Discipline: Music Composition

Victor Marquez-Barrios

Discipline: Music Composition
Region: Kirksville, MO
MacDowell Fellowships: 2019

Venezuelan composer Victor Marquez-Barrios holds an extended catalog of works that includes compositions for a variety of solo instruments, numerous chamber ensembles, mixed choir, electronics, symphonic band, and symphony orchestra. His music has been performed, published, and recorded by important soloists and ensembles from Latin America, the U.S., and Europe. Works by Marquez-Barrios have received performances at numerous international music festivals such as the Latin American Music Festival (Caracas, Venezuela), XVII Festival of Contemporary Music of Havana (Cuba), 20eme Festival Internacional de la Clarinette (Martinique), Hollywood Fringe Festival (Los Angeles), the World Saxophone Congress (2012 and 2015 editions), and ClarinetFest 2018 (Ostend, Belgium), among others.

Recently, compositions by Marquez-Barrios have been selected for performance at the 2018 North American Saxophone Alliance Biennial Conference, the Boston New Music Initiative, and the 2018 Mise-En Music Festival in New York City. A strong advocate of collaboration, Marquez-Barrios has worked with a variety of performers and groups, as well as with conductors, choreographers, and visual artists.

Today, in parallel to his active career as a composer and guest lecturer, Victor Marquez-Barrios teaches music theory and composition at Truman State University, where he is also the founding director of Uncommon Practice, the University’s contemporary-music ensemble.


Van Zorn (formerly Kirby)

Victor Marquez-Barrios worked in the Van Zorn (formerly Kirby) studio.

Constructed thanks to a bequest from Sarah L. Kirby, Kirby Studio was the last new building to be erected during Mrs. MacDowell’s leadership (1907-1951). The load-bearing masonry walls were laid by local mason Augustus Beaulieu atop a fieldstone foundation. A 1995 renovation preserved the brick fireplace with wooden mantel and…

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