Born in Valdivia (Chile), José Manuel is currently doing the Phd in Music under the supervision of Dr. Benjamin Walton. He is a current member of Clare Hall and is fully funded by the Gates Cambridge Scholarship. His current research focuses on composers in Latin American during the early 19th century and problems of reception of European music in the same area and period.
José Manuel studied in a german school in the south of Chile, in the area of Patagonia, were he also played the organ in local churches. Later, he moved to Santiago, were he got his degree in musicology at the Universidad Católica de Chile, with a dissertation on music in the german communities in Valdivia, Chile. Later, in 2008, he expanded and published this dissertation, working at the same time in editions of historical music of the south of Chile that was played by the local orchestra (Orquesta Sinfónica de los Ríos) and other chamber groups across Chile. In 2008 he started his MPhil in the Universidad de Chile, a three-year programme that finished with a dissertation on the Flight & Son Organ of Santiago cathedral, an 1849 english organ.
His interest for the organ allowed him to be in charge of the one in the cathedral in Santiago, were he helped in the restoration, gave some recitals and played with the Orquesta Sinfónica de Chile, the main symphonic orchestra in the country. He went to study organ in the Kirchenmusikalische Fortbildungstätte Schlüchtern for a short period of three months and later to work in traditional organ restoration with Martin Goetze and Dominic Gwynn in Goetze & Gwynn, Welbeck, England. He is currently a member of the Asociación Tomás de Herrera for research and protection of the organ heritage of the Andean Region.
His interest in heritage made him for some time a member of the Unesco committee for the Memory of the World. In Chile he has worked in developing music archives for different institutions including Teatro Municipal (Chile’s Opera house, of which archive he was in charge from 2009-2013), Archivo Andrés Bello Universidad de Chile, Recoleta Dominica de Santiago, Catedral de Santiago de Chile, Seminario Pontificio Mayor de Santiago and other smaller collections. He has also worked as teacher in the Universidad de Chile. Universidad Católica de Chile and Universidad Mayor. He was in charge of various courses on musicology and those on music history (18th-21st centuries) in the Universidad Católica and Universidad Mayor, and was an assistant on courses on film music and performance history in the Universidad de Chile.
He has been a member of various committees, including the editorial committee of SCD (Chilean Copyright Society) and Revista Resonancias, a musicological journal from Chile. José Manuel has worked in many different projects, including composition, performance and research. He is particularly proud of his projects with his home town, Valdivia, which gained him the City Medal, Pro-Arte award for his support of local art and culture, in 2012, the first time it was given to someone starting his career. He was also awarded an honorary mention in the Samuel Claro musicological prize, the most important one for Latin American musicology. He has participated in various books and published two on his own, on different subjects. He has also won various fundings for research and heritage-development in Chile and South America.
Departments and Institutes
- Izquierdo, José Manuel (2013): El gran órgano de la Catedral de Santiago de Chile: música y modernidad en el Chile Republicano (1840 – 1860)”.
- Vera, Fernada y José Manuel Izquierdo (2012): Partituras Archivo Central Andrés Bello, Catálogo Razonado. Edición financiada por el Consejo de la Cultura y la Universidad de Chile. Santiago de Chile.
- Guarda, Ernesto y José Manuel Izquierdo (2012): La Orquesta en Chile. Génesis y Evolución. Ediciones Catalonia, SCD. Colección “Nuestros Músicos”; Santiago de Chile.
- Doniez Soro, Roberto y José Manuel Izquierdo (2011): Palabra de Soro.Ediciones Altazor, Valparaíso – Chile.
- Izquierdo, José Manuel (2008): Cuando el río suena: una historia de la música en Valdivia. Libro financiado por fondos Conarte, Corporación Cultural Municipal de la Ilustre Municipalidad de Valdivia. 192 páginas. ISBN: 978 – 956 – 319 – 415 9
- 2013. Izquierdo, José Manuel y Lía Rojic: “Henry Lanza: Música, ópera y religiosidad en la construcción cultural de la republica chilena temprano (1840 – 1860)”. Revista Neuma, Año 6 vol. 1, pp.9 - 29
- 2012. Moulián, Rodrigo; José Manuel Izquierdo y Claudio Valdés: “Poiesis numinosa de la música pentecostal: Cantos de Júbilo, gozo de avivamiento y danzas en el fuego del espíritu”. Revista Musical Chilena Nª218, pp.38 – 55.
- 2011. Izquierdo, José Manuel: “Orgullo y prejuicio: elementos de sociabilidad e institucionalidad musical en la ciudad de Valdivia en los años posteriores a la colonización alemana (1850 a 1910)”. Cuadernos de Música Iberoamericana Nº22. Instituto Complutense de Ciencias Musicales, Madrid – España.
- 2011. Izquierdo, José: “Aproximación a una recuperación histórica: compositores excluidos, músicas perdidas, transcripciones estilísticas y descripciones sinfónicas a comienzos del siglo XX”. Revista Resonancias N°28, mayo de 2011, pp.33 - 48. Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. Mención Honrosa Premio Samuel Claro.
- 2011. Izquierdo, José: “Totaleindruck o impresión total: La Telésfora de Aquinas Ried como proyecto político, creación literario-musical, reflejo personal y encuentro con el otro”. Revista Musical Chilena N°215, pp.5-22
- 2008. Izquierdo, José Manuel: “Zum Problem der Identitätskonstruktion in Valdivia (Chile) nach 100 Jahren deutscher Musik”. Lied und populäre Musik; Año 53. Editorial Waxman: Münster – Alemania