Luis Fernando Rizo-Salom

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Luis Fernando Rizo-Salom
BornLuis Fernando Rizo Salom
(1971-12-06)December 6, 1971
Cali, Valle del Cauca, Colombia.
Died(2013-07-21)21 July 2013 (aged 41)
Chartres, France
Alma materConservatoire_de_Paris, Pontifical_Xavierian_University
OccupationComposer, Athlete

Luis Fernando Rizo-Salom (6 December 1971 – 21 July 2013) was a Colombian composer of contemporary classical music who lived and worked in Paris since 1999.[1][2] He was also a high performance athlete, member of the French Hang Gliding Team.[3][4]


Luis Fernando Rizo-Salom obtained a master of composition at the Javeriana University in Bogota in 1998. In 1999, he decided to come to France to continue his studies with Emmanuel Nunes at the Conservatoire de Paris. Interested in computer music and new technologies, he followed the Curriculum composition and computer music at IRCAM in 2005 where he made Big Bang for viola and electronics.[5]

Between 2005 and 2007 he was composer in residence at the Casa de Velazquez in Madrid. He also received support from institutions such as the Nadia and Lili Boulanger Foundation, the Colombian government, the Academy Villecroze, foundations Meyer Tarrazi Legs and St. Paul, and the Georges Wildenstein (Academy of Fine Arts). His works were commissioned by the Concert Hall Shizuoka (Japan), the State (Ministry of Culture), the Orchestre national d'Île-de-France, the Festival du Larzac, the SACEM, the IRCAM, Radio France and Steirisches Kammermusik Festival.

He received awards from the Salabert Prize Foundation in 2004, the Prix International Forum for Young Composers in 2002 (Canada), the Prize of the University of Évry, 'Premio Paso al Arte' (Colombia).

His work included chamber works, orchestral and electroacoustic played in several contemporary music festivals in Colombia, France, England, Russia, Austria, Italy, Portugal, Spain, Germany and Canada, and broadcast by national radio Canadian, French and Colombian. His work was interpreted by leading ensembles and soloists such as Ensemble Intercontemporain sets Court-Circuit, Ensemble l'Itinéraire, Ensemble 2e2m, Nouvel Ensemble Modern, New Music Studio (Russia), Remix (Portugal), the Orchestre National d'Ile de France and Christophe Desjardins, Peter Rundel, Mark Foster, Lorraine Vaillancourt, Jean Deroyer, Pascal Rophé, Susanna Mälkki, and Pierre Roullier.

Selected compositions[edit]

Luis Rizo-Salom (Selected Works)
Year Work Composed for Duration

(in minutes)

Publisher Reference
2013 Rhizomes percussion unfinished unpublished [1][2]
2013 Quatre pantomimes pour six flute, clarinet, horn, violin, viola and cello 12 Le Chant du Monde [3]
2012 In/Out bass flute solo 6 Le Chant du Monde [4]
2011 El Juego bass flute, percussion, piano, viola and cello 12'14 Le Chant du Monde [5]
2011 Fluxus baritone saxophone solo 5'16 [6][7]
2010 [K]nock [O]ut ensemble 14'20 Le Chant du Monde [8]
2009 Trois manifestes electronic ensemble 27 unpublished [9]
2007 El laberinto de minotauro ensemble 6 unpublished [10]
2007 El laberinto de minotauro 2 ensemble 10'30 unpublished [11]
2006 Fabulas sobre fabrica de fabulas orchestra ~11 unpublished [12]
2006 La ventana de quimeras 6'08 Le Chant du Monde [13]
2005 Big Bang viola and live electroacustics 10 unpublished [14]
2005 Fabrica de fabulas orchestra unpublished [15]
2005 Red Snow electroacustic 4 unpublished [16]
2004 3-D grand ensemble 10 unpublished [17]
2004 Fabulas electroacustic 1.30 unpublished [18]
2004 Torrente bass and ensemble ~9 unpublished [19]
2003 Invenciones invisibles piano solo 11'04 [20][21]
2002 Al umbral del abismo piano and ensemble 17'35 unpublished [22]
2001 Cumulus flute, violin, cello and piano 10'59 unpublished [23]
2000 Glide electroacustic 6 unpublished [24]
1998 Metamorfosis orchestre 9 unpublished [25]
1997 Sombra soprano, flute, clarinet, bassoon and percussion 8 unpublished [26]
1997 Ritual brass and percussion, unpublished [27]
1997 Variaciones percussion and piano unpublished [28]
1995 Fonodia piano solo unpublished [29]
1994 Dos miniaturas flute solo unpublished [30]


  1. ^ "Luis Fernando Rizo-Salom s'est tué dans un accident de deltaplane - Actu musicale - France Musique" (in French). Retrieved 2013-08-19.
  2. ^ "Luis-Fernando Rizo-Salom" (in French). Retrieved 2013-08-19.
  3. ^ "Hommage à Luis-Fernando Rizo-Salom" (in French). Retrieved 2013-08-19.
  4. ^ "Fédération Aéronautique Internationale, Hang Gliding Class 1, Overall Pilot Ranking". Retrieved 2013-08-19.
  5. ^ "Big Bang (2005)" (in French). Retrieved 2013-08-19.