Hèctor Parra

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Miller Theatre at Columbia University, 2960 Broadway at 116th Street, NYC

Sunday, October 16 at 12:00pm

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Hèctor Parra: "Impromptu" (2005)


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Hèctor Parra (Barcelona on 1976) is Professor of Electroacoustic Composition at the Conservatory of Music of Aragon, Spain, and composer in residence at Ircam-Centre Pompidou in Paris. He has studied composition with Jonathan Harvey, Brian Ferneyhough as well as with Michael Jarrell in Geneva. He has the Master in Arts of the Paris-VIII University with honours.

Premieres of his works have been performed by the Ensemble Intercontemporain, the Klangforum Wien, the Arditti Quartet, the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, Holland Symfonia, Barcelona National Orchestra, etc. He received commissions from the French state, the Ircam-Centre Pompidou, the Berlin Academy of Arts, the Strasbourg Festival, Schauspielhaus Salzburg and the Selmer Society, among others. His works are also performed at the international festivals of Lucerne, Avignon, Warsaw Autumn, Agora-Ircam, Witten, Stuttgart Opera House, Bacelona Opera House, Guggenheim NY, San Francisco Arts Festival, Vienna Konzerthaus, Suntory Hall in Tokyo.

Winner of the Ernst von Siemens Composers Prize 2011, in 2007 he won the Donald Aird Memorial Composition Prize of San Francisco. In 2005 he was unanimously awarded the Tremplin Prize given by the Ensemble Intercontemporain. He won the Prize of the National Institute for Performing Arts and Music of Spain among other numerous awards and commissions. His works are published by Durand, (Universal Music Publishing Classical, Paris) and Editorial Tritó (Barcelona) and in 2010, KAIROS published his chamber opera Hypermusic Proloogue, performed by Ensemble Intercontemporain and Ircam with a libretto by the renowned Harvard physicist Lisa Randall and stage design by artist Matthew Ritchie.