Dr. Juan Manuel ABRAS (Stockholm, Sweden) is an international award-winning classical music composer, conductor, musicologist and historian who studied in Vienna, Germany, Italy, etc. (Theodor-Körner-Preis, TRINAC-ISCM-UNESCO, 2nd Wiener Filmmusik Preis, etc.). Abras' works have been premiered at leading international festivals (Warsaw Autumn, Gaudeamus Muziekweek, Festival MANCA, etc.) and venues (Stiftung Mozarteum Salzburg, Bimhuis-Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ, Teatro Colón, etc.), and are currently included in 11 CDs. He 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, he also studied with Karlheinz Stockhausen, Helmut Lachenmann, Wolfgang Rihm, etc. Abras pursued graduate and postgraduate studies (MDW - 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 has a "breathless intensity" (Genuin Classics, Germany), is "at the same time visceral and of metaphysical flight" (Alejandro Drago, USA), and 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).
Photo by Sophia Murer