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Biography

Jorge Villavicencio Grossmann was born in Peru in 1973. During Peru’s violent 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. In 1998, he moved to the U.S. In 2004, he finished his doctorate in composition at  Boston University, where he studied  with John Harbison and Lukas Foss . His music has been performed throughout the United States, Latin America and Europe by ensembles such as the National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine, Peruvian National Symphony, Bogota Philharmonic, New England Philharmonic, Aspen Sinfonia, 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 and JACK quartets. His works are deeply rooted in the western music tradition, but also mirror his Latin American background. His awards include a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation fellowship,Fromm Foundation Commission, the Aaron Copland Award, 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, Bogliasco Foundation Liguria Study Center, 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 and the Nevada Arts Council, and New York Council for the Arts. His guest-composer appearances include 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,  New Music Miami-ISCM, Proyecto “Puentes” in Valencia, Spain 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, most recently having been invited to deliver lectures and give masterclasses at the Conservatorio Superior de Música in Valencia, National Conservatory in Lima, Peru and Yildiz Technical University in Istanbul. Recent commissions include the Society for New Music, Nevada Music Teachers Association, ALEA III, and Henderson Symphony Orchestra. From 2004 to 2010 he 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. In 2010, he joined the faculty at Ithaca College as assistant professor of composition. He is currently director of áltavoz, a Latin American composer consortium. www.shadowofthevoices.com

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