Reinaldo Moya has always been surrounded by music. Growing up in Venezuela as the youngest of three musical sons, he got exposed to music early and often. He began his musical journey as a violinist, and even as a young boy he enjoyed making up little songs and ditties. It must be admitted, however that he was no Mozart. As a violinist, he was a founding member of the Simón Bolívar Orchestra of Venezuela, and travelled extensively playing really great music in a lot of amazing venues throughout Latin America, the United States and Europe. Seeing as he didn’t enjoy practicing the violin very much, he decided that writing music might be more interesting.
He started composing more seriously as an undergraduate at West Virginia University under the guidance of John Beall. Composing did turn out to be fun and rewarding, and Reinaldo has since studied at Juilliard with Samuel Adler and Robert Beaser. His music has been performed by many people and ensembles such as the Da Capo Chamber Players, The Juilliard Orchestra, the Attacca Quartet, Trio 180, and musicians from the JACK Quartet and Alarm Will Sound. Reinaldo now lives in Minnesota with his violinist wife Francesca Anderegg, and they both teach music at St. Olaf College. In the summers, Reinaldo is on the composition faculty of the Interlochen Arts Camp, a job he enjoys as he gets to share his love and passion for music with younger composers.
One of the most rewarding experiences for Reinaldo came in 2012 was getting to spend a month at Aaron Copland's house in upstate New York as a recipient of the Aaron Copland award. The time at the House was truly transformative, and productive and he emerged from that experience a bolder composer ready to take on the world.
Excerpts from his opera "Generalissimo" have been performed in Carnegie Hall and Symphony Space in New York City, and the Interlochen Arts Camp in Michigan.