Juan Allende-Blin was born in 1928 in Santiago de Chile. He originates from a Spanish-French family. He received his first composition lessons from his uncle P.H. Allende-Saron, a composer who had been close to Claude Debussy. Later, Juan Allende-Blin studied with Anton Webern student Fré Focke. On recommendation of Hermann Scherchen, he moved to Germany in 1951, where he attended lessons with Olivier Messiaen at the International Composition Courses for Contemporary Music in Darmstadt. Juan Allende-Blin’s early compositional language based on cyclic forms of César Franck, which inevitably led already in 1950 to the twelve-tone-technique of Arnold Schönberg. Since 1971, Juan Allende-Blin lives in Essen (Germany).
Juan Allende-Blin will be awarded the National Prize for Musical Arts of Chile in 2019.