I am a Mexican/Canadian composer, and I write music for live concerts, films, and sometimes just for myself.


Since 2003, I have been living in Vancouver, Canada, located in the ancestral Coast Salish territory of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations. From here, I have been lucky to have my music performed by a number of musicians and ensembles I really admire. These include the NYO Canada, Standing Wave Ensemble, Turning Point Ensemble, Orchestre de la Francophonie, the Victoria Symphony, the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, and most recently the Toronto Symphony Orchestra.


Some recent highlights of my career also include the opportunity to write Ocaso, a piece for the National Youth Orchestra of Canada which was toured across the country during the summer of 2015. Last year, I also had the great privilege of working with Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Caroline Shaw for Music on Main's "Music for the Winter Solstice" programme. Caroline and an extraordinary group of Vancouver musicians performed my work A Short Song for the Longest Night of the Year which I wrote specifically for this event. In 2018, I collaborated with my friend, poet Colin Browne in a project we called Music for a Night in May, where we programmed an entire evening of original music setting a number of his texts. Along with flautist Mark Takeshi McGregor, I also travelled to Mexico in late 2019 to the Museo Leonora Carrington to premiere Notgnirrac, a solo flute piece based on Carrington's work.

From 2011 to 2014, I was the inaugural Peter Wall Composer In Residence at the Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies, where in addition to curating presentations on my music, I also collaborated with legendary choreographer and dancer Margie Gillis to create On Fairness, a work for dancer, flute, violin, and cello that has had performances in Montréal, Vancouver, and New York.


In addition to composing music, I have also worked as an arts administrator and was recently the General Manager at Vancouver's Music on Main, an incredible organization that will present the ISCM World New Music Days in 2017 in Vancouver, and brings social engagement as an essential part of its concert formats and programming. I have also sat on the board of the Redshift Music Society and the Turning Point Ensemble, and look forward to continuing to be engaged in the collective task of creating a vibrant artistic community in my city.


I am an Associate Composer with the Canadian Music Centre, a member of SOCAN, and a member of the band Ghost Shepherd and  Square.

If you want to send me an email me please email me at asa(at)alfredosantaana.ca.