Puerto Rican composer Iván Enrique Rodríguez’ (b.1990) music is inspired by the human experience, the mind and, intense emotions. It also focuses on social justice and his Puerto Rican heritage. His works have been performed in PR, USA, North/South America, Europe and have been commercially recorded by ensembles and soloists including acclaimed trumpeter Luis “Perico” Ortiz. Rodríguez has been named a Puerto Rican Heritage Ernesto Malave Scholar of the Arts and has received ASCAP’s prestigious Leonard Bernstein Award and Morton Gould Young Composer Award honorable mention. He has been invited as a composer-in-residence at the historic Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music, the Massachusetts International Festival of the Arts, and commissioned and performed by institutions and festivals such as Lövstabruks Kammamusikfestival, University of California, Davis, and Interlochen Center for the Arts. He has also been recognized by the Edward T. Cone Composition Institute, Rimini International Choral Competition, the International Composition Competition Maurice Ravel, ACO’s EarShot Program, JCI Ten Outstanding Young Persons of the World. Rodríguez currently pursues his Doctor in Musical Arts degree in Juilliard’s prestigious C.V. Starr doctoral program. His mentors include Melinda Wagner, Robert Beaser and Alfonso Fuentes.