Jorge Villavicencio Grossmann’s music has been performed throughout the United States, Latin America and Europe by ensembles such as the Norwegian Radio Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine, National Symphony Orchestra of Argentina, Orquesta Filarmónica de Bogotá, Peruvian National Symphony, New England Philharmonic, Aspen Sinfonia, Orquesta Juvenil Teresa Carreño (Venezuela), Kiev Camerata, Boston Musica Viva, Nouvel Ensemble Moderne, Da Capo Chamber Players, Pierrot Lunaire Ensemble Wien®, Seattle Chamber Players, Talea Ensemble, ALEA III and the Arden, Amernet, Borromeo, Mivos and JACK quartets.  His awards include a 2016 Fulbright Scholar grant, John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation fellowship, Fromm Music Foundation Commission (Harvard U.), the Aaron Copland Award, Bogliasco Foundation Fellowship, Charles Ives Scholarship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and a fellowship from Vitae - Associação de Apoio à Cultura (Brazil).  He has been in residence at the Copland House, MacDowell Colony and Atlantic Center for the Arts. His orchestral work Pasiphaë has been a recipient of the Jacob Druckman Award from the Aspen Music Festival, a winner of the New England Philharmonic Call for Scores and received honorable mention in the Lepo Sumera Orchestral Competition, in Estonia. He has also received grants from the American Music Center, St. Botolph Club Foundation, Meet the Composer, Nevada Arts Council and New York State Council for the Arts. His guest-composer appearances include Festival Latinoamericano de Musica, Festival Internacional de Chihuahua, Mexico; Festival Internacional de Música Clásica Contemporánea in Lima, Peru (where he is a regular guest); Festival of the Arts in Colorado Springs, “Musical Premieres of the Season” in Kiev,  Festival de Inverno de Campos do Jordão, New Music Miami-ISCM, and SLAM, Seattle Latin American Music Festival, where he was the composer-in-residence for 2008. He periodically presents clinics at institutions in the U.S. and abroad having been guest composer/lecturer at institutions in Spain, Turkey, Russia, Venezuela, Peru, Brazil and throughout the continental United States. Recent commissions include the Society for New Music, Projeto GreCo of Sao Paulo, Brazil; National Symphony Orchestra of Peru for his Piano Concerto and Sao Paulo Symphony for a new orchestral work to be premiered by Marin Alsop at the Festival de Campos de Jordao in 2016. Jorge Villavicencio Grossmann was born in Peru in 1973. During Peru’s war against terrorist movements ‘Shining Path’ and MRTA in the 1980s, Jorge’s family immigrated to Brazil, where he was able to continue his musical studies in violin and composition. Upon his graduation with a degree in violin performance from Faculdade Santa Marcelina, he decided to focus entirely on composing. In 1998, he moved to Miami enrolling as a graduate student at Florida International University, where he received a master’s degree in composition as a student of Fredrick Kaufman. In 2000, he moved to Boston to study with John Harbison and Lukas Foss at Boston University, where he earned a  doctorate in composition in 2004.  He identifies Lukas Foss, with whom he studied for three years, as one of his most important musical influences. He is currently associate professor of music composition at Ithaca College, where he also directs the Ithaca College Contemporary Ensemble. He formerly served as assistant professor of theory/composition at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, where he became founder and co-director of N.E.O.N., Nevada Encounters of New Music. He is currently director of áltavoz, a Latin American composer consortium.

 

“[music] that draws the audience in to a spare and wonderful sound world “


Sudeep Argawala,

Boston Musical Intelligencer

Jorge Villavicencio Grossmann