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Manuel Martinez Burgos

Manuel Martinez Burgos

Visiting Scholar


Manuel Martínez Burgos was born in Madrid in 1970. He completed his general education at the British institution Kensington School and took the degrees of Composition, Orchestral Conducting, Guitar, Pedagogy and Musicology at the Royal Higher Conservatoire of Madrid. He then attended the Ferienkurse für Neue Musik at Darmstadt studying with K. Stockhausen, W. Rihm and K. Huber, received determinant advises from Mr Milton Babbitt in New York and also followed the IRCAM courses in Paris. He holds a PhD from the Philosophy Department of the Autonomous University of Madrid where he received the extraordinary prize for his dissertation about the composition technique in Isaac Albeniz’s piano music.

Noteworthy composers have valued the refinement and originality of his works in significant contests, among them: Tristan Murail, Unsuk Chin, Edith Canat de Chizy, Gilbert Amy, Paul Patterson, Kaija Saariaho or Harrison Birtwistle.

Martinez Burgos’ works have been performed by prestigious orchestras and ensembles such as the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra (South Korea), Arthur Rubinstein Philharmonic (Poland), Kymi Sinfonietta (Finland), National Orchestra of Spain, Radio Television Orchestra of Spain, LIM and Enigma ensembles, or Moscow’s Studio for New Music. His music has been recorded by the Spanish Radio Television recording label (RTVE-música) and the BBVA Foundation recording label.

Since very young he has blended his composing and researching labour with his teaching activities. Since 2001 he is professor at the Composition Department of Madrid Royal Higher Conservatoire, institution where he has been Vice-principal during three years.

International prizes:

  • First Prize in the 5th Grażyna Bacewicz International Composer Competition 2015
  • First and Third Prize at the III International Composition Competition BBVA Foundation – National Auditorium for orchestra (Madrid-2012).
  • First Prize Eulalio Ferrer (Mexico, 2011) Mexican Cervantes Society.
  • First Prize Isang Yun for orchestra (Seoul-2009).
  • First Prize town of Madrid for orchestra (Madrid, 2006).
  • First Choral-Symphonic Prize “Santander 250 years” (Santander, 2005).
  • First Prize Frederic Mompou for string quartet (Barcelona, 2000).
  • Second Prize at the Jean Sibelius International Composer Competition (Finland, 2015).
  • Second Prize at the 4th Grazyna Bacewicz International Composer Competition (Academy of Music in Lodz, Poland, 2012).
  • Second Prize of the II International Composition Competition BBVA Foundation – National Auditorium (Madrid, 2011)
  • Second Prize of the Dimitri Mitropoulos Competition (Athens, 2009)
  • Final round at the Spanish Radio Television Composition Competition (Madrid, 2000)
  • Final round of the Jurgenson Composition Contest (Tchaikovsky Conservatoire, Moscow, 2000).