|Jorge Villavicencio Grossmann's music has been performed throughout the
United States, Latin America and Europe. He has won awards such as the 2007
Aaron Copland Award, a Charles Ives Scholarship from the American Academy of
Arts and Letters, a and a fellowship from Vitae, AssociaÃ§Ã£o de Apoio Ã
Cultura, one of the most prestigious awards for artists in Brazil. His work
*Siray* was a finalist in the 2005 ALEA III International Competition and
was performed by the Pierrot Lunaire Ensemble Wien(R) during its 2006-7 world tour. His orchestral work *PasiphaÃ«*, has gained recognition as winner of the Jacob Druckman Award from the Aspen Music Festival, honorable mention at the Lepo Sumera Orchestral Competition in Estonia and, and winner of the 2008 New England Philharmonic Call for Scores. His new orchestral work *Valdrada *will premiere in December by the National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine.
Jorge Grossmann studied violin and composition in his native Lima and subsequently in SÃ£o Paulo, Brazil. After earning a bachelor's degree in violin performance from Faculdade Santa Marcelina (SÃ£o Paulo, Brazil), he moved to Miami to pursue graduate studies in composition at Florida International University. In 2004 he obtained the degree of Doctor of Musical Arts in composition at Boston University. He has studied with Paulo Maron, Fredrick Kaufman, John Harbison, and Lukas Foss. He is currently Assistant Professor of Music Theory/Composition at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He is also co-director of NEXTET, UNLV New Music ensemble and of N.E.O.N., Nevada Encounters of New Music <http://music.unlv.edu/neon>.
|Ignacio Baca-Lobera (Mexico City, 1957) began self-taught studies in guitar at age fourteen. He studied composition with Julio Estrada at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México in Mexico City in 1979 and with Brian Ferneyhough, Jean-Charles François and Joji Yuasa at the University of California at San Diego from 1985-91, where he learned his MMus and PhD. He also attended Darmstadt in 1990 and 1992. Among his honors are special mentions in the Lan Adomián and José Pablo Moncayo competitions, both in Mexico City. He won the New Music Today competition in Tokyo and the Kranichsteiner Musikpreis at Darmstadt and the Irino Prize in Tokyo. In addition, he earned an artist's salary from the Fondo Nacional para las Artes in Mexico City (1992-93). He was a Guggenheim Foundation Fellow (2001-02) and has been a member of the Sistema Nacional de Creadores, Fondo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes (FONCA) in Mexico City since 1997. His music has been performed throughout the world, including four times at Darmstadt (1990, 1992, 1994, 2004) and three times at the ISCM World Music Days (1991, Zürich; 1993, Mexico City; 1999, Bucharest/Chisinau), as well as once at the Festival Cervantino (1994) and the Primavera en La Habana festival in Havana (2002) and twice at El Callejón del Ruido festival in Guanajuato (1996-97) and the Foro de Compositores del Caribe. Among the ensembles, orchestras, organizations, and soloists that have commissioned him are guitarist Magnus Andersson, the Festival Cervantino, flautist John Fonville, the Orquesta Filarmónica de Querétaro, bass clarinetist Harry Sparnaay, the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, and the pianist Marcel Worms. Prof. Baca-Lobera is also active in other positions. He served as composer-in-residence to the Orquesta Filarmónica de Querétaro in 1994-95. He has taught analysis, composition, counterpoint, and ear training as a professor at the Universidad Autónoma de Querétaro since 1994.|
|Composer, guitarist and music director, Leo Brouwer was born in Havana, Cuba in 1939. He studied with I Nicola, Pujol's pupil and specializing in composition, completed his studies at the Julliard School of Music and at Hartt College of Music. In 1987 Brouwer was selected, along with Isaac Stern and Alan Danielou, honourable member of UNESCO in recognition for his music career - an honour that he shares with Menuhin, Shankar, Karajan, Sutherland and other musical luminaries. Brouwer has conducted orchestras around the world including the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, the Scottish National Symphony Orchestra, the BBC Concert Orchestra and the Mexico National Symphony Orchestra. He has been heard as both composer and classical guitarist at many major international music events and his Cancion de Gesta (Epic Poem) has been performed by orchestras throughout the world.|
|German Cáceres (b. July 9, 1954, San Salvador). Salvadoran composer of mostly orchestral, chamber, vocal, and piano works that have been performed throughout the Americas and in Europe; he is also active as a conductor. Dr. Cáceres studied counterpoint, harmony and musical forms privately with Esteban Servellón from 1969-71 and Ion Cubicec from 1971-73 and conducting privately with Ricardo del Carmen in 1978-79 and Alejandro Muñoz Ciudad Real in 1979-80. He studied chamber music and oboe with Ronald Roseman and composition with David Diamond and Stanley Wolfe at the Juilliard School of Music from 1973-78, where he earned both his BMus and MMus, and studied composition privately with Julián Orbón and conducting with José Serebrier while in New York. He finished his studies with Jonathan D. Kramer at the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music from 1987-89 and there earned his DMA. Among his many honors are the Guggenheim Fellowship (1981), the Premio Nacional de Cultura (1982), the Internationaler Gertrud-Ramdohr-Preis in Hamburg (1986), four grants from Meet the Composer (1986-87, 1990, 1994), the Fulbright Foundation Fellowship (1987-89), and the Rockefeller Foundation Fellowship (1991). More recently, he received the Premio XX Siglo at the Tribuna de la Música Latinoamericana in Argentina and was named Músico del Año by the Unión de Artistas y Escritores Salvadoreños (1999). In addition, he served as honorary president of the string festival in Gosau/Dachstein in Austria (1987) and represented El Salvador at the Foro Interamericano de Directores de Orquesta in Caracas (1988).|
|Jorge E. Campos (b. 1963) was born in Quito, Ecuador, South America and graduated from the Concervatorio Nacional de Musica. In 1983 and 1984 he won the first and second Prize of Composers of Ecuador and until 1986 participated in many concerts in several countries in South America as composer and pianist. In 1987 Campos entered the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Russia and graduated in 1992 in piano and composition. He graduated from the post-graduate department of the Conservatory in 1994. Until 1999 he worked at the Theremin Center of electronic music in Moscow and then moved to Paris. In 2000 he was composer in residence at Virginia Center for the Creative Arts in Virginia, USA. He is now composer-associate at the CERPS (Centre d'Etudes et de Recherche Pierre Schaeffer and teaches instrumental and electroacoustic composition at the Institut Charles Cros (Université de Marne la Vallée).|
|Pablo Chin - Costa Rican composer. Chin has studied composition with Alejandro Cardona, Fredrick Kaufman, Aaron Cassidy and Jay Allan Yim. His music has been performed by the National Symphony Orchestra of Costa Rica under conductor Irwing Hoffmann during the Season 2001, the International Contemporary Ensemble, and members of the MAVerick and the NODUS ensembles. Chin's music has also been performed at the III Festival Internacional de Musica Clasica Contemporanea in Peru, the Forum of Caribbean Composers in San Jose, Costa Rica, the SCI National Student Conference 2006 in Arizona and at the ICMSN 2007 at the University of York, UK. Chin has been guest composer at the V Seminar of Music Composition in Costa Rica and at the New Music Miami ISCM Festival 2008. Chin is pursuing a Doctoral degree in composition at Northwestern University since the Fall 2006.|
|Ricardo dal Farra has been composing extensively using electroacoustic medias in his music and is internationally recognized for his works. His music has been played at symposia and festivals in more than 40 countries, and he has received commissions, grants, and awards from the International Computer Music Association, Concours International de Musique Electroacoustique de Bourges-France, the Rockefeller Foundation, the National Rostrum of Composers from Argentina, CSC-Universita di Padova-Italy, the National Endowment for the Arts of Argentina, CCRMA-Stanford University, International Arts Biennial of Sao Paulo-Brazil, and the Daniel Langlois Foundation from Canada. Dal Farra is head of the Multimedia Communication program at INET - National Ministry of Education, Science and Technology of Argentina, working on the development of national standards for multimedia education.|
|Winner of the 2008 Rodolfo Halffter Instrumenta Ibero-American Composition Prize, José Luis Hurtado is one of the most important figures of a new generation of Mexican composers. His music has been performed in Asia, Europe, Canada, USA, and Latin America by ensembles and soloists such as the Boston Modern Orchestra Project (BMOP), the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), the Juilliard Piano trio, Interensemble, the Callithumpian Consort, the Ikarus Chamber Players, Talea, the SEM Ensemble, the North/South Consonance Chamber Orchestra, Ensemble 3, Ensamble Ónix, Orquesta Sinfónica de Guanajuato, Camerarata de las Amérícas, the Seattle Chamber Players. Quatuor Molinari, Pierrot Lunaire Ensemble Wien, Tony Arnold and the Arditti Quartet and others.|
Marisol Jiménez was born in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico (1978). She earned a M.A. in Music composition from Mills College in 2005. She is currently a doctoral student at Stanford University, California, where she studies with Brian Ferneyhough. Her output includes a number of chamber, electroacoustic and installation works, as well as collaborations with visual and video artists. Her music has been performed in a number of concerts and festivals in Mexico, U.S.A. and Europe by ensembles including the Arditti String Quartet, Ensemble Surplus, Ensemble Recherche, Ensemble Intercontemporain, International Contemporary Ensemble, the Freiburger Barockorchester, The Jubal Trio, Ensemble Octandre, and SfSound.
| A native of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, composer/singer/guitarist Arthur Kampela has been described as a "Brazilian Frank Zappa." Coming of age in the post-Bossa Nova 1960s, his music was influenced by the Bossa-Nova and the "Tropicalista" movement - a politically-oriented fusing of Brazilian traditional and popular music with Western rock - as well as the music of European avant-garde: Ligeti, Berio, Stockhausen, Ferneyhough, Lachenmann, Sciarrino, among many others. He has won first prize at two major South American Composition Competitions (Caracas and Uruguay, respectively). Recently his 30 minute concert Antropofagia for electric guitar was heard in Stuttgart at the World Music Days played by the Kammerensemble Neue Musik Berlin. Recently (2007) Elastics II for flutes, guitar and electro-acoustic sounds and Percussion Study V for viola alla chitarra and electroacoustic sounds, were given their premieres in Strasbourg, by the Linea Ensemble at the Museum of Modern Art. Kampela is also an innovator of contemporary guitar music. With his series of Percussion Studies for solo guitar, he has created an entirely new playing technique, exploiting timbre, pitch, texture and complex rhythmic designs. He holds a Doctorate Degree in Composition from Columbia University and recently won one the Koussevitzky Foundation Prize. The New York Times has written: "Extraordinary pieces ... Kampela's effects were fascinatingly inventive. The best was his use of a spoon to give the guitar a wavery, underwater sound."
|Born in Mexico City in 1943, Mario Lavista began piano studies as a child and enrolled at the Conservatorio Nacional de Musica in 1963 and continued his studies at the Schola Cantorum in Paris (1967-1969), where he also attended courses given by Henri Pousseur, Nadia Boulanger, Christoph Caskel and Karlheinz Stockhausen. In 1987, he received a Guggenheim Fellowship for his first and only opera Aura, based on the short story by Carlos Fuentes. He has received many awards, such as the Premio Nacional de Ciencias y Artes and the Medalla Mozart. Since 1998, Lavista has been a member of the prestigious EI Colegio Nacional. He has taught in Mexico and abroad, especially in North American institutions, including the University of Chicago, Cornell University, the University of California San Diego, Indiana University and McGill University.|
|Born in Cuba in 1943, Tania León is a vital personality on today’s music scene and is highly regarded as a composer and conductor. She has been the subject of profiles on ABC, CBS, CNN, PBS, Univision, Telemundo and independent films. She has received commissions from the National Endowment for the Arts; American Composers Orchestra; Queens Symphony; Dance Theatre of Harlem; the Kennedy Center; Whitney Museum; Affiliate Artists; and National Public Radio, which commissioned her to write the theme music for its Latin File program. León has been Visiting Lecturer at Harvard University, Visiting Professor at Yale University, the University of Michigan and the Musikschule in Hamburg. She has received Honorary Doctorate Degrees from Colgate University and Oberlin College. In 2000 she was named the Claire and Leonard Tow Professor at Brooklyn College, where she has taught since 1985. In 2006 Tania León was named Distinguished Professor of the City University of New York.|
|Iván Ferrer Orozco was born in 1976 in Mexico City, studied composition and orchestral conducting at the National Conservatory of Music and at the National Arts Centre of Mexico. He made further studies in composition and conducting in Mexico, Spain, US, Holland, Germany and Canada. In 2002 he received the first composition prize of the National Conservatory of Music of Mexico. In 2000 he won the second prize at the Guanajuato’s Symphony Orchestra Young Conductors Competition in Mexico. From November of 2003 to November of 2004 he was resident composer of the Contemporary Ensemble of Montreal. His works had been played in several festivals and concert series and by ensembles and soloists from Italy, Mexico, Canada, US, Germany and Spain. He had received grants from the National Fund for Culture and Arts of Mexico, the National Fine Arts Institute and the National Arts Center of Mexico, the Council for Culture and Arts of Quebec, Canada, the Camargo Foundation, the Madrid City Council and the Academia Europaea.
He was for three years (2005 – 2008) resident composer at the Spanish cultural institution Residencia de Estudiantes in Madrid, and actually he is resident composer at the Camargo Foundation in Cassis, France.
|The opus of Astor Piazzolla comprises more than 1,000 works. Born in Argentina in 1921, the composer and bandleader studied with Alberto Ginastera and Nadia Boulanger, and worked in the U.S. and Europe. His work for cello and piano, was dedicated to, and performed by, Mtislav Rostropovitch. His dedication to the bandoneon and the tango has brought them great popularity around the world.|
|The barriers between classical music, jazz, and indigenous Brazilian music have been obscured by Rio de Janeiro-born and Seattle-based pianist, flutist, and composer Jovino Santos Neto. A member of Hermeto Pascoal's legendary band from 1977 to 1992, Santos Neto has built a solid reputation as a creative and inspired musician, producer and arranger. He also worked with such artists as Airto Moreira, Flora Purim, Mike Marshall, Gary Stroutsos and Richard Boukas. Santos Neto's 1997 debut solo album, Caboclo, featuring his compositions with the accompaniment of quartet members Hans Teuber (saxophones, flute), Chuck Deardorf (bass) and Mark Ivester (drums), was followed by Live in Olympia in 2000 (with the addition of percussionist Jeff Busch and Harvey Wainapel on saxes and clarinet) and by Canto do Rio in 2003, which was commissioned by Chamber Music America's New Works program and was nominated for a 2004 Latin Grammy Award for Best Latin Jazz Album. His latest CD, Roda Carioca, was released in 2006 on Adventure Music and earned Jovino a second nomination for a Latin Grammy. Jovino has received commissions by the IAJE and ASCAP, Jack Straw Foundation, Seattle Arts Commission, Artist Trust and Meet the Composer. Jovino was the recipient of a Golden Ear Award as the Best Jazz Instrumentalist of the Pacific Northwest in 2004.
Rodrigo Sigal (www.rodrigosigal.com) (Mexico City-1971) Holds a PhD in Electroacoustic composition from City University in London, a BA in composition from the Musical Studies and Research Center (CIEM) in Mexico City, and was part of the composition workshop directed by Prof. Mario Lavista. He also studied with Denis Smalley, Javier Alvarez, Franco Donatoni, Judith Weird, Michael Jarrel, Alejandro Velasco and Juan Trigos among others. He finished a postdoctorate at the National School of Music in Mexico and he is the director of the Mexican Center for Music and Sonic Arts (www.cmmas.org).
Since 1991 he has been working as composer, sound and recording engineer in his private studio in Mexico, London and Santiago, composing chamber music, electroacoustic music and works for dance, cinema and other media. He coordinated the Computer Music Lab at CIEM from 1994 until 1998.
He has received awards from the Mexican National Fund for Culture and the Arts(FONCA), The CIEM, The Banff Centre for the Arts in Canada, ORS and The Sidney Perry Foundation in England and the LIEM Studios and The Ministry of Culture in Spain, the 1st. Prize (Cycles, 1999), honorary mentions (Tolerance, 2000 and Twilight, 2001) at the Luigi Russolo Composition Prize and finalist at Bourges 2002 (Twilight). “Friction of things in other places” won the 3 rd place at the JTTP prize in 2003 by the CeC ( Canada) and the SAN (UK).
His work is available in more than 13 compact discs, and his solo CDs "Manifiesto" and “Space within” had received excellent reviews and radio broadcast in Mexico and abroad. His music is presented in different countries and he performs his laptop multimedia projects “Oreja Digital” and “Lumínico” with flutist Alejandro Escuer constantly.
Since 1998 takes active part in DAM (www.dam-music.org), a group of six composers that is working on different interdisciplinary projects and since 2004 he is a member of the board of the Latin-American Sonic Arts Network (www.redasla.org). The Cds and more information are available from www.rodrigosigal.com