Cristina GARCÍA ISLAS
As a Mexican and Canadian composer and lecturer, she has participated in international festivals and symposia such as the Contemporary Encounters by Meitar Ensemble/International New Music Festival (Israeli), the International Summer Course for Composers, Synthetis (Poland), the International Festival Montréal/Nouvelles Musiques, the Nuit Blanche Festival, (Canada), the Loop6 Festival (Belgium), the Festival Cultural de Mayo (Mexico-Australia), and the Foro Internacional de Música Nueva Manuel Enríquez (Mexico). She has been invited as a guest lecturer at the IRCAM (Paris), Université Laval and the Consulate General of Mexico in Montréal (Canada). García Islas holds the Doctorate degree in Composition from the Université de Montréal and the Masters and Bachelor degrees from the Conservatoire de Musique et d’art Dramatique du Québec (Montréal). Among her grants and fellowships are the Canadian grant Beethoven's Legacy (2020) from the Orchestre Métropolitain (Montréal), the Mexican grants Sistema Nacional de Creadores/FONCA (2019-21), and 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, and the Wilfrid-Pelletier’s award. She has been radio host for Contemporary Music in CISM 89.3 FM in Montréal and has participated on panels and juries worldwide. Garcia Islas is currently teaching at the UNAM University and the Anáhuac México University. Most recently, her orchestral work Lord Have Mercy on the 21st Century served at the Opening Gala (2020) of the OFUNAM orchestra in Mexico City. In 2018, she held the position of tutor with the UNAM and the Université Paris-Sorbonne and her orchestral piece Na'Lu'Um was named cultural heritage in Jalisco (Mexico). Furthermore, she received a commission from UNAM to write the piece Skeleton Leaves for the JACK Quartet, which premiered in the Festival Vertice (Mexico City).