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Alejandro del Valle-Lattanzio

(Photo: Winnie Küchl)

Born in Bogotá, Colombia, he attended the German school in the same city, where his interest in music was aroused early. After starting piano studies, he traveled to Vienna in 2007, where he studied composition at the University of Music and Performing Arts with Herbert Lauermann and electroacoustic with Karlheinz Essl. He assisted masterclasses and workshops with composers such as John Tillbury, Germán Toro-Pérez, Beat Furrer, Günther Rabl, Georg Friedrich Haas, Christian Jost, among others. Besides that, he studied fine arts at the Academy of Fine Arts with Heimo Zobernig, where he worked mainly in film, animation and instrument making.

Since then he has been working as a freelance composer in Vienna. His music includes various chamber music formats, solo, multimedial, symphonic and vocal works as well as film music. Two pieces are published by the Universal Edition. He received several prizes and composition commissions such as: Theodor Körner Prize (2012), composition prize of the Young Talent Competition of the German Society for Musical Theory (2012), "Towards the next 100 years" from the Konzerthaus, Vienna (2012), Ö1 Composition Prize (2013) INÖK / Allegro Vivo (2016) and Jenö Takács Composition Prize (2016).

Statement:

“Next to the Word of God, the noble art of music is the greatest treasure in the world.”
― Martin Luther

Music is my life. Even more: it is life itself. Through music, we can gain access to all movements of the cosmos in its constant becoming. It is the tool of the divine to communicate with us. Thus it is pure joy. That is why we have to cultivate the music, because without it we are in a prison. Music reaches all corners of the living, it contains the eternal energy of creation. Singing should always lead our lives. Itis our weapon against all untruth. We sing a song of praise to praise God for his eternal song, and we are nothing but his singing. ADVL