BIOGRAPHY

Dr (PhD) Juan Manuel Abras (Stockholm, Sweden) is a composer, conductor, musicologist and historian who has won a dozen international awards and scholarships (Theodor-Körner-Preis in Vienna, TRINAC-ISCM-UNESCO, 2nd place Wiener Filmmusik Preis in Vienna, etc.). Abras' commissioned works have been premiered at leading international festivals (Warsaw Autumn, Gaudeamus Music Week, Festival MANCA, etc.) and venues (Stiftung Mozarteum Salzburg, Bimhuis-Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ, Teatro Colón, etc.), and are included on 10 CDs. Abras has been university professor (UNLa and CSMCBA), researcher (UCA) and member of Österreichischer Komponistenbund, SEdeM, SADAIC, etc.

 

A disciple of Krzysztof Penderecki and Kurt Schwertsik, Abras also studied with Karlheinz Stockhausen, Helmut Lachenmann, Wolfgang Rihm, etc. Abras pursued postgraduate and graduate studies (University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna, Conservatorio di Musica Benedetto Marcello di Venezia, Academy of Music in Kraków, etc.) and is Doctor (PhD) in Music-Composition (UCA), Doctor (PhD) in Musicology (UCM and UVa), Master in Hispanic Music (USAL and UVa), Licentiate and Bachelor in History (USAL), etc.

Cosmopolitan and multifaceted, Abras' music is "at the same time visceral and of metaphysical flight" (Alejandro Drago, USA), and of "breathless intensity" (Genuin Classics, Germany). It can contain "references to literature, religion, archaeology, etc." (Makis Solomos, France), create a "dancing whirlwind somewhat trance-like, full of sunny joy and amusement" (Beata Boleslawska, Poland), and take the listener to a "world of rhythmically pulsating fantasy, similar to a haunted castle" (Wilhelm Kvist, Finland).

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MUSIC
WORKS (SELECTION)

A 'Letter' for Mich | 2011 | for clarinet

Ania jest... | 2015 | for clarinet


Astor in Astorga | 2017 | for violin and accordion


Blutgletscherstück | 2013 | for chamber ensemble
 
Bossa nova scriabinosa | 2016 | for viola

Chacarera beatboxera | 2008 | for beatboxer, clarinet, percussion, piano and violin

Chacarera endebussyada | 2010 | for piano
 
Chacarera Meets the Puna | 2005 | for violin
 
Conceptio, gestatio et partus | 2005 | for orchestra
 
Cueca wagneroide | 2015 | for viola


De coelesti hierarchia | 2002 | for male choir, vibraphone, organ, violoncello and tape

Dialoghi fra Mosè, Demostene, Virgilio e Turing | 2004 | for flute, clarinet, violin and violoncello
 
Dialogos between Moses, Demosthenes, Virgil and Turing | 2004 | for string quartet

Diálogos franciscano(n)s | 2012 | for flute and tape

Discursos argentinos
 | 2011 | for oboe
 
Drunken Fugue | 1999 | for saxophone trio
 
Estelango | 2002 | for piano
 
Estelango | 2002, arr. 2004 | for piano 4 hands

 
Estelango | 2002, arr. 2008 | for percussion ensemble
 
Flumen Dei, Ager Arkanus | 2003-2004 | for chamber orchestra
 
Harmonie - Alpha et Omega | 2001 | for soprano and piano

Huayno Meets the Milonga | 2009 | for vibraphone and marimba

In purgatorium (De profundis) | 2008 | for mixed choir, strings and percussion


Kinderlachen | 2015 | for soprano or tenor recorder

Kleriodapsis (A Butterfly’s Life). Doppelkonzert | 2002 | for for violin, violoncello and chamber orchestra
 
La chacayalera | 1999 | for children’s choir

La fuga de Valentino. Grosse Fugal a 6 | 1999 | for piano 6 hands
 
La fuga de Valentino. Grosse Fugal a 6 | 1999, arr. 1999 | for symphony orchestra
 
¿Libertas? 47 | 1999 | for instrument(s) and/or voice(s)
 
Milonga Meets Malambo | 2011 | for violoncello and piano

Milonga Meets Malambo | 2011, arr. 2014 | for violin and piano

Missa
| 2000 | for solo voices, choir and symphony orchestra

Moment musical sur un thème de P. et M. Hill | 2012 | for soprano and chamber ensemble

Muchos rostros, una Madre | 2006 | for solo voices, choir and chamber orchestra

Munda me (Miserere) | 2008 | for mixed choir​

Música para un soldadito de plomo | 2000-2010 | for string orchestra

Musik für 'In 3 Tagen Bist Du Tot 2' (Filmsequenz) | 2010 |

Noches para olvidar | 2002 | Chamber Opera in 1 Act

Only One Note | 2014 | for piano

Österreichische Reden | 2011 | for oboe

Pentecostés (Veni Sancte Spiritus) | 2007 | for choir and tape

​Perpetuum tanguile  | 2013 | for violin

​Pésame (Actus contritionis) | 2006 | for narrator, choir, chamber ensemble and tape

Ploratus acerbos infantem edere | 2013 | for clarinet in Bb

Pomeranian Rhapsody  | 2017 | for oboe d'amore and harpsichord

Przemówienia polskie | 2011 | for oboe

Quatuor pour un petit soldat du plomb | 1999 | for string quartet
 
Quatuor pour un petit soldat du plomb | 1999 | for string orchestra

Recuerdos de un 11-M | 2006-2007 | for piano

Ricercare | 1999 | for flute, clarinet, violin and violoncello
 
Sedekte. Quinteto dodecatánguico | 2000-2001 | for bandoneon and string quartet
 
Sedekte. Concierto dodecatánguico
| 2000-2001 | for bandoneon and string orchestra
 
Seriallemande  | 1997 | for piano 4 hands

Sitwa Raymi (Oración primera al Hacedor) | 2014 | for mixed choir and tape

Sonata 'Medina' | 1997 | for piano solo

​Sueño y chacarera | 2001 | for flute and clarinet

Suite argentina
| 2001 | for chamber orchestra

Suite argentina
| 2001 | for symphony orchestra

Telesiadas. Concert Variations on a Theme by Chazarreta | 2009 | for piano and symphony orchestra

​The Dante Sketches | 2006-2007 | for narrator, mixed choir and symphony orchestra


The Hermit | 2015 | for violin and dancer

 

The Hermit | 2015, rev. 2016 | for violin and dancer

The Song of Anna O. | 2005 | for soprano and chamber ensemble

Un réquiem lorquiano (Balada de la placeta) | 2009 | for tape

​Yubarta Yakarta | 2015 | for violoncello

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DISCOGRAPHY
NEWS (SELECTION)

06 May 2015 - Chacarera endebussyada - Natalia González Figueroa, piano - Conservatorio Profesional de Música 'Tomás de Torrejón y Velasco', Albacete, Spain​

 

20 May 2015 - Chacarera endebussyada - Natalia González Figueroa, piano - St James's Church Piccadilly, London, United Kingdom​

 

14 June 2015 - Sitwa Raymi (Oración primera al Hacedor) - Miguel Ángel Pesce, musical direction / Ensamble Cámara XXI - Basílica María Auxiliadora y San Carlos, Buenos Aires, Argentina​

 

24 June 2015 - Discursos argentinos - Marcelo Baus, oboe - Circolo Italiano, Buenos Aires, Argentina

 

​23 August 2015 - Sitwa Raymi (Oración primera al Hacedor) - Miguel Ángel Pesce, musical direction / Ensamble Cámara XXI - Iglesia de San Pedro Telmo, Buenos Aires, Argentina

 

​13 September 2015 - Sitwa Raymi (Oración primera al Hacedor) - Miguel Ángel Pesce, musical direction / Ensamble Cámara XXI - Iglesia de San Ignacio, Buenos Aires, Argentina

 

​17 October 2015 - Sitwa Raymi (Oración primera al Hacedor) - Miguel Ángel Pesce, musical direction / Ensamble Cámara XXI - Parroquia Nuestra Señora del Carmelo, Buenos Aires, Argentina

 

​09 March 2016 - The Hermit - Édua Zádory, violin / Beatrix Simkó, dance - Nádasdy Ferenc Múzeum, Sárvár, Hungary​

 

15 March 2016 - Perpetuum tanguile - José Fernandes Pereira Neto, violin - Teatro Municipal Julio Quintanilla, Mendoza, Argentina

 

​03 April 2016 - Sitwa Raymi (Oración primera al Hacedor) - Miguel Ángel Pesce, musical direction / Ensamble Cámara XXI - Basílica del Santísimo Sacramento, Buenos Aires, Argentina​

 

22 June 2016 - Przemówienia polskie - Andrés Spiller, oboe - Circolo Italiano, Buenos Aires, Argentina

 

​06 August 2016 - The Hermit - Édua Zádory, violin / Beatrix Simkó, dance - Ördögkatlan Fesztivál, Nagyharsány, Hungary

 

​14 September 2016 - The Hermit - Édua Zádory, violin / Beatrix Simkó, dance - Haas&Haas Porta Dextra, Vienna, Austria

 

​18 September 2016 - Kinderlachen - Sylvia Hinz, recorder - Kunstquartier Bethanien, Berlin, Germany​

 

22 September 2016 - Ania jest... - Michał Górczyński, clarinet - International Festival of Contemporary Music 'Warsaw Autumn', Warsaw, Poland

 

​13 November 2016 - Sitwa Raymi (Oración primera al Hacedor) - Miguel Pesce, musical direction / Ensamble Cámara XXI - Parroquia del Patrocinio de San José, Buenos Aires, Argentina

 

​08 December 2016 - The Hermit - Édua Zádory, violin / Beatrix Simkó, dance - Summa Plaza, Istanbul, Turkey

 

​02 February  2017 - Drunken Fugue - Carolina Cervetto / Sabrina Egea Sobral / Diana Magalí Carballo, saxophone trio - FM Nacional Clásica, Buenos Aires, Argentina​

 

18 May 2017 - Astor in Astorga - Itsaso Mungia, accordion / Irati Sanz, violin - Conservatorio Superior de Música de Navarra, Pamplona, Spain​

 

19 May 2017 - Ricercare - Son Youn Hwa, flute / Víctor Estarelles, clarinet / Samuli Tuomikoski, violin - FM Nacional Clásica, Buenos Aires, Argentina​

 

21 May 2017 - Chacarera endebussyada - Natalia González Figueroa, piano - Piano City Milano, Milano, Italy

 

​26 June 2017 - The Hermit (Revised 2016 version) - Édua Zádory, violin - Altes Rathaus, Vienna, Austria​

 

06 July 2017 - The Hermit (Revised 2016 version) - Édua Zádory, violin - Balassi Institute, Brussels, Belgium

 

​27 September 2017 - Suite argentina - Ensamble Seventh Ritual Lamb - FM Nacional Clásica, Buenos Aires, Argentina​

 

14 October 2017 - Pomeranian Rhapsody - Katarzyna Pilipiuk, oboe d'amore / Anna Huszczo, harpsichord - Pałac Biskupa Erazma Ciołka, Krakow, Poland

 

​05 November 2017 - Pomeranian Rhapsody - Katarzyna Pilipiuk, oboe d'amore / Anna Huszczo, harpsichord - Dom Kawalera, Zabrze, Poland​

 

16 November 2017 - Przemówienia polskie - José Luis Urquieta, oboe - CCK, Buenos Aires, Argentina​

 

23 November 2017 - Astor in Astorga - Itsaso Mungia, accordion / Irati Sanz, violin - Conservatorio Superior de Música de Navarra, Pamplona, Spain​

 

02 February 2018 - Chacarera meets the Puna - Alejandro Drago, violin - FM Nacional Clásica, Buenos Aires, Argentina​

 

16 March 2018 - Pomeranian Rhapsody - Katarzyna Pilipiuk, oboe d'amore / Anna Huszczo, harpsichord - Festival 23. Dni Bachowskie, Kraków, Poland

 

​02 April 2018 - Un réquiem lorquiano - Juan Manuel Abras, tape - AfterFM, Denver & Boulder, USA​

 

04 April 2018 - Chacarera Endebussyada - Christelle Abinasr, piano - Auditorium de Lutherie André Sakellarides, Marseille, France​

 

05 April 2018 - Chacarera Endebussyada - Christelle Abinasr, piano - Auditorium de Lutherie André Sakellarides, Marseille, France​

 

19 April 2018 - Sueño y chacarera - Laura Astutti, flute / Laura Carter, clarinet - FM Nacional Clásica, Buenos Aires, Argentina

 

​​12 May 2018 - ​​​​​Astor in Astorga - Irati Sanz, violin / Itsaso Mungia, accordion - Museo Jorge Oteiza, Alzuza, Spain​

 

13 May 2018 | ​​​​​Astor in Astorga | Irati Sanz, violin / Itsaso Mungia, accordion | Museo Gustavo de Maeztu, Estella, Spain

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PRESS

"The breathless intensity of Juan Manuel Abras"

— Genuin Classics (Germany)

"The music of Abras is at the same time visceral and of metaphysical flight"

— Alejandro Drago (USA)

"In your works, Abras, there are, apart from the psychoanalysis... references to literature, religion, archaeology, etc. Variety is also found in your musical language... Do you enjoy this constant changing of style or is there in fact a unity, by nature inaudible, which is realised each time through the different styles?"

— Makis Solomos (France)

"I want to mention a pair of examples of interesting dramatic products. The fifth title was created by… Abras, whose work ‘The song of Anna O.’ took the listener to a world of rhythmically latent fantasy, similar to a haunted castle"

— Wilhelm Kvist (Finland)

"In ‘Chacarera beatboxera’ Abras has united in a whole elements taken from ethnic music, ancient popular melodies and New Music, creating a dancing whirlwind somewhat 'trance', full of solar joy and amusement"

— Beata Bolesławska (Poland)


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