Sierra: Authentic and Compelling

“Roberto Sierra’s musical voice [is] authentic and compelling.” Violinist Emilie Anne Gendron of the Momenta Quartet shares some thoughts about the composer’s String Quartet No. 2 as the group prepares the work for its October 14 concert at the Americas Society (New York City). Programmed as part of the ensemble’s “Momenta Festival IV,” Sierra’s 14-minute […] Read more »

Sierra: Always Fascinating

“Antonio Soler’s ‘Fandango’ for keyboard has always fascinated me.” Composer Roberto Sierra shares his creative insight into his popular work Fandangos, as the Wichita Symphony prepares to present it on February 17 and 18. Music director Daniel Hege conducts the work on the orchestra’s “Classics” series. The 12-minute piece was commissioned by the National Symphony […] Read more »

Sierra: Victoria Prize-Winner

Roberto Sierra rang in the New Year by being honored with the Tomás Luis de Victoria Prize — the highest award given in Spain to a composer of Spanish or Latin American descent. Established in 1996 and awarded by the Society of Spanish Composers Foundation, the Victoria Prize recognizes a living composer “for his contribution to […] Read more »

Sierra: A Musical Mentor

“I’ve known Roberto Sierra my entire life and he is among my many musical mentors.” On the eve of his December 9  concert at the Cali School of Music’s Leshowitz Recital Hall (Montclair State University, NJ), pianist Matthew Culbertson introduces the composer’s “Vivo,” Movement No. 6 from Sierra’s new piano collection Piezas Sueltas. Sierra describes his […] Read more »

Sierra: DECIMAS

Concert: Sierra: DECIMAS Start Time: 00:00:00 Date: 2017-09-25 End Time: 00:00:00 Location: Paloma Friedhoff, soprano; Leyre Lisarri, piano Link: http://www.centrobotin.org/en/actividad/classical-music-paloma-friedhoff-soprano-leyre-lisarri-piano/ Concert Information: Centro Botín Santander, Spain Read more »

Sierra: “El Sueno” at MoMA

On July 9, Joel Sachs leads the New Juilliard Ensemble in a performance of Roberto Sierra’s El Sueño de Tartini in New York City, as part of the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) Summergarden New Music Series. The nine-minute chamber work was composed in 2007, and was written for flute, clarinet, violin, cello and piano. The […] Read more »

Sierra: Life Through Music

“As a composer, I believe that I express life through music. My music is just the conduit to convey my fears, my sense of hope, as well as an optimistic outlook and belief in a positive force that guide us through life.” As June 30 approaches, Roberto Sierra muses about his creative gift and the upcoming […] Read more »

Sierra: One of the Most Exciting Pieces

“Roberto Sierra’s Concierto Virtual is one of the most exciting pieces I’ve seen in years.” Joel Sachs, music director of the New Juilliard Ensemble, introduces Sierra’s new work on the eve of its January 20 world premiere at Lincoln Center. The premiere is a highlight the 2017 FOCUS! Festival, and is part of this year’s […] Read more »

Sierra: A Vibrant Work

On October 21, world renowned saxophonist James Carter joins the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra to perform Roberto Sierra’s Concerto for Saxophones. Thomas Wilkins guest conducts. Commissioned by the Detroit Symphony, Sierra wrote the 23-minute concerto for Carter who premiered it in 2002 under the baton of then-music director Neeme Järvi. The concerto blends classical and jazz […] Read more »

Sierra: Wonderful and Electrifying

“It began about 15 months ago with a wonderful performance I heard featuring James Carter and Roberto Sierra’s Caribbean Rhapsody at the Oregon Symphony!” On the eve of the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra’s August 27 world premiere of Caribbean Rhapsody’s new chamber orchestra version, conductor Sarah Ioannides shares some thoughts about Sierra’s popular work. The performance features […] Read more »