Alexandre Lunsqui was born in Brazil and now lives in New York City. After studying engineering and music at University of Campinas, he pursued postgraduate studies in composition at University of Iowa, Columbia University, and IRCAM (year-long cursus of composition and computer music).
His main music teachers were Tristan Murail, Fred Lerdahl and Jeremy Dale-Roberts. His music background also includes brazilian music, jazz and contemporary improvisation. He has participated in Festivals such as Gaudeamus Music Week, Darmstadt, Manca, CrossDrumming, Aspekte, Time of Music, Musica Nova, Beijing Modern, Music at the Anthology, Creative Music Festival, PASIC, and Resonances. His pieces have been played in Argentina, Austria, Brazil, Costa Rica, China, Denmark, England, Finland, France, Germany, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Poland, Switzerland, and around the US, by ensembles such as the Ensemble Aleph, Arditti String Quartet, Argento Chamber Ensemble, Ensemble Piano Possibile, Due East, Ensemble counter)induction, Manhattan Sinfonietta, Nieuw Ensemble, Talea Ensemble, MATA microorchestra, International Contemporary Ensemble, Timetable Percussion, among others. In 2003, he was awarded the Virtuose Prize by the Ministry of Culture of Brazil. He has received prizes from the Percussion Arts Society, Petrobras Cultural, and the Salvatore Martirano Composition Competition. Recent highlights include the French and Japanese premieres of Ligare (with Olivier Maurel and Ayako Okubo), three Irish premieres of the Topografia cycle, and the world premiere of Entresons.Recreo at PASIC (with Greg Beyer and the NIU Percussion Ensemble), plus performances by the Nieuw Ensemble (Amsterdam), Ensemble L'arsenale (Treviso), Talea Ensemble (NYC), and Loadbang Ensemble (NYC). A monographic CD with his chamber was released in Spring 2008. His music has been recorded by Gravina, Usk, Metronome and Carrier labels. He has received a Fromm Commission from the Fromm Music Foundation at Harvard University (2009-2010). (www.lunsqui.com)