Born and raised in Aguascalientes, Mexico, Luis Ramirez is a Mexican-Canadian composer with an affinity towards rhythmically colorful textures and visually-evocative sonic worlds, which often incorporate elements of Mexican folklore and a cinematographic approach to musical story-telling. He is currently pursuing doctoral studies in Composition at York University in Toronto with Randolph Peters, in which he is exploring the digital landscape for music-making and humanity’s often pernicious dynamics with the internet.
His work Chido was premiered by the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra during the WNMF 2018 as winner of the CMC Prairie Region Emerging Composer Competition, and in 2019 Chido was awarded the first prize of the Sir Ernest MacMillan Awards of the SOCAN Foundation and was performed by the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra in 2022. Other prestigious awards include the OAC Music Creation Projects Grant with Amarras Tango Quintet and the Joseph-Armand Bombardier CGS Doctoral Award. Luis was selected as a Composer Fellow for the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra in 2020 and commissioned by the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Gabrielle Israelievitch, Trio Kalysta, and GroundSwell, among others. He recently received a second commission by the Toronto Symphony Orchestra as part of their 2022/23 NextGen Composers program to be premiered in June 2023.
An eclectic musician, Luis has toured the Canadian Prairies as a classical pianist, taught the composition course at York University, conducted the Brandon Community Orchestra, presented his academic research at conferences around the world, and performed at bars with his tango quintet.