Alberto Villalpando

Bolivia (1940)
Corporate Member

Bolivian Composer. He started his musical studies in Potosí, with Santiago Velásquez, and later with Father José Díaz Gainza. In 1958, he traveled to Buenos Aires, Argentina, to study composition at the Conservatorio Nacional (National Conservatory) “Carlos López Buchardo”. He studied in Argentina with Roberto García Morillo, Pedro Sáenz and Alberto Ginastera. In 1963 he was selected in a competition for a scholarship in the Centro Latino Americano de Altos Estudios Musicales (Latin-American Center for High Musical Studies), of the Instituto Torcuato Di Tella (Torcuato Di Tella Institute). There, he continued advanced studies with Alberto Ginastera, Olivier Messiaen, Luigi Dallapiccola, Riccardo Malipiero, Bruno Maderna and other outstanding maestros. Since 1965, he settled in Bolivia. For several years he was Director of the Music Department of the Culture Ministry of his country. He also was Director and Lecturer in Composition in the Workshop of Music of Universidad Catolica Boliviana (Bolivian Catholic University) and Cultural Attaché of the Bolivian Embassy, in France.

Currently, he devotes himself to composition and lecturing, which he does at Universidad Católica Boliviana (Bolivian Catholic University). His works are performed frequently in his country and abroad.

In January 1999, the Premio Nacional de Cultura 1998 (National Culture Award 1998) was granted to him, in acknowledgement to his merits and his musical work.

He has written music of diverse genres including electro-acoustic music, with conventional means as well as with computer-controlled synthesizers. He has released, in 1995, an opera, about a legend of the colonial period, called Manchaypuytu. Moreover he has also written music for several Bolivian films as well as for video-graphic productions.