2019 Composition Program

Valencia International Performance Academy & Festival, July 6–11, 2020

About the Program


The 2019 edition of the Composition Program at the Valencia International Performance Academy & Festival will showcase the music of emerging and established composers, and offer qualified composition program participants the opportunity to work with the VIPA Composition Program faculty members and performers in lessons, workshops and masterclasses. In addition, participants will have the opportunity to work with and have one piece performed by our resident performers at one of the VIPA concerts. 

VIPA will also offer workshops and/or panel discussions on special topics. Participants will be able to get feedback from faculty members during reading sessions with soloists and ensembles-in-residence.

The program will take place on July 10-20, 2019, within the state-of-the-art facilities of the Conservatorio Superior de Música Joaquín Rodrigo in the beautiful city of Valencia, Spain. All concerts will take place at the breath-taking Sala Mutant at the Las Naves artistic complex, located at the Barrio del Grau. Boasting a breathtaking coastline, a vibrant cultural life and world-class cuisine, Valencia is one of the most sought-after summer destinations in Europe.

Fellows at VIPA get to engage with world-class performers like Erik Drescher, the Mivos Quartet, and Ensemble Interface, allowing participants to cultivate important connections. The energy, care, and guidance they provided made for smooth rehearsals and performances. I am also grateful for having been encouraged to explore new media – it was at VIPA that I gained the confidence to incorporate electronics into my music. I think the most important part of my experience, though, as a woman composer, was the strong female presence at VIPA – for the first time I witnessed in a festival more than 3 people, who identified as female, as attendees. This small facet allowed a conversation and empower fellows to discuss diversity issues within the new music scene. My time at VIPA was invaluable, and I would definitely encourage all young artists to attend.
Diana Rodríguez

2017 VIPA Alumna

Participants and Auditors Welcome

Composition candidates for the VIPA Composition Program must either be enrolled at a college-level degree granting institution or higher, or hold one such degree to be eligible for participation at VIPA 2019, although some exceptions could be accepted.

As a COMPOSITION PARTICIPANT, you will receive private lessons from each member of the composition faculty. Your participation also allows you unlimited attendance to all lectures and workshops, and participation in reading sessions with the resident ensembles and soloists. Participants also have access to free admission to all recitals, concerts, and masterclasses happening at VIPA.

Each participant will be commissioned to write a piece, ranging from solo to ensemble, to be premiered by one of VIPA 2019’s ensembles-in-residence. Commission assignments will be made by the Director of Composition by late February. The deadline for the submission of score and parts will be in the month of May. Technical abilities for the performance of works with electronics will be discussed with the composers, but shall be limited to stereo (2-channel diffusion).

Participants will also have the opportunity to workshop their work with the performers during rehearsals of their piece. All concerts for the 2019 VIPA Composition Program will be professionally recorded and participants will receive such audio recordings after the end of the festival.

AUDITORS are entitled to observe lessons, classes and all other VIPA events but will not receive lessons or have a work performed. Depending on enrollment, a masterclass for auditors may be offered. This will be announced at a later date.

2019 Composition Faculty

Jorge Villavicencio Grossmann

Faculty, Program Director

Ithaca College
Ithaca, NY

Stefano Gervasoni


Conservatoire Superieur de Paris
Paris, France

Stratis Minakakis


New England Conservatory,
Boston, MA

Gregorio Jiménez

Guest professor, computer music

Conservatorio Superior de Música Joaquín Rodrigo
Valencia, Spain

Ensembles in Residence

Resident ensembles for the Composition Program will be, once again, the critically-acclaimed Mivos Quartet (New York, USA), that will be featured in two concerts during the 2019 festival, as well as the brilliant B3:Brouwer Trio (Valencia, Spain). Also this year, we will feature the newly-created Valencia International Contemporary Ensemble! VICE is a star-studded ensemble directed by our very own Carlos Amat. Students will create works for the VICE Ensemble in one of the following categories:

Full Ensemble (fl, cl, vln, vc, perc)


Flute, clarinet, percussion
Clarinet, violin, percussion
Flute, cello, percussion
Flute, clarinet, cello
Flute, clarinet, violin


Clarinet, violin
Violin, percussion
Violin, cello
Flute, cello


Solo clarinet
Solo percussion

Composers will be assigned either a subset of the ensemble, or the ensemble in full by the Composition Program director, at the time of acceptance to the Festival.

Mivos Quartet

New York City, NY

B3: Brouwer Trio

Valencia, Spain

The Valencia International Contemporary Ensemble

This star-studded ensemble counts with the participation of Giorgos Panagiotidis (Ensemble Modern; DE), Gregor Schulenburg (mam.manufaktur für aktuelle musik, Ensemble Extrakte, guest musician of Ensemble Modern; DE), Ausias Garrigos (Riot Ensemble; UK/Spain), Mariel Roberts (Mivos Quartet, Wet Ink Ensemble, International Contemporary Ensemble; USA), and percussionist Juanjo Llopico (Espai Sonor, Ensemble d’ Arts; Spain).

Giorgos Panagiotidis

Germany; Grece


Gregor Schulenburg



Ausias Garrigos

UK; Spain


Mariel Roberts



Juanjo Llopico