Alejandro del Valle-Lattanzio
(Photo: Christoph Hornak)
Born 1986 in Bogotá, Colombia, he attended the German school in the same city, where his interest in music was aroused early. After interrupting piano studies at the Juan N. Corpas University in Bogotá (teachers: Ludmilla Weber – piano, Jorge Sánchez Zorro – music theory) he traveled to Vienna in 2007, where he studied composition and music theory at the University of Music and Performing Arts with Herbert Lauermann and electroacoustic with Karlheinz Essl.
Since then he has been working as a freelance composer in Vienna. His music includes various chamber music formats, solo, multimedial, symphonic and vocal works as well as film music. Two pieces are published by the Universal Edition. He was chosen for the composer-conductor workshop „Ink still wet“ where he conducted his piece for orchestra „Musikmärchen“ with the Tonkünstler Orchester in Lower Austria. He received several prizes and composition commissions such as: Theodor Körner Prize (2012), composition prize of the Young Talent Competition of the German Society for Musical Theory (2012), „Towards the next 100 years“ from the Konzerthaus, Vienna (2012), Ö1 Composition Prize (2013) INÖK / Allegro Vivo (2016) and Jenö Takács Composition Prize (2016).
I believe music is a precious gift that allows us to become aware of the mysteries of existence and communicate at a deeper level with each other as well as with higher spheres. Music operates only in the realm of relations. These relations, between the tones that build melodies and harmonies, like those of the durations producing rhythm, are the material of music. What is really important in music are not the sounds but what is behind them, that what controls their movements is common to all beings in the universe. With the greatest possible awareness, care and being guided by intuition, these materials are carved out to give birth to the musical work that is a playful unfolding of tonal forces between tensions and resolutions that allow us to get a metaphysical glimpse by raising our inner singing voice as well as to give us moral strength and pure joy. AdVL