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Victor Marquez-Barrios

Kirksville, MO         

Venezuelan composer and guitarist Victor E. Marquez-Barrios holds an extended catalog of works that includes compositions for a variety of solo instruments, numerous chamber ensembles, mixed choir, electronics, symphonic band, and symphony orchestra. His music has been performed, published, and recorded by important soloists and ensembles from Latin America (Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra, enCayapa Ensemble), the U.S. (H2 Quartet, Alexander String Quartet), and Europe (Proxima Centauri, Guitar Duo Montes-Kircher). Works by Marquez-Barrios have received performances at numerous international music festivals such as the Latin American Music Festival (Caracas, Venezuela), XVII Festival of Contemporary Music of Havana (Cuba), 20eme Festival Internacional de la Clarinette (Martinique), Hollywood Fringe Festival (Los Angeles), the World Saxophone Congress (2012 and 2015 editions), and ClarinetFest 2018 (Ostend, Belgium), among others.

Recently, compositions by Marquez-Barrios have been selected for performance at the Aruba Symphony Festival, the 2018 North American Saxophone Alliance Biennial Conference, the Boston New Music Initiative, and the 2018 Mise-En Music Festival in New York City. A strong advocate of collaboration, Marquez-Barrios has worked with a variety of performers and groups, as well as with conductors and visual artists such as Rafael E. Vera (Lecturer of Fine Arts and Director of the Gallery at Loyola University Chicago), and Maestro Carlos Andres Botero (Assistant Conductor and Music Ambassador, Houston Symphony Orchestra). 

Today, in parallel to his active career as a composer and guest lecturer, Victor Marquez-Barrios teaches music theory and composition as part of the faculty at Truman State University, where he is also the founding director of Uncommon Practice, the University’s contemporary-music ensemble.

SAXTETO: II. Sangueo

2nd movement of my work SAXTETO, for saxophone quartet, in a wonderful recording by H2 Quartet, included in their album Groove Machine.

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Dance Lessons: III. Henry Could Fiddle (on a 1709 Stradivarius)

3rd (and final) movement of my work Dance Lessons, for string quartet, in a great performance by ConTempus Quartet, from Michigan.

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The Fallen Tree

Work commissioned by percussionist Alex Smith to be premiered on The Michigandered Marimba, an instrument built by Smith to illustrate his idea of sustainable craftsmanship. This great performance of the work is by Kelsey Tamayo, on the original instrument it was written for.

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