2016 VIPA Festival Staff
Carlos Amat, Artistic Director
Jason Thorpe Buchanan, Executive Director
Jorge Villavicencio Grossmann, Head of Composition
Linda Dallimore, Festival Coordinator
Carlos Amat – Artistic Director
Born in Spain, conductor, pianist and composer Carlos Amat has performed in Spain, the United States, Russia, Cuba, Peru, Mexico, Honduras, Guatemala, Dominican Republic and France, and his music has been performed in Spain, Germany, Greece and the USA.
He holds a Master of Music degree from the Peabody Conservatory of Baltimore. He launched his conducting career at the age of 30, having studied with Frederick Prausnitz, Lior Shambadal, Enrique García Asensio, George Pehlivanian, Antoni Ros-Marbá, Manel Valdivieso and Colin Metters. Most of his practical formation comes from his job, from its foundation in 2006 until 2009, as repetiteur at the Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía in Valencia, where he also served as assistant conductor for Zubin Mehta and Lorin Maazel, having the opportunity to work with some of the best singers of the moment, like Plácido Domingo, Matti Salminen or Waltraud Meier, to name just a few.
His awards include the First Prize of the Conservatory after his Diploma in Piano Performance, the “Pauline Favin Memorial Award” in Baltimore, a Fellowship from the University of Maryland (Washington D.C.), First Prize of the 1995 “Jeneusses Musicales” National Chamber Music Competition in Spain and Third Prize at the International Competition for Composers ot the Mediterranean Music Centre of Lamia (Greece).
He has conducted the Academic Orchestra of St. Petersburg, Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de Cuba, Orquesta de Valencia, Orquesta de Cámara de Minería (México DF), Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de Perú, Orquesta Filarmónica de Honduras, Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de Guatemala, “Joaquín Rodrigo” Chamber Orchestra, New Music Ensemble of Miami, Orquesta Filarmónica Cervantes and Orquesta Sinfónica de Castellón. He has collaborated with soloists like violonist Vicente Huerta, pianists Brenno Ambrossini, Soyeon Lee and Ran Dank, trumpet players Otto Sauter and Vicente Campos and oboist Vicente Llimerá, as well as singers like Javier Agulló, Silvia Vázquez and Vicenç Esteve.
He conducted operas like Leoncavallo´s Pagliacci or Verdi´s La Traviata, as well as the nationally acclaimed lyric production “La Ópera de los Tres Cerditos”, based on the tale The Three Little Pigs, with music selected from Mozart´s operas, of which he was arranger, co-author and musical director.
He has been Principal Guest Conductor of the National Symphony Orquestra of Guatemala, where he created first Diploma in Orchestral Conducting, promoted by the Ministry of Culture in order to provide the next generation of conductors in Guatemala. He was also music consultant and principal Conductor of the program ¡Todos Listos, Ya!, a new system of youth orchestras promoted by the Presidency that supports integration of all communities of Guatemala in a regulated system of orchestras, music schools and workshops. Under this framework, he founded the National Youth Orchestra of Guatemala.
As musical director of the Nomos Ensemble, an instrumental group devoted to the interpretation of new music, he is carrying out an intense work of difussion of the music of young composers, having premiered dozens of works in the last five years. The next project with the ensemble includes the first performance of Pierrot Lunaire sung in Spanish. He works as a teacher at the Conservatorio Superior in Castellón.
www.carlosamat.com // carlosamat74 [at] gmail [dot] com
Jason Thorpe Buchanan – Executive Director
Jason Thorpe Buchanan is an American composer of operatic, orchestral, chamber, and electroacoustic music and multimedia. His works have been described as “an unearthly collage of sounds”, “sharply-edged”, and “free jazz gone wrong”, commissioned and performed internationally by conductors and ensembles such as Brad Lubman, Alan Pierson, Jean-Philippe Wurtz, Marc Lowenstein, Ulrich Pöhl, Alarm Will Sound (USA), Ensemble Interface (Germany), Ensemble Nikel (Israel), Ensemble Linea (France), Insomnio Ensemble (Netherlands), Slagwerk Den Haag (Netherlands), MIVOS Quartet, Eklekto Percussin (Switzerland), Iktus Percussion, the [Switch~ Ensemble], The Industry, wild Up, OSSIA, Fiati 5 (USA/Italy), Sound ExChange Orchestra (USA), the Eastman Musica Nova Ensemble (USA), BlueWater Chamber Orchestra (USA), and the TAD Wind Symphony (Japan), among others. One of five composers under 30 nominated for the 2015 Gaudeamus Prize, his works were presented by Insomnio, New European Ensemble, and Slagwerk Den Haag at Gaudeamus Muziekweek in September 2015.
Scenes from his Multimedia Opera Hunger have received performances at Darmstadt (2014) with Ensemble Interface, The Industry’s FIRST TAKE in Los Angeles (2015) with wild Up, and the MATA Interval Series in New York City (2015) with the [Switch~ Ensemble] on a concert of new works for Ensemble & Multimedia. Los Angeles Times critic Mark Swed writes: “Jason Thorpe Buchanan’s Hunger is a kind of training session in mental disintegration… An ungodly opera needs ugly music, singers who produce primal sounds, an electric guitar that sounds scraped raw, a [sic] wailing orchestral effects, cuts the ear like a knife. Buchanan delivers.”
Awarded a Fulbright Fellowship (2010-11) at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Hamburg (Germany) as a visiting scholar, he was selected as Artist-in-Residence by USF Verftet and the City Council of Bergen, Norway to work on Hunger in late 2015, with a grant from the American-Scandinavian Foundation.
Additional honors and awards include commissions from Gaudeamus Muziekweek and Slagwerk Den Haag (Netherlands), Eklekto Percussion, Geneva (Switzerland), the New York Virtuoso Singers, a commission from the International Horn Society & ASCAP Morton Gould Award (2015) for Double Concerto (2014) for the Eastman Musica Nova Ensemble with conductor Brad Lubman, a commission from the Blue Water Chamber Orchestra for de/ter| |iora.ation as winner of Iron Composer (2014), commissions from the Tzlil Meudcan Festival (Tel Aviv) with Ensemble Nikel, and from Chamber Music Campania (Italy) as composer-in-residence, the ASCAP Morton Gould Award (2014) & Howard Hanson Orchestral Prize (2014) for Asymptotic Flux: Second Study in Entropy (2013) commissioned by the Mizzou International Composers Festival for Alarm Will Sound, both winner of the newEar 4th Annual Composer’s Competition (2013), and selection at the NYC Electroacoustic Music Festival (2014) for Asymptotic Flux: First Study in Entropy, co-commissioned by the [Switch~ Ensemble] & OSSIA, and 2nd place in the American Prize (2012) for Berlin Songs (2011), commissioned by the German/American Fulbright-Kommission and premiered at the Akademie der Künste (Berlin) during the European Fulbright Conference. Jason has studied with R.Zohn-Muldoon, C.Sánchez-Gutiérrez, R.Morris, A.Schindler, D.Liptak, V.Baley, P.M.Hamel, J.V.Grossmann, P.Furman, M.Stahnke, B.Lubman, G.Aperghis, B.Ferneyhough, R.Cendo, C.Czernowin, A.R.Thomas, H.Abrahamsen, P.Leroux, C.Gadenstätter, J.María Sánchez-Verdú, and P.Billone, among others.
Jason is Executive Director of the Valencia International Performance Academy & Festival (Spain), and Artistic Director of the [Switch~ Ensemble]. He has served as assistant conductor for Eastman’s Musica Nova Ensemble with conductor Brad Lubman, and Graduate Teaching Assistant/Course Instructor for the Eastman Computer Music Center, as well as board member of OSSIA as a Ph.D. candidate at the Eastman School of Music. He holds degrees in Composition and Music Technology from San José State University and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, where he taught courses in composition and theory (2008-2010). Current projects include Hunger, a multimedia opera with libretto by award-winning poet Darcie Dennigan, and a commission for Peter Ferry (percussion) and electronics (Chicago, 2016).
www.jasonthorpebuchanan.com // jasontbuchanan [at] gmail [dot] com
Jorge Villavicencio Grossmann – Head of Composition
Jorge Villavicencio Grossmann’s music has been performed throughout the United States, Latin America and Europe by ensembles such as the National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine, Orquesta Filamónica de Bogotá, Peruvian National Symphony, New England Philharmonic, Aspen Sinfonia, Kiev Camerata, Orquesta de la Universidad del Norte (Paraguay), Boston Musica Viva, Nouvel Ensemble Moderne, Pierrot Lunaire Ensemble Wien, Da Capo Chamber Players, Seattle Chamber Players, Jack Quartet and Amernet Quartet. His works find inspiration in a wide range of subjects, from medieval music to Latin American modern art.
His awards include a Fromm Music Foundation Commission, John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation fellowship, the Aaron Copland Award, Charles Ives Scholarship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, fellowships from the Bogliasco Foundation, Vitae-Associação de Apoio à Cultura (Brazil) and the Nevada Arts Council; the Jacob Druckman Award from the Aspen Music Festival, Copland House Borromeo String Quartet Award, first prize in the New England Philharmonic Call for Scores, and grants from the American Music Center, St. Botolph Club Foundation, and Meet the Composer. His residencies include the Copland House, MacDowell Colony, and Atlantic Center for the Arts. He has been commissioned by organizations such as the Society for New Music, American Liszt Society, Nevada Music Teachers Association, ALEA III and the Henderson Symphony Orchestra. In 2008 he was featured as composer-in-residence at SLAM, Seattle Latin American Music Festival. He has appeared as guest composer in the Festival Internacional de Chihuahua (Mexico), Festival Internacional de Música Clásica Contemporánea (Lima, Peru), New Music Symposium at Colorado College and International Society of Contemporary Music festival, in Miami. In addition, his works have been performed at contemporary music festivals in Asunción (Paraguay), Monterrey (Mexico), Musical Premieres of the Season (Ukraine), Proyecto Puentes (Spain) and Archipel Music Festival (Switzerland), along with festivals and conferences in the U.S. He has participated in the Composers Conference at Wellesley College, June in Buffalo, Aspen Music Festival and Domaine Forget.
Having studied violin and composition in his native Lima and subsequently in São Paulo, Brazil, Jorge Villavicencio Grossmann moved to the U.S. in 1998. He holds a B.M. in violin performance from Faculdade Santa Marcelina (Brazil), a M.M. from Florida International University and a D.M.A. in composition from Boston University. He has studied composition with Paulo Maron, Orlando García, Fredrick Kaufman, John Harbison and Lukas Foss. Before his appointment at Ithaca College, he served on the faculty of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, where he was also director of NEXTET, UNLV’s new music ensemble, and founder and co-director of N.E.O.N., Nevada Encounters of New Music festival. He is currently director of áltaVoz, a Latin American composers collective.
For further information, please visit his website: www.shadowofthevoices.com.
Linda Dallimore – Festival Coordinator
Hailing from Auckland, New Zealand, Linda Dallimore is an emerging composer and flutist with a reputation for bringing passion, integrity and dynamism to her work. Linda is an alumni of Berklee College of Music, (Boston, USA), where she studied Composition and Performance (Flute) until May 2015. As an award winning, commissioned composer she has partaken in several European Festivals and had works performed in Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Spain, Croatia and the USA. As a flutist, she has performed in festivals and for large audiences (Monterey Jazz Festival (USA), 1996, Manly Jazz Festival (Australia), 1997 & 1998, Symphony Under the Stars (NZ), 1997) in jazz bands, orchestras, and as a session musician and chamber music player. Her interest in musical textures can be seen in her most recent compositions, which have been performed by contemporary new music ensembles such as ALEA III in Boston and as part of the Boston Poetry Festival (2014). Prior to commencing her Berklee studies, Linda spent a year living in Buenos Aires, Argentina, composing several pieces and learning Spanish. Linda also has degrees in Arts (Psychology) and Commerce (Management) from the University of Auckland, New Zealand. She worked in the corporate banking arena for several years, specialising in change management, project delivery and product management before returning to her passion.