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Helga Arias (Bilbao, Spain) started her composition studies at the RCSM Victoria Eugenia of Granada. She moved to Italy thanks to a scholarship to study composition with Mario Garuti and Javier Torres Maldonado at the Conservatorio G. Verdi of Milan and then went to Parma, to continue her studies in composition and computer music with Torres Maldonado.

Between 2014 and 2016 she continued her education in Austria thanks to a full scholarship of the SGAE (Spanish General Society for authors and publishers) with Beat Furrer (Kuntsuniversität Graz) and Karlheinz Essl (Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst Wien), obtaining both a Postgrad in Composition and in Computer Music.


Besides, she has received individual lessons from other composers such as Michael Jarrell, Kaija Saariaho, J.B. Barrière, Georg Friedrich Haas, Pierluigi Billone, Isabel Mundry, Mark André, Toshio Hosokawa or Alberto Posadas among others and participated in masterclasses with Helmuth Lachenmann, Wolfgang Rihm, Philippe Manoury, José María Sánchez Verdú, Trevor Wishart or Daniel Teruggi.


She has been awarded in the international contest “Città di Udine”, the  RCSM Victoria Eugenia de Granada contest for Symphonic Orchestra, the shut up and listen! Electroacustic festival in Vienna, Wittener Tage für neue Kammermusik Competition 2014, the honorary prize of the Colegio de España en Paris – INAEM 2016, the 2nd prize at the ACC International Composer's Competition (South Korea) or the 3rd prize at the Asia Pacific Saxophone Composition Competition.


Her music has been performed in several festivals and music halls around the world, such as the Fundacion BBVA, Donaueschinger Musiktage (Next Generation), Manifeste Paris, Wittener Tage für neue Kammermusik, EMUFEST  Rome,Klangwerkstatt  Berlin, Festival Mixtur in Barcelona, Foro Internacional de Musica Nueva (Mexico), Domaine Forget  (Canada), Echoraum Vienna, Experimentalstudio Academy of the SWR Freiburg, 3rd Forum for Young Composers in Cascais (Portugal), SCM 2017 Helsinki, ICMC 2017 Shangai, ISCM World Music Days in Tongyeong (South Korea), ZKM Karlsruhe (Germany) by ensembles such as Sigma Project, Feedback, Espai Sonor, Ensemble d’arts, Neue Vocalsolisten Sttutgart, Ensemble Inercontemporain, Ensemble SurPlus, International Ensemble Modern Academy (IEMA), The Riot Ensemble, Vertixe Sonora,  Nouvelle Ensemble Moderne, ECCE ensemble, Taller Sonoro,  Ensemble Cepromusic and many others.

She is currently a Doctoral candidate at the Anton Bruckner Privatuniversität Linz (Austria).


Her music establishes relations between acoustic and electronic resonance and explores the microscopical variations of the sound phenomena. In her most recent pieces, she also includes subtle theatrical aspects and collaborative interactions. Her music is edited by Babel Scores.


She lives and teaches in Switzerland.

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