Miguel del Aguila

CONTACT: m@migueldelaguila.com

PRESS ARTICLES

“…One of the West Coast’s most promising and enterprising young composers… sonically dazzling… a whirlwind of energy and ideas… a mischievous mix of personalized romanticism and structural self-derailment …a sly radical in formal wear…”
Los Angeles Times

“one of the most intriguing compositional voices to come along in recent years”
San Antonio Express News

BUFFALO NEWS
Concierto en Tango up for Grammy Award
by Mary Kunz Goldman
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UY.PRESS
Compositor uruguayo recibió dos nominaciones a los Grammy Latinos
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THE MUSIC OF RUSSIA
Interview: Miguel del Aguila
by Dina Mukhamedzyanova
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NEW MUSIC BOX
Sounds Heard Interview: Miguel del Aguila – Salón Buenos Aires
by Frank J. Oteri
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MÚSICA EN CLAVE
Reflexiones sobre una conversación con el compositor Miguel del Aguila
by Hermann Hudde
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MUSIC WEB INTERNATIONAL
Miguel del Águila – Salón Buenos Aires CD review
by Gary Higginson
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ALBUQUERQUE JOURNAL
300 Years of History Heat “Up Time and Again”
by David Steinbberg
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NASHVILLE SCENE
World premiere of Miguel del Aguila’s The Fall of Cuzco
by Russell Johnston
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OPERA AMERICA
Time and Again Barelas opera by Miguel del Aguila
by Russell Johnston
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NEW YORK TIMES
Conga premiere review: Four Unknown Works, Four Different Styles
by Bernard Holland
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LNP LANCASTER ONLINE
Lancaster Symphony 2008 Composer of the Year Award Winner Interview: Composer Award winner deeply rooted in Latin America and its music.
by Jane Holahan
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CLARIPERU
Interview: Miguel del Aguila: Un compositor uruguayo enamorado del clarinete.
by Marco Antonio Mazzini
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AMERICAS MAGAZINE 
Feature story Composer Miguel del Aguila (Vol.45-46/P.56)

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WEST VIRGINIA UNIVERSITY LIBRARIES
An Introduction to the Solo Piano Works of Three Latin AMerican Composers
by Yew Chong Cheong
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WVU – THE RESEARCH REPOSITORY
A Pedagogical Study of Selected Piano Music of Miguel del Aguila
by Sornsuang Tangsinmonkong
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NEW MUSIC USA
Composer Miguel del Aguila Profile

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WEST VIRGINIA UNIVERSITY LIBRARIES
An Introduction to the Solo Piano Works of Three Latin AMerican Composers
by Yew Chong Cheong
Read more

WVU – THE RESEARCH REPOSITORY
A Pedagogical Study of Selected Piano Music of Miguel del Aguila
by Sornsuang Tangsinmonkong
Read more

SUBMERGED in London

Aurora Trio performs Submerged at Thames Concerts in London

TRASOCEANICA in Brazil

Garrick Zoetter performs clarinet quartet Transoceanica at RioWinds Festival

PRESTO II in Paris

Cuarteto Latinoamericano performs Presto II at Semaine de l’Amerique Latine festival in Paris

SUNSET SONG in Japan

Akihiko Kondo performs Sunset Song in Japan ミゲル・デル・アギーラ

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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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