José Río-Pareja was born in Barcelona in 1973. He earned advanced degrees in Composition, Choral Conducting and Orchestral Conducting at the Conservatori Superior Municipal de Música of Barcelona, where he was awarded Highest Honors in Composition. From 2002 to 2007, he resided in the United States, where he pursued a Doctorate of Musical Arts in Composition at Stanford University studying with Brian Ferneyhough -advisor-, Jonathan Berger, Chris Chafe, Melissa Hui and Fernando López-Lezcano.

The recipient of numerous awards, such as "INAEM Prize" 2008 (the Spanish National Institute for the Performing Arts and Music and the Colegio de España in Paris), the Concours Henri Dutilleux Second Prize 2004 in France, the Merit Diploma of the Accademia Musicale Chigiana 2001 in Italy, the International Cristóbal Halffter Prize 2001, the Frederic Mompou Award 1995 and the SGAE First Prize 2000 (Spanish General Society of Authors and Editors). Furthermore, José Río-Pareja has received fellowships from La Caixa (2002-2004), Stanford University (2004-2007), Center Acanthes (2004), Accademia Musicale Chigiana (2002), AIE (Society of Performing Artists)-Cursos Manuel de Falla (1998) and the Dorothy Culver Hayne Fellowship (2005).

His works have been commissioned or performed by international soloists and ensembles, such as the Arditti String Quartet, Ensemble InterContemporain, Ensemble Contrechamps, Ensemble Inauthentica/Mark Menzies, Roberto Fabbriciani, Georges Pludermacher, Ann Unju Yi, Robert Huw Morgan, and Spanish musical groups and performers such as the Ensemble NeoArs Sonora, Ensemble Residencias, Grupo Enigma -Chamber Orchestra of the Auditorium of Zaragoza-, Trio Kandinsky, Alberto Rosado-David Apellániz duo, Lluïsa Espigolé, Carlos Gálvez, Plural Ensemble, Grup Instrumental de València, and Trío Arbós.

Since 2007 he is a professor in the Department of Theory, Composition and Conducting at the Escola Superior de Música de Catalunya [ESMUC]. For more information visit: www.rio-pareja.com