Camilo MENDEZ

Camilo MENDEZ, Dr

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20202023

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Biography

Camilo Mendez is a composer of acoustic concert music. He conceives his works as compositional cycles; series of pieces orbiting around the same musical ideas but written for different instrumental combinations. He completed a Doctorate and a Master’s in advanced composition at the Royal College of Music in London. He has also studied with Rebecca Saunders and Pierluigi Billone. In 2017, Mendez was appointed as the Rieman and Baketel Fellow for Music at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University. He is currently Assistant Professor of the Academy of Music at HKBU.

His music has been performed by ensembles and soloists who specialize in contemporary concert music and has been featured in such international festivals as Festival Internacional Cervantino, the International Summer Course for New Music Darmstadt, June in Buffalo, Klasik Keyifler, the Mallorca Saxophone Festival, and Next Generation Donaueschingen.

Mendez has been awarded the Colombian National Prize in Composition, Colombia’s highest honor for music composition on two occasions, in 2023 and 2009. In 2021, his work Disappeared Quipu[s] received the first prize in the UiTM String Quartet International Composition Competition.

He has held residencies and fellowships at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, Willapa Bay AiR, the Bogliasco Foundation, Ensemble Recherche and the Goethe-Institut, and the Virginia Centre for the Creative Arts.

Research Interests

  • Prepared Musical Instruments
  • Extended Instrumental Techniques
  • Sound Installations
  • Modular Structures
  • Non-linear Forms
  • Collaboration
  • Postcolonialism
  • Decolonization

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  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

Keywords

  • M Music
  • Composition
  • Experimentation
  • Extended Instrumental Techniques
  • Notation
  • Prepared Instruments

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