Category Archives: Academia

Quality in Diversity

This post has the potential of being rather controversial, but let me start by saying that controversy is not what I’m after, I just want to share my views on a subject that has no right or wrong answers, but … Continue reading

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Commencement speech

About three weeks ago Professor Benjamin Brinner, Chairman of the Music Department at the University of California, Berkeley called me to his office and asked me to speak on behalf of the graduate music students at the 2012 commencement ceremony. … Continue reading

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Standing firm

When I decided to become a composer back in 1991, practically no one took me seriously. Had my parents not supported my decision, I might not be right now on a plane, on my way to my next performance. I grew … Continue reading

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The composer as teacher

As the son of a teacher (my mother has a degree in early childhood education) I believe teaching has a fundamental role in every society. Historically, composers have always imparted their knowledge to the younger generations therefore ensuring the continuation … Continue reading

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