Francisco Alvarado’s work, which includes chamber, orchestral, and electronic music, is mainly focused in the exploration of timber, as the result of the analysis, manipulation and instrumentation of complex sounds, which - variated and transformed in time - attempt to create a poetical perception, within a musical discourse. The integration of the performing space and the performers' body as perceptual parameters, the use of live electronics as an extension of the instrument sonorities or the exploration of possible relationships between the written score and improvisation are important aspects of his music.
Francisco Alvarado studied composition at the Universidad Católica de Chile, then with Stefano Gervasoni at the Paris Conservatory. The encounter with Gervasoni, as well as other composers, such as Alberto Posadas, Philippe Manoury, Yan Maresz, Hèctor Parra or Brian Ferneyhough, were very important to forge a personal language and an original musical project. He attended the Cursus 1 & 2 at IRCAM in Paris between 2013 and 2015.
He continuously collaborates with artists of his generation, conceiving new projects that gather common questions, including Florentin Ginot, Standardmodell, Achtung, the TNS school of theatre, Angèle Chemin, Marie-Claudine Papadopoulos, Violaine Debever, the Maja Ensemble or the C Barré ensemble.
He received distinctions including the Musica Festival Academy’s prize and the CDMC prize at the INJUVE academy in Madrid. His works have been commissioned by the Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication de France, the Royaumont Fondation, the Diotima String Quartet, the Conservatoire de Musique et de Danse de Paris, the Festival Messiaen, the Ensemble Lucilin, the ensemble C Barré and the Musica Festival at Strasbourg. In 2017 Francisco Alvarado was artist in residence at the Camargo Foundation in Cassis, France.