...The sublime alchemy of Canary Island’s native Rubens Askenar reframes the possibilities of the piano” - Mata Festival (New York)

...This is music that appeals to the most primitive instincts and manages to show that it is possible to create authentic wonders with non-normative elements” - Núvol Magazine (Barcelona)

…broad musical knowledge put into practice with insight, judgment and good manners. A final anticlimax rounded the overwhelming sound image displayed” - Forum Clásico Magazine (Madrid)

Rubens Askenar is a Canarian composer based in London. His creative output encompasses all kinds of genres and forms, emerging from the experimentation and creation of compositional models based on multi-instrumental practice and technological development. 

Recent commissions (2020) include 'Solo de concierto' for solo flexatone, commissioned by The Royal Academy of Music to celebrate the 200 anniversary of the institution, 'Left Ajar' written for acclaimed Spanish group Plural Ensemble for their Spanish tour 2020/21 season, ‘No No’ in commemoration of Canarian surrealist writer Agustín Espinosa, written for experimental Ensemble Resilience for their European tour ‘Unexpected Soundscapes’.  ‘Cry of Wine. Or Allegory of Wounds’ a large symphonic piece commissioned by SGAE and AEOS to be premiered by Tenerife Symphony Orchestra in Santiago Calatravas' concert Hall Auditorio de Tenerife. ‘Praise of Smoke and Dust’ A chamber piece for acclaimed London-based ensemble Chroma, responding to their concert series 'Awakening'. A series of audiovisual and reactive installations that explore tangible interactions between physical and digital players.

His work has been widely awarded - Priaulx Ranier Composition Prize, Alan Bush Composition Prize, Howard Hartog scholarship, Mosco Carner Award, G V Turner-Cooke Composition Award, Pullen Memorial Prize, etc. In addition, he has received several international composition awards - International Winter Festival of Brazil, 2nd prize at the international contest Frederic Mompou, Injuve Awards, Honorific mention in Colegio de España de Paris Composition Prize, etc. He has received commissions and participated in important festivals of composition such as the Mata Festival (New York), Sampler Series (Barcelona), Canarian Music Festival, amongst many others. 

Rubens has received extensive training, having graduated from the Conservatory of Music of the Canary Islands with Distinction as well as expanding his studies in the Conservatory of Santa Cecilia of Rome, he has also completed a postgraduate in Composition at the Conservatory of Music of Aragon and a Master in Composition at The Royal Academy of Music of London; graduating with a DipRAM and Distinction with the highest mark ever awarded for an MMus in the composition department. He has recently finished his doctorate and is currently Professor of Composition at the Royal Academy of Music.


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