- Composition, Ear Training
Born in Caracas, Venezuela
Music performed by renowned ensembles and performers throughout the U.S., South America, Europe, and Asia. Commissions include North/South Consonance, Minnesota Orchestra, New Juilliard Ensemble, D.C. Dance Theater, New York Choreographic Institute, and Melton Foundation, among others. Fellowships/awards: Yaddo-Jane Adams Wait Residency (2014), John S. Guggenheim Memorial Foundation fellowship (2011), Civitella Ranieri Foundation fellowship (2009); Yaddo fellowships (2003, 2004, 2011); Yaddo-White Flowers fellowship for composers (2007); Meet the Composer/Van Lier fellowship (2002-03); ASCAP Plus Award (2005-09); Juilliard teaching fellowship (1996-99). Assistant to composer-in-residence, Grand Teton Music Festival (1987, 1990). Executive secretary, Guild of Composers Inc. (1992-99). Essays about music and art in South America published in academic journals in Austria and Germany; research papers presented in conferences in Europe and South America. Composition faculty, New York Summer Music Festival (2010-15); chair (performance activities), Venezuelan-American Endowment for the Arts (2012-14).
Degrees and Studies
BM, MM, DMA, The Juilliard School. Composition studies with Jacques-Louis Monod, Joseph Castaldo, Stephen Albert, Robert Beaser, David Diamond, and Bruce Saylor. Seminars with Mark André, Georges Aperghis, Jacob Druckman, Beat Furrer, Georg F. Haas, Adriana Hölszky, Earl Kim, and Helmut Lachenmann. Private harmony studies with Mary Anthony Cox; counterpoint, analysis, and conducting with Jacques-Louis Monod; Afro-Cuban percussion with Jerry González.