Jimena Maldonado Álvarez
Born in Mexico City in 1988, Jimena completed her Bachelor Studies in Composition and Music Theory at the Research and Music Studies Centre (CIEM), Mexico City, as well as Photography at the Active School of Photography (EAF), Mexico City.
Having also studied photography, she is interested in combining these two disciplines in order to achieve alternative forms of both composing and presenting her work. Jimena has also been involved in writing music for film and dance, and did a Diploma course in composition for film, theatre and dance at Núcleo Integral de Composición (NICO) in Mexico City.
Jimena holds a Master’s Degree in Composition from the Royal Conservatory of The Hague and is currently pursuing a PhD at the Birmingham Conservatoire, with the support of CONACYT-FINBA (MX). Being interested in experimenting with the relationship between music and visual elements, Jimena’s work explores the way that they can be combined, how they can interact and influence each other and, ultimately, how this relationship impacts not only the piece itself, but also the audience’s perception of the piece.
Jimena has participated in masterclasses with Hans Abrahamsen, Michael Pisaro, Kate Moore, and Peter Ablinger, among others, and her work has been performed and commissioned by ensembles/musicians such as Cuarteto José White (MX), Quinteto de Alientos de la Ciudad de México (MX), Cepromusic Ensemble (MX), Irvine Arditti (UK), Okest de Ereprijs (NL), But What About Ensemble (NL), and HD Duo (AU), in events that include the Manuel Enríquez International Festival of New Music (FIMNME, MX), Apeldoorn Young Composers Meeting (NL), and Symphonic City (MX), among others.