Francisco Alvarado (b. 1984) is a Chilean composer. His work mainly explores timbre by means of manipulating and orchestrating complex sounds that, varied and transformed, develop in time, aiming to build a poetical musical discourse. The use of informatics tools in order to extract musical material from the analysis of these sounds, the integration of the space and the body of the performers as perceptual parameters, the exploration of relationships between the written score and improvisation, the use of live electronics as an extension of the instrument sonorities or the research of new instrumental techniques are some of his main interests. This exploration has been possible thanks to continuous collaborations with artists of his generation, conceiving new projects that deal with common questions, including artists such as Standardmodell, Achtung, the TNS school of theatre, Angèle Chemin, Marie-Claudine Papadopoulos, Violaine Debever, the Ensemble Maja or the Ensemble C Barré. Francisco Alvarado studied composition at the Universidad Católica de Chile, then at the composition class of Stefano Gervasoni at the Paris Conservatory. His encounters with Gervasoni, as well as other composers, such as Chaya Czernowin, Philippe Manoury, Alberto Posadas, Yan Maresz, Hèctor Parra or Brian Ferneyhough were very important to forging a personal language and original musical projects. He attended the Cursus 1 & 2 at IRCAM in Paris between 2013 and 2015. He has received distinctions including the Musica Festival Academy’s prize or the CDMC prize at the INJUVE academy in Madrid. He was an artist in residence at the Camargo Foundation in 2017.