ALEXANDRE LUNSQUI - BIOGRAPHY/PROJECTS

Alexandre Lunsqui was born in Sao Paulo, Brazil. After ten years based in New York City, he returned to Brazil as Professor of Composition and Theory at the Universidade Estadual Paulista, UNESP. He studied at the University of Campinas (BM), University of Iowa (MA), Columbia University (DMA), and IRCAM (year-long cursus of composition and computer music). He studied with Tristan Murail, Jose Augusto Mannis, Fred Lerdahl, and Jeremy Dale-Roberts. Other important teachers were maestro Cyro Pereira, Rafael dos Santos, Hilton Jorge Valente, Ziara Brant de Carvalho and Donald Martin Jenni. His music background also included jazz and contemporary improvisation.

He has participated in Festivals such as Gaudeamus Music Week, Contact!, New York Phil Biennial, Darmstadt, Manca, CrossDrumming, Aspekte, Time of Music, Musica Nova, Beijing Modern, Music at the Anthology, Creative Music Festival, Festival Présences, PASIC, and Resonances. His pieces have been played in Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Costa Rica, China, Cyprus, Denmark, England, Finland, France, Germany, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Switzerland, Turkey, Uruguay, Wales, and around the US, by ensembles such as the Ensemble Aleph, Arditti String Quartet, Argento Chamber Ensemble, Ensemble PianoPossibile, Ensemble Cairn, Due East, Ensemble counter)induction, Ensemble Dal Niente, Manhattan Sinfonietta, Camerata Aberta, Camerata Latino-Americana, New Mexico Contemporary Ensemble, Purchase Contemporary Ensemble, Ensemble L'Arsenale, Loadbang Ensemble, Hanatsu-miroir, Ensemble Proton bern, New York Philharmonic, New York New Music Ensemble, Filarmonica Bachiana, Ensemble Platypus, NIU Bau House, Nieuw Ensemble Amsterdam, Talea Ensemble, Talujon, Third Coast Percussion, MATA micro-orchestra, Lucerne Academy Alumni, Orquestra Sinfonica Nacional, Orquestra de Câmara de Curitiba, Orquestra de Câmera da Universidade de Sao Paulo (OCAM), Grupo PIAP, Ensemble Reconsil Viena, International Contemporary Ensemble, Timetable Percussion, among others.

He has been awarded the Virtuose Prize given by the Ministry of Culture of Brazil and the "Funarte Premio de Musica Classica" given for his orchestral work Linea.Reflexio. A monographic CD with his chamber music was released in Spring 2008 - the project received the Petrobras Cultural Award. A CD featuring four composers from Sao Paulo was released in Fall 2008 by the Gravina Label. He received a Fromm Commission from the Fromm Music Foundation at Harvard University (2009-2010), was a Civitella Ranieri Fellow (Italy, 2014) and the Composer-in-Residence for the 2014 Chelsea Music Festival (NYC). Recently, Lunsqui has been awarded a Koussevitzky Commission 2016 (New York New Music Ensemble), a "Commande d'Etat" by the French Ministère de la Culture (Ensemble Cairn), and the ProAC award by the Secretaria do Estado da Cultura from Sao Paulo (Ensemble Zephyrus). The new works are part of the Telluris cycle.

- FORTHCOMING PROJECTS:

- NEW WORK for FLUTE and ORCHESTRA (commissioned by Santo Andre Symphony Orchestra - 2018)
- NEW WORK for solo VIOLIN - commissioned by Luiz Amato (2018)
- NEW WORK for cello and piano - commissioned by Ensemble cross.art - Stuttgart, 2018)

- RECENT PROJECTS:

- RECORDING OF MINERAL (solo flute, commissioned by Cassia Carrascoza and SESC - SESC LABEL upcoming CD, BRAZIL 2016-2017)
- RECORDING OF TOPOGRAFIA I (solo bass flute, SESC LABEL upcoming CD, BRAZIL 2016-2017)
- RECORDING OF "ON GROWTH AND FORM" (cello and multiple percussion, commissioned by Duo Quattus, BRAZIL 2016-2017)
- RECORDING of TOY (CD - QUINTETO PIERROT - PROAC AWARD - Secretaria do Estado da Cultura, BRAZIL, 2017)
- RECORDING OF TELLURIS.CANYON (Commissioned by ENSEMBLE ZEPHYROS - PROAC AWARD - Secretaria do Estado da Cultura, BRAZIL, 2017)
- NEW WORK for PERCUSSION QUARTET (COMMISSIONED BY PROJETO GRUPU ANO 20 - Fernando Hashimoto, director, BRAZIL, 2017)
- TELLURIS.DESERT ROSE for 10 instruments (commissioned by ENSEMBLE CAIRN/COMMANDE D'ETAT - FESTIVAL PRESENCES (FRANCE, 2016-2017)
- NEW WORK for EARLY INSTRUMENTS (Commissioned by GReCo, BRAZIL, 2016-17)
- NEW WORK for ENSEMBLE (TELLURIS.HEAT - KOUSSEVITZKY COMMISSION AWARD - NEW YORK NEW MUSIC ENSEMBLE, USA, 2016-17)
- UBEHEBE - Commissioned by Due East and Lawrence University Wind Ensemble (40 players) (Appleton, USA, 2012-2013)
- MUTUUS 30, for Ensemble Aleph 30th birthday (FRANCE, 2013)
- TEMPI INTERMEDI II - written for the Ensemble Reconsil Vienna (AUSTRIA, 2012-2013)
- RENGA 100 - written for the Forum of Contemporary Music Leipzig - John Cage: Party Pieces Project (Germany, 2013)
- CANVAS for two trombones - Commissioned by Carlos Freitas and the Secretaria do Estado da Cultura de Sao Paulo (BRAZIL, 2013)
- TOY for ensemble - Commissioned by the Access Contemporary Music (USA, 2013)
- QUAESTIO - Two Studies for Violin and Electronics (BRAZIL, 2013)
- TENERIFE for ensemble and choir - Commissioned by OSESP - Orquestra Sinfônica do Estado de São Paulo (BRAZIL, 2013-2014)
- ANDARIN - Commissioned by Ensemble L'arsenale (ITALY, 2014)
- STEMS, for string ensemble - Commissioned by the Chelsea Music Festival (USA, 2014)
- PARALELO XXVI, for orchestra - Commissioned by Filarmonica Bachiana (Sao Paulo, BRAZIL, 2014)
- GUTTUR.EXTENSIO for five recorders - Commissioned by Cesar Villavicencio (BRAZIL, 2014)
- COMPOSER IN RESIDENCE - Chelsea Music Festival, New York, USA (2014)
- GUEST COMPOSER - Musik unserer Zeit 2014, Münster, GERMANY (2014)
- DIMENSIONS - Percussion solo (BRAZIL, 2013-2014)
- GUTTUR.DUO - Commissioned by the Bienal do Rio de Janeiro (BRAZIL, 2014)
- SEDIMENTOS - Commissioned by Lidia Bazarian, Eliane Takeshi and the Secretaria do Estado da Cultura - ProAC (Sao Paulo, BRAZIL, 2014-2015)
- CARBONO 14 - for large ensemble - Commissioned by Fundacao Teatro Municipal (BRAZIL, 2015)
- ON GROWTH and FORM - for cello and percussion, BRAZIL, 2014-2015
- CARRETEIS II - Written for the Ensemble Proton Bern (SWITZERLAND, 2015)
- VERTEBRAE - Commissioned by Ruben Zuniga (BRAZIL, 2015)
- GRAINS for solo contrabass - Commissioned by Valerie Albright (BRAZIL/USA, 2015)
- SLOPE FIELD I - for five clarinets e five flutes (BRAZIL, 2014-2015)
- FELLOW ARTIST - CIVITELLA RANIERI CENTER - ITALY (2014)

- CD: CONTOURS…DISTANCES (Joanna Holanda, solo piano) - Sesc Label (2013)
- CD: CANVAS (two trombones) - Secretaria do Estado da Cultura (2013)
- CD: FROTTAGE I (Jussan Cluxnei, bass clarinet) - Unesp Label (2015)
- CD: GUTTUR (solo flute) - Sarah Hornsby - Camerata Latino Americana (2015)
- DVD: QUAESTIO: Two Studies for Violin and Electronics - Claudio Cruz, Estudio Panaroma, Sesc Label (2014-2015)
- CD: LOADBANG: LUNGPOWERED- with GUTTURAL I, II, III - Loadbang Ensemble, USA (2015)
- CD: TEMPI INTERMEDI II - Ensemble Reconsil Vienna - Orlando Records, AUSTRIA (2015)
- DVD: TOPOGRAFIA para flauta solo - part of "A FAMÍLIA DAS MADEIRAS", Sesc Label (2016)

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