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Posadas, Alberto

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Alberto Posadas was born in Valladolid (Spain) in 1967. After his studies in his hometown, he moved to Madrid to study composition with Francisco Guerrero. From his first works he showed interest in the relationship between music, nature and mathematics as a means of exogenous models applying to the composition process. Nonetheless, his determination and constant search for the integration of aesthetics in these procedures led him to employ other “models” of composing such as the translation of architectural spaces into music, the application of topology and painting techniques or the exploration of the acoustic features of instruments at a micro level.

In 2002 he received the Audience Award at the festival Ars Musica Bruxelles. He was selected by the Ircam reading panel (edition 2003/04), an institution with which he still keeps a close collaboration. He had a bursary at Casa de Velázquez (Madrid) in 2006. In 2011 he received the National Music Prize, awarded by the Spanish Ministry of Culture. In 2014 he also was awarded a stipend by the Free State of Bavaria (Germany) as artist in residence at the Internationales Künstlerhaus Villa Concordia in Bamberg. In 2016 he has been nominated as a fellow by the Wissenschaftskolleg in Berlin. The recording of his cycle for string quartet Liturgia fractal received the prize Diapason d’Or in 2009.

His music has been performed throughout the world by some of the most prestigious performers, such as Klangforum Wien, Ensemble Intercontemporain, Quatuor Diotima, Ensemble Court-­‐circuit, Ensemble Itinéraire, Nouvel Ensemble Modern, Ensemble Vocal EXAUDI, SWR Sinfonieorchester Baden-Baden und Freiburg, Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg or the Orchestre national de France, amongst others.

Festivals and concert series as MUSICA Strasbourg, ULTRASCHALL (Berlin), Wittener Tage für Neue Kammermusik, Festival ManiFeste (Paris), Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, Tage für Neue Musik Zürich, CDMC (Madrid) or Musicadhoy (Madrid) have devoted monographic concerts to his music. He has also participated in festivals such as Donaueschinger Musiktage, Agora (IRCAM, Paris), Festival d’Automne à Paris, Eclat (Stuttgart), Ars Musica (Brussels), Encontros Gulbenkian (Lisbon), Warszawska Jesien (Warsaw), Ultima (Oslo), Klangspuren (Schwaz – Innsbruck), Operadhoy (Madrid) and Gaida Festival (Vilnius).

Since 1991, Alberto Posadas has taught analysis, harmony and composition at the Palencia Conservatoire first and later at the Mahadahonda Conservatoire in Madrid. Since 2014 he has taught composition at Master de Composición Instrumental Contemporánea at Centro Superior de Enseñanza Musical Katarina Gurska (Madrid, Spain). He was invited as composition professor to Session de Composition à Royaumont (France) in 2012, Takefu International Music Festival (Japan) in 2013, Académie de composition Philippe Manoury at MUSICA Festival Strasbourg (France) in 2016.

Some of his works:

Trayectorias 
(2018)
for ensemble
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Veredas (2014-2018)
Works for saxophone
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Umbrales evanescentes (2018)
pour saxophone, horn, trumpet, trombone & ensemble
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Voces nómadas (2017)
for choir & electronic
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Palabras deshabitadas (2015)
for soprano & double bass
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Tres pinturas imaginarias (2014)
for saxophone, clarinet, bassoon, violin, viola, cello & double bass
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Tratado de lo inasible (2013)
for saxophone, clarinet, accordion, cello & double bass
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Kerguelen (2013)
for flute, oboe, clarinet & orchestra
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Tenebrae (2013)
for choir, ensemble & electronic
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La lumière du noir (2010)
for ensemble 
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Resplandor (2008)
for saxophone & orchestra
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Magma (2000)
for large orchestra
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