Sebastian Quesada

Composer, 2019

Sebastian Quesada is a Costa Rican composer interested in exploring the ambiguous and subjective condition of music to suggest particular images. Appealing to a mixture of different genres and processes, his pieces try to address musical narratives related to how we, as social entities, perceive our environment. His openness to collaboration has led him to work in a variety of contexts (from chamber music to rock music, incidental works, arranging, installations, among others), which has contributed in his intentions to synthesize different elements towards extra-musical concepts. He has been commissioned by Uncommon Practice ensemble, the Concert Band of Cartago, the Costa Rican Guitar Quartet and others.

He was one of the winners of the 2014 Orchestra Readingsfor Young Composers organized by the National Symphony Orchestra of Costa Rica. Sebastian holds a M.M. in Composition from Truman State University, where he studied composition with Charles Gran and Victor Marquez-Barrios, as well as a B.A. in Composition from Universidad de Costa Rica, studying with Carlos Castro. Currently, Sebastian is pursuing a D.M.A. in Composition with Ricardo Lorenz at Michigan State University.

Masquerades in Between — Sebastian Quesada

for piano, violin, viola, cello, bass