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Jimmy López

Jimmy Lopez Large Meet Bel Canto Composer Jimmy López

Composer Jimmy López (b. 1978), a native of Lima, Peru, is quickly proving himself to be one of today’s most original voices in contemporary classical music. His works have been performed by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Baltimore Symphony, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Fort Worth Symphony, the Helsinki Philharmonic, the National Symphony Orchestra of Peru, and the Symphony Orchestra of Chile; at Carnegie Hall, Germany’s Darmstadt Music Festival and Donaueschingen Music Festival; the Aspen, Tanglewood, and Grant Park music festivals; and the 2010 Youth Olympic Games in Singapore. His first recording, an overview of his work called Musuq Peru, was released by Filarmonika LLC in 2008. He was awarded the Kranichsteiner Musikpreis at the 2008 Darmstadt International Course for Contemporary Music, and is the recipient of the 2008, 2011, and 2012 Nicola de Lorenzo Prize in Music Composition (Berkeley) for his works Epiphany, 15 Études for String Octet, and Synesthésie, respectively. Future projects include performances with Finland’s Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra and Sweden’s Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra. The composer recently completed an orchestral piece commissioned by Radio France, to be recorded by conductor Pierre-André Valade and the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France in May 2012. He is vice president of kohoBeat, a non-profit music organization based in Helsinki. He is a current member of the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP), the Society of Finnish Composers, the Circle of Composers of Peru, and the San Francisco Chapter of the Recording Academy. López began his studies in 1998 with Enrique Iturriaga at the National Conservatory of Music in Lima. He earned a master’s degree in music in 2007 from the renowned Sibelius Academy in Finland, where he studied with Veli-Matti Puumala and Eero Hämeenniemi. He will conclude his PhD work in May at the University of California at Berkeley. For a complete list of López’s works and performances, visit  

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