (cello), Davide Bandieri (clarinet) Trio Cervantes, Maria Zisi (piano), Gustavo Corrales (piano), Marco Ignotti (clarinet), Ensemble Contatti Sonori, Romeo Zucchi (piano), I Solisti percussionisti della Scala, Lanet Flores (clarinet), Francesco Morittu (guitar), Iliana Ross (piano), Winnyfred Beldman (cello) and Simone Simonelli (bass clarinet).
She is a member of the National Union of Writers and Artists of Cuba (UNEAC) and has composed pieces for different formats which have been recorded by Periferia Music(Barcelona) & Pizzicato Verlag Helvetia (Switzerland) & Sello Autor (Madrid) & Rey Rodriguez Productions (Hamburg) & RYCY Productions (Los Angeles - USA) & Tutto Musik (Berlin) & Verso (Madrid) & Musica y Educacion Magazine (Madrid) & Parma Infanzia (Italy) & City Hall of Parma (Italy) and performed at festivals and on radio programmes in many countries throughout the world such as the USA, the Netherlands, Spain, Italy, Ireland, Cuba, Venezuela, Mexico and Argentina to name but a few.