Born in 1963 in Buenos Aires, the Argentine-Spanish composer and conductor Fabián Panisello moves audiences with his lively, vivid, and finely differentiated musical language. The longtime director of the Reina Sofía School of Music in Madrid and founder and artistic director of the Plural Ensemble began his composition studies in his hometown under Francisco Kröpfl. He completed his studies with honors in 1993 as a student of Boguslaw Schaeffer at the Mozarteum in Salzburg. He received additional mentorship from Elliott Carter, Franco Donatoni, Brian Ferneyhough, and Luis de Pablo, along with conducting guidance from Péter Eötvös and Jorma Panula.
Fabián Panisello's compositions have been and continue to be performed by well-known interpreters. The Arditti Quartet, for example, premiered his Three Movements at the 2006 Takefu Festival. Pierre Boulez conducted the SWR Symphony Orchestra with his orchestral work Aksaks at the Donaueschinger Musiktage and Wien Modern in 2008. Under the direction of Péter Eötvös, Orquesta Nacional de España premiered the 2009 work Mandala, followed by his piano concerto for the Orquesta de la Comunidad de Madrid under Susanna Mälkki and his trumpet concerto for Marco Blaauw in 2010, which he conducted himself that same year in Berlin. Also under his direction, Ensemble Modern premiered the ensemble piece Solstice in 2013. In the field of vocal music, Gothic Songs, after texts by Edgar Allen Poe, premiered in 2012 at the Alte Oper Frankfurt with the baritone Leigh Melrose, along with two monodramas: L'Officina della resurrezione, for baritone, chorus, electronics, and string quartet, which premiered in its second version in 2014 in Katowice with baritone Holger Falk; and the premiere in 2018 of The Raven, again after Edgar Allen Poe, with mezzo soprano Charlotte Mundy and the Glass Farm Ensemble in Madrid.