Juan Carlos Vasquez is an award-winning composer, sound artist and researcher based in Helsinki, Finland. His work has been supported by the Nokia Research Center, the Ministry of Culture of Colombia, the Arts Promotion Centre in Finland, Aalto University, the Finnish National Gallery, the Promotion Centre for Audiovisual Culture (AVEK) and the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital in partnership with the Royal College of Music in London, UK. His electroacoustic music works are performed constantly around the world and have been premiered in 26 countries of America, Europe, Asia and Australia. Vasquez received his education at Sibelius Academy and Aalto University in Finland, and has taken courses with Andy Farnell, Miller Puckette, Marco Stroppa, Steven Stucky and Jonty Harrison, among others.
In 2014, the The Sibelius Birth Town Foundation, Sibhack and the Ateneum Museum (Finnish National Gallery) commissioned Vasquez to compose an electroacoustic rendition to Jean Sibelius’ Romance Op. 24 No.9, as part of the official 150th anniversary of the Finnish composer’s birth. The “Sibelius Collage” was premiered on October 2014 at the museum’s Auditorium. Also in 2014 his critically acclaimed series of electroacoustic pieces inspired on classical composers, “Collages”, was released by american label Important Records / Cassauna. This release has been featured on hour-long specials by leading radio art / electroacoustic music radio stations, such as Resonance FM (Clearspot – UK), BCB 106.6fm (The Sound Art Show – UK), Basic.FM, Radio Círculo (UNDAE – Spain) and CFCU FM 93.1 (Acoustic Frontiers – Canada). In 2016, Vasquez was awarded the “Contemporary Music Composition Grant” by the Ministry of Culture of Colombia.
Other spaces supporting the diffusion of his work include the Queensland Conservatorium (NIME 2016), HKU University of the Arts Utrecht (ICMC 2016), University of North Texas (ICMC 2015), New York University (SID 2015), University of Kent (Symposium of Acoustic Ecology), Wesleyan University (Society of Electro-Acoustic Music in the United States 2014 National Conference), The New York Public Library (Kinokophonography), Leeds College of Music (International Festival for Artistic Innovation), Queen’s University Belfast (Sonorities 2014 and 2016), Salone Internazionale del Mobile 2012, Helsinki Music Center / Sibelius Academy, Florida International University (New Music Miami Festival), New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival, Deep Listening Institute and the Electronic Language International Festival (FILE – Brazil).
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