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Manuel Contreras Vázquez (Santiago, Chile, 1977) studied composition at the Universidad Católica de Chile with Alejandro Guarello and Pablo Aranda, at the Milan Conservatory with Alessandro Solbiati and Gabriele Manca, and at the Accademia di Santa Cecilia in Rome with Ivan Fedele.

His works have been included on CDs and DVDs in Chile and Italy. His scores have been published by Suvini Zerboni (Milan), Edizioni Sconfinarte (Brescia) and BabelScores (Paris).

As a composer, he has collaborated with the Magritte trio, Sconfinarte orchestra, Divertimento Ensemble and VirgoVox Ensemble (Milan), Algoritmo Ensemble (Rome), Taller de Música Contemporánea, Croma trio, Ensamble Contemporáneo UC, La Serena Symphony Orchestra and FOJI Foundation (Chile); Ensamble SXXI (Spain), Ensamble Iberoamericano and Sonic Art Saxophone Quartet (Germany), Drift Ensemble and Plus-Minus Ensemble (UK), duo Lallement & Marques (France), as well as with soloist such as the flautist Mario Caroli, clarinettist Paolo Beltramini, guitarist Diego Castro, recordist Paola Muñoz, and with various performers and curators at the Internationalen Ferienkurse of Darmstadt, Sala Verdi of Milan, Real Academia de San Fernando (Madrid), La Serena Municipal Theatre, Festival La Nuit d’Atempo, Paris Conservatory, University of Huddersfield, Mixtur Festival of Barcelona, Parque Cultural de Valparaíso, GAM Centre of Santiago, Contemporary Art Biennale SIART in Bolivia, and Spanish Culture Centers of Guatemala City, La Paz, Milan, New York, Santiago and Santo Domingo.

He has been Resident Composer at the Spanish Academy in Rome, at the Récollets Center in Paris, at the Saari Residence in Finland, and Fundación Cinenómada in Peru and Bolivia. He was a lecturer at Universities, Conservatoires and other institutions in Grenoble, La Paz, Roma, Santiago, Valparaíso and Weimar. In Chile, he has been a University teacher, developing academic projects and publications.

He has received prizes and grants from the Alban Programme of the EU, Ernst von Siemens Musikstiftung of Germany-Switzerland, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Italy, Spanish Agency for International Cooperation, SGAE Foundation of Spain, Institut Français, Kone Foundation of Finland, Chilean Government, and American States Organization. He has received the Pulsar Prize in Santiago, the Castiglioni Prize in Milan and the Luis Advis Prize in Coquimbo.

He lives in Vigevano, Northern Italy, while he is doing a PhD at University of Huddersfield, United Kingdom, with Bryn Harrison and Aaron Cassidy.

Contreras at Ponte Sisto, Rome. January 2016.

Photo by Chiara Ghilardi.

Preparatory sketches for "Misa" and "Sacaoi"

Pantheon, Rome