Igor Santos

Igor Santos

Fellow: Awarded 2021
Field of Study: Music Composition

Competition: US & Canada

Described as “otherworldly and mysteriously familiar” (Chicago Classical Review), and as “exciting and clear… with a striking boldness”” (Luigi Nono Competition Prize), Igor Santos’ music has been performed internationally, by leading musicians such as Ensemble Dal Niente, Ensemble Modern, Alarm Will Sound, Riot Ensemble, eighth blackbird, Ensemble Intercontemporain, POING, the American Composers Orchestra, and The Florida Orchestra.

His recent works are centered on musical mimesis (the imitation of vocal and everyday sounds through live instruments), electroacoustic meta-instruments, and varied approaches to repetition.

Igor has earned degrees in Music Composition from the University of Chicago (Ph.D. 2018), the Eastman School of Music (M.A. 2012), and the University of South Florida (B.M. 2010). He has won first prizes in the Busoni Composition Prize, Luigi Nono International Competition, the RED NOTE Competition, second prize in the Salvatore Martirano Award, and was also awarded Best Sound Design from Theatre Tampa Bay.

A native of Curitiba, Brazil, Igor is currently based in Chicago, IL. In addition to writing concert music, he serves as Technical Director for Ensemble Dal Niente, and composes for theater productions throughout the US and Europe.

Photo Credit: Evan Jenkins

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