Morales Murguía, Hugo

Mexico
1979

Composer and sound artist based in The Netherlands.

His work focuses on the development of alternative instruments for sound generation. Whether extensions of traditional instruments or instrumental implementations of rudimentary objects; technique, notation, physical modification and various uses of technology are usually elements defining his music composition and performance.

After concluding his studies at the Center of Research and Musical Studies (CIEM) in Mexico City, he moves to The Netherlands to continue his postgraduate studies with the support of “The Netherlands Organization for International Cooperation in Higher Education” (Nuffic),. He holds a master’s degree in Music Composition from the Royal Conservatory in The Hague, a master’s degree in Sonology (with “Distinction”) from the Institute of Sonology in The Hague, and a PhD degree from the Centre of Contemporary Music Practice (CCMP) Brunel University, London.

His music has been awarded in competitions like: Mexican Music Council 2003, International Jurgenson Competition 2007, International Gaudeamus Music Week 2008, SPNM Shortlisted composer 2008-11, and International Forum of New Music 2010. Being performed and commissioned by ensembles/musicians such as: The Arditti Quartet (UK), L’Ensemble Intercontemporain (FR), El Cuarteto Latinoamericano (MX), Ensemble Klang (NL), Juan Martinez (MX), CHROMA Ensemble (UK), Smash Ensemble (ES), Exaudi Vocal Ensemble (UK), Brooomm Ensemble (NL), IKTUS Percussion Quartet (US), Sarah Nicolls (UK), POW Ensemble (NL), Electronic Hammer (NL), Trio Gáman (DK), José García (MX), Pontus Langendorf (SE), Studio for New Music Ensemble (RU), Milana Zaric (RS), Goska Isphording (PL), Vortex Ensemble (CH), Yu-Wen Hung (TW), London Contemporary Orchestra (UK), Ensemble MAE (NL), and Ensemble Modelo62 (NL), among others.

He currently lives in The Hague as a freelance composer.