Biography

Mauricio Beltrán Miranda is a Mexican composer currently based in the city of Queretraro, Mexico. He has studied composition with Arlene Sierra and David Loeb, and theory and analysis with Humberto Hernández Medrano, Carl Schachter, D. Loeb, and Robert Cuckson, and has also received tutoring from the British composers Judith Weir, Kenneth Hesketh, and Hywet Davies. His participation in seminars and workshops include those lead by Michael Finnissey, Simon Holt, Michael Berkeley, Arnold Whitall, John Tyrrell, The Schubert Ensemble, the London Sinfonietta, the Chroma Chamber Ensemble, The New Music Players, and the BBC National Orchestra of Wales. Beltrán holds a PhD in Composition from Cardiff University (UK) and a Master in Music degree from the Mannes College (New York). His works have been performed in the United States, Spain, the United Kingdom, and Mexico; in festivals such as the Ibero-American Music Festival of New York, Festival Internacional Cervantino, Foro Internacional de Música Nueva Manuel Enríquez, and Festival Internacional Callejón del Ruido. He has received commissions from Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes (Mexico), IQCA (Mexico), the Alliance Theatre Company (Atlanta), La Máquina de Teatro (Mexico), El Repertorio Español (New York), and the Lincoln Center Instituste (New York). His awards and distinctions include: 1st. prize 2014 and 2nd. prize 2011 at the Internactonal Competition for String Quartet Composition ´Nuestra América’, 1st. prize at the National Competition ‘Programa de Comisiones de Obra’, member of the Sistema Nacional de Creadores de Arte (SNCA 2012), and DGAPA and PROMEP scholarships to pursue postgraduate studies. His orchestral piece Wuk-manik’ was chosen to represent Mexican contemporary music at the International Rostrum of Composers 2012, in Stockholm, Sweden. In 1997 Beltrán was appointed lecturer and researcher at the Universidad Autónoma de Querétaro.