Erika Vega (born in Mexico, 1987) studied composition in her home country with Mario Lavista and Gonzalo Macías while performing frequently as a violinist in several orchestras and ensembles, some of them based in improvisation. She traveled to Europe in 2012 on a scholarship from the Mexican government to obtain a Master’s Degree in composition at the Royal Conservatory of Brussels with Peter Swinnen while studying electronic music with Kasia Glowicka and violin with Kati Sebestyén, graduating “cum laude” in 2015. During this time she participated in masterclasses with Murail, Ferneyhough, Fuentes, Lindberg, Czernowin, Reynolds, and Aperghis among others. She has received prizes and distinctions from the Eighth International Jurgenson Competition for Young Composers at the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory, the 2015 Call for Scores by the Odysseia ensemble in Belgium, the 2016 Bludenzer Tage zeitgemäßer Music Workshop/Competition in Austria, the TACTUS 2017 Young Composers Forum in Belgium and the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s 2017 National Composers Intensive (USA).
In her latest works she has been exploring the relationship between music and poetry, proposing some musico-linguistic analogies that arise from a study of phonology, syntax and semantics, interacting and exchanging techniques and essential structural qualities. Since August 2016 Erika Vega has been engaged in artistic research on the relationship between music and movement, in collaboration with P.A.R.T.S. research studios, as part of the Advanced Master’s Program in Contemporary Music curated by ICTUS ensemble at the Royal Conservatory/School of Arts in Ghent, Belgium.