Milton Estévez, composer

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Estévez received degrees from the École Normale de Musique de Paris (Advanced Composition, 1984), the Sorbonne University of Paris (Ph.D. in Sociology, 1985), the National Conservatory of Music, Quito, Ecuador (Classical Guitar and Music Theory, 1980), and the Central University of Ecuador (Architecture, 1978). Attended analysis seminars at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris; electro-acoustics and computer music at the Centre Européen pour la Recherche Musicale in Metz.

Estévez pursued graduate studies in musicology (ABD) at the Sorbonne University.
Before traveling to France to specialize in composition, Estévez taught classical guitar and form analysis at the National Conservatory in Quito (1972-80).
Upon returning from France, and being reinstated to the Conservatory faculty, he taught composition, orchestration, musical analysis, computer-assisted music, and musical research (1985-94).

He founded the Ecuadorian Festival of Contemporary Music and the series Music of our Times and directed them from 1985 to 1994; then he moved to the USA, invited as a visiting composer-in-residence by the University of Louisville (1994-1997); he also served as composer-in-residence at Spalding University, in Louisville as well (1997-2002).
Lately, Estévez has alternated his activity between Louisville and Quito.
In Quito, he served as a consultant to the Ministry of Culture of Ecuador from 2009 to 2011, and as an adviser to the Minister, from 2011 to 2013.

In 2012, the Minister appointed him institutional head of the project for creating the University of the Arts, which was completed the same year and approved by the National Assembly in 2013. Estévez has also served in 2014 as a consultant to de Ministry of Education of Ecuador.
Relevant music commissions: Ensemble SurPlus, Germany; Gary Barnett, piano; Institute for New Music of Freiburg, Ensemble Aventure of Germany, Nieuw Ensemble of Amsterdam; IBM Ecuador.

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