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About Armando Bayolo
Born in 1973 in Santurce, Puerto Rico to Cuban parents, composer Armando Bayolo began musical studies at the age of twelve. At sixteen he went on to study at the prestigious Interlochen Arts Academy in Interlochen, Michigan, where he first began the serious study of composition. He holds degrees from the Eastman School of Music, Yale University, and the University of Michigan. Bayolo has been hailed as “full of lush ideas and a kind of fierce grandeur, (unfolding) with subtle, driving power” (The Washington Post). He is a strong advocate for contemporary music in American culture through his activities as Artistic Director and conductor of Great Noise Ensemble, curator of the New Music at the Atlas series and as a writer for such publications as Sequenza21 and NewMusicBox. Bayolo’s music has been commissioned and performed throughout the world by some of today’s most important musicians and ensembles including the National Symphony Orchestra, Grand Valley State University New Music Ensemble, American Modern Ensemble, and Amsterdam’s Hexnut. He is the recipient of important commissions and awards from the Aspen Music Festival, BMI, Fromm Music Foundation at Harvard University, the Music Department of the National Gallery of Art, the Cintas Foundation, the Minnesota Orchestra and American Composers Forum, and the Consortium for a Strong Minority Presence.
Bayolo has been featured on Public Radio International’s Studio 360 broadcast out of WNYC in New York and on the NPR program Fresh Ink broadcast out of WCNY in Syracuse as well as the Washington Post and the New York Times’ Opinionator Blog.