MASMENOS International Composition Competition

April 20, 2016 in All Opportunities, Composers by mwhiteside


Composers are invited to submit works for the MASMENOS International Composition Competition. The winning works will be premiered by the UNTREF String Quartet and the renowned violinist David Núñez.


1- The competition is open to all composers, without limitations of age or nationality.

2- The deadline for submissions is 27th May 2016. The postmark will be deemed to be the date of submission.

3- The final decision of the Jury will be made public on June 2016 on the website and also will be communicated personally to the winning composers by e- mail and phone.

4- The competition is divided in two categories:

A) Works for String Quartet (Violin I, Violin II, Viola, Cello) – Jury: Julio Estrada [México] and David Núñez [Venezuela-Chile].

B) Works for solo Violin – Jury: David Núñez [Venezuela-Chile], Samuel Cedillo [México], Dario Pagliaricci [Argentina] and Pablo Araya [Argentina].

5- Each composer can send works for both categories simultaneously or not. In the case of the simultaneous participation, the composers can send only 1 [one] work for String Quartet and 1 [one] for Solo Violin.

6- The works submitted must be new, not yet premiered or edited.

7- Works for String Quartet should last between 5 (five) and 12 (twelve (minutes).

8- Works for Solo Violin should last between 5 (five) and twelve (12) minutes.

9- The scores may be handwritten or in a computer editor. But in both cases the scores must be perfectly clear and legible. Otherwise, the jury may immediately disqualify the work and its decision will be final – The MASMENOS organization won’t be responsible of the return of the works submitted.

10- The contest may be declared void.

11- The sealed envelope must contain:

1) Two unbound copies of the score for the String Quartet category and Four unbound copies of the score for the Violin Solo category with a pseudonym.

2) In a separate small sealed envelope, it must be included: names, dates of birth, address, telephone number and e-mail.

12- The envelop should be sent to:

Ciclo internacional de Música Contemporánea MASMENOS 2016
Universidad Nacional de Río Cuarto.
Secretaría de Extensión y Desarrollo.
Departamento de Cultura y Arte.
Director Enrique Alcoba.
Ruta Nacional 36 – Km. 601.
Código Postal X5804BYA.
Río Cuarto.

[Should delivery using ordinary mail is from abroad, please specify that the package contents has no commercial value to avoid added custom charges].

13- The premier of the winning works will be 9th and 10th September 2016.

14- The prize consists of the premier and the live recording of the works the day of the concerts in Río Cuarto and Córdoba City [also the composers must authorize an audio-visual recording of the concerts and rehearsals].

15- The MASMENOS organization committee reserves the right to interpret all issues not included in the regulations and to make exceptions in special and well-justified cases. The decision of the jury and the MASMENOS organization committee may not be contested.


JULIO ESTRADA [México / 1943]: composer, theoretician, researcher, historian, pedagogue and interpreter. His studies nourish from tradition -Orbón, Boulanger and Conservatoire de Paris- to renovation -Messiaen, Pousseur, Lachenmann, Ligeti, Stockhausen or Xenakis-. His music evolves from open form minimalism -Memorias para teclado–, post-tonality -the series of Cantos- and the continuum –yuunohui, ishini’ioni, eolo’oolin or eua’on’ome. He completed a PhD in Music and Musicology at Strasbourg University (1990–1994) with his thesis: Théorie de la composition: discontinuum-continuum).

Professor in the Faculty of Music at UNAM (México), and Main Professor in the LACREMUS (Laboratorio de Creación Musical). Member of the “Instituto de Investigaciones Estéticas” (UNAM). He has been a visiting professor at Stanford, California, San Diego, New Mexico, Musikwissenschaft Institut, Rostock, Sorbonne, Darmstadt, Centre de Création Musicale Iannis Xenakis (CCMIX) and the Institut de Recherche et Coordination Acoustique et Musique (IRCAM).

Estrada has been commissioned by festivals of Darmstadt, Donaueschingen, Bremen-Siemens, Músicadhoy, Rassegna di Nuova Musica, or by Radio Nacional de España, Süd West-Rundfunk, International Contemporary Ensemble. The festivals Tage für Neue Musik (2001 Zurich), Music Factory (2002 Bergen) and 3G, Three Generations (2008, NY), have been dedicated to his musical, theoretical and pedagogical work.
“Murmullos del páramo”, multiopera (1992-2006), has been widely performed in 2006 in Spain, Germany, Italy and Mexico. Estrada conducts and sings, and reveals his new vocal methods. He presented in 2010 in Tokyo his own scenic version. Aurélie Semichon’s documentary Murmullos de Julio Estrada (2013), offers a revealing testimony of the creative process of this opera. Since 2009 Estrada works on an autobiographic opera, Velia: creo en lo que creo.

His performers, among others: Velia Nieto, Stefano Scodanibbio, Magnus Anderson, Ko Ishikawa, Fátima Miranda, David Núñez, Rohan de Saram, Paul Hübner, Felix del Tredici, Neue Vocal Solisten, Percussions de Strasbourg, Kairos Quartet, Arditti Quartet.

DAVID NÚÑEZ [Venezuela-Chile / 1970]: Born in Caracas, Venezuela, he was part of the Venezuelan Youth Orchestra System known as “El Sistema”. In 1989 he moved to Brussels where he studied violin under Igor Oistrakh at the Koninklijk Conservatorium van Brussel, and later went on to receive a Higher Certificate in Composition at the Conservatoire Royal de Musique (Brussels). Son of one of the best known composers in Venezuela, Juan Carlos Núñez, he grew up in permanent contact with contemporary music. Once in Belgium he participated in different contemporary music ensembles such as Ictus (Concertmeister for “Wagner Dream”, awarded the “Grand Prix de l’Academie du Disque Lyrique”) and Musiques Nouvelles (Concertmeister and Editor for “The Nameless City”, awarded the “Diapason d’or 2011 in France).
He has also performed in festivals such as Musica Viva (France), Festival D’automme ( France), Clef De Soleil (France), Ars Musica (Belgium), Festival Van Vlanderen (Belgium), Festival d’Avignon (France), Transit (Belgium), Festival Atempo (Venezuela), Festival Cervantino (Mexico), Encuentro de Compositores (Chile), Forum Nueva Música (Argentina), Zagreb Biennial (Croatia), Martha Argerich and Friends (Japan), lkhom-XX (Uzbekistan), among others.

He has also given contemporary music master-classes at the Conservatorio del Sistema de Orquestas Juveniles (Venezuela), Forum Nueva Música (Argentina), Hochschule für Musik Weimar (Germany), Conservatoire Royal Bruxelles (Belgium), Academia Cervantina (Mexico), among others. Hi is currently full-time professor at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, as well as Artistic Director and First Violin of the UNTREF String Quartet, resident quartet of the Universidad Nacional Tres de Febrero (Argentina). The quartet is devoted exclusively to the contemporary repertoire, and has performed with Irvine Arditti, Garth Knox, Ian Pace and Steve Reich, as well as premiering works by Fausto Romitelli, Jonathan Harvey, Pauline Oliveros, Henry Pousseur, among others.

SAMUEL CEDILLO [México / 1981]: Of peasant origin. Artisan in his childhood. Bachelor degree in composition with Germán Romero; graduated with honors from the Conservatorio de las Rosas in Morelia, Michoacan 2007. Master studies, Facultad de Filosofía y Letras UNAM-México, 2011. He has gotten lessons about his work with the composers Helmut Lachenmann, Carlos Sánchez, Tristan Murail, Robert Platz, Marco Stroppa, Wolfgang Rihm, Misato Mochizuki, Klaus Lang, Beat Furrer, Marcelo Toledo, Manuel Rocha, Emmanuel Nunes, Georges Aperghis, Chaya Czernowin and Pierluigi Billone; in 2013 within the artistic residence in Royaumont he took lessons during three weeks with Brian Ferneyhough, Fabien Lévy and Oscar Bianchi.

Since 2002 his music is programmed in diverse spaces and concerts in Mexico; besides he has been programmed in Darmstadt, New York, Chicago, Vienna, Innsbruck, Brussels, Paris, Gothenburg, Athens, Salamanca Spain and Argentina. He has received work commission by Platypus Ensemble, Austria; Tres Américas Ensemble, ICE Ensemble, New York; Smash Ensemble, Spain; Festival Puentes-Sigma Proyect, Mexico-Spain; Natalia Pérez Turner, and Royaumont Fondation-Namascae Lemanic Modern Ensemble, France.

He has taken part in several courses such as IMD Darmstadt 2006 and 2008, Festival de Música Contemporánea de Morelia 2004-06, Instrumenta Contemporánea Oaxaca 2008, IMPULSE, Graz Austria 2013, Voix Nouvelles-Royaumont Fondation, Paris France 2013, among others. National and State award of the Primer Festival de Música Contemporánea de Morelia 2004; National First Place at the Segundo Festival de Música Contemporánea de Morelia 2005; First Honorable Mention at the Concurso Iberoamericano para Orquesta Rodolfo Halffter 2006. Youth Merit Award 2010 by the Instituto de la Juventud de Morelia; Youth Award of the State 2011 by the Secretaría de los Jóvenes de Michoacán. Fellow in the category of young creators FOESCAM 2002, SECREA 2007, FONCA 2004, 2008 and 2013; Postgrade UNAM 2010; Artistic Residency Fellowship by the Graz University in Austria through the IMPULSE Academy and the Royaumont Fondation in Royaumont Abbey of Paris France august-septembre 2013. He belonged to the Composition and Ear training Departments at the Conservatorio de las Rosas in Morelia between 2003 and 2008. He has been advisor and professor of the Programa de Educación Musical Regional from the SECUM Michoacán between 2005 and 2010.

On par with his career as composer he works with traditional musicians; since 2005 he has been conducting a pedagogical work with traditional musicians in p´urhépecha communities from Michoacan. Within this work he has won five first places in competitions in the state of Michoacan; has produced two compact disks with p´urhépecha music: Tempini Ka ma Umpakukua, Banda de la Escuela de Ichán Michoacán, SECUM-Coinversiones 2009 and Kusïkakua, Banda Real de Ichán Michoacán, CRAM-FONCA-Coinversiones 2012. His piece Soliloquio has been recorded by the Platypus Ensemble from Austria for the prestigious label Col-Legno 2013. Currently he is full time A professor at the Universidad Intercultural Indígena de Michoacán where he continues his pedagogic work with traditional musicians in p´urhépecha communities.

DARÍO PAGLIARICCI [Río Cuarto, Córdoba, Argentina / 1977]: Argentinean Composer with residence in Río Cuarto (Córdoba). Composition degree by the Universidad Nacional de Córdoba (UNC, 2004). He focuses his work on new mediums, multimedia’s works, sonorous installations and Interactive Art through multiple interfaces and computer programming. Also is devoted to the artistic diffusion and production in the Universidad Nacional de Río Cuarto (UNRC).

He has participated of numerous workshops, composition courses, electroacoustic and multimedia art seminars in Córdoba and in Bs. As., among others: Forum Internacional Nueva Música with Mathias Spahlinger and Michael Maierhof (2013-2015), Forum Ircam at the UNSAM (2015), Open Lab Workshop with Yamil Burguener (2010), Zirkonium Composition Workshop with Ludger Brümer (2009), Postgraduate Course of PD-GEM with Pablo Cetta (2006), MAX-MSP course with Hans Tutschku (2003), New Technologies Seminar with Gonzalo Biffarella (2001-2002), etc.

Some of his instrumental and electroacoustic works has been programmed in the Center for Production and Research in Arts (CePIA – UNC), Centro Cultural España-Córdoba, Centro Cultural San Martín (Bs. As.), Casa de la Cultura (Río Cuarto), CEMAPA (Río Cuarto), Teatro Municipal (Río Cuarto), XII y XX Jornadas Internacionales de Música Electroacústica, etc. Also, numerous presentations of multimedia works in many artistic-cultural: La Noche de los Museos (2014), Jornadas Universitarias de Puertas Abiertas [JUPAS] – (2011), Foro Universitario Italiano Argentino (2011), UNIART ROMA [Feria Universitaria de Arte, Diseño, Turismo Cultural y Artesanías] – (2011), Universidad de la Sapienza y Universidad Roma Tre. (Roma, Italia – 2011), etc. Besides, original music for the documentary film Carreros: relatos del rebusque, winning the First Prize in the City of Río Cuarto (2009). Since 2012 is the Director and Producer of “MASMENOS: instrumentos y nuevas tecnologías”, and actually in “MASMENOS Ciclo Internacional de Música Contemporánea”.

PABLO ARAYA [Argentina / 1979]: born in Salta (Argentina), and actually living in Córdoba. Studies of Counterpoint, Harmony and Guitar with Professor Rubén Ávila in the conservatory of Salta.
Composition degree by the Universidad Nacional de Córdoba (UNC, 2009). Also, in different opportunities, composition lessons with Juan Carlos Tolosa.

During his composition studies assisted to numerous courses, master-classes and conferences about musicology, electroacoustic music, conducting and composition with, among others: Jean Claude Risset, Daniel Teruggi, Gustavo Alcaráz, Hans Tutschku, Horacio Vaggione, Bernardo Illari, Christoph Löser, Christian Kemper, Marcos Franciosi, etc.
In 2008-2009, founds with other composers, the CDMCC (Centro de Difusión de la Música Contemporánea en Córdoba), space devoted for the production and the research in contemporary music.

He took composition and theory seminars with Julio Estrada in the EUM (Montevideo, 2009), UNC (Córdoba, 2010) and UNAM-LACREMUS (México, 2011). In 2012, assisted to the 46th Internationales Musikinstitute Darmstadt taking composition classes with Pierluigi Billone, Georges Aperghis, C.S. Mahnkopf, Dai Fujikura y Hans Thomalla. Besides, in the Darmstadt courses has participated of diverse workshops, conferences, seminars and master-classes with Brian Ferneyhough, Mathias Spahlinger, Wolfgang Rihm, Michael Maierhof, etc.
Academic dissertations in different national and international congress and festivals: Festival Internacional de Música Contemporánea de Córdoba (2007), Facultad de Cs. Exactas, Físicas y Naturales [UNC-CDMCC-Suono Mobile] (2008), Iª and IIIª Bienal Internacional de Composición (2010-2015), Congreso Internacional NUPACC y IIª Micro-Jornadas de Composición y Música Contemporánea (2011), VIII Jornadas Argentinas de Música Contemporánea e Investigación (2012), XVII Jornadas de Investigación del Área Artes (2013). Attached Professor in “Techniques and Electroacoustic Materials” (UNC, 2009). He has taught courses of musical analysis in the conservatory of Salta (2011, 2014, 2015), and was guest Professor by the UNRC (Río Cuarto, Córdoba, 2014).

He is currently doing a PhD in Arts in the National University of Córdoba (UNC), where he earned the highest marks in the seminaries of philosophy, sociology and semiotics. He has received scholarships of the Secretaría de Posgrado de la Universidad Nacional de Córdoba (2014-2015) and the CONICET (2016-2017).

His music has been programmed at the Festival Internacional de Música Contemporánea en Córdoba (2007, 2008, 2009), Ciclo de Música Contemporánea en el Teatro Cervantes (Bs. As., 2014), Ciclo de Música Contemporánea MASMENOS (2014), XVIII Ciclo de Conciertos de Música Contemporánea del Teatro General San Martín-ConDiT (Bs. As., 2014), Forum Nueva Música (2013-2015), etc.
Since the year 2010 is the Director of the Micro-Jornadas de Composición y Música Contemporánea.
Some interpreters of his music: David Núñez, Eduardo Spinelli, Gustavo Aiziczon, ensemble SUONO MOBILE Argentina, Cuarteto de Cuerdas UNTREF, KOLBA Quartet [Riga], etc.


The creation of the UNTREF String Quartet, devoted to the contemporary music, is a very relevant event for the argentinean contemporary music. The selection of the players of this quartet was decided by a concourse in 2011, with a very remarkable jury: the violinists Irvine Arditti (UK) and David Núñez (Venezuela) who is the Director and the first violin of the quartet. In this concourse were designed as members of the quartet: Carlos Brítez (second violin), Mariano Malamud (viola) and Martín Devoto (cello).

Since its presentation, the UNTREF String Quartet has developed an intense musical activity, what included concerts and performances in the major halls of Argentina: Centro de Experimentación del Teatro Colón, el Centro Nacional de la Música, el Auditorio y Museo de la Universidad Nacional de Tres de Febrero, Centro Cultural Kirchner, among others. Also, the quartet has had collaborations with international renowned musicians such as Ian Pace and Garth Knox.

The UNTREF quartet made many presentations in different national and International festivals: ATEMPO (Caracas-Venezuela), Festival de la Música Contemporánea Chilena (Santiago-Chile), Nuevas Músicas por la Memoria, Forum Internacional Nueva Música (Córdoba-Argentina) and in the homage to the american composer Steve Reich, in the Festival de Música Contemporánea del Teatro San Martín. In parallel with its musical duties, the quartet develops a remarkable academic activity in the Universidad Nacional de Tres de Febrero.