Winner of the Jacob Druckman Orchestral Composition Award and the ASCAP Morton Gould Award, Mexican composer Francisco Cortés-Álvarez (1983) holds a degree in composition from the National University in Mexico with Dr. Gabriel Ortiz, where he was awarded the Gabino Barreda Medal, and a master degree at the Jacobs School of Music (Indiana University) where he currently is pursuing a doctoral degree. Additionally he has been selected to attend to prestigious festivals and forums like the Aspen Music Festival and School, Music11 at the Hindemith Music Center, Mizzou New Music Festival, SEAMUS conference, Foro Internacional de Música Nueva Manuel Enriquez, among others. Francisco has been fellow of the Young Creators Program and the Studies Abroad Grant given by the FONCA and won the Dean’s Prize at Indiana University. His music has been performed in Mexico, the United States, Canada, Perú, Argelia, Germany, Switzerland and France by soloists, ensembles and orchestras like Alarm Will Sound, Mexico’s National Symphonic Orchestra, the Aspen Sinfonia Orchestra, the American Academy of Conducting Orchestra, Indiana University’s New Music Ensemble and IU Symphonic Band, the Carlos Chávez Young Orchestra, YMF Debut Orchestra, Cassatt String Quartet, Volti Soloists Choir, Ensamble 3, among others. Currently Francisco works as Associate Arranger of the Latin American Music Center of Indiana University.