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Torres Maldonado Javier

Javier Torres Maldonado was born in Chetumal and began studying composition at Mexico's National Conservatory before moving to Milan, where he studied with Franco Donatoni. In 1999 he received the composition diploma from the Conservatory "Giuseppe Verdi", under S. Gorli and A. Solbiati and he has since lived in Italy, working with Azio Corghi in Rome and participating in composition courses and master classes wit Gyorgy Ligeti and other composers. From 2001 to 2003 he studied with Ivan Fedele at the Conservatory of Strasbourg. Torres Maldonado gained the 1st. Prize at the 7th International Competition "Città di Barletta" (Italy, 1997), the 1st. Prize at the Concours International "Ad Referendum II” (Montreal, 1998), the 1st. Prize at the International Composition Competition "Queen Maria Jose" (Geneva, Switzerland, 2000), the 1st. Prize at the International Composition Competition "Alfredo Casella” (Siena, 1998), for two times he received the 2nd. Prize at the International Composition Competition Mozart Salzburg, (1997-99 and 2001-2003). In 1998 he was invited by the University of Montreal and the Nouvel Ensemble Moderne to represent Center and South America at the International Forum of Young Composers 1998; in this occasion the composer won the Musician’s Prize with one of best known pieces: Exabrupto. He has also been honored with the Mozart Medal from the governments of Mexico and Austria. From 1998 he has commissioned the majority of his works from prestigious institutions, festivals, ensembles and soloists: Figuralmusik III was commissioned by the Orchestra Milano Classica, Tiento -for cello solo, commissioned by the Ensemble Niccolò Castiglioni and the "Tiroler Festspiele Erl" 2000 of Austria (in a monographic concert dedicated to the composer), Reflejo Espiral -for flute in G and percussions, commissioned by the Divertimento Ensemble for the Biennale di Venezia 2000-, Silueta (commissioned by the National Symphony Orchestra of Mexico to the last concert of "2000-2001" Season), Claroscuros -5 players, commissioned by the New Zealand's Ensemble 175 East, Lacrymosa I -commissioned by the General Secretary of the Prize Reine Maria Jose of Geneva and the Contemporary Music Society of Lausanne-, Ecos-commissioned by the Ventus Sinfonietta for a tournée in Europe-. Other works have been performed in important festivals like Orior (included in a concert of the Mozart Week 1999 at the Mozarteum's Großer Saal, in Salzburg), Figuralmusik II (performed in 2002 at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Theater by the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players), Hemisferios Artificiales (performed in 2002 at the Strasbourg's Festival Musica 2002) and others.
He is the Artistic Director of the "Dynamis Ensemble".
His music is published by Universal Edition, Vienna, and Suvini Zerboni, Milan.