Just like a musical work, the life of its creator coalesces in movements. Víctor Agudelo's existence is comprised of these three movements: from his birth in Colombia in 1979, to the consolidation of his style, which is a syncretic dance between traditional and contemporary music. The result: each piece is unique, as is the complex research process from which it arises.
First movement: The rivers
After a childhood amongst tiples (Colombian small guitar), bambucos and pasillos (Colombian popular music genres) and a youth marked by the first compositions, Víctor joined in 1998 the Universidad EAFIT to study music.
As a student he composed in 2003 ¨Las Cuatro Chalupas¨ (The four boats), work that made him a promising composer in his country and launched him to the international realm.
Second Movement: The continents
Víctor traveled to the United States to take master and doctorate studies in composition, theory and orchestral conducting at the University of Memphis. Under maestro Kamran Ince’s baton, he incorporated to his musical aesthetics sonorities from other latitudes (Australia, Indonesia, Mongolia, Sardinia). It was during those days that he composed Continental Prism, work that received the Morton Gould Young Composer Award, ASCAP Foundation, New York (2009).
During that time he also composed ¨Pagoda Tale¨, which sums up his travel to China as a conductor and assistant pianist of the University of Memphis Symphony Orchestra, and two compositions where he approaches the difficult situation of the armed conflict and the social inequality of his country: ¨Bojayá-Chocó 2002¨ and ¨Mazorca a $1000¨.
Third Movement: The return
Víctor returned to Colombia and experimented a compositional phase that moved away from national referents. That work originated such compositions as ¨Hexaedro¨, ¨Epitaphium¨ and ¨www.ATRESBANDAS.com¨. But his interest for Colombian influences came back and from it surge pieces such as ¨El Sombrerón¨ (The big hat), winning work of the 2016 Houston Symphony Orchestra Young Composer Award, ¨Diálogos Montunos¨ (Mountain dialogues) and ¨Circular Sur - piano concerto¨. This last work was the winner of the 2018 initiative to stimulate Art and Culture (In Spanish: Convocatoria de Estímulos para el Arte y la Cultura 2018), organized by the Secretary of Civic Culture of Medellín.
At present, Víctor's life is still in motion: he is associate professor at Universidad EAFIT, directs the Periscopio Ensemble, and carries out specific composition projects through commissions and collaborations with international artists.