Ana Paola Santillan Alcocer

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Ana Paola Santillan Alcocer

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Composer Ana Paola Santillan Alcocer, from Mexico City, began her composition studies at the Centro de Investigación y Estudios Musicales (CIEM) where she studied with Ma. Antonieta Lozano, Alejandro Velasco (Kavindu) and Gerardo Taméz. She holds a Licentiate in Music composition (LTCL) with distinction and the AMus TCL Diploma in Theory, Criticism and Literature from TRINITY COLLEGE LONDON, having studied composition and piano with Vincent Carver. She received her Master of Music degree from The Shepherd School of Music, Rice University, in Houston Texas, having studied composition with Shih-Hui Chen and Arthur Gottschalk, and piano with Jeanne Kierman. She is currently pursuing a DMus in composition at McGill University in Montreal, Canada, supported by the "Programa de Becas para Estudios en el Extranjero" by FONCA (Mexican Fund for the Arts).

She has spent several summers studying music composition at Brevard Music Center, the CASMI International Summer Program in Composition in Prague, Czech Republic, the ISAM International Summer Academy of Music in Michelstadt, Germany, and the Fontainebleau American Conservatory in France.

She is the recipient of several awards and fellowships, including, winner of the 2010 National Commission for Youth Orchestras (Mexico, Conaculta), honorable mention at the New England Philharmonic Composition competition 2009; first prize at the interdisciplinary competition Spectacle des architectes et compositeurs 2008 (Fontainebleau, France); a FULBRIGHT scholarship; the UNESCO-Aschberg Bursaries for Artists Programme-resident composer at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, winner of the Paul Cooper Prize in Composition 2008 (Rice University); 2nd prize in the Josef Dorfman Memorial International Composition Prize 2007 and three selected works at the Foro Internacional de Musica Nueva Manuel Enriquez festival, among others.

Ana Paola represented Mexico at the UNESCO 57th International Rostrum of Composers i Lisbon, Portugal.

She has written music for short films and multi-disciplinary workshops.

Her piece “Fractum” for flute, Bass Clarinet & Piano is published by ALEA PUBLISHING & RECORDING.

Ana Paola’s music has been premiered, recorded and/or performed by such ensembles as The Het Trio, the Enso, Camerton and Carlos Chavez String Quartets, Trío Morelia, Duo Sonoris, Speculuum Musicae, the New York New Music Ensemble, The Woodlands Symphony and the Shepherd School Chamber Orchestra, among others.