JOSÉ MANUEL LÓPEZ LÓPEZ (b 1956 )
José Manuel López López, born in Madrid in 1956, studied piano, composition and orchestral conducting there in the Upper Conservatoire of Music. He moved to France in 1986 to further his studies of computer-related composition at Paris University and has taught there since 1992. In 1996, with the aid of a French government scholarship, he lived for a while in Kyoto, an experience which had a profound influence on his ways of thinking about timbre and musical time. José Manuel López López was awarded the Spanish Ministry of Cultureʼs National Music Prize in 2000. In 2004, his opera La Noche y la Palabra (The Night and the Word), received its first performance. He has taught composition since 2005 at Zaragoza Conservatoire and between 2008 and 2010 was artistic director of the National Auditorium of Music, Madrid. In 2011 he became composer-in-residence at the Summer Academy Mozarteum, Salzburg.