López, Jimmy (b. 1978)

Biography

Jimmy López was born in Lima, Peru in 1978. In 1998 was admitted to the National Conservatory of Music in Lima where he studied with renowned Peruvian composer Enrique Iturriaga. In July 2000 he was admitted to the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, Finland where he studied with Veli-Matti Puumala and Eero Hämeenniemi. He has been awarded the ORCHESTRA COMPOSITION AWARD - SävellYS 2006 Composition Competition (Finland) for his orchestral work “The Plea”; the STIPENDIENPREIS at the International Course for Contemporary Music, Darmstadt 2006 (Germany) for his chamber work “Kraftmaschine”; an HONORABLE MENTION at the Irino Composition Prize for Chamber Music 2005 (Japan) for his string quartet “La Caresse du Couteau”; the FIRST PRIZE - ALEA III 2003 International Composition Competition (USA) for his piece “K’asa” for violin and piano; and the ORCHESTRA PRIZE - CCA International Composition Competition 2002 (Taiwan) for his orchestral work “Carnynx”. In May 2004 his ballet "Los Magos del Silencio" was presented in Lima. Later on in the same year, his Concerto for Koto and Orchestra was premiered by the UMA Kamerorkest in The Netherlands with Makiko Goto as soloist. In June 2005, "Kraftmaschine", for recorders and percussion, was premiered in Germany. This piece was commissioned by the ADevantgarde Festival in collaboration with the Orff- Zentrum, Munich. His orchestral work Fiesta! has been premiered by the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, and subsequent performances with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and at the Aspen Music Festival. Jimmy López continues his studies at the University of California at Berkeley where he is in the PhD program

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