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Oscar Edelstein

Oscar Edelstein is an original contemporary composer from Argentina. Known for his creativity and inventiveness, he is frequently described as leading Latin America’s avant-garde, and as a pianist, conductor, and researcher, his career is characterised by breaking new ground. Born in La Paz, Entre Rios (Argentina), Edelstein studied independently with prominent Argentinean composers, Jose Maranzano, Mariano Etkin and Francisco Kröpfl. In 1980 he was invited into the emblematic avant-garde association of composers founded by Juan Carlos Paz, Nuevas Musicas, and later, together with other young composers, he created and directed Otros Musicas, in 1985 to facilitate the diffusion of contemporary music in Latin America. At the University of Buenos Aires in 1986, he made a pioneering research centre into music and artificial intelligence, C.I.M., and in 1990 co - founded Lulú, the first magazine in Argentina to be dedicated to music and technology. Receiving numerous prizes, he was the youngest artist to receive the Antorchas Scholarship for Outstanding Artists of the Intermediate Generation. In 2006, Teatro Colón commissioned his most recent of many operas, Los Monstruito’. Edelstein often works with some of Argentina’s best directors on acoustic and electro-acoustic works for theatre and dance.

He a senior professor in composition at the Universidad Nacional de Quilmes, with the maximum categorization, and is the director of doctorates and post doctorates in his award winning research programme, Teatro Acústico (Acoustic Theatre), which develops his new musical theories and acoustic techniques, including original approaches to composition, pitch, new harmony, notation and dynamic control of the acoustic space. In this programme the Laboratory of Acoustics and Sound Perception (LAPSO) is developing Edelstein’s new system of control and notation of the acoustic space called “The Acoustic Grid”, and creating an entirely acoustic (non-electronic) system of amplification utilizing the scientific principal of Sonic Crystals. Prestigious institutions in Latin America and Europe frequently, invite Edelstein to give postgraduate master classes based on his theories and compositions, and his ensemble, Ensemble Nacional del Sur (ENS) receives glowing reviews for their tours in Brazil and Argentina. Edelstein’s musical production is profuse and seen as crucial to the map of contemporary music in Latin America. He is currently finishing a work for Basel Sinfonietta to be premiered in January 2011 in Basel.


“One of the most important musical events of Argentinean production in recent times.”
Pagina 12 - concert of Ensemble Nacional del Sur (ENS))

“One of the most original experiences and hardest to classify in the current musical scene.”
Clarín - concert of Ensemble Nacional del Sur (ENS))

“A true experimental work that opens new horizons for the musical theatre in Argentina.”
La Nacion - on Edelstein’s opera, El Hecho