Born in 1976, Mirtru Escalona Mijares was initiated into music in the internationally known Venezuelan Sistema in his hometown Duaca. In Venezuela he studied with Rafael Saavedra and Gerardo Gerulewicz. In 2000, José Manuel López-López and Paul Méfano invited him to continue his studies in France, where he obtained his Masters degree in New Music Technology and Composition at the Conservatoire National Supérior de Musique de Lyon with Robert Pascal and Michele Tadini. He also received degrees in Composition from the Music School of Blanc-Mesnil with Philippe Leroux and the National Conservatory of Strasbourg with Ivan Fedele. He also obtained a degree in Electroacoustic Composition from the Music School of Pantin with Christine Groult.
The composition is his very personal way to discover himself and the world to which he belongs. He tries to have this reflected into his music in an authentic, poetic and spiritual way. One of his main objectives as an artist is to invite and stimulate the audience to dream with the music, to expand their limits of listening to music and if possible let music bring them closer to this non tangible thread that ties us all together. He is also very interested in incorporating electronics as a logical extension of acoustic instruments, in digital arts applied to music, and in non-Western music as source of reflection and as an awareness of the diverse perceptions of the world.
Escalona-Mijares has received multiple internationally recognised awards, including the Simon Bolivar University Award, the Caracas City Municipal, (Venezuela), as well as the first prize in the Kuhmo International Composition (Finland), the 9th Biennal Acousmatic Composition Competition Métamorphoses (Belgium), the 26th ICOMS Competition (Italy), the 5th Sun River Composition (China), and the Earplay Donald Aird Memorial (USA).
He works regularly with highly recognized Ensembles, musicians and Festivals such as Ensemble Proxima Centauri, l’Ensemble C Barré, The Black Pencil, Jorge Isaac, Mario Caroli, Cyprien Busolini, Charlotte Testu, Festival Musica Strasbourg, Akousma Ina-GRM, Festival Milano-Musica, San Francisco International Arts Festival, EMUfest International Electroacoustic Music Festival, UNC CHAT Digital Arts Festival, ISCM Festival World New Music, San Francisco Tape Music Festival, Muslab, among others.
His 2017-2018 season includes performances of his latest works in several festivals in Europe, Latin America and the United States.
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