Miren Josune Otxotorena Elizegi

(born in 1971 in Hernani, Guipúcoa, Spain). Composer. In the Conservatory of San Sebastián, she studied Accordion, Composition, Music Theory, Conducting, Piano teacher and viola studies. She has performed as soloist in various auditoriums in the U.S. and many European cities (Italy, Germany, France, Portugal, Russia). In 1991 she obtained by opposition accordion professorship in the Superior Conservatory J. C. Arriaga of Bilbao and Royal Conservatory of Music of Madrid. From 1993 to 2002 developed her teaching work at the Conservatory of Madrid Arturo Soria. She currently teaches in the teaching department of composition at the Centre of Music Studies of the Basque Country. She has been professor at the University of Navarra since 2001, and conducts the choir and instrumental chamber groups of the Higher School of Engineering of San Sebastian. She has also taught several summer courses and conferences at international schools. She has worked in several concerts with the Orchestra of RTVE and other TV and radio programs from different countries. Some of her compositions are part of the official programs of several Spanish conservatories.
Selected Works: 7 Maitatzeko une (1. Itxaroten- 2. Kukua goizean- 3. Ilusioa- 4. Prestaketa- 5. Kezka- 6. Festa- 7. Itxaroteko unea): [Suite], fis; Amets, fis; Aralarreko Oihartzunak, de 1996, para orquesta de acordeones; Euskal deia, 1990, fis; Ipuin Harrigarriak, fis, wood quintet; Otoitza, fis; Suite Ama Lur, 1991, fis.
Awards: She has been given several awards, among which include the first prize in the National Accordion Competition in 1988, 1990 and 1991, and the International Competition Reina Sofia 1983, 1984, 1987 and 1988. Second prize in the World Accordion Trophy CMA (Italy 1992) and in the International Competition of Cherepovets (Russia 1994), finalist in the International Competition in Kansas City (USA) 1990.