Miguel del Águila (b. 1957, Uruguay) is an Uruguayan-born American composer and pianist.
Águila received musical training in Uruguay, and at the conservatories of San Francisco and Vienna. After winning acclaim as pianist and composer in Vienna, he re-established himself in the U.S. in 1989 with a program of piano music at Carnegie Recital Hall and the premiere of Hexen by the Brooklyn Philharmonic conducted by Lukas Foss. He returned to California in 1992.
A three-time Grammy-nominated composer, Aguila is among the most distinctive and highly regarded composers of his generation, with over 120 works that couple drama and driving rhythm with nostalgic nods to his South American roots.
Águila has been commissioned or performed by over 100 orchestras including the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, the Buffalo Philharmonic, the symphonies of Toronto, Nashville, Seattle, Albany, San Antonio, Long Beach, and Virginia, and the Welsh BBC. He has collaborated with conductors such as JoAnn Falletta, Giancarlo Guerrero, and Ken Masur; and with soloists Manuel Barrueco and Richard Stoltzman among many others.
Mr. Águila has received a Kennedy Center Friedheim Award and both a Music Alive Award and a Magnum Opus/Kathryn Gould Award from New Music USA. He was Lancaster Symphony’s 2009 Composer of the Year, and has won grants from the Copland and Argosy Foundations.
A sought-after lecturer, curator and educator, Aguila is a frequent competition jurist and guest composer. He is 2020 composer in residence with Orchestra de las Americas and with Festival Alfredo de Saint Malo.
Works for Winds
- Broken Rondo (2010)
- Latin Love (2005)
- Sextet Dances
- Wind Quintet (1988)
- Wind Quintet No. 2 (1994)
- Wind Quintet No. 3 (2016)