Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina (April
23rd, 1959) Silveira is one of the most
commissioned, prolific and fascinating
composers of his generation.

His works are performed worldwide. La
Nación (Buenos Aires, 1980) writes he is
“a young composer that has ideas and
knows how to express them with
coherence, proficiency, and good sense.”
  The Washington Post describes his work
as “good theater, and even better
music,” “colorful entertainment,”
“dramatic and effective,” and notes his
innovative leadership by saying his
music is “evidence of where Latin
American music is going.”   Others have
described his pieces as “post-modern
sound books,”  and “complex lyrical

Silveira’s music reflects his interest
in the musical traditions of the
Americas and the world, and its ethnic
folk traditions. He explores the
development of ancient and traditional
musical forms as historical process in
all continents, considering in each
culture the concepts of time,
synesthesia, deconstructivism,
revisionism, dissemination, and

Dr. Silveria writes in all musical
genres based on multi-cultural studies.
His work ranges from solo instruments to
symphony orchestra, from cantata to
opera and musical, from primitive music
instruments and concrete sounds to
computer electronic music. Silveira has
done many inter-art collaborations with
leading writers, visual artists, and
musicians. He has written music for two
films. His pieces include “Concierto
Porteño,” “Danzacontradanza,” “Ecology Symphony,”
“The cyclical night,” “Argentina Fantástica,” 
“La ronda del Angelito,” “Más Allá del
Río Grande,” “Ten Mad Songs for the End
of the World,” “The Script of God,” “4
Mondrian,” “Amazonas,” “Labyrinth of music,” 
“The Happy Prince,” “Urban Arias,” 
“Triumph of the Spirit,” and “Please, 
Call me... Jackie.” and "Scrambling the Cosmic Egg."

Silveira’s awards and commissions include: 
Citicorp, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture
Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Meet
The Composer, D.C. Community Humanities
Council, Latin-American music Center at
Indiana University, D.C. Commission on
the Arts and Humanities, D.C. mayor
Award, National Endowment for the Arts,
Benjamin T. Rome, Maryland State Arts
Council, Peabody Conservatory of Music,
Cannes film festival, organization of
American States, Pro-Arte, The World Bank,
Inter-American Development Bank,
International Monetary Found, The Royal
Netherlands Embassy, Embassy of Mexico,
Embassy of Brazil, Embassy of Panama,
Embassy of Argentina, Embassy of Spain,
and Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes,
Fundación Santelmo, and Manzana de las
Luces, Argentina.

He is currently working on chamber music
compositions, a new videOpera, and a
commissioned symphonic poem inspired by
the literature of Jorge Luis Borges.

"There is no other musician in Washington 
-- perhaps no other musician anywhere --
quite like Guillermo Silveira" 
Joseph McLellan, special to The Washington Post.