Biography Biography

Born in 1937 in Miranda, Spain, Andrés Lewin-Richter studied engineering at Barcelona Polytechnic University. In 1962 he was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to continue his studies at Columbia University, where he began musical studies with Vladimir Ussachevsky, Mario Davidovsky and Edgar Varese. He was Teaching Assistant at the Columbia Princeton Electronic Music Center in New York City from 1962-1965. During this time he composed music for the film "The Gondola Eye" by Ian Hugo, and worked as the sound engineer for the Alwin Nikolais Theater Ballet.

In 1966 Lewin-Richter promoted the City of Mexico Music Conservatory Electronic Music Studio, and he established the Barcelona Electronic Music Studio in 1968. He is a founding member of the Phonos Electronic Music Studio in Barcelona, which opened in 1974. He has acted as Secretary of Música Abierta (1960-1962), Executive Director of the music ensemble Conjunt Catalá de Música Contemporánia (1968-1973), and Secretary and Vice-President of the Catalan Composers Association (1976-1991, 2000-2004). Was Lecturer of the History of Electroacoustic Music at Pompeu Fabra University and the Escola Superior de Musica de Catalunya (ESMUC) in Barcelona. Has been music chairman of ICMC 2005 and SMC 2010. At present he is Secretary and Executive Director of the Phonos Foundation.

Lewin-Richter has created compositions in the electronic music studios of Columbia University (NewYork), Phonos (Barcelona), Alea and CDMC (Madrid), GME (Cuenca), EMS Stockholm (Sweden) and Musik Hochschule Basel (Switzerland), and Aveiro University (Portugal). His compositional work is mainly electroacoustic, including numerous pieces for instruments and tape, and music for ballet, theatre, film and video.