Biography

José Rodrigo Navarro Belbruno (1988) was born in Salta, Argentina. He studied composition at “Universidad Católica de Salta”, finishing the career on 2013. There, he studied with Claudio Bazán, Marcos Franciosi and Diego Vázquez. He also participated in an exchange program in the University of Georgia (USA) where he studied composition with Leonard Ball and violoncello with David Starkweather. At the same time he attended several festivals and workshops where he took lessons with some composers like Isabel Mundry, Toshio Hosokawa, Luca Belcastro, Marcelo Toledo, Joel Hoffman, Ken Ueno, among others.


From year 2014 to 2016 he taught orchestration in “Universidad Católica de Salta”. Also in Salta, he is part of the “a donde vas” composition group, which is mainly devoted to miniature compositions and to explore new forms of music.


In 2013 he was one of the four selected composers in the New Latin American Composers Contest by Salta Symphonic Orchestra, for which his piece “Pequeño Poema Folclórico” was performed. Also, his piece “Sentenciador”, which is the composition he made for his university degree thesis, for guitar and orchestra, was premiered in that same year. In 2014 his piece “津波警報” was premiered on the Charlotte New Music Festival in North Carolina, USA, where he attended.


In January 2015, his piece “Fantasia tercermundista” was premiered in Mar del Plata, Argentina, in the context of “Bienal de Arte Contemporáneo del Fin del Mundo”. Additionally, his piece “Reflejos mundanos de sonidos celestes” was premiered in January in Munich, Germany, by Diaspora Mousikē. Also in 2015 he attended to The Modern Academy 2015 course in Hong Kong.


From October 2016 until March of 2018 he was a researcher, and since April of 2018 he is studying a master’s degree in composition at The Tokyo University of the Arts (Tokyo, Japan), under the guidance of Ichiro Nodaira, where he is researching about the lyricism in the music of Toru Takemitsu.