Characterized by a strong interest in engaging the audience on multiple perceptual levels, the music of Colombian composer Felipe Tovar-Henao (b. 1991) has been consistently awarded and performed throughout his emerging professional career. His creative work is deeply rooted in aesthetic experiences with technology, philosophy, and cinema, and exists primarily within the realms of chamber, electro-acoustic, multimedia, choral, vocal, and orchestral music.
Recent highlights include being a finalist of the 2019 SEAMUS/ASCAP Award, as well as receiving the 2018 SCI/ASCAP Student Commission Award, the 2018 ASCAP Foundation Morton Gould Young Composer Award, Indiana University's 2017 Dean's Prize Commission Award, and the Colombian Ministry of Culture's Beca de Creación para la Música Contemporánea 2017.
His music has been commissioned and performed by various ensembles, artists, and institutions, such as Sound Icon, SCI/ASCAP, IU New Music Ensemble, Colombian Ministry of Culture, Ensamble Periscopio, Andrés Orozco-Estrada, Orquesta Sinfónica EAFIT, among many others.
He has been a featured composer at a variety of festivals such as WOCMAT (Taiwan, 2019), Electroacoustic Barn Dance (US, 2019), SEAMUS National Conference (US, 2019, ‘18), Seoul International Computer Music Festival (South Korea, 2017), IRCAM’s CIEE Summer Contemporary Music Creation + Critique Program and ManiFeste Academy (France, 2016), Electroacoustic Music Midwest (US, 2016), and the Midwest Composer Symposium (US, 2019, ‘16).
He is currently pursuing a D.M. degree in Composition at Indiana University - Jacobs School of Music, while teaching as an Associate Instructor of the IU Composition Department.
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