Juan María Solare was born in Buenos Aires on August 11th, 1966.
Education: Studies and diploma in Piano, Composition and Conducting at the Conservatorio Nacional (Argentina). Between 1993 and 1996 he undertook postgraduate studies on Composition at the Musikhochschule in Cologne (Germany) under the guidance of Johannes Fritsch, Clarence Barlow and Mauricio Kagel, under the auspices of a scholarship from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). Between October 1997 and February 1999, postgraduate studies with Helmut Lachenmann in Stuttgart. Between 1999 and 2001 studied electronic music with Hans Ulrich Humpert in Cologne (with Diploma). In April 2005 he obtained the title "Licenciado en Composición" (Master degree) from the Instituto Universitario Nacional del Arte in Buenos Aires. 2007 Konzertexamen (master) in electroacoustic composition at the Musikhochschule in Cologne. Since 1993 he regularly met and took part in seminars given by Karlheinz Stockhausen. Currently he is doing a PhD in music education at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid (subject: The musical theatre of Mauricio Kagel and its implications on the formation of the professional composer).
Teaching positions: From 1986 until 1993 he taught Harmony, Morphology and Chamber Music at the Conservatory of Tandil (Argentina). Since January 2002 he gives piano tuition at the Musikschule Bremen (Germany). Since October 2002 conducts the Orquesta no típica, a chamber music group devoted to tango music at the University of Bremen. Since October 2004 he teaches piano at the Hochschule für Künste Bremen. Since Oct. 2007 he teaches New Music Theatre (Ensemble Kagel) at the University of Bremen. From Dec. 2007 to April 2008 he was Assistant Professor (music theory) at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid. Since oct. 2010 he teaches Composition and Arrangements for the School at the Hochschule für Künste Bremen. Since sept. 2012 he conducts the Jacobs Chamber Orchestra at the Jacobs University Bremen. Since august 2013 he conducts the orchestra of the Bremer Orchestergemeinschaft.
He gives courses and lectures on contemporary music (Salzburg Experimental Academy of Dance, Ateneo de Madrid, Institut für neue Musik und Musikerziehung, Darmstadt, Université Permanente, Nantes, Latvian House, London; Conservatorio del Principado de Asturias, Oviedo, Escuela de Música de Tucumán; Texas A&M University, College Station). Besides, private tuition (piano) and public seminars on tango music and contemporary music.
Articles: Beside his compositional activities he also writes for diverse publications (mainly in Spain but also for Tempo in UK) and for the radio (Deutsche Welle, Südwestfunk). For the publishing house Ricordi München he edited four albums with piano music.
Awards: His compositions obtained prizes and awards in Argentina ("Promociones Musicales", "National Endowment for the Arts", Federación Argentina de Música Electroacústica), United Kingdom (British & International Bass Forum), Austria (Yage und Aspekte Salzburg), Germany (Walter Witte Viola-Stiftung, Bremer Komponistenwettbewerb) and Spain (Radio Clásica-CDMC). In 1993 and 1994 he had a scholarship of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). Between July 1998 and June 1999 he held a scholarship of the Heinrich-Strobel Foundation (Baden-Baden). Since June 2001 until May 2002 he was composer in residence at the House of Artists in Worpswede (Germany). In October 2004 he won the "Bremer Komponistenwettbewerb". In 2014: Award of the GEMA-Foundation.
Jury member: In January 2002, jury (piano) in Jugend Musiziert (Germany). March 2004: Jury (piano) in the competition for young pianists piccole mani (Perugia, Italy), whereby there was a work by him as an obligatory piece in each category. In September 2004 he was on the jury (composition) in the competition "Xicöatl" (Salzburg). Jan-Jul 2007: jury at the clarinet competition "Primera Maratón Musical" organized by Clariperú, with his work Convalecencia as obligatory piece.
Oeuvre: About 300 works composed, over half of them already premiered. His pieces are broadcasted regularly (Radio Nacional de España, Deutsche Welle, Radio Bremen, Radio Fabrik Salzburg, Radio Universitaria Sao Paulo, Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg, Westdeutscher Rundfunk, Bayerischer Rundfunk). In 2002 he received a commission from the CDMC (Centro para la Difusión de la Música Contemporánea, Madrid), in 2003 from the Kunststiftung NRW (Düsseldorf); in 2004 again from CDMC (Spain), from the Bremen Music Council. In 2011, commission from the dance companie Passages Sauvages (Switzerland). In 2014 from the Karin und Uwe Hollweg Stiftung (Germany). In 2015, commission from the Fundación Encuentros Internacionales de Música, Argentina. On 30th June 2004 his Concertango was premiered by the Orchestra of the Universität Bremen (cond.: Susanne Gläß). Fifteen CDs from different performers include his pieces, which are performed on a regular basis from Venezuela to Japan and from New York to Australia.
He also composed music for seven short films and Internet animations (see www.la-nuria.com).