José María Sánchez-Verdú


(Algeciras, 1968)

Composer. Professor of Composition at the Royal Conservatory of Music of Madrid (RCSM) in Madrid and Professor of Composition at the Robert Schumann Hochschule in Düsseldorf. He is a member of the Academic Council of the Sibelius Academy (Helsinki) and of the PhD programme of the Kunstuniversität Graz. He holds an International Doctorate from the UAM and a Law Degree from the UCM. His more than ten theatrical works (musical theatre, opera, installations) combine an interest in light, colour, architecture, movement, etc. and have been presented at the Staatsoper Berlin, the Deustche Oper Berlin, the Salzburg Biennale, the Münchener Biennale, the Schwetzingen Festival, the Biennale di Venezia, etc. In some of his operas he has collaborated with authors such as Juan Goytisolo and Carlos Fuentes. Awards: Spanish National Music Award, Siemens Foundation (Munich), Irino Prize (Tokyo), Leonardo Scholarship (BBVA), Bergische Biennale, Bavarian Ministry of Culture Excellence Prize (Villa Concordia), Ibn Arabi Prize, etc. His works are published by Breitkopf & Härtel.

“Postdramatic spheres”

The spheres of Aristotelian thinking about theatre explored new ground in the work of some incredibly special playwrights as early as the 18th century. But it was at the beginning of the twentieth century that the concept of postdramatic would acquire new status and would become a determining perspective in contemporary artistic creation to this day.