Juan Manuel Abras

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Born: 1975 — Stockholm — Sweden
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Swedish-born Argentine composer and conductor of European descent. He studied Piano and Violin at the “Carlos Lopez Buchardo” National Conservatory of Music (now National University Institute of Art) Buenos Aires (Argentina) and continued his studies at the “Benedetto Marcello” Conservatory Venice (Italy), graduating from the San Sebastian High Conservatory of Music (Spain). He then studied Composition (with Roberto García Morillo) at the “Manuel de Falla” High Conservatory of Music (Buenos Aires), as well as Orchestra Conducting (area in which he later specialized with Guillermo Scarabino), graduating “cum laude” in both disciplines. He continued his Postgraduate studies in Composition (with Kurt Schwertsik) and Orchestral Conducting (with Leopold Hager) at the University (former Academy) of Music and Performing Arts Vienna (Austria).

He attended – in Europe and Argentina – several courses, traineeships and seminars on Composition (with Alexander Mullenbach, Karlheinz Stockhausen, Helmut Lachenmann, Wolfgang Rihm, etc.), Orchestral Conducting (with Dominique Fanal, Ervin Acél, Michael Gielen, etc.), Piano, Music Pedagogy and Music History, obtaining also a Bahchelors and a Master’s Degree in History (Deusto University, Spain / USAL University, Argentina).

Among others, he received the following prizes, awards and scholarships: 2nd Prize at the “Franz Josef Reinl-Stiftung” International Composition Competition 2002 (Vienna, Austria), “Gold Medal” Composition Prize 2002 (CSM “Manuel de Falla” of Buenos Aires, Argentina), “Gold Medal” Ochestral Conducting Prize 2002 (CSM “Manuel de Falla” of Buenos Aires), “Tribune of Argentine Music” Mention 2002 (EIMC-CAMU-IMC-UNESCO), “National Tribune of Composers” Mention 2002 (EIMC-CAMU-IMC-ISCM-UNESCO), “Theodor-Körner” Prize to the Sciences and the Arts 2003 (Vienna, Austria), "In Memoriam Erich Kleiber" Scholarship 2004, etc.

He was appointed chief conductor, assistant conductor and artistic director of several Argentinean orchestral organizations, actively collaborating in the dissemination of Argentine and Ibero American Music as composer, conductor, pianist and concert series organizer. His compositions – for diverse instrumental, vocal and electronic forces – have been premiered and performed in different countries of Europe and the Americas. He is a member of the Argentine Composers Association (former National Music Society, founded in 1915) and of the Argentine Society of Authors and Composers (SADAIC).

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(1909) Milii Balakirev: Premiere of Symphony no. 2 in d minor, in St. Petersburg, Russia.
(1948) André Jolivet: Premiere of the Concerto for Ondes Martenot and Orchestra, in Vienna, Austria.
(1953) Olivier Messiaen: Premiere of Livre d'Orgue, Stuttgart, Germany, with Messiaen at the organ.
(1963) Iannis Xenakis: Premiere of Stratégie, in Venice, Italy.

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