Biography

The Spanish composer Iván González Escuder has distinguised himself among the younger generation as an original and ingenious artist. In his native city of Valencia, he began studying piano at the age of seven and immediately connected with the music of Bach and Mozart. As a young adult, he continued his education at the Conservatori de Música of Castellón under the pianist Uta Weyand. There he discovered a passion for composing that led to official studies with Ramón Ramos Villanueva at the Conservatori de Música de Valencia. Soon after he was awarded a prize at the Amics del Liceu competition in Barcelona.

Drawn to explore music and culture outside of Spain, he decided to move to Germany to study under Caspar Johannes Walter at the Hochschule für Musik Stuttgart. During his Masters studies there, he received a scholarship from the prestigious Alexander von Humboldt Foundation and the Preis der Philharmonie Essen while competing at the Deutscher Musikwettbewerb – Deutscher Musikrat.

After this fruitful time in Germany, Iván decided to expand his sound world. Fascinated by the instrumental music of Georg Friedrich Haas and the electronic studio of Erik Oña, he moved to Switzerland to study with them at the Musik Akademie Basel. During this period, he won first prize at the competition Jóvenes Compositores Fundación Autor (supported by the foundation CNDM) in Madrid.

Iván currently lives and works as a freelance composer and music teacher in Basel.