Ricardo Andres Tovar Mateus was born in Bogotá, Colombia. He began his piano and musical education at the age of nine at the University Pontificia Javeriana as part of a preparatory course for the youth.

From 2003 to 2006 he was a regular student at the University Pontificia Javeriana in composition and production with a focus on instrumental piano.
Between 2007 and 2016 Ricardo Tovar completed his composition studies at the Konservatorium Wien University (now known as MUK) with Christian Minkowitsch (BA – MA with distinction). Concurrently he studied Composition for media at the University of Music and Performing Arts of Vienna with Reinhart Karger (Mag. Art. 2008-16) .

In 2008 and 2012 he participated in the "International Summer Courses for New Music Darmstadt", where he worked with from composers such as Brian Ferneyhough, Klaus Lang, Isabel Mundry, Marco Stroppa, German Toro Perez, Jennifer Walsche and Jorge Sanchez Chiong. In August 2009 he got the chance to work closely in the master class in composition with Beat Furrer at the international Summer Campus at the Rostock University of Music and Theatre. In 2010 and 2011 he participated in the master class for composition with Nigel Osbourne under the ISA (International Summer Academy). Also in 2011 we participated as a resident Composer at the crossings festival for contemporary dance in Johannesburg (South Africa). In 2017 he was awarded a scholarship to participate the “Winter Residency” and the “Concert in the 21st century” programme at the Banff Centre for the Arts. Ricardo has been selected to Participate actively at the Festival Mixture 2018 in Barcelona - Spain.


His piece "The momentum and precipitation" for viola solo was premiered in November 2008 at the Wien Modern festival. In 2009 he won the Joseph Trattner Composition Competition "abstract drinking" with his piece "The other view " (2nd place). In June 2011, he took third place in a competition of the ASFINAG (Soundlogo and Signation music). August 2011 he received at the ISA (International Summer Academy Prague - Vienna-Budapest) won first prize for his play "Lejano Sur (a Soundscape)" for flute, accordion and violin. In 2017 he was awarded a Composition Stipend by the Federal Chancellery of Austria.

Other projects: "Central Cemetery" - an opera with a libretto by Arlun Fichtenbauer (november 2012) and the music for the feature film "The Werewolf Game" by director and librettist Johanna Riegler (March 2013). 2014 his work "De la Marimonda no se debe hablar" written for the Norwegian trio Neon was premiered at the “Festival de la Imagen” in Manizales and at the Sala Museo Nacional in Bogotá, Colombia. He was commissioned sound installations for the “Podium Festival Mödling” in 2013, 2014 and on 2017. Also in 2017 premiering commissioned works for the “On-dialogue festival” and the “WU Choir” Vienna.

Upcoming projects include a premiere of the Norwegian “Trio neoN” at the “Alte Schmiede Wien” (2018) and a premiere commissioned by the Innovation duo for the International Festival of Modern Art «Two Days and Two Nights of New Music» (2018) Odessa, Ukraine.