Born in 1963 in Mexico City, Manuel Rocha Iturbide studied composition at the Escuela Nacional de Música at UNAM, completed an MFA in electronic music and composition at Mills College, and in 1999 finished a PhD in computer music at the University of Paris VIII. He has produced works at studios like UPIC, GRM, IRCAM, LIEM, Banff, IMEB. He worked as a researcher at IRCAM developing GiST (1994-95) and later as a professor at the University of Paris VIII (1995-96). His music has been performed all around the world and has received prizes and honorific mentions from various international contests like Bourges, Russolo and the Schaeffer Prize. He is also a sound artist, with works shown at important galleries and museums as Artist Space NY 1997, Sydney Biennale 1998, ARCO 1999. He has produced works with the aid of important grants and fellowships such as Japan Foundation Fellowship, Sistema Nacional de Creadores, Banff Centre for the Arts, etc. Currently he lives in Mexico City working as a composer and sound artist.
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