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MAXIMILIANO A. SOTO MAYORGA

"A prolific composer, Soto has developed a personal style distinguished by an elegant combination of delicacy and experimentation."

Chilean Music Journal (2017)

Chilean composer living in Freiburg, Germany. He has collaborated a. o. with the SWR Orchestra, Trio Estatico (Viola Consort - Modern/Recherche/Intercontemporain), Eliot Quartett (Frankfurt), Duo Sano-Sowicz (Brighton), Duo Intakt (Freiburg), LJE Baden-Württemberg, Marga-Marga Orchestra (Valparaiso), Colectivo Azul Ensemble and Copiu Ensemble (Santiago). Festivals include a. o. Ensems 42 (Valencia 2020), Nuntempa 7 (Xalapas 2019), XVII FIMC UCH (Santiago de Chile, 2017), and PRISMAS (Santiago 2016 / Arequipa 2014 / La Plata 2012)

Awards include among others TONALi20 (Patroness Sofia Gubaidulina), PULSAR 2018 (Chilean Copyrights Society Composition Prize), DAAD Prize and the Chilean Academy of Fine Arts Composition Prize 2016 "Carlos Riesco". He is a recipient of the IBERMUSICAS 2020 mobility grant for composers. Founder and Artistic Director of Kompass Ensemble Freiburg. 


M. A. Soto Mayorga studies composition with Johannes Schöllhorn in Freiburg, Germany since 2017. Before he studied composition in Santiago, Chile (2010-16) with Rafael Diaz Silva, Jorge Martinez Ulloa and Andres Maupoint Alvarez. During his bachelor studies he attended collaborative composition courses by Luca Belcastro in Santiago, La Plata and Lima. Master Classes with a. o. Carola Bauckholt, Bernard Cavanna, Ramon Lazkano and Eun Hwa Cho complement his education.

"Before writing a single sketch I usually spend weeks or months shaping what I call "Personality", a virtual body-vector, similar to a musical instrument, with its own idiom and artefacts. A body born of dialectical play where, precisely by distancing myself from the act of composing, I can get closer to it more intimately, establish a dialogue, to play, to touch. To create a phantasmatic frame where "the work can create (listen to) itself" - this camera obscura allows me to carry out a heliographic process, that is to say, to let a wound bleed, where other materials and supports will intervene: lights, poetic pretexts, metaphors, time, corporealities (chamber halls, instruments, performers, paper), etc. The process of composition will be a repetition, a revealing, a specular (a speculation) where to exercise the new, the Xenogenesis, the being " not I ", to be this empty distance."