Official website of Composer Jairo Duarte-López



Jairo Duarte-López

Jairo Duarte-López was born in Bogotá, Colombia. His works have been performed by ensembles such as the New York City Opera, Cincinnati Opera, The Montclair State University Opera Workshop, Arabesque Winds, Eastman Triana, Musica Nova, Eastman Composers Sinfonietta, New York Miniaturist Ensemble, Eastman Contemporary Percussion Ensemble, and the Eastman Philharmonia Chamber Orchestra. His music has been featured at the 2015 Cincinnatti Opera Fusion: New Works Workshop; 2012 Montclair State University Opera Workshop; 2011 Kurt Weill Festival in Germany; the 2009 New York City Opera’s VOX Festival; and the 29th Annual New Music Festival at Bowling Green State University.

Duarte-López’s music includes works for soloists, chamber ensembles, choir, opera, orchestra, electro-acoustic music and multimedia. He is the recipient of numerous recognitions such as the ASCAPLUS Award, McCurdy Prize, Wayne Brewster Barlow Prize, the Paul Sacher Fellowship Award, the Berklee Composition Achievement Award, and the Berklee International Grant.

In 2007, the composer was awarded The National Prize of Music in Composition by the Ministry of Culture of Colombia for the work Ekphrasis sobre “El Miedo” de Tanguy for violoncello solo. The work was commissioned by cellist David Gerstein through the Hanson Institute for American Music of the Eastman School of Music. Other important collaborations include the music for the short film Car Crash Opera by renown artist/animator Skip Battaglia and music for the short film Currents by recognized experimental film maker Stephanie Maxwell.

From 2012 to 2015, Duarte-López served as adjunct faculty of Film Scoring for the Department of Jazz Studies and Contemporary Media at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York. Since 2011, the composer has relocated to Los Angeles pursuing work in both concert and film music with credits including concert music, opera, tv, film, documentaries, and trailer music.

Duarte-López’s studies include a Bachelor of Music in Film Scoring at Berklee College of Music. He also holds a Master of Arts and a PhD in Composition from the Eastman School of Music. His principal teachers include David Liptak, Carlos Sanchez-Gutierrez, Allan SchindlerRicardo Zohn-Muldoon, Vuk Kulenovic, and Tibor Pusztai.