Biography

BIOGRAPHY

Jorge García del Valle Méndez was born in Bad-Säckingen, Germany, but grew up in Spain, where he studied bassoon and composition. Since 1996 he lives in Dresden, Germany where he studied composition and electronic music.

His compositional style is based on the articulation of time through sound structures, habitually through electronic means as sound generators or as a method of composition.

Through electronic music he became interested in digital analysis and sound processing, which he has applied to his theoretical works as well as his musical compositions. He has also researched into digital analysis in Bassoon multiphonics and their sound possibilities in the application to contemporary music.

His compositional career has definitely taken an international course. His works are premiered and broadcasted since 1993 not only in Europe (Madrid, Berlin, London, Ghent, Wrocław, etc.) but also worldwide (Argentina, USA, Japan, Korea, etc.) He frequently receives commissions from various international institutions.

Also several prizes gave international recognition to his music. He has been recipient of the Salvatore Martirano Memorial Composition Award Competition of the University of Illinois (USA) and the 4th Composition Award of the Sächsischer Musikrat (Germany), both 2006, and the 5th Composition Award of the Sächsischer Musikrat (Germany) in 2007. He also received an Honorary Mention in the Concours International de Composition de Musique Electroacoustique de Monaco in 2014.

In 2005, 2012 and 2017 Jorge García del Valle Méndez held scholarships of the “Kulturstiftung Sachsen”.

In 2001 he wrote “Augenstrauß” for Bassoon and Orchestra in which he performed the solo part of the Bassoon. “An Anna Blume” for 16 Solo voices and Live-Electronic was a commission for the ensemble “Vocal Modern”. MDR-Radio made a recording of the work and broadcasted it. In 2005 he participated in the “next generation” Festival of the ZKM with the work “Du, Deiner, Dich, Dir” for 4-Channel-Tape. A Portrait-Concert of the Composer with works for chamber ensemble and electronics took place in 2004 in Logroño, Spain.

He received in 2007 a commission of the Hochschule für Musik “Carl Maria von Weber” in Dresden for a multichannel electronic work. This work was premiered in November 2008 at the inauguration of the new concert hall of this Hochschule.

“Wutpunkt” for large orchestra would be released on CD in 2009.

He participated in the ICAD 2010 conference in Washington DC with the work “Road, River and Rail” for chamber ensemble and electronics.

In 2012 he was invited at the Härjedalens Summer Academy in Sweden as composition’s lecturer.

The Electronic Music Midwest Festival EMM selected his work “Visions of the Void I” for piano and electronics to be performed in Kansas City at the 2013 edition of the festival.

In 2014 the Ensemble Aventure played the work “석양종” [seok yang jong] for violin, violoncello, piano and 2-channel-tape in the SICMF 2014 in Seoul (South Korea).

His work “no sun, no moon” has been selected 2015 for the NYCEMF 2015 (New York, USA), the ICMC 2015, EMUFest 2015 (Rome, Italy) and the WOCMAT 2015 (Hsinchu, Taiwan).

He also made the soundtracks for some documentaries of the University of Dresden, which were premiered in Germany, Sweden and England.

“Visions of the Void II” has been performed at the NYCEMF 2017 (New York, USA) and will be performed again at the Festival KONTAKTE ’17 in Berlin (Germany) and the SICMF 2017 in Gwangju (South Korea) this year.