Jorge Variego (b. 1975, Rosario, Argentina) has a Doctorate degree in Music Composition from the University of Florida; a master’s of music degree in composition and clarinet Performance from Carnegie Mellon University; and a J.D. equivalent from the National University of Rosario. He currently serves as Assistant Professor of Music Composition, Theory and Woodwinds at Valley City State University.
Actively involved with technology in sound and music, Variego has been a pioneer in the field of interactive computer music, having created or performed a great deal of works for clarinet and electronics in the U.S., Europe, and South America. He participated in many international computer music festivals such as MATA, SEAMUS, EMS, and Sonoimagenes, and can be heard on many albums, including his most recent solo album Necessity (2010) which was released with Albany Records.
As a recipient of numerous grants, prizes, and commissions, Variego wrote pieces that were premiered at the Vandoren Clarinet Ensemble Festival, the National Flute Association Convention, and the 2011 season of the Symphonic Orchestra of Rosario. He also holds an active schedule as a lecturer/performer, in; August 2012, he was resident artist at the Centro Mexicano para la Musica y las Artes Sonoras (CMMAS) being involved with the production of an album exclusively dedicated to new music.
Variego was awarded first prize in the Carlos Guastavino Composition Contest (Mozarteum Santa Fe, Argentina), first prize in the Jorge Pe�a Hen Composition Contest for youth orchestras sponsored by the Foundation of Youth Orchestras of Chile, and Premio Tribunas de Musica Argentina 2007, sponsored by Fundacion Encuentros de Musica Contemporanea. He was also finalist in the Fresh Ink composition competition in 2008 and also selected national finalist in the SCI/ASCAP Commission Competition in 2008 and 2011.