Javier Quislant García was born in Bilbao (Spain) in 1984. While studying piano, saxophone, and guitar at the local music school and conservatory, he also studied composition and music theory. After his bachelor’s degree in Composition in Barcelona, he came to Graz in 2011 to study composition with Beat Furrer at the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz. He completed both Masters (MA) Composition and Composition - Musical Theatre with distinction.
In 2017 he was awarded the Musikförderungspreis der Stadt Graz. In 2018, the XXIV Premio del Colegio de España en Paris - INAEM (National Institute for Performing Arts and Music of the Ministry of Culture of Spain). In 2018, his first chamber opera "Mirada antigua" (Stimmtheater - Voice theatre) premiered at the Opera House Graz. Also, in 2018 he composed a work for large ensemble commissioned by the IEMA and the Gaudeamus Muziekweek in the frame of the Ulysses Network. In 2019 he was awarded the Styria-Artist-in-Residence (St.A.i.R.), provided by the Styrian Government.
His works range from solo and ensemble music to orchestral, choral works and chamber opera. He has worked on his music with ensembles, such as Klangforum Wien, Ensemble Intercontemporain, Ensemble Recherche, Arditti String Quartet, Orchestra Philharmonique de Radio France, Internationale Ensemble Modern Akademie (IEMA). His music has been premiered and performed in contemporary music festivals such as Wien Modern, IRCAM ManiFeste, Gaudeamus Muziekweek, Wittener Tage für Neue Kammermusik, Bridges Festival (Wiener Konzerthaus), Open Music, Musikprotokoll and Internationale Ferienkurse für Neue Musik Darmstadt.
The connection between language, literature, and film art is one of his main artistic interests.
Upcoming projects include world premieres and first performances with Klangforum Wien, Ensemble Recherche, Bilbao Symphony Orchestra and Cantando Admont Vocal Ensemble.