Fernando Villanueva

Fernando Villanueva

Ciudad Real, 1976. He has studied several music disciplines – piano, composition, accompaniment – in his hometown and in Madrid. He has attended many training programmes – University of Alcalá de Henares, INJUVE Meetings, Manuel de Falla Chair in Cádiz, and Darmstadt Summer Courses, among others – with some of the most outstanding composers of our times. In 2016 he obtained a Master’s degree in Theoretical and Practical Philosophy from UNED.

In 2007 he was selected to participate in Cursus 1 of IRCAM’s pedagogical programme (Paris), and in 2008 he was again selected to participate in Cursus 2, where he developed his Bukowski Madrigals compositional project for voice, string trio, and live electronics, premiered at the Agora Festival in Paris. He worked there with professors such as Yan Maresz, Mikhail Malt, Emmanuel Jourdan, Jean Lochard, and Alexis Baskind, among others.

His music has been performed in several European, Asian, and American countries by renowned performers (Donatienne Michel-Dansac, Miquel Bernat, Fabián Panisello, Beat Furrer, Plural Ensemble, Court-Circuit, L’Itineraire, L’Instant Donné, Taller Sonoro, and so on). The commissions he has received includes the piece for orchestra El tiempo suspendido for Madrid’s National Auditorium on the occasion of its 20th anniversary. In 2016 he published a monographic CD with his works in the Sibila magazine, along with a text by José Luis Besada.

In addition to the relationship between music and performance, he is particularly interested in the formalisation of different aspects of compositional discourse, as well as in the relationship between rhetorical media and new technologies.

As a result of his interest in new technologies applied to composition and performance, he has collaborated as an electronics performer and assistant with composers Mauricio Sotelo and Iñaki Estrada. His collaborations with artists from other disciplines include the one carried out with performer Claudia Triozzi for a few of her shows.

He has taught at the Marcos Redondo Professional Conservatory of Music in Ciudad Real and at the RCSMM. He has also given courses on analysis in several cities in Spain.