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The Spanish composer Javier Quislant wins the 40th Queen Sofia Prize for Musical Composition awarded by the Ferrer-Salat Music Foundation.

The Spanish composer Javier Quislant García has won the fortieth edition of the Queen Sofia Prize for Musical Composition awarded by the Ferrer-Salat Music Foundation for his work Unda maris. The prize consists of a cash award of 100,000 euros and the world premiere of the work, which will take place on 13 October, by the Orquesta Sinfónica de Radiotelevisión Española, at the Teatro Monumental in Madrid, in the presence of the Queen Sofía and Sergi Ferrer-Salat, the current president of the cultural foundation.

The jury responsible for the decision was chaired by the French spectralist composer Philippe Hurel, and its other members were the French composer Yann Robin and the Spanish composers Sergio Blardony, Nuria Núñez Hierro and Jesús Rueda.

Javier Quislant García (Bilbao, 1984) holds a master’s degree in Music Composition and Musical Theatre Composition from the University of Music and Performing Arts in Graz (Austria). His catalogue of works ranges from solo and ensemble music to orchestral, choral and chamber opera works. He has developed his artistic career in collaboration with contemporary music ensembles such as Klangforum Wien, Ensemble Intercontemporain, Ensemble Recherche, Arditti String Quartet, Plural Ensemble, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France or Ensemble Modern Akademie (IEMA), being programmed in contemporary music festivals such as Wien Modern, IRCAM ManiFeste, Gaudeamus or Wittener Tage für Neue Kammermusik, among others.

© Photograph of Javier Quislant downloaded from the Ferrer-Salat Musical Foundation website.