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The work of Álvaro Martínez León focuses mainly in cultural identity, being freely inspired by cultural studies and cognitive sciences. His latest works increasingly demand the spectators’ participation and require performing actions by the musicians.

He begun his professional career in 1996 in world music milieu of Madrid, and moved to Paris in 2004 to focus in composition. Among others, he studied with Philippe Leroux, Guillaume Connessons and Mario Mary. He has received musical advice from Salvatore Sciarrino, Brian Ferneyhough, Alberto Posadas and Luis de Pablo, and has been an assistant of conductor Arturo Tamayo (Luxemburg Orchestra, National orchestra of Spain, RTVE Orch. and Radio Frankfurt Orch.), with whom he studied contemporary music conducting in Lugano. He was invited by the Palais de Tokyo (Paris) to show his work on field recording and soundscape, as well as to Marrakech biennale of contemporary art. His works have been premiered by (among others) ensembles L’Itinéraire, Cairn, Vocaal Lab, string quartet Béla in France and Europe, as well as in America.
In 2009 he cofounded the artists collective Trafic, conceiving and producing contemporary music concerts, multidisciplinary shows, performances and happenings. He has recently concluded Playlist – Montreuil (2013-2016), a participative project going on in different neighbourhoods in Montreuil (Paris), focused in contemporary music, traditional music and radio art.
He has recently received funding from Fundación SGAE (Spain) for the première of a symphonic work by Youth Spanish Orchestra. His last works have been premiered by ensemble Blauereiter (Munich) and ensemble Cairn (Paris).


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