Enrico Chapela studied guitar performing and composition at CIEM academy in Mexico. He obtained a Master degree at the University of Paris Saint-Denis in 2008. Since the year 2002 he has won recognitions at several international competitions such as The John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowships, National System of Art Creators (FONCA-Mexico), the International Rostrum of Composers (UNESCO), International Alexander Zemlinsky Composition Competition and The Barlow Endowment for Music Composition Prize, amongst others.
Enrico Chapela has been commissioned to compose new works for the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Dresdner Sinfoniker, Carnegie Hall, Deutsche Welle, Beethovenfest Bonn, Britten Sinfonia, Wigmore Hall, Berkeley Symphony, Orquesta Sinfónica Simón Bolívar, Orquestra Sinfônica do Estado de São Paulo, City of Birmingham Symphony, University of Cincinnati’s CCM Symphony, Ofunam, Orquesta Sinfónica Carlos Chávez, Orquesta de Boca del Río, Entrequatre, Cuarteto Latinoamericano, ONIX Ensemble, HD Duo, Jaime Márquez, Mauricio Nader, New Paths in Music Festival, Vail Music Festival, Cervantino Festival, Festival MX and the National Center for the Performing Arts of China.
His music has been performed in Latin America, North America, Asia and Europe by performers such as the Chicago Symphony, Indianapoils Symphony, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Seoul Philharmonic, Warsaw Philharmonic, Brooklyn Philharmonic, Jenaer Philharmonie, Bundesjugendorchester, Philharmonic Orchestra of the Americas, Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de México, Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de Argentina, Orquesta Brasileira, Sinfónica de Puerto Rico, Festival de Campos de Jordao, Filharmónica de Jalisco, London Sinfonietta, Cabrillo Festival, Tanglewood Festival, Metropolis Ensemble, Percussion Group Cincinnati, North/South Chamber Orchestra, Ensemble 10/10, Arditti Quartet, Carpentier String Quartet, Cuarteto José White, Calder String Quartet, Modern Sax Quartett Berlin, Haags Saxofoonkwartet, Stockholm Sax Quartet, Cosmos Sax Quartet, Case Sax Quartet, Anacrusax, Mana Saxophone Quartet, Tambuco, Quinteto de Alientos de la Ciudad de México, Quinteto de Metales de la Ciudad de México, Cuarteto de Guitarras de la Ciudad de México, Trio de Alientos de Bellas Artes, Voz en Punto, Cepromusic, Nuevo Ensamble de México, Orquesta Pasatono, Johannes Moser, Alejandro Escuer, Gonzalo Salazar, Victor Flores, Mauricio Náder, Edith Ruiz, Richard Pohl, Álvaro Bitrán, Natalia Pérez Turner, Horacio Franco, Matthias Jacobsson and Pablo Garibay.
Some of the conductors that have conducted his music are: Esa-Pekka Salonen, Gustavo Dudamel, Marin Alsop, Joana Carneiro, Krzysztof Urbanski, Alondra de la Parra, Andrew Cyr, Cliff Colnot, José Luis Castillo, José Areán, Joshua Dos Santos, Mark Gibson, Giancarlo Guerrero, Jason Love, Pascal Rophé, Stefan Asbury, Nicholas Milton, Daryl Pratt, Clark Rundell, Max Lifchitz, David Alan Miller, Enrique Barrios, Diego Matheuz, Olari Elts, Eckart Preu, Darrel Ang, Miguel Salmón de Real, Leslie Dunner, Luis Gorelik, Marcos Arkakaki, Germán Tort, Roberto Beltrán, Garry Walker, Edwin Outwater, Roberto Minczuk, Iván del Prado, Niksa Bareza, David Bloom and Jorge Mester.
Chapela has also composed Mexican film scores: Somos lo que hay, directed by Jorge Michel Grau, obtained the Mexican Film Academy 2011 nomination for best original music. Amar no es querer, directed by Guillermo Barba, was selected “Best Original Music Score” at the “Pantalla de Cristal” film festival.
Enrico Chapela’s music has been broadcasted in more than 40 countries all over the world. Also, he teaches composition at NICO academy, and hosts a contemporary music radio show called METAMUSICA, broadcasted at OPUS 94 radio station.