Jimmy López


Jimmy López was born in Lima, Peru in 1978. From 1998 until 2000 he studied with Enrique Iturriaga at the National Conservatory of Music in Lima. From 2000 till 2007 he studied with Veli-Matti Puumala and Eero Hämeenniemi at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, from where he obtained his Master of Music Degree in 2007. Mr. López completed his Ph.D. in Music at the University of California-Berkeley in May 2012, where he worked with Professor Edmund Campion.

His works have been performed by ensembles such as Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, Boston Symphony Orchestra, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Fort Worth Symphony, Helsinki Philharmonic, Sydney Symphony, Symphony Orchestra of Chile and the National Symphony Orchestra of Peru, among others; and in venues such as Carnegie Hall, Aspen Music Festival, Tanglewood Music Festival, Darmstadt Music Festival, Donaueschingen Music Festival and the 2010 Youth Olympic Games in Singapore.

He has been awarded numerous prizes: Special Mention for “Viaje a ti” at the 2015 Casa de las Américas Composition Prize (Cuba); 2014 Premio Antara from the Lima Conemporary Music Festival (Peru); 2013 Prince Prize from the Prince Charitable Trusts for Bel Canto; First Prize – 2012 Nicola de Lorenzo Music Composition Contest for “Synesthésie”; First Prize – 2011 Nicola de Lorenzo Music Composition Contest for “15 Études for String Octet”; 2009 Georges Ladd Prix de Paris (UC Berkeley), Kranichsteiner Musikpreis at the ‘2008 Darmstadt International Course for Contemporary Music’ (Germany); 2008 Morton Gould Young Composer Award (New York) for his concertino for piano, strings, brass and percussion titled “Epiphany”; Second Prize – 2008 Nicola de Lorenzo Music Composition Contest (UC Berkeley) for “Epiphany”; Orchestra Composition Award – SävellYS 2006 Composition Competition (Finland) for his orchestral work “The Plea”; Stipendienpreis at the International Course for Contemporary Music, Darmstadt 2006 (Germany) for his chamber work “Kraftmaschine”; Honorable Mention at the Irino Composition Prize for Chamber Music 2005 (Japan) for his string quartet “La Caresse du Couteau”; First Prize – ALEA III 2003 International Composition Competition (Boston, US) for his piece “K’asa” for violin and piano; and the Orchestra Prize – CCA International Composition Competition 2002 (Taiwan) for his orchestral work “Carnynx”.

He is a member of SUOMEN SÄVELTÄJÄT (Society of Finnish Composers), ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers), CIRCOMPER (Circle of Composers of Peru) and the San Francisco Chapter of the Recording Academy (GRAMMY). He is a founding member and Vice President of kohoBeat Musical Association in Finland. As part of the Renée Fleming initiative, the Lyric Opera of Chicago has commissioned him a full-length opera based on the bestselling novel “Bel Canto”. The world premiere is scheduled for December 7, 2015 and will run through January 17, 2016.

His Cello Concerto “Lord of the Air”, was premiered by Jesús Castro-Balbi, solo cello, and the TCU Symphony Orchestra conducted by Germán Gutiérrez on March 7, 2013. On that same date, his solo piano piece “Ccantu”, received its world premiere at Carnegie Hall by Priscila Navarro. Recent premieres include “Perú Negro”, written for Miguel Harth-Bedoya and the Centennial Season of the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra and “Warped Symmetry”, for solo flute, premiered by Sami Junnonen during the Hanko Music Festival in Finland.

August 14, 2015 will see the release, on Harmonia Mundi, of an album dedicated entirely to his orchestral works. The pieces included are “Perú Negro”, “Lord of the Air”, “Synesthésie” and “América Salvaje”, all of them performed by Conductor Miguel Harth-Bedoya and the Norwegian Radio Orchestra (KORK). Jimmy López is published by Filarmonika.

More Information: Artist Website

News & Press Releases

Audiophile Audition

JIMMY LÓPEZ: Péru Negro; Synesthésie; Lord of the Air; América Salvaje – HM

Chicago Tribune

Lyric Opera's 'Bel Canto' ripped from the heart, not the headlines

WGN Radio

Previewing the world premiere of “Bel Canto” at Lyric Opera of Chicago

Chicago Tribune

Going backstage with Lyric Opera's 'Bel Canto' composer

Chicago Tonight

Renée Fleming on ‘Bel Canto,’ the Upcoming Season


From YouTube to Lyric: Composer Jimmy López on his Operatic Debut

The Bay Area Reporter

Introducing Jimmy Lopez


WFMT’s Favorite Beach Reads


Fall Preview from RDPR: Moser, Meyers, López, Mulligan, Cantus, Seraphic Fire, Tertulia, Dover Quartet

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