My work is mainly focused on the creation of contemporary concert music that challenges the traditional aesthetics of processual fluency and development. Instead I aim at new forms of musical experience based on static situations as objects of contemplation, in a brutal contrast of formal simplicity and highly detailed textures.

I completed a PhD at University of Huddersfield under Liza Lim, obtaining the “Vice-Chancellor’s Award for an outstanding Research Degree Thesis”, having also taken 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’. 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 by established specialised ensembles and a younger generation of exceptionally talented musicians, featuring in international festivals such as the Wittener Tage für neue Kammermusik, Connect Festival in Malmö, Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, ME_MMIX in Mallorca, Marathon V in Vienna, ISCM World Music Days in Ghent and Lange Musik at Dampfzentrale Bern. Projects in 2014 include artistic residencies in several countries and a commission from hcmf//.

In recent years I have complemented my work as a composer with performances as an improviser in solo, duo and ensemble settings in the UK, Austria, Mexico and Spain.

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

PEDRO ALVAREZ

COMPOSER