Lilia Vázquez Kuntze

Vazquez PhotoLilia Vázquez Kuntze (b. 1955) studied composition in Europe with Iannis Xenakis, Franco Donatoni and Diego Feinstein, obtaining degrees in Music Theory and Composition in Germany. During this time, Lilia arranged piano reductions for music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart published under the Bärenreiter label.

Lilia has taken composition courses with Leo Brouwer, Rodolfo Halffter, Alcides Lanza, Wlodzimierz Kotonoski and electronic music with Raúl Pavón. Her instructors in Mexico include Mario Lavista, Héctor Quintanar and Federico Ibarra. After moving back to Mexico, Vázquez won first prize in the Mexico National Contest Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz with the work entitled To Christ the Blessed Sacrament, Communion Day. She also received the Coatlicue Award granted by the Collective of Women in Music, International Coordinator of Women in Art. Her works include orchestra, choral, chamber, and piano repertoire, and many have been performed in major festivals in France, Germany, the United States, Italy, Cuba and Mexico. She participated as a composer-in-residence in Minnesota schools through the VocalEssence ¡Cantaré! program in the 2010-2011 school year.