Miguel del Aguila



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“Miguel del Aguila’s chamber music is that rarest of things: unmistakably modern music built around a core of fundamental grace.” – CD Hotlist

“With a 1940’s big band style dance frenzy…the piece is a fascinating and compelling soundscape. Urgently driven by Latin rhythms, the desperate dance is finally overwhelmed by the orchestration’s sinister edge and driven to an explosive climax. – Santa Barbara News-Press

for piano and string quartet

Miguel del Aguila MALAMBO
for clarinet and piano

Miguel del Aguila PACIFIC SERENADE
for clarinet and stirng quartet

Miguel del Aguila PRESTO II
for string quartet

Miguel del Aguila SUBMERGED
for flute viola and harp

Miguel del Aguila WIND QUINTET No.2 Mvt. 2

Miguel del Aguila CLOCKS Mvt. 4
for piano and sting quartet

Miguel del Aguila DISAGREE!
several versions for trio and quartet

Miguel del Aguila MIAMI FLUTE SUITE Mvt. 3
for flute and piano

Miguel del Aguila SALON BUENOS AIRES
for chamber ensemble

Miguel del Aguila SEDUCCION
for flute clarinet and piano

Miguel del Aguila SILENCE
for violin and piano

Miguel del Aguila SUMMER SONG
for oboe and piano

Miguel del Aguila SUNSET SONG
for bassoon and piano

Miguel del Aguila ISLAMORADA
for solo piano

Miguel del Aguila MUSIC IN A BOTTLE
for solo piano

Miguel del Aguila CONGA
for solo piano

Miguel del Aguila NOCTURNE
for solo piano

Miguel del Aguila SONATA No.2 – Mvt.1
for solo piano

Miguel del Aguila TENNESSEE
for solo guitar

Miguel del Aguila AVE MARIA
for chorus adn optional harp/piano

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For inquiries: m@migueldelaguila.com

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

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