MIGUEL DEL AGUILA
“Vibrant colorful music pulsating with a tremendous rhythmic vitality”
“elegant and affectionate music, a delicious send-up of Minimalism”
The New York Times
I strive to write music that is sincere and that stirs intense emotions in the performer and the listener. Music that expresses my humanity, my times, my geography and my Latin heritage. Often rhythmically driven and virtuosic, I’m always concerned with its dramatic effectiveness. I don’t think in terms of trends or current styles of composition. The story that my music is telling determines its sound and form.
“dependably brilliant” – The New Yorker Magazine
“sonically dazzling” – Los Angeles Times
“disarmingly genial” – San Francisco Sentinel
“expressive and dramatic” – American Record Guide
“with near to obsessive vitality” – Wiener Zeitung, Vienna
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NEW CD ALBUM RELEASES
2022 – 2023 HIGHLIGHTS
WindSync records Miguel del Aguila’s new album at London’s Abbey Road Studios. New CD includes Quinteto Sinfónico, Sambeada, Blindfold Music and Absent Lights. Releases 2023
This week SEDUCCIÓN at Fräiraim Festival Luxembourg – two SILENCE performances in Paris, SUMMERSONG in Rotterdam, Netherlands – SUBMERGED in Bath UK – SALONBUENOSAIRES at Glazba Fetival in Croatia
speaking during short residence at HOP Hopkins Center for the Arts
speaking as composer in residence 2022 Hopkins Center for the Arts HOP Dartmouth
5/22/2022 six concerts featuring Aguila’s works by six ensembles in Europe the US, UK and South America. SUBMERGED heads the list with four performances in Belgium, Switzerland, the UK and Italy! Next Thursday also Vienna, Austria.
Miguel del Aguila Contemporary classical composition / Classical Chamber music small ensemble performance More here: Barroqueada Eroica Trio CD – Miguel del Aguila
Four more live performances by CSO’s in collaboration with Chicago Children’s Theater on Once Upon a Time multimedia production – Symphony Center, Chicago
Danish Chamber Players/ Ensemble Storstrøm performing several works at Festival Sommermusik på Fuglsang and Holmegaard Glass Museum – Copenhagen, Denmark
“a strong individual and vibrant voice that communicates with extraordinary power. His command of the orchestra is extraordinary and his sense of structure and direction create works that are compelling and memorable. One of the most significant voices in our compositional landscape today”
JoAnn Falletta, conductor
Thanks Danish Chamber Players /Ensemble Storstrøm for a wonderful year of collaborations on performances of my works at Holmegaard Glass Museum and Festival Sommermusik på Fuglsang. Submerged, Malambo, Salon Buenos Aires, and Clocks among other works
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Three-time Grammy nominated American composer Miguel del Aguila was born in Uruguay in 1957. In over 130 works that combine drama, driving rhythms and nostalgic nods to his South American roots, he has established himself among the most distinctive and highly regarded composers of his generation. His music, which enjoys over 200 performances annually, has been hailed as “brilliant and witty” (New York Times), “sonically dazzling” (Los Angeles Times) and “expressive and dramatic” (American Record Guide). Recorded on more than 55 CDs, his music has been performed by over 100 orchestras throughout the Americas and Europe, including the Chicago Symphony and Chicago Philharmonic, Norwegian Radio Orchestra, and Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra; the Kiev, Odessa, Heidelberg, Royal Liverpool, Buffalo, Louisiana and Ciudad de México Philharmonics; and the Welsh BBC, Toronto, Nashville, Seattle, Albany, San Antonio, Long Beach, Fort Worth, Santa Barbara, Caracas and São Paulo Symphonies, and the Orchestra of the Americas.
Conductors who have performed del Aguila’s works include Leonard Slatkin, JoAnn Falletta, Giancarlo Guerrero, Marin Alsop, Carlos Miguel Prieto, Lukas Foss, Gerard Schwarz, Jorge Mester, Guillermo Figueroa, David Allan Miller, Miguel Harth-Bedoya, Andrew Litton, Eckart Preu, Dirk Meyer, and José Arean.
Notable among over a thousand chamber ensembles performing his works are the Sphinx Virtuosi, Windscape, Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, SOLI, New Juilliard Ensemble, Eroica Trio, Philadelphia Chamber Ensemble, Collegium Novum Zürich, Imani Winds, Fifth House, Cuarteto Latinoamericano, and the Pacifica and Verona string quartets.
Festivals performing his music include Aspen, Cabrillo, Chautauqua, Ravinia, Oregon Bach Festival, Minnesota Orchestra Sommerfest, Bregenz Festspiele, Wiener Festwochen, Budapest Spring, Cervantino, and Prague Spring. In addition to his three Latin Grammy nominations, del Aguila has received a Kennedy Center Friedheim Award, a Magnum Opus/Kathryn Gould Award, grants from The Composer New Music USA/Music Alive and the Copland Foundation, and the Lancaster Symphony Composer of the Year award. He has held extensive composer residencies with the Orchestra of the Americas (2020); the Danish Chamber Players/Ensemble Sorstrøm (2021); the Chautauqua Institution Music Festival (2001-2004); and a two-year residency with the New Mexico Symphony provided by a Meet the Composer/Music Alive Award, resulting in the fully staged premiere of his opera Time and Again Barelas (2007). Del Aguila serves as a member of the Barlow Endowment’s Board of Advisors. After graduating from San Francisco Conservatory, del Aguila studied at Vienna’s Universität für Musik. Early premieres in the Musikverein and Konzerthaus were followed by performances in the U.S. in Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall and The Brooklyn Philharmonic conducted by Lukas Foss. Soon after he settled in Southern California in 1992, the Los Angeles Times praised him as “one of the West Coast’s most promising young composers.” After many years in California, where he taught composition and for three years served as music director of the Ojai Camerata, del Aguila moved to Seattle. - www.migueldelaguila.com