Spanish composer Mauricio Sotelo (b. 1961) studied composition with Francis Burt at the Vienna University of Music, where he was unanimously awarded the Prize of Honour for graduate studies in 1987. In Vienna he also studied electroacoustic music with Dieter Kaufmann and conducting with Karl Österreicher. He subsequently honed his skills with composer Luigi Nono in Berlin and Venice.
He has been awarded numerous prizes including the Spanish National Music Prize (2001), the Queen Sofía International Prize for Composition (2000) and the Förder Preis of the Foundation Ernst von Siemens (1997). His works have been selected for the UNESCO
International Composers’ Tribune in Paris and have been recognised by international institutions such as the Körber Foundation in Hamburg, the Alban Berg Foundation in Vienna and the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation in Germany.
Sotelo’s music has been published by Universal Edition Vienna since 1991. His works have been premiered in internationally recognized series including the Salzburg Festivals, Wien Modern, Biennale di Venezia, Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Munich Biennale, Granada International Festival, Berlin Philharmonic and Konzerthaus, Bonn Beethovenhaus, Köln Philharmonie, Vienna Musikverein and Vienna Konzerthaus, the Netherlands Opera, Suntory Hall in Tokyo, Madrid’s Teatro Real and the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona.
He is a composer-in-residence at the Berlin Wissenschaftskolleg (Institute for Advanced Study) and a composition professor at the Escola Superior de Música de Catalunya in Barcelona. He has been invited as a composition lecturer by prestigious institutions in Austria, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain and the USA. Sotelo is also a member of the High Council of Art Education for the Spanish Ministry for Education. His music is strongly connected to the cultural heritage of Spain, especially flamenco and Spanish literature. Other inspirations include the ideas of the Italian philosopher Giordano Bruno (De imaginum, signorum et idearum, De Magia) and the works of renowned Irish painter Sean Scully (Wall of light red, Wall of light black and Wall of light sky). In parallel to his activity as a composer, Sotelo is also developing a career as a conductor, leading ensembles such as Klangforum, musikFabrik, Concentus Vocalis, the Ensemble di Venezia and Avanti!. Soloists he has worked with include Salome Kammer, Marcus Weiss, Roberto Fabbriciani, Yukiko Sugawara, Enrique Morente, Juan Manuel Cañizares and, in particular, the internationally celebrated Moldavian violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaya.
photo by Adam Walanus