My music emerges from the heart of Caribbean rhythms and chants. We are a creative mixture of cultures – an explosion of sounds, colors, and imagination. It has always been my universe, my poetic vision of the world… “

Dominican acclaimed composer Darwin Aquino has recently celebrated five new commissions with world premieres by the Florida International University Orchestra (Violin Concerto), Chamber Project St. Louis (Sextet), Women Hope Chorale (Female Chorus, Piano, Violoncello and Percussion), University of Michigan (Percussion solo) and Ensamblast (Violin, Violoncello, Bass and Piano).

Aquino’s most celebrated orchestral composition Espacio Ritual had its European premiere by the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France during the 2015 Festival Presences, resulting in remarkable appraisal from La Musique au Jour le Jour: “Aquino has very well listened to the French composers, Boulez or Varese, developing in this piece a deeply personal language and an inventive mastery for writing to the orchestra”. Other orchestral works have been performed by international ensembles such as Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela, Mainz Philharmonic Orchestra, Saarländisches Staatsorchester, Youth Orchestra of the Americas (YOA), Santo Domingo Music Festival Orchestra, Filarmónica Boca del Rio in Mexico, Dominican National Symphony Orchestra, Washington University Symphony Ochestra, Musica Sacra Philharmonic and the National Symphony of El Salvador.

The Latin American Collegium of Composers joined Aquino as their youngest member for his outstanding achievements in composition. In 2015 was invited to Cuba as one of the judges for the top Composition Prize Casa de las Americas. A frequently performed composer worldwide, his chamber music has been selected for the New Music ISCM in Miami, Latin American Music Festival in Venezuela, SMASH Salamanca in Spain, Las Americas in Concert at the Mannes College of Music in New York, International Forum of New Music in Mexico, Universidad de Costa Rica and North South Consonance in New York, among others.

Aquino studied composition at the Conservatoire National du Strasbourg in France with Italian maestro Ivan Fedele and served as composer in residence for the National Symphony Orchestra of the Dominican Republic. During his career he has received the Musici Mojanesi Composition Prize in Italy, three National Composition Prizes and two Academic Composition Prizes in the Dominican Republic.