Igor Maia is a Brazilian composer and conductor . He holds a PhD from King’s College London, where he was supervised by Silvina Milstein and George Benjamin, with the support of the Capes Foundation of the Brazilian Ministry of Education. His PhD research was on Brazilian indigenous culture and its integration with compositional techniques of contemporary classical music. Previous research has been on timbre and orchestration in the music of Schoenberg, Scelsi and Xenakis.
Igor’s compositions have been performed throughout Europe, the Americas and Japan and he has participated in courses with composers such as Isabel Mundry, Brian Ferneyhough, Toshio Hosokawa, Jukka Tiensuu, Francesco Filidei, Martin Matalon, Oscar Bianchi, among others. He has received many awards including the 2nd Prize of the Pablo Casals Composition Competition (France), BMI Student Composer Award (USA), National Foundation of the Arts (FUNARTE) Prize in Composition in 2016 and 2010 (Brazil) and 1st Prize of II National Composition Competition Música Hoje (Brazil).
As a conductor, he has performed in Brazil, Germany, Holland, Spain and the UK and has been Assistant Conductor of the King’s College London Symphony Orchestra (KCLSO) and Associate Conductor of the Goodensemble, Goodenough College (London).