VIPA 2019 – Applications now open!

Applications for the 2019 VIPA Festival are now open! This year will feature the participation of the newly-created VICE Ensemble, under the direction of our Artistic Director, Carlos Amat. The Composition Institute will welcome guest faculty Stratis Minakakis, from the New England Conservatory (Boston, MA, USA). All concerts will take place at the breath-taking Sala Mutant at the Las Naves artistic complex, located at the Barrio del Grau.

Sala de Conciertos "La Mutant"

All concerts for the 2019 Composition Program will take place at the breath-taking Sala Mutant at the Las Naves artistic complex, located at the Barrio del Grau in Valencia. Discover this amazing space by clicking below.

Ensemble in Residence: Mivos String Quartet

One of America’s most daring and ferocious new-music ensembles” (The Chicago Reader), the Mivos Quartet is devoted to performing the works of contemporary composers, presenting new music to diverse audiences.

Composition Faculty

The 2019 Composition Institute will feature composers Jorge Villavicencio Grossmann (Ithaca College, NY), Gregorio Jiménez (Conservatorio Superior de Música Joaquín Rodrigo, Valencia, Spain) Stratis Minakakis, (New England Conservatory, Cambridge, MA) and Stefano Gervasoni (Paris Conservatoire).

Ensemble in Residence: B3: Brouwer Trio

Since its debut in France –where they have already been cultivating success for many years– the B3:Brouwer Trio has solidified its position as one of the foremost contemporary music ensembles.


Conservatorio Superior de Música “Joaquín Rodrigo”
Sala La Mutant, “Las Naves” artistic complex
Valencia, Spain

VIPA was an amazing experience for me—not just because of the workshops, the presentations, the rehearsals, and the performances, but because of the bonds I established with the faculty, staff, and other composers there. At first strangers, we soon became a tight-knit group of friends who explored the city together and chatted over paella and drinks. […]
I didn’t meet a bad composer among the group, and the expert musicians highlighted each of their strengths and stylistic idiosyncrasies. Everything from upstate-New-York-like rhythms to wild avant-garde screeches sounded in the conservatory’s concert hall. The variety of output was impressive.[…]
It’s rare to find a festival that does so many things right and brings people together effectively. VIPA is that festival. I never felt overwhelmed with too many activities, nor bored with too little to do. The performers were top-notch, and the composers were all decent writers. Plus, Carlos Amat rides a scooter like a boss. In total, it was a worthwhile venture from beginning to end.
– JP Lempke, 2018 Alumnus

It was an honor to be accepted into the VIPA program. The faculty were extremely enjoyable to work with. I received great insight into music and my own progress as a composer in lessons. The musicians were top notch; they both listened to what we as composers had to say about our music and gave their own helpful input as well. Their performances were spectacular. However, the one thing that really stood out about VIPA was the support and camaraderie among all of the composers. There was a great stylistic diversity, yet all showed support for each other regardless of style. I would highly recommend VIPA to any young composer looking to immerse themselves in a comprehensive and ultimately rewarding musical environment.

– Evan Anderson, 2017 Alumnus

I had a fantastic experience hearing, thinking about, and writing music at VIPA. The other participants, faculty composers, and performers all contributed to a thoughtful, exploratory environment that made me consider new ideas and approaches. The openness of the schedule, as well as the fact that it became more open as the festival progressed, was critical in this regard, since it meant that there was time for socializing and reflecting on all the music we were experiencing. Also, the international nature of VIPA is invaluable; it helped me understand my own perspective, and some of my own assumptions, in relation to others’ points of view.

– Nic Chuaqui, 2017 Alumnus

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