Duaca (Venezuela), 1976

Mirtru Escalona-Mijares started his musical training in his home country with Rafael Saavedra and Gerardo Gerulewicz. On José Manuel López-López and Paul Méfano’s suggestion, he left his country in order to pursue his studies in France. In 2000, he continued his training with Philippe Leroux, Ivan Fedele and Christine Groult, before finishing his studies with a Master in composition (with an electroacoustic and computerized music) at the Conservatoire national supérieur de musique et de danse in Lyon, following Robert Pascal, Michele Tadini and Denis Lorrain’s classes.

His main musical preoccupations include the search for a poetical and spiritual world. He is also strongly attracted to incorporating electronics as a logical extension of acoustic instruments, to digital arts applied to music, and non-Western music as source of reflection and as an awareness of the diverse perceptions of the world.

Mirtru Escalona-Mijares was awarded several international prizes that include the Kuhmo International Composition Competition (Finland), ICOMS International Composition Competition (Italy), Earplay Donald Aird Memorial Prize (USA), Sun River Composition Competition (China), Concurso de composición Aniversario de la Universidad Simón Bolívar (Venezuela). His works have been performed in several international festivals.

Since 2002, he has been an art professor at the Maison de Quartier de Porchefontaine in Versailles, and is currently working on several creations for the 2016-2017 season, including a piece for cello, saxophone and computer orchestra, to be created by SynOork at Boulogne-Billancourt, France, as well as a piece for flute and orchestra to be created by flutist Jose Garcia Guerrero and “Sistema” in Caracas, Venezuela.

[source: MR 2016] [xii-16]