Carlos Gutiérrez Quiroga

Field of Practice:

Aural & Physical


Solitude fellowship

City, Country:


2020, 2021


Oct 2022 - Mar 2023

Born in La Paz/Bolivia in 1982.

Carlos Gutiérrez Quiroga is a composer, researcher, and the director of the Experimental Orchestra of Indigenous Instruments (OEIN). He has composed several pieces specifically for the OEIN, as well as for other instrumental formations. His musical work spans the creation of instruments and sound objects and the investigation of native music, especially in the Aymara and Quechua traditions. He is also interested in exploring the influence of indigenous music in the composition process, understood as an integrality including acoustic technologies, forms of montage, and the interrelationship between the performer and the interpretation and perception of the music.

His compositions have been performed by the EMN, La Paz, the duo Wapiti, Bogotá/Bolivia and Montreal/Canada, the EMNISF, Freiburg/Germany, Via Nova Chor, Munich/Germany, the Curious Chamber Players, Stockholm/Sweden, Ensemble Face the Music, New York/USA and the vocal group Phönix 16, Berlin/Germany. He has also composed music for film and theater.

In 2018, he was chosen to participate in the Artists-in-Berlin Program (Berliner Künstlerprogramm) run by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). He has been invited to various festivals celebrating contemporary music and film, including the MATA Festival, New York/USA (2018), Donaueschinger Musiktage, Donaueschingen/Germany (2018), mikromusik, Berlin (2018), Klangspuren, Schwaz/Austria (2009/2011), Transart – Festival of Contemporary Culture, Bolzano/Italy (2011) and the International Film Festival Rotterdam/The Netherlands (2015).