Héctor Parra was born in 1976 in Barcelona. He studied at the conservatory in his hometown, and at the university and at IRCAM in Paris with David Padrós; Brian Ferneyhough; Jonathan Harvey; and Michael Jarrell. After winning other renowned awards, in 2011 he received a scholarship from the Ernst von Siemens Music Foundation. His works are performed at international festivals and in important concert halls. Two portrait CDs (KAIROS and Col-legno) and a complete recording of his chamber opera "Hypermusic Prologue," based on a libretto by the physicist Lisa Randall, document the spectrum of his work up until the present. He has received commissions from, among other institutions, Musée du Louvre; IRCAM; Ensemble Intercontemporain; Klangforum Wien; Berlin Academy of the Arts; WDR; Musica Strasbourg; Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord; Cité de la Musique Paris; and the Huddersfield Festival (where he was composer-in-residence in 2013). He has been composer-in-residence at IRCAM-Centre Pompidou in Paris since 2002, and he has been teaching there as a professor of composition since September 2013.