Prize 'Francisco Guerrero Marín' in the 'XXX Young Composers Award SGAE-CNDM Foundation'.
© Luis Camacho / SGAE Foundation.
Born in Rianxo in 1992, Antón Alcalde is a Spanish composer, arranger and publisher based in Taiwan. His works have been performed in more than 30 countries, spanning from the Americas to Oceania, including half of Europe and Asia. Alcalde has received commissions from important national and international organizations such as the Council of Galician Culture (Spain), the International Band Competition of Vila de la Sénia (Spain), Bevers Harmonieorkest (Belgium), Izumo Symphonic Band Enishi (Japan), Real Filharmonía de Galicia (Spain), and Hércules Brass Quintet (Spain). He has also collaborated with renowned international soloists such as Roberto Oliveira, Arturo Costa, and Hiroko Yamakawa.
At the age of 16, Alcalde won the first prize in the II Ibero-American Composition Contest for Band (2009). He repeated this achievement up to five times in the Galician Composition Contest for Band (2009, 2010, and 2011), making him the youngest composer to receive such recognition. Alcalde has been honored with three simultaneous medals (silver and two bronzes) at the Global Music Awards (San Diego, EE. UU), and he has been nominated twice for the Hollywood Music in Media Awards (Los Angeles, EE. UU). In 2016, he premiered his multimedia work 'Holograms' performed by Roberto Oliveira at the 'Extravaganza Percussion Festival' held at the Royal Irish Academy of Music in Dublin (Ireland). In 2017, he was selected for a composition residency at the prestigious ArtsIceland Institute of Ísafjörður (Iceland). In 2019, Alcalde won the 'Francisco Guerrero Marín' award in the XXX Young Composers Award SGAE-CNDM Foundation for his work 'Firefly - after Tokyo Blues -', which was premiered by Koen 2 Ensemble, conducted by José Ramón Encinar, at Auditorium 400 of the Queen Sofia National Museum Art Centre (Spain). In 2020, his work 'Sculptures in Brass' was selected by the American Brass Quintet for the New Music class of the Juilliard Brass Quintet seminar in New York (EE. UU). In 2022, he held the world premiere of 'Cantigas', performed by Arturo Costa and Yen-Chih Lin at the Recital Hall of the National Concert Hall of Taiwan, and his music was performed in a private concert at the Chimei Museum of Tainan (Taiwan) by Arturo Costa with the original Stradivari of Boccherini (1709). His music for the project 'Heroínas na memoria', conceived by Meaño Musical Union Wind Orchestra (BUMM), was awarded in the wind orchestra category of the IX Martín Códax Music Awards (Spain). In 2023, Alcalde received the honorable mention in the XXXII International Composition Competition of Corciano (Italy) for his work 'Scenes from Bashô'.
In 2011, he became a member of the Galician Association of Composers, and since 2016, he has been developing his own publishing project under the Alcalde Music label.