Venezuelan composer and guitarist Victor E. Marquez-Barrios, holds an extended catalog of works that includes compositions for a variety of solo instruments, numerous chamber ensembles, mixed choir, electronics, symphonic band, and symphony orchestra.
His music has been performed, published, and recorded by important soloists and ensembles from Latin America (Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra, enCayapa Ensemble), the U.S. (H2 Quartet, Alexander String Quartet), and Europe (Proxima Centauri, Guitar Duo Montes-Kircher). Works by Marquez-Barrios have received performances at numerous international music festivals such as the Latin American Music Festival (Caracas, Venezuela), XVII Festival of Contemporary Music of Havana (Cuba), 20eme Festival Internacional de la Clarinette (Martinique), Hollywood Fringe Festival (Los Angeles, USA), and the World Saxophone Congress (2012 and 2015 editions), among others.
Marquez-Barrios has been the recipient of multiple honors and awards, including the only award in the Chamber Music category of the 8th Competition Musicalia Festival in Havana, Cuba, and Michigan State University’s Paul Harder Endowed Scholarship in Music Theory and Composition, and St. Lawrence University’s Scholarly Development Award. Recently, Marquez-Barrios's works have been selected for performance by the College Music Society at their International Conferenece (Sydney, Australia, 2017), and by The Boston New Music Initiative. A strong advocate of collaboration, Marquez Barrios is currently involved in projects with visual artist Rafael E. Vera (Loyola University), cellist Dr. Brian Kubin (Truman State University), and conductor Carlos Andres Botero (Assistant Conductor and Music Ambassador, Houston Symphony). Today, in parallel to his active career as a composer and guest lecturer, Victor Marquez-Barrios teaches music theory and composition as part of the faculty at Truman State University, where he is also the founding director of Uncommon Practice, the University’s contemporary-music ensemble.