Ileana Pérez Velázquez (b. 1964, Cienfuegos): A composer, pianist and music educator, Pérez Velázquez has taught at the Instituto Superior de Artes (ISA) in Havana, at Portland State University in Oregon, at the Universidad Nacional de Colombia in Bogota. She is an associate professor of music at Williams College. Her music has been presented in international festivals and concerts in Europe and Latin America as well as in the United States. Among her works are Crystals, a piece for soprano and instrumental ensemble, Un ser con unas alas enormes, for violin and tape, and Epur si mouve, for instrumental ensemble. She has been commissioned by soloists, ensembles and orchestras, including the Flux Quartet, Cuarteto Eco from Madrid, and the Insomnio instrumental ensemble from the Netherlands. Pérez Velázquez has a Master’s in electroacoustic music from Darmouth College and a PhD in music composition from Indiana University.  Before coming to the United States in 1991, Pérez Velázquez won several first prizes for composition in Cuba. (Cintas for music, 1999-00)

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