Mauricio Sotelo is today one of Spain’s most prominent and internationally recognized composers. The première of his opera El Público, a work commissioned by Gerard Mortier for Madrid’s Teatro Real, at the Teatro Real itself in February 2015, was met with critical acclaim by the international press and an enthusiastic reception by the audience. Sotelo studied composition with Francis Burt at the University of Music in Vienna, graduating with distinction as winner of the “extraordinary prize” (Diplom mit Auszeichnung) in 1987. He also studied electroacoustic music with Dieter Kaufmann and conducting with Karl Österreicher. He was further coached by Luigi Nono, a composer whose thinking continues to be an important source of inspiration for his work. Mauricio’s works have been performed by many different orchestras and ensembles including the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the Bamberg Symphony, the SWR Symphony Orchestra, the Vienna RSO Symphony Orchestra, the German Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, the National Orchestra of Spain, the Orquesta Sinfónica de Galicia, Orquesta Ciudad de Granada, St Paul Chamber Orchestra, Stuttgarter Kammerorchester, Klangforum Wien, Artemis Quartett, Cuarteto Casals, Gringolts Quartet, Cuarteto Cosmos and Quatuor Diotima, as well as by soloists including Nicholas Hodges, Juan Carlos Garvayo, Benjamin Schmid, Ilya Gringolts, Patricia Kopatchinskaja or Tabea Zimmermann, to name but a few. His music has been published since 1991 in the Universal Edition catalogue together with works by Bartók, Mahler, Schoenberg, Berg, Webern and Pierre Boulez. Since 2010, Mauricio has been professor of composition at the Escola Superior de Música de Catalunya (ESMUC), as well as a guest lecturer at institutions in Austria, Germany, Italy, Japan and the United States.

Mauricio Sotelo is the creator of the so-called "spectral flamenco" or "alter flamenco" and many of the most significant flamenco artists have been collaborating for more than 30 years in his compositions, such as Enrique Morente, Carmen Linares, Marina Heredia, Esperanza Fernández, Miguel Poveda, Pitingo, Alba Carmona, Alba Guerrero, the flamenco dancers Ruben Olmo and 'La Moneta ', the percussionist Agustín Diassera, the guitarist Juan Manuel Cañizares and throughout all these last years especially the cantaor Arcángel.


1986: First Prize for Composition of the Young National Orchestra of Spain (JONDE)

1989: First Prize for Composition of the General Society of Authors of Spain (SGAE)

1991: Prize of Composition (Förderpreis) of the City of Vienna 

1992: Prize of Composition of the WDR / City of Cologne Forum Junger Komponisten

1996: Opera Prize of the Hamburg Körber Foundation for his work BRUNO 

1997: Composers' Prize of the Ernst von Siemens Foundation 

1999: Daniel Montorio Prize for the best stage music for his chamber opera De Amore

2000: First Prize for Musical Composition of the International Reina Sofía Prize 

• 2001: Spanish National Music Prize 

2011–12: Mauricio Sotelo is the first Spanish composer to be invited as a Composer in Residence at the prestigious Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin / Institute for Advanced Studies in Berlin 

2018: GamoMusica Award from the city of Florence/Italy  for his entire career

2021–22: Composer in Residence of the Centro Nacional de Difusión Musical (CNDM)

2022: Composer in Residence at the 71 Festival Internacional de Música y Danza de Granada 2022

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