Dr. Juan Manuel ABRAS is a classical music composer, conductor, musicologist and historian of European origin. A disciple of Penderecki and Schwertsik, he also studied with Stockhausen, Lachenmann, Rihm, etc. Postgraduate and graduate studies (University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna, Conservatorio Benedetto Marcello di Venezia, etc.), Doctor (PhD) in Music – Composition (UCA), Doctor (PhD) in Musicology (UCM and UVa), Master in Hispanic Music (USAL and UVa), Licentiate in History (USAL), Winner of a dozen awards and scholarships (Theodor-Körner-Preis, TRINAC-ISCM-UNESCO, etc.), his works were included on 8 CDs and premiered at many international festivals (Gaudeamus Muziekweek, Warsaw Autumn, etc.) and venues (Mozarteum Salzburg, Teatro Colón, etc.). He has been University Professor (UNLA and CSMCBA), researcher (UCA) and member of Österreichischer Komponistenbund, SEdeM, SADAIC, etc.