Chilean composer Martín Letelier is a promising new voice in the world of contemporary music. In 2020, he was nominated for a Pulsar Award (Premios Pulsar, Chile) in the category “Best Classical Artist of the Year” for his work “Ya no van a haber robots” (Soon There Will Be No Robots). The piece, for soprano and ensemble, is based on poems by Chilean writer Florencia Edwards and was premiered in Germany by singer Maria Portela, Ensemble Musikfabrik and conductor Elias Peter Brown.
During 2020, the AvantGarten Liedberg Festival (Germany) commissioned Letelier a piece for two a cappella sopranos, premiered last September. Likewise, the Chorakademie Dortmund commissioned and published a new choral work in the book “Chorbuch BTHVN 2020”, on the occasion of Beethoven’s 250th anniversary. Projects for 2021 include a work to be premiered by the Asambura Ensemble (Germany), a solo piece for the renowned oboist Jose Luis Urquieta (Chile) and works featured in two upcoming CD’s, to be published by Duo Mutis (Japan) and Ignis Camerata Vocal (Chile).
Martín Letelier studied composition at the University of Chile graduating with the highest honors in 2012 and moved to Germany in 2017 to pursue a Masters in Composition at the University of Music of Cologne (HfMT Köln) with Prof. Markus Hechtle. He also had the opportunity to learn from renowned musicians such as Carola Bauckholt, Alexander Schubert, Iris ter Schiphorst, Marko Nikodijevic and Sarah Maria Sun.
Among his distinctions, Letelier won the 1st prize of the IX Luis Advis Composition Competition with his orchestral piece “El Laberinto del Minotauro” (Chile, 2013). He was also honored in the Valdivia Chamber Orchestra Composition Competition (Chile, 2014), and in the II Carlos Riesco Composition Competition (Chile, 2016) for the work “Cantos al Desamor” for soprano and piano.
He has worked with performers such as Lorenzo Soulès, Duo Mutis, Ensemble Bartók Chile, Ensemble Musikfabrik, Valdivia Chamber Orchestra, Universidad de La Serena Symphony Orchestra, conductors Alejandra Urrutia and Elias Peter Brown. Letelier has collaborated with producers and directors to create music for theater and short films, and his music appeared in several episodes of the webseries “Paradojas del Nihilismo: La academia” (Chile, 2020).