Awilda Villarini has composed works for piano, voice, choir, chamber music, orchestra and theater using both traditional instruments and computer music. Invited to participate at the American Composers Orchestra Festival Sonidos de las AmÈricas, Carnegie Hall (March 1997). She has received commissions from several foundations in Puerto Rico and the U.S.A. Among them: The National Endowment for the Arts, The Louis Vogelstein Foundation and The Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña. Villarini has received excellent reviews by major newspapers in the United States and Europe.
"She showed herself to be a highly resourceful composer who handles with ease the high voltage rhythms of her native Puerto Rico. Villarini’s composition is a stylish, sophisticated work literary bursting with vitality."
"Ms. Villarini’s Suite Portoricinses, based on four Puerto Rican dances, was couched in a moderately acerbic and fairly conservative idiom… striking sparks of real imagination."
New York Times
"In her work, she used dissonant chords as one can expect in Debussy and Bartok. In some passages, it was evident her preference to play with rhythmical elements. Simple themes were repeated with rhythmic variations, resulting in charming effects."
Neue Zürcher Zeitung
"I was especially impressed by the Two Love Songs by Awilda Villarini on texts by Julia de Burgos and Pablo Neruda. I believe the composer’s experience resulted in not hurrying the text, in taking time for the phrases to breathe; in not gambling it all on a couple of special effects. The Villarini’s songs are also kind to the singer. Also, for this reason, I think they are completely successful."
Donald Thompson, San Juan Star
"Dialogue, by Awilda Villarini (poem by Pat Parker), is a dramatic song that impacts the listener."
Peter Bloch, New York Impacto
"Her Suite Portoricinses consist of four pieces full of variety which reminds us of Prokofieff."
Neue Zürcher Nachtrichten
"The world premiere of Awilda Villarini’s composition for orchestra, Cinquillo Dramático, was an important and successful event. This fascinating and captivating composition was received with great enthusiasm by the audience. It is contemporary classical music rooted in the heritage of the Antilles."
Cinqüillo Dramático (2002) 10’
Concerto for Piano and Orchestra in one movement (1990) 10’
The Legend of the Indian, Symphonic Poem (1991) 15’
Large Chamber Ensemble
Cinqüillo Dramático for chamber orchestra 10’
Small Chamber Ensemble
Bomba from Suite Portoricinses
String Quartet one movement (1997) 5'
Seduction and Tango (1986) 5'
Seduction and Tango (1987) 5'
Sonata for Flute and Piano (1987) 11’
Suite for Four Trombones (1992) 5'
Visiones (1992) 10’