Jorge Muniz, D.M.A.
Dynamic Spanish-American composer Jorge Muñiz has been recognized on two continents for his highly expressive style and refined artistry. Muñiz has found his distinctive voice through the balanced blending of his Spanish roots, Western and Non-Western musical traditions.
The music of Jorge Muñiz has been performed in Spain, Italy, Germany, France and the United States by such ensembles as the Strasbourg Philharmonic Orchestra, Seville Symphony Orchestra, Malaga Symphony Orchestra, Asturias Symphony Orchestra, Oviedo Filarmonía, South Bend Symphony Orchestra, the Das Scardanelli Quartett, Euclid Quartet, Cámara XXI, Duo Ahlert & Schwab, and Duo Sonidos.
In October 2010, the South Bend Symphony Orchestra presented the world premiere of the composer’s hour-length Requiem for the Innocent, written in remembrance of victims of terrorism around the world, featuring baritone soloist Ivan Griffin and five choruses. The South Bend Tribune called the work “a creation that is profound, mature and well-proportioned.” Muñiz’s La Nueche de San Xuán was released in fall, 2011 on the CD La Noche, 21st Century Music for Flute and Harp by Roberto Álvarez and Katryna Tan, principals of the Singapore Symphony Orchestra. In January 2012, his oratorio Oda a Jovellanos for tenor, chorus, and orchestra will be premiered in Oviedo, Spain, featuring Spanish tenor Joaquín Pixan, the Prince of Asturias Choir, and the Asturias Symphony Orchestra. The work will also be released on CD and DVD later in 2012. Upcoming performances also include the March, 2012, world premiere of Muñiz’s Stabat Mater for contralto, chorus, and orchestra featuring the Vesper Chorale and Chamber Orchestra, with soloist Lisa Bloom, conducted by Wishart Bell.
In addition to winning the First Grand Prize of the European Young Composers Competition, Muñiz has won several other international awards including the City of Alcobendas Composition Prize, the Flora Prieto Composition Prize, the Guerrero Foundation Music Prize, the Joaquin Turina Music Prize, and the Spanish Society of Authors Young Composers Competition. At Carnegie Mellon University, Muñiz won the String Quartet Competition and the H. G. Archer Prize for Symphonic Composition. Muñiz is the also the recipient of several grants and fellowships from Fulbright and Rotary International, among others.
Muñiz received his masters in music composition from Carnegie Mellon University where he studied with Leonardo Balada and his doctorate from the Manhattan School of Music with Richard Danielpour. Dr. Muñiz is currently Associate Professor of Music, Composition and Theory at the Ernestine M. Raclin School of the Arts at Indiana University South Bend. In addition, he is an Adjunct Professor of Music at Central Methodist University and teaches composition at Goshen College, Indiana.
Jorge Muñiz is represented by A440 Arts Group.