- Carmen Helena Téllez
(b Caracas, Dec 8, 1951). Venezuelan composer. She studied composition and choral conducting with Bor and Grau in Caracas. She later studied orchestral conducting with Emil Simon in Romania and composition at the University of Wisconsin with Les Thimmig, and at Indiana University in Bloomington with Juan Orrego-Salas, Eaton and Fred Fox (BA, 1982). On her return to Venezuela in 1982 she started teaching composition and founded several children's choirs in schools in Caracas. In 1990 she was appointed head of the composition department of the Instituto Universitario de Estudios Musicales in Caracas. With the composer Ricardo Teruel and the percussionist Edgar Saume she founded in 1985 the ensemble Ipso-Facto, dedicated to the performance of electro-acoustic and mixed-media compositions. Their joint project, the Concierto de las tres esferas, won the Previsora prize in 1989. In 1992 she founded the Arkeom ensemble to develop projects exploring the relationship between the arts. She returned to the United States in ...