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Manuel Contreras Vázquez is a Chilean – Spanish composer based in Italy. Three-Time recipient of the Ernst von Siemens Foundation commissioning program, Contreras served as composer-in-residence for the Spanish Academy in Rome, the Center Les Récollets – Institut Français in Paris, the Cinenomada Foundation in Bolivia, and the Kone Foundation in Finland. Manuel is the recipient of awards and fellowships, including the Turing Scheme of the UK Government, the Alban Program of the European Union, the Ibero-American General Secretariat, the Italian Government, the Spanish Agency of International Cooperation, the Castiglioni Prize in Milan, The Luis Advis Prize in Chile and the Pulsar Prize to the best artist of classical music in Chile of the year 2020.

His works have been performed by orchestras and ensembles such as International Contemporary Ensemble and Micos Quartet (New York); Plus-Minus (London); Iberoamericano (Weimar); La Serena Symphony; Taller de Música Contemporánea and Ensamble Contemporáneo (Santiago), Lallement Marques duo (Paris); Algoritmo Ensemble (Rome); Divertimento Ensemble, VirgoVox Ensemble and Sconfinarte Orchestra (Milan); as well as by world-class soloist as Mario Caroli and Diego Castro. Contreras’ music has premiered at festivals such as Mixtur of Barcelona, La Nuit d’Atempo of Paris, Expresiones Contemporáneas of México, and Via Stellae of Santiago de Compostela, among others. His interdisciplinary projects involve exhibitions and performances in La Paz, Guatemala City, Milan, Madrid, New York, Huddersfield, and Santo Domingo.

Contreras studied at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, the Milan Conservatory, the Santa Cecilia’s Academy, and the University of Huddersfield, where he is finishing a Ph.D. His tutors and masters were Alejandro Guarello, Pablo Aranda, Alessandro Solbitati, Gabriele Manca, Ivan Fedele, Bryn Harrison, and Aaron Cassidy. His works appear on CDs and DVDs in Chile and Italy, while his scores are available in Universal Edition, Suvini Zerboni, Edizioni Sconfinarte, and Babel Scores.


Further information: Universal Edition, Composer's profile, here.


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Contreras at Ponte Sisto, Rome. January 2016.

Photo by Chiara Ghilardi.