Hugo Morales Murguia (Mexico City, 1979)Composer and sound artist based inThe Netherlands.His current work focuses on thedevelopment of alternative instruments for sound generation, whether extensions of traditional instruments or instrumental implementations of rudimentary objects; technique, notation, physical modification and various uses of technology are usually elements defining his music composition and performance. His works encompass a variety of musical media such as virtuosic solo instrumental pieces, ensemble pieces, live electronics and fixed media music. After concluding his studies at the Center of Research and Musical Studies in Mexico City, he moves to The Netherlands to continue his postgraduate studies with the support of “The Netherlands Organization for International Cooperation in Higher Education” (Nuffic), graduating “with Honors” in 2009 obtaining a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree, both in music Composition and Sonology, from the Royal Conservatory in The Hague and the Institute of Sonology respectively. He holds a PhD degree in Music Composition and Performing Arts Research by the Centre for Contemporary Music Practice from Brunel University, London.
His work has been awarded in competitions like: Mexican Music Council 2003, International Jurgenson Competition 2007, International Gaudeamus Music Week 2008 and International Forum of New Music 2010. Being performed inMexico, Spain, England, The Netherlands, Greece, Switzerland, Russia, South Korea, Serbia and Taiwan, by ensembles such as The Arditti Quartet, L’Ensemble Intercontemporain, El Cuarteto Latinoamericano, Ensemble Klang, Modelo62, Broooomm! and Ensemble MAE among others.
He is currently living as an active composer/sound artist in The Netherlands and the UK , promoted as a shortlisted composer by the Sound and Music organization, UK’s landmark agency for the promotion of new music.