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A. Crespo Barba

A. Crespo Barba

Born in Madrid (1995), A. Crespo Barba is a Spanish artist and composer. He graduated with honors in Contemporary Music Composition at Escuela TAI (Madrid), where he was awarded with the Beca al talento scholarship. He also studied his Master of Composition at Codarts (Rotterdam), having graduated Cum Laude.

His music is a mix of many influences that go from experimental music to the oldest flamenco forms, the latter being the main topic of his most recent works. In addition, his way of thinking about art establishes ideas in common with artists from other disciplines, as he had worked with experimental choreographers, visual artists or fashion designers such as Mateja Drev, MAISON the FAUX, Boris Edrosa, LITTLE WOTAN or Lukas Karvelis. He has participated in different festivals in The Netherlands, like Flamenco Biënnale Nederland, Red Sofa!, Grachtenfestival, Gaudeamus Muziekweek, November Music, O-Festival and New Music Conference (where he was awarded with the Best New Composer Pitch Prize); and abroad, having premiered pieces in other European festivals and events such as Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival in England, New Baltic Festival in Lithuania, Musika-Música in Spain and Crossing Borders in Italy. Since 2023 he also teaches at the Conservatory of Rotterdam as a member of the Artistic Research Department.


In het kort

  • In possession of a Bachelor’s Degree in Contemporary Music Composition at Escuela TAI (Madrid) and graduated ‘Cum Laude’ at Codarts for his Master of Music
  • Winner of the Best New Composer organized by New Music Conference in 2019 and Artist in Residency at Centro Coreográfico de La Gomera (ES), Residenza IDRA (IT) and Escuela TAI (ES)
  • His works have been performed in the main Dutch festivals and stages (Gaudeamus Muziekweek, November Music, Grachtenfestival, Flamenco Biënnale Nederland, Muziekgebouw aan ’t IJ, De Doelen…).
  • Coach member of the Artistic Research Department at Codarts as well as regular collaborator of the Composition Department.