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Esteban Benzecry


About this Artist

Esteban Benzecry is one of the most performed and commissioned Argentinian composers of his generation. He came to international attention in 2010, when his pre-Columbian tryptic Rituales Amerindios, commissioned by the Gothenburg Symphony, was premiered by Gustavo Dudamel in Gothenburg and then performed on tour with the Simón Bolívar Orchestra at Carnegie Hall of New York, Royal Festival Hall of London, and the Concertgebouw of Amsterdam.

His most recent works attempt a fusion between rhythms with Latin American roots and the diverse aesthetic currents of European contemporary music, creating a personal language; an imaginary folklore.

Performers of his music include the New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, Seattle Symphony, Atlanta Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra, Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Deutsche Radio Philharmonie, Hamburg Philharmonic, Sydney Symphony, Helsinki Philharmonic, Stavanger Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre National de France, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Orquestra Gulbenkian, Orquesta Nacional de España, Orquesta Sinfónica de RTVE, among others, and the main Latin American orchestras.

His works have also been performed by renowned artists such as Gustavo Dudamel, Miguel Harth-Bedoya, Giancarlo Guerrero, Diego Matheuz, Manuel Lopez Gomez, David Alan Miller, Simone Young, Enrique Arturo Diemecke, Alain Altinoglu, Gautier Capuçon, Sol Gabetta, Nemanja Radulovic, and Ayako Tanaka, among others.

His most performed orchestral work is Colores de la Cruz del Sur (2002), performed more than 60 times around the world and recorded by the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra under baton of Miguel Harth-Bedoya. In autumn 2019, Naxos will release a CD with some of his orchestral works. Born in Lisbon, Portugal, in 1970 to Argentine parents, Benzecry grew up in Argentina, where he studied musical composition with Sergio Hualpa and Haydee Gerardi. He moved to Paris in 1997, where he studied composition with Jacques Charpentier and Paul Méfano at Conservatoire de Paris. He became a French citizen in 2011. Benzecry has received numerous awards from the Académie des Beaux-Arts de l’institut de France, association of critics of Argentina, the Guggenheim Foundation of New York, and others.