José-Luis Hurtado

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Composer José-Luis Hurtado’s music has been performed across continents by ensembles and soloists such as the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, JACK Quartet, International Contemporary Ensemble, Talea Ensemble, Earplay Ensemble, Juilliard Ensemble, New York Miniaturist Ensemble, Seattle Chamber Players, Iowa CNM Ensemble, Callithumpian Consort, The Ikarus Chamber Players, SEM Ensemble,  Sigma Project Sax Quartet, The North/South Consonance Chamber Orchestra, Interensemble, Concorde Ensemble, Quinteto Latino, Ensamble 3, Ensamble Ónix, Versus 8 Percussion Quartet, Orquesta Uninorte, Orquesta Sinfónica de Guanajuato, Orquesta Sinfónica de San Luis Potosí, Camerata de las Amérícas, CEPROMUSIC Ensemble, Piedmont East Bay Children’s Choir, Quatuor Molinari, Pierrot Lunaire Ensemble Wien, Émile Girard-Charest, Lora Kmieliauskaite, Tony Arnold, Garth Knox, Claire Chase, Le Nouvel Ensemble Moderne and the Arditti String Quartet among others.

He has been the recipient of the Kompositionspreis der Stadt Wolkersdorf (Austria), the Harvard University Green Prize for Excellence in Composition (USA), the Rodolfo Halffter Ibero American Composition Prize, The Adelbert W. Sprague Prize (USA), The George Arthur Knight Prize (USA), the Micro-Jornadas de Composición y Música Contemporánea Prize (Argentina), the Julián Carrillo Composition Prize (Mexico), El Premio Estatal de Composición del Festival Internacional de Música Contemporánea de Michoacán (Mexico), the José Tocavén Lavín Medal in recognition of his artistic trajectory, 2nd prize in the Troisieme Concours International de composition du Quatuor Molinari (Canada), 2nd prize in the Ariel Piano Composition Competition, Third Prize Winner of the National SCI/ASCAP Composition Competition, and finalist of The Earplay Composition Competition, The Look & Listen Festival Composition Competition and The Jeunesses International Composition Competition (Romania). Grants include those from the National Endowment for the Arts of Mexico, National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures (USA), Ibermúsicas, the Civitella Ranieri Foundation (Italy), and  the American Music Center. He has just been named member of the prestigious Sistema Nacional de Creadores grant in recognition of a distinguished artistic trajectory. The SNCA is a government supported program that converges the most renown artists of Mexico, including writers, visual artists, dancers, film makers, and composers.

He is currently working on new pieces for oboist Kyle Bruckmann (solo and fixed media), CRAS Danish Ensemble (six guitars), and flutist Camilla Hoitenga. Premieres and performances of his pieces during 2019 and 2020 are taking place in Lithuania, Spain, Netherlands, Belgium, Denmark, France, Mexico, Argentina, and the US.

His second CD portrait, which features NY based Talea Ensemble performing six of his most recent compositions, will be released at the beginning of 2020.  Many of his works can be heard on ATMA Clasique (Canada), New Focus Recordings (USA), Con Brio Records (USA) and Urtext (Mexico). His music is published and distributed by Babel Scores, a french publisher specialist in new music.

In addition to his compositional career, he is highly active as a pianist and music advocate. He is the pianist of Low Frequency Trio (Contemporary Bass clarinet, double bass, and piano ensemble), founding member of áltaVoz (Latin-American composers collaborative in the U.S), founder and curator of La Mansion de la Cantante Muda (a contemporary interdisciplinary festival of music, film, and storytelling),  and former director of The Harvard Group for New Music.

Hurtado holds degrees in piano performance and composition from Conservatorio de las Rosas (Morelia, Mexico), a Master of Music in Composition from Universidad Veracruzana (Xalapa, Mexico) and a Ph.D. from Harvard University where he studied under Mario Davidovsky, Chaya Czernowin, Magnus Lindberg, Brian Ferneyhough and Helmut Lachenmann.

Hurtado is currently Associate Professor of Theory and Composition at the University of New Mexico where he also founded, directs and curates the Music from the Americas Concert Series.
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Ordered by year. Most recent works appears first

Instrumental Music


1975 for alto or bass flute, piano, and fixed media (2018)
Retour for a group of seven variable instrumentalists (2013)
Intermezzo for prepared piano (2009)
Letargo e Instante for piano soloist and large ensemble (2009)
L'ardito e quasi stridente gesto for string quartet (2006)

Soloist (Instrument or Voice) and Fixed Electronic Media


Le Stelle Nocturnes for piano and fixed media (2015)

Chamber Ensemble (5 - 9 instruments)


Retour for a group of seven variable instrumentalists (2013)

Ensemble (10 - 19 instruments)


Letargo e Instante for piano soloist and large ensemble (2009)

Solo Instrument


Intermezzo for prepared piano (2009)

String Quartet


L'ardito e quasi stridente gesto for string quartet (2006)
1975 for alto or bass flute, piano, and fixed media (2018)
Intermezzo for prepared piano (2009)
L'ardito e quasi stridente gesto for string quartet (2006)
Le Stelle Nocturnes for piano and fixed media (2015)
Letargo e Instante for piano soloist and large ensemble (2009)
Retour for a group of seven variable instrumentalists (2013)