Reinaldo Moya is a Venezuelan-American composer whose rhythmically and emotionally-charged works depict the multitude of voices and influences present in the whole of the American continent today. He’s the recipient of the Van Lier Fellowship from Meet the Composer and the Aaron Copland Award from the Copland House, which led to a residency at Aaron Copland’s historic home in NY state in 2012. His String Quartet was hailed as “Admirable…reaching a climax of Shostakovichian angst” by the New York Times.
Moya is a graduate of The Juilliard School where he received his masters and doctorate degrees, under the tutelage of Samuel Adler and Robert Beaser. As a participant of the John Duffy Composers Institute in 2014 (part of the Virginia Arts Festival in Norfolk, VA) he worked closely with Libby Larsen, John Corigliano and William Bolcom.
Excerpts from his chamber opera Generalissimo were premiered in June 2013 at Symphony Space in New York City. Other performances of the opera followed in November 2013 at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, and at St. Olaf College in March, 2014.
Mr. Moya was awarded the Special Judges’ Award at the first Simón Bolívar Young Composers’ Competition in Venezuela for his orchestral work Always Monday, Always March. He was twice awarded Honorable Mention at the ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composers Awards.
His music has been performed in Germany, Colombia, Argentina, Venezuela, Australia and throughout the United States by performers such as the Juilliard Orchestra, the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela, the San Juan Symphony Orchestra in Argentina, the St. Olaf Orchestra, the Da Capo Chamber Players, the Attacca Quartet, and members of the JACK Quartet and Alarm Will Sound. In addition to these, Mr. Moya’s works have been performed by many distinguished musicians, including pianists Sean Chen, Han Chen, Michael Brown, violinists Francesca Anderegg and Sean Riley, sopranos Anna Prohaska and Susanna Philips, and mezzo-sopranos Adriana Zabala and Abigail Fischer.
Mr Moya is on the faculty at St. Olaf in Minnesota and is a member of the Theory and Composition Faculty at the Interlochen Arts Camp.