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Miguel Del Aguila

Miguel Del Aguila

A composer of "turbulent fantasy" (Odessan Press, Ukraine), Miguel del Aguila has been hailed by critics as "a spontaneous creator" (El Pais, Montevideo)"armed with a distinctive compositional voice" (Los Angeles Times)and "a fine sense of direction and drama" (American Record Guide). Reviewers have found his music "unusual...superb" (Fanfare), "of obsessive vitality" (Wiener Zeitung, Vienna), "wonderfully expressive" (American Record Guide), "remarkable, strikingly rhythmic" (Der Landbote, Switzerland), and, no less, "thrilling and ghastly" (Kleine Zeitung, Austria).

. . . from fabulous use of percussion instruments (including a wind machine), devilishly difficult cross rhythms and a clever exploitation of the instruments of the orchestra – everybody had something exciting to play. This piece really grabbed you by the throat and commanded your attention for twelve minutes.
-- Lyn Bronson, Peninsula Reviews, Jan. 2013, reviewing Conga for orchestra

"Miguel del Aguila’s 'The Giant Guitar' was very powerful in its depiction of revolution, using folkloric themes to build a fierce and touching tonal picture of a peasant revolt." --Richard Storm, Sarasota Herald-Tribune

About the CD "Salón Buenos Aires" (Bridge Records): "Latin American music is what animates Miguel del Aguila’s chamber works on Camerata San Antonio’s insightful rollercoaster through pieces spanning nearly a quarter of a century – a thrills-and-spills journey undertaken with evident affection. The insouciant toungue-in-cheekery of 'Presto II', and glittering caprice of 'Charango Capriccioso' act as preludes to the love-letter title track. . . 'Clocks' is a piano quintet shot through with tick-tocking inventiveness and the odd flight into whimsy."
-- Paul Riley, BBC Music Magazine (June 2010)

. . . "sounds, at first, like idiosyncratic pop, and it touches on jazz and salsa before morphing briefly into a slow, lush Viennese dance, then back to speedy jazz." -- Allan Kozinn, the New York Times, November 2005, on Conga-Line in Hell for large chamber ensemble.

Recent and Upcoming Events

Ensamble Zephyrus
Salon del Consejo Universitario
Festival Internacional Cervantino
Guanajuato, Mexico

11/10 - 3:00 pm
LIFE IS A DREAM - for string quartet
Gabriel Chamber Ensemble - Madison String Quartet
Jerusalem Lutheran Church
Schuylkill Haven, Pennsylvania

Alejandro Cremaschi, pno, Beth Kipper, vl, Thomas Heinrich, cello
En Tiempo de Tango
Grusin Music Hall, University of Colorado Boulder

Relevents Wind Quintet
Saint Pius X Church, Greensboro, North Carolina

Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, Alexander Mickelthwate

Imani Winds
Schoenberg Hall, UCLA
Los Angeles, California

3/29/2014 - 7:30 pm
3/30/2014 - 3:00 pm
Miguel del Aguila, pno Nestor Torres, flute
Yamaha Concert Series
Saint Martha's Church
Miami, Florida

May 15, 16
Premiere of CONCIERTO EN TANGO for cello and orchestra. Roman Mekinulov, soloist, with the Buffalo Philharmonic conducted by JoAnn Falletta.


Two-time Grammy nominated American composer Miguel del Aguila was born 1957 in Montevideo, Uruguay. His prolific music output and distinctive musical style has placed him among the most highly regarded composers of his generation. He came to the attention of European audiences in 1983 when his Messages premiered at Musikvereinsaal, the home of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. Soon performances at Konzerthaus and Bösendorfer Hall followed, marking the beginning of an international career. In 1987 Peermusic published his first works, eventually incorporating most of Aguila’s works into its catalog. American audiences embraced Aguila’s music in 1988 as he introduced his piano works at New York’s Carnegie Recital Hall and days later, Lukas Foss premiered his Hexen with the Brooklyn Philharmonic Orchestra. KKM-Austria and Albany Records released in 1989 and 1990 two CDs containing five of his works.

Aguila received a Kennedy Center Friedheim Award in 1995, and in the 90s, his works were performed at Lincoln Center, London’s Royal Opera House, and in Moscow, Vienna, Zurich, Budapest, Prague, Tokyo, Rome and other major capitals. After residing in Vienna for ten years, Aguila returned to the US in 1992 making California his home. The Los Angeles Times soon described him as "One of the West Coast's most promising and enterprising young composers." During this time he founded and directed the young musicians group Voices, and became music director of Ojai Camerata (1996-1999).

From 2001 to 2004 Aguila was Resident Composer at New York’s Chautauqua Festival, where he contributed new works, performances and concert reviews. In 2005 Aguila accepted a two-year Composer in Residence position with the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra, through a Meet The Composer/Music Alive Award. This marked the start of an intensively creative period that culminated with the fully-staged premiere of his third opera Time and Again Barelas, commemorating Albuquerque’s tricentennial.

Currently Aguila’s catalog encompasses over one hundred works for all genres and is available on more than 20 CDs released by Bridge, Dorian, Telarc, New Albion, Albany, and Centaur, among others. Aguila was recently honored by the Recording Academy with two Latin Grammy nominations for his CD Salon Buenos Aires and for his composition Clocks. He received a Meet The Composer Magnum Opus Award in 2008, resulting in the orchestral tone poem The Fall of Cuzco for performance by the Nashville Symphony, The Buffalo Philharmonic, the Virginia Symphony, and the Winnipeg Symphony. Aguila was chosen to receive the Lancaster Symphony “Composer of the Year Award 2009,” the Peter S. Reed Foundation Award 2008, and a Copland Foundation award, among others. He is a graduate of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music with postgraduate studies at Vienna’s Hochschule für Musik and Vienna Konservatorium.

His busy 2012-13 season includes performances by the orchestras of Oakland, Spokane, Santa Cruz, Sacramento, Boston, and Sao Paulo, as well as hundreds of performances of his chamber works worldwide. 

Video introduction to the CD "Salon Buenos Aires"

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