Born in Mexico City, Enrico Chapela studied at the Centro de Instrucción y Educación Moderna Private School (CIEM) in Mexico, and later obtained a master's degree in 2008 from the Université Paris 8. Since 2002, he has won several national and international recognitions, including the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship, Fondo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes (FONCA), International Rostrum of Composers, Alexander Zemlinsky International Composition Competition Prize, and Barlow Endowment for Music Composition Prize.
Chapela has received commissions from the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Dresdner Sinfoniker, Berkeley Symphony, Orquestra Sinfônica do Estado de São Paulo, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, University of Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Orquesta Sinfónica Carlos Chávez, Seattle Symphony Orchestra, New Paths in Music Festival, Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival, Wigmore Hall, and Beijing's National Centre for the Performing Arts. His music has been performed around the world by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra, Brooklyn Philharmonic, Jena Philharmonic Orchestra, and Philharmonic Orchestra of the Americas, as well as at the Tanglewood Festival and Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music.
Chapela teaches composition at CIEM Private School and hosts MetaMúsica, a contemporary music radio show broadcast on Opus 94.5 FM in Mexico City. His music is published exclusively by Boosey & Hawkes.
Argentinean Esteban Benzecry is one of South America's renowned young composers. His most recent works attempt to fuse diverse aesthetic currents in European contemporary music with rhythms and folklore rooted in the Latin American tradition.
Benzecry's works have been commissioned by the Sydney Opera House, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Gothenburg Symphony, Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Orquesta y Coro de la Comunidad de Madrid, Orchestre National de France, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, Colburn Orchestra, Ensemble l'itinéraire, and Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela, among others, as well as the major orchestras of Latin America.
He has been honored with distinctions from the Musical Critics Association of Argentina and Académie des Beaux-Arts. In 1995, Benzecry was composer-in-residence at the International Menuhin Music Academy in Switzerland; from 2004 to 2008, he was a resident composer at the Casa de Velázquez in Madrid. In 2008, he received a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship for Music Composition.
After receiving his diploma as professor of painting from the Buenos Aires Superior School of Fine Arts, Benzecry studied musical composition with Haydee Gerardi and Sergio Hualpa in Argentina and with Jacques Charpentier at the Paris Conservatoire, where he was awarded first prize by a unanimous jury in 1999. He also studied composition with Paul Méfano and electro-acoustic music with Luis Naón and Laurent Cuniot.