Iluminada Pérez Frutos – 1st Prize with Special Mention, Composition

“It was not rare that Toru Takemitsu’s “How slow the wind”, and environmental watercolour, sound like a colourful cartoon. It was useless music as performed after “A Orillas de la sola Quietud”, piece undersigned by Iluminada Pérez Frutos. She may feel herself satisfied, after her first orchestral work, in which a Sephardic melody become a whole effect by itself. The piece is inspired on the poetic works by Valente, it is intelligently developed, and one can feel the sense of observation on it. Her mentor, Mauricio Sotelo believe on her. This is an authentic guarante”.
Alberto González Lapuente. ABC. Madrid. 30th September, 2007

Iluminada Pérez Frutos (Gerona 1972) is a Doctor with Internacional Mention by the University of Granada, Composer, Researcher and Professor in C.S.M. “Victoria Eugenia” of Granada, Guitarist, Pianist, and Superior Recording Technician by the University of Zaragoza. She obtained her Master in Composing for Audiovisual Media in the Superior Center Katerina Gurska (Madrid), and she was awarded her Degree in Entrepreneurship in the speciality of Accounting by the University of Extremadura.
Among the awards received are: The silver medal at the “Global Music Awards” in California with his work “Il Suoni dei Copis Celestis” (2023), First Prize of the International Composition Competition D. Juan De Borbón (Segovia 2018), First Prize in the I National Composition Competition for Percussion Ensemble del European Meeting of Contemporary Percusión (2018), First Prize for Composition in the Competition of the Académie Royale des Sciences, des Lettres et des Beaux-Arts de Bélgica (2011, Honorable Mention Citation in recognition of her performance and achievement of the ‘International Music Prize for Excellence in Composition en USA (2011), First Prize of composition the “Unna Internationale Komponistinnen Bibliothek” in Germany. (2008), Third prize in the”Kazimierz Serocki 11th International Composers’ Competition” in Poland (2008), Award from the Center for the Diffusion of Contemporary Music, within the framework of the Injuve Musical Composition Meeting (2005), ect
She studied Mauricio Sotelo, Salvatore Sciarrino, Brian Ferneyhough, Kaija Saariaho, Cristóbal Halffter, Tomás Marco, José María Sánchez Verdú, David del Puerto, Javier Darias, Manferd Trojahn, José Manuel López López, Jorge Fernández Guerra, Julio Estrada, James Dillon, Kaija Saariaho, amongst others.
Her Doctoral Thesis is the product of her research effort: “Al-Azahar, Aromas de leyenda como objeto de estudio” (Sinergia entre Música clásica y Aromas), exploring the synergy between classic music and scents. In collaboration with the University of Paris 8, at Sorbonne (France) and the Autonomous University of Barcelona, she is awarded the title of Doctor with International Mention by the Universidad of Granada.
Iluminada Pérez Frutos received the brief for a composition by the Spanish Congress and the General Courts for the commemoration of the 40th anniversary of the Spanish Constitution, before the Royal Monarchs of Spain. The commemoration acts had music as the protagonist in the concert celebrated last 5th December 2018 in the National Auditory where the work of Iluminada Pérez Frutos, created for this special occasion, was released. ‘Carta Magna’ is a symphony for 7 soloists and symphonic orchestra in which the artist has tried to express the atmosphere of dialogue that the 7 constitutional presenters had to create in order to develope their task with success. Her music has been performed and interpreted in prestigious international fora: Switzerland, Rome, Salzburg, Hollywood, Boston, Mexico, Paris, Miedzynarodowy International Festival Wratislavia Cantans (Poland), Estoril Festival (Portugal), Czech Republic (Brno International Music Festival), Hungary (Hungarofest), Slovenia (Ljubljana Festival), Cologne, Oslo, Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia, Zaragoza, Bilbao, Sevilla, Leon, Granada, amongst others.
She recently realise the music for a documentary about the lake “El Charco de San Ginés” in Lanzarote, the release of a visual symphonic concert for the Orchest Ciudad de Granada with 3D images projection, based on the theories of Kepler and named “Il Suoni dei Copis Celestis”, also the piece for piano and electronic in Tenerife’s planetarium named “Le Sette Sorelle dal Cielo”.
Her next projects are: A Ballet music, whose libretto was created by the poet and philosopher José María Cotalero, Concerto for guitar and orchestra whose premiere will be in Austria, a Percussion Trio+Electronic (Cádiz)
Currently, as she develops her career as a composer and researcher, she is Professor at the Conservatory of Music in Granada and Professor at the University of Granada, in educational science

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