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Abras Juan Manuel


# Title Year of Originsort icon Instrumentation Category
1 Perpetuum tanguile 2014
2 Moment musical sur un thème de P. et M. Hill 2012
3 Milonga meets Malambo 2011
4 Chacarera endebussyada 2010
5 "In 3 Tagen bist du tot 2" - music for the film 2010
6 Huayno meets the Milonga 2009
7 Chacarera beatboxera 2008
8 Estelango - for percussion ensemble 2008
9 Pentecostés (Veni Sancte Spiritus) 2007
10 Muchos rostros, una Madre 2006
11 Pésame (Actus contritionis) 2006
12 Chacarera meets the Puna 2005
13 Conceptio, gestation et partus 2005
14 The song of Anna O. 2005
15 Dialogos between Moses, Demosthenes, Virgil and Turing 2004
16 Dialoghi fra Mosè, Demostene, Virgilio e Turing 2004
17 Flumen Dei, Ager Arkanus 2003 - 2004
18 De coelesti hierarchia 2002
19 Estelango 2002
20 Freneticango 2002
21 Kleriodapsis (a butterfly's life) - Doppelkonzert 2002
22 Noches para olvidar - Kammeroper 2002
23 Harmonie - Alpha et Omega 2001
24 Sueño y chacarera 2001
25 Suite Argentina 2001
26 Humane Vitae 2000
27 Missa ad tempus, duodecim tonis, et rythmis a populis argentinae traditis composita 2000
28 Sedekte. Quinteto dodecatánguico 2000 - 2001
29 Sedekte. Concierto dodecatánguico 2000 - 2001
30 Drunken Fugue 1999
31 Esencia de Duende 1999
32 La Chacayalera 1999
33 La Fuga de Valentino - Grosse Fugal a 6 1999
34 ¿Libertas? 47 1999
35 Quatuor pour un petit soldat du plomb 1999
36 Ricercare 1999
37 Thetesis 1999
38 Trío de Sondika-Abasto 1999
39 Elegía 1998
40 Preludio macabro 1998
41 'Seis piezas neobarrocas 1998 - 1999
42 Sonata 1998
43 Variaciones sobre una "Tontería cromática" de 1995 1998
44 Variaciones sobre una "Tontería cromática" de 1995 1998
45 Veni, Sancte Spiritus 1998
46 Ave María 1997
47 De princesas y castillos 1997
48 La última batalla 1997
49 Magnificat 1997 - 1998
50 Seriallemande 1997
51 Sonata "Medina" 1997
52 Suite del Castillo de Arteaga 1997
53 Tres micropiezas contemporáneas 1997
54 Pequeña ingrata 1996
55 Suite barroca 1996
56 Magia Azurra 1995

General Information

Year of Birth:  1975
Date of Birth:  1. February 1975
Place of Birth:  Stockholm
Country of Birth: 


PeriodEducationInstrumentTeacherEducation OrganisationLocation

postgraduate course in composition

studies at the Conservatorio Nacional Superior de Música Carlos-López-Buchardo

studies at the Conservatorio Nacional Superior de Música Carlos-López-Buchardo

composition, degree with distinction (Roberto García Morillo) at the Conservatorio de Superior de Música "Manuel de Falla"

orchestral conducting, degree with distinction at the Conservatorio de Superior de Música "Manuel de Falla"

bachelor and master in history at the University of Deusto

master's degree in history at the Universidad del Salvador

master course for composition

postgraduate courses in composition

postgraduate courses for orchestral conducting

private lessons in conducting (Guillermo Scarabino)

private lessons in orchestral conducting (Guillermo Scarabino)

numerous master classes in composition, orchestral conducting, piano, music education and music history in Argentina and Europe

numerous master classes and internships for piano, harpsichord, music education, music history, musicology, marketing, and culture politics

numerous master classes and internships for composition (Alexander Müllenbach, Karlheinz Stockhausen, Helmut Lachenmann, Wolfgang Rihm)

numerous master classes and internships for orchestral conducting (Dominique Fanal, Ervin Acél, Michael Gielen - with the last at the Staatsoper Unter den Linden Berlin)



Trio Deusto: piano player


Conciertos del Caracol: co-founder, concert manager, composer, piano player at the Conservatorio de Superior de Música "Manuel de Falla"


Mudrub-Mudrus: co-founder of the composer group


AAC-Argentine Association of Composers: member


Ibero American Chamber Orchestra: 2nd conductor


SADAIC Argentine Authors and Composers Society: member


music arranger and score writer


International Forum for Culture & Economics: guest composer


Symphony Orchestra of the Province of Tucumán: conductor, artistic director


Ensemble Aleph - Europäisches Zentrum der Künste Hellerau: composer in residence


Ensemble Aleph: guest composer


Festival XIII - Laboratory of Contemporary Music: guest composer


guest composer


CUDA-Compositores Unidos de Argentina: member


International Festival of Contemporary Music "Warsaw Autumn": guest composer

Group Drangosch for the Preservation and Dissemination of Musical Heritage in Argentina: member

"Astor Piazolla" Superior Conservatoire of Music: Professor


National University of Lanús: Professor


Institute of Musicological Research "Carlos Vega" - UCA: invited member

Performances (Selection)


Centro Cultural: General San Martin Hall

Beethoven Hall

Argentinian National Radio

California State University

Lerner Hall

performance at the University of Deusto

performance at the La Scala de San Telmo

Freiman, Pérez Hall

Glendon College, York Hall

Fanny Hensel Mendelssohn Hall

Wiener Saal

International Gaudeamus Music Week, The Netherlands


Festival MANCA, France


Time of Music Festival, Finland




International Festival Discantus, Mexico

Commissions (Selection)

PeriodCommissionCompositionCommissioner (Organisation)Commissioner (Person)

4th International Forum for Young Composers (Program "Culture 2000" of the European Union), Paris


Fundajca Argentynska, Warsaw


International Forum for Culture and Business, Dresden


PeriodAwardCompositionAwarding Organisation

Medalla de Oro: award


Mención Tribuna Argentina de Música: award


Mención Tribuna Nacional de Compositores: award


2nd prize at the composition competition




promotional prize for science and arts


"In Memoriam Erich Kleiber" - Scholarship


National Fund of the Arts Scholarship, Buenos Aires




Wiener Filmmusikpreis: 2nd prize


Grafimuse Prize, Brussels

Press Reviews

10. Oktober 2013

Baldini to conduct Camellia Symphony Orchestra’s season opener on Saturday

There also will be a premiere of the “Suite Argentina” by Argentine composer Juan Manuel Abras. He studied in Vienna and also did studies with the Polish composer Krzysztof Penderecki.

“The work won an important award in Austria, and it showcases different types of dances from Argentina, much in the way that Ginastera did with his ballet ‘Estancia,’ ” Baldini said. ”This is written in a very personal style, and shows mastery of the composer not only in the knowledge of these dances, but also as a skillful orchestrator.”

Jeff Hudson, The Davis Enterprise (USA)


Something Borrowed, Something New: The Marriage of Stylistic Elements in Works by Milhaud, Abras and Riley for Piano 4-hands

In his humorous 'Estelango' Abras works the tritone sonority (with its multiple associations) extensively in a quick tango tempo, briefly alluding
to a diminished 7th and Classical cadential trill context, only to return to the original leg-kicking tango parody.

CMS [College Music Society], International Conference (Argentina)



more Press Reviews can be found on the homepage of the composer

Discography, Projects

2008: Sound Chronicle of the Warsaw Autumn 2008 No. 5 (POLMIC)

2007: Los compositores académicos argentinos y el Tango II (Pretal)

2007: Obras para Violín Solo de Compositores Argentinos Vol. II (Tradition)

2006: Argentina - Música de Cámara Vol. 1 (Asociación Argentina de Compositores)

2006: 4e Forum International des Jeunes Compositeurs - Oeuvres sélectionnées (Carnet de Bord)

2002: Harmonie heute?! (Harmonia Classica Records)