Ricardo Lorenz' Biographical Statement

Photo of Ricardo Lorenz by Derrick Turner,

Venezuelan-born Ricardo Lorenz is currently Professor and Chair of Music Composition at the Michigan State University College of Music. Between 1999 and 2003 he worked as Composer-in-Residence of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra's Armonia Musicians’ Residency Program and as Associate Director of the Indiana University Latin American Music Center between 2003 and 2005. Lorenz’s orchestral compositions have been performed in the U.S. by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Minnesota Orchestra, Detroit Symphony, Dallas Symphony, American Composers Orchestra, New World Symphony, among many others, and by orchestras in Venezuela, Germany, Spain, Mexico, Brazil, Sweden, Canada, Israel, and the Czech Republic. He has received awards and commissions from American Bandmasters Association/University of Florida Commissioning Project, National Endowment for the Arts, MacDowell Colony, National Flute Association, Civitella Ranieri Foundation, Meet-the-Composer Midwest, MetLife Creative Connections, Barlow Endowment for Music Composition, Concert Artists Guild, Ravinia Festival, and The University of Chicago. He has served as Composition Faculty of the Wintergreen Summer Music Academy (Virginia) and as Composer-in-Residence of Music in the Loft (Chicago), Sewanee Summer Music Festival (Tennessee), the Billings Symphony Orchestra (Montana), and the Pan and Young-Nam International music festivals in South Korea. Ricardo Lorenz’s compositions are published by Lauren Keiser Music and by Boosey & Hawkes. They can be heard on the following record labels: ECM, Naxos, Albany Records, Arabesque Recordings, Navona Records, Cedille Records, GIA Publications, as well as labels in Turkey, Mexico, Venezuela, and the U.K..
In addition to teaching music composition, Ricardo Lorenz co-leads the MSU study abroad program in Cuba since 2012 devoted to teaching MSU students about Cuban culture, society and history, emphasizing the long-standing yet turbulent relationship between this country and the United States. He is also founder and co-director of the MSU College of Music Latin is America Festival, created to broaden the appreciation of Hispanic and Latin American performing arts as they are inextricably woven into the cultural fabric of the United States.
Lorenz holds a Ph.D. degree in composition from the University of Chicago and a master of music degree from Indiana University. He studied composition under Juan Orrego Salas, Shulamit Ran, John Eaton, and Donald Erb. He has previously taught at Indiana University, The University of Chicago, and City Colleges of Chicago.
Photo Credit: Derrick Turner