Alcides Lanza, an exponent of contemporary classical and avant-garde music using traditional, unusual and electronic instruments, was born on 2 June 1929 in Rosario, Santa Fe, Argentina. His initial composition studies in Buenos Aires were with Julián Bautista and Alberto Ginastera. A series of scholarships and grants enabled him to study in the USA with Aaron Copland, Yvonne Loriod, Bruno Maderna, Riccardo Malipiero and Olivier Messiaen.
He moved to Canada in 1971 and became a naturalised Canadian citizen in 1978. Since 1974 he has been director of the electronic music programme at McGill University in Montreal.
As well as composing, he is a conductor, pianist and teacher, and has give recital tours in Scandinavia, Germany, Argentina and Brazil.
A selection of M&V articles about Alcides Lanza
CD Spotlight. Fascinating and Rewarding - Music by Alcides Lanza fascinates Patric Standford. '... superbly produced retrospective ...'
CD Spotlight. Do we get it? - Contemporary Canadian music for marimba, heard by Paul Sarcich. 'Meunier proves equal to all the demands ...'