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Emiliano Pardo-Tristán

Composer and Guitarist


  Was born in Santiago de Veraguas, a tropical city in the middle of Panama, and has resided in Philadelphia since 1992. He attended the Royal Conservatory Superior of Music in Madrid, Spain (1978-1985) and holds a Masters degree in Classical Guitar and a Doctoral degree in composition from Temple University. He was a postdoctoral fellow at NYU’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development from 2008 to 2010. He studied composition with Maurice Wright and guitar with José Luis Rodrigo, José Luis González, Ricardo Cobo and in master classes with Manuel Barrueco. Pardo-Tristán has participated in composition seminars taught by Leo Brouwer at the Cordoba Festival, IRCAM's Summer Academy in Paris led by composers Jonathan Harvey and Gérard Grisey and a workshop at Carnegie Hall on Le Marteau sans Maître with maestro Pierre Boulez. His music has been played by the Temple University Orchestra, New York University Symphony Orchestra, Philadelphia Classical Symphony, the Delaware Symphony, Grand Rapids Orchestra, Jackson Symphony, Panama National Orchestra, Sam Houston Percussion Group, Latin Fiesta Ensemble, Temple's New Music Trio, PRISM Quartet, Gandhara Guitar Trio from Uruguay, Trio Cadenza from Belgium, The Philadelphia Guitar Trio, the German/Greece Duo Audiamour, Guitar Quartet EntreQuatre and +Que2 Guitar Duo from Spain. Pardo-Tristán has been awarded by the American Composer Forum, Presser Foundation, Society of Composers INC., the Pennsylvania Council on the Art's, Society of Music Theory and the Prism Quartet. He received the Dr. John Henry Heller, Jr. Memorial Award for excellence in composition at Temple University. WYBE Public TV 35 has broadcast in several occasions the documentary "The Rhythm of Nostalgia: a portrait of Emiliano Pardo-Tristán", by Leo Aristimuño. The Panamanian writer Emma Gómez interviewed him for the online cultural magazine Tragaluz. As a guitarist, Pardo-Tristán has performed in Panama, Martinique, Austria, USA and Spain. He is the founder, president and artistic director of the Panamanian Guitar Association, which organizes the International Guitar Festival. He is also the founder of the IberoAmerican Music Festival of Philadelphia. Pardo-Tristán has released three CDs: Hecho en Salamanca, and Contemporary Chamber Music from Panama, that exclusively feature his own chamber compositions, and Classical Guitar Journey, with music by Latin American and Spanish composers. Pardo-Tristán has presented papers on mejorana music and his compositions for the “Conference on Interdisciplinary Musicology” (Paris), “Society for Ethnomusicology” (Mexico City), and the “British Forum for Ethnomusicology” (Oxford). Emiliano teaches composition and classical guitar at New York University, music theory at Temple University and the Montgomery Community College, and classical guitar at the Bryn Mawr Conservatory.