Alan Hilario

(b. 1967, Manila).

Filipino composer, now resident in Germany, of mostly chamber and multimedia works that have been performed in Europe.

Mr. Hilario studied violin as a scholar of the Philippine High School for the Arts in Los Baños, Laguna from 1979–83 and had private lessons in violin with Gilopez Kabayao from 1985–89. He studied composition with Ramón Pagayon Santos and Josefino Chino Toledo at the University of the Philippines Diliman in Quezon City from 1985–88. He later studied composition with Mathias Spahlinger and electronic music with Mesías Maiguashca at the Hochschule für Musik Freiburg in Freiburg im Breisgau from 1992–96, on a scholarship from the Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst.

Among his honours are the Kompositionspreis from the city of Stuttgart (1997) and the Kunstpreis Berlin, Musik from the Akademie der Künste in Berlin (2011).

He is also active in other positions. He participated in numerous projects with film and theatre directors in the Philippines from 1985–92 and performed as a violinist in the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra in Manila from 1988–92.

He lectured at the Ferienkurse in Darmstadt in 2000.

He has lived in Germany since 1992.


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trinity rejoice, 2008

cost of production divided by total number of played notes equals cost per single note, percussion, orchestra in 2 groups, projections, 2015


ay, flute, clarinet, trombone, cello, piano, percussion, 1993

ang, 2 double basses, 3 percussion, 1994

pakikisama, percussion, ensemble (2 flutes, 2 clarinets, 2 saxophones, 2 trumpets, trombone, tuba, 2 guitars, violin, 3 violas, double bass, piano, celesta, vibraphone), 1995

p'tak(t), viola, cello, double bass, 1996, revised 2010

avec eric, bass flute, alto saxophone, fixed media, 1997

kibô, violin/viola, 1997

Überentwicklung-Unterentwicklung, bass clarinet, tenor saxophone, bassoon, French horn, trombone, double bass, 1998

katalogos (version 1998), English horn, bassoon, French horn, trumpet, viola, cello, 3 percussion, 1998 (also version as katalogos [version 2008], 2008)

[lo], 2 cellos, 2 double basses, 27 metronomes (9 operators, including all of the players), 2000

Mann mit Akkordeon beim Pirouettieren, accordion, 2001

Karaoke Exotique Remix, variable ensemble (any 1–6 players from: flute, clarinet, violin, viola, cello, piano), 2009

white rice (Gebrauchsmusik mit Haltbarkeitsdatum für 2 Saxophonisten), sopranino saxophone (+ alto saxophone), soprano saxophone (+ tenor saxophone), 2011

Diplozoon Paradoxum, 12 saxophones, 2012


early 70s, three scenes in Brooklyn Street, Cubao, accordion, ensemble (3 bass clarinets, 2 baritone saxophones, 2 trombones, double bass, 3 percussion), Super 8 silent-films (3 projectors), 1999

phonautograph, countertenor, 4 female voices, trombone, 4 turntables, live electronics, 2002

Schöner Götterfunken! Bilder einer Ausstellung einer Ausstellung (video–text opera), 2 saxophones, percussion, live electronics, 2006, revised 2013

showdown (music & filmclip series 1), percussion, Super 8 film (collage of Western movies, compiled by the composer), 2007

sini(n)gang mix, 2 percussion, c. 10 amateur musicians, 2 video beamers (by Ian Victoriano), shadow play (by Alwin Reamillo), live electronics, live cooking show, 2010

slap Schlag, Klaps + stick Stock, string quartet/4 percussion, 2010, revised 2013

wait here for further instructions (for projected score, silent audience and improvising musicians), 2011