Javier Torres Maldonado studies violin and composition at the Conservatorio Nacional de Musica of Mexico City and later composition at the “G. Verdi” Conservatoire of Milan, under the supervision of Sandro Gorli and Alessandro Solbiati; he completes his postgraduate studies under Franco Donatoni and Azio Corghi (Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Accademia Chigiana) and Ivan Fedele (Conservatoire of Strasbourg). In 2003 he gains a diploma in Electronic Music from the “G. Verdi” Conservatoire of Milan and in 2004 participates to the stage of composition assisted by computer at the IRCAM in Paris.
He is awarded first prizes at major international competitions, among which: “Reine Elisabeth” of Brussels (2004), “Alfredo Casella” of Siena (2002), “Reine Maria José of Geneva (2000), “Ad Referendum II” of Montreal (1998); he also obtains twice the second prize of the “Mozart” competition of Salzburg (1997, first prize not assigned, and 1999). In 1998 he is invited by Nouvel Ensemble Moderne and the University of Montreal to represent Mexico, Central and South Americas at the Forum 1998, held in Montreal, during which he is assigned the “Prix des Musiciens”. In 2000 he obtains the “Medalla Mozart” from the Austrian and Mexican governments.
He receives various commissions from important festivals and international institutions, among which: the Mozart Week (Salzburg), Biennale of Venice, Festival Musica (Strasbourg), Settimana Musicale Senese, Gaudeamus Music Week (Amsterdam), Focus! Festival (New York), Nuova Consonanza (Rome), Festival Days of Contemporary Music (Dresden), Rencontres entre Compositeurs et Interprètes (Paris), Tiroler Festspiele Erl (Austria), Bay of Islands Festival (New Zealand), Festival Internacional Cervantino (Guanajuato); and his compositions are performed, among others, by Carlo Chiarappa, Pascal Contet, Pablo Marquez, Ensemble Aleph, Nouvel Ensemble Moderne, San Francisco Contemporary Music Players, Divertimento Ensemble, Quartetto Danel, Ensemble Risognanze, National Orchestra of Belgium, Orchestra of Bilbao, Haydn Orchestra of Bolzano, Orchestra Regionale Toscana. In October 2006 the Milano Musica Festival dedicates a concert to Mexican and Spanish music, in which Torres Maldonado is involved both as a composer and as the conductor of the Dynamis Ensemble.
In 2005 Stradivarius realises a monographic CD of his music, in the series Times Future; in the same year Ambroisie realises a CD which includes Obscuro Etiantum Lumine, for violin and three orchestral groups, performed by Mikhail Ovrutsky and by the National Orchestra of Belgium, conducted by Giles Varga.
Torres Maldonado is a fellow of the Sistema Nacional de Creadores de Arte of Mexico, as well as Artistic Director of the Dynamis Ensemble. Currently, he teaches Electronic Music at the “A. Vivaldi” Conservatoire of Alessandria and he holds seminars and workshops of composition, musical analysis, computer music and music assisted by the computer in various Italian Conservatoires and at the Conservatorio della Svizzera Italiana (Switzerland).