Milton Estévez, composer

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Estevez at Cherokee Park, 2017 Apuntes con Refrán II-p11 Música de Nuestro Tiempo album jacket

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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; and 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, he taught composition, orchestration, musical analysis, computer-assisted music (1985-94), and classical guitar (1970-80), at the National Conservatory in Quito.

Founded the Ecuadorean Festival of Contemporary Music and the series Music of our Times and directed them from 1985 to 1994, year when 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, Louisville (1997-2002).

From 2010 to 2017, he intermittently commuted between Ecuador and the USA, and served as a consultant and advisor to the National Symphony Orchestra, the Ministry of Culture, and the Ministry of Education. Currently (2018), he is alternating residence between Quito and Denver, working on incidental and chamber music projects, as well as advocating for the  Ecuadorean Festival of Contemporary Music survival over time.

Served as a consultant to the Ministry of Culture of Ecuador from 2009 to 2011, and as an adviser, from 2011 to 2013;  in 2012, he was appointed 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. Estevez has also served as a consultant to de Ministry of Education of Ecuador in 2014.
Relevant 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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