Arxis Ensemble

Season | Resident Composer

Born in Porto and currently residing in Amsterdam, Igor C. Silva is a composer dedicated to electronic and new media music, creating projects where artists, computers and other noisy and psychedelic events unfold on stage, creating a multi-sensory experience. He also regularly collaborates with soloists, ensembles and jazz groups, devoting part of his musical and compositional activity to improvisation and interactive performances with electronic and multimedia tools.

Igor was Young Composer in Residence at Casa da Música in 2012. He was also Composer in Residence at Miso Music Studios in 2015 and in 2018 he was Composer in Residence at Drumming GP.

Recently his work «Plastic Air» for flexible, electronic and video/light duo won a recommendation at the international composers’ tribune in Hungary (2018). Igor C. Silva won several prizes, including the 1st Prize at the 1st International Electroacoustic and Intermedial Composition Contest «eviMus» (Germany) with the piece «Numb» and the 1st Prize at the «GMCL / Jorge Peixinho International Composition Contest » (Portugal) with Blood Ink.

Upcoming projects include the premiere of a new Multimedia Opera (Holland, 2021) written for Stephanie Pan and Ensemble Klang, with text by Aaron Landsman, a premiere of a new piece for ensemble and electronics, written for Trash Panda Collective, and many other concerts and premieres in Holland, Belgium, Spain, USA, Portugal, Germany, Luxembourg, France, Japan, United Kingdom, Finland, Argentina, etc. He graduated in composition from the Escola Superior de Música, Artes e Espectático (ESMAE) in 2011, and finished a Masters in Composition and Theory of Music in 2013. He also attended seminars with Magnus Lindberg, Jonathan Harvey, Pauline Oliveros, Kaija Saariaho , Wolfgang Mitterer, Betty Olivero, Marko Ciciliani, Pascal Dusapin, Bruce Pennycook and others.

In 2017, Silva completed a master’s degree in live electronics at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam. Igor C Silva is currently a PhD candidate at VUB (Brussels) and Koninklijk Conservatorium Brussel, where he also teaches at the Live Electronics Course.