Octavio Vazquez


The music of Octavio Vazquez (b. 1972) has been performed throughout the US, Europe, and Asia, in venues such as Carnegie Hall, the National Auditorium of Spain, Cologne’s Philharmonie, or the Big Hall of the St. Petersburg Conservatory. He has also written for film and collaborated with world-music artists as an arranger, orchestrator and producer, most notably with Grammy Award winner Cristina Pato. His orchestration of “Negro Caravel” for Ms Pato’s CD “Muller” was nominated for the 2011 Spanish Music Academy Awards. 

His works have been recorded for the labels NAXOS, Delos, Landra Music, Gale Recordings, Ouvirmos, Fol Musica, and Bohemia Music, and by radio and TV stations such as PBS, PRX, the Spanish National Radio and Television, New York’s WQXR, and China Radio International. His catalog currently includes over sixty titles, all of them published by the Conwell Publishing Group of New York. 

Notable performers of his works include conductors such as Dima Slobodeniouk, Carlos Kalmar, Paul Daniel, Hansjörg Schellenberger, and Víctor Pablo Pérez, and soloists as Hilary Hahn, Cristina Pato, Dmitri Berlinsky, Amaury Coeytaux, Jonathan Gandelsman, Nurit Pacht, Eric Jacobsen, Adam Levin, Viacheslav Dinerchtein, Adam Kent, and Eldar Nebolsin.

He has received grants and commissions from the Verdehr Trio, Poulenc Trio, Airas Ensemble, New York State Council on the Arts, New Music USA, Michigan State University, New York State Music Teachers Association (NYSMTA), Music Teachers National Association (MTNA), Spanish Radio and Television Orchestra, Galicia Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Galicia Symphony Orchestra, Meet the Composer, Guernica Project, Via Stellae, Fulbright Commission, Chi-Mei Foundation, SGAE/Autor Foundation, and Xacobeo Classics 2010 among others. 

Festivals featuring his music include the Kölner MusikTriennale (Germany), Festival de Basse Navarre / Navarra International Festival (France and Spain), the Prokofiev International Festival (Russia), Macedon Music (Australia), Niagara International Chamber Music Festival (Canada), Camarissima International Festival (Mexico), California Summer Music, European Dream Festival, Composers Now, Queens New Music, and Southampton Arts (USA), and the AreMore, Via Stellae, Espazos Sonoros, Clásicos en Verano, and Música en Compostela International Festivals (Spain). 

A graduate of the Adolfo Salazar Conservatory, the Royal Conservatory of Music of Madrid, the Peabody Conservatory, and the University of Maryland, Dr. Vazquez has given lectures and masterclasses at Manhattan School of Music, Mannes College, Hofstra University, Fordham University, Johns Hopkins University, University of Maryland, Salisbury University, and Texas Christian University (USA), Carlos III, Santiago de Compostela, and Complutense Universities (Spain), the XXXVII Congress of the International Viola Society (South Africa), and the Next Renaissance Conference (Netherlands). He teaches composition at the Nazareth College of Rochester, NY.

School of Music Responsibilities

  • Composition
  • Theory


  • University of Maryland, D.M.A.
  • Peabody Conservatory, M.M.
  • Royal Conservatory of Music of Madrid, B.M.


    Composition Studio

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