Ignacio Baca-Lobera was born in Mexico City in June 28,1957. He started his musical interests as a self-taught musician. Later, he studied composition with Julio Estrada in Mexico, and recently with Joji Yuasa, Jean-Charles François and Brian Ferneyhough in the United States. He holds Ph. D. and Master degrees in composition from the University of California at San Diego. He also has taken summer courses at IRCAM (1992) and Darmstadt (1990 and 1992).
His chamber and orchestral music explore techniques such as random processes, microtonalism, Network Theory and graphic approaches to composition. His music has received several awards: honorable mentions at Jose Pablo Moncayo contest for orchestra (1982) and Lan Adomian contest for chamber music (1980), both in Mexico; finalist at New Music Today (1988) in Japan; and Kranichsteiner Musikpreis at Darmstadt, Germany in 1992 for Trios (y dobles). For the year 1992-93 Ignacio Baca-Lobera was awarded an artist's salary from the "Fondo Nacional para las Artes," Mexico.; In 1996 he won the first place of the 17 th Irino Prize for orchestral music in Tokyo. Since April of 1997 he is a member of the "Sistema Nacional de Creadores" of Mexico. In June of 2001 he was appointed fellow of the Guggenheim Foundation for one year.
Ignacio Baca-Lobera's music has been performed in several festivals: Xenakis Festival (1988, San Diego); ISCM (1991, Zürich, 1993, Mexico and 1999, Rumania); Darmstadt (1990, 1992, 1994 and 2004); From June of 1994 through 1995 he was the composer in residence of the Queretaro Philharmonic.; Guest Composer at the 1994 Ferienkurse in Darmstadt, Germany; Foro de Musica Nueva (1995, 1997, 1998-2007, Mexico); Festival Cervantino (1994, 2005-2009 Mexico), Foro de Compositores del caribe (2000 and 2002), El Callejon del Ruido (Mexico, 1996 and 1997), Musik im Schömer-Haus (1998, Austria); Primavera en la Habana (2002, Cuba); Festival Radar (Mexico City, 2004, 2005 , 2006); Bludenzer Tage Zeitgemäber Musik (2004, Austria) and 2o Festival Internacional de Michoacan 2005-2007. He was composer in residence at the Aveiro University in Portugal in 2008. Guest composer at the XXXI Foro de Música Nueva, México 2009.
In addition, he has received commissions from: John Fonville; Steve Elster; Filarmonica de Queretaro; Festival Cervantino; Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico; Jörg Vogel; Magnus Andersson, Son Ensemble, Pablo Gomez, Camerata de la Filarmonica de Queretaro, Ensamble 3, Fernando Dominguez, Harry Sparnaay, Ensamble Onix, Marcel Worms, Frankling Cox, Frank Uuldriks, Tjeerd Oostendorp, Tokyo Philharmonic, Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes, Instituto Estatal para la Cultura y las Artes de Queretaro, International Comtemporary Ensemble (ICE), Omar Hernández Hidalgo, Tuumben Pax, Alexander Bruck and Joshua Rubin.
He currently lives in Queretaro, Mexico where he is a full time professor at the Universidad Autonoma de Queretaro.