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Octavio Vazquez

New York, NY      

The music of Octavio Vazquez (b. 1972) has been performed throughout the US, Europe, and Asia, in venues such as Carnegie Hall, the National Auditorium of Spain, Cologne’s Philharmonie, or the Big Hall of the St. Petersburg Conservatory. He has also written for film and collaborated with world-music artists as an arranger, orchestrator and producer, most notably with Grammy award winner Cristina Pato. His orchestration of “Negro Caravel” for Ms Pato’s CD “Muller” was nominated for the 2011 Spanish Music Academy Awards.

His works have been recorded for the labels NAXOS, DELOS, Embora, Landra Records, Gale Recordings, Ouvirmos, Fol Musica, and Bohemia Music, broadcast by PBS and national TV networks in Spain and Russia, and by radio stations such as the Spanish National Radio, New York’s WQXR, and the Chinese International Radio. His catalog currently includes more than sixty titles, all of them published by the Conwell Publishing Group of New York.

Notable performers of his works include conductors such as Dima Slobodeniouk, Carlos Kalmar, Paul Daniel, Adrian Leaper, Hansjörg Schellenberger, and Víctor Pablo Pérez, and soloists as Dmitri Berlinsky, Jonathan Gandelsman, Nurit Pacht, Eric Jacobsen, Adam Levin, Eldar Nebolsin, Viacheslav Dinerchtein, and Adam Kent. He has received awards and commissions from Hilary Hahn, Felix Hell, the Verdehr Trio, Poulenc Trio, New York State Council on the Arts, New Music USA (CAP), Spanish Radio and Television Orchestra, Galicia Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Galicia Symphony Orchestra, Meet the Composer, Guernica Project, Via Stellae, Fulbright Commission, Barrie de la Maza Foundation, Chi-Mei Foundation, and Xacobeo Classics 2010 among others.

Festivals include the Kölner MusikTriennale (Germany), Festival de Basse Navarre / Navarra Internacional Festival (France and Spain), the Prokofiev International Festival (Russia), Macedon Music (Australia), Niagara International Chamber Music Festival (Canada), Camarissima International Festival (Mexico), the XXXVII Congress of the International Viola Society (South Africa), European Dream Festival, Composers Now, Queens New Music, and Southampton Arts (USA), and the AreMore, Via Stellae, Espazos Sonoros, Clásicos en Verano, and Música en Compostela International Festivals (Spain).

A graduate of the Royal Conservatory of Music of Madrid, the Peabody Conservatory, and the University of Maryland, Dr. Vazquez has given lectures and masterclasses at Manhattan School of Music, Mannes College, Hofstra University, Fordham University, Johns Hopkins University, University of Maryland, Salisbury University, and Texas Christian University (USA), Carlos III and Complutense Universities (Spain), and the Next Renaissance Conference (Netherlands). He teaches composition at the Nazareth College of Rochester and at the Santiago de Compostela University in Spain.


Led by guest conductor Maestro Andrew Grams, the Sphinx Symphony Orchestra and guest artist Cristina Pato closed the 2015 Sphinx Competition Concert with the world premier performance of “Elas”, Mvt III from Widows of the Living and of the Dead, by Octavio Vazquez. Our 2015 guest artist is Galician Bagpiper and member of Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble, Cristina Pato.

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Scherzo on 5 Notes

French violinist Solenne Paidassi, dutch cellist Martha Bijlsma and lithuanian pianist Gintaras Janusevicius perform “Scherzo on 5 Notes”. The piece won the 3rd International “Plathner’s Eleven” Composers Competition and was awarded this performance in Hanover, Germany, at the concert “Plathner’s Eleven: The Great Evening of Encores” in January 2012.

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First movement of Octavio Vazquez’s “Tropos, violin concerto” – recorded live at the premiere, december 2, 2010, in Santiago de Compostela, Galicia – Amaury Coeytaux, violin, with the Galicia Royal Philharmonic – cond.: Santiago Serrate

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