Barilari, Elbio Rodríguez
- Ruth E. Rosenberg
(b Montevideo, Uruguay, Dec 13, 1953). Uruguayan composer, writer, and teacher, active in the United States. He studied in Montevideo with Coriún Aharonian and Héctor Tosar before pursuing his education in Brazil and Germany. Since he relocated to the United States in 1998, his work has been commissioned and performed by numerous groups in Chicago, including the Lyric Opera of Chicago, the Grant Park Festival Orchestra, the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, and the Concertante di Chicago.
Barilari’s classical compositions draw on a diversity of Latin American musical traditions and are often inspired by literature or historical figures. In 2002, as part of a tribute to Argentinian tango composer Astor Piazzolla, Barilari premiered a concerto for bandoneón at Chicago’s Grant Park Music Festival. His Heights of Machu Picchu (2005), incorporates Andean scales and rhythms, while his Canyengue (2006) features the distinctive rhythms of the milongon...