ESTEBAN BENZECRY (b 1970 )
Esteban Benzecry is one of the most performed and commissioned Argentinian composers of his generation. He came to international attention in 2010 when his tryptic representing the pre-Columbian cultures of the Aztecs, Mayans and Incas, Rituales Amerindios (commissioned by the Gothenburg Symphony) was premiered by Gustavo Dudamel, and then performed by the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra at Carnegie Hall, New York, Royal Festival Hall, London, and the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam. His most recent works attempt to fuse Latin American-inspired rhythms with the diverse aesthetics of European contemporary music to create a personal language and an imaginary folklore.
His works have been performed by the New York, Los Angeles and Helsinki Philharmonics, The Philadelphia Orchestra, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Deutsche Radio Philharmonie, Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre National de France, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Orquestra Gulbenkian, Orquesta Nacional de España and Orquesta Sinfónica de RTVE, as well as prestigious orchestras throughout Latin American.
Benzecry’s most performed orchestral work is Colores de la Cruz del Sur (2002), which has been performed more than 60 times around the world and was recorded by the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Miguel Harth- Bedoya. Recent orchestral works include the Cello Concerto premiered by Gautier Capuçon, and MADRE TIERRA, both commissioned by Radio France, the Piano Concerto premiered by Sergio Tiempo and commissioned by the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and De otros cielos, otros mares… for choir and orchestra commissioned by the Orquesta y Coro de la Comunidad de Madrid.
Born in Lisbon, Portugal in 1970 to Argentine parents, Benzecry grew up in Argentina where he studied composition with Sergio Hualpa and Haydée Gerardi. He moved to Paris in 1997, where he studied with Jacques Charpentier and Paul Méfano at the Conservatoire de Paris. He became a French citizen in 2011.
Benzecry has received numerous awards from the Académie des Beaux-Arts de l’Institut de France, the Argentine Music Critics Association, the Guggenheim Foundation, New York, and the Platinum Konex Award as the most important Argentinian composer of the decade 2010–2019, among others.