"Viñao carved compelling musical statements,

engaging the ear in a fantastic harmonic language."

Mark Carrington, The Washington Post


Argentinian-American composer Ezequiel Viñao has been described by the members of the Juilliard String Quartet as a "particularly personal and intimate musical voice," one that "combines an encyclopedic musical knowledge with an eclectic compositional philosophy." It is perhaps this sense of diversity in the music that has prompted a wide range of organizations and performers to collaborate with Mr. Viñao: the list includes Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, City Opera, Miller Theatre and The Kitchen in New York; the Almeida Theatre in London; the Musikverein in Vienna; the Kennedy Center and the Library of Congress in Washington; the Presences and Bourges Festivals in France; the Celebrity Series in Boston; the Helsinki Biennale; the Tanglewood, Ravinia and Aspen Music Festivals; The Tramway in Glasgow; the Philips Muziekcentrum in Holland; the Shobi Institute in Tokyo; musicians as varied as Dennis Russell Davies, Paul Hillier, Kristjan Jarvi, Joseph Kalichstein, Stephen Gosling and Anne Akiko Meyers, and ensembles such as the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Chanticleer, the American Composers Orchestra, Absolute Ensemble, Da Camera of Houston, The Smith Quartet, Speculum Musicae, and the Juilliard, St. Lawrence and Brentano String Quartets.


A five-time ISCM (International Society for Contemporary Music) First Prize winner, Viñao has been singled out for distinction with a Kennedy Center Friedheim Award; a First Prize from UNESCO's Latin-American Rostrum of Composers; an Endowed Fellowship from California's Djerassi Foundation, and by the Argentinean Academy of Fine Arts, the International Music Council in Paris, the San Antonio Festival in Texas and the New York Foundation for the Arts.

   

ARCANUM (excerpt)