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. Other prestigious awards include the OAC Music Creation Projects Grant with Amarras Tango Quintet and the Joseph-Armand Bombardier CGS Doctoral Award.
An eclectic musician, Luis has toured as a classical pianist, conducted the Brandon Community Orchestra, presented his academic research at conferences around the world, and is the artistic director of the Amarras Tango Quintet.