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, 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 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.

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, Australia, Austria, Mexico and Spain.

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

PEDRO ALVAREZ

COMPOSER