Javier AlvarezMexicoMusic2016

Composer of a large body of work encompassing music for concert halls, cinema and electroacoustics, Javier Alvarez holds a Master’s degree from UWM and a Doctorate from the City University in London, England. Alvarez’s music has been performed at Lontano, Ictus, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, L’Itinéraire, the BBC Concert Orchestra, among many others.


Alvarez boasts a 25-year long academic calling, having taught at the Royal College of Music, the University of Hertfordshire, the Paris Conservatoire and at the City University in London. In 1989 he headed Sonic Arts Network, and, in 1995, he held the Artistic Directorship of the Society for the Promotion of New Music (SPNM). In 2004 he became a founding director of the Escuela Superior de Artes Musicales de Yucatán in Mexico. In 2000 he was awarded the Mozart Medal, and in 2007 he was appointed Dean of the Conservatorio de las Rosas. In 2013 he was awarded the Premio Nacional de Ciencias y Artes, the highest distinction bestowed by the Mexican State to artists and scientists. He lives in Mérida where he works as an independent composer.