Esteban Benzecry offers challenging piece for performance in OPC

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Argentinean composer Esteban Benzecry will join the OPC by adding his tumultuous and dramatic "Toccata Newen" to the candidates' choice of contemporary repertoire. This piece is available for current and future editions of the OPC.

To hear a recording of the Toccata Newen please visit this YouTube link: 

Eteban Benzecry - Biography

Benzecry, after receiving his diploma as professor of painting from the Buenos Aires Superior School of Fine Arts, studied musical composition with H. Gerardi and S. Hualpa in Argentina and with J. Charpentier at the Paris CNR, where he was awarded First Prize by a unanimous jury in 1999.

He pursued his studies in composition with P. Mefano and in electro acoustic music with L. Naon and L. Cuniot at CNSM. His most recent works attempt a fusion between diverse aesthetic currents in European contemporary music and rhythms and folklore rooted in the Latin American tradition. His works have been commissioned and performed by many orchestras and concert halls such as Carnegie Hall, Sydney Opera House, The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, Helsinki Philharmonic, Tampere Philharmonic, Stavanger Symphony, Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Orquesta de RTVE Radio Television española, and the principal orchestras of Latin America.

He was distinguished by the Musical Critics Association of Argentina, Academie des Beaux Arts de l’Institut de France . In 1995 he was composer-in-residence at the Yehudi Menuhin International Music Academy (Switzerland) and in 2004 he was winner of the Fondation d’entreprise Groupe Banque Populaire. He is a resident composer at the Casa de Velázquez in Madrid from 2004 to 2006. In 2008 he received a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship for Music Composition.

Please read Benzecry's full biography at

To obtain the score of Toccata Newen or any other work by Benzecry, please visit or email Andres Jaime at