Juan Luis Montoro Santos

Juan Luis Montoro Santos was born in Málaga in 1991. After concluding his bachelor studies at the Conservatory of Málaga (CSMM), he moves 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. He composed part of the live music for the viewing of the silent movies ‘Bronenósets Potiomkin’ (2014) and ‘Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari’ (2013). He also composed electronic music for live shows of theatre and contemporary dance such as ‘Organología’(2013) and ‘100 años de Futurismo’(2014).

In 2015 he moves to The Netherlands, where he completes the Sonology course at the Royal Conservatoire of The Hague. A year later, he starts his Master in Composition.
During his time in The Hague Conservatoire, 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 has collaborated with ensembles such as Neue Ensemble or Ensemble Klang, and in events which include the Holland Festival (Amsterdam), Gaudeamus (Utrecht), Mixtur (Barcelona), Ciclo de Música Electroacústica (Málaga), Orgelpark (Utopa Organ, Amsterdam) and Dag in de Branding (“Living room music”, The Hague).

Juan Luis Montoro 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) and analysis of electronic processes, which he uses as material for structuring his compositional ideas.