Reinaldo Moya is a Venezuelan American composer whose music is often inspired by literature. Through his explorations of the relationship between music and literary texts, Moya has been able to find an outlet for his own personal sense of drama and lyricism.

Mr. Moya is the recipient of Meet the Composer’s 2011 Van Lier Fellowship, as well as multiple Morton Gould Young Composer Awards from ASCAP. In 2011, he was awarded the Aaron Copland Award which led to a residency in Aaron Copland’s historic New York home. Mr. Moya’s String Quartet No. 1 was premiered by the Attacca Quartet in 2007 at the Museum of Modern Art. This performance was reviewed by the New York Times as “Admirable…with subtly delineated sections.” His orchestral work Aurora Australis was awarded the Walter Friedman Memorial Prize for Orchestral Composition in 2008 and was premiered by the Juilliard Orchestra under Jeffrey Milarsky in 2008. The Da Capo Chamber Players performed his Crónica de una Muerte Anunciada in October, 2010 at Merkin Hall in New York City. Bruce Hodges of International Concert Review called the work “startlingly effective… a striking evocation of Márquez’s tragic subject, filled with jittery motifs and underlying dread”.

His current commissions include a piano trio from the Trio 180 (resident ensemble at the University of the Pacific), a bass clarinet concerto from Venezuela’s Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra, and a string quartet for the New York City Ballet Choreographic Institute.  He is a BMI composer; and a graduate of West Virginia University, as well as The Juilliard School, where he studied with Samuel Adler and Robert Beaser.