María Luisa Manchado Torres

(born in Madrid, Spain, on 7th July 1956). Composer, pianist and teacher. She obtained advanced degrees in Music Theory, Harmony, Counterpoint, Composition and Instrumentation and Piano at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Madrid. Between 1975 and 1977 she lived in Turin (Italy), where she completed her studies in piano, harmony and composition. Between 1979 and 1984 she worked as accompanist. She was awarded a scholarship to attend the Darmstadt Contemporary Music meetings (Germany) in 1982 and the Olivier Messiaen course taught in Avignon (France) in 1986. She was assistant Vice Director of Music and Dance INAEM of the Ministry of Culture of Spain (2007 - 2008), Maitrise and DEA Paris VIII-Vincennes, France (1992 - 1995) and is currently Vice Director of the Conservatory of Music "Teresa Berganza" in Madrid. She has received commissions and requests, including Avila Conservatory of Music, Flute Orchestra of Madrid and Entrequatre Quartet, among others. She has also been invited to participate at various music festivals nationally and internationally.
Selected works: 12 pequeños estudios progresivos para guitarra, 2007; Alegría, 1999, vl, vlc, perc; Algo sencillo, 1995, vlc, arp, vibr; Caminando, camino, 1996- 1999, a, symphony orchestra; Concierto para dos pianos y orquesta, 2000- 2001; La condición de extranjera, 1995, folksinger, symphony orchestra, electr; Escenas de la vida cotidiana: [opera], a, perc, cl, tba; Esquisses symphoniques I, 1995, symphonie orchestra.
Selected recordings: Años después (Electroacustic music). Tecnosaga, S.A., 1998; Ecocuentos y Ecocanciones. Tecnosaga, S.A., 2000.
Awards: She has received awards such as the Accésit of the X Organ Composition Competition "Cristóbal Halffter" for her work "Epílogo". In November 1995 her opera "El cristal de Agua Fría" received the National Award with the "Daniel Montorio" of the General Society of Authors of Spain for best musical theater composition.