Ignacio Baca Lobera

(b. 28 June 1957, Mexico City).

Mexican composer of mostly orchestral, chamber and electroacoustic works that have been performed throughout the world.

Prof. Baca Lobera began self-taught studies in guitar at age fourteen. He studied composition with Julio Estrada at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México in Mexico City in 1979 and with Brian Ferneyhough, Jean-Charles François and Jōji Yuasa at the University of California, San Diego from 1985–91, where he earned his MMus and PhD. He also attended the Ferienkurse in Darmstadt in 1990 and 1992.

Among his honours are honourable mentions in the competition Lan Adomián (1980, for Contornos [withdrawn]) and competition José Pablo Moncayo (1982, for Movimientos [withdrawn]), both in Mexico City. He was also a finalist in the competition New Music Today in Tōkyō (1988, for Invención No. 2) and for the Kranichsteiner Musikpreis at the Ferienkurse in Darmstadt (1992, for Trios [y dobles]) and won the Irino Prize in Tōkyō (1996, for Tierra Incógnita). In addition, he earned an artist's salary from the Fondo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes in Mexico City (1992–93) and received the Guggenheim Fellowship (2001–02). He has been a member of the Sistema Nacional de Creadores del Fondo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes (FONCA) in Mexico City since 1997.

He is also active in other positions. He served as composer-in-residence to the Orquesta Filarmónica de Querétaro in 1994–95.

He has taught analysis, composition, counterpoint, and ear training as a professor at the Universidad Autónoma de Querétaro since 1994.


E-mail address:



Music for William (dance music, choreography by Jaime Blanc), fixed media (2 tracks), 1999


Mapamundi, large orchestra (78–90 or more players), 1993

Tabla Rasa, string orchestra, 1995

Tierra Incógnita, large orchestra (71 or more players), 1994–96

Entrada en Materia, string orchestra, 1996

Cinco Piezas de Orquesta, large orchestra (66 or more players), 1999–2000

Tres Miniaturas, 2002


Interacción, string quartet, 1979

Sexteto, flute, oboe, French horn, violin, cello, piano, 1982

Tres Minimams, clarinet, violin, piano, 1986

Invención No. 2, cello, 1987 (also revised as Invención No. 2.1, cello, 1991)

Neumas, oboe, ensemble (percussion, 3 violins, 2 violas, 2 cellos, double bass), 1990

Trios (y dobles), 3 ensembles (clarinet, 2 cellos; flute, trombone, percussion; oboe, trombone, percussion), 1991

Taleas I, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, piano, percussion, string quartet, double bass, 1992

Mundos interiores, alto flute, violin, cello, 2 percussion, 1992–93

Dúo I, flute, guitar, 1992–93

Fragmento, guitar, double bass, 1992–93

Tres Pequeñas Piezas, cello, piano, 1993

Breathing, clarinet, piano, 1993

Cuarteto, string quartet, 1993–94

Septeto, oboe (+ English horn), clarinet (+ bass clarinet), violin, cello, double bass, piano, percussion, 1994

Cinco Miniaturas, violin, cello, 1994

Fase II, 4 percussion, 1995–96

Seis Piezas para Tres Clarinetes, 3 clarinets, 1995–96

Taleas II, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, piano, percussion, string quartet, double bass, 1995–96

Discantus, flute, piano, 1996

Invención No. 5, oboe, 1991–97

Sin Título, oboe, fixed media (2 tracks), 1997

Invención No. 4, percussion, 1997

Invención No. 6, clarinet, 1997

After W., clarinet, 1999

Tres Piezas de Guitarra, guitar, 1999

Fix, cello, 1999

Dúo II, oboe, percussion, 1999

Second String Quartet (5.1), 1999

Recollection I, soprano saxophone, trombone, guitar, percussion, 2000

Recollection II, flute, oboe, clarinet, violin, viola, cello, piano, percussion, 2000

Notes from the Basement, flute, fixed media (2 tracks), 2000

Recall, guitar, fixed media (2 tracks), 2000

Archipiélago, bass clarinet, fixed media (2 tracks), 2001

Estudio de Resonancia III, flute (+ bass flute), clarinet (+ bass clarinet), violin, cello, piano, 2001

Tempi III, flute, fixed media (2 tracks), 2002

Doppelgänger, bass clarinet, 2002

1 Axs, any saxophone, fixed media (2 tracks), 2002

Estudio, bass clarinet, organ, 2002

Dúo IV, guitar, percussion, 2002

Non Mesurato I (In Memoriam), flute (+ bass flute), oboe, cello, 2002

Un día como cualquier otro, percussion, fixed media (2 tracks), 2002

Non Mesurato II, flute (+ bass flute), oboe, clarinet (+ bass clarinet), trombone, string quartet, double bass, piano, percussion, fixed media (2 tracks), 2002

Hjadi, guitar, double bass, 2003

The Classical Style, tuba, fixed media (2 tracks), 2003

Dobles, 2 clarinets, 2 bass clarinets, 2003

Tempi II, piano, percussion, 2003

Memento, soprano recorder (+ tenor recorder), fixed media (2 tracks), 2003

Occasional Exit, bass clarinet, percussion, 2004

Unknown Skills, cello, fixed media (2 tracks), 2004

Rational Repertoire, flute, bass clarinet, piano, 2004


Hai (text from various words in Otomi), soprano, baritone, boys' chorus, large orchestra, 2001

Pmej (text from various words in Otomi), mixed chorus, 2002


Cuatro Piezas Vocales y un Preludio (text by Vicente Huidobro), mezzo-soprano, clarinet, cello, 1988

Entrada a la Madera (text by Pablo Neruda), soprano, mezzo-soprano, oboe, clarinet, violin, cello, piano, percussion, 1990–92


Estudio, microtonal piano 4 hands, 1983

Estudio de Resonancia I, piano, fixed media (2 tracks), 2001

Blues, piano, fixed media (2 tracks), 2002


Variación, harpsichord, 2 boomboxes (2 operators), 2001


Five Pieces, fixed media (2 tracks), 1999–2000

1 X, fixed media (2 tracks), 2000

Estudio de Resonancia II, fixed media (2 tracks), 2001

Absynth I (7 de septiembre), fixed media (2 tracks), 2001

Absynth II (27 de diciembre), fixed media (2 tracks), 2001

Tape 2 (4 de enero 02), fixed media (2 tracks), 2002

Tempi IIIa, fixed media (2 tracks), 2003


Mundos interiores. Rand Steiger/Sonor Ensemble (Einstein Records: EIN 014, 2000)

Tres Piezas de Guitarra. Pablo Gómez, guitar (Quindecim Recordings: QP01067, 2001)

Fase II. Tambuco (Quindecim Recordings: QP01081, 2001)

Hai. Byung-Lyul Lee, soprano; Katsunori Kono, baritone; Kazumasa Watanabe/Little Singers of Tōkyō, Tōkyō Philharmonic Orchestra (Live Notes: WWCC-7414, 2001)

Dúo II. Jorge Rivero, oboe; Gustavo Ramos, percussion (Luna Negra Records: CDLN-20, 2003)

Estudio de Resonancia III. Ónix Nuevo Ensamble de México (Urtext, 2004)