Rubens Askenar García Hernández

Friday, February 21st, 2014 - 3:40 am

Rubens Askenar

Rubens Askenar is a young spanish composer currently based in London. His work is influenced by many artists and thinkers ranging from Perotinus Magnus to the works of Martin Heidegger or Jan Fabre ́s anatomic installations. Many of his works make references to common natural processes, varying from the study of various insect’s locomotion systems to the mechanics of an internal human organ.

Rubens began his studies in music specialising in classical guitar. Later, he began his career in composition at the Conservatorio Superior de Música de Canarias. In the past, Rubens has been accepted as a scholarship student at Conservatory of Music of Santa Cecilia of Rome and coursed several composition master classes with different composers such as Francesco Carotenuto, Francesco Telli, Antonia Modaferi and Salvatore Sciarrino, amongst others.

Having completed his BMus (Hons) at the Conservatory of Music of Canarias and his postgraduate studies in composition at CSMA (Zaragoza) with José María Sánchez Verdú, he is now completing his Masters in Composition at the Royal Academy of Music, generously supported by the Fundación Mapfre Guanarteme Scholarship, and the Royal Academy of Music awards (Howard Hartog scholarship, Mosco Carner award, and G V Turner-Cooke Composition Award) studying with Simon Bainbridge and Christopher Austin whilst also attending master classes and receiving advice from composers such as Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, Sir Harrison Birtwhistle, Oliver Knussen amongst others. In addition, he has received several international awards including composition prize at the International Winter Festival Brazil, selected composer for MATA Festival 2014 New York, 2nd prize in the international competition Frederic Mompou, Injuve selection in 2012, etc. .

His work covers all sorts of genres and forms, from solo compositions and chamber works to experimental forms of post dramatic opera and symphonic pieces, Many of his works have been performed by international groups and soloists such as The BBC Singers, St Louis Choir, Ensemble Taller Sonoro, Chroma ensemble, RAM symphony orchestra, Alexandra wood, Huw Watkins, amongst others, in countries like Spain, Italy, Finland, Norway, Turkey, England, Brazil and the U.S.