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Francisco del Pino is an Argentine composer and guitarist born in Buenos Aires in 1980. His work draws influence from literature, poetry, hypertextuality and the plastic arts and is most frequently based on extended contrapuntal techniques.

His music has been presented in a variety of contexts including Opus 4 Arts Gallery (Antwerp, Belgium), CRR de Paris, St. John's Smith Square (London), Symphony Space (NY), it has been selected by the ISCM jury for performance at World Music Days (South Korea, 2016) and has also been part of international music series in Argentina (CETC Teatro Colón, Guitarras del Mundo, Encuentros Internacionales de Música Contemporánea, Distat Terra Festival), Brazil (Simpósio Internacional de Música Nova), Faroe Islands (Summartónar Festival), Finland (Jean Sibelius Violin Competition), Italy (Opificio Musicale Fiorentino), Lithuania (Festivalis Druskomanija), Spain (Sirga Festival), Turkey (Bilgi New Music Festival) and the US (Vox Novus Festival, Applause Music Series). Among the performers with whom he has collaborated are major soloists such as Sarah Dupriez, Rolf Hind, Takao Hyakutome, Sergio Polizzi, Grégoire Simon, Friederike Starkloff, Yumi Suehiro, Ermis Theodorakis, and ensembles such as Compañía Oblicua, Cuarteto Encuentros, Nuntempe Ensamble, Quinteto Sonorama, Suono Mobile Argentina, Ensemble et cetera, Ensemble Platypus, Mivos Quartet, Orchestra da Camera Fiorentina and Ensemble TIMF.

He studied composition in Argentina with Fernando Maglia and Gerardo Gandini. Lessons on musical analysis with Guillermo Pozzati. Within the framework of several international workshops and festivals he also took lessons and attended masterclasses with composers Mariano Etkin, Stefano Gervasoni, Wim Henderickx, Claus-Steffen Mahnkopf and Toivo Tulev, among others. In addition to his studies in music, he took part in workshops on literature with the Argentine writer Ricardo Piglia.

His compositions have been awarded the highest distinctions at several national and international contests, among which stand out: 2nd Prize at the Sibelius Composition Competition, Finland (2015); 1st Prize at the Viola's 2014 Composition Contest, Association Franco Européenne de l'Alto, Paris (2014); 1st Prize at the Sorodha Composition Competition, Antwerp (2014); Prize "Best piece for solo marimba" at the Moscow Conservatory International Composition Competition, Russia (2013); TRINAC Prize - Tribuna Nacional de Compositores, Argentina (2015); 1st Prize at the Composition Contest "La máquina del tiempo", Centro Cultural España-Córdoba, Argentina (2010); and 1st Prize at the National Composition Award "Juan Carlos Paz", Fondo Nacional de las Artes, Argentina (2008). Among the jurors who have distinguished him are major names such as Kaija Saariaho, Magnus Lindberg, Mark Andre, Liza Lim, Wim Henderickx, Edith Canat de Chizy, Odile Auboin and many more.

He has a vast experience as a guitarist and arranger within the songwriting genre, having participated in projects ranging from prog-oriented rock to South American folk. Examples of his playing can be heard on albums by Juan Ravioli, Julieta Rimoldi and Marcelo Ezquiaga.

He currently teaches Counterpoint and Composition at the National University of Arts (UNA) in Buenos Aires, Argentina.