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Alfredo Santa Ana: Biography

Alfredo Santa Ana
1980 -
Region: British Columbia

Alfredo Santa Ana

Mexican/Canadian composer Alfredo Santa Ana has been both nominee and recipient of a number of awards for his music, and continues a busy commission schedule as the inaugural composer-in-residence for the Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies. His work has been performed by a number of ensembles including the Victoria Symphony Orchestra, Standing Wave Ensemble, Orchestra de la Francophonie, Turning Point Ensemble, and the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. His one-movement work Manifold was included in the Victoria Symphony’s opening concert of the “2006 New Currents in Music” series, and in 2008 he was a winner of the Canadian University Music Society composition competition at the University of British Columbia for his Eleven Dialogues for violin and cello. In 2011, Alfredo was selected as a Canadian Fellow to the National Arts Centre Composers Programme where his composition Through the Burrow was performed by the Orchestre de la Francophonie.

His work in film has premiered at the Toronto Film Festival, Sundance, and recently at the 2010 Morelia Film Festival in Mexico. Alfredo was awarded a “Best Soundtrack” award at the Romanian NexT International Film Festival for his work with Canadian filmmaker Jamie Travis.

As a recipient of a BC Arts Council Music Scholarship, University Graduate Fellowship Award, and Presser Foundation Scholarship, Alfredo holds a doctorate in music composition from the University of British Columbia where his research involved composing music with alternate orderings through ‘impermanent large-scale form.’