Cecilia Arditto (b. 1966 in Argentina) studied music at the Conservatorio Julián Aguirre, CEAMC and UNQUI in Argentina and at the Conservatory of Amsterdam. She also studied composing privately with Gabriel Valverde and Mariano Etkin, and music analysis with Margarita Fernández, Gerardo Gandini and Francisco Kröpfl. She has written music for music theater productions and video animation, including her own productions. As a contemporary composer she has received several prizes: first prize CCRR-CEAMC 1996, Buenos Aires No Duerme 1998, Concurso Radio Clásica 2000, Concurso de Composición BAC-Arditti String Quartet 2000, Beca Antorchas 2002, and Premio fondo Nacional de las Artes 2002. Her music has been widely performed at international festivals and seminars, such as BsAs No Duerme, Argentina; Forum Internacional de Música Contemporánea (Tambuco, Mexico); Buffalo University (USA); MATA Festival in New York; Boswil International Composition Seminar, Switzerland; and YO! International Opera Festival, Utrecht. She was co-founder of L.V., a composers’ association that gives first performances of new works by Latin American composers. She is also co-founder of the Sound Forum, a monthly composers’ forum based in Ámsterdam. Her last works are intensively exploring the music theatre field.

Gespleten piano (Split Piano)

This project consists in a series of works where the piano is metaphorically “cut in pieces”. Different music was written for the different parts of a dissociated piano: the stand-light, the pedals, one hand, the keyboard, the strings, the wood, etc.


Licht are a series of three pieces for one hand, a stand light and sound objects. These small pieces are thought like short animation movies, inspired on the animation techniques created by Norman McLaren.

  1. Licht – light
  2. Knipoog – wink
  3. Straal – ray