Characterized by a strong interest in engaging the audience on multiple perceptive levels, the music of Colombian-born composer Felipe Tovar-Henao (b. 1991) has been consistently awarded and performed throughout his emerging professional career. His œuvre, driven by an interest in a variety of musical aesthetics, exists mainly within the realms of chamber, electro-acoustic, choral, vocal, and orchestral music.
Among recent awards and recognitions are the 2018 SCI/ASCAP Commission, the 2018 ASCAP Foundation Morton Gould Young Composer Award, Indiana University's 2017 Dean's Prize Award, and the Colombian Ministry of Culture's Beca de Creación para la Música Contemporánea 2017.
His music has been commissioned by various ensembles, performers, and institutions, such as SCI/ASCAP, IU New Music Ensemble, Colombian Ministry of Culture, Periscopio New Music Ensemble, Andrés Orozco-Estrada (Houston Symphony), EAFIT Symphony Orchestra, among many others.
He has participated in a variety of festivals such as the SEAMUS 2018 National Conference (US), the 2017 Seoul International Computer Music Festival (South Korea), IRCAM’s 2016 CIEE Summer Contemporary Music Creation + Critique Program and ManiFeste Academy (France), the 2016 Electroacoustic Music Midwest (US), and the 2016 Midwest Composer Symposium (US).
His main teachers include Aaron Travers, P.Q. Phan, John Gibson, Claude Baker, Jeffrey Hass, Don Freund, Andrés Posada-Saldarriaga and Marco Alunno. He has also actively participated in master classes and received private lessons with internationally renowned composers such as Javier Álvarez (Mexico), Tansy Davies (UK), Ken Ueno (USA), Nina Young (USA), Víctor Agudelo (Colombia), Kate Soper (USA), among many others.
He is currently pursuing a D.M. degree in Composition at Indiana University - Jacobs School of Music, while teaching as an Associate Instructor of the IU Composition Department.