Juan Manuel Abras

Juan Manuel Abras

Composer

“The music of Abras is at the same time visceral and of metaphysical flight.” — Alejandro Drago (USA)
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«“IN CHACARERA BEATBOXERA ABRAS HAS UNITED IN A WHOLE ELEMENTS TAKEN FROM ETHNIC MUSIC, ANCIENT POPULAR MELODIES AND NEW MUSIC, CREATING A DANCING WHIRLWIND SOMEWHAT 'TRANCE', FULL OF SOLAR JOY AND AMUSEMENT.”»
BEATA BOLESLAWSKA (POLAND) (2017)
«“IN YOUR WORKS, ABRAS, THERE ARE, APART FROM THE PSYCHOANALYSIS... REFERENCES TO LITERATURE, RELIGION, ARCHAEOLOGY, ETC. VARIETY IS ALSO FOUND IN YOUR MUSICAL LANGUAGE... DO YOU ENJOY THIS CONSTANT CHANGING OF STYLE OR IS THERE IN FACT A UNITY, BY NATURE INAUDIBLE, WHICH IS REALISED EACH TIME THROUGH THE DIFFERENT STYLES?”»
MAKIS SOLOMOS (FRANCE) (2017)
«“I want to mention a pair of examples of interesting dramatic products. The fifth title was created by… Abras, whose work The song of Anna O. took the listener to a world of rhythmically latent fantasy, similar to a haunted castle.”»
WILHELM KVIST (FINLAND) (2017)

Bio


Dr. Juan Manuel ABRAS is a classical music composer, conductor, musicologist and historian of European origin. A disciple of Penderecki and Schwertsik, he also studied with Stockhausen, Lachenmann, Rihm, etc. Postgraduate and graduate studies (University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna, Conservatorio Benedetto Marcello di Venezia, etc.), Doctor (PhD) in Music - Composition (UCA), Doctor (PhD) in Musicology (UCM and UVa), Master in Hispanic Music (USAL and UVa), Licentiate in History (USAL), Winner of a dozen awards and scholarships (Theodor-Körner-Preis, TRINAC-ISCM-UNESCO, etc.), his works were included on 8 CDs and premiered at many international festivals (Gaudeamus Muziekweek, Warsaw Autumn, etc.) and venues (Mozarteum Salzburg, Teatro Colón, etc.). He has been University Professor (UNLA and CSMCBA), researcher (UCA) and member of Österreichischer Komponistenbund, SEdeM, SADAIC, etc.


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Awards

TRINAC Mention (EIMC-ISCM)
2017
Grafimuse Prize (Brussels)
2017
2nd Prize of the City of Vienna for Film Music (Vienna)
2017
Sibelius Chamber Orchestra Bicentenario Mention (Banfield,)
2017
TRINAC Prize (EIMC-ISCM)
2017
Fundacja Argentynska Scholarship (Warsaw)
2017
National Fund for the Arts Scholarship (Buenos Aires)
2017
In Memoriam Erich Kleiber Scholarship (BERLIN)
2017
Theodor-Körner Prize (Vienna)
2017
Franz Josef Reinl Stiftung 2nd Prize (Vienna)
2017
TRINAC and TRIMARG Mentions (EIMC-ISCM-CAMU-IMC-UNESCO)
2017
Gold Medal Award in Composition and Orchestral Conducting (Buenos Aires)
2017