Born in Mexico in 1968, Javier Torres Maldonado studied at the National Conservatory of Music of Mexico, at the G. Verdi Milan Conservatory, and at the Ircam in Paris. He has perfected the art of composition with masters such as Franco Donatoni, Azio Corghi and Ivan Fedele. On top of winning numerous prizes in composition across the globe (in Belgium, Switzerland, Italy, Austria and Canada), he has been awarded the Prix des Musiciens during the 1998 Montréal International Forum for Young Composers, organised by the Nouvel Ensemble Moderne, who had chosen him to represent Latin America. His music is often commissioned and interpreted by many diferent ensembles, and can be heard in prestigious music festivals across Europe and North America. In October 2006, he presented the world first of a new piece for six orchestras and live electronics comissioned by the Venice Biennial. He is currently a professor in electronic music composition and computer-assisted composition at the A.Vivaldi Conservatory of music in Alessandria, Italy, and is also the artistic director of the Dynamis Ensemble.