Competition: Latin America & Caribbean
Argentinean composer Esteban Benzecry was born in 1970. After receiving his diploma as professor of painting from the Buenos Aires Superior School of Fine Arts, Benzecry studied musical composition with H. Gerardi and S. Hualpa in Argentina and with J. Charpentier at the Paris CNR, where he was awarded First Prize by a unanimous jury in 1999. He pursued his studies in composition with P. Mefano and in electro acoustic music with L. Naon and L. Cuniot at CNSM. His most recent works attempt a fusion between diverse aesthetic currents in European contemporary music and rhythms and folklore rooted in the Latin American tradition.
His works have been commissioned and performed by the Carnegie Hall, Sydney Opera House, The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, Helsinki Philharmonic, Tampere Philharmonic, Stavanger Symphony, Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Orquesta de RTVE Radio Television española, Orquesta y Coro de la Comunidad de Madrid, Orquestra Gulbenkian de Lisboa, Orchestre National de France, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Orchestre National de Montpellier, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, the Colburn Orchestra, Orchestre Colonne de Paris, Orchestre Pasdeloup, Orchestre Lamoureux, ensemble Itineraire, Simon Bolivar Orchestra of Venezuela, among others, and the principal orchestras of Latin America.
He was distinguished by the Musical Critics Association of Argentina, Academie des Beaux Arts de l’Institut de France . In 1995 he was composer-in-residence at the Yehudi Menuhin International Music Academy (Switzerland) and in 2004 he was winner of the Fondation d’entreprise Groupe Banque Populaire. He was a resident composer at the Casa de Velázquez in Madrid from 2004 to 2006.