Eddie Mora Bermúdez

(b. 1965, San José).

Costa Rican composer of mostly orchestral and chamber works that have been performed in the Americas and Europe; he is also active as a violinist.

Prof. Mora studied composition with William Porras at the Universidad Nacional de Costa Rica in Heredia in 1980–81, where he later studied composition with Benjamín Gutiérrez in 1997 and Luis Diego Herra in 2003–04. He studied violin with Maya Glizarova and Olga Voitova at the P. I. Tchaikovsky State Conservatory in Moscow from 1983–92 and had private lessons in composition with Yuri Vorontsov in Moscow in 2000 and 2003 and in San José in 2001.

Among his honours are the Premio Nacional Aquileo J. Echeverría from the Ministerio de Cultura of Costa Rica four times (1997, for Escenas infantiles; 1998, for Bagatelas and Cantata; 2001, for Miniaturas; 2003, for Amighetti) and the Premio de la Asociación de Compositores y Autores Musicales de Costa Rica in San José (2001, for Suite Ausencia). His music has been performed in Canada, Costa Rica, Mexico, the Netherlands, Russia, and the USA.

As a violinist, he has primarily performed his own music, as well as 20th-century music from Costa Rica, and has performed as part of the violin–piano duo Mora/Duarte since 1994.

He is also active in other positions. He co-founded the string orchestra Camerata Latinoamericana in 1995 and has served as artistic director of the Orquesta Sinfónica de Heredia since 2003.

He has taught chamber music, composition and violin as a professor at the Universidad de Costa Rica in San Pedro, Montes de Oca since 1992, where he has co-organised the annual Seminario por la Música Contemporánea since 2001.


Website: (Spanish only)



El Combate (spectacle), 3 percussion, 2 violins, viola, cello, double bass, live electronics, 2004


Presto, small orchestra, 1995

Concierto, marimba, small orchestra, 1996

Danza, flute, piano, 3 percussion, string orchestra, 1996

Balada y Fanfarria, large orchestra, 1997

Concierto para cuerdas, string orchestra, 1999

Concierto, guitar, orchestra, 1999

CuadrosObertura y carrusel, symphonic band, 2000

Amighetti (concerto), piano, 3 percussion, string orchestra, 2003

Retrato I, 2005

Concierto, 4 saxophones, symphonic band, 2005

Tres Fragmentos, large orchestra, 2006

Silencio V, violin, small orchestra (winds, harp, piano, 4 percussion), 2007

Retrato V, string orchestra, 2007 (version of work for string quartet)

Silencio III, harp, piano, percussion, string orchestra, 2008 (version of work for trombone, violin, viola, cello)

La Niña y el Viento IV, 'Amighetti', harp, piano, percussion, string orchestra, 2008

Passacaglia, harp, piano, percussion, string orchestra, 2008

La Ascensión de Remedios, small orchestra, 2009

Sula', viola, small orchestra (piano, percussion, strings), 2010

Atisbo a JRM, 3 percussion, string orchestra, 2011

¿Quién amanece?, piccolo, flute (+ ocarina), string orchestra, 2011

Ye' Sulé II, small orchestra (winds, harp, piano, 4 percussion), 2011

Los Caminos de la noche, 2012

Caminos de piedra, piano, small orchestra (percussion, strings), 2012


Danza, double bass, 4 marimbas, 3 percussion, 1995

Terceto, guitar, violin, bass guitar, piano (+ synthesizer), percussion, 1995

Maderas, flute, oboe, clarinet, French horn, bassoon, 2 percussion, 1996

Escenas infantiles, flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, 1997

Diálogos (theme with variations), soprano saxophone, percussion, 1997

Variaciones, 4 trombones, 2 percussion, 1997

Alborada, guitar, violin, piano, percussion, 1997

Preludio y fuga, bassoon/viola, piano, 1997

Preludio y danza, clarinet/violin, double bass, piano, percussion, 1997

Bagatelas, 4 bassoons, 1998

Suite Ausencia, Latin ensemble (alto saxophone [+ tenor saxophone], 3 trumpets, trombone, double bass, piano, congas [+ timbales, bongos] [1 player]), ensemble (flute, oboe, English horn, clarinet, bassoon, French horn), 1998

Miniaturas, violin, piano, 2000

Transparencia, viola, piano, 2001

Quinteto No. 2, flute, oboe, clarinet, French horn, bassoon, 2001

Comentarios (on a theme from Russia), double bass, 2002

Preludio e invención, viola, 2002

BACH, violin, 2 percussion, 2003

Danza del trovador, violin, piano, 2004

Estudio bélico, timpani, 2004

Retrato III, 4 bassoons, harpsichord, 2005

Retrato IV, flute, clarinet, violin, cello, 2005

Retrato V, string quartet, 2005 (also version for string orchestra)

Fragmentos I, piano, 2 percussion, string quartet, 2006

Fragmentos II, guitar, 2006

Silencio I, violin, piano, 2006

Silencio II, cello, piano, 2006

Silencio III, trombone, violin, viola, cello, 2006 (also version for harp, piano, percussion, string orchestra)

Retrato VI, 4 clarinets, double bass, piano, percussion, 2007

Silencio IV, violin, cello, 2007

Cuarteto de cuerdas No. 2, string quartet, 2008

Trío, clarinet/violin, cello, piano, 2008

La Víspera, violin, viola, piano, 2009

Texturas, bass guitar, percussion ensemble, 2009

Cuarteto de cuerdas No. 3, string quartet, 2009

A Inés, piano, string quartet, 2010

Bocetos a Yolanda, violin, viola, cello, piano, 2010

Prólogo y postludio para Carmen, English horn, percussion, 2011

Ultima ratio regum, French horn, percussion, 2011

Frida, flute, oboe, clarinet, French horn, bassoon, 2013

Caminos de agua, cello, percussion, 2013


Cantata (text by Federico García Lorca), children's chorus, small orchestra, 1998 (version of vocal work)

Verdad que tú no tienesSoy como una ciudad (text by Jorge Debravo), mixed chorus, piano, 3 percussion, 2006


Cantata (text by Federico García Lorca), soprano, small orchestra, 1998 (also version for children's chorus, small orchestra)

In Memoriam, soprano/alto, violin, cello, piano, percussion, 2008 (also version for soprano/alto, flute, oboe, clarinet, French horn, bassoon, percussion, 2008)

Siete Visiones, soprano, tenor, baritone, 3 percussion, 2 violins, viola, cello, double bass, 2010

Ni aquí, ni allá, soprano, string orchestra, 2012


Dos Piezas, 2003

Retrato II, 2005

Ye' Sulé I, 2011