Felipe Perez Santiago
(1973 - )
Felipe Pérez Santiago is a Mexican/Dutch composer considered by the international press as one of the most active and recognized musicians of the current artistic scene. He has received several prizes and recognitions in Europe, United States and Latin America including many composition awards and a platinum album for his work as musical director of the project “Symphonic Rock in your Language”, and has been invited as resident composer and lecturer to conservatories, universities and institutions all over the world.
His music has been played and commissioned in more than 40 countries by internationally renowned formations such as the Czech National Symphony Orchestra, the Dutch Chamber Choir, the Choir of Madrid, the Cello Octet “Conjunto Iberico”, the Mexico City Philharmonic Orchestra, Tambuco Percussion Ensemble and the internationally renowned Kronos Quartet, among many others soloists, ensembles and orchestras worldwide; and has been performed in major venues such as the Theatre de la Ville in Paris, the Tchaikovsky Hall in Moscow, the Forbidden City Music Hall in China, the Palacio de Bellas Artes in Mexico, the Sidney Opera House, the Auditorio Nacional of Madrid and the Carnegie Hall in New York, he has as well conducted many orchestras, chamber ensembles and choirs for recordings, concerts and world premieres.
His compositions are included in over 10 disc productions and in 2010 he became part of the National System of Art Creators in Mexico where in 2013 he was considered honorary member. In 2014, he was considered one of the seven most important artists in Mexico being the only musician in this category and in 2017 he was chosen, together with other two artists, to represent Mexico at the “Keep Walking” campaign of Johnie Walker.
He is founder and artistic director of the “Mal’Akh Ensemble”, a formation that combines contemporary music with rock, free jazz, improvisation, folklore and with a very important element of electronic music and multimedia; with this ensemble he has been awarded many grants and prizes and has toured extensively through Mexico, the US and Latin america.
His work includes orchestral pieces, opera, chamber music, electronic works and music for films, dance, video and multimedia installations.