Jorge Villavicencio Grossmann teaches music composition, orchestration and directs the Ithaca College Contemporary Ensemble. A composer of orchestral, chamber, vocal and electroacoustic works, Jorge Grossmann's music has been performed throughout the United States, Latin America and Europe by ensembles such as the Norwegian Radio Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine, Sao Paulo Symphony Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra of Argentina, Peruvian National Symphony, Orquesta Filamónica de Bogotá, Orquesta Juvenil Teresa Carreño of Venezuela, New England Philharmonic, Aspen Sinfonia, Kiev Camerata, Boston Musica Viva, Nouvel Ensemble Moderne, Pierrot Lunaire Ensemble Wien, Da Capo Chamber Players, Seattle Chamber Players, and the Borromeo, JACK, Amernet and Mivos string quartets. His music often utilizes classical-canon compositional methods and forms via a dynamic approach to musical structure. His interests also encompass historical instruments such as viols and Renaissance recorders; and indigenous sound artifacts, such as Peruvian whistling vessels. His awards include a Fromm Music Foundation Commission, Fulbright Scholar Award, John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation fellowship, the Aaron Copland Award, Charles Ives Scholarship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, fellowships from the Bogliasco Foundation, Vitae-Associação de Apoio à Cultura (Brazil) and the Nevada Arts Council; the Jacob Druckman Award from the Aspen Music Festival, Copland House Borromeo String Quartet Award, first prize in the New England Philharmonic Call for Scores, and grants from the American Music Center, St. Botolph Club Foundation, New York State Council for the Arts, and Meet the Composer. His residencies include the Bogliasco Study Center (Italy), Copland House, MacDowell Colony, and Atlantic Center for the Arts. He has been commissioned by organizations such as the Society for New Music, American Liszt Society, Nevada Music Teachers Association, ALEA III and the Henderson Symphony Orchestra. In 2008 he was featured as composer-in-residence at SLAM, Seattle Latin American Music Festival. He has appeared as guest composer in the Festival Latinoamericano de Musica (Caracas, Venezuela) Festival Internacional de Chihuahua (Mexico), Festival Internacional de Música Clásica Contemporánea (Lima, Peru), New Music Symposium at Colorado College and International Society of Contemporary Music festival, in Miami. In addition, his works have been performed at contemporary music festivals in Asunción (Paraguay), Monterrey (Mexico), Musical Premieres of the Season (Ukraine), Proyecto Puentes (Spain) and Archipel Music Festival (Switzerland), along with festivals and conferences in the U.S. He has participated as a fellow in the Composers Conference at Wellesley College, June in Buffalo, Aspen Music Festival and Domaine Forget.
Having studied violin and composition in his native Lima and subsequently in São Paulo, Brazil, Jorge Villavicencio Grossmann moved to the U.S. in 1998. He holds a B.M. in violin performance from Faculdade Santa Marcelina (Brazil), a M.M. from Florida International University and a D.M.A. in composition from Boston University. He has studied composition with Paulo Maron, Orlando García, Fredrick Kaufman, John Harbison and Lukas Foss. Before his appointment at Ithaca College, he served on the faculty of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, where he was also director of NEXTET, UNLV’s new music ensemble, and founder and co-director of N.E.O.N., Nevada Encounters of New Music festival.
He is currently director of the composition area of VIPA, Valencia International Performance Academy and founder director of AltaVoz, a Latin American composers collective. His music is available on Harmonia Mundi, Albany Records and New Focus Recordings. For further information, please visit his website, http://www.shadowofthevoices.com.