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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.