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Francisco Cortés-Álvarez


About this Artist

Winner of the Morton Gould Composition Award (ASCAP) and the Jacob Druckman Orchestral Composition Award (ASMFS), Francisco Cortés-Álvarez (México, 1983) has developed a diverse career as composer, arranger, producer and pedagogue.

His music has been performed in America, Europe, Africa and Asia, including presentations at the Aspen Music Festival and School, SEAMUS, Mizzou New Music Festival (EU), Music X (Switzerland), the Foro Internacional de Música Nueva Manuel Enríquez (Mexico) among others.

Francisco has collaborated with renowned soloist, ensembles and orchestras such as LA Phil conducted by Gustavo Dudamel, Alarm Will Sound, OFUNAM, National Symphonic Orchestra of Mexico, Aspen Sinfonia Orchestra, IU New Music Ensemble, IU Concert Orchestra, Michoacán Symphonic Orchestra, Volti Chamber Singers, Orchestra2001, Cassatt String Quartet, Onix, Túumben Paax, among others; he has been a fellow of the Tania León's Honor Scholarship (ASCAP), and multiple times of the programs for Studies Abroad and Young Creators (FONCA); and Francisco is a current fellow of the Sistema Nacional de Creadores de Arte (FONCA).

Francisco has credits as co-producer, editor or composer in 12 professional record productions with Naxos, Urtext, Tempus Clásico, IU Music, Acqua Records among others.

Francisco studied a degree in Musical Composition at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) where he won the Gabino Barreda medal; and Master's and Doctorate in Music at the University of Indiana (IU) where he obtained the Dean's Prize and held a position as adjunct teacher and director of the Latin American Music Ensemble at IU. He is currently a full time professor and founder of the program in musical composition of the School of Fine Arts of the Universidad Panamericana, and professor at the Facultad de Música (UNAM).