Carlos Cárdenas

Composer & Educator

born in 1985 in Bogotá, Colombia.


 He studied at the Los Andes University in Bogotá, receiving his bachelor for piano with Antonio Carbonell in 2008 and in composition with Catalina Peralta in 2010. He obtained the academic degree in pedagogy in 2010 at the same University.


He has completed a Masters in film music in 2014 with Prof. Cornelius Schwehr and in composition in 2015 with Prof. Brice Pauset at the Hochschule für Musik Freiburg. In 2017 he obtained the concert exam in composition also with Prof. Schwehr.


He has also attended courses with Luis Bavalov, Mathias Steinauer, Vladimir Tarnopolnsky and Carola Bauckholt, and the International Summer Course in Darmstadt 2016.


In 2013 he was the recipient of a fellowship from the Fundación Mazda para el Arte y la Ciencia in Colombia. Furthermore he awarded prizes like DAAD for outstanding results in 2014 at the Hochschule für Musik Freiburg and Baden-Württemberg Arts Foundation prize 2016. He was in 2018 composer in residence at Wiepersdorf Castle, Germany.


His musical versatility allows him to participate in various projects and to compose very different pieces for solo instruments, chamber music, brass band, wind orchestra and orchestra.