Award-winning composer Jimmy López Bellido (*1978) is considered "one of the most interesting young composers anywhere today" (Chicago Sun-Times). His works have been performed by leading orchestras around the world including the Chicago Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, Boston Symphony, Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Norwegian Radio Orchestra, Helsinki Philharmonic, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, and the National Symphony Orchestras of Peru, Chile and Argentina, among others, and his music has been heard in prestigious venues such as Carnegie Hall, Sydney Opera House, Gewandhaus Leipzig, and during the Youth Olympic Games in Singapore. His music has been featured in numerous festivals, including Tanglewood, Aspen, Grant Park, Darmstadt and Donaueschingen.
He has been awarded numerous prizes, among them: TUMI USA Award 2016, Musician of the Year 2015 by Opera Peru and "El Comercio"; Honorable Mention at the 2015 Barlow Prize Competition; Special Mention at the 2015 Casa de las Américas Composition Prize; 2014 Antara Prize in recognition for his outstanding career; 2013 Prince Prize from the Prince Charitable Trusts; First Prize at the 2012 and 2011 Nicola de Lorenzo Music Composition Contest; 2009 Georges Ladd Prix de Paris, Kranichsteiner Musikpreis at the 2008 Darmstadt International Summer Course for New Music; 2008 Morton Gould Young Composer Award from ASCAP; Honorable Mention at the 2005 Irino Composition Prize in Japan; First Prize at the ALEA III 2003 International Composition Competition; and Orchestra Prize at the 2002 CCA International Composition Competition in Taiwan.
He is a member of Suomen Säveltäjät (Society of Finnish Composers), ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers), Circomper (Circle of Composers of Peru) and the San Francisco Chapter of the Recording Academy (Grammy). He is a founding member and Vice President of kohoBeat Musical Association in Finland. An album dedicated entirely to his orchestral works was released on August 14, 2015 under the Harmonia Mundi label. All works were recorded by conductor Miguel Harth-Bedoya, the Norwegian Radio Orchestra, and cellist Jesús Castro-Balbi.
As part of the Renée Fleming initiative, the Lyric Opera of Chicago commissioned him a full-length opera based on the bestselling novel "Bel Canto" which premiered on December 7, 2015 to wide critical acclaim. "Bel Canto" earned a nomination to the 2016 International Opera Awards and was recently broadcast all throughout the US on Great Performances | PBS. Mr. López will be the Houston Symphony's Composer-in-Residence during the 2017-18 and 2018-19 seasons.
He studied with Enrique Iturriaga from 1998-2000 at the National Conservatory of Music in Lima, and with Veli-Matti Puumala and Eero Hämeenniemi from 2000-2007 at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, from where he obtained his Master of Music Degree. He completed his PhD in Music at the University of California-Berkeley in May of 2012 with Edmund Campion. He is published by Filarmonika Music Publishing.