Rodrigo Bussad (b.1985) is a highly active composer in the Miami New Music scene. His music has been premiered and performed in several local concert halls, Biennals and art galleries in the city. He is the winner of the 2013 Frost Symphony Orchestra Concerto Composition Competition and was awarded second place on the 2013 American Prize for Composition: Chamber Music Student Division. In both 2012 and 2013, Bussad was selected as a one of the composers featured in the Emerging Composers Concert – Festival Miami. Recently, he was selected as one of the four composers (worldwide) to participate at the II Bienal Musica Hoje, a prestigious international festival in Curitiba (Brazil) where he received lessons and master classes with the composer in residence, Marcos Balter (Columbia College Chicago.)

His piece: La Couleur de L’invisible was commissioned by the II Bienal Musica Hoje and premiered by the ensemble (Stuttgart.)

Bussad was a participant in the SoundSCAPE Festival in both 2011 and 2012 (Italy) having three of his pieces premiered there, where also had private lessons and master classes with the composers Lei Liang (UCSD), Josh Levine (Oberlin), Lansing McLoskey (UM), Brian Hulse (College of William & Mary) and Marcela Pavia (National University of Rosario.) This year, he worked with the Ensemble Paramirabo (Montreal), in a commission “Loin” that was performed in London, Toronto and Montreal during January of 2014 and it will have its USA debut at the Mise-en Festival of New Music (NYC) this late June; Also had his piece “Ignis Fatuus” released in the album “Refractions vol. 1” recorded by the clarinetist Gleb Kanasevich. He is now working with the percussionist Svet Stoyanov in a new commission for this spring and also writing pieces for the saxophonist Eliot Gattegno and the trumpet player Philippe Brunet. This summer (2014) he will be the Recording Director at the SoundSCAPE Festival of New Music. He is actively concluding his Masters Degree in Composition at the University of Miami Frost School of Music, under the tutelage of Lansing McLoskey. Bussad is also a forming member and artistic director of the Ensemble Gaoshan Liushui, the first South American ensemble that researches and performs traditional Chinese music.


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