Cristina GARCÍA ISLAS 

As a Mexican and Canadian composer, she has participated in international festivals and symposia such as the International Festival Montreal/Nouvelles Musiques, the Nuit Blanche Festival, the Loop6 Festival (Belgium), the Foro Internacional de Música Nueva Manuel Enríquez (Mexico), the International Summer Course for Composers, Synthetis (Poland), and the Contemporary Encounters by Meitar Ensemble/International New Music Festival (Israeli). She has been invited as a guest lecturer at the IRCAM (Paris), Université Laval and the Consulate of Mexico. García Islas holds the Masters and Bachelor degrees from the Conservatoire de Musique et d’art Dramatique du Québec (Montreal) and the Doctorate degree in Composition from the Université de Montreal. Among her grants and fellowships are the Mexican grant Jóvenes Creadores /FONCA (2010 and 2015), two excellency fellowships from the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (Université de Montreal), a grant from the Society of Canadian Music, the Wilfrid-Pelletier’s prize (Montréal, Canada) and the Sistema Nacional de Creadores Artísticos 2019 award (Mexico). She has been radio host for Contemporary Music in CISM 89.3 FM in Montreal and has participated on panels and juries worldwide. Garcia Islas teaches Harmony, Theory and Musical Analysis at the UNAM University and Composition techniques in the Anáhuac México University. Most recently, she has served as a tutor between the UNAM and the Université Paris-Sorbonne. In 2018, her orchestral piece Na'Lu'Um was named cultural heritage in Jalisco (Mexico) and she received a commission from UNAM to write the piece Skeleton Leaves for the JACK Quartet,  which premiered in the  Festival Vertice (Mexico City).