Carlos Malcolm

Cuban composer and pianist; born in 1945 in Havana, Cuba (of West Indian parents).

Completed his first musical studies at the Amadeo Roldán Conservatory, in Havana. To earn his living, as a teen ager, played the piano in night clubs, and with popular orchestras.

Continued further studies to obtain a Music Degree at Havana's Superior Institute of Fine Arts. Followed  post graduate studies in Composition (1987-1989) and Chamber Music (1989-1990) at the Chopin's University of Music.

As composer and pianist accompanied the National Modern Dance Ensemble (1964-1968). As a free lance composer and pianist worked for the Cuban Institute of Radio and TV - also, ocassionally with the Cuban Institute of Film (1968-1970). From 1970 belonged to the staff of Composers of the Ministry of Culture presenting own works at Contemporary Music Festivals. During this period his music is presented, more  often, at international festivals, and performed by outstanding musicians: Berlin's Biennale (1984), Warsaw Autumn (1985), New Music Concets (Toronto, 1986), Mexican Forums of Contemporary Music (several years),  Japan's Music Today, The International Music Festival of Bayreuth (1990), New Music Chicago (1990). His works have been performed also in Spain, Argentina, Hungary, Colombia etc...

Toured as composer and pianist in a duet with coreographer Lorna Burdsall throughout Jamaica, Ecuador, Mexico (1978-1981), where also offered concerts, mainly, of his own works and lectured  on Cuba's music.

Several of his works have been awarded in national competitions, in Cuba, among them, the Union of Writers and Artists Prize. His music has been recorded and published by the cuban label EGREM; and The National Library „José Marti”. Also has recoreded his music for radio and TV stations in Cuba, Mexico, Ecuador, and Poland.

Living in Poland, since 1990, has continued his musical activities in close contact with several institutions, like the F. Chopin's  University of Music; Centrum for Latinoamerican Studies of the University of Warsaw; and other outstanding music academies and cultural centers.  

Since 2013 is a regular member of the Polish Union of Composers. 

List of major works:

For orchestra: Marionetas,ballet of Cuban Modern Dance Ensemble (1965); Concert for piano and orchestra (1981); Montaje for wind ensemble and percussion (1969).

Chamber music:Allegro en Son for wind quintet (1964); Beny Moré redivivo  for string quartet (1973);  Sones de guerra for guitar and piano (1975); Quetzalcoatl, Song of the Feathered Serpent for flute and piano (1982); Rumores for piano trio (1984); The one and the many for violin and piano; Canto en Familia for soloists, choir and piano (2003); Sonata for violin and piano (2007).

Voice and piano: numerous songs based on poems by caribbean poets (José Marti, Nicolás Guillén, Claude McKay, Nancy Morejón, Antonio preciado, Thiago de Melo, Rubén Martinez Villena...) Los dos principes, Balada del Güije, Para escapar herido, Un son para nińos antillanos, Matábara del hombre malo... (1964-1981).

Piano solo: Estudios (1963); Sonatina (1964); Articulaciones (1970); Eclosión (1979); Adagio  for four hands (1974); La Caja de las pequeńas sorpresas suite for a young pianist (1979); Autógrafo (1998); 4 Escenas breves (2005); Sonata Divertimento No 1 (2009);  Sonata Divertimento No 2 (2012).