Born in Colombia, Daniel Arango-Prada currently resides in France, where he devotes his activity as a composer to instrumental, mixed and electroacoustic music. His creations are the fruit of intense sound exploration, and are built on close collaboration with numerous ensembles and instrumentalists. Daniel Arango-Prada holds a Master’s degree in composition from the CNSMD in Lyon, and has won prizes in a number of international competitions, including first prize in composition at the Geneva Competition in 2019. His works have been programmed at numerous French festivals and performed in various European cities, as well as in America and Asia.
Born in Colombia in 1987, Daniel Arango-Prada currently resides in France, where he devotes his activity as a composer to instrumental music, electroacoustic music, mixed music and music for images.
His creations are the fruit of intense sound exploration (in particular through the use of new technologies) and are built on close collaboration with numerous instrumentalists. These recurrent contacts with musicians enable him to increase his knowledge and understanding of the instruments: thanks to this, he can then seek to achieve a high level of virtuosity in his pieces. This virtuosity can be appreciated, for example, in his piece Dune, which won him first prize at the Geneva International Music Competition in 2019, as well as the Audience Prize and the Young Audience Prize. The parameter of rhythm is also an integral part of his musical discourse.
Daniel Arango-Prada began his musical career in Colombia, where he studied music theory and classical guitar, before continuing his studies in Argentina and arriving in France in 2010 to perfect his composition skills. He joined the instrumental and electroacoustic composition class at the Montpellier Conservatory, and continued his training at the Lyon Regional Conservatory. In 2015, he joined the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Lyon (CNSMD) with Michele Tadini, Philippe Hurel, Martin Matalon and François Roux, where he obtained a Master’s degree in composition in 2020. In addition to winning 1st prize at the Geneva Competition, he was also awarded a prize at the Journées d’Informatique musicale in Paris in 2017, was a finalist in the Boulogne-Billancourt International Composition Competition in 2019, won the Fondation Salabert prize in 2020 and the Sond’Ar-te Electric Ensemble competition in Lisbon in 2021. He has also been invited as composer-in-residence at the Pablo Casals Festival in summer 2021.
He has collaborated with instrumentalists and ensembles such as Trio SR9 (France), Quatuor Béla (France) and Lemanic Modern Ensemble (Switzerland-France). His works have been programmed at numerous festivals, including the Pablo Casals Festival in Prades, the MANCA Festival in Nice, the Turbulences Sonores Festival in Montpellier, the Journées d’Informatique Musicale in Paris and the Journées Nationales d’Electroacoustique in Amiens, as well as in Chalon-sur-Saône and Strasbourg. His music has also been performed in various European cities, as well as in America and Asia.
Interested in traditional oral music and photography, Daniel Arango-Prada has been awarded the Nguyen Thien Dao Scholarship in 2019 and the Mécénat Musical Société Générale Scholarship in 2020, in order to carry out research and photographic reporting on the traditional music of the region.
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