Carlos Cordero (b. 1992), recent University of Houston Affiliated Fellow at the American Academy of Rome, is an award winner composer, including First place in the International Choral Composition Competition Japan 2018; Inversion Ensemble’s Emerging Composer Competition; Vox Populi Winner in I International Choral Composition Competition Alberto Grau; The Uncommon Music Festival Choral Composition Competition, as well as winner of the 2017 Chorus Austin Young Composer’s Competition. Cordero enjoys writing music mainly for the voice, having completed a 3-act operetta, Un Cuento de Luces y Sombras (A Tale of Light and Shadows), with an original story and libretto. Among his works, Carlos can count pieces for voice and piano, pieces for choir (a cappella and accompanied); as well as music for chamber ensembles and orchestra, His pieces have been performed internationally, including Australia, Belgium, Canada, Hungary, Japan, London, USA, UK, and Venezuela.
Originally from Maracaibo, Venezuela, Carlos is currently residing in Austin, Texas, after finishing his Master of Music in Composition at University of Houston, Moores School of Music, with mentor Dr. David Ashley White. Cordero is a former singer with UH’s Concert Chorale under the direction of Dr. Betsy Cook Weber, winning the 28th Béla Bartók International Choral Competition Grand Prix where his piece "This Sky" received its international premiere. He is published by Panamusica, E.C. Schirmer, and Selah Publishing. Cordero is a former Choral Conductor and Music Educator at El Sistema, and holds a B.M. and a Specialization in Composition from Universidad Católica Cecilio Acosta.