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Analia Llugdar

Born in Argentina in 1972, Analia Llugdar carried out studies in piano and composition at Cordoba National University (Argentina) where she obtained a degree in piano performance in 1999. She continued her composition studies at Laval University and then at the Université de Montréal where she completed her Masters under the direction of José Evangelista. She completed her Doctorate at the same institution under the guidance of Denis Gougeon. Over the course of her composing career, she has received the 1st Prize at the Université de Montréal Orchestra Composition Competition, 2nd Prize at SOCAN’s Sir Ernest MacMillan Awards and most recently the 1st Prize in the chamber music category at the CBC Radia Canada’s 15th National Competition for Young Composers, the Jeunesses Musicales du Canada Award, and the Grand Prix of the Canada Council for the Arts.

Several of her works have been heard in Quebec including Bleu vert tendre performed by the Nouvel Ensemble Moderne under the direction of Lorraine Vaillancourt at Domaine Forget and Inflexions performed by the Ensemble Contemporain de Montréal directed by Veronique Lacroix at the Festival Montréal Nouvelle Musiques in 2003. Her work Dialogues monologués, inspired by the texts of Émil Cioran was recently performed at Voix Nouvelle, a composition workshop held at the Abbey of Royaumant (France).

The Canadian section of the ISCM (International Society for Contemporary Music) selected Inflexions to represent Canada at World Music Days Zagreb 2005 and Le chêne et le roseau at World Music Days Hong Kong 2007. In April 2004, Duo Prémices performed Oración de un desocupado, a work based on a poem by Juan Gelman and inspired by the December 2001 public demonstrations that toppled four Argentinean Presidents in one week.

In November 2004, her musical theatre work De la nuit noire, based on a text by Bertolt Brecht, was performed by the Laval Symphony Orchestra conduct by Jean François Rivest in a presentation directed by Julie Vincent. Her work Tricycle was performed by the Fibonacci Trio at the Chapelle historique du Bon Pasteur in 2005, and then was given its European premiere in November 2005 as part of the Cutting Edge concert series at The Warehouse in London. Also in November 2005, her piece Le chêne et le roseau, for eight flutes and cello solo, was performed by the Ensemble de flûtes Alizé under the direction of Véronique Lacroix. That piece was selected to represent Canada at the 52nd International Rostrum of Composers in June 2006. She is currently working on a solo flute work as well as a musical theatre work based Pour en finir avec le jugement de dieu a work for radio by Antonin Artaud.

Always concerned with the contemporary reality of man, Analia Llugdar music is characterized by her meticulous research of sonorities and harmonies which translates into a discourse that is a subtle artistic criticism of the real world. This can be said of her works based on literary texts as well as those that are more abstract in nature.

Nov. 2006

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