José M. Sánchez-Verdú (*1968)

“José M. Sánchez-Verdú transposes the language of Andalusian art of forms in a richly imaginative fashion in his music.

... It is not so much the large scale formal developments which are central to his thought as a composer, the individual moment is not at the service of before and after, but is part of a particular environment which is depicted in a tableau-like fashion. His music takes its time, it has its own sometimes very slow tempo. And often enough Sánchez-Verdú works on the border of what can be heard.”
(Rainer Pöllmann)

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born in Algeciras (Spain) on 7 March


studies at the Music Conservatory Madrid. Diplom in composition, conducting and musicology


obtains law degree (Universidad Complutense, Madrid)


Lecturer in counterpoint and fugue at the Madrid Music Conservatory


studies composition with Franco Donatoni at the Accademia Chigiana, Siena


Cristóbal Halfftercomposition award

1996, 1997

Three composition awards of the Spanish Author’s Society SGAE


Postgraduate studies in composition with Hans Zender at the Music Conservatory in Frankfurt


Invitation to the forum for young composers, performers and musicologists of the Ensemble Modern in Frankfurt Scholarship from the Spanish Academy of Fine Arts in Rome Composition award Ciutat d’Alcoy


First composition award of the Colegio de España, Paris


Moves to BerlinFirst composition award of the Junge Deutsche Philharmonie Finalist of the Irino Composition Prize Tokyo


Advancement prize for composition of the Siemens Foundation, Munich

since 2001

Composition teacher at the Robert Schumann Conservatory in Düsseldorf


National Music Award of the Spanish Ministry of Culture


Composer-in-residence at the Carinthian Summer Festival in Ossiach


Antara Prize for Composition (Festivalfor Contemporary Music in Lima, Peru)


Professor for composition at the Conservatorio Superior de Música de Aragón in Zaragoza


Fellowship holder of the "Internationales Künstlerhaus Villa Concordia", Bamberg


Composer-in-residence at the Centro Nacional de Difusión Musical in Spain
Internationally active as conductor of orchestras and ensembles for contemporary music. Publications, lectures and composition courses. Commissions and performances at international festivals and concert halls. Portrait CDs (Columna Musica 2005, Harmonia Mundi 2006, Kairos 2008). Lives in Berlin and Madrid.

Writings by Sánchez-Verdú

Arquitecturas del eco (Reflexiones fragmentarias sobre musica y tradicion), in: Sibila. Revista de arte, musica y literatura 18 (April 2005), S. 39-42

Lo peor que puede hacer un compositor es quedarse encerrado. Der Komponist im Gespräch mit Juan Antonio Llorente, in: Doce Notas, Heft 56 (April/Mai 2007), S. 8-11

Intertextuality Interculturality: a dialogue of today, in: Babylon Europe. Boundless Languages. International Conference Proceedings (Venedig, 29. 11. 2008), hrsg. von ENPARTS (European Network of Performing Arts), Venedig: Marsilio 2009, S. 96-103

Kartographie und Utopie. Zu meinem Musiktheater ATLAS Inseln der Utopie, in: positionen, Heft 98 (Februar 2014), S. 15-17

Sánchez-Verdú, José M.: Música y luz para un espacio poético y arquitectónico, in: Sibila, Heft 41, Januar 2013, S. 48f.

El pensamiento poético es música en su origen. (Der Musikkritker Paco Yanez im Gespräch mit dem Dichter Antonio Gamoneda und José M. Sánchez-Verdú.), in: Sibila, Heft 41, Januar 13, S. 50-52

Writings on Sánchez-Verdú

Gan Quesada, German: De altitudine temporis, in: Sibila. Revista de arte, musica y literatura 18 (April 2005), S. 50f.
Gan Quesada, Germán: José María Sánchez-Verdú. Músicas del límite, Begleitheft zum 22. Festival de Música de Canarias, Gobierno de Canarias 2006
Guibert, Alvaro: El genio de la musica, in: Sibila. Revista de arte, musica y literatura 18 (April 2005), S. 47
Halffter, Cristobal: La musica de Jose Maria Sanchez-Verdu, in: Sibila. Revista de arte, musica y literatura 18 (April 2005), S. 46