Hèctor Parra

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Hèctor Parra i Esteve is a Spanish composer.

Born in Barcelona (Catalonia) in 1976, Parra studied in the Conservatoire of Barcelona, where he was awarded Prizes with Distinction in Composition, Piano and Harmony. He has studied composition with David Padros, Brian Ferneyhough and Jonathan Harvey, as well as with Michael Jarrell at the Haute École de Musique in Geneva.

Catalonia Autonomous area of northeastern Spain

Catalonia is an autonomous community in Spain on the northeastern corner of the Iberian Peninsula, designated as a nationality by its Statute of Autonomy. Catalonia consists of four provinces: Barcelona, Girona, Lleida, and Tarragona. The capital and largest city is Barcelona, the second-most populated municipality in Spain and the core of the sixth most populous urban area in the European Union. It comprises most of the territory of the former Principality of Catalonia. It is bordered by France (Occitanie) and Andorra to the north, the Mediterranean Sea to the east, and the Spanish autonomous communities of Aragon to the west and Valencia to the south. The official languages are Catalan, Spanish, and the Aranese dialect of Occitan.

Brian John Peter Ferneyhough is a British composer, who has resided in California, United States since 1987. Ferneyhough is typically considered to be the central figure of the New Complexity movement. Ferneyhough taught composition at the Hochschule für Musik Freiburg and the University of California, San Diego, and currently, Stanford University, and is a regular lecturer in the summer courses at Darmstädter Ferienkurse.

Jonathan Dean Harvey was a British composer. He held teaching positions at universities and music conservatories in Europe and the USA and was frequently invited to teach in summer schools around the world.

The Ensemble Intercontemporain, [1] the Arditti Quartet, ensemble recherche, musikfabrik, the Philarmonic Orchestra of Liège, Holland Symfonia, National Orchestra of Ile-de-France, KNM Berlin, Ensemble Alternance, Algoritmo Ensemble, Proxima Centauri and ensemble mosaik have performed his work. He has received commissions from the French State, from the IRCAM-Centre Pompidou on four occasions, from the Spanish Ministry of culture, from the Government of Catalonia and from institutions such as Berlin Academy of Arts, Ensemble Intercontemporain, Klangforum Wien/Impuls, Strasbourg Festival, CDMC (Madrid), National Orchestra of Ile-de-France, IVM (Valencia), Musica de Hoy (X. Güell), Schauspielhaus Salzburg, Caja Madrid and the Selmer Society (Paris). His music has been also played at the international festivals of Lucerne, Avignon, Agora-Ircam, Royaumont, Centre Acanthes, Forum Neues musiktheater of the Stuttgart Opera House, Novart de Bordeaux, ADK Berlin, Quincena Musical de San Sebastián, Nous Sons Barcelona, Muziekgebouw (Amsterdam), Philharmonie Luxembourg and others.

Arditti Quartet string quartet

The Arditti Quartet is a string quartet founded in 1974 and led by the British violinist Irvine Arditti. The quartet is a globally recognized promoter of contemporary classical music and has a reputation for having a very wide repertoire. They first became known taking into their repertoire technically challenging pieces. Over the years, there have been personnel changes but Irvine Arditti is still at the helm, leading the group. The repertoire of the group is mostly music from the last 50 years with a strong emphasis on living composers. Their aim from the beginning has been to collaborate with composers during the rehearsal process. However, unlike some other groups, it is loyal to music of a classical vein and avoids cross-genre music. The Quartet has performed in major concert halls and cultural festivals all over the world and has the longest discography of any group of its type. In 1999, it won the Ernst von Siemens Music Prize for lifetime achievement, being the first and only group to date to receive this award.

The ensemble recherche is a German classical music ensemble of nine soloists, especially dedicated to contemporary music. Founded in Freiburg im Breisgau in 1985, they premiered some 500 works. They were awarded the Schneider-Schott Music Prize in 1995 and the Rheingau Musikpreis in 1997.


IRCAM is a French institute for science about music and sound and avant garde electro-acoustical art music. It is situated next to, and is organisationally linked with, the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris. The extension of the building was designed by Renzo Piano and Richard Rogers. Much of the institute is located underground, beneath the fountain to the east of the buildings.

In 2007 he was awarded the Earplay Donald Aird Memorial International Composition Prize of San Francisco (USA). In 2005 he was unanimously awarded the Tremplin Prize given by the Ensemble Intercontemporain and was finalist in the International Gaudeamus Competition. In 2002 he won the INAEM Prize for Musical Composition (The National Institute for Performing Arts and Music of Spain). Tritó (Barcelona) publishes his music. [2] Currently, he is Professor of Electro-Acoustic Composition at the Conservatoire of Zaragoza, invited professor at the Conservatoire of the Barcelona Opera House (El Liceu) and composer in research at IRCAM in Paris.

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  1. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2008-11-13. Retrieved 2009-12-08.
  2. http://www.trito.es/cdetails.php?id=813