Elbio Barilari

Elbio Rodriguez Barilari (Dec. 13, 1953) is an Uruguayan composer living in Chicago, USA. 

Composer, performer and writer Elbio Barilari was born in Montevideo, Uruguay, in 1953.  He studied in his own country as well as in Brazil and Germany, and moved to the US in 1998. 

Barilari’s music has been performed by Orquesta Filarmónica de Montevideo, Orquesta de la Radio y Televisión de España, Colorado Symphony, Grant Park Festival Orchestra, Chicago Sinfonietta Chamber Ensemble, Ravinia Festival, Civic Orchestra of Chicago, Chicago Children’s Choir, Lyric Opera Orchestra, Chicago Arts Orchestra, and Baroque Band, among others. His music has also been performed by many chamber ensembles and soloists around the world, including clarinetist Paquito D’Rivera, trumpet players Orbert Davis and Jon Faddis, bandoneon players Juan José Mosalini, Raúl Jaurena, pianists Mauricio Nader, Susan Merdinger, Avalon String Quartet, Kaia String Quartet, Conjunto de Música de Cámara del Sodre, Ondas Ensemble, and the Millenium Chamber Orchestra. 

Barilari’s opera The Tenth Muse was premiered in 2010 at The Goodman Theatre; Carmen Helena Téllez was the Music Director and Henry Godínez the Stage Director. 

His residencies include the Latin American Music Center (Bloomington-Indiana), St. Francis University and the Ragdale Foundation. He is also a member of the electric experimental band Volcano Radar, where he plays electric guitar, electric viola and sax. 

Barilari is a Professor of Latin American Music at UIC and hosts the internationally syndicated radio program Fiesta!, heard on WFMT 98.7 Sundays at 3pm.