Juan Manuel Artero was born in Madrid in 1969. He started his musical studies on his own and then continued on a private basis, also attending courses and seminars by various professors in Madrid, Alicante, Cuenca and the University of Alcalá de Henares, where he studied under Mauricio Sotelo and J. L. de Delás.
In 1995, he attended the Academie d’Étè at the IRCAM (Paris) and moved to Italy, where he studied composition under Salvatore Sciarrino and electro-acoustic music in Milan and Rome. In 1996, he was awarded a scholarship from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to stay at the Spanish Academy of History, Archaeology and Fine Arts in Rome. In 1998, he won another scholarship from SGAE to attend the Darmstadt Festival course.
In 1999, he was appointed composer-in-residence at the Spanish National Youth Orchestra and between 2000 and 2002, he lived in the 'Residencia de Estudiantes' with a scholarship from Madrid City Council.
His works, which include ‘A una Libia de ondas’ for solo flute, ‘Gran escena de los cipreses’ for instrumental group, ‘Paisaje con incendio’ for orchestra, the chamber opera ‘El respirar de las estatuas’ and ‘Epílogo a la ausencia II’ for two echo trios – which received a prize at the INJUVE composers’ meeting – have been premiered in several Spanish cities and festivals, as well as in Hungary, Germany, Austria, Italy and the United States.
Juan M Artero also works as composer and sound designer for the theatre and collaborates with visual artists in the ellaboration of soundtracks for installations and video.