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Cecilia Arditto, Buenos Aires, 1966 studied music at the Conservatorio Julián Aguirre, Centro de Estudios Avanzados en Música Contemporánea (CEAMC) and Conservatory of Amsterdam (cum laude); she took composition lessons in Argentina with Gabriel Valverde and Mariano Etkin; analysis with Margarita Fernandez among others.

Prizes and stipendia: First Composition Prize CCRR-CEAMC 1996, "Buenos Aires No Duerme¨ Prize 1998, Mention Concurso Radio Clásica, Concurso de Composición CEAMC-Arditti String Quartet, Antorchas Scholarship for two consecutive years, Fondo Nacional de las Artes Prize, etc. Her music was selected for the "3rd Forum International de Jeunes Compositeurs de l'Ensemble l'Aleph, France, the "Boswil International Composition Seminar", Switzerland and the "Music at the Anthology Festival" in New York for two editions. She was granted a residential grant at the Camargo residence for artists in France to work in my chamber opera "The daughter of the sorceress..." She was guest composer at the Udk, Berlin in two opportunities, and she was granted commissions from the NFPK, Stichting Kous and Orgelpark among others in Holland. She was invited to Borealis festival in Norway and Festival Rümlingen in Switzerland. She is very active in the Argentine new music scene continuously collaborating with ensembles and performers.

Her music has been performed in Latin American, Asia, USA and Europe. Some of her pieces are being constantly played by different performers all over the world, like “Musica invisible for flute” performed by more than 20 different flutists.


Since 2009 is the artistic leader of Stichting planB, a foundation based on Holland devoted to research in music-theater and multidisciplinary events, with strong emphasis in music notation. 


Together with Dutch photographer and guitar player Daniel Nicolas she has a duo experimenting in music related with visual aspects.

In 2018 Cecilia got the following prizes: New Maker Ensemble (London) Call for scores; Low Frequency Trio Composition competition (Mexico);  Wilde Lieder Marx Music Competition (second prize) by the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group.

Her new piece “Distancia de rescate”, for 8 cellos was premiered by Innovations in concert, Montreal, in Novemebr 2018.

She publishes her music in Plante Editions, Berlin.


Since 2012 she is a Bikram yoga teacher, giving classes all over the world together with her music activities.   Since 2002 she lives in Amsterdam.

updated 21-10-18