Lecturer/Adjunct Assistant Professor of Music Theory/Composition
Jorge Variego was born in Rosario, Argentina. He has a doctorate degree in music composition from the University of Florida, a masters of music degree in composition and clarinet performance form Carnegie Mellon University, where he attended as a Fulbright scholar, and a JD equivalent from the National University of Rosario. Previous to his engagement with UTK, Mr. Variego served as music faculty at Valley City State University and at the University of Florida.
Actively involved with technology in sound and music, Jorge has been a pioneer in the field of interactive computer music, having created or performed a great deal of works for clarinet and electronics in the US, Europe and South America. He participated in many international music festivals such as MATA, SEAMUS, EMS, Sonoimagenes, Holland Festival and can be heard on many CDs, including his most recent solo CD's Necessity (Albany-2010) and Regress (CMMAS-2013).
As a recipient of numerous grants, prizes and commissions, he wrote in 2011 pieces that were premiered at the Vandoren Clarinet Ensemble Festival, the National Flute Association Convention and the 2011 season of the Symphonic Orchestra of Rosario. During the summer of 2012, he was resident artist at the CMMAS, in Mexico, were he recorded the material for his CD Regress, fully dedicated to music for clarinet and electronic media by Argentine composers. In June 2013, he was resident artist at the Visby Centre for Composers, in Sweden, where he composed a new work commissioned by the Berner Musikkollegium. Among other commitments, in July 2014 he will premiere a new work for bass clarinet and orchestra commissioned by the Symphonic Orchestra of Rosario, in Argentina.
Jorge was awarded 1st prize in the "Carlos Guastavino" composition contest (Mozarteum Santa Fe, Argentina), 1st prize in the "Jorge Pena Hen" composition contest for youths orchestras sponsored by the Foundation of Youths Orchestras of Chile, Premio Tribunas de Musica Argentina 2007 and 2011 sponsored by Fundacion Encuentros de Musica Contemporanea. He was also finalist in the Fresh Ink composition competition in 2008 and also selected national finalist in the SCI/ASCAP commission competition in 2008 and 2011.
For more personal information, recent performances and recordings, please visit: www.jorgevariego.com.
- PhD Composition – University of Florida (2011)
- MM in Composition and Clarinet performance – Carnegie Mellon University (2006)
- Bachelor (JD equivalent) - National University of Rosario, Argentina (2003)