Ricardo Llorca was born in Alicante, Spain, and has been on the Evening Division faculty since 1996. He received his B.A. from the Hochshule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst in Vienna, where he studied composition with F. Cerha. He received his M.M. from Real Conservatorio Superior de Musica in Madrid, where he studied composition with Roman Alis. He received his M.M. from Juilliard, where he studied with John Corigliano and David Diamond. He also studied with Luigi Nono.
Llorca has had major commissions from the Orquesta Nacional de España, the New York Opera Society, Berlin Musikfest, Joven Orquesta de la Comunidad de Madrid, Orquesta de la Radio Television Española, Orquesta Filarmonica de Valencia, Centro Nacional para la Difusión de la Musica, the Juilliard Performing Arts Program for Schools, 1988-89, the Andrés Segovia Foundation and the Queen Sofia Spanish Institute. His compositions include: Thermidor, Borderline, Three Pieces for Piano and Orchestra, The Fallen Angel, Three Academic Pieces for Piano, Concierto Italiano for Guitar, Flute, and Harpsichord. His opera Las Horas Vacias (“The Empty Hours”), premiered at the Berlin Cathedral in September 2007 and was later performed at the United Nations (2008), Alice Tully Hall (2010), Saint Petersburg Philharmonic Hall (2012), and Teatro Sao Pedro (Sao Paulo) in 2014. Ricardo Llorca is the composer in residence for the New York-based dance company Sensedance and for the New York Opera Society’s 2016-17 season.