Maria de Alvear – Master Artist Community Outreach: Reading, followed by Q & A
Stetson University, Presser Hall 112, 421 N. Woodland Blvd, DeLand, FL 32723
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The German-Spanish composer Maria de Alvear was officially honored with the Spanish National Award for Music on June 1, 2016. King Felipe VI and Queen Leticia of Spain presented Maria de Alvear with the prize in Palencia Cathedral.
The jury commended Maria de Alvear for her prolific output and the international appeal of her works, for her pioneering role in the conception of musical works as complete artistic syntheses, for her interdisciplinary approach with its constant openness to partners from other artistic spheres, for her extraordinary ability to channel musical influences in a transgressive manner and for her strong commitment to younger composers.
Maria de Alvear was born in Madrid, and has been living and working in Cologne for more than 35 years. She was awarded the Bernd Alois Zimmermann Prize of the City of Cologne early on in her career, and studied New Music Theatre under Mauricio Kagel. Since 1998, she has collaborated regularly with video artists, both with her sister Ana de Alvear and the British artist Isaac Julien. In the same year, she founded the music publishing house WORLD EDITION. Since 2003, she has been publishing the journal KUNSTMUSIK- Writings on art as music. Her works, which are mostly interdisciplinary and make use of a variety of media, are performed worldwide by many well-known interpreters, such as Ensemble Modern, the Basel Sinfonietta, Ensemble Musikfabrik and the Frankfurt Radio Symphony (hr-Sinfonieorchester).
She works together with numerous soloists, orchestras and ensembles across the world. She has given many concerts in Europe, the USA and Canada at several prestigious venues, including the Glenn Gould Concert Hall, Toronto, the Lincoln Center, New York, the Donaueschingen Festival, the International Summer Course for New Music in Darmstadt, the Hellerau Festival Theatre, the University of Waterloo, Ontario, and the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid. Numerous performances of her works have been recorded for TV and radio broadcasts, including by SWR, WDR, Arte and CBC/Radio Canada. Maria de Alvear has been accepted as a new member in the North Rhine-Westphalian Academy of Sciences, Humanities and the Arts (AWK) since 2017.
For more information, please visit https://mariadealvear.squarespace.com/
The appearance of Maria de Alvear is made possible by Atlantic Center for the Arts Community Outreach Program.