With an increasing international presence in the fields of concert music, free improvisation, sound installation, and collaborations with dance and video artists, my work seeks to challenge traditional aesthetics of processual fluency and development. Instead I aim at new forms of musical experience based on static situations as objects of contemplation, setting formal simplicity in brutal contrast with highly detailed textures.

I completed a PhD under Liza Lim, obtaining the “Vice-Chancellor’s Award for an outstanding Research Degree Thesis” at University of Huddersfield, where I also took editorial responsibility of issue 4 of the CeReNeM Journal. Previous degrees include MPhil from University of London, MA and Licentiate from Universidad de Chile, both awarded with ‘maximum distinction’ under Cirilo Vila and Aliocha Solovera. Besides formal studies, in 2006 a Chilean Arts Council scholarship allowed me to study composition privately with James Dillon in London.

My music is being widely performed in collaboration with some of today’s most prominent up-and-coming ensembles, such as CrossingLines (ES), Interface (DE), Hand Werk (DE), and Distractfold (UK). It has been presented in concerts in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Chile, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, UK and USA. World premieres in festivals such as the Wittener Tage für neue Kammermusik, Festival Mixtur, ISCM World Music Days, and hcmf//. Radio broadcasts include BBC Radio 3 (UK), Radio Klara (BE), WDR (DE), SRF (CH), etc.

Have a glimpse of my recent projects in the following page ->

PEDRO ALVAREZ

COMPOSER