Hugo Morales Murguía
composer / sonologist
Mexico City, 1979
Working the boundaries between traditional instruments, found objects, performance technique and technology, the development of alternative forms of sound generation for music composition is essential in my work. I am interested in approaching traditional instruments as cultural artifacts and inventing instrumental implementations of rudimentary objects; where the role of the musician is taken as a flexible multi-instrumentalist, and overall, a musical performer.
1998-01 Trinity College London Associate Degree
1998-02 Center of Research and Musical Studies, Mexico City. Bachelor in Composition
2002-05 Royal Conservatory The Hague Bachelor in Composition
2003-07 Institute of Sonology, The Hague. Bachelor in Sonology (with Distinction)
2005-07 Royal Conservatory The Hague. Master in Composition
2007-09 Institute of Sonology, The Hague. Master in Sonology (with Distinction)
2007-11 Brunel University, London. Centre for Contemporary Music Practice, "Hacking Traditional Instruments". Ph.D.
GRANTS & FELLOWSHIPS
2008-11 FONCA, Mexican Fund for Culture and Arts. Mexico
2008-09 NUFFIC, Netherlands organization for international Cooperation in higher education. The Netherlands
2008-11 Shortlisted Composer, Sound and Music. United Kingdom
2009-10 Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds. The Netherlands
2010-11 Nederlands Fondspodiumkunsten, Ontwikkelingsbeurs. The Netherlands
2013-14 Stipendium Compositie, Nederlands Fondspodiumkunsten. The Netherlands
2019-22 Sistema Nacional de Creadores de Arte. México
“2nd Prize” International Jurgensson Competition 2007. Moscow, Russia
“Honorable Mention” International Gaudeamus Music Week 2008. Amsterdam, The Netherlands
“1st Prize” International Forum of New Music 2009. Mexico City, Mexico
“Grand Prize” Tokyo Experimental Festival 2013. Tokyo, Japan.
“Willem Pijper Prize” 2017. The Hague, The Netherlands
2012 Composer in Residence, Ensemble Modelo62, Nederlands Fondspodiumkunsten. The Netherlands
2012 Residence with the percussionist Diego Espinosa, CMMAS. Morelia, Mexico.
2014 Tokyo Wondersite. Tokyo, Japan
2017-18 Fellowship Schloss Solitude. Stuttgart, Germany
2017 Ibermusicas. Programa de fomento a las músicas Iberoamericanas. Madrid, Spain.
2021-22 Instruments Inventors Initiative. The Hague, The Netherlands.
2019- 2020 Professor of Instrument Development, Royal Academy of Fine Arts /
Composition Department, Royal Conservatory. The Hague, The Netherlands
2019- Professor of Sound Composition and Creative Technologies, Royal Conservatory of The Hague,
After concluding his studies at the Center of Research and Musical Studies (CIEM) in Mexico City, he moves to The Netherlands to continue his postgraduate studies with the support of “The Netherlands Organization for International Cooperation in Higher Education” (Nuffic), NL, “Fondo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes” (FONCA),MX, “Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds” and “Fonds Podiumkunsten” (NL). He holds a master's degree in Music Composition from the Royal Conservatory in The Hague, a master's degree in Sonology (with “Distinction”) from the Institute of Sonology in The Hague, and a PhD degree from the Centre of Contemporary Music Practice (CCMP) Brunel University, London.
His music has been awarded by associations and competitions like: Mexican Music Council 2003, International Jurgenson Competition 2007 (RU), International Gaudeamus Music Week 2008 (NL), SPNM Shortlisted composer 2008-11 (UK), International Forum of New Music 2010 (MX) Composition Stipend Fonds Podiumkunsten 2013-14 (NL), “Grand Prize” Tokyo Experimental Festival 2013 (JP), Iberm˙sicas 2017 (ES), Fellow at Akademie Schloss Solitude 2015-17 (DE), Willem Pijper Prijs 2017 (NL) .
He has been performed and commissioned by ensembles such as: The Arditti Quartet (UK), L'Ensemble Intercontemporain (FR), ASKO|Schoenberg (NL), Ensemble Klang (NL), Modelo62 (NL), CHROMA Ensemble (UK), NeopercusiÛn (ES), Liminar Ensemble (MX), Exaudi Vocal Ensemble (UK), Champd'action (BE), IKTUS Percussion Quartet (US), Talea Ensemble (US), Slagwerk Den Haag (NL), Trio G·man (DK), Studio for New Music Ensemble (RU), Vortex Ensemble (CH), London Contemporary Orchestra (UK), Ensemble MAE (NL), Sur Plus Ensemble (DE), Ascolta Ensemble (DE), Continuum (CA), Versus 8 (MX), and The Black Page Orchestra (AT) among others.
He currently lives in The Hague as a freelance composer and educator.