Axel Retif (Puebla, Mexico, 1992) Composer and producer whose music has been played in various national and international festivals, such as Foro Internacional de Música Nueva Manuel Enríquez, June in Buffalo Festival, Festival Expresiones Contemporáneas, Festival Aires Nacionales, Foro de Música Nueva Armando Luna y XI ECI within the Facultad de Artes de la Universidad Nacional de La Plata. His music has been performed by important artists around the world, such as Juanmanuel Flores, Wilfrido Terrazas, Cristian Coliver, Rodrigo Mata, Carlos Salmeron, Emily Duncan, Duo Yonx, Trio Siqueiros, Cuarteto Chroma, Cuarteto Ruvalcaba, Arditti Quartet, Ensamble CG, Slee Sinfonietta, the Orquesta Sinfónica UACH and the Orquesta Sinfónica del Estado de Puebla.
He has received various grants and scholarships such as the Programa Estímulos a la Innovación IMACP 2020, PECDA Puebla 2019 & 2021, and Fomento de las Músicas Iberoamericanas 2020-2021 (IBERMÚSICAS). He has also released two monographic EP albums called Sincronías (2021) and House of Flies (2022), under the record label Tagma Records. Currently, he is composer in residence for Mushamukas Ensamble de Contrabajos where he is composing a piece for the ensemble in memoriam of Stefano Scodanibbio.
Axel Retif began his studies at the Centro de Investigación y Estudios Musicales (CIEM) where he took composition classes with Dr. Ana Paola Santillán. He subsequently graduated from LLCM – BA in Music Composition from the West London College of Music, where he studied under the tutelage of Vincent Carver. He is currently studying his master’s degree in Music Theory & Composition at The University of New Mexico (UNM) in Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA with Dr. José Luis Hurtado. In addition to his career as a composer, he works as artistic coordinator at the Festival Expresiones Contemporáneas (Mexico), a festival focused on the production and dissemination of contemporary music.