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Alejandro Escuer



Alejandro Escuer is flutist, composer, multidisciplinary artist, curator and Mexican music producer specialized in contemporary music. As a flautist he has premiered more than a hundred works dedicated to him by composers from five continents for flute and orchestra, flute and ensemble, flute and electronics, flute and string quartet among many other combinations. As a composer he has developed a discourse close to sound art in combination with a very special instrumental and poetic virtuosity recognized by personalities such as Karlheinz Stockhausen, Robert Dick or the press, qualifying his music and playing as Alluring, imaginative, rewarding (The New York Times).

Alejandro Escuer completed his doctoral studies at the University of New York where he obtained P.h. D. Doctor of Philosophy in Music with specialty in interpretation (flute), composition and musical improvisation. He completed his master's studies at the Sweelinck Conservatorium Amsterdam Holland with the highest grade and distinction that the Netherlands awards: Uitvoerend Musicus (soloist). He also completed his undergraduate studies at the National Conservatory of Music and studied the sociology at the UNAM. Parallel to his formal studies, he worked with flutists Mario Salinas since he was a child and with Marielena Arizpe in Mexico, with Koos Verheul at Amsterdam Conservatory, with Severino Gazzelloni at the Accademia Musicale Chigiana Siena, Italy; with Kurt Redel (Germany), with William Bennett at the Royal Academy of Music London, with Peter Lukas Graf (Switzerland); with Itzvan Matuz (Hungary), and with Esther Lamneck and Robert Dick (New York University).

He has appeared as soloist with orchestra on numerous occasions, premiering works by Gabriela Ortiz, Enrico Chapela, Michael Matthews, Arturo Márquez, Mauricio Beltrán, Hebert Vázquez, Joseph Schwantner, Kaija Saariaho among other composers with the National Symphony Orchestra, the Philharmonic Orchestra of the Mexico City, the Bogotá Philharmonic Orchestra, the Guatemala Symphony Orchestra, the Symphony Orchestra of the University of Guanajuato, the Heredia Symphony Orchestra in Costa Rica, among many others.

He is a creator rather than a common flutist: Alejandro Escuer starts from a multidisciplinary perspective, that is directly acoustic and visual, between instrumental virtuosity, musical composition, improvisation, graphic visualization, the use of electroacoustic technology and the formal conception and content close to the humanities and social sciences. This is how it has dabbled in the maximum development of the extended techniques for its instrument, the sound art, the installation, getting to implement projects for the intervention of public spaces of massive impact with themes related to social criticism, to ecology, to philosophy, sustainability and especially the awareness and reflection on the future of the human being. His music incorporates the use of instruments that he introduced to Latin America for the first time: double bass flute (2.4 m long), sub-contrabass flute (almost 4.5 m long), contralto flute specially built for him and microtonal flute recess. He is the creator and artistic director of ÓNIX Ensamble, a Mexican group specialized in the interpretation of contemporary music with more than 160 works dedicated and released throughout his 22 years of career.

In the year 2000 he founded and created the multidisciplinary project LUMÍNICO for solo flute, real time video and electroacoustic music with the composer Rodrigo Sigal where interconnections between diverse world music (India, Japan, Iran, contemporary classical music) and the relationship are explored. of electronic music with other disciplines. www.luminico.org Through this project he has developed a career as a soloist with the use of new technologies, premiering more than 40 works for these formats. It has 19 recorded discs, seven of which are as soloists, five with ONIX and the rest are international collaborations. Among the awards and recognitions that Alejandro Escuer has received, the following stand out: National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures Award2012; Scenic Creator with Trajectory 2010-13 (FONCA-CONACULTA), Co-investment projects, three scholarships as interpreter, including Rockefeller Foundation-Bancomer-FONCA, Mexico on Stage program for the ONIX Ensemble project on 7 occasions, Fulbright García Robles 2008 for composition of four works during postdoctoral stay, first prize of the Independent Music Awards for best album of contemporary classical music 2014, international recognition as a creative soloist of his instrument in 2014, as well as opposition contests won as permanent professor at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) Faculty of Music, among others.

His work as a composer has been recognized and therefore Escuer is a member of the National System of Art Creators (SNCA) since 2018. He has ventured into photography, design and painting, all of which has had an impact on his music and way to play your instrument. He has given numerous international concerts acting as musical ambassador for Mexico in Japan, China, Spain, Poland, England, France, Germany, Canada, Colombia, Venezuela, Costa Rica and especially in the United States in cities such as New York, Chicago, San Francisco, The Angles among many more. He has counted with numerous international critics of the New York Times, art director of TIME Magazine, Classical Music Review, Sequenza 21, among many others. www.alejandroescuer.com


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