Photo by Isabelle Françaix

Photo by Isabelle Françaix

Born in 1981 in Lima, Peru, Juan Arroyo began his musical studies at the National Conservatory of Music in Lima. From 2004 to 2008 he studied with Jean-Yves Bosseur, Christian Eloy and Christophe Havel at the Regional Conservatory of Music of Bordeaux. In 2008 he entered the Conservatoire National Supérieur of Paris where he continued his studies with Stefano Gervasoni, Luis Naón and Michaël Levinas, and also obtained his Master’s of Music Degree in 2013. In 2010, he studied with Brian Ferneyhough in the coposition trainig «voix nouvelles» in Royaumont. He participated in the IRCAM Cursus 2011-2012.

During his studies, Juan Arroyo participated in master classes dictated by Mauricio Kagel, Henri Pusseur, Alain Gaussin, Heinz Holliger and Brian Ferneyhough. All these meetings have marked his career. In search of new instrumental possibilities, the meetings with Marie-Bé Charrier, Antonio Politano and Jeanne Maisonhaute were influential. Alongside Luis Naón, Arroyo developed the ability to mix acoustic and electronic music. Under the guidance of the Italian composer Stefano Gervasoni, Arroyo began developing artistically into the composer who he is today.

His music is rewarded with numerous awards such as the prize of the Salabert Foundation (2013) and the prize of the Academy of Fine Arts of France (2015). He receives prestigious commissions from the French Ministry of Culture, Radio France, Centre Henri Pousseur, SACEM, Proxima Centauri and Tana string quartet. His works are performed by eminent musicians such as Ensemble Intercontemporain, L’Itinéraire, Linea, LAPS, L’Arsenale, Regards, Sonido Extremo, Orquesta Nacional de Perú, Vertixe Sonora, Claude Delangle, Jeanne Maisonhaute, Antonio Politano and Maribé Charrier. His music is performed at great festivals such as Ars Musica, Cervantino, La Chaise-Dieu, Ensems and ¡Viva Villa!

His work of composition is articulated around the Magical Sound Realism through the different techniques of sound hybridization. In fact, in 2014, he began a fundamental stage of his artistic work with the construction of new instruments capable of transmuting his sound, the TanaInstruments. This allowed him to hybridize the perceptual indices of sounds in order to reveal their evocative and irrational nature of their substance, sometimes making them enigmatic.

The uniqueness of his work lies in these games of displacement, of movement between a causal listening and a reduced listening, passing through many intermediate states of perception. Juan Arroyo explores these different degrees gradually blurring the sources of sound in the manner of a photographer or cameraman, making us travel from the concrete to the abstract, from materiality to immateriality, playing with the configuration of its objective.

Composer in residence at the Center Henri Pousseur (2014), IRCAM (2015), member of the Academy of France in Madrid-Casa de Velazquez (2016/17), composer in residence at the Art Zoyd Music Creation Center, he is a member of the Académie de France in Rome-Villa Médicis for the year 2017/18.