Luis Saglie has been hailed as a composer by the international public, professional musicians and the press. In connection to his work as a composer, he is also constantly active as a conductor, pianist and pedagogue. He is kept busy with constant commissions from instrumentalists, symphonic and chamber ensembles, universities and artistic centers. He has collaborated as a composer with soloists of the Vienna Philharmonic, Radio Orchestra of Vienna, Niederösterreichisches Tonkünstler Orchestra of Austria, the Herbert von Karajan Centrum in Vienna, the Theodor Körner Fonds of Austria, Musikwerkstatt Wien, Florisdorfer Chorvereinigung Harmonie, the University of Music in Vienna, the Split Chamber Orchestra in Croatia, the National Symphony Orchestra of Ecuador, the Loja Symphony Orchestra in Ecuador, Metropolitan Symphonic Band of Quito, Ecuador, the Chilean Ministry of Culture and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Luis Saglie´s collaboration as a composer with professional soloists has extended to countries such as Austria, Germany, Hungary, Croatia, Serbia, Slovenia, England, U.S.A., Mexico, Ecuador, Chile, Argentina, Cuba, Greece, Turkey, China, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, among others.
Currently, Saglie is working on three commissions. Two of these commissioned have been granted by Dr. Richard Seifert in Vienna, Austria - La Oración de la Maestra for Soprano, Children´s Choir and Orchestra (composed for international opera star, Julianna Di Giacomo) and the Piano Sonata No. 2 (composed for Meriette Saglie, Doctoral candidate at the University of Southern California - USC). A Concert Work for One Piano-Four Hands is being composed for the Max Reger Piano Duo in Germany (Katja and Boris Cepeda). Recently completed works include a Flute Sonata for the principal flutist of the Miami City Ballet, Emilio Rutllant and a Suite for Solo Oboe composed for the solo oboe of La Serena Symphony Orchestra in Chile, Jose Luis Urquieta. Also completed was the Film Score to the new short film by Alonso Llosa, Living Legend, premiered at Columbia University´s Film Festival in New York (May 2015) and Los Angeles (June 2015).
With the backing of the Chilean Government, Luis Saglie will will realize a 2016 concert tour as composer/pianist through Asia and Oceania (Japan, Australia and New Zealand) premiering his own compositions under his original project, "Homage to Neruda" alongside oboist Jose Luis Urquieta. Together with Mr. Urquieta, Saglie presented "Homage to Neruda", touring throughout China in 2015, Europe in 2014 (Greece and Turkey) and throughout Ecuador in 2013. In March of 2012, Saglie conducted the premier of his Concerto for Solo Horn and Wind Ensemble with the Banda Sinfónica Metropolitana de Quito and Andrey Astaiza, solo horn. The year 2011 saw the release of the music video of Saglie's En Memoria a los Niños ABC with tenor Jesús León. Also that year, hornist Andrey Astaiza and the National Symphony Orchestra of Ecuador commissioned Saglie's Concerto for Horn and Orchestra which received its premier in Quito, Ecuador. A second performance followed with the Loja Symphony Orchestra of Ecuador.
Mr. Saglie was awarded the First Prize at the International Horn Society Composition Contest 2009 for his Evocación for horn and piano. His horn repertoire as a whole has been highly praised by major horn professionals and composers such as Jan Jankovic of the Vienna Philharmonic who shares, “Whether through his solo repertoire, chamber works or larger scale compositions with horn, Mr. Saglie is establishing himself as a pioneer of his time, standing side by side with the most respected composers such as W. A. Mozart, G. Mahler, and R. Strauss” and the legendary Peter Damm who expresses, “Luis Saglie achieves to take advantage of the adequate musical possibilities of expression of the horn”. American composer William Kraft comments, “It is obvious from the first measures of your Concierto Fantástico for two horns and orchestra that you are a mature composer”. Also in 2009, he was the selected composer- delegate to represent Chile in the Global Climate Change Music Project during the 2009 United Nations COP meeting in Copenhagen, Denmark.
In 2006, Luis Saglie conducted the premier of his first opera, El día de la liberación (libretto: Santini) in Vienna, Austria receiving outstanding reviews. Heinz Sichrovsky of News Magazine, Austria wrote, “Today, it is a rare thing for opera premiers to be remembered. 'El día de la liberation' by the Chilean composer Luis Saglie was in every way memorable”. The Österreichische Musikzeitschrift, Austria published, “Luis Saglie’s score to 'El día de la liberación' is put together through a brilliant technique lying somewhere between moderate serialism and a free-tonality”. Opera composer Jake Heggie comments, “You have a wonderful gift. There is a real sense of gesture, motion, character, line, architecture and shape in your opera. I love the orchestration and the way you handle the voices”. In 2005, Mr. Saglie was awarded the Theodor Körner-Prize for composition which was presented to him by the Austrian President, Dr. Heinz Fischer. Also that year, he was a featured composer in the ITG Journal (International Trumpet Guild). He received a National Scholarship for Composition from the Federal Chancellery of the Republic of Austria in 2004 and was a featured composer in the International Spanish sender at ORF (Austrian Radio and Television) in 2001.
As a pedagogue, Luis Saglie has held positions as Head of the Composition Department at the University of Cuenca, Ecuador, Professor of Composition and Music Director of the orchestral program at the National Superior Conservatory of Music in Quito, Ecuador and Professor of Music at the Technical University of Manabí, Ecuador. As of 2014, he is active as Professor of Composition at Universidad Mayor in Chile and Profesor of Music at the University of Chile.
Luis Saglie was born in Oslo, Norway on October 4, 1974 and spent his early years in his native Chile. In 1981, his family moved to Los Angeles, California. He was a self-taught composer since the age of nine, leading years later to formal studies in piano and composition at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA). In 1996, he moved to Vienna, Austria where he established a twelve year residency. There, he pursued extensive studies in orchestral and opera conducting as well as in composition at both the Hochschule für Musik in Wien (University of Music in Vienna) and the Konservatorium Wien-Music University Vienna. In the field of composition, Luis Saglie holds a Master of Arts (MA) a Bachelor of Arts (BA) and a Conservatory Diploma.