Juan Luis Montoro Santos (b. 1991) is a Spanish composer and sound artist based on The Hague and Málaga. He is currently experimenting with the boundaries between traditional instruments (either soloists or ensembles), performance techniques and technology. His work is frequently based on extended instruments (adding embodied sensors to traditional instruments to control live processing) and analysis of electronic processes, which he uses as material for structuring his compositional ideas.
Over the last four years, Juan Luis has created a series of works centred upon the idea of extended instruments. Among these works are “Miles away” (for extended percussion table with solar panels, proximity sensors and quad amplification), “Quantified performer” (for extended cello with heartbeat sensor, galvanic sensor, tape machine feedback loop, and video mapping), or “Hyperfrequencies” (for Quiet Music Ensembles using extended instruments based on proximity sensors).
Juan Luis Montoro obtained his bachelor at the Conservatory of Málaga (CSMM), he later moved to Zaragoza to continue his postgraduate studies with master lessons by Tristan Murail, Stefano Gervasoni, Sánchez- Verdú and Mauricio Sotelo. During his time at the Conservatory of Málaga, he collaborated in several audio-visual shows at the Cervantes Theatre: ‘Bronenósets Potiomkin’ (2014), ‘Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari’ (2013), ’Organología’ (2013) and ‘100 años de Futurismo’(2014).
In 2015, he moved to The Netherlands, where he completed a post-graduate degree in Sonology at the Royal Conservatoire of The Hague. A year later, he started his Master in Composition with Yannis Kyriakides, Peter Adriaansz and Cornelis de Bondt. Before concluding his master studies, he took lessons from Hans Abrahamsen, Rozalie Hirs, Helmut Lachemann, Alexander Schubert, Kees Tazelaar, or Jan van de Putte.
During his time in The Hague, he was part of the Richard Barrett electroacoustic ensemble of improvisation for two years. He has also worked with live electronics at concerts and has built patches for the performances of other composers and ensembles such as Peter Ablinger, Yannis Kyriakides, Diana Pérez Custodio, TIME (This Is Music and Theatre Education) and KABK (Royal Academy of Art).
He has collaborated with ensembles such as Neue Ensemble, Ensemble Klang, Quiet Music Ensemble (Ireland) or Trio Zukan, and in events which include the Holland Festival (Amsterdam), Gaudeamus (Utrecht), Mixtur (Barcelona), Ciclo de Música Electroacústica (Málaga), Orgelpark (Utopa Organ, Amsterdam), Dag in de Branding and Spring Festival (The Hague), Festival de Música en Segura (Jaén), and Fundación Juan March and Conde Duque (Madrid).