A faculty member at the Victoria Conservatory of Music since 2014, Liova Bueno teaches individual instruction in composition, theory, song-writing, music history and music appreciation, covering a wide variety of musical styles, genres, and time periods. He also teaches postsecondary students in connection with the VCM/Camosun College Diploma in Music Performance Program (Tonal Harmony and Counterpoint).
Originally from the Dominican Republic, Liova Bueno’s music has been performed in concerts and music festivals internationally, from countries in Central and South America to Europe, the United States and across Canada. He has received commissions from and has collaborated with various ensembles, organizations, and soloists, notably the Trio Dominicano (Dominican Republic), Atempo Festival (Caracas, Venezuela), the Vaughan String Quartet (Edmonton, AB), Vox Humana Chamber Choir (Victoria, B.C.), the Victoria Choral Society (Victoria, B.C.), conductors Darwin Aquino and Brian Wismath, and soloists Pierre Strauch, Patricia Kostek, Mark McGregor, Robert Ward and Alexander Dunn. Liova was a founding member of the Dominican Collective of Composers and Musicians Musicabierta, and the group’s sponsorship from the Dominican Ministry of Culture led to premieres of several of his works. In the 2015/16 season, Liova held the position of Composer in Residence for the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional Juvenil of the Dominican Republic.
Liova received a Bachelor of Music in Theory and Education from the Universidad Autónoma de Santo Domingo (Dominican Republic) during which time he studied composition with Spanish composer Miguel Grande Martín while remaining professionally active as a composer and arranger. After completing his BMus he spent several years as a teacher and music department head at the Dominican American School (Dominican-American Cultural Institute), during which time he was invited to be a guest lecturer at The Organization of American States (Washington, D.C.). Liova relocated to Canada to complete a Master’s of Music in Composition at the University of Victoria, where he studied under composer John Celona.
Recent premieres of Liova’s works have taken place in Canada, the United States, and the Dominican Republic. His works have been featured in the Victoria Symphony New Music Festival, the Northwest Guitar Festival, Juventud Caribeña: Música Sínfonica y Coral del Caribe, and various choral concerts, including a commission for the Victoria Choral Society’s 80th Anniversary Celebration. For more information on Liova Bueno, please see his website: www.liovabueno.com