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Roberto Sierra

Born: 1953

Nationality: Puerto Rican

Publisher: G. Schirmer

In recent years, Roberto Sierra's colorful and rhythmic music has attracted a growing audience both in North America and Europe. Acclaimed as one of Latin America's most active contemporary composers, Sierra came to prominence in 1987 when his first major orchestral composition, Júbilo, premiered at Carnegie Hall with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra. Since then, his works have been performed by the orchestras of San Francisco, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Pittsburgh, Atlanta, Houston, Dallas, Detroit, San Antonio, and Phoenix, by the American Composers Orchestra, the National Symphony Orchestra, the Kronos Quartet, Continuum, England's BBC Symphony, and at Wolf Trap, the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, Festival Casals, France's Festival de Lille, the Schleswig-Holstein Festival, and Germany's Neue Musik Bonn.

Recent commissions include Concierto Caribe, commissioned by flutist Carol Wincenc and premiered with the Rockford Symphony Orchestra (IL), and Imágenes, premiered by violinist Frank Peter Zimmermann, guitarist Manuel Barrueco, and the Saarländischer Rundfunk, Germany. We've Got Rhythm, an orchestral piece for children's concerts, has been programmed by the Chicago, Pittsburgh, St. Louis, Milwaukee, and Fox Valley (WI) Symphonies. In December 1994, violinist Andrés Cárdenes and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra under the direction of James DePriest premiered Evocaciones -- a violin concerto commissioned by a consortium including the Pittsburgh and West Virginia Symphony Orchestras and the Utah Symphony.

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