Argentinian-born and Juilliard trained, composer Ezequiel Viñao has made his home in New York for the last 27 years. In addition to his many awards and commissions, Viñao has enjoyed a long-standing relationship with the Juilliard String Quartet, for whom he wrote his second quartet, "The Loss and the Silence." Recent projects include "The Wanderer," a setting of Anglo-Saxon poetry for the vocal group Chanticleer, and his opera-in-progress with novelist Caleb Carr, "Merlin" (based on the Arthurian legend). On disc, Viñao is represented by Kristjan Järvi and the Absolute Ensemble in his memorial piece for voice and chamber ensemble, "Arcanum." A collection of the composer's etudes (as well as a piano trio) was released in 1996, entitled "54 Minutes from Viñao."