Miguel del Águila
“A terrific composer! His Conga-Line in Hell is one of my favorite pieces!
David Stock, composer conductor PNME (Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble)
“This excitement from a young, powerful composer keeps classical music in full motion, even in the 21st century” Dulluth Reader
“The opening section… scarcely prepared the listener for the second half. Here, the music dropped in both tempo and volume to create an incredible atmosphere, almost diametrically opposed to the first. I was absolutely mesmerized by this, so much so that I stopped what I was doing and just listened hard, absorbing it all in. Quite exquisite!” – Lyn Bayley, The Art Music Lounge Online Journal
Miguel del Aguila Piano Quintets
Sally Pinkas, piano
Concierto en Tango – for piano and string quartet
Boliviana – for piano and string quartet
Tamboreño – for piano and string quartet
Benjamín Harris - Miguel del Aguila Chamber Music for Double Bass
Benjamín Harris, Double Bass
Francisco L. de Guevara|Aisha Corona, violin
Christine Lamprea, cello – Lenka Smolkakova,
flute – Jan Bratos, piano
Malambo – for flute bass and piano
Silence – for bass and piano
Tensando – for violin bass and piano
Presto a Dos – for cello and bass
Luces Ausentes – for flute, violin and bass
Cutting Limes – for solo violin
Invisibles – for solo piano
CD release: late 2021
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Salón Buenos Aires
Bridge Records CD 9302
Camerata San Antonio
2010 Grammy nominated for best Classical Album, and best Contemporary Classical Composition
Charango Capriccioso – for piano and string quartet
Presto II – for string quartet
Salon Buenos Aires – for chamber ensemble
Life is a Dream – for string quartet
Clocks – for piano and string quartet
Th. Berger - Miguel del Aguila
Javier Vinasco CD: 195079615979
Javier Vinasco, clarinet
Miguel del Aguila, piano
Silence – for clarinet and piano
Pacific Serenade – for clarinet and piano
Islamorada – for piano
Milonga – for clarinet and piano
Seducción – for clarinet and piano
Estudio Rítmico – for clarinet solo
Malambo – for clarinet and piano
Three-time Grammy nominated American composer Miguel del Aguila was born in Uruguay. 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 yearly, has been hailed as “brilliant and witty" (New York Times), “sonically dazzling” (LATimes) and “expressive and dramatic” (American Record Guide).
He is 2021 composer in residence with Danish Chamber Players/Ensemble Storstrøm, after residences with Orchestra of the Americas, New Mexico Symph, Fresh Ink, CTSummerfest, Talis, and Chautauqua. 2021 commissions include works for Cuarteto Latinoamericano, Eroica Trio and Fivebyfive. He was honored with 3 Latin Grammy nominations, Kennedy Center Friedheim Award, New Music USA/Music Alive, Magnum Opus Award, Lancaster Symph. Composer of the Year, and Copland Foundation among others.
His music has international appeal and presence with performances by over 100 orchestras, thousands of ensembles and 51 CD recordings. This list includes Royal Liverpool Phil, Welsh BBC, Norwegian Radio Orch, Brandenburgisches Staatsorchester; Kiev, Odessa, Heidelberg, Mexico, Buffalo and Louisiana philharmonics; Toronto, Nashville, Seattle, Albany, San Antonio, Long Beach, Fort Worth, Santa Barbara, Sarasota, Codarts, Caracas, Puerto Rico and Sao Paulo symphonies. Artists who perform his works include 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 and Jose Arean; LA Chamber Orchestra, SphinxVirtuosi, Windscape, PNME, SOLI, Chicago Phil.Ch.Players, MACE, New Juilliard Ens, Philadelphia Ch.Ens, Collegium Novum Zürich, Kammerensemble Classic, Imani, FifthHouse, Invoke, Pacifica, and Verona quartets.
New/upcoming releases of his works include CDs by Norwegian Radio Orch; Louisiana Phil, Augusta Symph, Cuarteto Latinoamericano and Eroica Trio, on Naxos, Albany, Bridge and Centaur. Festival performances include Aspen, Breckenridge, Cabrillo, Ravinia, Oregon Bach Festival, Minnesota Orch.Sommerfest, Saarburg, Music in the Vineyards, Focus! Bregenz Festspiele, Wiener Festwochen Budapest Spring, Cervantino, San Miguel de Allende, Prague Spring.
A sought after guest lecturer, he also serves on Barlow Endowment’s Board of Advisors. He's published by Peermusic, Presser and self-published. After graduating from San Francisco Conservatory he studied at Vienna's Universität für Musik un Darstellende Kunst. Early premieres in Musikverein and Konzerthaus were followed by Carnegie Recital Hall and Lukas Foss/Brooklyn Philharmonic concerts. Soon after his US return LATimes praised him as "one of the West Coast's most promising and enterprising young composers" and San Antonio Express-News as “One of the more intriguing compositional voices to come along in recent years“. He currently lives in Seattle.