- Carmen Helena Téllez
(b Caracas, Aug 4, 1959). Venezuelan composer. After studying composition with Mastrogiovanni in Caracas, she studied with Orrego-Salas at Indiana University, Bloomington (MA 1986). For the next three years she worked in Caracas as a teacher and composer, collaborating with the National Library, the Instituto Universitario de Estudios Musicales and the Centro de Estudios Latinoamericanos Romulo Gallegos, and writing for chamber ensembles, dance groups and film projects.
In 1989 she returned to the United States to take a doctorate at the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (1993). In 1996 she embarked on a doctoral degree in Hispanic literature, studying the relationship between music and poetry and the application of poetic techniques of creation and analysis to her work as a composer. She engaged in discussions of her theories with the Latin American writers Octavio Paz and Armando Romero. Her recent work applies her concepts to both her compositions and to her literary criticism. She has also composed a series of pieces with contemporary techniques for young performers....