Escuela Moderna de Música faculty recognized with Altazor Awards

Guillermo Rifo and dancer Kana Nakao honored by national recognition


Escuela Moderna de Música faculty recognized with Altazor Awards

Guillermo Rifo, Academic Director of Escuela Moderna de Música, and Kana Nakao, a Dance professor, were recognized in the 2012 Altazor Awards.

The Altazor Awards are a national recognition of the best in artistic creation (music, literature, sculpture, photography, theater and dance) taking place in Chile year after year. The Altazor Awards seek to promote and support artistic work in a variety of different mediums. The awards are delivered during a special ceremony, which is nationally televised, that brings together Chile’s top creative talents (including, writers, musicians, movie directors, painters, dancers, musicians, photographers and sculptors) so they can all appreciate and support the continued evolution of art in Chile.

This is the 3rd Altazor award received by Professor Rifo. He won in 2001 for his work as director of the National Youth Orchestra and again in 2007 in the category of Music Performance. Rifo was recognized in 2012 for his "Timbaliana", which was composed in 2010 for percussionist Carlos Vera Larrucea. Released in Germany in 2010 and performed in Chile during the XXI Festival of Contemporary Music at Universidad Católica, the piece is written in an atonal-modal language, and according to critics, has a lively dialogue between instruments. More importantly, the piece maintains the South American inspiration that underlies Rifo’s creativity, which has earned him recognition as a pioneer in scholarly and popular composition.

Kana Nakao was recognized for her performance in the contemporary dance piece “Image of High Culture” (Simulacro de Alta Costura). The piece was created by Isabel Croxatto and presented by the Chilean National Ballet and focuses on overproduction, consumerism and the accumulation of disposable goods and was released in 2011.


This article was originally written in Spanish and has been translated into English to be shared on the Laureate International Universities website.