1999-00

  • Sergio Barroso (b. 1946, Havana): A composer, keyboard player and synthesist, Barroso works extensively in the electroacoustic music field, but he has also composed music for orchestra, for choral and chamber ensemble and for the stage and film. His work has been recognized at the International Music Council (IMC) Rostrums of Composers, Electroacoustic Music and Latin American Music, and the Groupe de Musique Expérimentale de Bourges. He received a composition prize from the Canada Council for the Arts in 2000. His music has been performed extensively in North and South America, Europe and Asia. He Studied at the Havana National Conservatory, the Prague Superior School of Music and at Stanford University. (Cintas for music, 1999-00, CINTAS Foundation Brandon Fradd Fellowship in music composition, 2009-10)

  • Orlando Jacinto García (b. 1954, Havana): Through more than 200 works, composed for a wide range of performance genres many premiered at major festivals by renowned performers, Orlando Jacinto Garcia has established himself as an important figure in the new music world. The distinctive character of his music has been described as "time suspended haunting sonic explorations" qualities developed from working with Morton Feldman among others. Born in Cuba, he came to the US in 1961. His works are recorded on 8 solo CDs and numerous compilations on respected labels here and abroad. In demand as a guest composer, he has received recognition from among others the Fulbright, Rockefeller, and Cintas Foundations, recently being the recipient of 4 Latin Grammy nominations. Founder of the New Music Miami Festival, the NODUS Ensemble and resident composer for the Miami Symphony, Garcia is a dedicated educator, and Professor of Music and Composer in Residence for the School of Music at Florida International University. (Cintas for music, 1994-95, 1999-00)

  • 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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