2016 Composition Faculty


jorgestefanorand_slimJorge Villavicencio Grossmann (Ithaca College, NY), Rand Steiger (University of California, San Diego), and guest composer Stefano Gervasoni (Paris Conservatoire). Lecture topics by composers César Cano (Conservatorio Superior de Música Joaquín Rodrigo, Valencia, Spain), and Gregorio Jiménez (Conservatorio Superior de Música Joaquín Rodrigo, Valencia, Spain)
Additional guest composers TBA

Faculty Members:

Jorge Villavicencio Grossmann (Ithaca College, NY, USA)
Head of VIPA Composition Program
jvgrossmannJorge 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. 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.

Rand Steiger (University of California, San Diego, USA)
VIPA Faculty Member
Rand Steiger’s music has been commissioned and performed by many ensembles, including the American Composers Orchestra, Boston Musica Viva, Ensemble Intercontemporain, International Contemporary Ensemble, Lontano, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, NYNME, Prism Quartet, San Diego Symphony, San Francisco Contemporary Music Players, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Talea Ensemble, and the Los Angeles Philharmonic, where he served as Composer Fellow. Soloists he has composed for include Matthew Barley, Maya Beiser, Claire Chase, Daniel Druckman, Peter Evans, Alan Feinberg, George Lewis, Mark Menzies, Susan Narucki, Vicki Ray, and Steven Schick.
Throughout his career, Steiger has been involved in computer music research, having held three residencies at IRCAM, and enjoying a long fruitful collaboration with Miller Puckette, the leading computer music researcher of his generation. He was Composer-in-Residence at the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology from 2010 to 2013.
Many of Steiger’s works combine orchestral instruments with real-time digital audio signal processing. They also propose a hybrid approach to just and equal-tempered tuning, exploring the delicate perceptual cusp between a harmony and a timbre that occurs when tones are precisely tuned. Some examples of works deploying these techniques include: Ecosphere, developed during residencies at Ircam and premiered by the Ensemble Intercontemporain in Paris; Traversing, written for cellist Mathew Barley and premiered by the Southbank Sinfonia in London; Cryosphere, premiered by the American Composers Orchestra at Carnegie Hall, A Menacing Plume, premiered by the Talea Ensemble in New York, and the Coalescence Cycle, premiered on a portrait concert at Miller Theater in New York by the International Contemporary Ensemble in 2013. He is currently working on string quartets with electronics for the Flux and JACK quartets.
Steiger is a Distinguished Professor, and holder of the Conrad Prebys Presidential Chair in the Music Department at U.C. San Diego, and is a 2015 Guggenheim Fellow. In 2009 he was a Visiting Professor at Harvard University. For further information, please visit his website: rand.info

Stefano Gervasoni (Paris Conservatory)
Featured Guest Composer
Stefano-GervasoniBorn in Bergamo in 1962, Stefano Gervasoni began studying composition in 1980 on the advice of Luigi Nono: this encounter, as well as others with Brian Ferneyhough, Peter Eötvös and Helmut Lachenmann, turned out to be decisive for his career. After attending the Conservatorio Giuseppe Verdi in Milan, Stefano Gervasoni went on to study with  György Ligeti in Hungary in 1990, and then, in 1992, he attended the Course in Composition and in Computer Music organised by Ircam in Paris. His first three years in France laid the foundations for an international career that eventually led him to be “lodged” at Villa Medici in 1995-1996.
With commissions from such prestigious institutions as the WDR, the SWR, the Orchestra Nazionale della RAI, the Festival d’Automne in Paris, Radio France, IRCAM, the Casa da Musica in Porto, the Festival Archipel in Geneva, the Divertimento Ensemble in Milan, the Ensemble Intercontemporain, the Ensemble Modern, the Ensemble Contrechamps in Geneva, the Maerzmusik festival in Berlin, the Ars Musica Bruxelles, the Festival Musica in Strasbourg, the French Ministry of Culture, Milan Teatro alla Scala and Suntory Hall in Tokyo, Stefano Gervasoni has established himself as one of the most important Italian composers of his generation. His catalogue – which includes chamber and vocal music, concertos, works for orchestra, for ensemble and an opera (Limbus-Limbo), commissioned for the 50th anniversary of the Percussions de Strasbourg (2012) – was first published by Ricordi, from 1987, and then, from 2000, by Suvini Zerboni.
For more information, please visit his website: www.stefanogervasoni.net

Gregorio Jiménez (Conservatorio Superior de Música Joaquín Rodrigo, Valencia, Spain)
Lecturer, Specialist in Computer Music
jimenezBorn in Valencia, Spain, composer Gregorio Jiménez was the founder of the Electroacoustic Music Laboratory from the Valencian Music Conservatory (LEA) and has been its director since 1996. He is a professor of electroacoustic composition and music technology in this centre. He was president of Spain’s Electroacoustic Music Association, as well as the CIME secretary. His works have been presented at various events in Spain, including the following: Granada International Festival; Alicante International Music Festival; Ensems (Valencia); JIEM (Music IT and Electronics Conferences – Madrid); Nits d’Aielo (Valencia); Meeting Point (AMEE); Spanish National Radio (Ars Sonora), etc.
In other countries: Futura Festival (Crest-France); the 1st Symposium on Computer Music (Corfu, Greece); Electroacoustic Spring in La Habana (Cuba); University of Campinhas (Brazil); Next Wave Festival (Australia) and Noise Festival (Mexico City); Synthèse de Bourges Festival (France); NWEAMO Festival (San Diego, USA); Cervantes Institute (Paris); Audio Art Festival (Krakow, Poland); Sound Visions (Morelia, Mexico), etc. He has been comissioned from the Valencian Institute for Music, the Spain Ministry of Culture, the Electroacoustic Music Institute in Bourges, and was a guest composer at EMS in Stockholm. He was elected by the SGAE to represent Spain in the Spring Festival in La Habana 2000, and has composed music for other media such as theatre, television and dance. Particularly noteworthy is the series “Vent de Mar” broadcast by RTVV-Channel 9.

César Cano (Conservatorio Superior de Música Joaquín Rodrigo, Valencia, Spain)
Born in Valencia (Spain) in 1960. He studied Composition and Piano at the Conservatoire of his native city, where also studied Orchestral Conducting with Manuel Galduf, achieving the highest qualifications and obtaining the Honour Prize in Counterpoint and Fugue, Mention of Honour in Orchestral Conducting and both Honour Prizes (medium and superior Degree) in Composition. At the same time, he was a scholarship student at various national and international courses and seminars. He is Superior Professor in Harmony, Counterpoint, Composition and Instrumentation, as well as in Orchestral Conducting. He is professor of Composition and Instrumentation at the Conservatorio Superior de Música Joaquín Rodrigo in Valencia. Elected Member of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts of Saint Charles, reads his inaugural lecture in 2010. In 2015 is appointed Artistic Director of the International Contemporary Music Festival ENSEMS of Valencia.
He was Principal Conductor of Grup Contemporani beetwen 1987 a 1990. He won the Valencia Chamber Music Prize twice, in 1984 and 1986, and the second prize in the Manuel Palau National Conducting Competition in 1985. In 1990 won the VIPA 2015 with his work PRÁCTICAS DE PASIÓN. He obtained the First Prize in several International Choral Composition Competitions, standing out among them the Juan Bautista Comes Internacional Prize in 1997, the FECOCOVA Prize in three occasions and the Fernando Remacha Scholarship of the International Choral Composition Competition Coral de Cámara de Pamplona in 2006. (continue reading)

Guest Lectures and Artist Talks by:

Jason Thorpe Buchanan
Composer, Executive Director
JasonThorpeBuchananmixerJason Thorpe Buchanan’s works have been described as “an unearthly collage of sounds”, “sharply-edged”, and “free jazz gone wrong”, commissioned and performed internationally by ensembles such as Alarm Will Sound, Ensemble Interface (DE), Ensemble Nikel (Israel), Ensemble Linea (FR), Insomnio Ensemble (NL), Slagwerk Den Haag (NL), MIVOS Quartet, Nonsemble 6, IKTUS Percussion, The Industry, wild Up, the [Switch~ Ensemble], OSSIA, and the Eastman Musica Nova Ensemble, among others. Nominated for the 2015 Gaudeamus Prize, three of his works were presented at Gaudeamus Muziekweek. Scenes from his Multimedia Opera Hunger have received performances at Darmstadt, The Industry’s FIRST TAKE in L.A., and the MATA Interval Series in NYC with the [Switch~ Ensemble]. “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.” – Los Angeles Times.
Honors and awards include a Fulbright Fellowship (2010-11) at the HfMT Hamburg (Germany), Artist-in-Residence USF Verftet/City Council of Bergen, Norway, American-Scandinavian Foundation Grant, ASCAP Morton Gould Award (2014 & 2015), Howard Hanson Orchestral Prize, Winner of Iron Composer, Winner of newEar Composer’s Competition, 2nd place American Prize, commissions from Mizzou International Composers Festival, International Horn Society, Tzlil Meudcan Festival (Tel Aviv), Chamber Music Campania (Italy), German/American Fulbright-Kommission, the NYC Electroacoustic Music Festival, Gaudeamus Muziekweek, and others. He is Executive Director of the VIPA Festival (Spain), Artistic Director of the [Switch~ Ensemble], and a Ph.D. candidate at the Eastman School of Music, where he has served as course instructor in electronic music and composition, as well as assistant conductor for the Musica Nova Ensemble with Brad Lubman. Current projects include Hunger, a multimedia opera with libretto by award-winning poet Darcie Dennigan, a work for Peter Ferry (percussion) and electronics (Chicago), a commission from the New York Virtuoso Singers, and a commission from Eklekto Geneva Percussion Center (Switzerland). More information at: www.jasonthorpebuchanan.com

Timothy McCormack
Guest Composer
tim-mccormack-1Timothy McCormack’s music centers on the idea that sound has mass, displaces air, and is experienced as a physical object.
He has been commissioned by ensembles such as the ELISION Ensemble, the JACK Quartet, musikFabrik, ensemble et cetera, and Ensemblekollektiv Berlin. His music has also been performed by Klangforum Wien, Ensemble Dal Niente, Ensemble SurPlus, the Talea Ensemble, Ensemble Nikel, and ensemble hand werk and programmed on the Wien Modern, Darmstadt, Huddersfield, Witten, TRANSIT, Tzlil Meudcan, and Weimar festivals.
McCormack is a PhD candidate at Harvard University, where he studies with Chaya Czernowin. He also studied at the University of Huddersfield with Aaron Cassidy and Liza Lim as well as at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, the Schloss Solitude Sommerakademie, and the Tzlil Meudcan Summer Courses. He has studied in masterclass or private lesson settings with Steven Takasugi, Hans Tutschku, Roger Reynolds, Mark André, Claus-Steffen Mahnkopf, Amnon Wolman, Jason Eckardt, Olga Neuwirth and Philippe Manoury, and has lectured on his music at the Hochschule für Musik Freiburg and at the Universität der Künste Berlin. In addition to music, McCormack has also studied contemporary dance with Jill Johnson and has worked in masterclass or choreographic settings with William Forsythe, John Jasperse, Christopher Roman and Riley Watts. More information at: www.timothy-mccormack.com