Profile:Jorge Vidales

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Jorge Vidales is a Mexican composer interested in forging a personal voice that embraces both tradition and innovation, in a quest that tries to integrate the rich heritage of twentieth-century music with the musical reality of today, into a language meaningful to audiences as well as musicians.


JORGE VIDALES was born in Mexico City, where he studied at the Escuela Nacional de Música, in México´s National Autonomous University (UNAM), where he graduated with honors. His principal teachers were Federico Ibarra (composition), Aurelio León (piano), Mario Lavista (composition) and Gabriela Ortíz (composition).

In 2000 he was the recipient of the Young Creators Grant, awarded by the National Endowment for Arts and Culture (FONCA).

From 1999 to 2001 he was faculty member at the Escuela de Música Vida y Movimiento, Ollin Yoliztli, and from 2001 to 2005 he was faculty member and head of the Music Theory Department, at the Escuela Superior de Música, of the National Institute of Fine Arts (INBA).

His works have been premiered in Mexico´s most prestigious venues and festivals, including the “Manuel Enríquez” International New Music Forum, the University Music Composition Festival, the University Arts and Humanities Festival, Mexico City´s International Festival, and the University Piano Marathons.

He has received commissions from some of Mexico´s leading performers, and his works have been performed abroad in Italy, the U.S. and Latin America.

He has done extensive work in the field of musical theatre as a pianist, conductor, arranger and composer. He is also a regular contributor to Pauta, Mexico´s leading music theory and music criticism publication, where he has published articles on music theory and esthetics. Extracts of his graduate thesis on musical time have appeared to favorable reviews.

His catalog includes works for solo instruments, chamber music, vocal and choral works, and orchestral music.

List of Works

Cuarteto de Guitarras No. 1 (Guitar Quartet No. 1)

(2007) For four guitars, 10'30 ca. Comissioned by the Dionisiac Guitar Quartet. To be premiered Summer, 2007

Simon Variations (title originally in english)

(2005-2007) For String Quartet, Two Violins, Viola and Cello. 30' ca.


(2005) For Flute, Vibraphone and Marimba. 11' ca. Comissioned by flautist Olivia Abreu. Premiered November 2005 at Xochipilli Hall. (Escuela Nacional de Música). To be performed in the "Manuel Enríquez", XXIX International New Music Forum, on May 2007

Poema (Poem)

(2004) For Violoncello and Piano. 9' ca. Comissioned by cellist Gregory Daniels. Premiered May, 2004 at the "Manuel Enríquez", XXVII International New Music Forum.

Invocación (Invocation)

(2003) For Vibraphone and Piano. 12'40 ca. Comissioned by percussionist Roberto Zerquera

Tres Caprichos para Violín Solo (Three Caprices for Solo Violin)

(1999-2002) 14' ca

Invocación (Invocation)

(2000) For prepared piano. 4' ca.

Tres Estudios sobre el Teclado (Three Études on the Keyboard)

(2000) For Solo piano. 15' ca. Composed on the Young Creators Grant, awarded by the National Endowment for Arts and Culture.

Dos Villancicos Arcaicos (Two Antique Carols)

(1999) For Mixed a capella chorus, SATB. Texts by Lope de Vega. 6'40 ca. Premiered July 6, 2000 at Xochipilli Hall (Escuela Nacional de Música)


(1998) For High Voice and Harp, English text by Oscar Wilde. 4' ca. Premiered July 6, 2000 at Xochipilli Hall (Escuela Nacional de Música)

Agua: Cuatro Poemas de Gabriel Zaid (Water: Four Poems of Gabriel Zaid)

(1998) For Soprano and Piano. 11' ca. Premiered July 6, 2000 at Xochipilli Hall (Escuela Nacional de Música)


(1998-2000) For Large Orchestra. 11' ca.

Estudios Interválicos (Intervallic Études)

(1997) For Solo piano. 12' ca. Premiered April 24, 1998 at San Carlos Academy

Sonata Clásica (Sonata in the Classic Style)

(1996-1997) For Piano, four hands. 10' ca. Premiered July 6, 2000 at Xochipilli Hall (Escuela Nacional de Música)

Quinteto de Alientos (Wind Quintet)

(1996) For Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Horn and Bassoon. 9'30 ca. Premiered May 19, 1997 at Xochipilli Hall (Escuela Nacional de Música)

Llamado (Call)

(1996) For horn and piano. 3'30 ca. Comissioned by hornist Alejandro DuPrat. Premiered July 19, 1997 at Blas Galindo Hall.


(1995) For Oboe and Piano. 18' ca. Commisioned by oboist Carmen Thierry. Premiered May 23, 1996 on the "Manuel Enríquez" XVIII International New Music Forum.


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