Mauricio Sotelo

Professor Cátedra Manuel de Falla 2007


Artist Management London:

Jordí Martín Mont


+44 (0) 7934 568677

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  • Spanish composer Mauricio Sotelo (b. 1961) studied composition with Francis Burt at the
    Vienna University of Music, where he was unanimously awarded the Prize of Honour for
    graduate studies in 1987. In Vienna he also studied electroacoustic music with Dieter Kaufmann
    and conducting with Karl Österreicher. He subsequently honed his skills with composer Luigi
    Nono in Berlin and Venice.
    Sotelo has been awarded numerous prizes including the Spanish National Music Prize (2001),
    the Queen Sofía International Prize for Composition (2000) and the Förder Preis of the
    Foundation Ernst von Siemens (1997). His works have been selected for the UNESCO
    International Composers’ Tribune in Paris and have been recognised by international institutions
    such as the Körber Foundation in Hamburg, the Alban Berg Foundation in Vienna and the
    Alexander von Humboldt Foundation in Germany.
    Sotelo’s music has been published by Universal Edition Vienna since 1991. His works have
    been premiered in internationally recognized series including the Salzburg Festivals, Wien
    Modern, Biennale di Venezia, Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Munich Biennale, Granada
    International Festival, Berlin Philharmonic and Konzerthaus, Bonn Beethovenhaus, Köln
    Philharmonie, Vienna Musikverein and Vienna Konzerthaus, the Netherlands Opera, Suntory
    Hall in Tokyo, Madrid’s Teatro Real and the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona.
    Future projects include a new opera based on the play El Público [The Audience] by Federico
    García Lorca commissioned by Gerard Mortier for the Teatro Real in Madrid and a new piece
    for piano ordered by the Busoni Piano Competition on occasion of their 60th edition, inspired by
    his conversations on Liszt with the pianist Alfred Brendel.
    Mauricio Sotelo is Composer in Residence at the Berlin Wissenschaftskolleg [Institute for
    Advanced Study]. He is a Composition professor at the Escola Superior de Música de
    Catalunya in Barcelona and has been invited as a composition lecturer by prestigious institutions
    in Austria, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain and the USA. Sotelo is also a member of the High
    Council of Art Education for the Spanish Ministry for Education.

    The music of Sotelo is strongly connected to the cultural heritage of Spain, especially flamenco
    and Spanish literature. Other inspirations include the ideas of the Italian philosopher Giordano
    Bruno (De imaginum, signorum et idearum, De Magia) and the works of renowned Irish
    painter Sean Scully (Wall of light red, Wall of light black and Wall of light sky).

    In parallel to his activity as a composer, Sotelo is also developing a career as a conductor,
    leading ensembles such as Klangforum, musikFabrik, Concentus Vocalis, the Ensemble di
    Venezia and Avanti!. Soloists he has worked with include Salome Kammer, Marcus Weiss,
    Roberto Fabbriciani, Yukiko Sugawara, Enrique Morente, Juan Manuel Cañizares and, in
    particular, the internationally celebrated Moldavian violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaya.